Archive for March 2013

Do Animals Grieve? Seeing Is Believing

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How animals perceive death is a question I get asked frequently….my expertise (for lack of a better word) begins and ends with companion animals. We know that dogs and cats have identical neurotransmitters to our own, and feel emotions. What they are thinking….if they actually are grieving – while science doesn’t know, pet owners have... Read more »

Natura Expands Pet Food Recalls: California Natural, Evo, Innova, Healthwise

Natura Expands Pet Food Recalls: California Natural, Evo, Innova, Healthwise
Natura Pet Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 29, 2013 – Natura Pet Products is voluntarily expanding its recall of dry pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated withSalmonella. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been confirmed to date. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products... Read more »

Dog Training 101; Old Shelter, New Look; Pet Rabbits: Steve Dale's Pet World

Dog Training 101; Old Shelter, New Look; Pet Rabbits: Steve Dale's Pet World
Dog training is the topic when we start the show, on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio, starting 1 p.m. CDT on March 30, www.wgnradio.com or 720 AM.  Renown dog trainers Wendy DeCarlo-Young and Dennis Damon of the Dog Obedience Group will show me how to “sit.” Perhaps, I will also roll over. Most important,... Read more »
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Makeover at Felines, Inc. - New Name, New Look, New Species

The renaming and re-grand opening of Felines & Canines new 6,000 square foot facility was in February (last month).
Felines & Canines (previously known as Felines, Inc) just began a new chapter in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood,6379 N. Paulina Street (at Devon Avenue). For over three decades as a cat-only, dogs are now included (mostly from the Animal Welfare League of Chicago). If you haven’t checked the new sunny addition yet, join the tour here. Type your... Read more »

Easter is Here, Don't Buy the Bunny

Easter is Here, Don't Buy the Bunny
Rabbits are still being purchased for Easter, as a gift for kids. It’s absolutely ridiculous. Here’s a piece I wrote just a few years back, which is sadly still relevant.  You’d think that after all these years of stories just like this one – making a point that a pet bunny is an awful impulsive... Read more »

AAHA Conference Provides Expert Answers to Pet Questions

AAHA Conference Provides Expert Answers to Pet Questions
PHOENIX, AZ — These reader questions were answered by veterinary experts attending the annual American Animal Hospital Association Conference March 14-17, attended by over 2,100 veterinary professionals. AAHA is the only organization that accredits small animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. AAHA-accredited hospitals are evaluated regularly on approximately 900 quality-of-care standards defining excellence in... Read more »
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SENTRY Petrodex Superstar Smiles Contest Winner No Flash in the Pan

SENTRY Petrodex Superstar Smiles Contest Winner No Flash in the Pan
The winner of the SENTRY Petrodex Superstar Smiles Photo Contest is Flash of San Diego, CA! Flash is a 3-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever with a beautiful smile and lovable personality! This pup can certainly say “Cheese.” “He is very smart, loving, cuddly and affectionate. A total ‘people person’,” says his proud owner, Amanda. “Flash was born in Queensland,... Read more »

Animals for LIFE Foundation Summit: Temple Grandin Featured Speaker

Animals for LIFE Foundation Summit: Temple Grandin Featured Speaker
LEWIS CENTER, OHIO — The concept is positively brilliant, integrating an urban definition of animals — living with pets, sharing our beds with them — with the very different rural reality of animals living on the farm. The non-profit Animals For LIFE Foundation was founded in 2009 in Ohio to marry the urban world and... Read more »

Natura Brands Pet Food Recalls: Innova, EVO, California Natural, HealthWise

Natura Brands Pet Food Recalls: Innova, EVO, California Natural, HealthWise
A significant pet food recall, includes Natura brands (purchased by P&G in 2010). I previously wrote about many of these brands recalled – but reposting for those who may not know. And ferret food from Innova is added. Below is the press release, and then click on brands listed below that  for specific lot/brand information. As pet... Read more »
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WGN Radio Petcast: Human/Animal Interaction Experts Coming to Chicago; Parasite Protection

WGN Radio Petcast: Human/Animal Interaction Experts Coming to Chicago; Parasite Protection
Listen HERE to this WGN Radio Petcast, it will be as good for you as your pets are. Experts on the relationships we have with our pets, and those who want to know more about those interactions are welcome to attend – for the first time ever in the U.S. – the Conference of the... Read more »
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