Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Choosing pet collars

Choosing a pet collar may seem a simple task, but it is imperative that you ensure a proper fit. An ill-fitting collar can prove troublesome and even pose a threat to the safety of your pet. If a collar is too loose, the pet may slip out and encounter a dangerous situation, such as running onto a road. A collar that is too tight can cut into a pet’s skin and cause damage. A pet’s collar should be loose enough so that it is not in constant, direct contact with the skin but tight enough that it won’t easily slip off the pet’s head. A collar is the most important accessory in your pet’s life as animals without collars and identification tags are less likely to be returned to their owners if lost. Since your pet will be wearing his or her collar on a continual basis, make certain that you select a collar that fits.

A fact that many pet owners fail to consider is that some pets are euthanized, simply because they weren’t wearing collars with identification tags. If a cat is unidentified because he or she was not wearing a collar and id tags and becomes a stray, that animal may eventually end up in a kill shelter where it may be euthanized. Pet owners would be devastated to know that something as simple as ensuring a proper fitting collar with identification tags could mean the difference between the life and death of their pet, but it is true. All pets should wear collars with identification tags. This is one of the most effective ways to ensure lost pets are identified. The only method more successful than collars with identification tags is to have your pet microchipped.

Even microchipped pets benefits from properly fitting collars. Collars are one of the easiest ways to identify a cat or dog that has wandered away from home. Choose collars wisely to ensure the proper size and best fit.

Video: Two adorable cats fight over bowl of food

It may be time for these pet owners to invest in two separate bowls of cat food for these adorable felines. The cats are playing a tug-of-war type game where each takes the singular bowl of cat food and takes a bite, before the other cat takes the bowl back.

Judging by the size of these cats, it appears this method, though tiresome and a bit amusing, seems to be working effectively.

Check out the adorable video below.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Nestle Purina PetCare Company to voluntarily withdraw Waggin' Train® and Canyon Creek Ranch® brand dog treat products

Press Release

ST. LOUISJan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestle Purina PetCare Company and its wholly owned subsidiary Waggin' Train, LLC today announced it is voluntarily withdrawing its Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats sold in the United Statesuntil further notice.

The Company is taking this action after learning this week that the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) found trace amounts of antibiotic residue in samples of Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky products. These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other major countries, including European Union member states, but are not among those approved in the U.S. Antibiotics are commonly used globally, including in the United States, when raising animals fit for human consumption. Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch products are safe to feed as directed. However, due to regulatory inconsistencies among countries, the presence of antibiotic residue is technically considered an adulteration in the United States. This finding does not pose a safety risk to pets.

New York State authorities initially requested that the Company remove Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky treats from retail locations in the state of New York, which we have agreed to do. In addition, because of the differences in U.S. and Chinese regulations, Nestle Purina decided to conduct a nationwide voluntary withdrawal.
"All of us at Waggin' Train care deeply about pets and their owners, and the quality of our products is of the utmost importance," said Nina Leigh Krueger , President, Waggin' Train, LLC. "Waggin' Train has served millions of pets and their owners very well. In the final analysis, our Company and our loyal consumers must have total confidence in the products we sell and feed our pets. Once we understand and determine how to comply with the technicalities of different regulatory frameworks, we will work with all appropriate parties to define the best way to supply the market."

Nestle Purina contacted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding NYSDAM's findings. There is no indication that the trace amounts of antibiotic residue are linked to the FDA's ongoing investigation of chicken jerky products. The trace amounts of antibiotic residue (in the parts-per-billion range) do not pose a health or pet safety risk.
No other Purina treats or pet food products are affected by this withdrawal. In addition, Canyon Creek Ranch dog and cat foods, which are manufactured in the United States, are not included in this withdrawal.

For product refund or more information call our Office of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-982-0704 or go to www.waggintrainbrand.com.
SOURCE Nestle Purina PetCare

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