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Diamond Pet Foods has withdrawn from distribution the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat: RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb. The calls from pet owners or veterinarians regarding this issue have been centered in the Rochester, NY area. All retail outlets shipped the above lots were contacted, asking them to pull the product from the store shelves. The retailers were also asked to contact their customers via email or telephone requesting them to check the date code of the food. However, if you or anyone you know has these date codes of Premium Edge cat food, please return them to your retailer.
Symptoms displayed by an affected cat will be neurological in nature. Any cats fed these date codes that display these symptoms should be immediately taken to a veterinarian.
Product testing proved no contaminants were discovered in the cat food; however the cat foods were deficient in thiamine. Diamond tracked the vitamin premix lot number that was utilized in these particular cat foods and have performed testing on another lot of Premium Edge cat food that used the same vitamin premix, and it was not deficient in thiamine. No other neurological signs have been reported on any other product manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.
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Susan Thixton reports that she has contacted Diamond Pet Food (manufacturer of Premium Edge) and confirmed that certain lots are being withdrawn from retail outlets.
See Susan?s blog for further details, including affected date codes.
If you have been feeding your cats this product and particular lots/dates and your cats are exhibiting decreased appetite followed by neurological symptoms, please contact your vet, Dr. Hubbard, and Diamond Pet Food. http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/
Here is a press release dated April 1 on Menu Foods website:
Menu Foods Income Fund (TSX: MEW.UN) announced that the parties to the Pet Food Multi-District Litigation (including Menu Foods) today advised the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey that their mediation has produced a comprehensive, cross-border agreement in principle between the parties, addressing all major terms of settlement.
The settlement in principle is subject to several conditions, including the approval of certain other parties, the execution of a definitive settlement agreement and review and approval of the U.S. District Court and the Canadian courts. The parties advised the court that they are confident that a definitive settlement agreement can be reached.
The definitive terms of settlement, together with a motion for preliminary approval thereof, are scheduled to be filed with the U.S. District Court on May 1, 2008, with the hearing scheduled to occur at 11:00 a.m. on May 14, 2008. The scheduling for Canadian court approval has not yet been determined, but is expected to occur in a similar time frame.
The settlement amount will be funded by the defendants, including Menu Foods and its product liability insurer. Menu Foods estimate for recall costs remains unchanged at Cdn.$55 million. Pet owners with potential claims should not contact Menu Foods regarding the agreement in principle. If and when a definitive settlement agreement and claims process have been finalized and approved, the administrator of the settlement fund will give notice to pet owners with details on the procedure for making claims on the settlement fund.
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It's hard enough to get people to go to the shelter to get a rescue dog instead of favoring the cute doggies in the pet store window, but it's even more so when you have someone like Erin Auerbach around. In case you haven't seen her latest column, the title should sum up the problem for you: "Why I'd Never Adopt a Shelter Dog Again"
Auerbach has apparently had some bad luck with dogs from shelters, and on that count, my heart aches for her. The first one she describes is Yogi, who was diagnosed with cancer six months after she adopted him. Next came Clarence, who didn't have cancer, but had epilepsy. The anti-convulsants caused liver deterioration, weight gain, and anxiety.
"Five years later," she writes, "his seizures and pancreatitis got the best of him. Euthanizing him was a relief."
The third one is Mookie, whom Auerbach had even before Yogi. Mookie had been healthy for more than 10 years when he started to have a series of health problems, including seizures and senility. After two years of rushing him to the vet, she found a vet who would euthanize him at home.
It's hard not to sympathize with this series of grief, pain, and loss. And of course, I absolutely do. But the conclusion that Auerbach draws -- that she can avoid living through all of that sickness and pain by getting her future dogs from a breeder -- is not only wrong, but potentially lethal to thousands of dogs.
Rescue and shelter dogs are a crapshoot. Although it's hard to track down reliable statistics, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that about 3.9 million dogs go to shelters each year and 1.2 million are euthanized. Generally, these groups know only how an animal came into their possession. Behavior issues, illnesses or a high maintenance cost usually only rear their heads after adoption.
The sad fact is, that no matter how much we love them, the animals and people in our lives will become sick and infirm and die, given enough time. That's just an inevitable risk of love, rather than an argument for avoiding the shelter (or, in the case of people, OKCupid).
