Pet Food Recall Update!
Don't let the story become so familiar that you stop listening to the reports!
"The exporter of a contaminated pet food ingredient blamed for the deaths of dogs and cats in the United States may have avoided Chinese export inspections by labeling it a nonfood product, a U.S. government report says." -Forbes.com
"The New York Times reported that Xuzhou Anying's manager, Mao Lijun, had been detained by Chinese authorities, although the paper gave no details about possible charges against him." -Forbes.com
"The outbreak has drawn wide concern in the U.S., where such pets are often considered members of the family. Bereaved pet owners have sued the firms involved, and FDA investigators have raided the offices of Menu Foods, a maker of pet food, and ChemNutra Inc., which supplied the wheat gluten, according to the companies." -Forbes.com
Dog Food Companies continue to expand the recall list. Follow this link to see who has been added...<<More>>
How Much Is Your Dogs Life Worth?
The Wall Street Journal Online
By Sara Schaefer Munoz <<More>>
We are often asked to recommend a book about Westies. If you could only have one book, we suggest Westies From Head To Tail. It will ultimately be a classic among the Westie community because of its detail and info about a great dog.
If you are located in California, you might want to consider helping to oppose AB 1634.
"Please join the AKC Canine Legislation Department on Tuesday, May 15th for a Lobby Day Training Seminar in Sacramento, Hyatt Regency, from 11am-1pm. In the afternoon we will provide folks with lobbying and educational materials to enable the purebred dog community to effectively educate your Assemblymembers about AB 1634."In the afternoon concerned dog owners will visit the Capitol to meet with their Assemblymembers.
For Those Who Like A Good Story!
Author/Artist RON HEVENER specializes in animals and the romantic, adventurous people who love them. Figurines, paintings, and stories by Ron Hevener are collected by animal lovers everywhere. Visitors to Hevener's studio can see the dogs, horses and wildlife that inspire novels like Fate of the Stallion, The Blue Ribbon and High Stakes.
Follow this link to see all figurines.<<More>>
"Your life is a movie, and you write the script," he says. "On With The Show!" www.RonHevener.com
Deworming: We worm our adult dogs about every 4-5 months. Annually, it is good to have a fecal exam just to be sure your worming schedule is working.
Flea Control: Once-a-month topical insecticides are applied to a small area on your pet's back, are probably the easiest product to use, and generally last the longest.Be sure the house and yard are flea-free! We have a large play yard for our dogs that is covered with artificial pine straw. The artificial pine straw is very expensive, but will last a long time, unlike natural pine straw, and easy to keep flea-free. We do not use insecticides on our dogs. Of course, our vet laughs at us, but we give our dogs Brewer's Yeast with Garlic two times daily and we have never even seen a flea. It works for us.
Herbs & Vitamins:
Brewer's yeast, thiamine, garlic, citronella, rosemary, and other herbs
have been advocated as effective flea control substances. There have
been no clinical trials to prove their effectiveness. This does not mean
they may not work in some situations, but their reliability is
questionable. ~Holly Nash, DVM, MS
Heartworm preventives: Monthly preventives are the most popular and include Heartgard and Revolution. There are others, but be sure the preventive you use also helps control hookworms and roundworms. We use prescription Ivermection liquid that we give our dogs monthly. It is much cheaper and with several dogs it saves a lot of money.
Have a beautiful Westie? E-mail us an attached photo (jpg) of your Westie and we'll post it on the Friends Page for 30 days. Give us your name (first name will do), your state, and your Westie's name. You can even add a short paragraph. It doesn't have to be a Down South Westie, just a Westie! We'll be expecting your email!