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September 2013

The Loss Of A Pet

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Part of the privilege of sharing our lives with a pet kid is the emotional  bond we share with them. Even among these relationships, often there is one very  special companion animal, whether a dog, cat, bird or even a reptile, who makes  an indelible mark on our lives.

When we are faced with the loss of any pet kid, much less a truly exceptional  companion, we may be surprised to find ourselves suffering from agonizing grief.  Some people worry over the intensity of their feeling, doubting their right to  grieve so acutely. Rest assured, beloved furry, feathery or scaly companions ARE  NOT ‘just animals’. This sentiment, shared by some who have chosen not to share  their lives with a pet kid, belittles your experience, so give it the credence  it deserves … none.

Companion animals occupy special places in our hearts, and losing such a  connection means that no one will ever fill that special place in quite the same  way again.

Grieving the loss of a pet kid is normal, because the loss is real and it  hurts. If you are in the midst of bereavement, I want you to know three  important things:

1. Grief is a natural and normal reaction to the loss of a friend, including  those with tails.

2. Grief affects everyone differently.

3. A multitude of web and print resources address this issue and may help you  cope during this difficult time.

The most vital thing is to open yourself to grace and give yourself  permission to react to loss, whatever feels most natural to you. People have  unique grief experiences, which is to say, the individual members of a family  may have varying reaction to the loss of the same companion animal. Normal  reactions to grief include feelings of hopelessness, crying, denial, numbness  and anger.

The many stages of grief are well-established, however be aware that the  progression is not necessarily linear – i.e., they can occur before, during and  after the loss of the beloved. Sadness can last quite some time, even many  months, but with proper attention to yourself, you will recover. While the pain  may recede with time, these feelings are a legacy, a reminder of the importance  of the role they played in your lives.

Don't be tempted to navigate your grief alone. If you feel like you don’t have the proper support to help process the loss of a companion animal, please seek out help from the following list of ‘pre-approved’ sources. In addition, this popular article  published on our own blog offers more on dealing with grief.

If you’ve recently lost a constant and dear companion, all of us here at Life’s Abundance hope you’ll be able to deal effectively with your loss and find  solace in the happy times you shared.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals.

Dr Jane Bicks  Dr. Jane Bicks, Life's Abundance Product Formulator

Resources:
ASPCA Pet Loss Support Hotline
1-877-474-3310
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-loss

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine CARE Pet Loss Support  Hotline
1-877-394-2273

Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support  Hotline
517-432-2696

Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline
607-253-3932

Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline
508-839-7966

Petloss support website:
www.petloss.com

Argus Institute Colorado State University
http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/vth/diagnostic-and-support/argus/Pages/default.aspx


New Hampshire Announces Recall of Pet Chicken Jerky Due to Risk of Salmonella

Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
Publish Date:
September 10, 2013

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing a voluntary recall of Joey’s Jerky brand Chicken Jerky due to possible Salmonella risk. A total of 21 people in Merrimack and Hillsborough Counties have been identified with the same strain of the illness, but no deaths have occurred. Joey’s Jerky is produced in New Hampshire and the manufacturer, Kritter’s Kitchen Kreations, LLC, has voluntarily recalled all of the product. Joey’s Jerky was sold at the following six stores: America’s Pet in Hudson, Blue Seal in Bow, K9 Kaos in Dover, Osborne’s Agway in Concord, Sandy’s Pet Food Center in Concord, and The Yellow Dogs Barn in Barrington. DHHS is asking people to check if they have any of these jerky treats at home and to discard them.

Recalled itemThrough investigation and interviewing the ill people, the DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control determined that the jerky treats were implicated in spreading Salmonella. Confirmation through laboratory testing of the jerky is pending at the New Hampshire Public Health Labs.

Salmonella is a bacterium that causes the diarrheal illness Salmonellosis, which can be serious in some patients. Symptoms also include fever and abdominal cramps within 12-72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts from 4 to 7 days. Although most people recover without treatment, severe infections may occur that may move to other body sites and in rare cases can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

“While uncommon, pet food and treats can sometimes be contaminated with Salmonella, which is why it is so important for pet owners to wash their hands after handling pet food and treats,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “I want to commend the manufacturer of Joey’s Jerky for their cooperation in this investigation and the epidemiologists here at Public Health for their excellent work. Salmonella can be a serious illness and the sooner the source of an outbreak is identified the sooner it can be stopped.”

For more information on Salmonella, contact the DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496 or visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/salmonella.

Info from - http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/media/pr/2013/09-sept/09102013recall.htm

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Possible New Deadly Canine Virus - Canine Circovirus

This is positive in two states so far - Ohio and California but only have seen these two articles out of Ohio. No matter what, be on the lookout for any possible signs of this Canine Circovirus. The Circovirus is a virus typically found in pigs, not dogs. Symptoms include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weight loss, neurological problems, a lack of appetite and lethargy. This is serious because if it is left untreated a dog can die within 48 hours.

If your dog shows any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately. Please have them tested for canine circovirus – if they have any questions they can contact Ohio Department of Agriculture/Division of Animal Health for details.  All reports of illness should be reported to your Department of Agriculture for proper monitoring of this virus.

 

Here are the two articles so far:

http://www.ohio.com/news/still-no-definitive-answers-for-dog-killing-illness-theory-points-to-new-virus-1.426574

http://www.nbc4i.com/story/23374474/state-works-to-identify-mysterious-fatal-dog-illness

 


Dog Food Recall: Nestlé Purina Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk

This is what we call a Dump & Run - This is when a company does a recall on a Friday or during a Holiday Weekend because they know most people are busy and won't find out about it. They can clear the shelves, start over and the consumer is none the wiser. Sad.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 30,  2013 - St. Louis, Missouri, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily  recalling a limited number of 3.5-pound bags of its Purina ONE beyOnd Our White  Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food from a single  production run and shipped to retail customers in the United States. This is  being done because one bag of the product was found to be contaminated with  Salmonella.

Only Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken &  Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food with both the "Best By" date and the  production code shown below are included in this voluntary recall:

Bag Size
3.5 lb.
"Best By" Date & Production  Code*
OCT 2014 31071083
UPC Code
17800 12679
 

*"Best By" Date and Production Code are found on  the back or bottom of the bag.

No additional Purina or Purina ONE dog or cat  products are involved in this voluntary recall at this time. No  salmonella-related illness has been reported to date in association with this  product.

Consumers who have purchased Purina ONE beyOnd Our  White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food products with  the specific "Best By" Date and Production Code should discontinue feeding the  product and discard it.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the  product, and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated products.  People handling contaminated dry pet food can become infected with  Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands  after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. Healthy people  infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for the following  symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely,  Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial  infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary  tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this  product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may exhibit  decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be  lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but  otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If  your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please  contact your veterinarian.

At Nestlé Purina PetCare, the safety and efficacy of  our products are our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience due to  this voluntary recall. For further information or to obtain a product refund,  please call NPPC toll-free at 1-800-473-8546, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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