April 2015
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Before You Buy Another Flea Collar, You Should Read This.

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A report published just last month, 3/20/2015,  in the journal The Lancet Oncology says glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, is a "probable carcinogen." The report is from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization know as WHO.
"This latest finding, which links Monsanto's Roundup to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and lung cancer is not the first to make these links, but it is one of the strongest indictments of glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup," said Ronnie Cummins, international director for the Organic Consumers Association.

The study also mentions 5 chemicals used in pet collars and home insect sprays as carcinogens. The report classifies glyphosate, malathion and diazinon as probable carcinogens all used in such home products.

The pesticides tetrachlorvinphos and parathion received a slightly stronger designation as possible carcinogens because there is more evidence for their cancer-causing effects in animals, but still little information on their effect on people. Both of these possible carcinogens are already restricted; tetrachlorvinphos is banned in the European Union while still allowed for use in livestock and pet collars in the U.S. Parathion was banned in both the U.S. and Europe in 2003.

cat with hartz collar burns and soresBelow are just 3 pet collar horror stories among many.

"Last Wednesday, 02/26/2014, my 9 month-old pit-bull, AJ,woke up in the middle of what I first thought was a nightmare. I soon discovered he was having a grand mal seizure, the first of 11 he would have over the next 24 hours. The fact that he is still a “puppy”, I did not consider his clumsiness, incoordination and fluctuating appetite over the last 2 weeks. My son and I took him immediately to the closest vet. He was administered IV fluids, valium and potassium bromide over an eight hour period. He is just now beginning to act like “his old self” again. We have a 2 yr. old pit/boxer , Bridgette, as well that has not shown any signs of seizures however, she has “hot spots” on her feet, belly, chest and ears that have also developed over the last two weeks. On a whim, I looked up Hartz flea and tick prevention. Surprise! Surprise! My babies aren’t the only ones! I appreciate this website. I now know to NEVER apply this sh*# to my animals again!" ~JennetLee

"I rescued two kittens, a brother and sister, this past year. That’s when i found out how riddled my apartment complex was with fleas. They were about 8 months old when this happened. I bathed both of them, then applied Sergent’s Green. I didn’t use a whole tube of it either i just split one between the two of them. I immediately swore to never use it again, as the smell was strong enough to choke the cats up and make them foam up at the mouth so my room mate corralled Dexter and washed the medication off of him while i took Sookie and did the same. Dexter seemed to be ok, if just a little unsteady. It was Sookie that worried me. she kept shaking as if she couldn’t get warm so i curled her up in a blanket and held her trying to calm her down some. after about ten minutes she was still shaking and her pupils had dilated, so we rushed them to the emergency vet. By this time Dexter had started to shake too. I was told they were exhibiting the symptoms of pyrethrin poisoning. They were given something to help flush their systems, and IV’s, in addition to another round of baths. I was so scared i was going to lose them, I mean i must have been a sight, a 260 lb army vet crying in the vets waiting area. I stayed up with them all night and called in sick the next day to work. We kept all of the lights off in the apartment for the next three days while their eyes returned to normal to limit any damage to their sight. I am happy to say that they made a full recovery, but Sookie still holds a grudge over it, she will only curl up with my room mate now and only comes to me when she wants food." ~ bombtek

doberman with harta collar poisoning"I bought a hartz 040775Ultra Guard Flea & Tick Collars for Cats (1 Each)1 from Puritan.com in December . I just decided to use it on my cat since she had fleas last year and the vet suggested to use flea med once every half a year. I opened it then the fine powder started to come off and I smelled a weird scent but still put it on to my cat. Then started to read the directions. However the directions conflict wirth itself. It says use on cats only and it’s poisonous to human and domestic animals. All I know is cats are domestic animals. Thank god I took it off of my baby before it was too late and I gave her a bath thoroughly. Then guess what? My finger, which I used to touch the collar started to burn and itch. Can’t even imagine if my cat were to wear that for very long ……… I just wanna know is there a way to shut down the cruel company hartz ????????????" ~ albertina.

Read many, many more horror stories and comments on the HartzVictims.org site:

Natural Flea Remedy Alternatives:

We have published natural flea remedies in our Natural Pet Remedies column before, but here is a refresher course.

NATURAL PET REMEDIES:  From our July 2013 Pet Circkles Back Issue: Fleas and Ticks.

