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Bangladesh reports first case of MERS infection
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Pet Food Recall: Lamb Crunchy’s Dog Treats

The latest pet food recall as a result of salmonella risk is Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats.  The official FDA statement is posted below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 27, 2014 – Pet Center, Inc of Los Angeles, CA. is voluntarily recalling its 3 oz bag of Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats (LAM-003) (UPC# 727348200038) with date code 122015 product of USA, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Lamb CrunchySalmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products.

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 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.

This product was distributed to CA, WI, CO, and WA. to the following distributors; Gelson’s Market, General Pet, Nor-Sky Pet Supply, and Independent Pet.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Salmonella was detected by the State of Colorado, Department of Agriculture in a random sample.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-390-0575 Monday-Friday between 7:30am through 4pm PST.

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GIVEAWAY // Win a $75 Store Credit to White Plum

GIVEAWAY // Win a $  75 Store Credit to White Plum on Bubby and Bean!

I’m so excited to be partnering up today with my friends at White Plum to bring you guys this amazing giveaway!  In case you’re not yet familiar with them, White Plum is a women’s fashion and lifestyle brand based in Northern California that offers a full line of adorable clothing and accessories.  (Their day dresses are my personal favorite – so cute!)  Recently they started to branch out and carry shoes, home goods, and private label items as well.  In just over a year, they’ve grown from being a home-based Etsy business to a well-known brand with multiple offices, a warehouse, and over 30 employees!  Their story is a dream come true, and I’m thrilled to be working with them.

For this giveaway, White Plum is offering Bubby and Bean readers the chance to win a $ 75 shop credit to go shopping on their website.  With their incredible selection and super affordable prices, the winner is going to feel like she/he is on a shopping spree!  And after you enter, treat yourself to something in the White Plum shop with this amazing discount: use code BUBBYBEAN20 for 20% off your entire purchase, through June 19th.

For this giveaway, White Plum put together a Rafflecopter form for you to use.  Just use the convenient form below to enter.  You can gain up to 8 entries!

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This giveaway will run through June 19th and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide.  The winner will be randomly chosen and announced here shortly after. 

Thanks again to White Plum for giving Bubby and Bean readers the chance to win a gift card to their beautiful shop!  (And don’t forget to take advantage of their generous coupon: use code BUBBYBEAN20 for 20% off your entire purchase, through June 19th.) Good luck!

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Ticks, Fleas, Mosquitoes — Oh My! Protecting Your Dog Against External Parasites

Ticks, Fleas, Mosquitoes — Oh My! Protecting Your Dog Against External Parasites
How thoroughly you delve into the pest-prevention mode is going to depend on where you live. I live in a tick-central, suburban New York setting, so tick prevention is high on my radar. If I called Florida home, I might be concerned about fleas, or if
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Howard County Pets: Those pesky, persistent parasites
It's important to know that some prescription topical flea and tick products also prevent heartworm and sarcoptes, as well as intestinal parasites. Others don't. Depending on your prevention choices, you may need a combination of products — for
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Simple Ways to Protect Your Pet from Getting Ticks and Lyme Disease
Unfortunately, it can be a bit more difficult to do this since you don't have complete control over where pets wander every hour of the day. That being … Preventative. If you pets spend any time outdoors, be sure to put a flea and tick collar around

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This Bonehead Washed Her Dog’s Butt in a Water Fountain

On Tuesday, a woman was in Central Park with her dogs — an often-used, very popular location in the park — when one of her dogs had some sort of undefined poop issue in his nether region, according to Gothamist. Might have been nothing more than a (pardon me for this) dingleberry, or it might have been a (also for this) poop-smeared horrorshow apocalypse.   

In any case, the woman looked around, and to her great relief saw she was near one of the many dog-butt-washing stations located around the park. You might know them as drinking fountains. She hustled over and began a long, incredibly thorough butt-washing, much to the surprise of parkgoers.

This woman is our Bonehead of the Week. 

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Too see a up-close photo of the event, check out the story on Gothamist

According to witness Emily Leisz Carr, the woman crammed the butt of her dog right up against the spigot -- the spigot is where the mouth should go -- and kept it there for a good long while. Imagine that for a second. When someone finally came up to complain, stating concerns about hygene and saying that "human people put their faces there," the woman said it was okay and she would clean it up. Carr told Gothamist that it was only when the woman was confronted did the woman seem to think that what she was doing was in any way wrong. 

After she finished, the woman left with her dogs. Ten minutes later, she returned with a "balled-up plastic bag," according to Carr, to give the fountain a half-hearted once-over. Gothamist notes that the woman cleaned her dog's anus with much more zeal that she cleaned the fountain, almost like she knew that a balled-up plastic bag was a poor choice of a cleaning implement. 

After she was done, the weirdness continued. A documentary film crew happened to be in the park, because of course one was, and it filmed the event, because screw the script we're going with this! After filming wrapped, a producer asked the woman to sign a release, and she did. Meaning her cute butt-washing-in-a-water-fountain interlude could appear in a documentary film one day. How lovely for her. 

This Bonehead made some great choices on Tuesday. 

Via Gothamist

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Playstation 4 #Giveaway ~ Ends 11/30

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It's November and that means it's time for Playstation 4 Giveaway. This event is Hosted by A Little Bit of Everything So make sure to stop over there and say Thanks.

