TRACIE HOTCHNER: CO2 MONITORS WILL SAVE YOUR PETS’ LIVES (AND THE REST OF YOUR FAMILY, TOO!)

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Everybody is aware by now of the importance (and legal necessity) of having smoke alarms in their homes – and we’ve heard those amazing stories of dogs (and even cats) who awaken their sleeping owners when they smell smoke in the house where smoke detectors are absent or they are not working because of dead batteries.

However, most of us are less aware of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning in a house, which a pet cannot alert you to because it is an odorless deadly gas that comes from malfunctioning water heaters and similar equipment (or car exhaust fumes, which can accumulate quickly in a closed garage where a car is left running).

Not only do pets have no way to alert to CO2 danger, but they (and small children) are the most susceptible to its deadly effect because their bodies are so much smaller than those of adults and succumb more quickly to the deadly gas. The danger can increase in winter in cold climates where all windows are tightly closed.

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Fire departments and other authorities regularly remind renters and homeowners to have carbon monoxide detectors in working order on every level of their homes – and their garage – but many people remain unaware of this common, avoidable danger.

I recall when I was a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for many years that our training emphasized that in cases of suspected CO2 poisoning that we were forbidden to enter a dwelling without a protective mask because we could be felled ourselves; even in the time it would take us to extract a victim.

I was reminded of this important safety precaution of having working CO2 monitors throughout a home when I read about a recent carbon monoxide poisoning incident that left a Maryland woman fighting for her life and her dog dead, “Woman seriously hurt, dog dead due to carbon monoxide poisoning”. The woman’s daughter found her mother unconscious in the home just in time, according to fire officials, but it was too late for the family pet.

Please remember that an ounce of prevention is worth its weight in gold – for your two-legged and four-legged family members.
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Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.

She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.

YOU CAN SPOT HALO IN ALICIA SILVERSTONE’S NEW FILM

Posted by & filed under Bethany Meissner, Natural Dog Food, Natural Pet Products, Video.

alicia-silverstoneAlicia Silverstone recently filmed scenes for her new indie film Who Gets the Dog? in Chicago, IL. We were already thrilled to hear that the comedienne and noted animal lover would have a new dog-focused film coming out, but we discovered that we had an extra reason to be excited.

We don’t have all the details of the scenes, but we do know that Halo’s Vegan Garden Medley dog food will be included in the film! We owe a special thanks to to animal welfare advocate Janice Brown (publisher of Tails Inc. magazine).

Alicia Silverstone is known not only for her comedic acting chops, but also for her love of animals. We think that love of animals is part of what makes her a perfect fit for this romantic comedy.

According to Variety, producer Reid Brody said that the star, originally famous for her role in Clueless, “brings a perfect blend of comedy and heart to a wonderful movie that is extremely relatable, dealing not only with relationships, but our love of pets and the role they play in families.”

At Halo we agree that pets are family and deserve the very best. It’s an honor to be included in Who Gets the Dog? — we can’t wait see Halo on the big screen on opening day!

COULD CANINES BE MANKIND’S SALVATION?

Posted by & filed under Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Giving Back, Guest Blogger.

Wolf_Dog-150x150By Chris P. Janelli, Executive Director, Center for Canine Behavior Studies

Whether you fall into the 10,000 years or 30,000 years camp of how long the human-canine relationship has existed, there is near universal agreement that the man-dog relationship is the most unique in the animal kingdom.

It is quite possibly the most symbiotically beneficial one and in certain circumstances, perhaps even more beneficial than the human-to-human relationship. The brilliant scientist Stephen Hawking might even agree based upon his recent discourse on the human failing that “now threatens to destroy us all.”

As Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Chief Scientific Officer at the Center for Canine Behavior Studies, says repeatedly, whether it’s the bond between humans, or between humans and their companion dogs, the strength or weakness of the bond comes down to one thing, behavior. Sadly, because the bond between man and dog is behavior based, it is unacceptable behavior to the owner that is # 1 killer of dogs under the age of 3 years old.

Click here to read the complete article on Center for Canine Behavior Studies web site:

ASK-THE-VET: HIGH LEVEL OF CREATINE KINACE

Posted by & filed under Ask a Vet, Dr Donna Spector, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition.

DonnaNewPicCroppedQuestion: My furry friend had blood work and had High level of Creatine Kinace 252 reference range was from10-200 U/L. She easts dry salmon spot stew dog food. She also has a heart murmur. Is Halo pet food safe for her? Your help will be appreciated!

Answer: Thanks for writing in. Generally a Creatine Kinase value of 252 is not reason for concern. This value becomes more significant when it is greater than 4 to 5x the normal range (>1000). At this level it is often an indicator of muscle damage or trauma in dogs.

Although Creatine Kinase can be elevated in dogs with heart disease, it is generally only when they are in heart failure and having significant clinical signs of heart disease.

Dogs with advanced heart disease and heart failure generally benefit from a lower sodium (salt) diet—and the dry Salmon is not considered a low sodium diet.

However, if your dog is a generally healthy dog and has never been in heart failure, most likely the food would be a fine choice!

Hope this helps.
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Answers provided to pet owners by Dr. Donna Spector should be considered information and not specific advice. Answers are to be used for general information purposes only and not as a substitute for in-person evaluation or specific professional advice from your veterinarian. Communications on this site are very limited and should never be used in possible cases of emergency.

Halo, Purely for Pets will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on any information or content contained in a blog or article post. If you have consulted your veterinarian and if you are still concerned about your pet’s condition or if your pet has chronic, complicated or undiagnosed problems, Dr. Spector can offer consultations for you and your veterinarian via www.SpectorDVM.com.

TRACIE HOTCHNER: KEEP YOUR DOG IN THE BACK OF THE CAR WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING

Posted by & filed under Natural Pet Food, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Podcasts, Talk Radio, Tracie Hotchner.

newtraciepicWe adore Tracie Hotchner for her expert advice, passion for pets, and outspoken opinions. What do you think of this one? As always, we love to read your comments!

Keep your dog in the back of the car when you are driving! Most importantly, keep a small dog off your lap whether you are the driver or the front seat passenger. I have been advocating this safety measure for years, beginning with advice in “The Dog Bible” and continuing on the air on my radio shows.

I have explained that a dog in the front of a car will become a projectile in the case of even a minor crash, with a little dog in jeopardy of being thrown against the dashboard, smashed against the windshield. A small dog will even be propelled out the window if held in someone’s lap with the window down – because the impact will cause them to let go and depending on where the vehicle is hit, the force will send the dog flying out to its death.

I’ve explained that a dog on your lap in the front seat in the event of a front-end collision runs the risk of devastating injury if he is hit by the airbag, especially in the tight space on a driver’s lap when the bag comes out of the steering wheel.

Click here to read the complete story on Tracie’s Blog.
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Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.

She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.