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Carrie Underwood

All Natural Dog Treats

Pet Insurance

Giving Pets Medication

Cat And Dog Dental Health

Pet Nutrition

Calm Anxiety Naturally

Healthy Birds

 

Helping Homeless Dogs

(NAPSI)-A dog's life-in many cases-may be improving, thanks to a sweet singer and an unusual program.

The Program

Every year, nearly 4 million dogs end up in shelters and breed rescue organizations, which is why Pedigree is launching its sixth annual Adoption Drive. The program focuses on helping dogs in need through a variety of efforts that help generate awareness, food and funding.

The Singer

The singer is country music star Carrie Underwood. Because of their shared belief that all dogs deserve a loving home and Underwood's outstanding advocacy for adoptable dogs, the Pedigree Brand is sponsoring her "Play On Tour," to highlight dog adoption.

"I can't imagine life without my dog Ace," said Underwood. "Showing your support is easy; just become a fan, help a dog."

Getting Involved

Dog lovers who want to do their part to help can become a fan of Adoption Drive on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pedigree. For each new fan, the pet food company will donate a bowl of food to help feed shelter dogs nationwide.

While on the Facebook page, dog lovers can also show their support by donating money to help find dogs loving homes, a portion of which will be matched by the brand, up to $500,000. All donations go to The Pedigree Foundation, a nonprofit organization benefiting animal shelters and breed rescues nationwide.

Pet Ownership

It's important to note that adopting a pet is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Caring for a pet is a big responsibility, but most dog lovers will tell you that adding a dog to your family will bring a great deal of joy and happiness.

Learn More

To learn more about adoption and find a shelter nearby, visit www.dogsrule.com.

For more information on Underwood's tour, log on to www.carrieunderwood.fm.

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Facts On Feeding Fido

(NAPSI)--Don't bark up the wrong tree when it comes to pet nutrition. Always consult a veterinarian to determine the best feeding schedule and types of foods for your individual animal.

As for treats, while they should be given in moderation, you may need to offer them more frequently during training.

Fortunately, there's one type of treat many dog owners are glad to give. It's made with goat's milk, so it's easy for the dog to digest. Its rich proteins and vitamins are readily absorbed by a dog's system, where they quickly go about their healthy business. The Nature's Dog All Natural Treats in Peanut Butter or Chicken Flavor from Canus are low-calorie, energizing snacks good for training puppies or rewarding senior dogs.

Each treat provides a natural source of healthy fats, oils and proteins. The all-natural treats are wheat-free, soy-free, corn-free and contain no artificial coloring or flavoring and no animal by-products.

Learn more at www.naturesdog.com and (866) 496-2527.

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Avoid Common Kitten Catastrophes And Puppy Pitfalls

(NAPSI)-New puppies and kittens have endless amounts of energy and curiosity. With all that playing, running, jumping and sniffing around, these furry additions to the family may need some protection against serious accidents.

Robert Coe and his wife Sandra of Santee, Calif., know this all too well. The couple thought they had seen the last of the bees buzzing around their home after exterminators sprayed a hive in their yard. That is, until later that night, when Sandra noticed that the family's 1-year-old Labrador retriever wasn't acting like herself.

"My wife saw Ellie throw up several times," said Robert. "There were hundreds of dead bees in each pile."

Unbeknownst to the Coes, Ellie had discovered and eaten the beehive after the exterminators had left. Frightened by the volume of dead bees that Ellie was vomiting, Sandra decided the dog needed to go to the veterinary hospital.

The emergency veterinarian on duty examined Ellie and determined she had most likely only ingested dead bees and hadn't been stung. Additionally, Poison Control indicated the pesticide did not pose a significant risk of toxicity. After a dose of anti-nausea medication and a few hours of observation, Ellie was on her way back home.

While most young dogs probably won't get hold of an entire beehive, there's nothing unusual about puppies or kittens eating things they shouldn't or running into potentially harmful insects.

Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, recently looked at its database of more than 480,000 insured pets to find the top 10 accidental injuries suffered by dogs and cats during the first two years of their lives.

"Pet owners falsely assume that they don't need pet insurance because their pet is young and healthy," said Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. "While younger pets are less susceptible to serious illnesses such as cancer, our data shows that pets of all ages can suffer costly accidental injuries. Pet insurance is designed to defray unexpected treatment costs--whenever they may occur. It's important for owners of puppies and kittens to keep in mind that just because their pets may be young, they're not indestructible."

In addition to the physical toll the above accidents can take on young dogs and cats, the financial costs can be draining. The top 10 puppy and kitten accidents cost VPI policyholders a combined $1.5 million and $91,371, respectively, in the past year.

