June, 2014

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Now Your Pet Can Tell You When They're Sick.

By Redstone Promotional Communications / Circkles.com.

Sometimes by the time you know your pet is sick, it is too late. They are not able to communicate with us to tell us when something isn't quite right, and it's in their survival instinct to not let on when they are sick so predators don't take advantage of them when they are down and out.

That has all been changed by a company called PetPace, who just released a new pet collar that can monitor your pet's vital signs and alert you through a cellphone app when fluffy is under the weather. Stunning? Yes.

PetPace’s smart collar has incorporated miniature sensors that seamlessly, noninvasively and automatically monitor vital signs such as temperature, pulse, respiration, activity patterns, positions, calories, pain, heart rate variability and other physiologic and behavior parameters.

In conjunction, a company called Big Data developed proprietary software that analyzes the information in real time in the context of historical and breed-specific criteria. A sophisticated rule-based engine supports data optimization by quickly accessing and cross-referencing enormous amounts of relevant information.
If any cause for concern is detected an alert is generated to designated recipients. In addition to the early detection of health issues, the device is excellent for monitoring pets with existing health problems, or those at risk of developing diseases, to evaluate their condition, progress and response to treatment.
The PetPace collar was developed with the guidance of expert veterinarians, representing various specialty disciplines of veterinary medicine, with the goal of providing owners and fellow veterinarians an advanced tool to extend the veterinarian reach and revolutionize preventive medicine.

"After three years of research and development, I am very happy and proud to be launching this great pet health product in Florida and Massachusetts,” says Dr. Asaf Dagan, chief veterinary scientist at PetPace. “This collar will enable pets, for the first time, to ‘tell’ us how they feel”.

Additional features include the ability to build a personalized health profile for a pet and enable comparisons with other similar dogs or cats. It also monitors pets' daily activity goals, calories burned, and provides periodical health reports. Pet parents also have the ability to communicate with other like-minded owners on a private social network.

PetPace was founded in 2012 with the goal of improving the quality of life of our pets. PetPace specializes in pets’ wearable tech that remotely monitors pets’ vital signs utilizing advanced analytical methods and alerting models. PetPace has developed a low power, wireless smart collar fitted with an array of sensors that reports abnormal vital signs, physiological and behavioral parameters. Once an abnormal sign or behavior is detected, a sophisticated cloud-based analytical engine evaluates the signs and if needed, an immediate alert regarding suspected condition allowing the owner or the vet to take pre-emptive action to protect their pet’s health.

Some people may think this is a bit extreme; after all, most humans do not wear health monitors. But considering public polls revealing that 90% of consumers regard their pets as family members *, PetPace is confident they will sell a lot of these nifty, little gadgets. They are already available in Florida and Massachusetts.

Cost? About $150 for the device and $15 per month for the monitoring service. You can order it directly from petpace.com

* Results of The 2011 Harris Poll of 2,184 adults surveyed. 


Still Toxic Treats from China Linked to Over 1000 Dog Deaths and Over 4800 Complaints.

By Redstone Promotional Communications / Circkles.com.

Circkles ran a story on this about 2 years ago reporting that hundreds of pet owners had come forward saying chicken jerky treats such as the brands Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky Treats and Chicken Grillers, made by Del Monte, Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch dog treats, made by Nestle Purina were still responsible for their dogs developing chronic illnesses and dying shortly after eating the treats. The FDA had first released this warning in 2007, and then again a couple years ago, and keeps releasing the warnings but apparently doing nothing about the problem due to what they say is, "lack of clear evidence that the deaths are directly related to the treats."

At that time, the FDA said there was no evidence to prove the pets were being made ill by the treats, but sent out a public warning as a precautionary measure telling pet owners they may want to avoid jerky treats and that most pet stores had pulled the questionable brands off the shelves.

Just 5 days ago, it hit the news wires that dogs are still becoming ill and dying from jerky pet treats imported from China. So apparently, the FDA did not take the reports of loving pet owners seriously the first couple of times, and subsequent times, and it is still being allowed to happen.

