What every dog owner needs to know about parvovirus

Outbreaks of parvovirus among dogs in Massachusetts, Indiana, Illinois, and New Jersey have animal shelters and owners scrambling to help sick dogs and prevent further spread of the virus.
Colin Parrish, Professor of Virology at the Baker Institute for Animal Health, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, who was involved in the development of the original parvovirus vaccine and continues to study the virus, says outbreaks of parvovirus occur periodically, and gives some advice to dog owners regarding what signs to look for and what to do if your animal becomes ill.
Parrish says:
“Puppies are most susceptible to disease and in general younger puppies develop the worst disease, although even susceptible older dogs can have severe disease in some cases.
“Parvovirus outbreaks are not seasonal, like influenza in humans, but outbreaks tend to be related to the numbers and density of susceptible puppies in an animal shelter or kennel. Since puppies are often born in the spring and become vulnerable to the virus eight to ten weeks after birth, you often see more parvovirus outbreaks in the summer and early fall.
“The virus is quite widespread, and because it is relatively resistant to disinfection efforts, it can infect puppies that are isolated from other dogs.
 “Vaccination is the first thing you must do to protect your dog. Puppies should be vaccinated more than once starting about eight weeks of age, as they vary in terms of when they can be successfully vaccinated. Once the vaccine ‘takes,’ that will create fully protective immunity in the dog within a week or two.
“All the currently available modified live vaccines are very good – we don’t have any reason to think one is better than the other. They all appear to be very safe. We’ve never seen a reaction to the parvovirus in these vaccines.
“Possible symptoms include diarrhea, occasionally bloody, and lethargy. In some cases vomiting and an increased temperature can also occur. Dogs may become dehydrated and in severe cases they may develop a shock syndrome due to bacterial products leaking from the damaged gut lining into the bloodstream.
“If you suspect your dog has parvovirus, take him or her to the veterinarian as quickly as possible. There are diagnostic tests the vet can perform in the clinic using a swab or a fecal sample. If the dog is infected they’ll be able to tell right away, and early supportive treatment will give the best outcomes.

 

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Bravo Recalls Select Chicken and Turkey Pet Foods Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

(Manchester, CT) Bravo of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated withSalmonellaSalmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

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. 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.

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.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on November 14, 2013 to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) printed on the side of the plastic tube.

1) These products are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! TURKEY BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS
Product Number: 31-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546311025
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Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211028
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2) These products are being recalled out of an abundance of caution because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility or on the same day as products that tested positive.

Premium Turkey Formula BRAVO Balance RAW DIET
Product Number: 31-405
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546314057
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Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-105
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211059
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The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two lots of product. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.

No additional products affected by this recall. The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.

In addition to the voluntary recall of the above products, Bravo has chosen to voluntarily withdraw the following poultry products from the marketplace to provide its customers with the certainty of safety. Those products include all sizes (2 lb., 5 lb. and 10 lb.) of Bravo Chicken Blend(s), Bravo Turkey Blend(s), Bravo Balance Chicken Balance and Bravo Balance Premium Turkey Formula frozen raw diet products with best used by dates between June 20, 2016 and September 18, 2016. This is being done out of an abundance of caution despite no evidence of any manufacturing defect or distribution problem. None of these products are known to have tested positive for the presence of pathogens. This market withdrawal has NOT been requested by the FDA, but is being done voluntarily by Bravo.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of this product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle). Customers who have purchased the recalled pet food can return to the store where purchased and submit the Product Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website www.bravopetfoods.com for a full refund or store credit. More information on the Bravo recall can also be found at www.bravopetfoods.com, or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

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HAWS’ COLORFUL, CREATURE-FULL OCTOBER!

Waukesha animal resource center announces annual fundraiser, walk/run

October at HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, is colorful and Creature-full!

On Tuesday, October 7th from 6-8pm, HAWS hosts “Tales of Tails” as part of  Waukesha Reads.  Waukesha County Humane Officer Jill Miorana will talk about her fascinating animal investigation work and how residents can help. Extended adoption hours will include adoption specials!

Move Your Mutt for HAWS on October 19th at Genesee Lake Road Park! Featuring 5K, 10K and 1 mile events, “mutts” are welcome to join the 5K and 1 mile routes. Raise $100 in pledges for free registration and win great prizes. Presented by Silver Circle Sports Events, details at hawspets.org.

