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Every cat owner knows how difficult it can be to impress their furry feline. Taking on one of his toughest challenges, celebrity chef, restaurateur and animal lover Richard Blaisteamed up with Fancy Feast® to show cat lovers that there’s no better way to wow their cats than with Fancy Feast® Broths. The gourmet cat food brand is revolutionizing the cat food category with the introduction of eight recipes that offer a delicious combination of delectable broth with real seafood and veggies, crafted without by-products or fillers. Blais helped introduce Broths at an exclusive launch party at the Tasting Table Test Kitchen & Dining Room in New York City on Tuesday, July 22, where he premiered the product and a new video starring himself opposite the iconic Fancy Feast cat.

Purina Fancy Feast Richard Blais

As a professional chef, I strive to make people happy and provide them with a unique and delicious experience with the meals I make,” Blais said. “I take great pride in what I serve to my guests – so why should a cat be any different?”

Whether on TV or in his restaurants, Blais has proven that he can amaze just about anyone. But how would he fare when it came to winning over one very important cat? In a new video, titled “A New Way to Wow,” Blais took on the challenge of wowing the Fancy Feast cat – both in and out of the kitchen. Trying every trick in the book, it took a helping hand from Fancy Feast to finally impress his cat companion.

“Broths are revolutionizing the cat food category and offering owners a whole new way to wow their cats,” saidAndrea Leas, Brand Manager for Purina Fancy Feast. “Chefs, like Richard, and cat owners alike can appreciate the real, recognizable ingredients and attention to detail that goes into crafting each Broths recipe.”

Each perfectly portioned, ready-to-pour Broths pouch includes a variety of lickable tastes and textures and high-quality, real seafood cats are sure to love. Select varieties also include real vegetables or a touch of milk. Fancy Feast® Broths come in eight varieties and feature either a Classic Silky or Creamy Broth.

Classic Varieties:

  • Broths With Tuna, Shrimp & Whitefish in a Decadent Silky Broth
  • Broths With Tuna, Anchovies & Whitefish in a Decadent Silky Broth
  • Broths With Mackerel & Vegetables in a Decadent Silky Broth
  • Broths With Tuna & Vegetables in a Decadent Silky Broth
  • Broths With Wild Salmon & Vegetables in a Decadent Silky Broth

Creamy Varieties:

  • Broths With Mackerel & Vegetables in a Decadent Creamy Broth
  • Broths With Tuna & Vegetables in a Decadent Creamy Broth
  • Broths With Wild Salmon & Whitefish in a Decadent Creamy Broth

Fancy Feast® Broths have a suggested retail price of $1.19 per 1.4 oz pouch and are available at retailers nationwide. Fancy Feast Broths may be fed daily along with a complete and balanced cat food diet. For more information about Fancy Feast Broths and to try a free pouch (one per household, while supplies last), visit www.wowserveddaily.com.

American Humane Association and three military hero dog teams it helped reunite took to Capitol Hill today to make an urgent case to the nation, members of the national media, and the general public for bringing home all four-footed veterans who save lives on the battlefield and on the homefront. The congressional briefing, “Military dogs take the Hill: Reunification and retirement of military dogs,” centered on a message urging America and its leaders to work on behalf of these brave dogs and honor their service after retirement.

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When service men and women end their tours of duty and return home, their faithful military dogs do not always follow. American Humane Association, which has been working with Mission K9 Rescue to bring home and reunite hero war dogs with their handlers and has been working with the military for nearly 100 years, presented its case for why this needs to change, both for veterans and to make sure four-footed soldiers get the hero’s welcome, loving, forever home, and happy, healthy, and dignified retirement they so richly deserve after a lifetime of service to their country.

Many of these dogs do find their way back to American soil, but some still slip through the cracks. While the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013 authorizes the transfer of a retiring military working dog if no suitable adopter is available at the military facility where the dog is located, this is not guaranteed.  The fact is that if a military war dog is retired in a non-combat zone overseas, that dog becomes a civilian and cannot travel on military transport.

“The solution is simple: Military War Dogs should be brought home before being retired,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association’s President and CEO said while addressing the audience at the Congressional briefing. “We believe this should be the case for all our war dogs: contract working and military working dogs. And, their former handlers, who have the strongest bond with these animals, should be given the first chance to adopt.”

