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Myth-busting: FIV – Katzenworld

What you need to know about FIV or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) The RSPCA lifts the lid on FIV, what it is, how it is caught and what an FIV cat needs. FIV (Feline immunodeficiency virus) is a viral infection that affects cats. It causes affected animals to have a weaker immune system in comparison […]

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Caring for Pets With Arthritis – Katzenworld

Caring for Pets With Arthritis Arthritis in dogs and cats is one of the most common problems our pets can face as they get older and, as with humans, it can flare up in cold weather. Natural wear and tear, caused by aging, reduces the amount of cartilage that cushions the joints. This causes swelling […]

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Kidney Disease in Cats – Katzenworld

Kidney Disease in Cats PDSA advice on spotting the warning signs Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a common illness seen in older cats that can sometimes be mistaken for old age.  This is because symptoms don’t display until an advanced stage, meaning it can go undetected and unmanaged. One of the reasons to take your […]

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Cold Weather Pet Safety

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First-aid for Your Pets – Katzenworld

First-aid for Your Pets PDSA Vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan provides top tips on what to do in an emergency  Despite our best efforts to protect our pets, accidents can and do happen. In serious cases, knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between life and death. Life-threatening emergencies require speedy action, so […]

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5 Reasons Cat Parents Should Have Pet Insurance – Katzenworld

As a pet parent, you do a lot to care for your pet- feeding, bathing and providing shelter. Have you considered signing up for a pet insurance plan? There are a number of reasons why this is a good idea for cat parents, and we want to share with you the top five: 1) You […]

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Antifreeze – a Hidden Danger to Pets. – Katzenworld

Antifreeze – a Hidden Danger to Pets. This year’s National Pet Show at the Birmingham NEC is focused on promoting pet welfare, and they are working alongside the PDSA to teach pet owners how to protect and care for their pets, particularly against hidden dangers in and around the home. As we approach the colder […]

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The Importance Of Neutering Your Cat – Debunking The Myths – Katzenworld

Cats Protection is debunking some common myths in a bid to get owners to neuter their feline friends. Neutering is an important part of owning a cat but is a subject that many cat owners don’t know much about. For example, research by Cats Protection found that 94% of cat owners didn’t realise that cats could […]

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What Caused Nearly 50 PetSmart Grooming Deaths?

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Since 2008, there have been 47 documented cases of dogs dying during or after a PetSmart grooming appointment in 14 states, according to a disturbing new report published Sept. 20 on NJ.com. The number of deaths is probably even higher, since dog grooming is an unregulated industry.

After the December 2017 death of an English bulldog named Scruffles at the PetSmart in Flemington, NJ, reporters Sophie Nieto-Muñoz and Alex Napoliello began a six-month investigation into the company. They reviewed lawsuits, media reports and veterinary records, and interviewed 100 pet owners as well as PetSmart employees, lawyers, grooming experts and veterinarians.

The interviews with the owners of dogs who died as a result of being groomed at PetSmart are heartbreaking. Among them are Nick Pomilio, who in February 2017 took his English bulldog, Capone, to a store in the Philadelphia area for what should have been a simple nail trim.

The appointment lasted nearly an hour, instead of the usual 15 minutes. Afterward, Capone was unable to walk, so store employees wheeled him in a shopping cart to Pomilio’s car. Capone died on the way home.

“I’ll never forget that last look he gave me,” Pomilio told NJ.com, crying at the memory. “You don’t take the dog to get its nails clipped and it winds up dead as a doornail.”

PetSmart Response to Grooming Deaths

PetSmart refused to answer any questions for the report, but insisted in a response that it has “the highest grooming safety standards in the industry.”

The company refuted the number and cause of the dog deaths. It said it had no records of grooming some of the dogs mentioned in the report, while other dogs may have had underlying health issues that contributed to their deaths. “Any assertion that there is a systemic problem is false and fabricated,” it stated.

So, how many dogs have actually died, according to PetSmart’s official records? Although one of the company’s stated core values is transparency, it will not release the numbers.

Most of the documented deaths – 32 of them – occurred in 2015 or later. It’s probably no coincidence that PetSmart was bought by the private equity firm, BC Partners, in 2015. Since then, according to some longtime employees, there’s been growing pressure to increase the number of dogs groomed each day.

