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03 Dec 2018 09:53
ANF, Inc. is recalling select products of its ANF Dog Food due to elevated levels of vitamin D., which can cause serious health issues in dogs.

In addition, Elm Pet Foods, Inc. is recalling certain products of its Elm Dog Food brand due to elevated levels of vitamin D., which can cause serious health issues in dogs.

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03 Dec 2018 09:42
Pet Safety during Holidays 
In a previous article, I highlighted landscaping plants that might be injurious or even deadly to our pets. During the holidays, from Thanksgiving through the New Year, many of us use live and artificial plants to decorate. Could some of these be unsafe for our pets?

Consider these concerns:

The berries and leaves of the holly plant could cause discomfort and vomiting. In some cases, these can also be fatal. Poinsetta sap will blister your dog’s mouth within minutes of digestion. It can ... read full article

13 Nov 2018 07:56
November 9, 2018 — Lidl USA is voluntarily recalling specific lots of Orlando brand Grain Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food because the products may contain elevated levels of Vitamin D.What’s Recalled?

The recalled Orlando brand products include the following lot numbers manufactured between March 3, 2018 and May 15, 2018:
TI1 3 Mar 2019
TB2 21 Mar 2019
TB3 21 Mar 2019
TA2 19 Apr 2019
TB1 15 May 2019
TB2 15 May 2019

Elevated Vitamin D Levels
Dogs consuming e ... read full article

30 Oct 2018 14:57
Your Dog Versus a Coyote 
Living at Saddlebrooke Ranch can be exceptionally beautiful. Great views of the Catalinas and Mt. Lemmon. A wide range of birds. Beautiful sunrise, sunsets and moon rise. Wonderful clear skies with thousands of stars.

However, there are also a few dangers. A particular danger that makes themselves well known, especially as the sun sets, are Coyotes.

What to do while walking your dog if you encounter a Coyote?

Remember the four basic rules for walking our dogs.
1. Keep your dog on a ... read full article

27 Oct 2018 13:49
October 24, 2018 — G & C Raw of Versailles, Ohio, is recalling all products lots manufactured from February 27, 2018 through July 20, 2018, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Affected products are sold under the brand names G & C Raw Dog Food and G & C Raw Cat Food and sold through direct distribution to customers.

What’s Being Recalled?
The manufacture dates are included at the end of the lot number.
For example, the pet food pr ... read full article

27 Oct 2018 13:49
October 24, 2018 — G & C Raw of Versailles, Ohio, is recalling all products lots manufactured from February 27, 2018 through July 20, 2018, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Affected products are sold under the brand names G & C Raw Dog Food and G & C Raw Cat Food and sold through direct distribution to customers.

What’s Being Recalled?
The manufacture dates are included at the end of the lot number.
For example, the pet food pr ... read full article

19 Sep 2018 09:46
Living With Coyotes 
It has been brought to our attention that uninformed or misguided residents could unknowingly be contributing to increased risk to their neighbors pets by offering food. This practice is not recommended by state wildlife officials and is illegal in some jurisdictions.

According to the Game and Fish Department "It is generally not normal for Coyotes to attack or pursue humans; it is a learned response to human feeding or indifference". To learn more, please click Living With Coyotes.

07 Aug 2018 10:07
G & C Raw LLC of Versailles, Ohio, is recalling Pat's Cat Turkey Cat Food and Ground Lamb Dog Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Read more C & G Raw Dog and Cat Food Recall.

06 Aug 2018 11:45
The Heartbreak of a Lost or Missing Pet 
In the past few months, Saddlebrooke Ranch residents have experienced several incidents of missing and lost pets.

For those residents who have joined the SBR NextDoor website, please check out several helpful links. Please consider uploading a photograph of your pet to the Pets link. This provides both the pet and owner name. If your pet goes missing, you can refer to the photo. If a resident finds a lost pet, these photos might be helpful to locate the owner.

Also, consider adding a pho ... read full article

30 Jul 2018 09:09
Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe 
1. Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors.

2. Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse.

3. Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle.

4. Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool—not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make ... read full article

26 Jun 2018 09:30
GPS Tracking Devices for Cats and Dogs 
The desert is a beautiful place to live with dry air, mild winters and sunshine everyday. The desert is also a haven for many animals that can harm our pet family members. This great community we live in took over the homes of predatory animals that lived here for many years. We are literally moving into their space and we are intruding into their hunting grounds. We have had bob cats give birth in peoples' back yards. Coyotes digging under a fence to give birth and keep the young safe while ... read full article

24 May 2018 10:28
Merrick Pet Care of Amarillo, Texas, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of its dog treats due to elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone.

