Why Everyone Should Experience A Baby Goat Love Pile [VIDEO]

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If you are suffering from lonliness, boredom, mild depression or simply need a mid-day pick me up, look no further than a baby goat love pile to give you just the energy boost you need to get through the day.

Side effects of the baby goat love pile might include hoof bruising and grass stains! 


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Pet Food Recall: Iams and Eukanuba Products

Below is the official FDA statement about the recent pet food recall by Proctor & Gamble Co due to a salmonella risk.  You can find the statement here.  You can also find additional information at the Iams and Eukanuba websites: Iams Dog Food, Iams Cat Food, Eukanuba Dog Food.  These links provide pictures of the products listed below.

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is 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 surfaces 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 issue is limited to the specific dry pet food lot codes listed below. This affects roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of total annual production. The affected product was distributed to select retailers across the United States. These products were made during a 10 day window at a single manufacturing site. P&G’s routine testing determined that some products made during this timeframe have the potential for Salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling the potentially impacted products made during this timeframe. No other dry dog food, dry cat food, dog or cat canned wet food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement.

P&G is retrieving these products as a precautionary measure. Consumers who purchased a product listed below should stop using the product and discard it and contact P&G toll-free at 800-208-0172 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST), or via website at www.iams.com or www.eukanuba.com. Media Contact: Jason Taylor 513-622-1111.

Products affected by this announcement:


Description Size Lot Code UPC Code Best-by Date
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Large Breed Mature Adult 15 LB 31874177 19014270156 6Nov14
30 LB 31874177 19014270309 6Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Maintenance Mature Adult 30 LB 31954177 19014149308 14Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Maintenance Puppy 16.5 LB 31884177 19014042234 7Nov14
33 LB 31884177 19014609468 7Nov14
5 LB 31884177 19014039852 7Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Small Breed Adult 16 LB 31904177 19014010516 9Nov14
4 LB 31904177 19014039722 9Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Small Breed Puppy 16 LB 31944177 19014010509 13Nov14
4 LB 31874177 19014039678 6Nov14
40 LB 31874177 19014011070 6Nov14
31944177 19014011070 13Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Boxer Adult 36 LB 31944177 19014019588 13Nov14
31954177 19014019588 14Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Chihuahua Adult 4 LB 31884177 19014607037 7Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Labrador Retriever Adult 36 LB 31954177 19014019564 14Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Premium Performance 30/20 Adult 33 LB 31884177 19014609475 7Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Professional Feeding Bag Small Breed Puppy 44 LB 31874177 19014113194 6Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Weight Control Large Breed Adult 30 LB 31894177 19014269303 8Nov14
31924177 19014269303 11Nov14


Description Size Lot Code UPC Code Best-by Date
Iams Dog Food Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult 13.3 LB 31884177 19014612017 7Nov14
31904177 19014612017 9Nov14
31924177 19014612017 11Nov14
31934177 19014612017 12Nov14
31944177 19014612017 13Nov14
2.9 LB 31944177 19014700165 13Nov14
25.7 LB 31884177 19014700646 7Nov14
31894177 19014700646 8Nov14
31904177 19014700646 9Nov14
31914177 19014700646 10Nov14
31934177 19014700646 12Nov14
5 LB 31904177 19014612635 9Nov14
31914177 19014612635 10Nov14
Iams Dog Food Healthy Naturals Weight Control Adult 13.3 LB 31894177 19014612024 8Nov14
Iams Dog Food Premium Protection Chicken Adult 12.1 LB 31894177 19014611362 8Nov14
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Breed Mature Adult 30 LB 31884177 19014611331 7Nov14
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Breed Senior Plus 13.3 LB 31934177 19014612000 12Nov14
26.2 LB 31934177 19014700615 12Nov14
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Chunks Adult 15 LB 31944177 19014610815 13Nov14
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Small Breed Adult 13.3 LB 31874177 19014610990 6Nov14
31894177 19014610990 8Nov14
31924177 19014610990 11Nov14
3.1 LB 31874177 19014700110 6Nov14
31894177 19014700110 8Nov14
5 LB 31874177 19014612055 6Nov14
31894177 19014612055 8Nov14
31924177 19014612055 11Nov14
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Small Breed Puppy 5 LB 31904177 19014700943 9Nov14


