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Coton de Tulear Photo Contest Winners

1st Place Winner in Coton de Tulear photo contest

The American Coton Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and information about the Coton de Tuléar to the public in order to contribute to the health and preservation of this rare breed, announced today, the winners of their Coton de Tuléar photo contest.

Many wonderful photos of Cotons de Tuléar were entered into the photo contest and members of the American Coton Club (ACC) voted on the winners.  First place was won by Laura Esau of Glenn Meadow Cottage Cotons de Tulear in Delta, Colorado.  Laura Esau won a $50.00 prize as well as two skeins of alpaca yarn which were donated by Hailey Parker, President of the American Coton Club.

Second place winner went to Marilyn Postelle-Kolenski of Sandcastle Coton de Tulear.  Marilyn and her husband Ed Kolenski reside in Ninole, Hawaii and will receive a $25.00 check from the American Coton Club for their winning photograph.

The winners faced stiff competition against a gallery of great Coton photos from members of the ACC who are adored by their Coton companions as well as photos from ACC Code of Ethics Breeders.  To view all of the photographs entered into the American Coton Club photo contest visit the Photo Contest web page on the ACC site.  The full URL is

2nd Place Winner in Coton photo contest

ACC hopes to hold more photo contests in the near future and is considering opening up voting to the general public on its social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo Groups.

Visit the American Coton Club on their ACC Facebook profile, as well as the ACC Facebook page and Facebook Coton Tales group.


Thank you to all who entered the ACC Photo Contest!  Many could argue that all are winning photographs!


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Coton de Tulear Photo Contest

Coton photo contest

Coton de Tulear photo contestant

The American Coton Club photo Contest is underway!

There are two categories:

  • “Funniest Photo”
  • “I didn’t do it and you can’t prove it!”

There will be a 1st and 2nd prize awarded .

  • 1st prize – The owner of the photo getting the most number of votes will receive a cash prize of $50.00 and two skeins of alpaca yarn.
  • 2nd prize –  The owner of the photo getting the most votes after first place will receive a $25.00 cash prize.

Photo contest is available only to members of the American Coton Club.

ACC Members may submit a maximum of 2 photos.  Please do not submit photos with embedded text or writing.  All photos will be presented to ACC  members without names or owner information and ACC members will vote on the winners.

*Board members and family are not eligible to participate.

Photos should be submitted by September 19, 2010 and ACC Members will vote on September 20-21, 2010.  The winners will be announced on September 22, 2010.

Please submit all photos to

Make sure to include the owner name with the photo and the category you wish to enter your photo in.  Please do not submit photos with borders or special effects.

~~ Voting to begin soon!!! Hurry to submit your winning photograph. ~~

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Veterinarians report mysterious link between dog food and hypercalcemia

Veterinary Information Network (VIN) reports:

Veterinarians are trying to discern whether roughly a dozen dogs testing positive for hypercalcemia and consuming the same high-end diet is merely coincidence or a problem with the pet food in question.


The reports have cropped up on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), an online community for the profession and parent of the VIN News Service. In message board discussions, veterinarians have revealed cases of hypercalcemia secondary to vitamin D toxicosis occurring in dogs that eat a single brand of dry pet food: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Diet, chicken flavor. In each of the cases, veterinarians report that dogs’ conditions have improved after switching brands.


So far, nothing concrete has identified a causal relationship between the food and illnesses in dogs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), while reportedly alerted to adverse events tied to the food, has not prompted a recall, though the VIN News Service has been unable to reach officials with the regulatory agency directly.


Officials with Wilton, Conn.-based Blue Buffalo report that “tens of thousands of dollars” and hundreds of hours have been spent analyzing various batches of dog food, including samples from bags directly linked to specific cases of dogs testing positive for hypercalcemia and vitamin D toxicity.


Richard MacLean, vice president of business affairs, says one thing is certain: Test results thus far have shown nothing unusual about the product’s formulation; amounts of calcium and vitamin D, in particular, are within the company’s specifications and well below levels that might be considered toxic.


