The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning on "bone treats" for dogs.
The agency says it's received about 68 reports of pet illnesses related to such treats.
"A variety of commercially-available bone treats for dogs — including treats described as 'Ham Bones,' 'Pork Femur Bones,' 'Rib Bones,' and 'Smokey Knuckle Bones' — were listed in the reports," FDA said in a statement. "The products may be dried through a smoking process or by baking, and may contain other ingredients such as preservatives, seasonings, and smoke flavorings."
Illnesses reported to FDA by owners and veterinarians in dogs that have eaten bone treats have included:
- Gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract).
- Cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils.
- Bleeding from the rectum.
- Death. Approximately 15 dogs reportedly died after eating a bone treat, according to the agency.
The reports, sent in by pet owners and veterinarians, involved about 90 dogs. (Some reports included more than one dog).
In addition, FDA received seven reports of product problems, such as moldy-appearing bones, or bone treats splintering when chewed by the pet.
"Giving your dog a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet," said Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA.
Science has determined which pet is smarter, cats or dogs...
They might chew your shoes, occasionally pee on the rug, or snarf down your entire dinner the minute you turn your head, but it turns out your family dog is measurably smarter than your cat.
Researchers at Vanderbilt decided to put the age old debate to the test objectively, studying the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of animals. The results? Canines had a significantly higher number than felines.
Dogs, it turns out, have about 530 million cortical neurons. Cats have less than half that, coming in with 250 million. (We humans have about 16 billion.)
"I believe the absolute number of neurons an animal has, especially in the cerebral cortex, determines the richness of their internal mental state and their ability to predict what is about to happen in their environment based on past experience," said Suzana Herculano-Houzel, associate professor of psychology and biological sciences at Vanderbilt, who oversaw the study with a collection of international researchers.
The paper, which will be published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy notes that the physical size of the brain doesn't necessarily relate to overall intelligence. For example, researchers found that the brain of a brown bear, while 10 times as large as a cat's, has roughly the same number of neurons. Raccoons, also, are on par with cats when it comes to smarts.
Despite the findings, don't expect this argument to go away anytime soon.
Cat banned from library develops social media following
A tabby named Max has been playing a game of cat and mouse with some Minnesota college librarians.
The furtive feline has been sneaking into the Macalester College library in St. Paul when people open the door and has been seen scampering around the bookshelves.
The library put up a wanted-type poster asking patrons, "Please do not let in the cat."
The conundrum has caused a stir on Twitter and Reddit, where people have been posting Max-inspired artwork. Someone even made a library card for Max, who has been grounded by his owner over his naughty behavior.
Beagle breakout: Pup caught on video scaling shelter cage
A video of a beagle at a Virginia animal shelter scaling her cage in an escape attempt has generated calls of interest from across the country.
Emily Glickman, a caretaker at the shelter in Windsor, said by phone Thursday that its new owner plans to take her home Friday.
The adopter claimed the dog, named Buttermilk, long before the video went viral.
The Isle of Wight County Animal Shelter posted a Facebook video of the escape attempt Tuesday, generating more than 70,000 views. It shows Buttermilk gingerly climbing a 4-foot cage's wall before perching atop it.
The shelter often rescues hunting dogs, particularly after the season. Glickman said Buttermilk was rescued three weeks ago.
The shelter's animals are often named after food brought in by volunteers. In Buttermilk's case, it was pancakes.
Oh, deer: Startled doe scrambles through Mississippi school
A deer darted through two hallways of a Mississippi school, startling students as they were arriving for the day.
People jumped out of the way and no one was injured.
Enterprise Middle School is in a rural, wooded area about 100 miles east of Jackson. Principal Marlon Brannan says it's unusual to see deer on campus, but this doe was grazing on a playground Wednesday morning.
He says the doe bloodied its nose by jumping and hitting a window three times; it then ran through an open door.
Brannan says "that deer was moving full-throttle" as it scrambled down two tile hallways, going about 200 feet before sliding out another open door. It ran between two vehicles in the carpool line and escaped to the woods.
So your cat is stuck in a tree — again. Here’s what to do
Here are some important tips we hope you never need....
1) Don't leave food out. Many cats run into trees to escape predators, such as dogs or raccoons. Frequently, putting food out will just attract the same predators back to the base of the tree.
2) What goes up can’t always get down. Cats' claws are shaped like fish hooks, and trees are nature’s escape routes for them. They will often climb until they feel safe, then stop and realize they’re stuck.
The only safe way for them to get down unaided is to go down backward, which, unsurprisingly, they’re often not willing to do.
3) The fire department won’t come get your cat. The fire department will generally not respond to an animal call, because they need to be available for human emergencies.
4) Cats can survive a long time in trees. We have heard stories of cats lasting two weeks in a tree...
5) But that doesn’t mean you should leave a cat up there to test the theory. “It’ll just come down when it’s ready” is a myth... When they get severely dehydrated, cats will go into kidney failure.