The causes of these deaths are difficult to prove, partly because of nondisclosure agreements signed by PetSmart customers and confidentiality agreements signed by pet owners who reached court settlements with PetSmart. These are some of the potential reasons cited by the NJ.com report:

Nearly half the dogs were English bulldogs and other short-nosed breeds and mixes that can have difficulty breathing in stressful situations and hot environments, such as a dryer.
Trainees with little experience are sometimes put to work due to short staffing.
Groomers, pressured to meet sales quotas, believe there is retaliation for speaking up about safety issues.

In response to media attention to the death of Scruffles, PetSmart announced an action plan for improvement that went into effect in February. The company said an independent task force of grooming industry experts would review its training and safety standards. It would install cameras in grooming salons and and hold open houses, so pet owners could meet groomers and inspect the facilities. The company would offer specialized care for short-nosed breeds.

Despite these promises, one month later, a corgi named Abby died during a grooming appointment at the PetSmart in Toms River, NJ. An employee called Abby’s owner, Chuck Crawford, and coldly told him his beloved dog was dead and where to pick up her body.

Pet owners might want to consider Crawford’s pledge. “I’ll never take my dog to a PetSmart or Petco or any of them ever again,” he told NJ.com in April. “I’ll give them a bath in my garage.”

How to Find a Safe Groomer

You may be surprised that, unlike beauticians and manicurists who work on humans, pet groomers are not required to be certified or licensed (aside from a business license) in any U.S. state. Pet groomers are regulated in Miami and New York City, but there are currently no statewide or federal laws regulating this industry.

Due to this lack of regulation, “there’s a lack of transparency of safety records, enforced standard training and little public accounting when things go wrong,” according to the NJ.com report. “Causes of death can be hard to prove, lawyers are hesitant to take cases and, because pets are considered property, owners can recoup very little money in court. As a result, exactly how many pets die, and why, remains largely unknown.”

To ensure your pet doesn’t become a statistic, the Humane Society of the United States, PETA and other animal welfare groups recommend you ask a groomer the following questions before leaving your pet in their care:

Ask if the groomer has completed a training program and belongs to any professional groups, such as the National Dog Groomers Association of America.
Make sure the groomer has several years of experience and can provide references.
Check out the grooming facility to see if it looks and smells clean, is well-lit and the cages are the appropriate size.

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Take Action!

Please join more than 76,000 people who have signed this Care2 petition demanding a temporary halt to all PetSmart grooming until the company meets safer pet grooming standards.     https://nackpets.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/petition-close-petsmart-grooming-too-many-dogs-are-dying-there/

If you want to make a difference on an issue you find deeply troubling, you, too, can create a Care2 petition, and use this handy guide to get started. You’ll find Care2’s vibrant community of activists ready to step up and help you.

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Common Cat Injuries and How to Spot Them – Katzenworld

Common Cat Injuries and How to Spot Them Cats offer the perfect balance between being playful and affectionate, and being self-sufficient. This means cats are easy to nurture on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately, it also means it is hard to spot when they are experiencing discomfort, injury or illness. Cats have a tendency to try […]

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25 Breeds of Dogs and Cats – FIREPAW, Inc.

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United Airlines has had a longtime sketchy track record for keeping pets safe during flights. Perhaps more important than a ban would be a trenchant review of their pet-care procedures overall.

United Airlines will ban 25 different pet breeds when it resumes flying pets this summer, four months after a dog’s death prompted the airline to review its policies for transporting animals.

The carrier will again accept dogs and cats in the cargo hold starting July 9 if the animal’s guardian is booked on the same flight… United is also teaming with American Humane (the org that oversees Hollywood’s use of animals) to “improve the well-being of all pets that travel on [their flights].”

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United announced the changes less than two months after a bruising week of public-relations fiascoes involving dogs. A French bulldog died March 12 after a flight attendant had the pet and its animal crate placed in an overhead bin. In a separate incident, the airline sent a Kansas-bound German shepherd to Japan. United also took criticism over its record of animal deaths in 2017, when it accounted for 18 of the 24 animals that died on a major airline.

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Breeds banned from flying United Airlines

The airline will no longer allow 21 dog and four cat breeds that are prone to physical problems from heat or other travel stress.

