Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
One of the female Catahoula pups was returned to my sister, there is nothing wrong with her, it's just that the new owner's do not have the time to house train a puppy. Being a non-experience puppy owner, they did not realize the time and patience it requires to house train a puppy. Can you please post on your website a female Catahoula pup needs a good home. My sister's (Mary) contact phone number is (985) 960-2521. Attached are current photos of "Mango". Thank you so much. R, Brenda Rody, (601) 590-3182
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Animal Group Searching For Answers, Suspect In Dog Abuse Case - New Orleans News Story - WDSU New Orleans
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
- IAH Kennel Phoned to check on the babies... CHECK!
- Flight status... on time - thus far... CHECK!
- Phoned to confirm delivery point New Orleans... CHECK! Ready and waiting...
- Pulled from IAH on site kennel... heading toward airplane! CHECK!
- 2:36 departure... they are in the air y'all! CHECK!
- Transport team heads toward airport... CHECK! Just arrived!
- Flight arrival... ON TIME! CHECK!
- SAFE & SOUND ARRIVAL... CHECK!
- Puppy walked... Kitty cat cuddled... CHECK!
- Transport done... CHECK! (This family is an amazing military family who is transferring back to the US!)
Do you feed your cats and dogs in the kitchen? Do you wash their food bowls and water bowls in the kitchen sink?
I do both of those things, and now a report in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association warns I'm putting my family and the family dog at risk for salmonella infection.
Many reports of salmonella outbreaks tied to pet foods and treats have been reported in recent years. Is the pesky bacteria increasingly prevalent or is everyone becoming more vigilant?
"That's a hard question to answer. We do have better reporting mechanisms," said Christine Hoang, a veterinarian who also has a master's degree in public health. She's the assistant director for scientific activities at AVMA, and educating the public is part of her job.
No one should panic about any of this, she said, because "no one is at huge risk" although "salmonella is everywhere." The good news is there are many tips to prevent the spread of salmonella.
Pet water bowls, food bowls and the scoops used to fill them should be washed "routinely with hot soapy water in a sink other than in the kitchen or bathroom," says the report written by Kate S. KuKanich, a veterinarian at Kansas State University.
I've never washed dog bowls with family dishes. That just seemed wrong, though I was thinking about dog slobber, not salmonella. I use paper towels to wash and dry dog bowls, rather than the family dish cloth and towel.
Then I spray bleach in our old white kitchen sink because its pitted porcelain surface stains easily.
Ms. Hoang said bleach can kill the salmonella bacteria. That's good, because I don't see myself making a lot of extra trips up and down the basement steps to wash dog bowls in the laundry tub.
Here's more tips from the JAVMA article:
• Wash hands with soap and water before and after handling pet food and treats.
• Discourage young children, the elderly and the immunosuppressed from handling pet food and treats.
• Pig ears, which have turned up in a number of recalls, should be purchased in sealed packages rather than from open bulk bins.
• Avoid raw food diets for pets.
• Make sure the packaging of all pet food products are in good condition when you buy them. Return to the store products that appear tainted, discolored or have a bad odor.
• Follow label instructions for food storage. Dry foods and treats should be stored in a cool, dry place.
• Many people transfer food from bags and boxes to "better" storage containers. That's fine, but hang on to the original packaging, especially the date and product codes, so that if there's a product recall for salmonella, you'll know whether your pet's food was affected.
If your infection control safeguards have failed, Salmonella symptoms can range from mild to severe in people and in animals. Look for gastrointestinal symptoms, Ms. Hoang said.
In animals it's usually diarrhea. In people its can be diarrhea and vomiting. Bloody diarrhea is never a good sign, and should prompt a call to the doctor or vet.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11190/1159248-62-0.stm#ixzz1RokNF7Q4