There are several steps that owners can take to "babyproof" their homes. Examples include clearing obstacles inside and out that an uncoordinated younger pet might collide with during playtime, removing items that can be mistaken for food from the floor and countertops, and keeping all medications tightly sealed and securely stored in drawers or medicine cabinets.

Fortunately, the Coes' pet insurance policy for Ellie reimbursed $176 for their pup's $262 veterinary visit. For more information about pet insurance, visit www.petinsurance.com.

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 Problems Giving Medication To Your Pets?

Here's How To Put The "Treat" In Treatment

(NAPSI)-A survey of 1,220 U.S. pet owners revealed that nearly three-quarters of them aren't always successful in giving medication to their pets. Seven percent admitted that their inability to medicate their pets led to an extended or ongoing health issue with their pets--that's almost 5 million U.S. dogs and cats.

Pets have an acute sense of smell and can detect the ingredients in medication, which often sends them running. Cats are especially finicky about smells and tastes. This often creates problems for even the savviest pet owner when giving medication to pets.

But pill time can be treat time with solutions such as GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats. These are soft, edible dog and cat treats that have a hollow core. Pet owners place medication inside the treat, pinch it shut with the fingers that have not touched the medication and feed it to their pet. The beef-, chicken- and salmon-flavored treats conceal the smell and taste of medication. And for the millions of pets who suffer from food allergies, there's GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Allergy Formula Treats, combining a novel protein of duck with peas, an easily digestible carbohydrate source.

"Pet owners understand that missing even one dose of medication affects their pet's health, and that causes them concern. They often resort to human foods such as peanut butter, cheese and hot dogs in an effort to get the pet to take medication," said Dr. Marty Becker, veterinarian and well-known "spokesperson" for pets. "Not only are human foods unhealthy for pets, they're not a reliable delivery method, as pets will often eat around medication disguised in human food, leaving the pill intact.

"Giving medication can be stressful for both the pet and the pet owner, even when you're successful in getting the medicine past the pet's teeth," said Dr. Becker. "Your veterinarian can recommend methods and products such as GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats that are pet healthy, effective and put the 'treat' in treatment."

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats are available at pet products retailers and many veterinary clinics.

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 Take A Bite Out Of Cat And Dog Dental

By Bud Groth

(NAPSI)-Here's an idea to chew over: You are now able to prolong your pet's life while improving its health and breath. How? By protecting your cat or dog from oral disease.

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. Besides causing receding gums and tooth loss, the infection may enter the bloodstream, potentially infecting the heart, liver and kidneys. "Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets," agreed Dr. Henry Childers, DVM, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

What are the symptoms indicating potential problems? Bad breath, pain around the mouth, swelling or irritation of the gums, bleeding, swelling around the jaw or nose, fever, lethargy, pain when eating, or refusal to eat.

A solution: Until recently, the only way to remove plaque and tartar has been a visit to the vet for a dental cleaning. This usually involves the use of a general anesthetic, and that can be a problem. Anesthetic reactions can cause injury and even death. Statistics indicate that over 50,000 dogs and cats die every year, and 1.3 million are injured (some permanently), just from anesthesia!

"Fortunately, we now have an additional tool in our dental tool chest," states Dr. Joann Baldwin, DVM for 30 years at Cardinal Animal Hospital. "Now there's a safe and efficient way to control plaque and tartar without your pet undergoing anesthesia."

"Safe and effective dental health products, like PetzLife & VetzLife Oral Care, are part of the missing link in holistic pet health care," states Animal Doctor syndicated columnist Dr. Michael Fox. Used daily, PetzLife Oral Care spray or gel can help remove plaque and tartar, control bacteria and eliminate bad breath, and you don't have to brush. The active ingredients are a blend of herbs and oils including grapefruit seed extract, a natural compound known for killing bacteria. The ingredients are 100 percent natural and "human grade," so they're perfectly safe for dogs and cats. Over 1 million bottles have been sold without one injury or death, and are now available in over 10,000 retail stores and all PetSmarts and over 5,000 vet clinics.

To order your supply, to learn more and to find locations nearest you, just go to www.petzlife.com or call (888) 453-4682.

• Mr. Groth is president and CFO of Petzlife. His call-in radio program, the "PetzLife Pet Show," interviews authorities in the veterinary world. You can tune in every Saturday on Clear Channel WCCO (830) from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Central) and find prior broadcasts on the website.

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 Freshness Is An Important Part Of Pet Nutrition

By Martin J. Glinsky, Ph.D.

