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0 Paw-fect Travel Photos Wanted for AAA’s PetBook Photo Contest

For the many Americans whose vacations wouldn’t be complete without their favorite fur ball, the annual AAA PetBook Photo Contest offers an opportunity to show off travel photos in a big way. Through Nov. 30, travelers can enter a photo of their traveling pet for a chance to appear on a cover or inside Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA PetBook®.

Animal Rights
0 New Global Education Program Brings Compassion into the Classroom

Cats and dogs are two of the world’s most universal species, living side by side with people in hundreds of millions of homes and communities in every human society on this planet.

Yet, on every continent and in every culture, dogs and cats continue to be subject to cruel and inhumane treatment. And a growing body of research has shown that violence against animals is connected to violence against people.

To help address the root causes of animal cruelty, the International Fund for Animal Welfare is launching a new global educational program, Cats, Dogs and Us, which introduces students ages 5-14 around the world to the many different ways that people live with cats and dogs and helps develop knowledge, skills, and empathy and respect.

News
2 Social Pet Sites

Social media has become such a big part of our everyday lives. It is no surprise that pet lovers can now enroll their four-legged companions on social sites. We decided to research the pet social sites available, and must say we are amazed at the numerous ones out there. Over the next several weeks we will give you a sneak peek into each one we found. The benefits for joining other pet lovers can be very rewarding.

We have listed them in random order, however there are several social sites that have one for dogs and one for cats, these sites we have kept together.

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Catster.com collects helpful and hilarious information for the worldly but still infatuated Cat aficionado. A resource for real cat owners who passionately argue the merits of catnip at dinner, have very real opinions on vet costs, and are willing to devote their time and financial resources to please the creature that really runs their households. Catster was founded in 2004 and has answers and advice for all nine lives.

A great feature of the site is that you can find cats for adoption by entering your zip code.

General
2 New FDA Regulations for Natural & Organic Pet Food and Treats

Perhaps prompted by all of the pet food recall announcements over the years, more and more companies and individuals have flooded the market with all natural and organic choices. For pet owners, these alternative foods and treats from companies and entrepreneurs have been a welcome addition from the mass produced products that seem unable to comply with standard FDA rules and regulations.

According to the Pet Food Institute, in 2003 U.S. consumers spent more than $13 billion on cat and dog food, a figure that has increased to over $18 billion in 2011. It’s obvious that people who love pets are willing to spend money on quality food for their furry companions and pet owners who are becoming frustrated with the commercial pet food industry’s less-than-favorable facility conditions producing recalled cans of food are turning their attention, and their purse strings, elsewhere. New, all natural and organic products are popping up quicker than flowers in warm spring weather.

General
0 Kasel Associated Industries Recalls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 19, 2013 – Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling ALL PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED AT ITS DENVER, COLORADO FACILITY FROM APRIL 20, 2012 THRU SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 due to possible Salmonella contamination. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet 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. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these symptoms after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

News
0 2013 Pet-Sitting Industry Forecast

King, NC (PRWEB) January 14, 2013

A new e-book released by Pet Sitters International (PSI) this month highlights the growth of the in-home pet-care industry and shares encouraging industry data for pet-loving entrepreneurs seeking to capitalize on the nation’s ever-growing love affair with pets.

PSI’s “2013 Pet-Sitting Industry Forecast” —a follow-up to the association’s 2012 report—is a compilation of data from its State of the Industry Survey, current market research, its collective intellectual capital and knowledge from its 18-year history and more than 7,100 member businesses. Analyzing the current climate, culture, increased competition and continuing opportunities within the professional pet-sitting industry, PSI predicts another stellar year for this growing profession.

Dogs
0 Lucky LA Pet Owners

Pet owners can be found in the suburbs, country and the city. Each location has its pro’s and con’s. We all adapt to the area we live and learn how to live happy with our pet. Being a country girl I fully understand the challenges that come with my dogs running free in the pastures. Sometimes they return with a faint smell of something odd and not too pleasant. A quick bath will cure the odor and all is back to normal. Raising a canine in the city is another story of one I am not familiar. Wherever you live we all share the same dilemma of not knowing where our beloved companion will be welcome.

There is a new app out there that sounds as though it is great. We are unable to test drive the app since at the moment it is for the LA area. We don’t usually write about things that are so limited to a specific area, and here’s the big but, the app is a must have for LA pet owners! We are hopeful in getting the word out so they can hurry and expand to other areas.

Health & Safety
2 Mars Petcare US Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Range of Pedigree® Brand Wet Dog Food

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -June 30, 2012 – Today, Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of a limited range of three varieties of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food products due to a potential choking risk.

Affected product may contain small pieces of blue plastic, which entered the food during the production process. The source of the plastic has been identified and the issue resolved. We encourage consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. While a small number of consumers have reported finding the plastic pieces, we have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product. The lot codes indicated below should not be sold or consumed.

Health & Safety
2 Diamond Pet Food Recall Recall Recall……

Diamond Pet Foods is not having a good year to say the least. The Melamine contaminated pet food recall in 2007 was a scare for pet owners everywhere. It looks like the potential salmonella health risk is causing an equal amount of havoc. Since April 5, 2012 the recalls have been flowing in way too fast. Starting with the Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice and most recent with the Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula being recalled (via a press release by the FDA on May 21, 2012).

On April 12 the FDA began an investigation of the Diamond Pet Foods Gaston, S.C. manufacturing plant. Its week-long inspection of Diamond’s Gaston facility found numerous violations.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration report there were four observations noted.

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