The company’s focus has been on Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken Recipe, manufactured in April 2010 with a best-used-by date of July 2011.


Vitamin D toxicity, or hypervitaminosis D, induces bone loss and abnormally high serum calcium levels, which could result in kidney stones and the calcification of organs like the heart and kidneys if left untreated.


“We really do take very seriously our commitment to providing health nutrition to pets,” MacLean says. “From the moment this issue came up, we are looking to find out if this is something we can do something about.”


Dr. Joy Mueller, a veterinarian in Santa Rosa, Calif., says the condition isn’t one that an owner will likely miss.


Recently, her two-year-old Australian shepherd became lethargic, releasing copious amounts of extremely dilute urine throughout her house and drinking large amounts of water. Heeding the red flags, she tested the dog’s blood and noted elevated calcium levels and a low platelet count. Hypercalcemia is often associated with kidney cancer and lymphoma.


Yet after ruling out possible problems with kidney function, Mueller turned to the Blue Buffalo Wilderness chicken and turkey flavored dry food that the dog had been eating for two weeks and changed brands.


The result was dramatic; the dog’s condition improved within 24 hours.


Mueller came to the association between the food and her dog’s condition independently of the VIN discussions on the topic, though she did not test her dog for elevated levels of vitamin D and cannot be certain that toxic levels of it prompted the animal’s illness. Still, she e-mailed the VIN News Service last Friday to spread the word about her findings to other veterinarians.


Reflecting on the turn of events, she says: “Vitamin D toxicosis was not my first thought. Various types of cancer including kidney cancer were the big rule outs. I wasn’t thinking food until I switched him.”


While Mueller believes that the food is tied to her dog’s condition, she suspects the reaction was idiosyncratic.


“It’s such a dramatic response that if a large number of dogs that ate this food had it, you would hear about more cases,” she says. “You can’t miss it peeing all the time and going through gallons of water.


“I suspect this has more to do with the dogs than the food,” Mueller adds. “I’m thinking beyond vitamin D. There may be dogs that have a genetic predisposition to the developing this condition after eating this food. It’s quite a mystery.”


Dr. Kathryn Cochran, a practitioner in Michigan, agrees. She reports that dogs of two different clients were examined in the practices where she works on June 30 and July 16. Both presented with hypercalcemia and test results showed high levels of vitamin D.


Another common thread: Both ate Blue Buffalo Wilderness Diet, chicken flavor, purchased at a PetSmart in Traverse City, Mich.


Cochran’s employer, Dr. Charles Morrison, posted the cases on VIN, and called the company. As a result, Blue Buffulo’s MacLean reports that seven bags were pulled from the Traverse City PetSmart, and tests were conducted on two. He reiterates that nothing unusual has come back on any of the samples analyzed by the company’s labs.


Cochran reports that the dogs have since recovered after being switched to a different brand of pet food. She notes that Blue Buffalo has been proactive about paying for tests, sending out claim forms and preparing to make restitution to owners if the product is found to have caused illness.


She’s concerned that other cases might not be identified.


“I’ve been tearing my hair out trying to get people to talk to me on this,” she says. “Maybe there are more cases out there like this.”


Experts in the field of diagnostics think so, too. Dr. Kent Refsal, an endocrinologist with the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health at Michigan State University, works at one of the only labs in America running tests for vitamin D toxicity.


“So if a veterinarian has an animal with an abnormality of calcium, they go through lists of differential diagnoses,” Refsal explains. “Our tests can sort through that. In terms of the kind of test outcomes we get, we do not see many instances that raise concern about vitamin D toxicosis.”


Considering the rarity of such events, Refsal took notice when the sample from Cochran tested positive for elevated levels of vitamin D.


Three weeks later, when Refsal received two samples in the same assay run from dogs in Texas showing evidence of vitamin D excess, he contacted the clinics in question and determined that the dogs were eating food from Blue Buffalo.