The flaw in Auerbach's argument becomes apparent very quickly once you take a closer look at the history of her dogs. Mookie lived with her for more than 10 years, free of health problems, before his body started to get old and infirm and he died. How long would Mookie have had to live before she considered his life with her to be a good example of what you can get from adopting a shelter dog?
The fact is, there are a lot of risks to buying a dog from a breeder as well. The risk-free certainty that Auerbach craves just doesn't exist. In fact, one of the problems with dog breeders is that decades of inbreeding is likely to magnify the risks of certain health problems by combining and recombining recessive traits, making them more likely to manifest than they would in a mutt. The examples of breed-related health problems are legion. Golden Retrievers, for example, have a 60 percent chance of dying of cancer, about twice that of other breeds. Bulldogs have respiratory problems because they've been bred to have very short snouts.
There have been many responses to Auerbach's piece by dog lovers through social media and blogs. A quick survey of Twitter will show scores of people declaring that she should never own a dog again. What I consider one of the best responses comes from Lisa LaFontaine, president and CEO of the Washington Humane Society, who debunks Auerbach's claims with reason and facts:
Reality, as reflected in research and hard data, simply doesn't support her conclusions. When animals develop a medical condition the chances are good that singular genetic or environmental factors -- or a combination of the two -- are at play. This is true for dogs who are purebred, and those who are mutts. It is true for those who come from professional breeders, casual breeders, and shelters. There are no guarantees of long-term health for any animal. It's a crapshoot all the way around.
Having seen the surrender of untold thousands of animals in my career, I can pull back the curtain on a little known fact: Many of the dogs who come through my shelter, and shelters across America, originally came from a breeder. Some of them are with us because of a health condition the owner no longer wished to deal with.
Dogs die. It's a simple reality of being a dog owner, and you won't dodge that by going to a breeder. As LaFontaine points out, many of the dogs that you'll find at the breeder's are the exact same ones that you will find in the shelter. Getting your dog from a breeder will not prevent you from, sooner or later, having your heart broken. It will, however, mean that one more dog will languish in the shelter, waiting for someone to give him or her a home, perhaps in vain. Let us know what you think about Auerbach's decision in the comments below.
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Like many cities, Istanbul has a problem with stray dogs and cats -- reportedly, 150,000 of them roam the streets, eking out a living by digging through the trash or relying on the kindness of residents for their food.
Now, there's another option -- vending machines. They're scattered around parks and public areas in the Turkish city, dispensing food water to stray dogs and cats. It's a wild idea, but even wilder is how the machines work. They don't take money. They take plastic bottles.
People insert their used bottle into a slot at the top of the machine, and a handful of kibble is dropped out. There's even a spot to dump unused water, which filters through the machine and fills a bowl at the bottom.
You might think: Why bottles? Well, that's how the Turkish company that installed the machines, Pugedon, pays for the food, using money it gets from recycling the bottles. It also has a nice side effect of keeping the streets clean, as well as promoting recycling. According to Elite Daily, after the company promised the government it wouldn't have to pay for anything, it was allowed to place the machine anywhere it saw fit. Now the boxes are scattered throughout this city of 15 million people.
Watch them at work:
What do you think of this idea? Let us know in the comments.
Photos via Pugedon's Facebook page
Via Elite Daily
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Before a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy called George entered his life, John Dolan lived on a roller coaster of drug abuse, crime, prison, and life on the streets. Then a homeless woman dumped a puppy in his lap, and his life changed.
?He was quite an aggressive dog and he would growl at you. He was also a cat chaser and weary of people. But within a month after I started training him, his personality began to change,? Dolan told the Star Online. ?He became a really pleasant dog.?
And to care for that pleasant dog, Dolan needed money. So he started begging on the streets with the dog, and then moved onto sketching the dog and the scenes around him, then selling the work for pocket change, which came via a cup set out before the duo.
The sketches were good, and he sold a lot of them, making a name for himself among residents, passersby, and shop owners. One of those passersby was Richard Howard-Griffin, who runs street art tours and owns a gallery. He's always on the lookout for talent, and he found some right under his feet.
He wondered whether Dolan might want to show his work in a group show featuring some of the biggest names in street art. Dolan agreed. The 2013 show was a hit. Dolan's work sold out, and his art career took off. Now, his sketches sell for more than $6,800 each, and he has just opened a solo show Howard Griffin Gallery, which focuses on him and George.