Description Size Lot Code UPC Code Best-by Date
Iams Cat Food Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult 16 LB 31874177 19014611881 6Nov14
31944177 19014611881 13Nov14
5 LB 31874177 19014612697 6Nov14
31944177 19014612697 13Nov14
Iams Cat Food Healthy Naturals Weight Control Adult 5 LB 31894177 19014612703 8Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Chicken Adult 10.8 LB 31864177 19014612086 5Nov14
31904177 19014612086 9Nov14
31914177 19014612086 10Nov14
31924177 19014612086 11Nov14
31944177 19014612086 13Nov14
17.4 LB 31864177 19014611836 5Nov14
31864177 19014611836 5Nov14
31914177 19014611836 10Nov14
31924177 19014611836 11Nov14
31944177 19014611836 13Nov14
3.2 LB 31904177 19014612659 9Nov14
31924177 19014612659 11Nov14
31934177 19014612659 12Nov14
31944177 19014612659 13Nov14
5.7 LB 31864177 19014612499 5Nov14
31914177 19014612499 10Nov14
31924177 19014612499 11Nov14
31944177 19014612499 13Nov14
6.3 LB 31944177 19014611621 13Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Chicken Kitten 17.4 LB 31904177 19014611867 9Nov14
3.2 LB 31904177 19014612628 9Nov14
31954177 19014612628 14Nov14
5.7 LB 31904177 19014612505 9Nov14
31904177 19014612505 9Nov14
31954177 19014612505 14Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Digestive Care Adult 16 LB 31904177 19014611904 9Nov14
31954177 19014611904 14Nov14
3 LB 31904177 19014700202 9Nov14
31954177 19014700202 14Nov14
5 LB 31904177 19014612451 9Nov14
31954177 19014612451 14Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Hairball Adult 16 LB 31874177 19014611911 6Nov14
31954177 19014611911 14Nov14
3.1 LB 31884177 19014700219 7Nov14
31914177 19014700219 10Nov14
31954177 19014700219 14Nov14
5 LB 31874177 19014612420 6Nov14
31884177 19014612420 7Nov14
31914177 19014612420 10Nov14
31934177 19014612420 12Nov14
31954177 19014612420 14Nov14
9.8 LB 31894177 19014612161 8Nov14
31914177 19014612161 10Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Hairball Mature Adult 5 LB 31954177 19014612604 14Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Weight Control & Hairball Adult 16 LB 31884177 19014612147 7Nov14
31914177 19014612147 10Nov14
31924177 19014612147 11Nov14
31934177 19014612147 12Nov14
31944177 19014612147 13Nov14
2.9 LB 31914177 19014700240 10Nov14
31924177 19014700240 11Nov14
31934177 19014700240 12Nov14
31944177 19014700240 13Nov14
31954177 19014700257 14Nov14
5 LB 31884177 19014612789 7Nov14
31914177 19014612789 10Nov14
31924177 19014612789 11Nov14
31934177 19014612789 12Nov14
31954177 19014612789 14Nov14
5.5 LB 31924177 19014611652 11Nov14
9.8 LB 31884177 19014612130 7Nov14
31914177 19014612130 10Nov14
31924177 19014612130 11Nov14
31934177 19014612130 12Nov14
31944177 19014612130 13Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Weight Control Adult 16 LB 31874177 19014612178 6Nov14
31934177 19014612178 12Nov14
5 LB 31874177 19014612680 6Nov14
31934177 19014612680 12Nov14
9.8 LB 31874177 19014612123 6Nov14
Iams Cat Food Professional Feeding Bag Chicken Adult 33 LB 31914177 19014105458 10Nov14
31944177 19014105458 13Nov14

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Flea Lifecycle.mp4

We’ve got to face it, fleas are everywhere and this video will tell you some amazing details about fleas and how to protect your pets (and you!)
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onepiclogo1aOne Picture Saves a Life Tour recently visited The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas Nevada to teach a pet photography workshop to 10 shelters and 100 volunteers. Millions of dirty, scared, and disorientated pets enter shelters each year – and the photos taken are what people see when looking to adopt.