6) Spay/neuter and microchip your cat – but you already knew that one, right? Unneutered cats have different testosterone levels, as do female cats that are in heat. If your cat does get stuck in a tree, they are likely to be far more aggressive toward rescuers. And once your cat is found, or brought down, an updated microchip is often the only way reunions are facilitated.
7) If your cat has a serial problem with trees, try treating it more like a dog. You can put your cat on a leash, keep it in your yard, or otherwise supervise it if it really wants to go outside. Then when it’s time to come back in, just bring Fifi with you.
8) Is Fluffles stuck in a not-so-tall tree? Get crafty. If the tree is less than 20 feet tall, try rescuing the cat with a tall ladder. More advanced rescuers can try attaching rope to a weighted object (like a tennis ball tied up with rocks) and carefully tossing it over a branch next to the cat. Then, use the rope to pull up the cat carrier. Sometimes they will get right into it and you can pull them down.
Start-up Wants to Make Lab-Grown Meat for Pets
Here’s a way to never worry if your company’s in vitro meat tastes too fake: Feed it to pets! A new start-up in Colorado is trying to hook America’s domesticated animals up with their own high-tech, lab-grown proteins. According to Quartz, a former ad exec named Rich Kelleman launched the company, called Bond Pets, after feeling tricked by the low-quality ingredients big manufacturers like Friskies and Pedigree were using in their products.
Fancy pet food is in high demand these days, but if it’s still mass-produced, it probably isn’t much healthier than the less expensive stuff. At root, it boils down to pet owners’ guilt, the rationale being that if you think Taco Bell’s “seasoned beef” is suspect, you should be aware that pet food makes pink slime look great. Humans get the lean muscle on animals; the miscellaneous leftover bones, organs, feet, and beaks are ground into pet food.
Still, the company is entering an industry that, even after several years of R&D, struggles to make products at scale and cheaply enough for humans. Imagine Purina making 30-pound bags of chicken-and-rice blend with Memphis Meats’ lab chicken — it retails for $6,000 a pound right now. Silicon Valley food-tech companies like Hampton Creek and Mosa Meat, run by the man who made Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s $325,000 vat-grown hamburger, would probably advise moving one step at a time here, but Kelleman tells Quartz that he believes dogs and cats will have their own cell-cultured meats as soon as Bond gets funding and ramps up production.
Four people have been arrested after animals were found living in inhumane conditions at a Davidson County, NC home, according to a news release.
Terry Ray Potts Sr., 43, of Clemmons; Crystal Robinson Potts, 42, of Clemmons; Christopher Ray Potts, 17, of Clemmons; and Terry Ray Potts Jr. are each charged with one count of misdemeanor animal abandonment, two counts of felony kill animal by starvation and three counts of felony cruelty to animals.
On Thursday, deputies with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into reported animal cruelty at 1179 West Center Street Extension after receiving a 911 call.
During the investigation, several animals were seized due to inhumane conditions. Two other animals were found deceased inside of the residence.
Terry Potts Sr. received a $5,000 secured bond. Crystal Potts received a $10,000 secured bond. Christopher Potts received a $1,000 secured bond. All three were placed in the Davidson County Detention Center. No bond information was available for Terry Potts Jr.
More than 160 dogs believed to be put in a U-Haul truck by a breeder were rescued yesterday in Sandy Valley, Nevada following a tip by a local animal advocate.
According to a report by KSNV-TV, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and the Clark County Animal Control animal cruelty unit responded to the call by Gina Greisen and horrifically discovered 164 Pomeranians stacked almost to the top of the truck in kennels without food, water, or proper ventilation.
“When I walked up to the truck, I was grateful. I was so grateful we found the truck. I was so afraid last night that some of them didn’t make it,” said a relieved Greisen. “They can’t control that they’re being put in kennels and on a U-Haul truck. They can’t control when they’re being bred. They can’t control when they’re being abused. But we can. We can be a voice.”
While alive, many of the dogs were sadly matted, dirty, and covered in their own feces.
The dogs, which range in age from 14-weeks-old to 6-years-old, were all transferred to the Animal Foundation where animal rescue staff is currently conducting medical checks to identify any medical issues they may be dealing with.
Described to have personalities that are friendly and feisty, the sweet dogs are presently on a legal hold and most likely will be available for adoption in several weeks, according to the Animal Foundation.
While LVMPD detectives are reported to have the name of the breeder, as of yesterday afternoon, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed yet.
The alleged “backyard breeder,” as per The Las Vegas Review-Journal, was reportedly from San Bernardino and loaded the dogs into the truck and left California after receiving a tip that her property was going to be searched.
LVMPD is investigating the case, along with Clark County Animal Control and San Bernardino authorities.
While the details of this case may be ugly, it is a beautiful reminder that one voice for the voiceless can make a difference.
Never stop using yours!