Saturday, August 22, 2009
I'm sure almost everypup has been experiencing some of this awful weather, but I've had enough! Yesterday it was almost 91 degrees here and it rained a lot, too. Today is a little better, but it's still too hot at 82 degrees. And it's raining AGAIN! When does a good sibe pup get a break?
I'm closing my eyes and hoping that the rain will go away.
At least the sibe cooler is still working well.
Maybe it's cooler up here?
Nope...stop taking pictures of me and make the rain go away, Mom!
P.S. Woo. Mom's looking fur a new flashy to take even more pictures. Any recommendations?
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Robert Jay Russell, Ph.D.,
Coton de Tulear Club of America President,
August 5, 2009. DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOG ANY PET-TABS. THEY ARE CONTAMINATED
WITH LEAD AND HAVE BEEN FOR YEARS!
I cannot emphasize enough the extreme danger these multivitamins
represent. Quixotically, they are not being recalled and the FDA has
taken no notice of the results of testing published by ConsumerLabs.
This from the ConsumerLab'
Pet-Tabs Complete Daily for Dogs was contaminated with 6.45 mcg of lead
per tablet. This is several times higher than the amount of lead (1.41
levels for dogs are not well defined, but FDA notes that children should
not be exposed to more than 6 mcg of lead per day and, as noted above,
California requires warning labels on supplements for human use that
contain over 0.5 mcg of lead per day.
Dr. Russell continues:
Pet-Tabs are perhaps the most widely sold dog and cat vitamin
supplement. We've used them (albeit not for many years). Pet-Tabs are
sold by PetsMart, Doctors Foster and Smith, and virtually every pet
shop, and on-line pet store in the nation. Pet-Tabs are made by the
giant Pfizer Pharmaceutical Corporation, one of America's leading
opponents of health care reform and industry inspection and regulation.
Pet-Tabs are sold under another corporate name: "Virbac" <<
ConsumerLab tests mostly human products. Sadly, this report and the
previous years' report confirming lead contamination in Pfizer/Virbac
Pet-Tab supplements calls into serious question the safety and efficacy
of these giant corporations' entire product lines.
ConsumerLab tests mostly human products. There is no other information
(such as why or how this supposed animal health care product has been
laced with toxic levels of lead for years).
Lead can be absorbed through the skin or, in the case of these
supplements, ingested and absorbed. Clinical signs can be
gastrointestinal and/or neurological. Many dogs or cats who are
chronically ill, have upset stomachs, anorexia (food avoiders), blood
disorders, kidney disorders (degeneration of the glomeruli and tubules),
immunological problems, reproductive problems, or are suffering abnormal
behavioral signs could have suffered chronic, catastrophic lead
poisoning through supplements.
Before this revelation of supplement poisoning, the most common known
cause of lead poisoning in people and dogs was contact with lead based
paint or old car batteries. Other common causes of lead poisoning
include ingestion of lead shot (fatal to many wild birds and sometimes
served up in food that is hunted) and handling lead painted toys and
ceramic ware. During the past 6,000 years humans have mined and
redistributed lead on the planet to the extent that each of us has
approximately 1,000 times the lead in our system (as measured in our
bones) than prehistoric North American Indians.
Puppies absorb lead more readily than adults and are at greatest
immediate risk for signs of lead poisoning, but lead poisoning can prove
debilitating, even fatal for mature pets as well.
If your dog suffers from the diffuse signs of lead poisoning or if your
dog or cat have been exposed to Pet-Tabs, the CTCA recommends you have
its blood tested for lead concentration. Children in the household
should also be tested should your pet prove contaminated.
I would avoid all vitamin and mineral supplement products sold under
labels by either Pfizer or Virbac. These include labels such as
"Pet-Tinic," and "Lixotinic," and "Liqui-Tinic,
sold for large animals.
Save any bottles of these products in a sealed Zip Loc bag. Label the
bag well, stating "DO NOT USE - POISON!" You may need a sample of this
product should your dog or cat become symptomatic. You will need to save
the original packaging and product should Pfizer/Virbac be subject to a
Class Action suit.
REFERENCES FOR VETS
Veterinarians normally do not first associate gastrointestinal,
immunological or even neurological signs with lead poisoning. Given
America's current largely untested, unregulated food, supplement, and
pharmaceutical supply, perhaps they should.
Should your vet need additional information about lead toxicity, its
diagnosis and treatment, I suggest the following available, up-to-date
Michael E. Peterson, Patricia A. Talcott (editors), "Small Animal
Toxicology, Second Edition," Saunders Elsevier, St. Louis, MO. 2006
Ramesh G. Gupta (editor) "Veterinary Toxicology: Basic and Clinical
Principles," Academic Press, New York, NY. 2007.
WHAT VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS ARE SAFE?
That question is analogous to asking: "what food is safe?" It's a crap
shoot to be sure. ConsumerLab tested only three pet supplements; one was
"Halo Purely for Pets VitaGlo Daily Greens." It did not contain lead,
but it contained less than half its advertised vitamins. "21st Century
Pet Nutrition Pet Chews Plus" was "approved" since it did not contain
lead and its ingredients were as labeled.
Our veterinarian believes that one-half a Centrum Senior (human vitamin)
is safe and effective for a dog the size of a Coton de Tulear. But
without widespread government tests of our food, drug and supplement
supply, who knows?