In the most recent warning the FDA released, they state that over 1000 reports have now come in of dogs dying from complications due to illnesses, liver or kidney failure after eating these treats and that consumers should avoid any jerky treats coming from China.

The agency said that since 2007, there have also been 4,800 complaints of pet illnesses related to the treats. The majority of the symptoms reported include gastrointestinal or liver disease, and about a third were linked to kidney and urinary disease.  About 10 percent of the illnesses included other signs such as neurologic, dermatologic, and immunologic symptoms, and about 15 percent of the kidney and urinary disease cases also tested positive for Fanconi syndrome – a rare kidney disease also associated with the pet deaths.

The FDA is still unsure of the specific ingredient for the reported illnesses and deaths, but most cases reportedly occurred after the pets had eaten chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats imported from China. No specific brands were recalled in the FDA's latest release; they are simply telling pet owners to avoid all treats from China. "Yet that may not always be enough to keep pets safe; products stamped 'Made in the USA' could still contain ingredients sourced from China or other countries", the FDA warned.

Three people who consumed the treats have also become ill. Two toddlers who ate the treats and one adult who consumed the treats for some unknown reason. Pet owners and veterinarians have criticized the FDA for not finding the source of the contamination more quickly and for not issuing more far-reaching recalls. Pet owners are convinced say that the products are dangerous, and that the reported illnesses and deaths should be more than enough proof.

"Its really hard to look at the number of cases that come in, correlate them with what they're eating and then go away from that and say, no, it's not related," said Brett Levitzke, a Brooklyn, New York, veterinarian who has seen more than a dozen dogs since 2011 with Fanconi syndrome.

"It's quite sad when you see it dawn on the people that they're trying to reward their best buddy and then know they're the ones who have been making them ill," he told NBC News.

We recommend playing it safe and not giving your beloved pet any treats or food coming from China until this mess is dealt with and resolved.


More Vets are Confirming that Annual Vaccinations are not Necessary.

Most states in the U.S have stopped requiring rabies vaccines every year and have gone to an every 3 or 5 year requirement. Many veterinarians are coming forward and stating that getting vaccinated just once in the entire lifetime of a pet is adequate for most vaccines because it only takes being exposed once for the body to develop it's own natural immunity to a disease. They state further that over-vaccination can lead to actually decreasing immunity and compromising the immune system unnecessarily. Once the body is exposed to a virus or disease, it makes it's own lifetime blueprint of it and will always, thereafter, recognize it as a threat and defend itself against it.

The fact that it is state law that requires pet owners to vaccinate against rabies more than once in a pet's life is considered by many to be harmful and unnecessary. Advocates and state representatives defend these laws stating they are being overly- cautious.

According to Dr. Patty Khuly, a veterinarian in South Florida; " After a couple of rounds of most of what we call their “core” vaccines pets probably are protected for life. These include rabies, distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza and parvovirus for all dogs; all cats require rabies, panleukopenia, calicivirus, and herpesvirus. “Noncore” vaccines, like those against kennel cough for dogs and feline leukemia for cats, must be administered annually only to at-risk individuals.

Though few independent studies exist, three years is the shortest interval for which core vaccine protection has been definitively confirmed. In other words, beyond that time frame there’s no hard proof the immunity will last. Which is why manufacturers label vaccines for three years.

In Summary: Yearly vaccination is no longer considered a medical necessity for all adult dogs and cats. Every three years is acceptable for core vaccines in adults.* If you follow information now coming forward from many leading veterinarians who acknowledge that most vaccinations only need to be done once in the pets lifetime, you can use your best judgment as to which vaccinations you can eliminate so as to not over-tax your pet's immune system, thus putting them at risk for other illnesses and complications.


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Pet Remedies: Natural Non-processed Pet Treats:

Given the on-going question as to whether any treats from China are safe, why take the risk if there are easy, natural, safe alternatives. We list just a couple super easy, quick alternatives to prepackaged dog treats.

