FDA warns: Bone treats making dogs sick, causing death

Federal authorities are warning dog owners against giving their pets packaged bones as treats or chew toys after receiving complaints of at least 15 deaths and dozens of illnesses.

The Food and Drug Administration says it has received 68 reports of pet illnesses related to “bone treats,” which are processed and packaged dog treats.

Products associated with the complaints include “Ham Bones,” “Pork Femur Bones,” “Rib Bones,” and “Smokey Knuckle Bones,” the FDA said in a statement last week.

Bone treats were responsible for approximately 15 dog deaths with other reported illnesses being choking; cuts and wounds in the mouth; vomiting; diarrhea; bleeding from the rectum; and blockage of the digestive tract.

“Giving your dog a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet,” Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA, said in a statement.

Packaged and processed bones marketed as dog treats are often dried through smoking or baking and can contain ingredients like preservatives, seasonings, and smoke flavorings, the FDA said, adding that at home, chicken and turkey bones should never be given to dogs because they are too brittle.

“We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn’t had before,” Dr. Stamper added. “And if she ‘just isn’t acting right,’ call your veterinarian right away!”

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Toys They Love

Have you ever noticed how sometimes our pets like the simple things?  I love buying toys for dogs and cats.  We always wrapped toys under the tree for our dogs and they were clearly excited to be included in the whole family ritual of unwrapping gifts.

With a new kitten, I researched safe and fun toys before purchasing anything.  Yes, she enjoys those things I brought home to clutter the floor.  But what does she seem to love best right now?  Try paper towel and toilet paper rolls, dust particles she can see floating to earth in the sunlight, and, finally, chasing the reflection from my watch face as I walk past the sunlight at the front door.  I won’t stop buying toys for Pippa, because she plays with them and likes the interaction when I join in.  And maybe she will lose her fascination with paper rolls, etc. as she ages. Still, it is fun to see the joy that she finds wherever she looks.  I would like to feel that glee, too, from the simple things.

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The Eyes Have It!

Cleaning your kitty’s and dog’s eyes is easy if done everyday.   Eyes that aren’t clean start looking bad with tear stains and can move on to clogging in the tear ducts.  It is pretty gross and probably feels worse for your pet.  Just think if you didn’t wash the “sleepies” out of your eyes each day.  Yuck!  In addition to a cotton wipe with water, you might also like something that dissolves  tears safely and easily — especially when it might have been a few days since the last eye clean up.  Those loving and clean eyes from your pet will look up to you and thank you!  Try these wipes for bright eyes (and clean ears, too).

Eye and Ear Wipes

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Mendota Slip Leads

MT028051/2″ x 6 foot Camo Slip lead

Simplicity at its best. Soft on the hands, easy to use, and pliable enough to fit in your pocket. Mendota’s flagship product, used for many years by trainers and handlers, is now adpated for exercise, training and field use. Having the leash and color in one design allows for correction and ease of use. The adjustable leather slide prevents the lead from slipping off, yet allows it to be released in the relaxed position.

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It’s still Flea and Tick Season Somewhere

It might be winter where you are, but some of us are still enjoying summer temps. Flea and tick season continues year around to many. Be sure to stock up on Flea Treats for “poison free”, holistic flea and tick control.

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Who Can You Trust?

If you can’t trust those in charge, who can you trust?

From government to business, banks to media, trust in institutions is at an all-time low. But this isn’t the age of distrust — far from it.

In this revolutionary book, world-renowned trust expert Rachel Botsman reveals that we are at the tipping point of one of the biggest social transformations in human history – with fundamental consequences for everyone. A new world order is emerging: we might have lost faith in institutions and leaders, but millions of people travel in cars with total strangers, exchange digital currencies, or find themselves trusting a bot. This is the age of “distributed trust”, a paradigm shift driven by innovative technologies that are rewriting the rules of an all-too-human relationship.

If we are to benefit from this radical shift, we must understand the mechanics of how trust is built, managed, lost and repaired in the digital age. In the first book to explain this new world, Botsman provides a detailed map of this uncharted landscape – and explores what’s next for humanity.

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New additions

Introducing Pippa! She’s the newest addition to our family. First cat in many years.

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