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Our offices are in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, a lovely, pet friendly area to be located in and I frequently find some great pet stories in our local news.
Here is one that really touched my heart. It’s the story of Duke the Therapy Dog.
It’s a beautiful story of how Duke found his true purpose helping another and how his wonderful owner Tawny recognized that Duke’s joy in helping was greater than helping just one individual.
I’ll share the video Duke’s ‘Mom’ made of him getting ready for work, and below the video is the link to his story, written by Shelly Maslak.
Check it out HERE!!
VetLocator.com Daily Paws
PS..Now go pet your Valentine!
One of our most popular directories on VetLocator.com is our House Call Directory. We probably get 200+ requests for veterinarians who make house calls DAILY.
Some of those requests are from pet owners who can’t take their pets to the vet due to size or the fact that they, the pet owner, cannot travel. Many want to make the interaction with the veterinarian an easier one and wish to eliminate the fear many pets experience around strangers and strange pets.
Often pet owners have several pets who need attention at the same time and it makes much more sense for the vet to come to them than to have to make several trips to the vet to get the whole group seen.
An finally, there is a growing service of pet home euthanasia……helping a pet make their transition in a loving and familiar environment.
If you’ve ever thought about having a house call veterinarian come to your home, you can find one in our House Call Vets Directory. Just enter your zip code in the directory field and click search, and remember, if you can’t find what you are looking for, let us know. We’re here to help.
In a January 14th article, WebMd’s Daniel DeNoon writes about a new report that sleeping with your pet’s may be as dangerous as having bed bugs!
While I’ve had pets around me, and sometimes sleeping in our bed my whole life (pets sleeping with me doesn’t last long because I’m a notoriously restless sleeper and my pets voluntarily choose to sleep elsewhere), this report is concerning.
Humans get bubonic plague from fleas. Chomel and Sun recount various cases of plague linked to sleeping with cats. These include a 9-year-old boy from Arizona who slept with his sick cat.
And a 2008 study of plague survivors found that 44% of them slept with their pet dog, while only 10% of matched comparison subjects slept with their pets. This dog-in-bed plague risk remained significant even after the study authors took into account a large number of other factors.
This last factoid is troubling because dogs — unlike cats — can carry plague fleas without showing symptoms of the disease.”
You can read the rest of the article here: http://www.webmd.com/news/20110114/bed-pets-more-dangerous-than-bedbugs
According to a survey by Petfinder.com, Jet Blue is the best airline for your pets to travel on. Jet Blue offers 300 frequent flier miles each way, a pet travel guide and a tag for your pet carrier. And today Jet Blue announced a limited ‘all you can eat’ airline ticket, $699 for to fly anywhere Jet Blue flies between Sept and October (although chances are these tickets will sell out FAST).
If you are flying with your pets on a budget, try Air Tran – $69 for small dogs, cats and birds to fly each way in the cabin.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 16, 2010 – Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is recalling all lots of its 10 oz “Beef Filet Squares” for Dogs and “Texas Hold’ems” pet treats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling the treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers immediately.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
The “Beef Filet Squares” & “Texas Hold’ems” were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the US. These individuals have been notified and have activated their recall procedures.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
Consumers who have purchased 10 ounce packages of “Beef Filet Squares for Dogs” & “Texas Hold’ems” are urged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-664-7387 M-F 8:00 – 5:00 CDT.
To find the lot code, look in the lower right corner on the back of the bag.