We hope you and your pets have a fantastic day this Christmas. Eat, be merry and make sure you keep the delicious Christmas meal on the table and out of your pet’s bowl. To keep you in the festive mood, we’ve posted some pictures of Christmas cats and dogs, enjoy!
There is a recall on select the Kroger Food Company some of their pet food products in select retail stores as the food may contain aflatoxin, which can be harmful to animals. Aflatoxin is a naturally-occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops.
Kroger are recalling the following items:
* Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128
* Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071357
* Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088152
* Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074580
* Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071903
* Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071559Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code:1111000108
* Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074566
* Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074563
* Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000018
Stores included in this recall: Kroger stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia; Dillons and Gerbes stores in Kansas and Missouri; Baker’s stores in Nebraska; Food 4 Less stores in Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana (Chicago area); and Jay C, Hilander, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois and Indiana.
Stores the company operates under the following names are not included in this recall: Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, QFC, City Market, Foods Co., and Food 4 Less stores in California and Nevada.
Aflatoxin can affect people and animals, particularly dogs, causing illness and liver damage. Symptoms of aflatoxin exposure include lack of appetite, lethargy, bloody diarrhea, vomiting and yellowing of the eyes. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.
For more information, you can visit Kroger’s recall page or contact Kroger toll-free at (800) 632-690.
What is K9 Advantix?
K9 Advantix for dogs, manufactured by Beyer, is a topical liquid treatment providing treatment and prevention of flea larvae and adult fleas, lice, ticks and biting flying insects such as mosquitos.
Containing imidacloprid and permethrin, K9 Advantix rapidly eliminates 98-100% of insects on your dog quickly and efficiently within 12 hours. K9 Advantix is said to prevent insect infestation for a month after the treatment.
What is Advantage?
Advantage for dogs, also manufactured by Beyer, kills all flea larvae and adult fleas.
The active ingredient, imidacloprid, quickly paralyzes the flea’s nervous system to kill them within 12 hours of application. 100% of all chewing lice on your dog will be eliminated within 7 days of treatment.
Which should I buy for my dog?
If you live in an area that has a high tick or biting flying insect population, BudgetPetCare
would recommend K9 Advantix. However one of the active ingredients of K9 Advantix, permethrin, is highly toxic to cats so if you also have a cat, separation during treatment is necessary. If you are unable to keep your dog and cat apart then it is advisable to use Advantage instead which doesn’t contain permethrin.
More bang for your buck!
This season at BudgetPetCare, we have a grand flea and tick product sale with fantastic savings. Both K9 Advantix and Advantage are part of this sale with ‘Buy 6 get 2 Free’ or ‘Buy 12 get 4 Free’ offers. You can head over to our online store to buy discount K9 Advantix for dogs or buy Advantage for dogs with free shipping to the United States.
It is a distressing fact that many dogs in the US are euthanized each year due to misdiagnosed behavioral aggression. This misdiagnosis may not mean you have a ‘problem dog’ on your hands, it may be pain related to joint problems causing the dog to act the only way he knows how to defend himself.
As mentioned in previous entries, dog joint problems are very common with 1 in 5 dogs in America being affected. Joint problems such as arthritis are often a cause of chronic pain and, as with humans, pain majorly influences temperament in dogs. This then results in some dogs being labelled as aggressive or problem animals when they are really just reacting in defense because they’re in pain.
Dogs aren’t able to communicate to humans verbally that they are in physical pain but they do display symptoms that can be spotted and identified as the early onset of arthritis:
- A decrease in pace when walking
- Limping/obvious lameness in one or more of the limbs
- Difficulty when getting up from resting
- Avoiding physical contact from humans
- Struggling to run, play, climb the stairs and jump
- Out of character snapping, growling or baring teeth
When a dog is suffering from joint problems, the animal may respond aggressively when they are touched or handled which is often out of character. If your dog has started showing behaviors that are out of the ordinary, this may be an indication of pain and your dog’s only way of showing you he needs help. It is recommended that you keep a diary to take note of any unusual behaviors, what they might have been prompted by and what time of day it was. This record will help your Vet understand what behaviors are being displayed and when they are occurring, a better understanding will lead to a more accurate diagnosis.
