Monthly Archives: August 2010

National Animal Supplement Council Issues Warning About Misleading Quality Assurance Programs

  Sep 21, 2010 11:00 ET Marketing Tactic or Quality Seal: National Animal Supplement Council Issues Warning About Misleading Quality Assurance Programs VALLEY CENTER, CA–(Marketwire – September 21, 2010) –  National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) announces a buyer beware to people purchasing animal health supplements with misleading quality assurance claims. The warning contains five fact-checks to inquire of supplement suppliers to verify credibility and substance behind so-called quality seals. The buyer beware is being issued in response to the growing popularity of animal health supplements and recent confusion in the marketplace over marketing-geared quality seals for … Continue reading

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Veterinarian bill stuns cat owner

While scanning news clips I saw this headline….“Veterinarian bill stuns cat owner”. I thought to myself, “Yes, I’m not surprised.  It must have been a big bill.  I wonder how much it was?” Over the past year I’ve been receiving more comments like this from pet owners who are upset over the prices vets are charging for their services.  Some pet owners write in asking for our help in finding someone who is good but cheap (the old saying of “You want fast, good and cheap?  Choose 2” applies and we tell them that as … Continue reading

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Veterinary supplier lays off 300 and files for bankrupcy

Professional Veterinary Products said that it filed for bankruptcy protection after the recent recession affected its ability to generate profits and because of added competition as some of its supplies launched their own direct sales efforts. The company plans to plans to close down and sell all of its assets by October 11, 2010.

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VetLocator.com expands services for pet professionals

VetLocator.com, the internet’s largest veterinary and pet pro directory since 2002 has just launched their PetPro Services division.  VetLocator.com PetPro Services provides a variety of web based services for veterinarians and pet professionals. Now, in addition to offering free and premium directory listings, VetLocator.com’s PetPro Services have been expanded to include local search marketing, search engine optimization, website and blog set up, AdWords pay-per-click management by Google certified professionals, social media and mobile marketing campaigns and web marketing services. Along with their own in-house staff, VetLocator has partnered with strategic partners including Yada Yada Marketing, … Continue reading

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Weird side effect of hot flash treatment is concerning

The FDA is looking into reports of health risks to children and pets exposed to a spray estrogen treatment for women.  The product is Evamist, used by women to contol hot flashes during menopause.  The product is sprayed on a woman’s forearm between the elbow and wrist. Women who use Evamist who then hug a child or pet or have them in contact with bare skin containing the product.  Experts advise avoiding children and pets or, if that’s not possible, wearing long sleeves to prevent contact. The health risks are a bit alarming: The FDA … Continue reading

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Mice Direct recalling frozen mice.

Image via Wikipedia Frozen mice and other reptile feed Frozen reptile feed (mice, rats and chicks) is being recalled because it could potentially be contaminated with salmonella, the FDA announced. Georgia company Mice Direct is recalling the critters, which were distributed in all states except Hawaii through pet stores and by mail order and direct delivery. Human illnesses that may be related to the frozen reptile feed have been reported in 17 states. The recalled product should not be fed to animals, even after heating in a microwave, because the heating may not be adequate … Continue reading

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American Veterinary Medical Foundation Helps Gulf Coast Veterinarians Support Struggling Pet Owners

Image via Wikipedia ATLANTA, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ — In response to the record number of pets filing into shelters and increasing need along the Gulf coast, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) has partnered with Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Merial to support veterinary clinics and shelters affected by struggling pet owners who are unable to provide food and medical care for their pets.  The Gulf Coast Pet Relief Program is part of AVMF’s Animal Disaster Relief and Response Fund (ADRR), a fund designated to support state and national disaster relief efforts.  This effort will offer … Continue reading

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FDA Recall for Filet Square & Texas Hold’ems 10oz bag because of possible Salmonella contamination

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 … Continue reading

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