Your Dog Has Four Legs. Does This Mean He Has Four Knees? Find Out Here.

Our dogs are more like us than we think. They may have four legs, but did you know that their anatomy resembles ours? That is, those four dog legs don’t have four dog knees. A dog’s (and cat’s) back legs are just like ours, with knee joints and hips. Their front legs are like our arms, with elbows and wrists.

In this informative video, Dr. David Visser discusses dogs’ knees and the problems they can suffer.  Using a plastic replica, the doctor explains some of the most common conditions a dog or cat can experience, like ACL injuries and arthritis. He also explains what signs to look for that will tell you that your dog is suffering a knee problem. Limping, swelling, pain when touching the knee area, and loss of appetite are among the warning signs to look for.

It’s a very useful video for all dog- and cat-owners to get a better understanding of their pets’ health. Pass it on to your fellow owners!

ALERT: Recall Announced for Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Dog Food

Last week, Mars Petcare announced a voluntary recall for 22 bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dog food packages. The dog food was sold in Dollar General Stores in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, between August 18-30, and at Sam’s Clubs in Michigan, Saginaw and Ohio between August 14-30.

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The reason for the recall is the discovery that some of the dog food bags might contain metal fragments.

The specific dog food brand affected by the recall is:

PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition
Dry dog food
15-pound bag
UPC Code 23100 10944
Lot Code (found near the UPC Code) 432C1KKM03
“Best Before” date 8/5/15

You can find the Dollar General store locations that sold this product here.

PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition
Dry dog food
55-pound bag
UPC Code 23100 10731
Lot Code (found near the UPC Code) 432E1KKM03
“Best Before” date 8/7/15

You can find the Sam’s Club store locations here.

No other Mars Petcare or Pedigree pet foods have been affected, and no injuries or illnesses have been reported. While the situation is being resolved, the facility’s production line has been shut down.

What You Can Do

If you’ve purchased one or more of these  products, don’t feed it to your dog (please!). Mars Petcare advises customers to either throw away the rest of the food or return the bag of food to the store where they bought it for a full refund or exchange.

For more information, call 1-800-305-5206 or visit www.pedigree.com/update. You can also check out the original press release from Mars Petcare here, and the updated version with the extension of the recall here.

Keep your pets safe!

Photo © Pedigree

Attention All Dog Owners! Green Algae Could Be Dangerous for Dogs

If you and your pet live near a lake, you want to pay attention to this. A blue-green algae that has been found on lakes after a rainfall COULD BE harmful to your dog. This news comes after a dog named copper died after he went into the lake to retrieve a ball. Next time you’re on a family trip to the lake, be mindful of what’s on the surface. And as they say in this report, “When in doubt, stay out!”

 

Obesity Is Becoming an Epidemic Among Dogs

Did you know that more than HALF of dogs in America today are obese? That’s a shocking statistic, especially when you consider that obesity is deadlier to dogs than a lifetime of smoking is to you!

Learn more about Varsity Pets, which is dedicated to combating canine obesity with technology like this cool app, which will tell you how much food your dog will need to lose weight and track your pet’s weight loss. Super cool stuff!