One Picture Saves a Life Tour’s mission is to provide shelter staff and volunteers with the resources to successfully groom and photograph shelter pets, helping give them the second chance they deserve.

Halo, Purely for Pets and Freekibble.com are proud supporters of the One Picture Saves a Life Tour by donating 10,000 meals of Halo Spot’s Stew to every workshop stop on the tour!

Watch video – One Picture Tour Las Vegas Recap

The Photographer
Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer and New York Times best-selling author.

The Matchmaker
The Petfinder Foundation helps support thousands of animal welfare organization that are members of Petfinder, the largest online database for adoptable pets.

The Stylist
John Paul DeJoria, pet care with a salon pedigree, 30 years ago he co-founder of Paul Mitchell Systems, revolutionized the professional salon industry by banning animal testing for his line of hair products.

The Do-Gooder
The Animal Rescue Site provides food and vital care for some of the eight million unwanted animals given to shelters every year in the U.S., as well as animals in desperate need around the world.

The Underwriter
GreaterGood.org is an independent charitable organization devoted to improving the health and well-being of people, animals, and the planet.


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A Scotsman, a bulldog and a blonde walk into a spa…

I’m having one of those months where I think everything important is weeks and weeks away, and then all of a sudden it’s coming up tomorrow and I am caught completely unaware. It’s feast or famine ’round these parts. Take the last two weeks, for example.

So. Two weeks ago, I went up to Los Angeles to shoot a segment for ABC’s The Lookout. It’s part investigative journalism, part consumer reporting, and part entertainment. My segment: costly accounting mistakes. Kidding. It’s about dogs.

More specifically, the segment investigates the American willingness to spend billions on our fuzzy companions. The setup sounds like the setup for a joke: A Scotsman, a chihuahua, a Leonberger and a bulldog walk into a dog spa. But seriously, that is what they did. ABC sent veteran journalist Nick Watt into the poshest dog spa I’ve seen in my life with three dogs and an array of some of the more, shall we say, over the top items available for dog owners.


In addition to meeting Nick- he is as funny in person as he is on his segments- I had the pleasure of meeting some really lovely people who actually made me miss living in LA, including the fantastic Matt from Zen Dog. There is nothing more amazing than watching a good trainer who knows dogs communicate with them beautifully.


Yes, the dogs got to ride in the limo.

My job in this segment is to provide objective commentary on the utility of items such as doggie highchairs and Poop Freeze. As you all know, providing commentary on things like Poop Freeze is pretty much why I exist, so if you want to see how this all turned out tune in Wednesday the 17th at 10 pm on ABC.

And then report back to me on how I did, because I have no idea if I was fine or horrifying. And I won’t even get to see it for an extra week, because Wednesday I fly to Ecuador for a World Vets trip and I won’t be back until the 25th. I’m not complaining that I’m doing that, far from it, but it caught me unawares since I committed to it several months ago and promptly forgot until the trip leader sent out an introductory email with the subject: ONE WEEK TO ECUADOR! and I commenced panic mode.



Otovalo is about 8000 feet up in the Andes, a big change from my trip to Peru and Granada, both at sea level. I’ll be one of several vets participating in World Vets’ 4 times a year high volume spay/ neuter campaign.