Since then, Refsal reports that similar tests results from two dogs in Colorado have Blue Buffalo-produced food as the common factor. The lab, he says, has contacted the Michigan Department of Agriculture with the findings, though the VIN News Service could not immediately reach agency officials concerning the cases.


“If someone is presented with a question of vitamin D toxicosis, you wonder whether the animal has been put on some kind of unusual dietary supplement. Our assay is just an indicator of vitamin D intake. It does not identify the source of it,” Refsal says.


Apart from diet, there are other possible explanations for hypervitaminosis D in animals, including exposure to vitamin D analogs like calcipotriene-based psoriasis creams or pest control products made of cholecalciferol.


Veterinarians like Mueller say those explanations are highly unlikely, and even MacLean, of Blue Buffalo, believes that it’s possible that there is a relationship between the food and the handful of sick dogs eating the product.


Yet, he cautions, no one has scientifically proven the link. He also notes that reports of at least three other dogs exhibiting signs of hypercalcemia and elevated vitamin D levels without a connection to Blue Buffalo products have surfaced on VIN.


MacLean reiterates that the company’s tests of its dog food have come back as low to mid-level for vitamin D content.


“Everything that we have suggests that it’s not our food,” he says. “We have 30,000 bags of this stuff out there and literally a dozen animals that have a common symptom. On an incident rate, that doesn’t invite the conclusion that there’s something defective about the product.”



August 31, 2010
By: Jennifer Fiala
For The VIN News Service



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K9 College Cruise

K9 College is fun!

Katie Markley is happy to announce that Sue Vroom will be back on board with us in 2011 to conduct her new dog handling seminar. During her seminar, “Tips and Techniques for Traumaless Dog Showing”, Sue will draw from her lifetime of experience as a professional handler to help Owner/Handlers improve their chances in the conformation ring.

Many other seminars will be conducted during the 7th annual K9 College Cruise.  You’re sure to find many that will interest you!  Call today to reserve your kennel!  You’ll find detailed information at the K9 College website:

Other seminars to be presented during the 2011 K9 College Cruise include:

  • Managing Puppy Development to Maximize Potential, Dr. Carmen Battaglia
  • Pedigree Analysis for a Better Breeding Program, Dr. Carmen Battaglia
  • Immunology and Nutrition, Dr. Jill Cline
  • Probiotics, Dr. Jill Cline
  • Law for Dogs: A Primer for Breeders and Owners, Lisa Curry, Esq.
  • K9 Structure in Action, Pat Hastngs
  • Tricks of the Trade, Pat Hastings
  • K9 Reproduction, Dr. Robert Van Hutchison
  • K9 Pediatrics – Dr. Robert Van Hutchison
  • Genetics for the 21st Century, Dr. Anita Oberbauer
  • Genetic Tests, Dr. Anita Oberbauer
  • Ask Mary! ~ Agility, Rally, Obedience, Flyuball, Freestyle, Mary Ray
  • Preparing the Dog for a Mentally & Physically Healthy Life, Turid Rugaas
  • The Emotional Lives of Dogs, Turid Rugaas

Hope to meet you on-board!

If any Coton de Tulear owners or breeders attend please let us know and we’ll post an update about your trip here on the Coton de Tulear News page.

cruise ship itinerary

Looks like a great trip!





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CASE REPORT: Suspected acute meperidine toxicity in a Coton de Tulear dog

Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia


A 22-month-old male neutered Coton De Tulear dog was presented for upper gastrointestinal endoscopy under general anesthesia. The anesthetic plan included premedication with intramuscular meperidine (4 mg kg−1) but meperidine was inadvertently administered at ten-fold this dose. Within 5 minutes, the dog was unresponsive to external stimulation, and by 10 minutes post-injection developed generalized signs of central nervous system (CNS) excitement.  Initial therapy included inspired oxygen supplementation, and single intravenous (IV) doses of diazepam (0.68 mg kg−1) and naloxone (0.03 mg kg−1) to no effect.   A second dose of diazepam (0.46 mg kg−1, IV) abolished most of the signs of CNS excitement. General anesthesia was induced and the endoscopy performed.  Time to extubation was initially prolonged, but administering naloxone (final dose 0.1 mg kg−1, IV) to effect enabled extubation. After naloxone, the dog became agitated, noise sensitive, and had leg and trunk muscle twitches. Diazepam (0.30 mg kg−1, IV) abolished these signs and the dog became heavily sedated and laterally recumbent. Naloxone administration was continued as a constant rate infusion (0.02 mg kg−1 hour−1, IV) until approximately 280 minutes post-meperidine injection, at which time the dog suddenly sat up. Occasional twitches of the leg and trunk muscles were observed during the night.   The dog was discharged the next day appearing clinically normal.


Given that the CNS excitatory effects of normeperidine are not a μ opioid receptor effect, the use of naloxone should be considered carefully when normeperidine excitotoxicity is suspected.   Benzodiazepines may be beneficial in ameliorating clinical signs of normeperidine excitotoxicity.

Full published study is available in

Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Volume 37, Issue 5, pages 471–477, September 2010

  1. Francis J Golder1,
  2. Jeffrey Wilson1,
  3. M Paula Larenza1,
  4. Owen T Fink2


Article first published online: 16 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-2995.2010.00553.x




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Advanced Canine Reproduction and Puppy Care by Myra Savant Harris, R.N.

Author: Myra Savant Harris

Famed author and breeder Myra Savant Harris has a new book available for pre-orders from the American Coton Club aStore through Amazon.

Visit the American Coton Club and place your order now.  A must-read for every breeder!

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World Traveling Coton de Tulear dog celebrates 12th birthday

Famous Coton de Tulear turns 12 years old

Happy Birthday Mon Cherie!

There is a Coton de Tulear known around the world.  Mon Cherie is her name and traveling is her game.

Mon Cherie is the Travel Correspondent and Consultant for the American Coton Club, Home of the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear.  Her mom, Heidi Petran, calls her MC and today they will celebrate MC’s 12th birthday.  Cotons de Tulear are a healthy breed overall and can live 15-17 years, so MC has many good years ahead of her!

The American Coton Club wishes MC a very Happy Birthday.

Mon Cherie and BFF Olivia

Mon Cherie prepares for her birthday party with best buddy Olivia

Mon Cherie’s mom states that MC will have a little birthday bash later today.  Present at the party will be her best friend Olivia who is another Coton de Tulear.  Olivia is a youngster and she just wants to have fun and party.

If you would like to read more about Mon Cherie and her travels please visit the American Coton Club web site where Mon Cherie will be adding stories about her traveling adventures. Here’s a sneak peek:   Mon Cherie’s German Adventure

For information about the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear visit the American Coton Club web site.  Membership is $25. and  includes a subscription to the Whole Dog Journal, the Consumer Reports for dog owners.

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Menu Foods reaches sale deal

Pet food maker was involved in massive recall in 2007

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Merrick Recalls Texas Hold’ems 10 oz. Bag Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Merrick Pet Care Recalls Texas Hold’ems 10 oz. Bag (Item# 600616 Lot 10127 Best By May 6, 2010) Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk


Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is extending its July 2, 2010 recall of 10oz “Beef Filet Squares for Dogs (Texas Hold’Ems)” pet treat (ITEM # 60016 LOT # 10084TL7 BEST BY MARCH 24, 2012) to also include 83 cases of “Texas Hold’ems” (ITEM # 60016 LOT # 10127 BEST BY MAY 6, 2012) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling the treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers immediately.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.

The Beef Filet Squares (Texas Hold ‘Ems) were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the US. These individuals have been notified and have activated their recall procedures.

The treats are sold in 10oz plastic bags marked with “Lot # 10127 Best By May 6, 2012” on the top of the bag and on a sticker applied to the bottom.