Join HAWS’ Creatures of the Night at the Marriott West on Friday, October 24th. The annual Halloween fundraiser includes silent auction, raffle, costume contests, adoptable HAWS’ pets, fantastic food, music and more. HAWS also welcomes special guest John Bartlett, nationally acclaimed designer and animal advocate. Admission is $50/person; VIP tables are $1000. Details at hawspets.org or 262-542-8851, x112.

HAWS annual Guinea Pig Primer is Sunday, October 26th from 12-4pm. Learn about housing, behavior and health issues; meet other guinea pig families and share stories! Guinea pigs welcome to attend (in a comfortable carrier) and participate in fun competitions! This event is FREE to attend; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Looking ahead: The Friends of HAWS Holiday Bazaar kicks off the shopping season on Saturday, November 1st from 9am-4pm. Holiday Pet Photos will be available on November 8-9; call 262-542-8851 to reserve your sitting.

HAWS’ colorful October includes seminars on K9 Body Language (10/6) and K9 Behavior Problems (10/28), “Pet”-icures for small animals (10/8 & 18) and cats (10/11 & 28), the monthly Pet First Aid class (10/25) and the GPA-WI greyhound meet’n’greet (10/25). Log on to hawspets.org for times and registration.

HAWS, a non-profit organization established in 1965, assists over 6,000 animals each year and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors to our shelter annually.  As an open admissions and full service shelter, HAWS assures sanctuary for animals in need while offering educational programs and services to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse.  The shelter is located at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha, Wisconsin. For more information call (262) 542-8851 or log onto our website at hawspets.org.
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ANIMAL FAIRY CHARITIES HONORS DR. MARLA LICHTENBERGER, DVM, DACVECC

Rock Be Their Voice Marla
Dr. Lichtenberger, DVM, DACVECC receives first annual Animal Fairy Charities’ Award of Distinction
Animal Fairy Charities (AFC) hosted its inaugural event, Rock Be Their Voice, a benefit concert aimed at uniting musicians locally, nationally and abroad to raise awareness for important societal issues and causes.  Amid celebrity guests and musical performers, Dr. Lichtenberger, DVM, DACVECC was presented with AFC’s first annual Award of Distinction.  The AFC Award of Distinction is given in appreciation of outstanding dedication and service above and beyond the call of duty, both in professional and community service.
“I’m amazed at the work ethic, dedication and compassion Dr. Lichtenberger has shown in her field of work, as well as the community.” –Debra Lopez, Animal Fairy Charities Founder
In addition to being the owner of the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals, Dr. Lichtenberger established the MECA Foundation after treating several police canines in her hospital.  The MECA Foundation’s mission aims to provide total wellness for Wisconsin police k-9s offering early veterinary care, purchasing and training police k-9s with protective vests and supplying the police k-9 unit with needed equipment.
Dr. Lichtenberger gained world-wide attention this spring when she, along with Dr. John Weigelt, performed groundbreaking surgery on Beatrice, a dog suffering 3rd degree burns.
“Dr. Lichtenberger’s compassion and for Beatrice is one of the many reasons she was selected as the winner of our inaugural Award of Distinction,” noted Lopez.
 
Animal Fairy Charities, 501(c)(3), raises and distributes funds in support of the missions of other animal non-profit organizations using a federated (i.e. United Way) method.  In addition, Animal Fairy Charities educates and engages young children in compassion through the positive interaction with animals.

 

From the Town Shelter on Long Island to Service Dog Training, Rescued Dog Unites with Air Force Veteran

According to the United States Air Force Personnel Center, there are approximately 325,000 people on active duty and 260,000 enlisted men and women in the U.S. Air Force. Jason Sexton served in the Air Force as a Senior Airman and was one of those servicemen who struggled to cope with day-to-day life after returning from a tour in Iraq. On Friday, September 19th, 2014, Guardians of Rescue will be uniting Sexton and Jet, a service dog trained specifically for his needs, in Long Island, New York.

“At Guardians of Rescue, we started a paws of war program putting trained service dogs with veterans to ease their return home from Iraq and Afghanistan,” affirms Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “We’ve seen amazing results. When Jason reached out to us, we did everything we could to facilitate this union.”