Another area of concern is the situation with contract working dogs. While many private contract companies that supply trained animals to the armed forces are working to bring these dogs home, there are no government regulation regarding the welfare and retirement outcomes for these remarkable dogs. The private companies have custody of the animals and are in control of their outcome. Though these dogs are privately owned, they spent their lives protecting our soldiers, and they deserve to have their welfare guaranteed and to be returned to the United States.  Given the special circumstances of these dogs, there should be some requirements in the government contracts for such private companies to ensure their well-being.

Veterinary care is another concern for these lifesaving four-legged heroes. Regulations state that a system may be established for the medical care of retired working dogs, but such regulations prohibit federal funding.  American Humane Association instead called on the private sector to embrace the health and wellbeing of these retired hero dogs by funding a veterinary care program with American Humane Association.

With an estimated 2,500 military working dogs and contract working dogs working side by side with soldiers inIraq and Afghanistan, the need has never been greater to bring each dog home. The dogs have noses that are 100,000 times more sensitive than humans’, giving them an unparalleled ability to sniff out and detect weapons caches and Improvised Explosive Devices. It is estimated that each military working dog saves the lives of between 150-200 service members.

Among the hero dog teams who spoke of the need to bring home all our four-footed veterans were:

  • MWD Cila and Sgt. Jason Bos, who served close to 100 missions in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • MWD Ryky and Sgt. James Harrington, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan from 2008 to 2011, working working in front of a convoy to sniff out deadly IEDs.
  • MWD Thor and Sgt. Deano Miller, who spent every moment in Afghanistan together identifying IEDs but had been separated since 2010.
  • American Humane Association 2013 Military Hero Dog of the Year CWD Carlos and Ruby Ridpath,who spent five years protecting soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

“Mankind has always had a special relationship with dogs, and today military dogs are more important than ever in keeping our service men and women safe. Faced daily with life or death situations, the bond between these dogs and those who work with them is nearly unbreakable,” added Dr. Ganzert. “There are a variety of issues and possible solutions to helping more military hero dogs and their hero handlers and we are calling on Americans and our leaders to help.”

To help bring home even more military dogs, please visit www.americanhumane.org.

PetHub.com announced today a breakthrough in pet safety and companion animal protection with the launch of its new, evolutionary PetHub Signal™ electronic ID tag.

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The electronic device is the size of a standard pet ID tag and includes up to 2 years of battery life (battery is replaceable). Through both a mobile application and access to the Internet cloud, the PetHub Signal is able to alert an owner immediately to an animal leaving their side. This is especially critical to those looking to protect their animals from theft — a problem that happens to 2 million family dogs annually — as well as for pet owners who have adventurous dogs always looking to go on unauthorized escapades.

“Our PetHub Signal™ tag not only alerts a pet caretaker when their animal strays from their side, it shows which way they went,” said Tom Arnold, Founder & CEO of PetHub, Inc. “Through a mobile application on your iPhone or Android device, you can also cause the tag to ‘chirp’ and flash its LED light to help in the location of your four-legged loved one, especially critical in a low visibility setting. It’s like having a virtual fence surrounding you and your pet, with you at the center.”

The water-resistant PetHub Signal tag — which links to a free online PetHub.com profile — uses Bluetooth™ technology to pair with a caretaker’s mobile device. In addition, the Signal tag also has a speaker, LED, and accelerometers to track an animal’s motion and level of activity. The Signal tag also includes an internal thermometer that can be used to send an alert if the temperature is measuring too high or too low.

“We foresee this not only being used by pet owners, but also by pet sitters, pet hotels, and anyone else who has an animal entrusted to their care,” said Lorien Clemens, Director of Marketing at PetHub, Inc.

The PetHub Signal™ tag debuts at the Super Zoo 2014 tradeshow taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from July 22 – 24. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is $69.95 and includes a 1-year warranty.  The mobile application that accompanies the product is free and includes a lifetime free basic subscription to PetHub.com which includes PetHub’s 24×7 “Found Pet Hotline.”

Today, the Animal Health Institute, along with the experts in the field of animal health and veterinary medicine, brought together consumers, media, veterinary experts, policymakers and industry stakeholders for a teleconference and two Congressional briefings calling for greater action by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on illegal animal drug compounding.

Recently more than a dozen horses were killed or severely injured after receiving illegally compounded drugs inKentucky and Florida. These horses were prescribed illegal drug concoctions that contained unsafe levels of pyrimethamine, nearly 20 times the amount it was supposed to contain.

“Illegal animal drug compounding has been going on for more than a decade and there is a growing need – seen in these recent instances – for the FDA to do its job and enforce laws,” said Dr. Scott Stanley, professor of veterinary medicine at University of California-Davis. “These animals suffered greatly and their deaths were extremely unpleasant. When you have a 1,000 pound horse convulsing, you also put human lives at risk as they are trying to comfort their beloved animals.”