No illnesses have been reported to date for either lot of product. A sample tested positive for Salmonella.

Consumers who have purchased 10 ounce packages of “Texas Hold’ems” are urged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-664-7387 M-F 8:00 – 5:00 CDT.


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Pet Food RECALL EXPANDED: See the Brands Affected

In a nutshell: Some brands of Iams & Eukanuba dog food are being recalled nationwide because of possible salmonella risks.

From the P&G Press Release

CINCINNATI, July 30, 2010 – The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) is voluntarily expanding its recall to include veterinary and some specialized dry pet food as a precautionary measure because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. No salmonella-related illnesses have been reported.

The following products are included:

  • Eukanuba Pure, all sizes and varieties
  • Eukanuba Naturally Wild, all sizes and varieties
  • Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive Skin, all dry sizes
  • Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas, all sizes and varieties

The affected products are sold in veterinary clinics and specialty pet retailers throughout the United States and Canada. No canned food, biscuits/treats or     supplements are affected by this announcement.  A full listing of UPC codes can be found at

These products are made in a single, specialized facility.  In cooperation with FDA, P&G determined that some products made at this facility have the potential for salmonella contamination.  As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling all products made at this facility.

Consumers who have purchased the specific dry pet foods listed should discard them.  People handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product.  Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.  If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting.  Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

For further information or a product refund call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8823. Click here for an extended product list.

Veterinarian Speaks Out about Heartworm Preventatives

Dr. Karen Becker shares some interesting truths about Heartworm prevention and the American Heartworm Society.

The American Heartworm Society (AHS) is a veterinarian based organization whose mission statement claims “to be the global resource for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heartworm disease.” As Dr. Becker skillfully points out AHS “has three platinum sponsors and five bronze sponsors.  All eight are major pharmaceutical manufacturers.” Platinum sponsor Bayer manufactures the Advantage Multi flea, heartworm and parasite prevention.  Platinum sponsor Merial manufactures Heartgard; and platinum sponsor Pfizer manufactures the Revolution Heartworm  preventative.

Conflict of interest?  Dr. Becker calls it a “Huge conflict of interest potential.” “When there’s money on the table – in this case billions of dollars – you pet’s health and quality of life can quickly become a secondary concern.” I couldn’t agree more.

While the risk of heartworm is real, Dr. Becker shares how difficult the heartworm is to acquire.
“Heartworms are a variety of roundworm with the clinical name dirofilaria immitis. They are spread by mosquitoes.

Dogs can only get heartworm disease through infected mosquitoes. They can’t get it from other dogs or other types of animals, from dog feces, or from their mothers while in the womb or through nursing.
Only certain mosquitoes can transmit heartworm to your dog. These mosquitoes must meet certain precise criteria, including:

•    They must be female.

•    They must be of a species that allows development of the worms in the cells of the body (not all species do).

•    They must be of a species that feeds on mammals (not all do).

•    They must have bitten an animal infected with stage 1 (L1) heartworms about two weeks prior, since approximately 14 days are necessary for the larvae from the other animal to develop to stage 3 (L3) inside the transmitting mosquito. This mosquito must then bite your dog. When the larvae reach stage L4-L5, which takes three to four months, under the right conditions they can travel via your dog’s bloodstream to the lungs and heart.

If your dog’s immune system doesn’t destroy these invaders, they will reach maturity (L6), the adult stage, in which males can grow to six inches in length and females to 12.

Two other critically important features in the transmission of heartworm are:

1.     The right temperature. During the time the heartworm larvae are developing from L1 to L3 inside an infected mosquito, which is approximately a two-week period, the temperature must not dip below 57°F at any point in time. If it does, the maturation cycle is halted. According to Washington State University heartworm report from 2006, full development of the larvae requires “the equivalent of a steady 24-hour daily temperature in excess of 64°F (18°C) for approximately one month.”