Pain management is the first positive step to solving the problem of aggression linked with joint pain. Your veterinarian will be able to suggest the best plan of action to relieve pain and help manage the physical symptoms which is likely to eradicate the aggression. understandably, if your dog is showing signs of aggression, it is only normal to consider the safety of your family and the general public when your dog is out. It would be best to be cautious and advise children to not disturb a resting sick dog and to teach them to know what body language is friendly and what are warning signs the dog is unhappy.
Your vet will advise solutions for the aggression if it is still present but euthanasia is the last option for serious behavioral issues and shouldn’t be a decision taken lightly. Noticing the symptoms above and changes in behavior as soon as they become present is the best route to control the situation before it gets out of hand. As ever, if you are concerned about your dog, you can take your dog to your vet or Ask Our Vet any questions about joint problems in dogs.
The winner of November’s $100 Ask A Vet feature on BudgetPetCare.com has been announced – congratulations go to Janice Keys who asked:
“Is advantage safe for a pregnant dog?“
Our In-House Vet answered
Advantage is for topical use and can be used on pregnant bitches. Care should be taken to avoid the contents of the tube coming into contact with the eyes or mouth of the user or recipient animal. Do not allow recently treated animals to groom each other…
Question of the Month Prize
As the winner of our monthly competition, Janice wins a $100 prize. If you have a question that you would like our veterinary surgeon to answer, get in touch and ask your pet-related question today.
In Berlin, a Rhodesian Ridgeback called Etana has recently given birth to seventeen puppies. This extraordinary feat. has made life very hectic for Etana’s owner, Ramona Wegemann, who has been looking after the puppies non-stop since their birth.
Etana is physically unable to feed so many pups so Ramona has been bottle feeding them several times a day for weeks now, claiming she only gets a few minutes sleep at a time. When she’s not bottle feeding them, she is keeping them entertained. If one puppy is a handful, imagine seventeen!
More on this story can be found on the Huffington Post website
Having friends or family visit gives you the opportunity to relax, talk and enjoy time together. However, having new people staying can be stressful for your cats and making them comfortable and having your guests also feel at home can be difficult.
When coming into your house, guests will need to understand that they must allow your cat to ‘warm up to them’ in its own time. You should make your guests aware of your cat’s personality and quirks, for example, if your cat likes to jump off the sofa and onto an unsuspecting shoulder or you might suggest they keep their shoes on if your cat is boisterous around feet. Making them aware of these things isn’t intended to make your guests wary of your cat but forewarned is fore-armed!
If your cat is prone to being nervous or getting stressed, they are more likely to fear visitors. This could lead to them showing negative behaviour – become aggressive, destructive and they could even eliminate inappropriately. In these situations, BudgetPetCare suggests Feliway, an air diffuser that mimics a natural comforting facial pheromone used to reduce anxiety. The wall plug-in discourages inappropriate elimination, but also soothes cats.
Once your visitors arrive, encourage them to treat your cat gently. Body language is incredibly important to animals, ask your guests not to challenge your cat by staring at it, looming over it or speak loudly and also only pet the cat if it allows them to. Also, ask them to be mindful when leaving your residence in case the cat runs out of the door, people who don’t own cats often don’t think about these things. If children are guests in your home, simply explain to them, if your cat isn’t gregarious enough to tolerate kids, they are to leave the cat alone.
By discussing with your guests how to reduce stress for your cat, it can make life a lot easier for you as host. It is usually easier to introduce a younger cat to visitors regularly visiting but with the right treatment and time, a timid cat can learn to enjoy ‘strange’ human company too!