There are three levels at which drugs are compounded.  The first involves customized manipulation of FDA-approved drugs as prescribed by a veterinarian for an individual patient, and is legal under federal law.  The second, while illegal, is where the compounding is from bulk, active ingredients to meet a medical need under veterinarian prescription in circumstances where there are no FDA approved products or FDA approved therapeutic alternatives, and is allowed by FDA through enforcement discretion.  Both of these types of compounding are supported by AHI and industry experts.

“The third type of compounded drugs – what we discussed today – is dangerous and illegal,” said Dr. Richard Carnevale, Vice President for Regulatory, Scientific and International Affairs, AHI. “These are dangerous drugs crafted by pharmacies acting as manufacturers and often promoted to veterinarians as a way to increase profits.  They are not looking to help Mrs. Jones’s cat. They even offer disclaimers that they are not responsible for the safety or effectiveness of the preparations they compound.”

Both events drew dozens of interested parties to learn about why this exists for animal drugs as well as what can be done to prevent future animal deaths.

“We want consumers to be aware that they may unknowingly be giving their pet or food animal a drug that was not approved by the FDA. And that should not – and cannot continue to happen,” said Carnevale.

“These compounders are masquerading as pharmaceutical manufacturers, with the end result a lot of dead animals,” said Peter Pitts, former FDA Commissioner and current co-founder of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. “FDA has stepped up and done its job with illegal drug compounding in regards to humans, but it is time for FDA to get in the game when dealing with animals.”

Several prominent members of Congress – Reps. Harkin, Alexander, Upton and Waxman – recently called for a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office on the FDA on the issue of illegal animal drug compounding.

Military war dogs will be taking the Hill on July 23rd to make an urgent case for bringing home all our four-footed veterans who save lives on the battlefield and on the homefront. The American Humane Association will be joined by three war dog teams they recently reunited and Members of Congress to urge the repatriation of America’s most courageous canines and reunification with their heroic handlers.

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WHO:

Military Working Dog Cila and U.S. Army Sergeant Jason Bos
Military Working Dog Ryky and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant James Harrington
Military Working Dog Thor and U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Deano Miller
American Humane Association Military Hero Dog of the Year CWD Carlos and Ruby Ridpath
Dr. Robin GanzertAmerican Humane Association president and CEO
Kristen Maurerpresident of Mission K9 Rescue
Congressman Gus Bilirakis
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Congresswoman Dina Titus
Congressman Don Young
John PayneAmerican Humane Association chairman, former president and GM of Bayer Healthcare’s North American Animal Health Division, and president and CEO of Banfield Pet Hospital

WHY:

War dogs have helped soldiers since time immemorial, aiding Roman warriors, guarding troops during the Civil War, serving as messengers in World War I, and locating enemy positions in World War II and Vietnam. More recently, a military dog was part of the team that killed Osama Bin Laden, and during the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq it is estimated that each war dog saved the lives of 150-200 service members. Even more lives can be improved and saved by these courageous canines as they assist returning veterans to overcome post-traumatic stress. Yet when our service men and women end their tours of duty and return home, their faithful military dogs do not always follow. American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane organization, which has been bringing home and reuniting hero war dogs with their handlers, believes this situation needs to change, both for our veterans and to make sure our four-footed soldiers get the hero’s welcome, a loving, forever home, and the happy, healthy, and dignified retirement they so richly deserve after a lifetime of service to their country. Please join us, these hero dogs and their hero handlers as we advocate the return and reunification for all our hero dogs!

WHERE & WHEN:
Wednesday, July 23 at 2:30 pm
Cannon Building – Room 210
Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

On Saturday, July 19, 2014, children ages 10 and up will have the opportunity to attend Petco’s fifth annual “Reptile Rally” event.

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This year’s free, family-friendly event will take place from 1-3 p.m. at Petco stores nationwide. Those who attend can participate in Meet & Greets, where families can interact with friendly reptiles, such as Leopard Geckos, and learn useful care tips from knowledgeable Petco partners. Families will also learn fun facts about the lives of reptiles, such as:

  • They blink in their sleep. Leopard geckos can blink their eyelids while sleeping.
  • They get around. There are more than 8,000 species of reptiles living on every continent except Antarctica.
  • They live a long time. Reptiles are amongst the longest living species. Some large tortoises can live for more than 150 years, while ball pythons can live up to 40 years.
  • They aren’t slimy. Contrary to popular belief, there’s nothing slimy about being covered in scales. In fact, reptiles have no sweat glands and are typically dry to the touch.