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Effective June 18, 2018, United PetSafe will NOT accept reservations for the following brachycephalic (or short- or snub-nosed) dogs and cats and strong-jawed dog breeds*, out of concern for higher adverse health risks:
Dog Breeds

Affenpinscher
American Bully
American Pit Bull Terrier/Pit Bull
American Staffordshire Terrier/”Amstaff”
Belgian Malinois
Boston Terrier
Boxer
Brussels Griffon
Bulldog
American Bulldog
English Bulldog
French Bulldog
Old English Bulldogges
Shorty Bulldogs
Spanish Alano/Spanish Bulldog/Alano Espanol
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Chow Chow
English Toy Spaniel/Prince Charles Spaniel
Japanese Chin/Japanese Spaniel
Lhasa Apso
Mastiff
American Mastiff
Boerboel/South African Mastiff
Bullmastiff
Ca de Bou/Mallorquin Mastiff
Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
Dogo Argentino/Argentinian Mastiff
Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
English Mastiff
Fila Brasileiro/Brazilian Mastiff/Cao de Fila
Indian Mastiff/Alangu
Kangal/Turkish Kangal
Neapolitan Mastiff/Mastino Napoletano
Pakastani Mastiff/Bully Kutta
Pyrenean Mastiff
Presa Canario/Perro de Presa Canario/Dogo Canario/Canary Mastiff
Spanish Mastiff / Mastin Espanol
Tibetan Mastiff
Tosa/Tosa Ken/Tosa Inu/Japanese Mastiff/Japanese Tosa
Pekingese
Pug
Dutch Pug
Japanese Pug
Shar-Pei/Chinese Shar-Pei
Shih-Tzu
Staffordshire Bull Terrier/”Staffys”
Tibetan Spaniel

Cat Breeds

Burmese
Exotic Shorthair
Himalayan
Persian

  • Including mixed breeds

Source: See the list of breed updates

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Top 5 Most Common Food Allergies in Dogs

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It is no surprise that like human beings, even the animals also have food allergens. As an owner of the pet, it is expected of you to know what causes the allergy to your pet dog. Of course, you may not be able to consult the vet quite often. However, simple precaution you take to know the food allergens for the dog will go a long way to avoid the food your pet is allergic to. It might surprise you that the high-quality ingredients of the pet food also are the culprit to a certain extent.

Primarily, you should not get confused with the food intolerance and the food allergy. The sensitivity of certain food might trigger gastro or skin problems to your pet not because of allergy, but due to external environmental issues like the pollen. The food allergy is since the immune system erroneously concludes that the…

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6 Cat Friendly Plants for Your Garden – Katzenworld

Hi everyone, Today’s guest post comes from Mike James: 6 cat friendly plants for your garden Source: pixabay If you think it’s difficult to please a cat, we’ve got the answer – and it could be… More

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Helpful Tips to Start Your Life With a Shy Cat – Katzenworld

Introducing a shy cat in your home, ideas and helpful tips to start a new life with the new member of the family.

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Smucker Withdraws Multiple Dog Food Brands

Complete details of the Smucker Dog Food Recall of February 2018 as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

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“Brain Games for Old Dogs Could Improve Their Mental Health” National Geographic

How to Choose the Right Winter Gear for Your Pets – One Green PlanetOne Green Planet

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Should Your Dog Be Vaccinated Against The Canine Influenza Outbreak? | Care2 Causes

By: Laura Goldmanh
January 25, 2018

We’re all aware of the H3N2 flu epidemic that’s made tens of thousands of people sick, but did you know the highly contagious canine influenza (CI) is also spreading across the United States and parts of Canada?

Dogs are becoming infected with the canine influenza virus (CIV) through direct contact with other dogs, nasal secretions, contaminated objects like food bowls and leashes, and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). It’s important to note that dogs rarely get sick from humans with the flu, and there’s no evidence (for now, at least) that dogs with the virus can transmit it to humans – but cats in an Indiana shelter became sickened with it in 2016.

There are currently two strains of the canine influenza virus (CIV) in the U.S.: H3N8 and H3N2. The H3N8 strain, which originated in horses and then spread to dogs, was first identified in 2004 in Florida’s racing greyhounds and has since spread to dozens of other states. Three years ago, the H3N2 strain caused a CI outbreak in Chicago. It was the first time this strain sickened dogs (and cats) outside Asia, where it had previously been identified.

All dogs are at risk for getting the flu. CI is deadliest for puppies and senior dogs, as well as dogs with weakened immune systems. Fortunately, the death rate is under 10 percent.
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Symptoms to Watch For

Dogs with the flu virus may show symptoms like the following:

A persistent cough
Sneezing
Thick nasal discharge
Fever of 104 to 105 degrees
Lethargy
Lack of appetite

If your dog has any of these symptoms, go see a veterinarian. Because CI symptoms are similar to kennel cough and other illnesses, your veterinarian can run laboratory tests that will diagnose if your dog has the flu. If that’s the case, your vet may prescribe an antibiotic to fight secondary infections and an anti-inflammatory to reduce fever and pain. In severe cases, your dog may need fluid therapy to restore hydration, and hospitalization may be necessary.

