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Most Popular Dog Breeds (2014)

AKC Announces Most Popular Breeds

For the 24th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is big dog on the American Kennel Club’s list of most-popular U-S breeds. That’s the longest reign of any breed in the history of the AKC, which was founded in 1884.

Labradors are also among the most popular working dogs for search and rescue, guide and therapy work and hunting. They were initially bred to fetch game but they’re also sensitive family companions.  According to the AKC, Labs “make an excellent family companion with a natural tendency to form strong bonds with kids, an easy-to-care-for coat and minimal exercise needs.” The breed made it to the AKC top spot in the 1970’s and has been there ever since. (more…)

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JJ Fuds recall expanded; now includes MN, WI, MI, IN, IL

The Food and Drug Administration says Valparaiso, Indiana-based J.J. Fuds Inc. has expanded a recall to include all lots and products of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks, Beef Tender Chunks and Duckling Tender Chunks Pet Food because of potential Listeria and Salmonella contamination.

The recalled products were distributed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois to wholesale and retail customers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (manufactured date) and UPC code printed on the back of the individual plastic bag or on the master case label. (more…)

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Bravo Issues Nationwide Pet Food Recall

Connecticut-based Bravo pet foods company has issued a nationwide recall for several of its pet food brands because of possible salmonella contamination. The Food and Drug Administration says the recall involves Raw Food Diet Bravo Turkey Blend for Dogs & Cats, Bravo Blends All-Natural Chicken Blend Diet for Dogs & Cats, Premium Turkey Formula Bravo Balance Raw Diet and Bravo Blends All Natural Chicken Blend Diet for Dogs & Cats.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and also poses health risks for humans handling the product. Pets infected with salmonella may be lethargic, have diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may only develop decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. (more…)

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Feature: Mass Vaccinations Could Eradicate Rabies

Rabies experts and doctors have a plan that could eliminate the disease, which kills tens of thousands of people worldwide each year. The plan calls for mass vaccinations of dogs–something that’s already been tested successfully in Latin America, parts of Africa and Southeast Asia.

“There is now convincing evidence that vaccination of dogs would eliminate greater than 98 percent of the rabies health burden globally,” says veterinarian Guy Palmer, an infectious disease specialist, who’s been conducting research on rabies and vaccination programs for nearly 20 years. “If we can get around 60% we can actually control a disease outbreak. We don’t need to vaccinate every dog. We need to vaccinate somewhere around 60%.” (more…)