Guests can also engage in a reptile photo experience with a prehistoric-themed backdrop and receive exciting giveaways throughout the event, including a new activity book featuring collectible trading cards and fun facts.

To learn more, please slither over to petco.com/reptilerally.

* This event will not take place in Hawaii or Puerto Rico locations.

Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETX), a pet therapeutics company focused on licensing, developing and commercializing innovative biopharmaceutical products for cats, dogs and other companion animals, today announced that it has filed for a product license from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for AT-014, a novel her2/neu-directed cancer immunotherapy licensed exclusively from Advaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADXS) for the treatment of canine osteosarcoma and other cancers.  While the USDA has no specific obligation to respond within a prescribed timeframe, Aratana anticipates that responses from the USDA to the filing will occur over the next 12 to 18 months.

Steven St. Peter, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Aratana Therapeutics, stated, “Aratana has established a robust, late-stage pipeline of novel therapeutic candidates for treating canine cancers through the strategic acquisition and licensing of high quality immune-oncology assets.  Each of our canine-specific monoclonal antibodies for treating T- and B-cell lymphoma has received a conditional license from the USDA, and we are pleased to continue this track record of innovation with the advancement of AT-014 toward this important regulatory milestone.  Our goal is to develop products which allow veterinarians to better manage the care of their canine patients suffering from these common cancers.”

AT-014 was developed by Advaxis for the treatment of her2-overexpressing cancers. Preliminary findings from an ongoing clinical study of AT-014 in client-owned dogs with osteosarcoma were presented in July at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Forum by clinical investigator Nicola Mason, BVetMed, PhD, DACVIM, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The preliminary data suggest that AT-014 is safe and well tolerated, and may be able to delay or prevent metastatic disease and prolong overall survival in dogs with osteosarcoma that had minimal residual disease following standard of care amputation and chemotherapy.  Currently, immunological analysis is underway for this study, and Dr. Mason is conducting a second study evaluating combination therapy with AT-014 immunotherapy and radiation for dogs with primary osteosarcoma that cannot undergo amputation.

About Canine Osteosarcoma
Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone tumor in dogs, accounting for roughly 85% of tumors on the canine skeleton. Approximately 8,000-20,000 dogs a year (predominantly middle to older-aged dogs and larger breeds) are diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the United States. This cancer initially presents as lameness and, oftentimes, visible swelling on the leg. Current standard of care treatment is amputation immediately after diagnosis, followed by chemotherapy and sometimes radiation. Invariably, the cancer metastasizes to the lungs, eventually leading to death.

Bayer HealthCare LLC Animal Health is pleased to announce the launch of quellin™ (carprofen) soft chewable tablets to help alleviate the pain associated with canine osteoarthritis, one of the most common causes of chronic pain in dogs—affecting 20 percent of dogs older than one year of age.1 quellin™, the first FDA-approved, meat flavored, soft chew osteoarthritis pain therapy for dogs, is designed to be easily accepted by dogs and provide pet owners with an easier method of administering the drug at home—most dogs readily take it right out of their hands, so there is no need for additional delivery aids, like pill pouches.

Bayer HealthCare quellin

quellin™ is the first soft chewable formulation of carprofen, the leading veterinarian-prescribed, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for dogs.2  Formulated using patented soft chew technology from Bayer, the active ingredient is evenly distributed throughout each chew, which is given in half-tablet increments—and each chew is scored to aid in accurate dosing. These features, combined with a savory meat flavor, contain no animal proteins, and help deliver the dose prescribed for each patient without the need for additional delivery aids like pill pouches.

“Bayer’s introduction of quellin™ provides veterinarians with a precise, savory and easy-to-use therapy that helps treat the pain and inflammation of canine osteoarthritis,” said Cristiano von Simson, DVM, MBA, director, Veterinary Services, Bayer HealthCare LLC Animal Health. “Administering hard tablets can be difficult for some dog owners. This soft and tasty chew is easy to give and may encourage at-home compliance with prescribed dosing regimens.”

quellin™ is available in 25 mg, 75 mg and 100 mg soft chew tablets veterinary prescription only. quellin™ may be administered as 2 mg/lb of body weight once daily or divided and administered as 1 mg/lb twice daily.

