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Issue #11 Vol. #01 - April 2001

 

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C A N I N E S   O N L I N E ™
Copyright 2001 Canines Online ™
Issue No. 11, Vol. 1, April 6, 2001

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CONTENTS:
=>Health:
   -- Pet Food Makers Mostly Keeping Meat Meal Usage
=>Tidbits:
   -- Top Dog
   -- A Dog Lover with a Big Heart
   -- Why Dogs Lick
=>News Briefs:
   -- Park Ave. purebreds going nuts for mutts
   -- Pet care on wheels
   -- Humane Society foster care program keeps tails wagging
   -- Don't blame breed, blame owners
   -- Vet recalls horror of epidemic
=>Recipes:
   -- Bowser Biscuits
   -- Traildog Biscuits
   -- Snickerpoodles
=>Featured Site:
   -- How To Love Your Dog
=>Featured Breed:
   -- Boxer
=>Product News, Reviews, and Coupons:
   -- Getting Ready for Your New Dog: A Wish List
=>The Tail End
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HEALTH
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Pet Food Makers Mostly Keeping Meat Meal Usage
By Julie Ingwersen (Yahoo News)

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The pet food industry has no plans to back away from
meat and bone meal, a feed ingredient suspected of spreading mad cow
disease through Europe but seen as little threat to US pets or
livestock.

By contrast, at least three top livestock feed producers have stopped
using cattle-based meat and bone meal as a precaution, including number
three US feed maker Purina Mills Inc., which dropped the ingredient in
January.

Made from ground-up cattle and other types of livestock, and not always
separated by species, meat and bone meal (MBM) is an inexpensive source
of protein. Experts say as long as the animals used to make MBM are not
affected by mad cow disease, the material is perfectly safe in food for
cats and dogs.
“If the disease doesn't occur here in cattle, there shouldn't be any
danger in pet food,” said Dr. Lyle Vogel of the American Veterinary
Medical Association.

There has never been a case of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform
encephalopathy (BSE (news - web sites)), confirmed in the United States.
The brain-wasting disease, believed to be caused by abnormal proteins
in the brain and nervous system, is fatal to cattle. US PET FOOD MAKERS
NOT AS CONCERNED AS FEED MILLS

Stephen Payne, a spokesman for the Pet Food Institute, said the MBM
produced in the United States remains an excellent source of protein and
minerals for pets.

“It's an excellent ingredient. It's highly digestible for dogs and
cats,” said Payne, whose group represents pet food manufacturers. But
individual manufacturers that use MBM were reluctant to comment on the
subject.

In Europe, MBM is believed to have transmitted mad cow disease after
cattle with the disease were ground up and mixed into rations fed to
herds in Britain and on the continent.

In reaction, the US and other nations established laws to keep
“byproducts” from slaughter of cud-chewing, ruminant animals like
cattle, sheep and goats from being fed back to other ruminants.
Such byproducts are still allowed in feed rations for non-ruminants like
hogs and poultry, and in pet food, based on scientific opinion that BSE
cannot “jump”' into such species.

Still, many scientists think feeding cattle MBM made from sheep carrying
the BSE-like disease scrapie was the source of the original outbreak of
BSE in Britain in the mid-1980's.

Purina Mills CEO Brad Kerbs said in January that he approved of
cattle-based MBM as an ingredient but could not guarantee that the
company's large multi-species livestock feed mills would be able to keep
it segregated from cattle feed, as required by US law.

Other top ten livestock feed makers shunning cattle-based MBM include
Consolidated Nutrition LC of Omaha, Nebraska, and Kent Feeds of
Muscatine, Iowa. MAD CAT DISEASE IN EUROPE
So are Fido and Snowball safe from mad cow disease?

The question remains since BSE belongs to a family of diseases, the
transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). From studying TSEs,
some scientists have linked BSE with related conditions in humans,
sheep, deer and mink--and cats.

Since 1990, for example, almost 90 cats--including more than a dozen
lions, tigers and other big cats at
British zoos--have been diagnosed in Europe with feline spongiform
encephalopathy.
No specific pet food has been implicated in the cases, but agriculture
officials in Britain said all the cats ate foods that would be expected
to contain animal byproducts.

The number of feline cases has fallen sharply in recent years as
authorities in Britain and elsewhere have worked to remove contaminated
cows from the food and feed chain.

