Friday, March 28, 2008

Avoid The Dog Pounds

Your dog may be overweight - and you may not realize it.

That lack of awareness could jeopardize the health of your favorite four-legged friend.

To help combat canine obesity, Pfizer Animal Health has joined forces with the American Kennel Club Humane Fund and veterinarians across the country to launch The National Canine Weight Check, a free and simple way to find out whether your dog is overweight.

To get a realistic picture of your dog's health, you can take your dog to participating veterinary clinics throughout February for a free weight check.

Numerous local veterinarians are participating, so go to to find the one nearest to you.

The Van Dyke Animal Clinic, at 6066 Van Dyke Road, is among those taking part.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Prosthesis provides mobility for puppy born with only two legs

For a two-legged puppy, Hope gets around.

The sprightly Maltese can bounce across a room at a break-neck pace. Rounding her small back, she uses her hind legs to propel her body forward onto her chest, which has small wriggling nubs where her front legs should be.

“She gets around fine,” said the puppy’s rehabilitation specialist, Cassy Englert of River Veterinary Emergency Clinic on Amnicola Highway. “She never knew anything other than hopping like she did. ... The hardest thing is teaching her a new way to get around that’s going to actually be better for her.”

A Chattanooga orthotist with Dynamic Prosthetic & Orthotic on McCallie Avenue created a device he hoped would give Hope a more normal gait.

“Once she quits growing and gets to her full size, she will need another one,” local orthotist David Turnbill said. “Prosthetic care is an ongoing cycle.”

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Good dog! Have a treat at Just Dogs! Gourmet

At Just Dogs! Gourmet in Randolph, the proprietor is Elvine Tsang, self-proclaimed dogaholic. The quality control supervisors are Sydney, 6, and Ada, 4. They are German pinschers.

"I don't sell anything Sydney and Ada don't like," said Tsang, originally from Thailand.

The shop, which carries dozens of fun items from dog spa products and designer pet tags to easy-walk harnesses and rhinestone starlet necklaces, is mostly about healthy dog food. Customer traffic has been brisk at the 2-month-old Route 10 location.

"After last year's recall of pet food made with ingredients imported from China, dog owners are more educated," said the 34-year-old Tsang, who opened the shop of her dreams after downsizing ended a 10-year career in corporate graphic design. "Today people ask me where our products are made -- here or abroad."

The answer is "here." To be precise, the company makes its own treats in its Pennsylvania "barkery" using human grade ingredients in a facility inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Ask AP: Product Recalls, Obama's Faith

You've just gotten word of a product recall, so you grab the offending toy _ or packet of meat, or can of dog food _ and bring it back to the store.

What happens next? What does the future hold for a turkey sausage deemed unfit for human consumption?

That's one of the four questions being answered in this installment of "Ask AP," a weekly Q&A column where AP journalists respond to readers' questions about the news.

If you have your own news-related question that you'd like to see answered by an AP reporter or editor, send it to, with "Ask AP" in the subject line.


What becomes of all the recalled poisonous pet food, lead-tainted toys and antifreeze-flavored toothpaste? Are they incinerated? Buried?

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Monday, February 18, 2008

New Website Focuses On Animal Charities and Safe Pet Food Shopping

Pet Commerce Direct launches the Animal Shelter Store, designed exclusively for animal shelters and rescues to use as an online fundraising program. The Animal Shelter Store marketplace features more than 600 recall-free pet foods, treats, vitamins and natural remedies.

Germantown, NY (PRWEB) February 7, 2008 -- Pet Commerce Direct, a New York LLC, has launched the Animal Shelter Store, the first of three unique programs created exclusively to enhance online fundraising and increase donations for animal shelters and rescues.

The first program released February 1, 2008 is the Animal Shelter, which features more than 600 dog and cat recall-free food, treats, vitamins and natural remedies. None of the companies listed in the store are contained in the FDA's January 2008 updated list of companies who were part of the 2007-2008 recall.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

U.S., Chinese companies charged in pet food case

A U.S. company, ChemNutra Inc., and two Chinese businesses were charged by a federal grand jury with manufacturing and importing tainted ingredients used in pet food that may have killed thousands of cats and dogs last year.

Top executives from the companies were also indicted. The U.S. accused them of importing 800 metric tons of wheat gluten poisoned with melamine, an unsafe food additive.

The shipments were mislabeled to avoid inspection in China, prosecutors said.

Last March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was alerted to the deaths of 14 cats and dogs that appeared to suffer from kidney failure after eating.

Ultimately, manufacturers recalled more than 150 brands of dog and cat food.

Consumer reports received by the FDA suggested about 1,950 cats and 2,200 dogs died after eating contaminated pet food, the Justice Department said.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

It's Back to Business as Usual !

It seems too quick to get back to business as usual. We’d rather hear that Diamond is helping people with their veterinary bills or starting a program to help people overcome their grief and anger. We’d prefer that the prize isn’t dog food, but some more compassion and understanding.

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That shows how most of these commercial dog food manufacturers just think and care for their profits and not for their customers.But we cannot forget the agony most dog owners had to go through and the grief for those who lost their beloved pets.
This last dog food recall should be a wake up call on how dog owners should be vigilant in what they feed their dogs.

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