2.    Humidity and standing water. Mosquitoes are a rarity in dry climates.”

Currently, the only organization we have providing us and our veterinarians with statistics on heartworm, is sponsored (supported) by Big Pharma producers of heartworm preventatives.  Should you give your pet a year round heartworm preventative?  I can’t tell you yes or no.  This is one of those decisions you have to make for yourself.  The risk is there, however the question remains of how much of a risk is it where you and your pet lives.  Dr. Becker’s article provides further prevention information, Click Here to open up her article in a new window.

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Once again we thank Susan Thixton for keeping pet owners informed and sharing information with companion owners everywhere.

The American Coton Club posts news articles to help you, the consumer, make educated decisions on matters concerning your Coton.  The Coton de Tulear News blog is not intended to offer medical advice but instead to help you create a dialog with your veterinarian on how to best serve your Coton.

Steer Clear of Puppy Mills

HOUSTON – At least once every three months the SPCA raids a puppy mill in the Houston area.

There’s a big difference between what reputable dog breeders do and those who operate puppy mills.

“Puppy mills will put in all sorts of conditions and they will try to maximize their profit by minimizing the quality of care they give an animal,” said Charles Jentzen, with Houston’s SPCA.

And consumers can find themselves spending hundreds of dollars on sick or dying dogs.

“It’s very heartbreaking to know that you have to put down your pet,” Bethany Fulton said.

In a 2006 lawsuit Fulton, a reputable dog breeder accused a Houston area puppy mill owner of selling her Coton and Wheaten puppies infected with a highly contagious and deadly disease.

Fulton won her civil suit but no criminal action could be taken against the puppy mill owner.

“Currently there’s no laws that directly attribute to any kind of commercial or non commercial breeding operation,” Jentzen said.

“The state of Texas has an animal cruelty statute which covers the basic staple of life and that’s about it.”

Other states have recently toughened laws aimed at puppy mills.

That’s why there’s concern puppy mill owners will head for Texas to avoid all the rules now required by surrounding states.

“The law that we utilize addresses the minimums,” Jentzen said.

At least one local lawmaker wants to stiffen regulations for commercial breeding operations.

Stiffer laws, some say would benefit reputable dog breeders, consumers and above all our four legged friends.

Special thanks to RANDY WALLACE
Investigative Reporter with My Fox Houston

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Procter & Gamble Expands Food Recall

P&G Expands Recall to some Eukanuba Products

CINCINNATI, July 30, 2010 – The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) (NYSE:PG) is voluntarily expanding its recall to include veterinary and some specialized dry pet food as a precautionary measure because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.  No salmonella-related illnesses have been reported.

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FDA asks for Public Comment

The FDA is planning to implement an initiative called “The Pet Event Tracking Network” that will allow FDA and State partners to exchange information about outbreaks of illness associated with pet food.  Comments are welcome until September 27, 2010 on the proposed PETNet (Pet Event Tracking Network).

PETNet will primarily be a system for States and FDA to communicate.  The Federal document announcing request for comments on PETNet states it was “developed in response to the 2007 outbreak that occurred in companion animals that was associated with the deliberate adulteration of pet food components, such as wheat gluten, with melamine.  …PETNet would include a system for reporting outbreaks and would be supported by adequate diagnostic laboratory facilities and an established mechanism for conducting national epidemiological investigations.”

Further excerpts from the PETNet announcement “PETNet will be a secure, internet-based network comprised of the FDA, other Federal agencies, and State regulatory agencies/officials that have authority over pet food. The Network will provide timely and relevant information about pet food-related incidents to FDA, the States, and other Federal Government agencies charged with protecting animal and public health.”

PETNet is a beginning to change.  But…I see some problems.

PETNet will be “entirely voluntary”.  The FDA will invite all U.S. States to participate, but they don’t have to.  This is a problem.  State and Federal government on different pages regarding pet food (or human food) adverse event reporting doesn’t benefit anyone.