15 May 2018 10:31
Finding those pesky ticks! 
Since moving to Arizona, our dogs have been mostly free of flees and ticks. However, depending on where you travel with your dogs, especially if you are an avid hiker, you might want to take precautions.

While I don't think ticks are a very high percentage concern in our area, take a few moments to review where on your dog are the likely places they might hide. And hide they often do for long periods if we aren't diligent.

15 May 2018 10:17
Seizures - what to do for your dog who suffers a seizure 
A few years ago, we lost our beloved Kodiak. He was 14, so as a 95 pound Rotweiller-Lab mix, we felt blessed he lived so long. What was unexpected was the lengthy seizure that eventually led to his death.

Recently I came across a short article from the AKC that might be helpful to other dog owners. Kodiak never suffered any seizure that we were aware of until the night he died. However, it appears dogs to experience minor seizures, sometimes more than one.

18 Apr 2018 10:48
Blue Ridge Beef is recalling one lot of its BRB Complete raw frozen dog food due to possible contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. Contact: Blue Ridge Beef Dog Food Recall of March 2018.

Darwins Natural Pet Products is recalling four lots of its raw dog food because they have tested positive for Salmonella and E. coli 0128, bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. Contact: Carwin's Dog Food Recall of March 2018.

K9 Natural is recalling four ba ... read full article

25 Mar 2018 08:46
J. M. Smucker Co. of Orrvile, OH, is recalling two varieties of its popular Milo's Kitchen dog treats due to elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone.

25 Mar 2018 08:42
Toxic Toads Kill More Dogs than Rattlesnakes 
Important warning about Sonoran Desert Toads tangling with our pets.

Here is a short list of what owners can do if this happens to your dog:

Sonoran Desert Toad (Bufo alvarius) First Aid for Dogs

Turn on the garden hose (or other water source) to get a small but steady, gentle flow. Too high a flow can cause your dog to choke or swallow water. Too low a flow (a mere trickle) would be ineffective.

Hold your dog's mouth open with its nose pointed downward to prevent water ... read full article

25 Feb 2018 11:28
More Dog Food Recalls 
Northwest Naturals of Portland, OR, is recalling specific lots of its raw frozen dog food due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Carnivore Meat Co. of Green Bay, WI, is recalling 73 cases of its Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Dog Food due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

TruPet LLC of Milford, OH, is recalling a limited amount of its TruDog Pt Treats due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

10 Feb 2018 15:14
Raws for Paws of Minneapolis, MN, is recalling their frozen dog food due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

Smokehouse Pet Products of Sun Valley, CA, is recalling a specific lot of it's "Beefy Munchies" dog treats due to potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

Redbarn Pet Products of Long Beach, CA, is recalling a specific lot of it's "Redbarn Naturals Bully Sticks" due to potential contamination with salmonella bacteria.

J.M. Smucker is recalling mu ... read full article

07 Jan 2018 10:58
Primal Dog Food Recall of December 2017 
Primal Pet Foods of Fairfield, California, is voluntarily recalling 5 of its freeze-dried products because their grind size exceeds the ideal size of ground bone fed to dogs and cats.

To learn which products are affected, please visit Primal Dog Food Recall of December 2017 .

06 Jan 2018 15:46
Leaving Your Pet in Someone Else's Care 
No matter how much a part of our family, our pets - both dogs and cats - aren't always welcome when traveling. Whether you decide to leave you pets with friends, family, or professional pet care services, there are a few basics for consideration in all cases.

1. ID Tags should be up to date. No matter how careful, accidents happen. While most owners tag their pets with their own phone numbers, consider having a temporary tag made with the contact information of the person caring for your ... read full article

06 Jan 2018 15:35
Is that beautiful landscaping a threat to your pet's health? 
After we sign all the papers, time to landscape that new property. After meeting with several landscapers, you will pick the plants and hardscape. Soon, you can sit back and enjoy. As you settle in with a favorite drink and fire up the BBQ, the family dog wanders through the foliage, sniffing, possibly digging, maybe even tasting.

No harm, right? Dogs do what dogs do best.

However, Tony Knight, Master Gardener and Professor Emeritus in Vetinerian Medicine, recently shared in a talk about M ... read full article

23 Nov 2017 12:13
photoDogs are incredibly intuitive and aware of their surroundings. They know when their person is sad and can pick up on stress when their household is in chaos. Some people believe that dogs can predict when someone is going to die or can see spirits. Below are some of the other amazing things dogs can sense, for one reason or another.