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Nosing Out Bedbugs

Prescott, AZ Daily Courier: When Willie was abandoned by his family, he landed on the streets of Phoenix and was caught by animal control officers. They took him to Circle L Dog Rescue Ranch in Prescott Valley. So far, it’s sounding like his day couldn’t have been worse, right? Little did he know it was […] Dog Blog

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Jeff Kahler: Fleas become resistant to typical treatments

Jeff Kahler: Fleas become resistant to typical treatments
This resistance is passed on generation to generation among the fleas rendering the product less and less effective. This may indeed be happening with Frontline. It is for this reason that I have stopped recommending Frontline for flea prevention in my
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Advice on caring for your canine friends
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Do we need pet care advocates?

In the depth of my despair when Apollo was dying, the medical resident at the specialty hospital made a comment I will never forget.

He was dying of a blood clot, a sequelae of hyperthyroidism and heart disease. I was in shambles, having come home from the gym to find him immobile on the couch, and rushed in straightaway, sweaty and spandex-y. I scribbled his medical history as quickly as I could, which the resident pored over with her intern as I sat in the room planning to say goodbye. I knew at that point it was coming, I was just waiting for confirmation of the diagnosis.


I had checked ‘yes’ to allergies, in the interest of being thorough.

“What allergies?” the resident asked.

“Food allergies,” I said. “Chicken.”

She paused, and shared a knowing glance with the intern. “And how do you know this?”

I blinked. “I’m sorry?”

“How do you know he has food allergies? Did you just assume, or did you actually test him?”

“I….I did an elimination diet, 10 weeks…not the full 12…. but it was obvious by that point,” I stammered, though what I really wanted to say is “WHAT THE HECK (ok maybe another word) DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE PROBLEM AT HAND?? WHO CARES HOW HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AN UNRELATED MANAGED CHRONIC CONDITION A DECADE AGO??”


But you know, I just sat there because what are you going to do.

OK sure, let's talk more about Hills z/d and then can you please get this cat some morphine?

OK sure, let’s talk more about Hills z/d and then can you please get this cat some morphine?

Now, I understand that a teaching hospital is going to teach, but from the patient perspective I suppose I would appreciate the teaching being limited to the issue at hand instead of using an emergency cardiac event to make a point on dermatology. I don’t know if it was that, or the way she asked the question as if she were sure I was going to give the wrong answer, that rubbed me the wrong way. I also had to tell her not once but twice that I didn’t want to hospitalize him on the off chance his clot might dissolve enough to give us another month at home. We didn’t hit it off.

Fortunately I didn’t see her after that and was turned over to the lovely cardiologist who looked and talked like Oberyn Martell and understood when I said, “Please confirm my suspicion so I can give him a peaceful goodbye at home”, but it really reminded me, from the other side of the table, how hard it is to be a patient advocate for our pets. I knew what I was doing and I still had to push a little. It was a lonely experience.

It’s even worse in human medicine, as this ER physician who was hit by a car will attest to. Without someone who knows what’s going on to oversee the process and keep the focus on the overall wellbeing of the patient, things fall through the cracks. Flustered and underinformed family members get confused. Specialists focus on this problem or that problem and not the patient. How can we do better?

Um, no, actually.

Um, no, actually.

In human medicine, many hospitals now have designated patient advocates who serve as an invaluable liaison between a family and a healthcare provider. In veterinary medicine, it’s not something I’ve ever heard of, so we’re stuck with ourselves, the vet clinic, or the internet to help us make sense of complicated issues, to understand why the vet wants to do this or that and to empower clients to make informed decisions, including “No.” It’s not the ideal system, clearly.

I wonder if people would benefit from a neutral third party patient advocate group in veterinary medicine. I think things are only going to get more complicated from here on out, and as both a patient and a vet I think that sort of thing could only help. Food for thought.

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Have you ever felt confused and not sure how to proceed with your pet? Would it have been helpful to have a pet care advocate to serve as a liaison?


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Are you aware of the suffocation threat Frito Lays and snack bags pose to your dogs?

Bonnie Odem Harlan, Founder of Prevent Pet Suffocation, brings awareness to pet parents in Memory of her Beloved Furry Angel, BLUE.

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Dogs are dying daily, and it CAN happen to your beloved pet… to any of our pets!!!!

Be sure to cut the top and bottom of the bag off completely before throwing it away, and be certain snack bags are never left anywhere your pet may have access to one… not even an unaccessible location! Hide them up above in a closed cabinet or pantry, out of sight and smell.

When a dog puts their head into the bag and begins to breath, a vacuum seal is created preventing them from removing the bag.

I just received notice of the fourth doggie this week — rather, the fourth owner whom has come forward and brought the unfortunate news to Prevent Pet Suffocation’s attention, sharing their dog has died as the result of suffocating in a Frito Lays bag or similar snack bag.  Last week a dog suffocated with their head stuck in a plastic animal cracker container.  The numbers are increasing rapidly, and, most likely, there have been many other unreported deaths.

Visit Prevent Pet Suffocation’s Facebook page and read the stories… so extremely sad!  More importantly, please go to their web site and sign the petition to  have warning notices printed on the bags!!!

The original article appeared on MADMIKESAMERICA… after reading Bonnie’s heartbreaking experience, I’ve been following Prevent Pet Suffocation and helping spread awareness by sharing her story about Blue, as well as the horrific posts from many devastated pet parents, in an attempt to save other beloved pets’ lives.

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!


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