“That epidemic has been over for a while,” George Gray, a toxicologist
at the Harvard School of Public Health, said of the feline version of
mad cow. “It's my understanding there haven't been any cases in a
number of years.” “FEED MAKERS ADJUST FOR MBM RULES” In the US pet food
industry, MBM remains a popular “meaty” ingredient, found most often in
dry “kibble” pellets but also in some canned food varieties. Many
labels do not specify whether the meat and bone meal came from cattle.

With ruminant byproducts shut out of cattle feed mixes, more MBM may
also be showing up in pet food, said Dr. Jean Hofve, a veterinarian with
the Animal Protection Institute, an animal advocacy organization based
in Sacramento, Calif.

“There was a huge amount of hog byproducts that were going into dog food
for a while but now is being routed into ruminant feed. So where is the
ruminant (byproduct) going? Well, it's going where the pig stuff used
to go”--into pet food, she said.

Animal byproducts like MBM comprise only about 5% or less of a typical
livestock feed ration. But because cats and dogs have different dietary
needs, meat byproducts account for up to 50% of the content in cat food
and up to 40% in dog food, according to a 1997 industry survey.


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TIDBITS
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Top Dog
The Saint Bernard is the heaviest breed of dog, followed by the English
mastiff, Great Dane, Irish wolfhound, Tibetan Mastiff and the
Newfoundland.

A Dog Lover with a Big Heart
Dog lovers often own more than one dog, but the record for owning the
most dogs belongs to the thirteenth-century emperor Kublai Khan. He
owned a grand total of five thousand mastiffs, give or take a few pups.

Why dogs Lick
Dogs have a tendency to lick their most private parts. Although it
might seem disgusting, it serves an important purpose. The dog’s
genitourinary tract will not function without the stimulation that comes
from frequent licking.


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NEWS BRIEFS
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Park Ave. purebreds going nuts for mutts
NEW YORK -- The newly legitimized mutts will have their day in the sun
later this month at the Great American Mutt Show. More Info:
http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/27731.htm

Pet care on wheels
FRANKFORT, IL -- Stretching 26 feet, the mobile veterinary clinic is
equipped to perform medical, surgical and dental services for dogs and
cats. More Info:
http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/dsbiz/011bd1.htm

Humane Society foster care program keeps tails wagging
WILSON, NC -- Volunteers rescue dogs from euthanasia keeping them at
their home until someone is willing to adopt them. More Info:
http://www.newsobserver.com/ncwire/news/Story/414778p-411568c.html

Don't blame breed, blame owners
MODESTO BEE -- With all of the negative media attention pit bulls
receive, it's no wonder most of us are scared of them. More Info:
http://www.modbee.com/living/story/0,1155,253299,00.html

Vet recalls horror of epidemic
PITTSFIELD, ME -- Twenty-four hours after Maine's state veterinarian,
Don Hoenig, landed at Logan International Airport in Boston from
England, he was still reeling from his five-week experience in dealing
with foot-and-mouth disease. More Info:
http://www.bangornews.com/cgi-bin/article.cfm?storynumber=31706


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RECIPES
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Bowser Biscuits

bullet1 pkg. dry yeast
bullet1/2 cup warm water
bullet2 cups flour
bullet2 cups warm chicken or beef broth
bullet1 cup cornmeal
bullet1/2 cup powdered milk
bullet1 cup wheat germ
bullet1/4 cup margarine or butter
bullet2 cups cracked wheat
bullet1/4 cup honey
bullet4 cups whole wheat flour
bullet1 Egg; Beaten

In small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In large bowl combine
broth, powdered milk, margarine, honey, egg. Add yeast/water and mix
well. Stir in flour, cornmeal, wheat germ and cracked wheat. Mix well.
Add whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each
addition. Knead in the final amounts of flour by hand and continue
kneading for 4-5 minutes until dough is not sticky. Pat or roll dough
to 1/2" thickness and cut into bone shapes. Place on a greased cookie
sheet, cover lightly and let set for 20 minutes. Bake in a 350F. oven
for 45 minutes. Turn off heat and leave in oven several hours or over
night. Makes approximately 3 1/2 pounds.


Traildog Biscuits

bullet1 1/2 cups flour
bullet1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
bullet1 tsp. garlic powder
bullet1 cup rye flour
bullet1 egg, beaten
bullet1 cup oats
bullet1/2 cup vegetable oil
bullet1 cup cornmeal
bullet1 3/4 cups beef or chicken broth
bullet1/4 cup liver powder; available in health food stores

Preheat oven to 300F. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add
egg, oil, and beef broth. Mix the dough, adding enough additional flour
to make dough that can be rolled. On a floured surface, roll to 1/2"
thickness, and then cut into shapes or squares. Prick with a fork.
Bake for 2 hours. Turn the oven off, and let biscuits stand in oven
overnight to harden. Store in airtight container.


