Pet Snack Contains Toxic Chemical: Recall – Chemical Free Life


Pet Snack Contains Toxic Chemical: Recall
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Another pet snack recall due to chemicals–this one covers several brands…

Rawhide possibly contaminated with chemicals recalled by United Pet Group

Eileen Faust, Morning Call

A pet treat manufacturer is recalling several brands of rawhide dog chews because they could be contaminated with a chemical used to disinfect manufacturing equipment.

According to a press release from United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands Inc., the packages of rawhide were sold online and distributed to retailers nationwide. United Pet Group issued the voluntary recall after it found certain manufacturing facilities in Mexico and Colombia, and a supplier in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound to clean food processing equipment. The chemical compound is not approved in the U.S. as a processing aid for rawhide chews.

The company has received a few reports of illnesses in pets that consumed the rawhide covered in this recall…

Quaternary ammonium compounds can cause the following symptoms in dogs that have ingested it: reduced appetite, and gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting. These may require treatment by a veterinarian.

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Recall Details

All of the dog chew products in the recall have an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 printed on the back of the package. This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

The products subject to the recall are described below:
American Beefhide brand

Products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH are affected. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products: Manufactured by:Salix Animal Health, LLC; Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

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Digest-eeze brand

Products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB are affected. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products: Manufactured by:Salix Animal Health, LLC; Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

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Healthy Hide (including Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fun and Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fit) brand

Products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB are affected. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

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The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products: United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands Inc.; 3001 Commerce St., Blacksburg, VA 24060; 800-645-5154.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should dispose of them or return them to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they were initially purchased for a full refund.

For more information, call United Pet Group consumer affairs at 855-215-4962 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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Heavy Rains Bring Dog Killing Bacteria | Care2 Causes

Care2 Causes | Heavy Rains Bring Dog-Killing Bacteria to Northern California
By: Tex Dworkin 

February 19, 2017

Northern California has seen more than its fair share of rain this winter. Given the drought, this of course comes as welcomed news for many. But for a few unlucky dogs, the recent rains most likely contributed to their demise.
As KPIX News reported, the rain could be to blame for a deadly bacteria killing Bay Area dogs. In San Francisco, two pets have already died from the disease. The bacteria is called leptospirosis and it’s often found in puddles and other types of stagnant water.

Goussev says that they’ve already seen five leptospirosis cases in the last two months, which is more than they typically see in an entire year. Two dogs died, including 13-year-old Gertie.

She died at the end of January from becoming infected with leptospirosis. The owner suspects that she was infected at John McLaren Park where she would often play.

What does rain have to do with it? Wildlife including rodents can carry and spread the deadly bacteria. Staci Goussev with San Francisco Veterinary Specialists explains how the rain factors in:

“Every time they urinate that urine gets released into the environment. And with all the rain, it’s getting washed into puddles, lakes, streams and ponds. And that’s how dogs are being exposed to it.”

So the more it rains, the more risk there is of this potentially fatal bacteria spreading.

The good news is that the disease is treatable, but you have to act quickly. Infected pets usually show signs about seven days after exposure. Goussev describes the symptoms: “Most typically, the signs commonly we will see first will be decrease in appetite to complete anorexia, vomiting, some dogs will actually show a yellow tinge to their mucus membranes or skin.”
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If you suspect your pet may be infected, call your vet immediately. Leptospirosis is generally treated with antibiotics and supportive care.

AVMA assures, “When treated early and aggressively, the chances for recovery are good but there is still a risk of permanent residual kidney or liver damage.”

What about prevention? Can you vaccinate your dog ahead of time to safeguard against leptospirosis? The short answer: yes.

It’s interesting. I live in San Francisco, and after hearing about the leptospirosis dog deaths, I called my vet. It turns out—my dog Wilbur already received his ‘lepto’ vaccine. I asked if it was among the list of standard vaccinations that they give dogs, and they said no.

So why was Wilbur vaccinated then? Because my vet asked me if we do a lot of outdoor activity near stagnant water. I recall responding with a resounding “Yes!” So I played it safe and he got the shot.

McClaren Park, where Gertie most likely got infected, is one of Wilbur’s regular stomping grounds, and the exact place I pictured when my vet asked me whether we spend time around stagnant water in the outdoors. It has a prominent pond where lots of dogs and their owners flock to for recreational purposes.

I asked the representative at my vet’s office if they are now recommending that all Bay Area pet owners get the lepto vaccination, as opposed to just outdoor gallivanters like me, and she was quick with her yes.