1 Budsberg SC, Caterson B, Marcellin-Little DJ, et al. (2005). Canine osteoarthritis: overview, therapies, and nutrition. Clinician’s Brief. April(suppl):1-12.
2 Data on file. Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health.

Food poisoning isn’t only a human problem: our four-legged friends are also at risk if they eat foods that are contaminated with disease-causing bacteria. Two of these bacteria—Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes — are particularly dangerous to both pets and humans. Here is one way to avoid them—and why.

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Knowing the Risk to Your Pet

Raw pet food consists primarily of meat, bones, and organs that haven’t been cooked, and therefore are more likely than cooked food to contain organisms that can make your dog or cat sick, says William J. Burkholder, DVM, PhD, Veterinary Medical Officer in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Division of Animal Feeds. Moreover, raw food can make you sick as well if you don’t handle it properly. FDA does not believe feeding raw pet foods to animals is consistent with the goal of protecting the public from significant health risks.

The agency therefore recommends cooking of raw meat and poultry to kill harmful bacteria like Salmonella andListeria monocytogenes before you give the food to your pets. And as always, when working with food, you should follow FDA’s instructions on how to handle it safely.

Salmonella bacteria are commonly found in such foods as raw or undercooked meat, poultry, eggs and egg products. Salmonella can also contaminate raw or unpasteurized milk and other dairy products, as well as raw fruits and vegetables.

Burkholder says people who choose a raw diet for their pets often point out that feral dogs and cats catch prey and eat it raw. “That’s true,” he adds, “but we don’t know how many of these animals get sick or die as a result of doing that. Since sick feral animals are rarely taken to a veterinarian when they’re ill, there’s no way to collect that information.”

Symptoms of salmonellosis in animals include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (which may be bloody)
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased activity level

Listeria bacteria are commonly found in uncooked meats, vegetables and unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses. Unlike most bacteria, Listeria like cold temperatures and can grow and spread in the refrigerator. So if you refrigerate Listeria-contaminated food, the germs not only multiply at the cool temperature, they could contaminate your refrigerator and spread to other foods there, increasing the likelihood that you and your family members would be exposed to Listeria and get sick.

Symptoms of listeriosis in animals include:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Neurological disease can happen in a small percentage of situations

Read more on the FDA web site.

Nearly one-in-five pets goes missing after being scared by the sound of fireworks, thunderstorms or other loud noises according to recent survey findings. Because having the right information at your fingertips is key when the unthinkable happens, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has developed its first-ever interactive smart phone app to help pet parents find their lost animals. Developed by the ASPCA and utilizing the latest field research, the free tool provides users with an individual search plan based on their pet’s behavior and individual circumstances so they can search quickly and effectively to recover their lost pet.

“Whether your pet goes missing as a result of fireworks or a bad storm, the best, most proven tactics to recover that pet may not be as obvious as you might think,” said Dr. Emily Weiss, vice president of shelter research & development for the ASPCA. “When lost, a shy dog may behave very differently from a bolder, friendlier dog. And a gregarious cat may be found in a completely different location than an independent cat. Searching for your missing pet the right way is vital, and could make the difference between reuniting with your beloved pet and never seeing them again.”

The app – available for download starting today – will provide pet owners with a personalized recovery kit, ­ including step-by-step instructions on how to best search for and recover a lost animal in a variety of circumstances. Users will also be able to easily build a digital lost pet flyer that can be shared instantly on social media networks. In addition, the app provides news, tips and advice on ensuring a pet’s safety before, during and after a storm or natural disaster. It also allows owners to store their pet’s vital medical records ̶ shaving off precious minutes during an emergency.

You may think that it could never happen to you but in fact, nearly two-thirds of those surveyed who lost pets (64 percent) said they had never anticipated losing a pet the way they did. For the nearly one-in-five lost pets (19 percent) who went missing after being scared by the sound of fireworks or other loud outside noises, 70 percent of their owners were completely caught off guard that their pet was lost in that way.

Losing a pet is not only heartbreaking for a family, but also very dangerous for the animal, especially if the dog or cat ends up roaming busy streets. The best way to keep your pets safe is to make sure they don’t go missing in the first place: Double check leashes and collars and make sure your pet’s ID tag is up to date. Be mindful when opening outside doors. Keep your cats inside if you can. And give your pets access to safe, quiet places during those very colorful, loud fireworks. And if the unthinkable does happen, the ASPCA app is there to help.

In developing the app’s lost pets tool, the ASPCA consulted with Missing Pet Partnership, one of the nation’s foremost experts in reuniting lost pets with their guardians.

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