Saturday, February 26, 2011

Reinventing the Pet Tag

The MobiPetTags ID Suite kicks the Pet ID industry into the21th century. Using the Microsoft® Tag app and the unique capabilities MobiPetTags, Pet Parents can have quick access to their pet’s information whenever and wherever it’s necessary.

PRLog (Press Release) – Feb 24, 2011 - Reinventing the pet tag, MobiPetTags has advanced from simple pet tags with a number etched on a piece of metal or thick plastic to a modern, high tech one using all of the capabilities of smart phones and the internet. No longer is a pet’s safety dependent upon unreliable and outdated manual record keeping or the drawbacks inherent in microchiping. Once a suite/package has been purchased, the data entered with MobiPetTags is not deleted even if the customer is no longer in contact with the company. In addition, pet profiles are easily updateable.

MobiPetTagNo longer do cats or dogs have to wear multiple tags to prove they have current shots and licenses. The MobiPetTag Suite of services enables Pet Parents to store multiple phone numbers, updates and emergency contacts. It can store microchip identifying numbers, license numbers—old and new, shot histories, medical records, dietary information, certifications and all critical pet information through one quick access pet tag. Owners can even keep records of breeding, training accomplishments, competition awards and special handling instructions all in one place and also tagged on their companion animal.

The MobiPetTag Company is joining the likes of KOA (Kampgrounds of America), Book(ed) Passage, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Acura, Dentyne, Crown Royal, Foursquare, 3M, Universal entertainment, and the most popular magazine in South America - Huisqenoot Magazine—all businesses which use tag technology. The MobiPetTag System combines the latest in custom 2D bar coding from Microsoft® Tag and the massive capability of the Internet with the 3 billion plus cell phone and computer users to create the largest integrated "Pet Information Portability" System for pets in the world.

The MobiPetTags Suite will enable anyone with an Internet connected cell phone and or a personal computer (over 3 billion in the world today) to identify a lost or injured animal companion immediately by simply scanning the Tag with a mobile phone and with a single click be able to call the owner and/or their veterinarian.

If a pet is lost, making a MobiPetTag emergency call will activate its PetTagAlert system to notify all shelters, clinics, volunteer pet rescuers, animal emergency hospitals, pounds and rescue organizations within a 5 mile radius of where the animal disappeared. Also, an immediate lost pet notification will go out to the national network of MobiPetTag users and social network media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) accounts. A Pet Parent will receive a quick Lost Pet Kit via email which includes ready to print posters as well as special instructions on what to do.

If a pet is injured, especially away from home, and is rushed to the nearest vet for medical treatment, the MobiPetTag System provides quick and easy access to the animal’s medical records through PetCollarTags, PetCallingCards and PetKeyTags. Such access could make the difference between life and death for the animal.

MobiPetTag is not a membership based system but is an integrated product based system. It provides its customers with a Personal Pet Information web page with the pet’s key information and picture; a Pet Collar Tag for small and large pets that have the Microsoft® Tag (pTag) on one side and the pet’s name and access information on the other; PetKeyTags for your key ring with the pet's name and a pTag to a personal Pet Information Page on the front and a pTag to MobiPetTag online Contact Page on the other side; and finally, a PetCallingCards for a wallet or purse, with the pet's picture the pTag to access its personal Pet Information Page on the front and several critical Internet addresses for quick access on the back—including access to our Lost Pet Report page – just in case!

In addition, MobiPetTag offers an additional Shot History/Medical Records/Certificates Page to store pictures of the companion animal’s medical records from its veterinarian for quick faxing on the spot when these records are needed. Today, groomers, boarding kennels, veterinarians, transport services, animal shows, etc. all require key information (shot history, medical records, show certificates, etc.) about the animals they serve. With our custom designed MobiPetTags’, all that information is only as far away as a cell phone.

MobiPetTags (http://www.mobipettag.com) is dedicated to utilizing technology, especially mobile phone technology to make the life of companion animals easier and safer and to make it easier for Pet Parents to provide the most secure and happy environment for their four-footed friends.

MobiPetTag’s Smart System is a custom 2D bar code application from Microsoft® Tag that provides quick access to your pet’s critical information anywhere/anytime.

Download a copy of the Reinventing the Pet Tag PDF to save to your computer and/or print out.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Free Overby Farm Jr Bones Dog Treats Sample Pack

Overby Farm is offering a Free sample pack of their Jr Bones dog treats (cat treats also).

"Overby Farm, an invitation to Natural Joint Health. Their mission is to provide pet owners with natural treats and supplements for their beloved companion animals that are highly palatable, delicious and functional in all aspects in their formulations."