Raw Bones: Are the best thing for keeping your dogs teeth clean naturally, supply your dog with much-needed calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and trace minerals. DO NOT GIVE COOKED BONES to pets as they tend to be brittle one cooked and sharp pieces can break off.
The best kind of bones are those that are softer and more pliable; such as rib bones, chicken and turkey necks. Monitor you dog closely while they are eating bones to make sure they do not choke. Some dogs gulp their food and may have a tendency to swallow small bones whole - which could lodge in their throat. Never give an animal a bone when they are unsupervised.

Raw Vegetables: Yes, even animals need vegetables; dogs more than cats. Veggies are a good source of vitamins that they would not get from meat, help with digestion and constipation and also help clean teeth. Do not give your pet more than 20% of their daily intake of food as vegetables or it may lead to diarrhea. Carrots, broccoli, raw sweet potatoes, beets or pumpkin are good. Cooked vegetables tend to give animals diarrhea, and raw is better for them.

Bananas: Pets love bananas and most veterinarians will approve of giving small amounts as treats. High in potassium and also offer enzymes that aid in digestion. Be careful not to give to much sugary fruit, as animals do not need the excess sugars which could also cause them to become overweight and diabetic in high quantities. Half a banana per day is good for large dogs.


Featured Monthly DOG BREED: Characteristics and Concerns. (We will get to cat breeds later.)


The Bernese Mountain Dog, is a large breed of dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. The name Sennenhund is derived from the German Senne (“alpine pasture”) and Hund (“dog”), as they accompanied the alpine herders and dairymen called Senn. This mountain dog was originally kept as a general farm dog. Large Sennenhunds in the past were also used as draft animals, pulling carts.
The Bernese mountain dog is a large, heavy dog with a distinctive tri-colored coat, black with white chest and rust colored markings above eyes, sides of mouth, front of legs, and a small amount around the white chest.

TEMPERMENT: of individual dogs may vary, and not all examples of the breed have been bred carefully to follow the standard. All large breed dogs should be well socialized when they are puppies, and given regular training and activities throughout their lives.

Bernese are outdoor dogs at heart, though well-behaved in the house; they need activity and exercise, but do not have a great deal of endurance. They can move with amazing bursts of speed for their size when motivated. If they are sound (no problems with their hips, elbows, or other joints), they enjoy hiking and generally stick close to their people. Not being given the adequate amount of exercise may lead to barking and mischief.
Bernese mountain dogs are a breed that generally does well with children, as they are very affectionate. They are patient dogs that take well to children climbing over them. Though they have great energy, a Bernese will also be happy with a calm evening. Bernese work well with other pets and around strangers.

HEALTH: Cancer is the leading cause of death for dogs in general, but Bernese Mountain Dogs have a much higher rate of fatal cancer than other breeds; in both U.S./Canada and UK surveys, nearly half of Bernese Mountain Dogs die of cancer, compared to about 27% of all dogs. Bernese Mountain Dogs also have an unusually high mortality due to musculoskeletal causes. Arthritis, hip dysplasia, and cruciate ligament rupture were reported as the cause of death in 6% of Bernese Mountain Dogs in the UK study; for comparison, mortality due to musculoskeletal ailments was reported to be less than 2% for purebred dogs in general.

Several inherited medical issues that a Bernese Mountain Dog may face are malignant histiocytosis, hypomy-elinogenesis, progressive retinal atrophy, and possibly cataracts and hypoadrenocorticism. The Bernese Mountain Dog is also prone to histiocytic sarcoma, a cancer of the muscle tissue that is very aggressive. The Bernese Mountain Dog is prone to several hereditary eye diseases that are common among larger dogs.

LIFESPAN: The average life expectancy of a Bernese Mountain Dog in the United States used to be 10–12 years, but it has decreased significantly to 6–8 years, with the median being 7.2 years.

SIZE: Height at the withers is 25–27.5 in (64–70 cm) for males, while it is 23–26 in (58–66 cm) for females. Weight is 85–110 lb (39–50 kg) for males, while it is 80–105 lb (36–48 kg) for females.

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