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Dogs
Dozens Dead Following Dog Food Toxins

Issuing a recall in December, the maker of Diamond Dog Food noticed that it was receiving contaminated corn a month before it got into the food, a company official stated. While employees had been warned to test closely for the naturally-occurring aflatoxin, it is assumed that a pocket had been missed in one of the shipments, claims Mark Brinkmann, Diamond Pet Foods’ chief operating officer.
The mistake resulted in the

Health & Safety
Disease Outbreak in Washington, Pet Owners Beware!

Disease Could Spread from Pets to Humans…
Since last month, at least 11 dogs in Washington State have been diagnosed with a bacterial disease known as leptospirosis, two of which have died. These are reportedly the first outbreaks in roughly 25 years. Veterinarians claim that, if not treated quickly, this disease could make its way to humans.
Usually picked up by pets, when they drink from water that has been

Dogs
Latest News: Microchips and Your Pet

Microchipping News
A bill was sent to President Bush to sign, this Thursday, supporting the use of open pet microchip technology in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Both Houses of Congress seek the ability to add different languages to the program, thus creating a system that would enable all scanners to read all pet microchips, regardless of where they originated.

Previously, the U.S. House of Representatives had included language that

Dogs
Canine Hip Dysplasia and Your Dog

Nutrition has been found to play a part in canine hip dysplasia, and what kind of symptoms are shown. While a dog can develop this condition without regard to weight or nutritional deficiencies, dogs which are obese (overweight), will show more symptoms, when added weight puts stress and strain on their own joints. In addition to this, puppies who are fed a diet that is high in protein and high

Cats
Avoiding Common Household Poisons, Part One – Cleaning Products

by Sandra Yvonne Duke
Keep an eye on your clean products for your pets sake.

Cleaning products, foods, plants, and other common household chemicals can be poisonous to your dog.

Cleaning products.
All cleaning products should be kept out of reach of pets, but some can be accessed in ways you might not think about. Few people know it, but dish soap is poisonous to people and pets

Cats
Feline Leukemia Virus and the Importance of Vaccinations

by Mya Blake
catFeline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is a deadly disease that can be prevented through regular vaccinations. Unfortunately, however, one out of every 10 cats die, every year, from this supposedly preventable disease. While the majority of these animals are strays, the risk of infection is serious enough that you should want to get your own pet vaccinated. It is also important that

Dogs
Diagnosing Canine Hip Dysplasia

Canine Hip Dysphasia (CHD) can effect dogs of any size, breed or age. Commonly a contributing factor to canine osteoarthritis and other conditions, it?s important that all dog owners familarize themselves with CHD and its symptoms. So what is Canine Hip Dysplasia? Read on, to learn more about this condition and how it is diagnosed.

Quite often, research for CHD seems contradictory and confusing. Known to be a genetic

Birds
The ABC’s of Bird Beaks

Beaks, Bills, Face Knives, Beakers – whatever we want to call them, they are an integral part of our Hookbills! So, let’s break the beak down into some understandable lessons:

A. Anatomy – What is a beak?
It is not “dead” material, like hair or fingernails – rather, it is a living organ, the tip of which contains a bundle of sensitive nerves. The beak itself consists of keratin

Health & Safety
Probiotics – The Good Bacteria

by Deena Caruso

Does your pet have digestion problems, diarrhea, skin problems, food intolerances, or other chronic health problems? Supplement with a high quality pet probiotic to restore your pet’s healthy gut, and chances are you’ll improve your pet’s health.

A probiotic, sometimes referred to as good or friendly bacteria, is a microorganism necessary for a healthy and balanced intestinal tract. There are two types of bacteria found

Fish
Tank Requirement for Discus Fish

For Discus fish, there are 2 consideration in tanks – tank depth and volume. Because of their size and swimming habits, a minimum of 18″ is needed for tank depth, the deeper the better. Regarding volume, a good rule of thumb is that each adult discus will need 10 gallons of water. Larger tanks will also give more stable water conditions, and taking into account other considerations the minimum size

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