If your interested in trying their product, head on over to their website and complete your shipping information to request a Free Overby Farm Jr Bones Dog Treats (and/or cat treats) Sample Pack. Only one sample pack of JR BONES per household.

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Labrador Retrievers in the News

Here are some recent news stories in regards to our lovable Labrador Retrievers:

At only 5 months old, Kahlua -- a rambunctious Labrador-Retriever mix -- has escaped death twice thanks to luck and a cooperation of animal-lovers across two states. Continue Reading: Rescued puppy gets second chance, but still needs more surgery

We all know how perfectly the show dogs at Westminster look and behave each year, but some of these dogs do more than work the ring -- they help change lives as therapy dogs. Wes, the Labrador retriever, is one of these amazing dogs. And he's starting by "teaching" children. Continue reading: Wes the Westminster Show Dog Helps Children Learn to Read and Write

Zeus, a black Labrador retriever who was living in the Mt. Juliet Shelter, is now living in a training facility in Texas where he is learning job skills that will keep him in demand for many years. He is learning how to sniff out bed bugs. Continue Reading: Detection dog sniffs out job as bed bug hunter

The Fire Department has a new tool, and his name is Pepe. Pepe, a 1-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, is a certified accelerant detector who can sniff out chemicals used to start fires, according to the Fire Department. Continue Reading: Beach Fire Department gets new chemical-sniffing dog

Outside the room, Mickey, a black Labrador retriever belonging to Donny's father's fiancée, started crying. That woke up the teen's father, Donny Richardson Jr., who at first thought the dog just wanted to go outside. But when Mickey kept crying and looking toward the bathroom, Mr. Richardson checked on his son. Continue Reading: Dog rescues stricken teen

Terry and Marie Partington had never owned a dog before getting their Labrador retrievers Dakota and Kiera. But they have definitely joined the ranks of dog lovers today. Continue Reading: Cancer-stricken Lab retriever keeps rolling along happily

A winter walk along the river almost turned tragic for a black Lab named Trooper. The dog left his owner’s side to chase birds and fell through ice, according to Brian Adams, spokesman for Boston’s MSPCA-Angell. Continue reading: Amazing Animal Rescues: On Thin Ice

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Labrador Retriever Video of the Week

We are adding a new weekly post to All About Labradors called Labrador Retriever Video of the Week. You will be able to find these videos under the "Labrador Videos" label in the sidebar of this blog.

Each week we will post a new video of a Labrador Retriever doing something funny, interesting and/or unusual. If you have a funny, interesting or unusual video of your Labrador Retriever, or know of any videos like this, don't hesitate to send us an e-mail and we will review and post it.

Toilet Paper Labrador Retriever:



Watch as this adorable yellow Labrador Retriever puppy gets called on to pass his owner some toilet paper while in the bathroom. Seems like this little Lab cutie has his loyalties in other places!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Working With Your Dog's Food Allergy

There are many signs that your dog could have a food allergy. The list is almost endless, but the main culprits are itchy skin, a dull and/or frizzy coat, inflamed ears, excessive licking of certain areas (paws for example), lethargy, diarrhea (even projectile stools), blood, mucous or both in the stool, gas and possibly even vomiting. These, coupled with horror stories of owners coming home from work to find their living rooms sprayed with sick-dog diarrhea can all be symptoms of dog food allergies. Some symptoms can be a lot more dangerous, like seizures or negative behavior changes. When dealing with your dog's food allergies you need to understand, change and monitor the dog's diet and reactions.

A dog owner should keep in mind that most reputable dog foods don't contain corn, soy or wheat. Another part of the understanding of a dog's allergies is to comprehend the grains used to make dog food. If your dog's food does contain any of those "filler grains" it might be wise to continue looking for a different food. Corn, soy and wheat are grains that pet food companies fortify their food with because they are relatively cheap products. But not only that, these three grains are regular allergy culprits.

If you have changed your dog's food in the recent past, this is a telltale reason as to why your dog may be acting sick. A general rule of thumb when changing a dog's diet is to gradually introduce new food into his diet. 25% percent at a time over the period of ten days. This basically breaks down to a 25% increase in the new food and a 25% decrease in the old food every 2 to 3 days. Some dogs adjust well, and some dogs need a more gradual shift. The main point here is that sometimes what looks like an allergic reaction is simply your dog having an upset stomach while re-calibrating his intestines to a different diet.

In order to get your dog back on track if he is indeed suffering from a food allergy is to completely monitor his food intake. This means a "reloading" of his entire diet. Tackling your dog's food allergy starts with changing what your dog consumes while assessing what he has been consuming. This also means that there can be no cheating and that the diet needs to be strict. Look for hypoallergenic foods. Follow the above principle of a 25% shift in food every few days. Things get complicated at this point however, because the words "hypoallergenic" don't necessarily mean that your dog won't be allergic to the food. An example of this is lamb. Lamb is what used to be considered as the "ultimate" hypoallergenic meat. Lamb allergies while not common, are possible as well. So whatever exclusive diet you decide upon for your dog it should fit whatever your dog works with. This could take some trial and error, or it could work nicely and immediately.