Snickerpoodles

bullet1/2 cup vegetable oil
bullet1/2 cup shortening
bullet1 cup honey
bullet2 eggs
bullet3 cups white flour
bullet2 teaspoons cream of tartar
bullet1 teaspoon baking soda
bullet cup cornmeal
bullet2 teaspoons cinnamon

Mix vegetable oil, shortening, honey with eggs. Beat well. Add flour,
soda and cream of tartar. Knead dough until mixed well. Shape dough by
rounded teaspoons into balls. Mix the cornmeal and cinnamon together in
a bowl and roll balls in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on a greased
cookie sheet. Press the balls down with a fork. Bake for 8-10 minutes
at 400F. Cool on a rack. Store in airtight container.


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FEATURED SITE
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How To Love Your Dog
Guide for kids explains how to care for a dog, including basic needs,
puppy care and acclimating a new pet. It provides training and safety
tips. It is also a great resource for adults too!
http://www.howtoloveyourdog.com


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PRODUCT NEWS, REVIEWS, AND COUPONS
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Getting Ready for Your New Dog: A Wish List
PETsMART Staff Report
Information and advice contained on this site is for your consideration
only. Please consult your veterinarian for specific advice concerning
the care and treatment of your pet. Information compiled by
PETsMART.com staff and PETsMART Inc. experts.

Not sure what you'll need to prepare for the arrival of your new pal?
To properly care for your new puppy or adult dog, you'll need to have
some basic items ready for when he comes to stay.

Required items for your puppy or dog's health, happiness and safety:

bulletCollar - needed for attaching your pet's identification tag, and for
attaching the leash when walking or training.
bulletLeash - necessary for walking your dog, and keeping control.
bulletID tag - an absolute essential for every pet.
bullet Food Bowl - many to choose from depending on your personal preference
and your dog's special needs.
bulletWater bowl - clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
bulletFood - a balanced, premium food is healthiest; table scraps can
dramatically shorten the dog's life and jeopardize its health.
bulletToys - toys help keep your dog from being bored, restless or
destructive.
bulletChew items - chew toys, rawhide, and bones satisfy your dog's natural
need to chew, and is especially helpful for teething puppies.
bulletToothbrush and toothpaste - a dental health program will promote
healthy teeth and gums that need to last your dog a lifetime.
bulletGrooming tools - depends on your dog's coat, but a good brush is a
must for keeping the skin healthy and the coat shiny and mat-free.
bulletNail clippers - unless you plan to have your dog professionally
groomed, your dog's nails will need to be tended to.
bulletBed - every dog should have a place to call his own.
bulletCrate - if you need to leave your pet alone, if you are
house-training, or plan to travel with your pet.

These items are highly recommended:

bulletStain and odor neutralizer - for quickly treating any accidents.
bulletTreats - for training, or just because you love her!
bulletAuto containment - needed if you ever plan to travel any distance with
your dog.
bulletDog door - especially nice for the dog that has been trained to go
outside, or just likes to spend time there.
bulletEar Cleaner - to keep your dog's ears clean and healthy since they
can't do it themselves!
bulletShampoo and conditioner - to keep your dog looking (and smelling)
nice.
bulletHeartworm preventative - a monthly dose in treat form to keep your dog
from contracting fatal Heartworm disease.
bulletPooper scooper - do we need to explain this one?
bulletContainers - for holding dry food and treats are a little more
convenient than digging to the bottom of a big bag.
bulletScoops - for scooping dry food are designed for getting food from the
container to the bowl without getting it all over you and the floor.
bulletHair pickup - to remove hair that your dog has shed on clothing and
furniture.

These items are suggested for special circumstances:

bulletPuppy pads - for both puppies and adult dogs that are being trained.
bulletVitamins - for pets that need a little extra boost due to being
undernourished or sick.
bulletBags for picking up dog waste - from your own yard, but especially if
you plan to walk your dog or go somewhere with your dog. No one wants
to dodge doggie doo, so make sure you clean up after Fido.