So it seems their lepto vaccination approach has shifted with the heavy rains.

Not to complicate matters, but the lepto vaccination is not without its critics. Just ask Healthy Pets.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) makes the point that the vaccine does not provide 100% protection. “This is because there are many strains (types) of leptospires (the bacteria that causes leptospirosis), and the vaccine does not provide immunity against all strains.”

But here’s the official stance of the American Veterinary Medical Association:

“Currently available vaccines effectively prevent leptospirosis and protect dogs for at least 12 months. Annual vaccination is recommended for at-risk dogs. Reducing your dog’s exposure to possible sources of the Leptospira bacteria can reduce its chances of infection.”

Goussev says pet owners can minimize exposure by avoiding taking dogs to wet marshy areas. But that’s a tall order when you’re used to regular outdoor gallivanting with your dog.

If you want to protect your pet—in addition to getting your pet vaccinated and choosing your destinations carefully, it’s a good idea when you’re in the outdoors to carry fresh water with you so if your dog becomes thirsty, you have a healthy alternative to stagnant water. And keep a watchful eye on pets to prevent unhealthy slurping.

To help prevent leptospirosis infection, the CDC advises that you keep rodent problems (rats, mice or other animal pests) under control, since rodents can carry and spread the bacteria that causes this disease.

Make no mistake—lepto infection is not just a San Francisco concern. Leptospira bacteria love warm humid climates, according to Healthy Pets.

In 2013 Pedro Diniz, DVM, PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences said, “Lepto is everywhere, and veterinarians are reporting it more and more across the country.”

In recent years, cases have popped up in Fresno, Oregon and the Denver area.

And it’s not just pets that are at risk. Humans can become infected as well, so in addition to safeguarding pets from infection, pet owners should take steps to prevent themselves and others from becoming infected with the disease due to an infected pet.

The CDC provides a complete list prevention guidelines for pets and humans. And here’s its obvious but nonetheless worth-mentioning advice: “Always contact your veterinarian and your physician if you have concerns about a possible exposure to an infected animal.”

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Help Bob Stay With Darkie the Dog! – Rapid Response Team for Animals

 

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Help Bob Stay With Darkie the Dog!

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We recently reached out to someone who helped create a petition online via Change.org and we are hoping that with our community we can help spark something positive to happen. The situation stems from an elderly man who lost his wife, and now, doesn’t want to have to lose his dog too, whom he loves dearly. However, the retirement place he lives at in the UK, which does accept animals, has had to deal with neighbors who have said the dog has been barking and has had accidents on the floor.

Rather than just accept this, a kind hearted woman decided to take it upon herself and try to find a way for Bob to be able to keep his dog, Darkie. With over 115,000 signatures already and growing, we believe this has a real potential and will push for their goal to become a reality. We would like to see this petition get over 200,000 signatures in total before the weekend is over. It is a large task, but one that we think is worthy for this man and dog.

The Petition: https://www.change.org/p/let-bob-keep-his-dog-bob-87-lives-in-a-care-home-with-his-close-companion-darkie-and-help-us-raise-enough-funds-to-keep-them-together-https-crowdfunding-justgiving-com-savebobsdog

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Petition: Tell the FDA to Enact Stronger Pet Food Safety Regulations – The Animal Rescue Site


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BREAKING NEWS: J.M. Smucker Issues Pet Food Recall! | The Animal Rescue Site Blog


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Family Dog Found Dead and Skinned – Perpetrator Must be Found

A family dog named Mr. Magoo was killed, skinned and left in his own backyard. Markings on the dog’s body suggest that he was killed by a human. Demand justice for this innocent dog.

Source: Family Dog Found Dead and Skinned – Perpetrator Must be Found

No More Vegan Diets for Carnivorous Pets

People who feed their cats, dogs, and ferrets vegan diets are putting their pets at risk of serious health problems and even death. Sign this petition to push for the criminalization of forcing vegan lifestyles on these carnivorous animals.

Source: No More Vegan Diets for Carnivorous Pets

How to baby-prep your dog | WPMT FOX43

 


With couples pouring their parental love and affection into their pets, too little thought is usually given to how the dog will take to the sudden arrival of a real child.

In the past 30 or so years, dog ownership has sky rocketed while, unrelatedly, young couples are increasingly choosing to delay parenthood into their late 20s and 30s. Where these trends intersect, a dog may even be something of a surrogate child.

