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Chinese Remedies May Contain Illegal Substances
Australian Study Reports
Some traditional Chinese medicines contain toxic chemicals and
animal parts from endangered and protected species, according to a
recent study conducted by Australian researchers.
The researcher used second-generation DNA sequencing to analyze
traditional Chinese remedies and determine their animal and plant
composition. The researchers identified toxic plant species such as
ephedra and asarum, along with vulnerable endangered or critically
endangered animals including the Asiatic black bear and saiga antelope.
Incontinence Drug OK'd
A natural estrogen hormone designed to control urinary incontinence in
female dogs has been approved by the FDA.
Incurin (estriol) is the first drug approved for urinary incontinence
in dogs, according to it's manufacturer, Intervet Inc. (Summit, N.J.)
Urinary incontinence can be caused by many different medical
conditions, but middle-aged and elderly spayed female dogs commonly
are troubled by hormone-based urinary incontinence. These dogs can
urinate normally, but leak while resting. Physical exams and blood
and urine tests usually are normal in these pets.
Hormone-responsive incontinence can occur months to years after a
dog is spayed. It will be available thru veterinarians.
Treating Canine Cancer
A new vaccine, tests, and Web site are helping to fight canine
cancer. Cancer effects a third of the canine population - and a
cancer diagnosis for a pet that's considered part of the family can
be devastating. Recent advances are helping dogs live longer.
One advance is Oncept, a therapeutic vaccine that extends the
lifespan of dogs diagnosed with stage II and stage III oral canine
melanoma. Approved earlier this year by the US Dept of Agriculture,
the vaccine was developed through a partnership between Merial and
Memorial-Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
The common and often fatal
form of canine cancer starts in the mouth.
10 Cancer Warning Signs:
1. Lumps and bumps
2. Abnormal odors
3. Abnormal discharges.
4. Wounds that won't heal.
5. Weight loss.
6. Change in appetite.
7. Coughing or difficulty breathing.
8. Lethargy and depression.
9. Changes in bathroom habits.
10. Evidence of pain.
Jerky Treats Under Fire
Through blogs, websites and local media reports, dog owners are
pointing fingers at chicken jerky treats manufactured in China for
making their pets sick. Yet no official cause has been identified.
The FDA is actively investigating problems associated with the
consumption of chicken jerky treats As well as possible origins of the
problem. The reports number roughly 900, and no specific products have
been recalled because a definitive cause has not been identified.
Samples have been subjected to DNA testing to confirm the presence of
The FDA continues to urge pet owners to use caution with regard to
chicken jerky products. To report product related cases to the FDA
in your state
Go to http://tinyurl.com/p8qu5e for phone numbers
or file an electronic report at www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov
DOT May Expand Pet Incident Reporting for Airlines
Prompted by letters from U.S. Senators and a petition submitted in
2010 by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the U.S. DOT in late June
proposed expanding its reporting requirements for airlines that
Proposed changes include extending the mandate to an additional 21
U.S. airlines (currently only the 15 largest U.S. airlines are
required to report animal losses, injuries and deaths) and to require
reports for all cats and dogs transported (current rules only apply to
animals transported as pets by their owners but not those transported
commercially by breeders and distributors).
The rule would also require a year-end summary report of the total
number of losses, injuries and deaths in the airlines December
reports. The department is accepting public comments on the proposed
rule through Aug. 28, 2012 at www.regulations.gov Docket ID No.
Sleepypods Put to the (Crash) Test
manufacturer Sleepypod of Pasadena, Calif. submitted it's entire line of
pet carriers to a crash test using a weighted test dog dummy, and each of
the carriers passed the test. Videos of the simulated crash tests are
available at http://sleepypod.com/safety
Dog to Human Disease
A new study shows that pet dogs may play
a role in the transmission to humans of diarrheal disease worldwide of all
age groups. The study, published in the Journal Of Clinical Virology,
showed that the human noroviruses can survive in the canine
gastrointestinaltracts, but whether or not the noroviruses can reproduce
there is still unknown.