The Center For Public Integrity's study said pyrethroid-based flea and tick treatments are approved for sale by the EPA, and they are readily available in powders, shampoos, dips, sprays, and other forms,  "but they are also linked to thousands of reported pet poisonings, and they have stirred the ire of pet owners, the concern of veterinarians, and the attention of regulatory agencies." The agency also reported that pyrethroid spot-ons also account "for more than half of 'major' pesticide pet reactions reported to EPA over the last five years—that is, those incidents involving serious medical reactions such as brain damage, heart attacks, and violent seizures. In contrast, non-pyrethroid spot on treatments accounted for only about 6 percent of all major incidents."

Besides pyrethroid-based products, ingredients to be wary of are organophosphate insecticides (OPs) and carbamates, both of which are found in various flea and tick products.  The only OP currently found in flea and tick products in the U.S. is tetrachlorvinphos.  This chemical is classified by the EPA as being "likely to be carcinogenic to humans."  There are questions about the effects of long-term, cumulative exposures as well as combined exposures from the use of other products containing OPs and carbamates.  Permethrin is another chemical that the EPA has classified as "likely to be carcinogenic to humans" if ingested orally. 

Symptoms of poisoning by flea/tick treatments may include salivating, dilated pupils, tremors, vomiting, hiding, shivering, and skin irritation. Just because a compound is applied to or worn on your pet’s fur doesn’t mean it’s safe. Remember: what goes on your pet goes in your pet, by absorption through the skin or ingestion during grooming.

Natural Remedies:

References: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(15)70134-8/abstract

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Brachycephalic Syndrome.

While they are cute as the Dickens, and some of the most popular breeds because of their abnormality, dogs and cats with pushed in, wrinkly faces have specific health concerns and needs.

Certain breeds of dogs and cats are prone to difficult, obstructive breathing because of the shape of their head, muzzle and throat. The most common dogs affected are the “brachycephalic” breeds. Brachycephalic means “short-headed.” Common examples of brachycephalic dog breeds include the English bulldog, French bulldog, Pug, Pekingese, and Boston terrier. These dogs have been bred to have relatively short muzzles and noses and, because of this, the throat and breathing passages in these dogs are frequently undersized or flattened. Some Mastiffs and SharPeis can also be prone depending on the physical shape of their heads. Persian cats also have a brachycephalic conformation.

The term Brachycephalic Syndrome is a combination of elongated soft palate, stenotic nares, and everted laryngeal saccules, all of which are commonly seen in these breeds.

Elongated soft palate is a condition where the soft palate is too long so that the tip of it protrudes into the airway and interferes with movement of air into the lungs.

Stenotic Nares  are malformed nostrils that are narrow or collapse inward during inhalation, making it difficult for the dog to breathe through its nose.

Everted Laryngeal Saccules  is a condition in which tissue within the airway, just in front of the vocal cords, is pulled into the trachea (windpipe) and partially obstructs airflow. 

Symptoms of Concern:

Typical nose prone to brachycephalic syndromeSome dogs with brachycephalic syndrome may also have a narrow trachea (windpipe), collapse of the larynx (the cartilages that open and close the upper airway), or paralysis of the laryngeal cartilages. Dogs with elongated soft palates generally have a history of noisy breathing, especially upon inspiration (breathing inward). Some dogs will retch or gag, especially while swallowing. Exercise intolerance, cyanosis (blue tongue and gums from lack of oxygen), and occasional collapse are common, especially following over-activity, excitement, or excessive heat or humidity. Obesity will aggravate the problems. Many dogs with elongated soft palates prefer to sleep on their backs. This is probably because this position allows the soft palate tissue to fall away from the larynx. The signs associated with stenotic nares and everted laryngeal saccules are similar.

Symptoms of an obstructed upper airway may include snoring, rapid breathing (ortachypnea), noisy breathing when inhaling, frequent panting, difficulty eating or swallowing, coughing and gagging, inability to perform physical activity, especially in warm, humid weather, and occasionally physical collapse. A physical examination may reveal further indications, such as stenotic nares (narrowed nasal passages), abnormally high body temperature (or hyperthermia), and increased respiratory effort evident by open-mouth breathing and constant panting.

Treatment and Special Considerations:

These animals may have trouble panting and keeping themselves cool, so take extra caution with them during hot days and during heavy exercise. Also, being over-weight exasperates their breathing problems, so watch their diet. They tend to tire and get overheated quicker than other breeds.