The truth is that dogs, like people, can and do get jealous and insecure. Like us, they are prone to feel unloved or neglected when they’re no longer the center of attention. So imagine how a dog who has commanded an owner’s attention feels when that attention suddenly shifts — almost around the clock — to a new baby.

Sadly, many people fail to consider how to prepare Fido for this turn of events. As a professional dog trainer, I’ve had many clients who dismissed my warnings about potential problems, only to deeply regret it later.

Dog ownership in the United States is at an all-time high. About 55 million households include one or more dogs, according to several national surveys. And 80% of dog owners say they consider their dog to be a part of the family rather than a mere pet. And yet, many of these canine relationships become troubled with changes in the family. This can lead to serious problems.

I’ve seen many situations where doggie was the boss of the house one day, and several weeks later, she was on her way to a shelter. And dogs who feel jilted or afraid can and do get aggressive in these kinds of situations. Between 2010 and 2012, 360,000 children suffered dog bites; 66% were under age 4. They can be disfiguring and require surgery, and many child victims suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder from such attacks.

But in most cases, these scenarios are easily preventable.

Begin by asking yourself key questions: Does your dog like children? Is she afraid of loud, sudden noises? Does she bark incessantly? Does she suffer from separation anxiety?

The answers to these questions can help you design a road map for preparing your dog for baby’s arrival. Once again, you need to make changes in your dog’s life that she might find less than thrilling long before you have your baby. Otherwise, your dog may associate such changes with your baby’s arrival, and that could trigger an unhealthy competitive dynamic between them.

Your road map should include special consideration of three key thresholds in your baby’s life.

In utero

You should plan for the arrival of the baby by implementing whatever structural changes you’ll have to make in the rhythm of your dog’s life long before the baby arrives. How long depends on your dog and how deeply embedded into your routine she is. But at a minimum, changes should be implemented no later than a month before your due date. At a maximum, begin the moment you find out you’re pregnant.

The key point is that your dog should not be able to associate these changes with baby’s arrival and begin nursing a grudge.

Look who’s grabbing

The second threshold rolls around when the baby approaches 8 months of age and begins crawling and grabbing. By this point, the owner should have worked hard to condition the dog to the awkward grabbing and pulling at sensitive body parts that a baby will inevitably dish out.

They should also have created a safe zone for their dog so it can retreat beyond the baby’s reach when stressed. Additionally, they should have taught their dog to distinguish child toys from dog toys.

This is relatively easy to do. Begin by getting dog toys that are significantly different in appearance from baby toys. At the same time, dab a little Listerine on all baby toys and teach your dog that the scent of Listerine equals an “off” command. This will go a long way to helping your dog make the right choice.

Most important, ensure that dog and baby are never, ever left unattended together, even for a moment.

Look who’s walking

The third threshold comes at around 14 months, when the baby starts walking. This shouldn’t present a major stumbling block if the owners have crossed the first two thresholds. Rather, it will allow parents to begin focusing on structured, fun interactions between their child and dog, such as appropriate games, rudimentary pseudo-training and more.

The point is that taking the time to prepare your dog for the arrival of your baby can pay off in spades in terms of a safe, wholesome and a mutually rewarding relationship for all involved. On the other hand, failing to spend a little bit of time preparing your dog for this significant addition to your family can have dire consequences. This is why, tragically, so many new parents end up rehoming their beloved, often older dogs within three to six months of a baby’s arrival.

In a perfect world, dog owners have 16 months from the time they find out they are pregnant to the day when their baby begins to crawl. That’s a lot of time to make sure their dog knows what to expect. So do yourself and your dog a favor by choosing the road to a harmonious and loving future for all.

Petition · EPA: Update dosage labels for small dogs using flea and tick treatments! · Change.org


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6 Dog-Safe Plants That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes (& Other Pests) | eBay

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For many pet parents, warm weather is a welcomed treat. We get to spend more time outdoors with our four-legged companions, enjoying the sunshine and participating in fun outside activities. That is, until we hear that all too familiar buzz of the dreaded mosquito.

Not only are these pesky, winged biters annoying, they can lead to a slew of complications ranging from itchy bites and hot spots, to heartworm disease and West Nile Virus, and more. What’s All The Buzz About Mosquitoes & Dogs? Check out this guide to learn more.

Unfortunately, many of the effective pesticides and mosquito repellents we use to protect ourselves are highly toxic, even deadly, to our furriest family members. Luckily, it’s easy to safely and naturally repel mosquitoes from your yard with a little creative landscaping using these 6 dog-safe plants that naturally repel mosquitoes – and other pests, too!