1) Earthquakes
Records as far back as ancient Greece tells of dogs fleeing the city of Helice before a tragic earthquake. China also has stories of dogs showing ... read full article

12 Nov 2017 14:41
Dog Park Safety 
Residents of Saddlebrooke Ranch are fortunate to have many places to exercise their dogs safely, including a dedicated Dog Park. However, not all pets do well at these parks, and there are other health and safety concerns. While there are many articles providing guidelines, take a few minutes to review WebMD's take: Dog Park Safety: What To Know Before You Go.

Kay Lantow

11 Jun 2017 15:00
Multiple Brands of Rawhide Chews Recalled 
June 10, 2017 - United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc., is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of rawhide dog food products due to chemical contamination.

American beef hide
Healthy Hide Chews
Good-N-Fun Chews

See for details.

06 Jun 2017 09:20
Hot Asphalt Awareness 
photoIf the air temperature is 77 degrees, the asphalt temperature can be 125 degrees. If the air temperature is 87 degrees, the asphalt temperature can be 143 degrees. At 125 degree fahrenheit skin destruction can happen in 60 seconds.
Here at the Ranch you must be aware of the asphalt temperature during our hot weather. You can take your dog on the green grass near the Sales Center until the Dog Park is ready to use. Be aware and take care of your best friend...

05 May 2017 09:17
Party Animal Dog Food Recall of April 2017 
photoApril 17, 2017 — Party Animal, Inc. has announced it is recalling specific lots of two varieties of its Cocolicious canned dog foods because they have each tested positive for the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital. Click title for the full article.

25 Mar 2017 14:28
Top 10 Dog and Cat Toxins 
photoAs a follow up to previous articles about food safety for our pets, here is a reminder for both cats and dogs. The link will take you to an article published at the Pet Helpline.

24 Mar 2017 14:24
Do NOT allow your dogs to DRINK these liquids 
There are four rather common liquids that all dogs owners should keep their dogs away from: Milk, Gatorade, Pool Water, and the water left standing in Ponds & Puddles.

Consider Milk. We certainly like it; and when we are eating/drinking it, Fido is all ears and nose, looking to share. But dogs lack the necessary enzymes to break down the Lactose in Milk. (You'll remember a previous article noted yogurt was okay for dogs because it contained the enzymes that help digestion.) So unless ... read full article

24 Mar 2017 14:08
Does your dog lie to you? 
Check out a short blog at the online version of Discover Magazine. According to a study (ah, the lonely lives of scientists. . . ) dogs aren't just capable of the Guilty Look, they also lie, depending on the situation.

19 Dec 2016 11:07
Things Humans Do That Dogs Don't Like 
If dogs could talk. What would they say to us about how we treat them? For those situations of abuse, its pretty obvious. But what about when with all good intentions we do things our dogs dislike?

According to many pet advice websites, there are certain things that humans do (or don't, as the case may be with #4) that annoy, irritate or simply are not good for your pet.

1. Hugging - seems innocent. We hug each other, our children, why not our dogs? Some dogs simply don't like it b ... read full article

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14 Dec 2016 10:28
Pet Tech, Reviewed by a Dog 
Have you ever considered buying a gadget to feed your puppy treats when you aren't home? Or how about another that launches that tennis ball? You know, that ball that after a few throws turns mushy with your Fido's saliva? And how many of us have thought a GPS tied to Fluffy's collar would relieve some of our anxiety, letting us know exactly where she is at any given time.

According to the American Pet Products Association, American spent more than $14 billion (Yup! Thats a B for ... read full article

18 Sep 2016 17:30
What Human Foods are Dangerous for Our Pets? 
Let’s face it. Fido sits quietly next to your chair at the table, those soft eyes boring into your heart. His nose twitches in your direction as the smell of salmon, beef or pork tickles the air. What’s a good pet owner to do?

Are human foods OK for our pets to eat? Which foods are safe, and which ones should we avoid? [Note: my colleague reported on several myths concerning our pets. See Health & Nutrition. This provides a more detailed analysis of the 'human food' myth.]

... read full article

18 Sep 2016 12:17
Safe Travel with your Pet: and other related safety items 
I Love Dogs (all dogs matter) website provides items for sale to help keep your dog safe.

One important item is a Heavy-Duty Adjustable Dog Seat Belt for use with your dog's harness. Securing your dog in your vehicle while driving is very important. There are laws that require children are secured, but in most states, there are very few or no law requiring we protect our animals during travel. We often feel secure while driving and forget how devastating even a low speed collision can be ... read full article