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ASPCA Offers Urgent Reminder To Pet Owmers: Rat And Mouse Baits Are Also Poisonous To Dogs And Cats
Over 8,500 Calls Regarding Exposure to Rodenticides; 20 Percent Increase from Previous Year [more]
Pet Owners Beware: Paintball Is No Game For Dogs
-- Number of Canine Exposures to Pellets Increasing Annually --
(Urbana, IL)– In today’s active society, outdoor games are becoming increasingly popular. One common group activity similar to "King of the Mountain" or "Capture the Flag" is paintball, a sport where participants shoot opposing team members with pellets of paint in an effort to eliminate them and win the game. However, most pet owners may not be aware that these paint-filled pellets can be potentially harmful to their canine companions. [more]
Sweetener xylitol can be toxic to dogs
- The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Animal Poison Control Center is warning veterinarians, their staff, and pet owners that the xylitol—a sweetener found in some sugar-free chewing gums, candies, and other products can cause serious—possibly life-threatening problems for dogs. [more]
Animal Welfare as a Priority
--Animal welfare is a complex and emotional issue about which veterinarians care deeply. The humane and responsible use of animals for food and fiber requires that the needs of animals be compassionately and conscientiously balanced with the human population’s need for safe, wholesome and affordable food and fiber products. [more]
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Responds to Swiffer Wet Jet Rumor
– Veterinary toxicologists at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center have reviewed the claim described in a widely distributed email alleging a relationship between the use of Swiffer Wet Jet and liver failure in a dog. The email alleges that exposure to the ingredients in Swiffer Wet Jet caused a dog’s death. [more]
Proposed Animal Welfare Legislation Could Save Millions for State.
At least 100,000 dogs and cats are euthanized each year in Oklahoma. If that number were cut in half, the state could save an estimated $2.5 million, according to the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association. [more]
Increased Prevalence of Canine Brucellosis in Oklahoma
EPA orders retailers to stop sales of counterfeit flea and tick products for pets
The Environmental Protection Agency is acting to disrupt an effort to distribute counterfeit products for controlling fleas and ticks on dogs and cats. The agency has ordered pesticide distributors and retailers in a number of states to stop selling counterfeit products that contain false EPA registration numbers and labeling for Advantage and Frontline brands of pesticides. [more]
ASPCA Issues Alert To Pet Owners During National Poison Prevention Week
Many common human medications can be hazardous to pets.
(NEW YORK) March 15, 2004 -- The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is sending a nationwide alert to pet owners during National Poison Prevention Week (March 21 – 27) about common human medications that can be dangerous and even deadly to pets. Thousands of cats and dogs needlessly suffer and many die each year by accidental ingestion of human medications. In 2003, the Center managed over 28,000 cases involving human medications, and were second only to pesticides as the most commonly reported cause of poisonings in animals. By category, the most commonly reported medications included non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers, antidepressants, cold/flu medicines and diet pills. [more]
Interpersonal violence is more pervasive than many people realize. Statistics show that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her life. In recent years, a strong and surprising connection has been documented linking animal abuse and domestic violence: in 85 percent of homes where women or children are being abused, a pet is also suffering abuse.[more]