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Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
This hardy, easy-to-grow plant is more than just a tasty addition to your favorite recipes – it naturally deters mosquitoes, too! Unlike most other insect-repelling herbs, basil doesn’t have to be crushed or ground in order to release the scent and oils that keep mosquitoes at bay. There are a wide variety of basil plants, all of which provide some relief from the flying pests, but lemon basil and cinnamon basil are the most effective. Bonus: basil plants naturally repel house flies, too!

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Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
We all know cats (and some dogs!) love catnip. But, mosquitoes absolutely hate it! Some studies have actually shown catnip plants to be several times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET, a potentially dangerous chemical used in many bug repellents. Catnip is easy to grow and can be planted in pots strategically placed around the yard and seating areas to keep bugs at bay. Just remember, while you’re repelling mosquitoes, you might be attracting the neighborhood cats…

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Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
In addition to being a beautiful, colorful, and fragrant addition to your garden, mosquitoes despise the calming, fresh scent of lavender. Lavender can be planted in your garden, right in the ground, or grown in pots on your deck, porch, or windowsill, both indoors and out for a splash of color, a fresh, calming fragrance, and to keep those tiny vampires away from you and your pets.

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Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Lemon Balm, also known as horsemint, is another hardy, easy-to-grow plant that naturally repels mosquitoes. Thriving well in both sunny spots or in the shade, this plant gives off a strong scent similar to citronella that mosquitoes despise. Grow it in a pot and place in the center of your patio table, beside entryways, or around the yard to keep the area clear of mosquitoes. And, best of all, while mosquitoes can’t stand Lemon balm, bees and butterflies don’t mind it at all!

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Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Because of its strong, minty aroma, many insects, including mosquitoes, steer clear of peppermint plants. However, because these plants tend to grow aggressively, you may prefer planting them in pots and strategically placing them around sitting areas, on windowsills, and near entryways, rather than planting in the ground. Plus, while they’re non-toxic to dogs, many enjoy the taste and smell and will nibble or roll around in them, killing the plant. Bonus: Use the leaves to add flavor to teas and other delicious minty recipes!

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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Another pet-safe option for naturally repelling fleas, that’s also useful in the kitchen, is rosemary. Unpleasant to both mosquitoes and other flying insects, rosemary is quite versatile. Plant in pots, protect your herb garden from insects, or use around the perimeter of your yard to keep insects away while at the same time attracting butterflies.
Plants to avoid:
The plants listed above aren’t the only ones that naturally repel mosquitoes – but they ARE both effective against insects AND safe for dogs. Always remember when designing your garden to be mindful of plants which may be toxic for your fur-family. Citronella, while highly effective against mosquitoes, is deadly to dogs, as are Geraniums, certain varieties of Marigolds, and Garlic plants.

For more information about landscaping especially with dogs in mind, check out this PAW-some guide on Dogscaping: Creating the Ultimate Dog-Friendly Landscape!

This Is What Happens When The Pavement Is Too Hot For Your Dog

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All-over-it dog lovers know the basics of keeping dogs safe in summer: Bring lots of water with you on walks, watch for the signs of your dog overheating and never, ever, ever leave a dog in the car — even on days that don’t seem that warm.

But it might come as a surprise to even the most type-A pup owners that the very pavement beneath your dog’s paws could be sizzling hot. And hot pavement can have gruesome and painful consequences.

“Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible,” the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) urged. But sometimes it can be hard to tell.

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Luckily, there’s a quick and easy test, courtesy of Moon Valley Canine Training, to see if the street temperature is safe enough for a walk with your dog. Put the back of your hand on the pavement, and if you can’t keep it there for five seconds, it’s too hot for your pup’s feet.

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If the pavement fails the test, walk your dog when the temperature drops a bit (if he can wait) or stay on the grass. If walking your dog on hot pavement is unavoidable, there are things you can do to be prepared, like using special dog booties or dog paw wax designed to protect your dog’s sensitive paw pads from the heat.

 

Petition · Smucker’s: Bring back pet-food donations immediately! · Change.org

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Petition · California State Legislature: Urge the California State Legislature to Protect Wildlife by Banning Rodent Poisons · Change.org

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Justice for Severely Burned Puppy Allegedly Thrown From a Vehicle

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A puppy was burned from head to tail, allegedly tossed from a vehicle, and then left to suffer. Sign this petition to demand that everything possible is done to find the monster who did this horrific animal abuse.

