A recall was issued by Ohio-based G & C Raw for 40 2-pound containers and 30 1-pound containers of dog and cat foods, respectively, because of possible contamination with listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Affected in the recall were Ground Lamb Dog Food with lot number MFF022718 and Pat's Cat Turkey Cat Food with lot number WWPKTF051618, which were shipped to Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed that a tick found on a deer in western Maryland was a Haemaphysalis longicornis -- known as the longhorned, East Asian or bush tick -- an invasive tick that can reproduce asexually, spread disease and weaken its host. "In order to keep livestock and pets safe, we encourage owners to check their animals for a high concentration of tick bites or abnormal ticks," said Maryland's state veterinarian Dr. Michael Radebaugh.
Veterinarians at the University of Edinburgh's Royal School of Veterinary Studies have developed a blood test that tracks levels of miR-122, a marker of liver disease in humans, that could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of canine liver disease. The veterinarians reported in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine that levels of the molecule were higher in dogs with liver disease than in dogs without it, and the team is developing a testing kit.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is becoming more popular as a medical treatment for pets, but veterinarians are in limbo because state marijuana laws do not address using the drug to treat animals. California could be moving toward approval of a measure giving veterinarians legal protections if they discuss the use of CBD for pets.
Misty the Great Pyrenees mix was saved by a team of veterinarians who borrowed from human medicine to surgically treat her congenital valve defect. Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital is one of the only facilities in the US at which veterinarians performed the minimally invasive technique, and they also treated an 18-month-old black Labrador named Cole, the only dog in the world to have two cardiac valves replaced.
An international study of pet owners found rats more satisfying than cats or dogs to children between 10 and 17 years old. Among other results from the eight-year survey by online resource RightPet, women preferred cats over dogs whereas men liked both species equally.
Pet beds and other furniture are hot items these days, and consumers want compatible style as well as durability, washability and environmental friendliness, makers and retailers say. “Most pet owners are generous when it comes to the needs of their furry family members and usually identify pet preferences as being similar to their own,” said New Hampshire marketer Ira Richards.
Pet owners can pay up to $25 for one of the top four hair and fur removers ranked by Bustle, but the online magazine's choice for best tool overall is the Flint Reusable Lint Roller, only $10 and a mere five inches long. Best for large surfaces: Evercare Pet Mega Cleaning Roller, $22.
With Halloween on the horizon, costumes for pets have appeared to the fright and delight of every taste. Among the top 12 listed by People magazine: Darth Vader, hot dog, Ninja Turtle Leonardo and hula girl.
A "Beagle Freedom Bill" signed into law by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker requires animal testing labs to release healthy dogs and cats to shelters after testing rather than having them euthanized. Animal advocates hailed the measure, but the head of the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research said adoption programs already exist.
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