Corn, soy and wheat may not be the best grains to fortify your dog's diet with, but brown rice and potatoes are both starches that receive more respect, and have a better track record as far as dog allergies go. Let's assume that you choose a chicken and rice diet. You could prepare the chicken and boil the rice. This way you will know what your dog is consuming, how it was prepared, etc, etc. Hopefully, you will notice an immediate improvement. Most people queried on this subject for this article were very secure with the fact that the determination of a food allergy is started with home cooking your dog's meals. What this betrays is a general mistrust in store-bought dog food. But we also have to be realistic here, some of us simply don't have the time or patience to boil copious amounts of chicken breasts and brown rice. If that is indeed your case, then another method is to scrutinize the dog food that is on the market and find that which seems the simplest, healthiest, and most suited for your dog.

Dog food allergies are unpredictable, much like human allergies. An example of this is that most people are born drinking milk. They drink it through their adolescence but then as adults, they develop a lactose intolerance. Dogs are similar in the fact that they might eat the same thing their entire life and then suddenly a latent allergy kicks in.

As I researched this article, I found that the most heartening fact is that if your dog isn't allergic to the food that you settle on, the positive change can be immediate. When working with your dog's food allergies you need to comprehend, adjust and watch your dog's demeanor as well as his food. A dog is a resilient creature, and when you find the proper diet for your pet, he will bounce back quickly.

When dealing with your dog's allergies, it might be wise to consider a vegetarian diet. At West Coast Pet Supply we have all of the products you need to keep you and your pet healthy and content.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

My yellow Labrador Retriever's Ear Medication and Hair Loss

Subject: My yellow Labrador Retriever's Ear Medication and Hair Loss

From: Mandi (parts unknown)

Labrador Retriever Name: Hank

Reader's E-mail / Comment - Mandi Writes:

Hi. My husband and I read this entire email thread (Yellow Labrador Retriever Losing Hair on Sides - part I, II and III) as we believe our yellow lab, Hank, may have the same issue. I know this email chain is a few years old, but I wanted to know what the final diagnosis was for Cosmo.

Hank is almost 2 years old and has battled ear infections and allergies constantly. We were planning to get him allergy tested but then decided to hold off for now as the success rate is low. When I asked the vet about his hair loss, she was not concerned at all and said it was a result of the medication he is on for his ears.

He was on Predisone which made him very thirsty, hungry and tired. It worked for his itching, but I didnt want him on it long. He has also been on Otomax a majority of his 2 years for the ear infections.

Is this true, do you believe the ear meds are causing the hair loss? Any ideas or comments would be appreciated. Hank is our son and we love him so much and just want to make sure he is OK! Thanks, Mandi.

All About Labradors Answer:

Hello Mandi,

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's or specialist's advice. Disclaimer:

Hi Mandy,

I haven't talked to Connie in a long time but at last reports, Cosmo was doing well. He was taking an omega fatty acid and his fur was looking very shiny and healthy again. They were brushing him daily and it helped bring back some oil into his fur. He was also taking two 3 mg pills of melatonin for a hormone replacement and the growth of his coat was coming back almost completely.

Let's start with Hank's ear infections. Here are some things that might help:

One of the very best products I've used with success for gunk in my Labrador ears is called a blue power wash (actually I have seen it called many other things, as it has been on the Internet for ages).

"Blue Power Ear Treatment"

INGREDIENTS:

16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol (Witch Hazel)
4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well. You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder. An eye dropper can be used to fill the ear.

TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all. Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.

Shake the bottle each time before using. Flood the ear with solution (gently squirt bottle), massage gently for approximately a minute, then wipe with a cloth or tissue. Flood again a second time, and wipe again without massaging in. The dog will shake out the excess. Be advised, the Gentian Violet does stain.

The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:

Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

All of these ingredients should be available at your local pharmacy. I like to use witch hazel instead of alcohol, as if any scratches are in the ear, the alcohol can cause burning. The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear and the Gentian Violet Solution is an ant-infection agent. The solution appears to work well on many ear problems. I also like to warm my solution slightly, under warm water, but you can use it either way.

There is also a commercial version of this solution available called K9 Ear Solution. I've also had many people use and recommend DermaPet Malacetic Otic Ear Cleanser and Malacetic Otic Ear/Skin Cleanser.

If Hank displays discomfort or resist having the ears cleaned, stop immediately and schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to have the ears flushed.