We have been using ProPet 8-in-one Vitamin supplements without problems,
but chronic, gradual poisoning is not something we'd necessarily see. As
noted: it is a gamble. And one that no one in this country should have
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
I know my furriend Indy posted about this on his blog, but I also wanted to ask all the pups out there to tell their humans to write NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about reinstating Michael Vick in the NFL. This man did many horrible things to his dogs and many argue that he was punished enough, but I don't think his jail sentence and probation was nearly enough for all the torture he put his dogs through. Even if woo normally don't watch football with woor humans, please let Mr. Goodell know that it is unacceptable for us pups (and our humans) to let Vick play in the NFL again. Plenty of humans get by with $10/hr job, and I think he will be fine.
Please write to Mr. Roger Goodell at: Roger.Goodell2@nfl.net
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I know this is furry late, but I wanted to share with all of woo my 4th of July weekend! My sister Molly's humans went on a vacation without her, so she came over to my house for the weekend! This video shows what we did on Saturday.
Did woo all see Molly with her feet in the water? What a bad pup! I was such a good pup!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
While we were walking near a lake, I saw something that looked like a turtle. What do woo think? Is it really a turtle?
While my mom was busy taking pictures, I took a break on the grass.
And a drink...
Another picture of the park.
I couldn't resist...
I hope everypuppy had a great day!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I believe I need to get a pup lawyer. This is puppy cruelty!
Look at all that fur they took from me! If any of woo know any good pup lawyers, please let me know. I think we all need to protest this act they call "brushing". This torture has got to stop!
I'm working for a treat at the doggie park! If I sit in front of my humans for long enuff, I get even more treats!
After working for so long, every pup needs some playtime!
When I got home, I was so tired from working. It's sure hard being a good sibe! Us pups work so hard sometimes...we need to learn to take it easy!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I GOT A BATH!
As woo can see, I was not happy...I knew what was coming and I wasn't happy!
And then I tried running away but the darn leash got in the way...
I thought that if I closed my eyes really tightly, it would all be over with furry quickly...
I wasn't going to make it easy for my brother. I don't like being wet!
All I was thinking about at this point was that I deserve lots of treats for this horrible torture!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
As woo can see, my human sister is even worse at taking pictures when she's walking.
Yep...she definitely needs some training...
After the walk, I came inside and chewed on my tripe treat! My humans always complain about how smelly it is, but I think it smells furry yummy! And it keeps my teeth furry clean!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I'm feeling a little better today after my trip to the V-E-T yesterday. The humans cleaned up my boo-boo for me and made it feel better. Unfortunately, they had to shave a little bit of my fur on my leg, which I was completely against doing, but I had no choice! The V-E-T said that the injury isn't too bad, thankfwoolly. I got some wound balm and pain medication so that I would feel a lot better, and I am feeling much better today! Thanks for all the get well wishes!
Here is a picture of my boo-boo after the V-E-T cleaned it up.
Monday, April 20, 2009
One good thing that came out of the injury is that my humans are spoiling me even more today!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
I just wanted to get the word out to everyone in the Gaithersburg/Rockville area (and out of state too!) about Mugsey, who was dognapped from his yard on February 13th. Mugsey is ill and needs to come home so he can take his medicine! Since I live in the area between Gaithersburg and Rockville, I'll be looking furry hard for him. Here is the link to Mugsey's blog: Find Mugsey
Please let everypup woo know about Mugsey!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Instead of posting something about myself today, I need to ask for woo and woor humans' help. My human received an e-mail about a 7-year-old male husky in California who was going to be put to sleep today by the shelter humans. Thankfwoolly, some very special humans got him out of the shelter and named him Phoenix. The shelter humans said that he was dog and human aggressive, but the humans who rescued him said that he is well behaved when he is outside his kennel. He didn't like humans trying to go in and grab him out like a true husky! My humans and I believe that every dog deserves a chance to be fairly evaluated, and we were very touched by all the effort made my some humans to help Phoenix. He is currently at a V-E-T being treated for some med-ik-al conditions, possibly inclwooding mange. He also needs blood work, a B-A-T-H and check up. While I wasn't able to help him, I asked my humans to make a small donation of $50.00 for his care so that he can get well again.
If woo can ask woor humans to help Phoenix, here are three ways they can make donations:
1. Call the animal hospital and ask for Tony.. the number is 310
398-7256. Phoenix will be listed under Cindy Price..
2. PayPal ResQPet at ... www.resqpet.org donation button.. be sure to send a notice that it is for Phoenix to email@example.com
3. Send a check to: ResQPet, 23705 Vanowen St, Suite 245, West Hills,
CA 91307 note for Phoenix
Also, if woor humans know of a place where he might find a rescue or foster home, please ask them to e-mail Blake Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can only stay at the V-E-T until Saturday. Please help a fellow husky!
Here is a picture of Phoenix. I think he was camera shy because he didn't look up into the camera.
Please help Phoenix get better so he can find a forever home!
Monday, March 2, 2009
I know that some of woo got snow too! I can't wait to see all of woor pics!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I hope everypuppy had a woonderful Valentine's Day! My humans and I went to Petco to take a Valentine's Day picture in support of the local Montgomery County Humane Society. The humans at Petco loved me so much that they gave me a bandana! I made sure to give them a BIG husky smile!
Friday, January 30, 2009
I'm officially declaring my humans as pupparazzis. It's a hard life being a sibe!
Monday, January 26, 2009
It snowed a little last week, so my humans took me to the doggy park so I can play in the snow! Look at these pictures of me playing with my friend Mickey!
Yum yum!! Snow is so yummy!