On the Guardians of Rescue website, Sexton saw a photo of Jet, a lab mix rescued out of a town shelter and fell in love immediately. Sexton reached out to Guardians of Rescue, who put Jet in service dog training for his specific needs.

On Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 11 a.m. EST, Sexton and Jet will finally be united. Sexton is flying from his home in Tacoma, Washington to Long Island, where Guardians of Rescue headquarters are located.

“Sexton will go through a series of classes about service dogs and training, then he will fly back to Washington with Jet,” affirms Misseri. “I think the presence of Jet will ease his struggle with acclimating to day-to-day activities and Jet will have a safe, happy home. It’s a happy ending for everyone.”

To learn more, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster home placement. Many families are still struggling to recover from the storm, making it difficult to care for their pet, either financially or while living in temporary housing. To learn more, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto http://www.guardiansofrescue.org.

About Guardians of Rescue

Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an international organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

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World’s First Implantable Microchip for Pets with GPS Tracking – Patent Filed by Escape Alert, LLC

Escape Alert Files Patent for World’s First Implantable GPS Microchip for Pets
 
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. (September 10, 2014) (PetPR News Distribution) – Escape Alert, LLC files patent for world’s first implantable microchip for pets with GPS tracking.

Escape Alert, LLC filed international patents for a revolutionary implantable GPS microchip for pets which will alert owners if their pet has escaped and enable them to track their pet’s exact location using GPS from an implanted microchip in the pet’s body.  This is the first implantable chip with GPS.

While implantable microchips for pets have been around for many years they are passive until read by scanners, do not have GPS, and are not able to track a pet’s location or alert the owner that the pet has escaped.  Escape Alert’s GPS microchip will not only alert pet owners if their pet gets out while they are away, but it will allow them to initiate GPS tracking of the pet’s exact location.  Because the technology is permanently implanted in the animal’s body, Escape Alert’s GPS Microchip solves the typical problems associated with bulky GPS collars which are too heavy for many pets and is more reliable because it never needs recharging.  “This is a game-changer and could put an end to lost pets once and for all” says Wayne Norris, Co-Founder and CEO.

The chip will be self-powered by revolutionary technology called a piezo-electrical nanogenerator which basically creates power from mechanical movement such as walking or moving your arms.  Recently researchers have been able to self-power cardiac pacemakers thereby eliminating the need for surgery to replace the battery. “We have been working on this GPS microchip for years but the trick was how to power the battery of an implanted device.  The technology just wasn’t there, until now.  Piezo-electrical nanogerator technology is the wave of the future and may put an end to batteries as we know them. It’s the next big thing since the computer revolution” says Norris. This revolutionary microchip for pets is one of the first examples of a commercialized product using piezo-electrical nanogenerators to power the battery.

According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 67% of microchipped pet owners falsely believe that the microchips inside their pets can track the pet’s location if needed.  They cannot.  Today’s microchips are useless unless the pet is found, turned in, scanned.  Additionally, according to the APPA 2010 National Pet Owner Survey, over 50% of microchipped pets have outdated information for the owner.  

Lost pet statistics are staggering.  1 in 3 pets will be lost during their lifetime according to the National Humane Society and of those lost pets, only 1 in 10 will ever be found.  According to the ASPCA roughly 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats enter shelters in the United States each year and 31% of dogs (1,200,000) and 34% of cats (1,150,000) are euthanized.  Escape Alert’s revolutionary technology can make lost pets a thing of the past, save millions of animal lives and save counties and municipalities millions of dollars spent to house, feed and eventually kill these wonderful companion animals.

Pre-order your Escape Alert GPS implantable microchip on Kickstarter starting September 23, 2014. For additional information, contact Karen Zaxton at 888-371-1788 or media@escapealert.com.

About Escape Alert, LLC
Escape Alert of Los Angeles was founded in 2010 by Co-Founders, Jan Mooneyham and Wayne B. Norris.  The company’s mission is to put an end to lost pets once and for all.  Escape Alert has filed international patents for the world’s first implantable microchip for pets with GPS tracking.  The company is in the development phase and plans to release the first GPS chip in 2015.  For more information, please visit www.escapealert.com or call (888) 371-1788.  Connect with Escape Alert on Facebook at http://facebook.com/escapealert or Twitter @escapealert.