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Dog Food Carries Salmonella Infection

Dry dog food is found to be the reason of numerous salmonella infections in US. This is the first time when a human disease is linked to pet food.

According to CDC investigation, cases of salmonella infection in 2006 and 2007 are caused by contaminated dry dog food, but the way the infection got into pet food is unclear.


Rare Cooperation to Save Gorillas

BBC News

    Wednesday 20 February 2008

    Three countries have come together for the first time, to try to save the mountain gorillas of central Africa.

    Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda have launched a project to improve security for the great apes.

    One of the world's most endangered species, they live at the point where the three countries meet.



Author unknown

Twas the nite before Christmas when all thru the house
Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that St. Nick soon would be there.

The children all nestled all snug in their beds
With no thought of the dog filling their head.
And mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap
Knew the dog was cold, but didn't care about that.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.


Bad pet food may have killed nearly 350


More than 300 dogs and cats may have died earlier this year as a result of eating contaminated pet food, a survey released Thursday shows.

There were no accurate counts earlier on how many pets had died from eating contaminated food, although estimates had run from a few dozen to several thousand.


Mars pet food recall over Salmonella

Monday, 27-Aug-2007

Another pet product has been recalled over fears it may be contaminated.

This time the product is dry dog food produced by Mars Petcare which is suspected to be contaminated with Salmonella Schwarzengrund.

The two dry dog food products are Krasdale Gravy dry dog food and Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula dry food and tests conducted by the FDA on 10 samples from seven products brands from the company revealed two positive samples of salmonella.


Outbreak of Pig Disease in China


August 20, 2007; Page A4

HONG KONG -- International animal-health experts have flown to Vietnam to determine whether a new virus afflicting pigs in China has spread, rekindling tensions over China's cooperation in alerting the outside world to diseases within its borders.


Pet Corner: Pets and Intestinal Parasites


L. Ailes, DVM

Parasites can be a problem in our pets and most carry zoonotic potential, meaning they can be transmitted to humans. Pets who live in a drier climate have a lower risk of intestinal parasites than in wetter parts of the country.  However, parasites can infect pets no matter what type of climate our animals are living in. Therefore it is worthwhile to discuss parasites and how we can reduce the risk of a parasitic infection in dogs and cats.


Parasitic Fungus and Honeybee Decline

ISIS Press Release 18/06/07

Professor Joe Cummins says systemic pesticides undermine the bee's immune system, leaving it susceptible to the parasitic fungus Nosema

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