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December 2014

How Much Can Your Dog Smell?

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Dogs are scent-oriented creatures, with some of the most highly developed  noses on the planet. Hide a few treats around the room and see how quickly  they’re ferreted out. But does your dog’s schnoz have more practical  applications than we realize? The answer … well, it couldn’t be plainer than the  nose on your face.

Every year, scientific investigations yield more and more evidence that dogs  are up to some pretty surprising challenges, in ways that are proving quite  beneficial for people. We’ve all seen police dogs skilled in the detection of  bombs and contraband. Now researchers are applying that same olfactory prowess  to snuffling out all manner of scents, from deadly food allergens to costly  insect infestations.

For example, trainers at the Florida Canine Academy provide dogs with  instruction on how to detect the trace presence of peanuts. Just ask anyone with  a severe peanut allergy … just one nut can prove lethal. Alternately,  traditional bedbug detection methods can be very time-consuming and  labor-intensive. A canine trained to sniff out bedbugs can search the average  hotel room in less than two minutes!

Dogs have also been trained to detect seizures. Much like the job of a seeing-eye dog, seizure dogs help their pet parents navigate day-to-day  activities, protecting them from known triggers and potentially harmful  situations. These canines excel at recognizing subtle body changes during these  traumatic neurological events. Some pups are so sensitive, they can predict an  oncoming attack early enough to allow their human to get to a safe place and  take medication to reduce the seizure’s severity.

Researchers have documented numerous instances of dogs with the ability to  detect cancerous tumors. According to an article in The Lancet, a patient  reported that her dog would repeatedly investigate a mole on her leg. At one  point, the pup even attempted to bite off the suspicious beauty mark! A medical  exam proved what the dog already knew … it was a malignant melanoma. Had it not  been for her dog’s nosy behavior, the deadly cancer might have remained  undetected.

In a 2011 study, Japanese researchers reported that an eight-year-old black  Labrador proved exceptionally accurate at nosing out the presence of colon  cancer. When doctors provided the pup with samples collected from 185 patients,  the retriever positively identified those suffering from the disease with a  success rate that was nothing short of astonishing … 97%!

Last but certainly not least, canines are proving adept at detecting  low-blood-sugar levels. In 2000, The British Medical Journal reported that more  than a third of dogs living with a diabetic human exhibited behavioral changes  when their pet parent’s blood sugar dropped. Some reacted before the person was  even aware of any symptoms. The paper also cited two cases where the dogs not  only detected the low blood sugar, but they encouraged their people to eat!  Researchers are hopeful that this natural knack can be taught, which could make  a huge difference in the ongoing care of millions of diabetes sufferers.

In light of all the evidence, there’s no doubt … our beloved best friends  really are leading the pack towards improving our lives!

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 Pet Product Formulator

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Barkworthies Chicken Vittles Dog Chews Dog Treats Recalled

Barkworthies-chicken-vittlesBarkworthies® Issues Nationwide Recall of Chicken Vittles Dog Chews

Consumer Contact: (877) 993-4257

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 24th, 2014 - (Richmond, VA) Barkworthies of

Richmond, VA is recalling select lots of Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews because

they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals

eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products,

especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the

products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the

following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping

and fever. 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


Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea,

fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal

pain. 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.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on May 6th, 2014. The product

can be identified by the Lot Code printed on the side of the plastic pouch. This product is

being recalled as it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.


Lot Code: 1254T1

Size: 16 oz. Plastic Pouch

Best Used by Date: May 2016

UPC: 816807011510

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Colorado Department of Agriculture

revealed the presence of Salmonella in a single lot of the product. This batch tested

negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to

consumers. No additional products are affected by this recall. The company has received

no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. For a full refund, pet owners should

return all unused product to their place of purchase along with a completed Product Recall

Claim Form available on the Barkworthies website

More information on the recall can also be found at, or call

toll free (877) 993-4257 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).


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The Hairball Remedy For Cats - Natural & Easy

As a cat owner, you’ve probably picked up a hairball or two.Prevention of hairballs is the best way to deal with this problem. Regular brushing, especially for long haired cats and a good quality diet will help. One of the best natural remedies include adding a small quantity of sardines, fish oil or olive oil to the diet, finely chopped wheat or oat grass, ground flaxseed-1/4 tsp daily, aloe vera juice with chlorophyll, psyllium husks-1/8 tsp with water once daily before meals or homeopathic nux vomica. For those that would like a ready-made formula, there’s Hairball Gold.

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Thyroid Help For Cats

Hyperthyroidism is very common with middle-aged and older cats; in fact, it has become one of the most common ailments that vets see. It results when the thyroid gland (located near the cat's windpipe) produces too much thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroid pets often lose weight, have increased or decreased appetites, and become nervous, irritable and vocal. For several days, they may be hyperactive and have a rapid heart beat, then lethargic, apathetic and uninterested in food, play or grooming. Unfortunately thyroid imbalances are extremely common in cats, the biggest one being hyperthyroidism.

Symptoms of feline hyperthyroidism:

  • Weight loss
  • Poor coat quality
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased water intake
  • Increased urine output
  • Occasional vomiting or diarrhea
  • Hyperactivity, irritability, increased yowling

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Natura Pet Recalls 5 Lots Of Dry Cat And Dry Ferret Food Due To Vitamin Insufficiency

This is from Nov 24, 2014, right before Thanksgiving. Didn't see anything about it and that's what companies like to do - release the recall right before the holiday or a weekend so it is swept under the carpet.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 24, 2014 – Fremont, Nebraska – Natura Pet Products has initiated a limited, voluntary recall of certain dry cat and dry ferret food lots produced in its Fremont, Nebraska facility. Due to a formulation error, these products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals.

Pets can become ill if they lack vitamins for prolonged periods. Early signs of vitamin deficiency may include decreased appetite, lethargy, vomiting and weight loss. If treated promptly, vitamin deficiency can be successfully reversed. The presence of excess minerals in these products poses no health concern.

There have been no reports of animal health concerns to date, but these lots do not meet our quality standards and should not be consumed by pets. No other EVO® products or lots are affected by this issue.

The affected product and lot codes are:

EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 15.4 LB 5148 541400 02/19/2016 4300A700D2
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700A4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700B4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700C4
EVO® Grain Free Ferret Food 6.6 LB 5148 542101 02/19/2016 4300A700D3

The problem was discovered during the investigation of an ingredient inventory discrepancy. Only these 5 lots are affected. These lots were distributed through independent retailers in CA, GA, MI, MN, NV, PA, TX, VT and Canada, as well as online. No other Natura products are affected.

Retailers have been contacted and are instructed to immediately withdraw these lots from store shelves. Consumers who purchased the product should discontinue feeding the product immediately and discard as normal household waste. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this incident. We are taking immediate corrective action as a result of our investigation.

For more information, consumers can reach Natura Consumer Relations at 1-855-206-8297, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST or visit



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