May 9, 2007       Published weekly by


China has finally begun to take action against those responsible for the contaminated food stuffs behind the pet food scandal, most likely because they see the backlash economically. Still, that is good news and you can read the details in our first story. Next is the delicate problem faced by the FDA. A drug proven dangerous to humans is used by horse owners to successfully treat Cushings disease symptoms. What to do?(story 2).

Each week as we review news stories for this newsletter we see dozens having to do with animal abuse, so sickening. An abuse case in Michigan is gaining national attention from both the severity of the crime and severity of the punishment. Read about it in our third news item. Finally, we have an interesting story from Austria. In a case that could set a global legal precedent for granting basic rights to apes, animal rights advocates are seeking to get a male chimpanzee legally declared a person.

Our video this week is a montage of funny television clips of animals. Everyone needs daily smiles and this one is good for a few.

In this Newsletter:
  1. Pet News: China announces detentions linked to U.S. pet deaths
  2. Pet News: FDA Pulls Drug Harmful to Humans Leaving Horse Owners Upset
  3. Pet News: Why a Michigan Animal Abuse Case is Gaining National Attention
  4. Pet News: Activists in Austria want chimp declared a 'person'
  5. ASK A PET PRO BLOG POSTS: This week's pet health questions from pet owners and our pro's responses
  6. Video of the Week: Funny Animal Montage
  7. Advertisers: Deals and Specials

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China announces detentions linked to U.S. pet deaths

China has finally begun to take action on the companies believed to be responsible for the production of the wheat, corn and rice glutens involved in the massive tainted pet food scandle. It vowed Wednesday to crack down on contaminated and sometimes deadly food and drugs after a string of sensational revelations about the safety of Chinese products.

Click here to read the full story, Incorporated


FDA Pulls Drug Harmful to Humans Leaving Horse Owners Upset

A drug used to treat humans with Parkinson's Disease has been pulled off of the market by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now, horse owners who use the drug Pergolide say that it will leave them unable to treat their horses suffering from Cushing's Syndrome.

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Why a Michigan Animal Abuse Case is Gaining National Attention

Amid growing revelations that suppliers in China frequently spike pet food and other food ingredients with contaminants to boost profits, momentum is building in Washington to bolster the Food and Drug Administration's capacity to detect and screen out adulterated imports.

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Activists in Austria want chimp declared a 'person'

Activists in Austria want a pastry loving, television watching chimp declared a 'person'. Supporters argue he needs that status so he can receive donations and get a guardian. In a case that could set a global legal precedent for granting basic rights to apes, animal rights advocates are seeking to get the 26-year-old male chimpanzee legally declared a "person."

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This week's requests for help

These pet health questions are answered in our "Ask A Pet Pro" blog. To see the answers to the questions, click on the link under the question.

  • CAT WITH DIARRHEA I have an 8 year old cat that has diarrhea and is now starting to vomit. I've been battling the diarrhea for months with antibiotics. It seems to get better for awhile but keeps coming back. She still maintains a healthy weight and appetite. I don't know if it is IBD or maybe allergies. I have ordered organic/natural food but won't receive it until Monday. I would like to find something natural/herbal to treat her condition. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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  • DOG EAR INFECTION Hello! Do recommend any natural remedies for dogs ear infections?
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  • OSTEOSARCOMA What natural cure/treatment is there for Osteosarcoma?
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  • DOG SKIN PROBLEMS: I have a ten year old black lab who has had skin problems most of his`life - the pads of his feet are somewhat raw from licking and we have tried`antibiotics, shampoo, topical ointments, sprays, prednizone and generally`trying to keep him from licking - he also has one ear that seems to get infected often - any suggestions as to what else to do - this has been a`chronic problem since last July - Thanks.
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  • CHERRY EYE: Hello, I have a Great Dane with cherry eye in both eyes. Can you help me with information and suggestions?
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  • TORN LIGAMENT: My 12 yr old dog has been limping for 8 days now, she is on previcox, the vet said she has a torn ligament in her rear left leg. The previcox is not working, Is there anything else to do ??
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  • TORN LIGAMENT: I took my dog to the vet because he injured his leg. My current vet recommended TTA based on an x-ray he took today. Can torn or ruptured ligaments be viewed on an xray? Also, what holistic treatment would you recommend? This is a 2 year old black lab, he is limping but NO LONGER holding his leg off the ground since taking anti-inflammitory meds.
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This week's video is a montage of funny clips from various TV shows around the globe. Some of them are very funny :)


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