Saturday, January 7, 2017

J.M. Smucker Company expands recall of canned cat food due to low levels of thiamine

The J.M. Smucker Company is expanding the limited voluntary recall on certain lots of 9Lives, EverPet, and Special Kitty canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1).

The issue was discovered by the Quality Assurance team during review of production records at the manufacturing facility. No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution.

Cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Top 10 posts of 2016

Every year in late December,  I like to share what has happened with my blog during the past year. The date is especially significant because December 31st is my seventh blogoversary!

Bunny's Blog began as an extension of my activities on Twitter in 2009. At that time I belonged to a group called the Anipals. This group gathered on a monthly basis to raise money for animal charities all over the world by hosting 24 hour Twitter parties.

As I became more involved with this group, I became aware of something called blogging. A new group called BlogPaws was forming, so I joined to learn more about blogging and how it could help.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Santa's reindeer cleared for take off

Following a thorough veterinary exam at the North Pole, Rudolph and all the other reindeer have been given the green light to guide Santa's sleigh once again this year.

Dr. Tom Meyer, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and official veterinarian of the North Pole, examined the reindeer earlier this month to ensure that Santa's team of nine were up-to-date on their vaccinations, free of disease and healthy enough to make their annual trek around the globe.

"After thorough examination, I can tell you that Santa's reindeer are perfectly healthy, in great shape and ready for their upcoming flight," Meyer said.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

American Humane deploys rescue team to help Tennessee wildfire victims

American Humane Rescue is now on the ground in Tennessee providing urgent assistance to the animal victims and pet owners impacted by the devastating wildfires ravaging the state.

American Humane Rescue rushed two of its specialized emergency vehicles, made possible through the generous support of philanthropist Lois Pope and the Banfield Foundation, to help companion animals and pet owners displaced in the wake of the deadly wildlife.

American Humane Rescue is responding to an official request for support from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and will provide on-site assistance to the American Red Cross emergency shelter at the Rocky Top Sports Complex in East Tennessee throughout the course of the rescue mission.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium achieves humane certification for animal welfare

American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare, has announced that the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium achieved certification through its global American Humane Conservation program for animal welfare.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium passed a rigorous third-party audit to earn the prestigious American Humane Conservation seal of approval and is now among an elite group of only eight certified institutions worldwide.

American Humane launched the American Humane Conservation program in June as the world’s first-ever certification devoted solely to verifying the humane treatment of animals living in zoos, aquariums, and conservation centers across the globe.

Friday, November 18, 2016

ASPCA places remaining animals in Mass. animal cruelty case across 13 states

The ASPCA has spent the past few months working with its extensive network of animal welfare agencies to transport the remaining animals rescued in late July from a 70-acre property in Westport to rescue groups throughout the country.

At the request of the Westport Police Department, the ASPCA has been providing daily care for the more than 1,000 animals at its emergency shelter, and has deployed nearly 650 responders from 44 agencies to support its sheltering operation.

“We’ve been on the ground for nearly four months caring for these animals and it feels great knowing that so many of them are on their way to finding new homes,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “We’ve provided quality care and enrichment for animals at our temporary shelter, but nothing beats a safe and loving home.”