World Vets entered into an agreement with the municipality of Otovalo: we will come, we will be there regularly and we will bust our butts and do hundreds of surgeries in a few days’ time. And in return, you promise us you will not poison dogs as a method of population control. It has worked out very well and I can’t wait to get to see it first hand.

From dogs in limos getting dog-friendly pawdicures to a makeshift spay clinic up in the Andes in three weeks’ time. I don’t know how I wound up getting to do the things I do either, but man oh man I do love every minute of it.

Even the Poop Freeze part.


Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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The worst situation in the world

A couple of days ago, the wonderful Dr. Nancy Kay posted a story I hope all parents (human and pet) read about the trend of kids and dogs in pictures getting into potentially scary situations.

If you haven’t read it yet, she punctuated the apprehension she feels seeing pictures like this:

oh god

And this:

oh boy

with a story from her own practice, where a parent disregards her attempts to help her children interact with their dog more safely. And the story ends, after the dog bites one of the children in the face, with Dr. Kay tearfully euthanizing the dog after another home could not be found.

While most of the respondents reacted with sadness about the situation, a good-sized number of commenters took Dr. Kay to task for euthanizing the dog. While she is too gracious (or smart, but I’ve never pretended to be that) to respond to the people who think they know what goes through the mind of a veterinarian in these situations, I feel somewhat compelled- OK, really compelled- to say this:

You have no idea how hard, how awful, how utterly agonizing these situations are, because if you did you would never call her a murderer. And until you’re the one holding the syringe in your hand, I implore you to take a step back and return the discussion to its original context, how we all need to do a better job by working together to prevent these situations in the first place. Because here’s the truth:

That is an utterly impossible situation to be in. Yes, vets have a lot of wiggle room when it comes to “my cat is peeing on the rug” or “my dog has flea allergies” or even “my dog growled at a kid” to say, “I am not comfortable with euthanizing this pet.” But once a pet bites a person, a line has been crossed and everything changes.

The law is stacked against any dog who bites

Once upon a time, a person went to their veterinarian and said, my pet snapped at my neighbor and I don’t know what to do. The veterinarian said, let’s try to work through this with a good behaviorist, or find a rescue who can take this on.

Later on, the dog bit someone. The person who was bitten sued not only the owner but the veterinarian for not suggesting the aggressive dog be put to sleep. And they won. That is the legal precedent we function under, the standard of care to which we are held.

So let me reiterate: if a dog comes to us after biting a person and we do not counsel the owner the dog should be put to sleep (even if the owner never brought it up), we are liable if that dog bites anyone in the future. If a dog with a history of biting a child comes in, the owner requests euthanasia, and you refuse? You are basically agreeing to hand over your license, your livelihood, and your ability to be an effective advocate for anyone should another bite happen. Even if a rescue agrees to take the dog, which despite protests to the contrary is pretty rare. That is not to say I have euthanized every dog who’s ever nipped- far from it- but yes, every time I send them away for behavior work I’m taking a risk that only I can truly assess.

And when you have an extreme case in front of you like Ben? That is a horrible, awful corner to be backed into as a veterinarian. There is no happy solution. You’re either a murderer or someone willing to gamble away their entire career on a really bad bet or someone passing the buck to a shelter employee. It is awful and nausea inducing and likely to cause migraines and the sort of thing we all struggle with and few are brave enough to mention out loud for fear of judgmental types who think they know better questioning our dedication to animals. So you take that weight on yourself, mentally apologize to the dog for the crap hand he has been dealt, and cry. At least that is what I did the one time I was put in the same position.

Solving the problem we all helped create

I don’t want to play advocate Olympics here and saber rattle over who has done the most good for dogs, but if that’s your thing- Dr. Kay, for example, quite literally wrote the book on animal advocacy. And it makes me sick to my core to have people react to her with nastiness because of that unwinnable situation that we have all contributed to.

We contribute when we suggest any situation be handled through specious lawsuits.

We contribute when we throw shade at each other and erode the trust between the public and veterinarians.