(NAPSI)-Pet owners who think they are giving their pet the most nutritious food may want to consider how long some pet food products remain on the shelves in their grocery store.

Much of the food found on shelves not only contains additives but may have been sitting there for up to six months, long enough for some of the ingredients to get rancid.

Pet food nutrients begin to degrade soon after the food has been made, the most unstable ingredient being fat. It doesn't matter whether it's of animal or plant origin, fat breaks down in a process known as "oxidation." The end products of oxidation are "free radicals," which are toxic molecules that damage cells. This damage has been linked to a variety of immune diseases in pets, including leukemia and cancer.

Preservatives, natural and synthetic, can help slow down the oxidative process. Unfortunately, natural antioxidants have a short life span, and synthetic antioxidants are toxic themselves.

Pet owners may find themselves with a difficult choice-do they feed food made with toxic synthetic antioxidants or only use natural food that begins to degrade rapidly?

One answer to this problem is to order freshly made, all-natural, dry-kibbled pet food such as my Dr. G's Fresh Pet Food.

Unlike all other pet food that is made in large quantities and then stored in warehouses for months before finally reaching the retailers' shelves (where it could sit for more weeks or months), my pet food is absolutely fresh when you receive your delivery. Dr. G's Fresh Pet Food is not made until your order is received. It is not sold in stores-then it wouldn't be fresh. It can only be ordered online or through our toll-free number. Now one can subscribe to receive Dr. G's on a preset basis. It contains no toxic chemical preservatives and no harmful products caused by fat degradation.

Upon delivery, customers remark that this is the first time they have smelled Fresh Pet Food, and how excitedly their pets react.

The Canine and Feline Holistic Formulas contain chicken protein, whole grains, peas, carrots, blueberries and chicory root extract to enhance a dog's immune system and marine lipids for omega-3 fatty acids. The addition of live microorganisms helps pets maintain a healthy digestive tract.

For more information, visit www.drgsfreshpetfood.com or call (866) 284-5939. Shipping is always free.

Martin Glinsky, Ph.D. (Dr. G), is considered one of the premier pet nutritionists in the country. He received his undergraduate education at Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, specializing in Animal Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry.

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 Calm Anxiety Naturally

(NAPSI)-Protecting your pet from feeling "under the weather" may have a surprising solution.

For many animals, the noise of thunderstorms and other common weather sounds can be a significant source of anxiety. Dogs may howl, cower, or chew through things. Sometimes, a stressed animal can even express fear with destructive behavior and become aggressive.

Fortunately, reports Dr. Margo Roman, DVM, pet owners can treat their animal's anxiety--whether it's caused by noise, separation, new surroundings, vet visits or other factors--naturally.

A variation of an original blend of five flower remedies formulated more than 70 years ago, Rescue Remedy Pet is available alcohol-free for dogs, cats, reptiles, fish, birds, horses and rabbits.

It comes in a dropper format, so it's easy to administer. You can find it at Whole Foods nationally and select natural products and pet retail locations. It is also available online at www.rescueremedy.com/pets.

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 Helping Backyard Bird Owners Raise Healthy Flocks

(NAPSI)-A unique calendar
could help many of America's backyard poultry owners keep their birds safe from diseases such as avian influenza.

The free 2010 calendar is
offered by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). As hobby farming and raising poultry grow in popularity, experts say it's become increasingly important for poultry owners to protect their birds from diseases. In addition to featuring vivid photos of poultry and wild birds—along with text in English and Spanish—USDA's 2010 Backyard Biosecurity calendar provides useful tips and information to help owners do just that.

Avian influenza (AI) viruses can infect chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, ducks, geese and guinea fowl, as well as other birds. By practicing good hygiene when taking care of birds and poultry, owners can reduce the risk of disease-causing germs going to or coming from their farm or home.

Such things as thoroughly washing your hands before entering your bird area and before working with your birds, and cleaning and disinfecting equipment that comes in contact with your birds, will help keep disease away.

The calendar has information on spotting signs of sick birds and
photos of birds with AI. Avian influenza can strike poultry quickly, and knowing what to look for will help bird owners: A lack of energy and appetite; decreased egg production or soft-shelled or misshapen eggs; swelling of the head, eyelids, comb, wattles and hocks; purple discoloration of the wattles, combs and legs; nasal discharge; coughing and sneezing; stumbling or diarrhea could indicate AI.

To protect the U.S. poultry population, USDA quarantines and tests live birds imported into the United States to ensure that they do not have any foreign animal diseases.

The Backyard Biosecurity calendar is available free of charge. Interested poultry owners can
order online at http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov.

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