About 20 percent of infected dogs show no symptoms at all, but they can still be contagious.
Does Your Dog Really Need a Flu Shot?

Fortunately, just as for people, a flu shot is available for dogs. Although it may not completely prevent dogs from getting sick, it can significantly decrease the symptoms, severity and spread of infection.

The vaccine can be given to dogs that are six weeks of age and older. The initial two vaccines are given to dogs six weeks apart. After that, dogs receive an annual booster shot.

The AVMA refers to the flu shot as a “lifestyle” vaccination, meaning it’s recommended for dogs that are frequently exposed to other dogs at parks, boarding facilities, grooming salons and other places. You should confer with your veterinarian to see if your dog needs the vaccination. Be aware that many animal hospitals, kennels and other facilities now require all dogs to be vaccinated against CI.

Prevent the Spread of Canine Influenza

In addition to vaccinating your dog against CI, here are some ways you can prevent the flu from spreading:

Isolate dogs that are infected or have been around an infected dog. Dogs infected with H3N8 should be isolated from other dogs for at least three weeks, while those infected with H3N2 should be isolated for at least one week.
Wash your hands after you touch other dogs. The virus can live on our hands for 12 hours (and on our clothing for 24 hours).
Thoroughly clean food and water bowls, crates and other shared objects. The viruses don’t typically survive longer than 48 hours in the environment, and can be killed by disinfectants (just make sure any cleansers you use are pet friendly).

Since CI can quickly spread in places where dogs are in close contact with each other, please sign and share this petition urging U.S. animal shelters to ensure all dogs stay healthy and adoptable by being vaccinated against the flu.

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Preventing Kidney Disease in Cats – Katzenworld

Preventing Kidney Disease in Cats Acute vs. Chronic Kidney Disease There are two common types of kidney disease, acute and chronic. Acute kidney disease is when there is abrupt damage to the kidney. Abrupt damage… More

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How to Create a Pet Resume for Possible Landlords (Renting a place) – Katzenworld

How to Create a Pet Resume for Possible Landlords (Renting a place) It’s safe to say that many of us have a pet. They are beloved members of our families, and many of us don’t know… More

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Attention Dog Lovers: If Your Pup Is Doing This, Take Them to the Vet Immediately! (VIDEO) | One Green Planet

It’s officially flu season and not just for humans. Veterinarians in San San Francisco area are warning dog guardians about a highly-contagious dog flu that is sweeping the country. Know the signs and take your dog to the your veterinarian immediately.

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A Guide for Protecting Cats from Fleas and Ticks – Katzenworld

 A Guide for Protecting Cats from Fleas and Ticks  Cats are known for wandering around looking for something to get into. It is true that some cat guardians never let their felines go outdoors, while… More

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Tricks for Teaching Your Cat to Come when Called – Katzenworld

Tricks for Teaching Your Cat to Come when Called Although cats are very independent and self-sufficient animals, the truth is that contrary to popular belief, it is possible to train them. Take the time to… More

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Top 5 Why is my cat… Google Searches of 2017 – Katzenworld

By Anita Kelsey – London cat behaviourist Our fur companions are driving us nuts and making us run to our computers with twitchy fingers to ask why is my cat doing this and why the… More

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​Cats and Antifreeze – How to Keep Your Cat Safe – Katzenworld

It’s that time of year again when we remind all cat owners about the dangers of antifreeze. Once the temperatures fall, many people use antifreeze as a way of combating ice. It’s used in car… More

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Top tips for keeping pets safe at Christmas time – Katzenworld

As one of the biggest and busiest celebrations of the year, Christmas is a very exciting time for humans.  However, for many animals Christmas can be a source of anxiety and can even present potential… More

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Moving? Help Your Cat Acclimate with These Tips – Katzenworld


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Puppy Almost Dies After Ingesting Opioid On Walk ~ News video | Care2 Causes


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Feline Diabetes – Katzenworld

November is National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month.  Diabetes Diabetes Mellitus is a condition that affects the concentration of glucose (or sugar) in the blood; cats become diabetic when their bodies do not make enough insulin… More

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