Pet owners will not have access to this pertinent information.  While I understand that much/some of the PETNet reporting would be speculative – not confirmed pet food adulteration or contamination – I also understand that pet owner access to this information could save lives.  Existing conditions of pet food has forced pet owners into becoming their own researchers and detectives protecting the lives of their pets.  Federal and State agencies have shown us (pet owners) time and time again a lack of concern for our pets.  Withholding this information from pet owners furthers an already great divide between pet owners and regulatory agencies; it furthers a lack of trust that desperately needs to be addressed.

As example, several weeks ago I shared a story of seven puppies that died due to a suspect pet food.  Their little bodies were studied at the University of Oklahoma vet school; the FDA and the State Department of Agriculture got involved.  The pet food was tested; tissue samples were closely examined.  The pet owner has signed a release providing her permission for the University to speak publically on the test results.  Yet, the veterinarian won’t return calls.  The investigation by the FDA provides us no information; the investigation of the State Ag Department provides us no information.  This could be a serious issue with the pet food, or it could be some other concern that killed these puppies.  But no one is providing us with answers.  Seven of eight puppies died, one survived.                      To read the original story, visit:

No information is not a good thing.  I appreciate this beginning from the FDA.  I suggest to them this reporting portal needs to be accessible to pet owners.  It is too late for pet owners to turn back to unconditional trust of pet food and regulatory agencies; those days are gone.  As well, I suggest to FDA to require all State agency participation; we don’t need more pet food mass confusion.

To read about PETNet visit:

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
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Breeding & Whelping Seminar in Arizona

Myra Savant-Harris Seminar

Canine Reproduction and Whelping, And Puppy Intensive Care…

August 14th and 15th 2010
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day

  • Common misconceptions about conception,
  • How to care for your bitch and ensure her health every step of the way,
  • How to maximize sperm viability and protect your stud dog’s virility,
  • How to do artificial insemination using chilled or fresh semen from collection to assertion,
  • How to recognize puppies in distress, assess their problem, use heat, sub-Q fluids, oxygen, tube feeding, and more,
  • Progesterone testing,
  • How to get bitches in whelp,
  • How to deliver healthy puppies,
  • What you MUST have on hand to make a puppy intensive care nursery,
  • Plenty of other knowledge that is priceless!

Who should attend?

  • Every dog breeder, whether you are planning your first litter or your 20th.
  • If you have ever lost, or fear that you might someday lose a puppy or bitch,
  • If you have ever had a breeding that did not take, this seminar is a must.
  • Here is your chance to attend an incredible and worthwhile seminar.

Where – Mesa Community College
1833 W. Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85202
Seminar is in the Kiva Room in the Kirk Student Center.

Myra will have her books and whelping kits available for purchase at the seminar.

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Microchip Helps Family Get Back Missing Coton de Tulear

Microchip Helps L.I. Family Get Missing Dog Back 4 Years Later

Lost Coton de Tulear returned after 4 years

~ Home Sweet Home ~

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A Long Island family is celebrating the return of Cooper, their little white dog went missing four years ago.

The fluffy pup, a coton de Tulear, was dropped off at the Islip animal shelter about a month ago after he was found wandering the streets of Brentwood, about 17 miles from his home in Lloyd Harbor.

Shelter supervisor Joanne Daly said no one came looking for the dog. A microchip was found under his skin, and they traced its ownership to Gwynne Wicks and called her.

It was a call Wicks told Newsday she had long lost hope of receiving, a cell phone call so shocking she had to pull off the Long Island Expressway.

Wicks told Newsday that her two sons, David, now 14, and Michael, 8, were “thrilled” when she relayed the news. When she went to the shelter, she approached Cooper’s cage and said his name. “He turned around and looked at me and gave me a big lick,” she said with a laugh. “I said, ‘That’s him!’ ”

Wicks and Daly believe the dog, who was wearing a name tag and electric collar when he disappeared, was probably stolen. But, whoever took care of Cooper trained him well. The dog is now house trained, doesn’t bark as much and responds to commands, Wicks said.

Wicks said she hopes her story will inspire others to get their pets microchipped.

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