Dog Mouth Myths
Nearly one half od
petowners believe the myths that dogs' mouths are cleaner than humans'
mouths and that any type of chewing is good for a dog's teeth, according
to a study commissioned by the Greenies Brand.
The study also found that
almost 40 percent of owners think it is normal for pets to have stinky
breath, and about one-third believe that a dog's saliva can help cure
human wounds, both of which are also myths, according to Jan Bellows, DVM
incoming president of the American Veterinary Dental College.
High-Five Pet Adoption Campaign
Petsmart Charities in June launched a multi-faceted pet adoption
campaign called "High-Five" that celebrates its 5 millionth pet
adoption while attempting to drive more pet adoptions.
The campaign, which tapped Josh Duhamel as its celebrity
spokesperson, aims to boost awareness of pet adoption and raise
$250,000 for the organization, funds that would help save 10,000
homeless pets. the organization reported.
The campaign celebrates Petsmart Charities' adoption of its 5
millionth pet, a 5-year old Siberian Husky named Dodge adopted by
retired U.S. Marine George Little at the Boynton Beach, Fla.,
State Canine Law Updates
Governor John Kitzhaber signed House Bill 4021 into law in
late March, allowing the state police to commission employees of
humane investigation agencies as "humane special agents" to enforce
animal welfare laws.
Companion bills that would have established a Maryland
Abuse Registry did not survive the current session of the Maryland
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) had testified that the
legislation would have imposed excessive burden on pet dealers by
requiring them to check the registry prior to selling or adopting out any
animal. (Editors note: Legitimate Rescues have been doing so for years in
any adoption transaction.)
(DID NOT PASS)
The Illinois Senate is
considering the Dangerous Animal Acts of 2012 (SB 3264), legislation
that would prohibit the ownership of certain types of animals without a
permit, and would ban the, buying and bertering of animals defined as
dangerous.To get a permit, pet owners would need to provide proof of at
least $100,000 liability insurance for each "dangerous" animal owned, plus
pay a $250 permit fee. The legislation also lists "dangerous"
animals, subject to additions by a Dangerous Animal Advisory Council that would be
established if this legislation is approved. The listed "dangerous"
animals include large cats, wolves and wolf-hybrids, kangaroos,
wallabies, mongooses, non-human primates, Gambian pouched rats, prairie
dogs, venomous reptiles (regardless of whether they have been surgically
altered), all members of the Boidae family (such as boas, pythons and
(DID NOT PASS)
Vermont state Senate is considering a bill that would allow pet owners to
recover noneconomic damages for emotional stress resulting from the death
of a pet.
The bill, SB240, introduced in January by
Sens. Vincent Illuzzi and Dick McCormack reads. "If a person intenionally
or recklessly causes the death of a domestic pet...the court may hold the
person liable to the pet owner for noneconomic damages for emotional
distress resulting form the loss of the reasonable expected companionship,
love and affection of the domestic pet". The bill has been placed in
the Senate Judiciary Commettee, but a hearing has not been
Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council opposes the bill, stating it could
subject breeders, pet profuct manufacturers, retailers, veterinarians and
others to excessive claims and would raise the cost of companion animals
for the public. The council advised interested parties to contact the
members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and voice their opposition to
the measure. (We think that interested parties should voice their
(DID NOT PASS)
The Hawaii Senate is considering two
seperate bills that would each ban the sale of unsterilized dogs and cats
and require pet sellers to microchip all dogs and cats prior to sale.Two
key differences between Senate Bill 2504 and 2198 is that SB 2504 would
make each violation of the legislation's provisions a petty misdemeanor
and SB 2198 would subject pet sellers violating the legislation with a
fine of up to $1,000 for each date of violation. The bills exempt
animal shelters and rescue groups from the definition of pet seller. SB
2504 was set to be heard by committee on Feb. 7, 2012. Each bill would go
into effect upon its approval.