"The story of John and George is one of companionship and hope," writes the gallery. "Dolan was on the streets when he was given George in exchange for the price of a strong can of lager. Since that time, George has been Dolan's most loyal companion, ultimately enabling him to change his life. With George at his side, Dolan managed to escape a 20-year cycle of homelessness and prison, establishing himself as one of east London's most recognizable artists."
The gallery presents the work in a distinct way, with hundreds of drawings hung on the walls, the repetition representing years of Dolan working on the street, turning out sketches of his dog, the one thing in his chaotic life he could count on. The show also celebrates the release of Dolan's autobiography John and George: The Dog Who Changed My Life, published by Random House. A solo show in Los Angeles is next.
Dolan's seemingly overnight success has delighted the man who discovered him.
?I mean, John?s rise has been really meteoric in the art world. It?s like watching an artist?s career in fast-forward -- which is really, really amazing,? Howard-Griffin said. ?There?s a real relevance to his work, and there?s a real soul in it because it has a true story behind it which is very inspiring, and that?s born out of the work when you look at it.?
And while Dolan's life has completely changed, one thing has not: He still prefers to draw his dog outdoors, on that East London street, the two of them sitting in their customary spot.
?The drawings that I do of him are quite simple,? said Dolan. "These little ones that I do, I basically try and capture his personality if I can in all of them.?
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Ezio, a Yorkshire Terrier who lives in Texas, weighs only 11 pounds, but his courage and loyalty to his family belie his tiny size. That was proved beyond a doubt last week when a neighbor's dog broke through the Long family's plywood fence and came towards Shannon Griffith Long's 3-year-old grandchild, Gavin.
"The dog was 10 times the size of Ezio. This big giant dog, if it stands up, is as tall as me," Long told local TV station KHOU. "The dog is ferocious."
It was an obvious mismatch, but Ezio distracted the neighbor's dog in the attack long enough for Gavin to get inside the house. But the Yorkie, of course, didn't have a chance. Long said, "he picks Ezio by his neck and lifts him and shakes and shakes and shakes and throws him down."
Ezio lived -- barely -- but he may never walk again. It was considered a great victory when the family was able to post yesterday that the little dog was able to breathe on his own again. Among other things, the neighbor's dog crushed Ezio's trachea, broke his neck, tore muscles and ligaments, and damaged his spinal cord.
The initial costs just to keep Ezio alive were $5,000, but it's going to take a lot more to bring him back to full health -- or at least as close to that as is realistically possible.
"We don't have a lot of money. We have three kids and two grandkids," said Long. "My daughter emptied her bank account. My husband and I emptied our bank account. The doctor said, 'Well, you'll have to put him down.' I just can't do that. He saved Gavin's life, and I can't give up on his."
If there's one good thing to come out of this, it's that a lot of people have given a lot of support for Ezio and his family. The Longs established a page on GoFundMe to raise money for Ezio's medical expenses and possible legal expenses for a civil suit against the neighbor. As of this writing, people have donated $23,679 to the fundraiser, exceeding the original goal.
One of the bizarre qualities of the whole case is that unless Ezio dies -- which the Longs are doing everything in their power to avoid -- they have no legal recourse against the neighbor. The police have told Long that because no human was harmed and the dog survived, the most they can do is issue a citation.
Of course, that will leave a sour taste in anyone's mouth. It's an unpleasant twist of law that is not only unjust to Enzio and the Longs, but practically ensures that other people and animals are endangered. But at the same time, it's heartening to see not only the dedication of Ezio against such overwhelming odds, but the willingness of so many complete strangers to support him and his family. Our support and best wishes go out to the Longs.
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Just a quick heads-up for any Vegas-based Dogsters, or those of you who might be attending the SuperZoo conference on the strip this year: Dogster HQ is in town, and we'd love to see you.
As you can see from the photo above, we've brought some Dogster (and Catster!) swag with us, and we'll be handing them out to you until we run out. The conference is at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from today, July 22, through Thursday, July 24. In attendance are Community Manager Lori Malm, Managing Editor Vicky Walker, and Editor-in-Chief Janine Kahn -- that's us pictured up top!
To find us, follow along on instagram (we're @Dogster), where we'll be posting photos of the cool and/or wacky pet products we see at the conference. Use #HQatSuperZoo to get our attention! We'll also be in and out of the I-5 Publishing booth, #10079, from 11 a.m. today onwards, so you can drop by there, too. (Lori is @pawpawrazzi on instagram, and Janine is @janinekahn if you want to follow our personal feeds as well!)
See you at the 'Zoo!
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