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Punish Teens Arrested for Siccing Dogs on Neighbor’s Pet

 

A cat was mauled to death by two pit bulls who were allegedly ordered to attack it by their teenage owners. Demand that the people responsible for this horrifying cruelty be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

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Ask Umbra: What should I do with my nasty old pillows? | Grist

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Q. My pillows are getting gross. I’ve thought about washing them, but I can only do two at a time in the washing machine, and I live in Southern California where we’re in the midst of a nasty drought. So, I’ve thought about throwing them away and getting new ones, but I hate the thought of them just sitting in a landfill. Which path to clean pillows is better for the planet? And if you have any recommendations for eco-friendlier pillows in general, I’ll take ’em!

Amy
Glendale, Calif.

A. Dearest Amy,

While I admire your commitment to water conservation, there’s no need to force your pillows into early retirement. Just as you wouldn’t toss your clothes, dishes, or bedsheets after getting a bit grimy (I hope), nor should you contribute to overconsumerism with a new set of pillows, which require raw materials, water, and energy to produce – and that you don’t really need.

Pillows can be dry-cleaned, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Conventional dry-cleaning is just too toxic, “eco-friendly” cleaners may simply be greenwashing, and the better commercial alternative, “wet cleaning,” still uses water.

So go ahead and wash your pillows, Amy. As you’ve got capacity issues at home, I’d check out the larger machines found at your local laundromat. Gold stars to you if you patronize a business that offers low-water, energy-efficient washing machines (laundromats don’t always advertise this, but may have a few horizontal-axis, front-loading washers for use – ask around, and go for those).

Whether you’re coming clean down the street or at home, use a small amount of gentle detergent. To dry, use the low-heat setting on your clothes dryer and include a few tennis balls or clean tennis shoes to help break up the down clumps that tend to form. It won’t hurt to leave the finished pillows out in the sun for a few hours to enhance drying, either.

You don’t say whether you own an Energy Star washing machine (which uses about 15 gallons of water per load versus 23 gallons for a standard washer, plus less energy to boot), but that’s certainly something to look into for all your laundry going forward. In terms of pillows going forward, look into laying your head on organic cotton, organic wool, hemp, or even buckwheat hulls, all of which can be found stuffing today’s eco-friendly bedding options.

Oh, and if those pillows are at the end of their useful lives? Read on.

Fluffily,
Umbra

Q. We have several old down pillows and comforters, and I have not been able to find a place to recycle or donate them. Any suggestions?

Gretchen H.
Boise, Idaho

A. Dearest Gretchen,

Do I have suggestions? Of course I do! But first, how old are we talking? If your bedding is still in usable condition, you may be able to find someone who’d gratefully take it off your hands. As you may have discovered, secondhand shops can be squeamish about accepting old pillows for reasons involving hygiene and bedbugs. But some local charities may be interested in clean, washed (see above) items; make a few calls to see where your donation can do the most good.

But if your pillows and comforter have deflated beyond all hope, reusing is your best bet. Do you by any chance have pets, Gretchen? Old pillows and blankets make great beds for our four-legged friends. If not, friends, neighbors, or Freecyle might want your castoffs for this purpose, as would your local vet or animal shelter. A few more ideas: Stash pillows in the car for naps. Use the down as stuffing for new throw pillows, old teddy bears, or draft snakes. Turn your comforter into a picnic or beach blanket. Repurpose the filling as packing material.

One more option: You may be able to unload some of your bedding directly to textile recyclers, which sell the fibers to be made into things like industrial rags, carpets, and insulation. There just so happens to be one in your area, and yep, it accepts down pillows and comforters. (If you’re not in Boise, check with the company before dropping anything off.)

I’m sure you’ll find a second life for those tired bedthings, Gretchen. Then sleep easy knowing you’ve kept usable threads out of the landfill.

Sweet-dreamily,
Umbra

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Justice for Disabled Dog Killed By Police

Police claim a disabled pet dog charged them during a home sweep, forcing them to shoot. However, the dog’s autopsy reportedly shows that the elderly dog was incapable of this attack and instead was running away when he was killed. Demand the police stop killing innocent pets.

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World’s ‘oldest dog,’ Maggie the Kelpie, dies peacefully in her basket

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An Australian sheep dog named Maggie, believed to be the world’s oldest dog, died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday.

Her owner and lifelong companion, dairy farmer Brian McLaren, said he found Maggie curled snugly in her bed when he arrived at his farm in Woolsthorpe, in the southern-Australian state of Victoria.

