Hai, dis Penny.
Welcome to mah new weekly feature, “Penny’s Finds”. While on patrols, I often comes across tings dat is interestins, but may not be directly related to da missions. BH decided der was plenty of room in teh week for me to shares dis kind of stuffs anyway. Enjoys.
Dr. Peter Helmer: “They [over-the-counter flea and tick medications] are not as safe as the prescription products and you are going to spend a lot of money and we’re going to see you afterwards anyway”
Sentinel, a popular Veterinarian prescribed flea pill preventative, is on back-order. Dr. Helmer, a Veterinarian, is concerned animal parents will try over-the-counter flea and tick treatments in its absence, which he says are not as safe and more costly in the long-run. [10 News Tampa Bay]
Luka Magnotta taken into custody, Barbi Twins continue search for copycat killer
Two years ago, animal activists around the world worked tirelessly to identify alleged murderer Luka Rocco Magnotta and bring him to justice after several videos surfaced on YouTube of him brutally killing kittens, but police were busy with ‘more pressing matters’ until human body parts started turning up. Magnotta was taken into custody yesterday by German police after he was discovered Googling himself at an internet café in Berlin. However, animal advocates Sia and Shane Barbi continue the search for a copycat kitten killer still at large. [Examiner]
Dog dies after treatment with ProHeart 6 heart worm protection shot, Veterinarian’s professionalism called into question
A family recently lost their beloved dog and continue to search for answers. Read their story. [Justice for Jack]
“As a Hartz employee, you have the responsibility to ensure that our products are safe to use and that they meet or exceed our customers’ and our consumers’ expectations.”
Check out this Hartz training video. I feel much better now that I know they use hair nets. [Vimeo]
Veterinarian goes undercover to expose unethical sales of Merial’s Frontline
After being solicited by the aptly named WTF Wholesale Supply Corp, a Veterinarian-turned-secret-agent collects information on the slimy underworld of flea product brokers. [VIN News Service]
Poisonous chicken jerky treats will go away when people stop buying them
Despite receiving more than 800 complaints of dogs sickened due to chicken jerky treats and a growing grass-roots movement to have the products recalled, the tainted treats have remained on store shelves. When will the products be recalled? Steve Dale of the Chicago Tribune thinks the products will only be pulled when manufacturers stop profiting from them. [Chicago Tribune]
Here are some tips for what to do after your animal companion has been poisoned by pet food from Mollie at PoisonedPets.com. [Poisoned Pets]
Would you spray toxic chemicals on your lawn for a $40 gift card?
Despite warnings of possible danger to humans from environmental groups, 185 families in Maryland have volunteered to spray bifenthrin, a synthetic chemical derived from chrysanthemums, on lawns (yet again) for a continued controversial government Lyme disease study. The article mentions “keep pets away”. [PennLive]