We contribute when we roll our eyes at well meaning but ultimately uninformed parents instead of trying, with kindness and care, to change the way we educate new parents about pet safety. With compassion, and consistency. I am sure the people who took the above pictures love their kids and their dogs, as do I: only difference being I have no pictures like this because I understand the risk more than they do and don’t allow that situation to happen in my house.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go continue the conversations I’ve begun about ways to make life easier and safer for parents then get on a plane to South America for a volunteer spay/neuter initiative . Signed, your local animal murderer/advocate (you decide).

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Is there a topical spray or cream for dogs to ease skin irritation from seasonal allergies?

Question by busyMOMandPT: Is there a topical spray or cream for dogs to ease skin irritation from seasonal allergies?
My 2 yr old springer spaniel has seasonal allergies. Food allergy as been ruled out. He receives monthly cortisone shots and daily benedryl to control but he can still get quite red and irritated on belly and chest at times; and always after a bath. Scratching and licking causes hair loss. Is there any safe topical sprays to use during severe outbreaks?

Best answer:

Answer by Nicole L
Yes, if you check the internet, or go to a retail store you can buy cortisone spray, that should help with the irratation.

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Socializing Your Golden Retriever

Socializing your Golden Retriever is very important. As you may already know, all dog breeds behave different in front of strangers, with some dogs choosing to ignore people altogether. They may choose to glance at someone, then go on to pay no attention to him. On the other hand, some dogs are the total opposite and love to meet everyone they can. These types of dogs love attention, and will take any attention they can get.

Some Golden Retrievers are happy with those they have come to know in their own family, or those they have selected to be friends. Others on the other hand, may feel comfortable just around those of the same sex. Most Golden’s like children, although there are a few rare cases in which certain types of Golden Retrievers like adults but not children. This is extremely rare, and is normally due to the way they were bred or raised.

When your puppy is between the ages of 8 weeks and 8 months, socializing him is extremely important. During this time, you should always do everything you can to ensure that your Golden Retriever meets other people. Although he may be shy at first and not have much interaction, he will eventually come around. You will need to be patient with him during these times, as he will need quite a bit of reassurance from you.

Your dog’s parents also contribute to socialization. If the parents of your Golden Retriever were good with people and other dogs, the gene could very well be passed on to your dog. On the other hand, if the parents were shy or aggressive dogs, those genes could be passed on as well. Pups inherit the traits of their parents ,which is why it is very important to make sure that the dogs being bred are compatible with each other – and share a passive temperament.

If your puppy was separated from his mother before he reached the age of seven weeks, he won’t learn many of the social signals taught to him by his mom and his siblings. Golden Retriever pups that are brought to a new home earlier than seven weeks will normally tend to end up nippy or aggressive around people. Although they may be aggressive towards people, they may be shy or fearful around other dogs, as they lack the social skills needed to be themselves.

Sometimes, if a puppy was injured or frightened during his early years, he can end up with a state of trauma. This type of thing leaves a huge scar in the mind of a puppy, making it very hard for him to get past it. Most Golden Retriever pups that have been injured or frightened by an individual never get past it. They may end up fearing humans in general, or being very aggressive towards them when they feel frightened. When you take your puppy home for the first time, you should always make him feel welcomed, and never let anyone or anything harm him.

To better socialize your Golden Retriever, you should always make sure that he gets plenty of interaction with other people and other dogs in his breed. This way, your Golden will learn how to socialize at any early age. When he gets older in life, he will carry these skills with him. Golden Retrievers that are sheltered or not given the proper amount of interaction will turn out shy towards people and other dogs. With your Golden being your companion for life – you should always ensure that he gets the socialization he needs.
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An Epic Battle: Fluffy Pup vs Fluffy Dandelion [VIDEO]

Who will win?! This intense battle is a close one, as the wary weed seems to hold a strange power over this fluffball of a Keeshond pup! 


Fluffy Pup Battles Dandelion


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