“She was 30 years old, she was still going along nicely last week, she was walking from the dairy to the office and growling at the cats and all that sort of thing,” McLaren told the Weekly Times. “I’m sad, but I’m pleased she went the way she went.”

McLaren says he wasn’t been able to officially verify the Kelpie’s age after losing her paperwork, but says he first got Maggie when his son was just 4 years old. He’s now 34.

If true, Maggie, would have been an incredible 210 years old in dog years. That’s at least double the life expectancy of most breeds, which generally live between 8 and 15 years.

McLaren said Maggie was going strong but went downhill over the last two days.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest dog was Bluey, an Australian cattle dog that also lived in Victoria. Bluey was put to sleep in November, 1939 at the age of 29.

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6 Spring Plants That Can be Harmful to Cats and Dogs | One Green Planet

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April 15, 2016 3 Comments

Spring conjures up images of blossom, birds singing, and flowers blooming. Unfortunately, it’s not as sweet and cheery for our furry companions. Some of the spring plants that grow in your garden or bloom in your vases can actually be dangerous for our four-legged friends. For that reason, it’s vital for animal guardians to be extra vigilant about keeping certain spring blooms away from their homes and gardens. Here are some spring plants that can be harmful to your cats and dogs.
Daffodils

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Typically one of the first plants to bloom in spring, daffodils contain lycorine and other alkaloids that can be highly poisonous to both cats and dogs. Also known as jonquils, narcissus, and paper whites, these plants can lead to salvation, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested. However, things could get much worse for your canine or feline companion if they consume large amounts of the plant, as this could lead to tremors, low blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, and convulsions. Yes, daffodils are lovely, but if you love your companions more, you need to keep them as far away as possible.
Lilies

Lilies are practically synonymous with spring but they’re certainly not synonymous with cat health. Members of the day lily and the true lily can cause kidney failure in felines. Even a tiny amount of exposure, like ingestion of pollen or a bite of a leaf is enough to result in kidney failure. Within a few hours of exposure to lilies, cats will vomit and become lethargic.
Tulips

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The toxins from tulips are mostly in the plant’s bulbs so if your cat prowls your flowerbeds or your dog is an avid digger, it’s a good idea to keep these plants out of your garden for good otherwise they could spell disaster for your furry friends. Signs of toxicity can include depression, diarrhea, salivation, and vomiting.
Sago Palms

Also known as Cycads, Zamia, and Macrozamia, Sago Palms are common ornamental plants which are also highly toxic to our companions. Ingestion of this plant can cause liver failure and death in cats and also dogs. Despite all parts of the plant being toxic, it’s the seeds that are the most toxic. Even just one seed is enough to cause death in a cat or dog. Vomiting typically starts within 24 hours, and then animals start to seizure. With a mortality rate of about 50 percent, Sago Palms are by far one of the most toxic plants. It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of animals will die after ingesting this planet, regardless of medical treatment. In other words, keep your furry friends far, far away!
Begonias

Because they’re generally easy to grow, produce beautiful blooms, and thrive in many conditions, Begonias are commonly found in many gardens and households. No matter how fond you are of this plant, you’re going to have to end your love affair if you’re a cat or dog guardian. The underground stem of the plant contains most of the toxins and can cause a number of problems if ingested by your companion. From serious burning in the mouth, tongue and lips to difficulty swallowing, these are just a few of the many side effects of Begonias plant consumption. So if you’re a cat or dog lover, be sure to keep these out of your garden!
Buttercups

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Skipping through a meadow of Buttercups with your dog might seem like a dream but in reality, it’s far less innocent. Ingesting this flower can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive salvation. And it’s not just dogs. Cats can suffer the same effects if they ingest Buttercups.
Plants that are Safe for Your Furry Companions

While these are all beautiful plants and perfectly ok to have in your garden if your furry companions don’t go near them, it’s probably better to stick to other plants that are safe for them instead. Otherwise, you could end up with some serious consequences on your hands. That doesn’t, however, mean that you have to say no to plants completely. There are some plants that are perfectly safe for your companions, such as Spider Plants, Areca Palm, Baby Rubber Plant, Ponytail Palm, Prayer Plant, Lemon Button Fern and many more.

Investigate Police for Allegedly Supporting the Illegal Pet Trade

 

Animals are allegedly being abused and killed because high ranking police officers are turning a blind eye to the illegal pet trade. Demand this issue be investigated to ensure animals do not continue to suffer and die as a result of the cruel pet trade.

Source: Investigate Police for Allegedly Supporting the Illegal Pet Trade