Arrival Story: She lived in a home with kids, other dogs and pawrents. The economy forced her family to give up their pets. We stepped in and rescued her as she did not deserve to suffer in a cage because of hard times. She is out newest furbaby!
Bio: Nugget has been with us for about nine months now and she is a full fledged mess. She is still learning not to eat furniture and shoes amongst other typically non-edible items. We have been trained to "Nugget proof" the house before ever leaving it. We love, love, love her beyond belief and are Blessed to have her in our family. She makes me smile on a daily basis and my favorite thing to do is hold her face in my hands, look her in her eyes and tell her just home much I LOVE HER!!
I have heard nothing but groaning and moaning from mommy when she talks about “having to go on a diet”. I am not sure why the “diet” makes her so irriablle. I started my diet about two weeks ago and I eat better than I did before! BOL! I mean, it does require mommy getting up extra early to give me the morning dose of diet food but she shouldn’t complain about that because she is never late for work anymore!!
I have gained an enormous about of weight since mom & dad adopted me and no reason can be found through testing at the vet. Mom says I is part Pug (curly tail & big body) and Lab (long, sculpted face & short, tan fur). Granted, there has been no DNA test to prove her theory.
I have been super duper busy trying to get all of my nose art ready for the Holidays. I completed the back sliding glass door window over the weekend and managed to get the main living room window Monday. I was just about to finish up my “Nose Art” on the bedroom window when….WHAT????? Mommy grabbed the blue bottle and “who went potty in the house” napkins and cleared all my Nose Art off the windows!!!
I AM AT A LOSS FOR BARKS!!!
I was going to take the time to let her know how upset I was that she had wiped away all my nose art, just before the Holidays but I took some time to think about it and realized she more than likely wasn’t impressed with my skills. So, this time I will make sure the Nose Art is higher up on all the windows and glass doors and I will add some dog hair to make it look a little more creative!!!
Since 2007 approximately 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. have become ill after eating jerky pet treats. Approximately 580 of those pets have died, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.
The exact cause remains a mystery.
In your pet has become sick after eating the treats, the FDA would like to hear from you or your veterinarian.
To report a problem with treats in Florida, call 866-337-6272.
The FDA has repeatedly issued alerts to consumers about reports it has received concerning jerky pet treat-related illnesses.
Most of the jerky treats implicated have been made in China. Manufacturers of pet foods are not required by U.S. law to state the country of origin for each ingredient in their products.
Within hours of eating treats sold as jerky tenders or strips made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes and/or dried fruit, some pets have exhibited decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption, and/or increased urination.
To date, FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has conducted more than 1,200 tests, visited jerky pet treat manufacturers in China and collaborated with colleagues in academia, industry, state labs and foreign governments. Yet the exact cause of the illnesses remains elusive.
To gather even more information, FDA is reaching out to licensed veterinarians and pet owners across the country. “This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we’ve encountered,” says CVM Director Bernadette Dunham, DVM, Ph.D. “Our beloved four-legged companions deserve our best effort, and we are giving it.”
Severe cases have involved kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder. About 60 percent of cases involved gastrointestinal illness, and about 30 percent involved kidney and urinary systems.
The remaining cases reported various symptoms, such as collapse, convulsions or skin issues.
A number of jerky pet treat products were removed from the market in January 2013 after a New York State lab reported finding evidence of up to six drugs in certain jerky pet treats made in China.
While the levels of these drugs were very low and it’s unlikely that they caused the illnesses, FDA noted a decrease in reports of jerky-suspected illnesses after the products were removed from the market. FDA believes that the number of reports may have declined simply because fewer jerky treats were available.
Meanwhile, the agency urges pet owners to be cautious about providing jerky treats. If you do provide them and your pet becomes sick, stop the treats immediately, consider seeing your veterinarian, and save any remaining treats and the packaging for possible testing.