To buy your dog any of these items mentioned in this article or any
other supplies that you need, you can buy it at PetsMart through the
link below. http://service.bfast.com/bfast/click/mid5327311?siteid=29704969


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FEATURED BREED
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Breed: Boxer
Popularity: 10th in the US
Country of Origin: 19th century Germany
AKC Group: Working
Function: Fighting, bull baiting, companionship
Life Span: 10-12 years
Appearance: Strong, thick muscled, short muzzle
Color: Brindle or fawn with white
Coat Type: Short, shedding, stiff
Grooming: Low maintenance, occasional grooming
Height: 21-25 inches
Weight: 55-75 pounds
Activity Level: High
Watch Dog: High
Protection: Very good
Intelligence: Medium-high
Trainability: Medium
Good With Children: Yes
Good With Pets: O.K.
Good With Strangers: Suspicious
Character: Friendly, playful, affectionate, full of energy
Home Environment: Fenced yard
Best Owner: Strong, confident, active
Potential Problems:
Behavior: Disobedience, aggression, emotional insatiability
Physical: Respiratory and heart problems, flatulence, snoring
Recommendations: Needs to be kept warm with bed or blanket-gets cold
easily

Books:
Boxers: Everything About Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Breeding, Behavior,
& Training By: Johanna Thiel & Herta E. Kraupa-Tuskany
Our Price: $6.25
Retail Price: $6.95
The Boxer, who origins can be traced back to Alexander the Great, who
brought home the huge dogs of the old mastiff type, can be a bit
absentminded and dreamy, but can spring in action fully alert and ready
to protect in an instant to guard their loved-ones from anything.
Everything you need to know about the purchase, care, nutrition,
breeding, behavior, & training of the Boxer in one user-friendly manual.
http://bn.bfast.com/booklink/click?sourceid=12475608&bfpid=0812095901

The Boxer Handbook By: Joan Hustace Walker
Our Price: $9.85
Retail Price: $10.95
This energetic dog makes a loyal and lovable house pet. Here, with a
wealth of handsome photos is information on all aspects of Boxer care
and training, from selecting a puppy to caring for a lifelong canine
friend. Titles in Barron's popular Pet Handbooks series instruct pet
owners on health care, proper feeding and housing, and other facts
important to owners and their pets. All books in this series have high
quality, full-color photos, instructive line drawings, and run to an
average of approximately 140 pages
http://bn.bfast.com/booklink/click?sourceid=12475608&bfpid=0764112449

The Boxer: An Owner's Guide to a Happy, Healthy Pet By: Stephanie
Abraham
Our Price: $10.36
Retail Price: $12.95
At last, a book about your pet that emphasizes total care, training and
companionship! You'll not only learn about the specie-specific traits of
your pet, you'll also learn what the world's like from your pet's
perspective; how to feed, groom and keep your pet healthy; and how to
enjoy your pet through training and activities you can do together. The
Boxer is written by a breed expert and includes a special chapter on
training by Dr. Ian Dunbar, internationally renowned animal behaviorist,
and chapters on getting active with your dog by long-time Dog Fancy
magazine columnist Bardi McLennan. Best of all, the book is filled with
info-packed sidebars and fun facts to make caring for your pet easy and
enjoyable.
http://bn.bfast.com/booklink/click?sourceid=12475608&bfpid=0876053940

Rescue Groups:
Boxer Rescue, USA
http://members.home.net/bxrrsq/

Central Florida Boxer Rescue
http://www.icflorida.com/community/groups/BoxerRescue/

Boxer Rebound
http://www.boxerrebound.com/

Boxer Rescue (OH)
http://members.xoom.com/BoxerRsq/

Boxer Rescue on the Web
http://www.erinet.com/ghost/rescueweb.htm

Bay Area Boxer Rescue (CA)
http://www.baboxerrescue.com/

Boxer Buddies Rescue and Adoption (MA)
http://www.boxerbuddies.org/

Boxer Rescue (OH)
http://www.boxerrebound.com/

Genesee Valley Boxer Rescue (NY)
http://www.ndrc.atfreeweb.com/www.frontiernet.net/~cornelld/

Missouri Valley Boxer Rescue (NE, IA)
http://rsrdesign.com/boxerclub/

New York Boxer Rescue (NY)
http://www.ndrc.atfreeweb.com/www.boxerrescue.com/

NorCal Boxer Rescue (northern CA)
http://www.ncbr.org/

North Carolina Boxer rolina Boxer Rescue (NC)
http://www.ncboxerrescue.org/

Second Chance Boxer Rescue (NY)
http://www.secondchanceboxer.com/

Southwest Georgia Boxer Rescue (GA)
http://swga_boxer_rescue.tripod.com/

Texas Boxer Rescue (TX)
http://move.to/txboxerrescue


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THE TAIL END
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-- Unknown


 

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