Not being able to breath can cause a great amount of stress to your pets heart because they are not getting enough oxygen, in extreme cases, surgery may be necessary.

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Natural Pet Remedies: Dry skin and irritations.

Dry fur is usually a diet-related deficiency, but dry areas on the bottom of the feet, around the face and ears or from bites that they scratch can become a bigger problem if not addressed. They can irritate the animal so much that they scratch until it creates a sore. Some animals develop rather large calluses on their elbows or legs from hitting the floor or their other leg when they lay down and get up. These are not usually a problem, but if they become too dry, they can be very itchy and cause excessive scratching.

Chamomile or Calendula spray: Make a strong tea of either herb, strain it with a very fine strainer or coffee filter and spray on irritated areas. Or dip a washcloth in the tea and hold on the area for a couple minutes.

Vitamin E oil can help with more stubborn skin irritations or dryness. Apply a thin layer to the area and rub it in.

Oatmeal: Get a fine powder or grind the flakes in a coffee grinder until fine. Mix with water to a paste and apply to area. Be aware your pet may just lick it off if it's in an area they can reach.

Keep them well hydrated: Pets are like people and don't always drink as much water as they should. Try adding water to their food more often, or flavoring a bowl of water with just a tablespoon of meat broth or brewer's yeast once a day to get them to drink extra water. Keeping them well hydrated will not only help dry skin but constipation in older animals and energy levels. Also dry pads on the paws.

Severe dry skin is a diet issue. The above remedies are for minor skin dryness and temporary irritations.


Bulldog breed

Featured Monthly DOG BREED: Bulldog.

The American Kennel Club (AKC), considers a Bulldog's disposition to be equable and kind, resolute, and courageous (not vicious or aggressive), and a demeanor that should be pacific and dignified. Breeders have worked to reduce/remove aggression from these dogs. Most have a friendly, patient nature. Bulldogs are recognized as excellent family pets because of their tendency to form strong bonds with children.
Generally, Bulldogs are known for getting along well with children, other dogs, and pets. They can become so attached to home and family, that they will not venture out of the yard without a human companion. They are also more likely to sleep on someone's lap than chase a ball around the yard.

Health Concerns:
Statistics from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals indicate that of the 467 Bulldogs tested 73.9% were affected by hip dysplasia, the highest amongst all breeds. Similarly, the breed has the worst score in the British Veterinary Association/Kennel Club Hip Dysplasia scoring scheme, although only 22 Bulldogs were tested in the scheme. Patellar luxation is another condition; it affects 6.2% of Bulldogs.
Some individuals of this breed are prone to inter digital cysts—cysts that form between the toes. These cause the dog some discomfort, but are treatable either by vet or an experienced owner. They may also suffer from respiratory problems. Other problems can include cherry eye, a protrusion of the inner eyelid (which can be corrected by a veterinarian), allergies, and hip issues in older Bulldogs.
Over 80% of Bulldog litters are delivered by Caesarean section because their characteristically large heads can become lodged in the mother's birth canal. The folds, or "rope," on a Bulldog's face should be cleaned daily to avoid infections caused by moisture accumulation. Some Bulldogs' naturally curling tails can be so tight to the body as to require regular cleaning and ointment.
Like all dogs, Bulldogs require daily exercise. If not properly exercised it is possible for a Bulldog to become overweight, which could lead to heart and lung problems, as well as stress on the joints.
Bulldogs have very small nasal cavities and thus have great difficulty keeping their bodies cool. Bulldogs are very sensitive to heat. Extra caution should be practiced in warmer climates and during summer months. Bulldogs must be given plenty of shade and water, and must be kept out of standing heat. Air conditioning and good ventilation are required to keep them healthy and safe. Bulldogs actually do most of their sweating through the pads on their feet and accordingly enjoy cool floors. Like all brachycephalic, or "short faced," breeds, Bulldogs can easily become overheated and even die from hyperthermia. Bulldog owners can keep these issues under control by staying aware and protecting their Bulldog(s) from these unsafe conditions. They can be heavy breathers, and they tend to be loud snorers.

Weight: Male 45–50 lbs, female 45 lbs
Height: 12-16 inches
Coat: Short, dense
Color: white,brindle and white,fawn,and black and white

Life span: Median lifespan at 8 years and can live up to 10 years.

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