Remember, keeping the ears clean is a great preventive measure against infections!

Hank's Hair Loss:

Dog hair loss can have a number of causes, ranging from disease or infection to a psychiatric disorder. Some cases of dog alopecia are hereditary.

Common causes include:

Dermatitis
Mange
Hypothyroidism Causes Hormonal Imbalance
Ringworm
Cushing's Disease

Ear infections can also cause hair loss. As the infection clears up, the hair will regrow. As for Prednisone Hank was taken, it can cause dry, brittle hair or loss of the hair coat.

Remember, you must find the cause to treat the problem. I would recommend taking Hank to get allergy testing to find out if there are any other medical conditions causing his hair loss.

Hope this is of some help and keep us updated on Hank's condition.

Take care of yourself and Cosmo,

Faith

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Free Bark-Tastik Biskits Dog Treats Free Sample

"Don't settle for pet food with fillers and by-products - Sweet Pea Farm manufactures our own organic quality pet treats- order your free sample today!

Sweet Pea Farm's BARK-TASTIK BISKITS and our other animal treats are ALL NATURAL! Don't settle for pet food with fillers and by-products - Sweet Pea Farm manufactures our own organic quality pet treats - appropriate for human consumption - IF YOU WON'T EAT IT - WHY SHOULD THEY? "

Contact them at sweetpeafarm@gmail.com to get your Free Bark-Tastik Biskits Dog Treats Free Sample.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

National Pet Dental Health Month and Greenies Coupons

With February being National Pet Dental Health Month we recently talked about taking care of your Labrador Retriever's teeth.

In the February is National Pet Dental Health Month - Learn How to Brush Your Labrador Retriever's Teeth post, we stressed how important to start regular oral care habits as early as possible to keep your Labrador Retriever healthy and happy.

We also talked about giving them toys and/or treats that are designed to aid in plaque removal. Now, not all treats have been proven to work but those with a special Seal of Acceptance by an organization called the Veterinary Oral Health Council provides confirmation for the product's effectiveness. The VOHC Seal of Acceptance indicates that the product meets or exceeds the VOHC standards in reducing dental plaque or tartar.

Greenies® Canine Dental Chews have received the Seal of Acceptance from VOHC and to help you get your Labrador Retriever on the path to good dental health we have located some money saving coupons for you.

Buy One Get One Free Single Greenies Canine Dental Chew Coupon - look under the "Pet Care" link in the left sidebar (you should be able to print this coupon out 2 times per computer.)

When you register at the Greenies website you will also get a BOGO GREENIES® Canine Dental Chew Coupon.

If you "Like" the Greenies brand on Facebook, you will get a $3 off any one 12 oz Treat-Pak of Greenies Canine Dental Chews (click the "Dental Health" tab if you don't see the offer.)

Greenies also has a Refer a Friend Program where every two friends that sign up for a coupon, they'll give you a coupon for $1 off your next purchase (Limit of 10 referrals, while supplies last.)

You should be able to print most of the listed coupons twice per computer.

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Monday, February 07, 2011

February is National Pet Dental Health Month - Learn How to Brush Your Labrador Retriever's Teeth

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and several veterinary groups are sponsoring National Pet Dental Health Month in February. This campaign is a great reminder to take care of your Labrador Retriever's (and all pets) teeth now and all year round.

According to a study conducted January 10 by Trone Inc, 160 million pets do not receive any oral care! It's important to start regular oral care habits as early as possible to keep your Labrador Retriever healthy and happy. With good oral hygiene, years can be added to the life of a dog (Jan Bellows, DVM, Diplomat American Veterinary Dental Co.)

Learn how to brush your Labrador Retriever's teeth with the following instructional videos:

Dr. Sheldon Rubin, speaking for the American Veterinary Medical Association, gives easy, step-by-step instructions on how to teach a dog or cat to accept a daily tooth brushing.



Brushing your dog's teeth may actually prevent some serious canine health problems. In this video we learn the proper technique for brushing your dog's teeth, how often you should brush your dog's teeth, and what are some other home care options to keep your dog's teeth healthy.



Make sure to visit your veterinarian where they will examine your Labrador Retriever's teeth and gums and make recommendations for any cleaning, polishing and other dental care.

Start a regular brushing routine which is critical to any preventive dental program. Special toothbrushes and toothpaste for dogs are recommended.

You can also feed your Labrador Retriever a dental diet with the Veterinary Oral Health Council seal. This may help prevent accumulation of plaque, tartar and calculus.

Last but not least, return to your veterinarian for regular dental checkups every six to 18 months or as recommended by them.

Follow the above post to keep your Labrador Retrievers health, happy and smiling, just like these guys:



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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Labrador Retriever Related Headlines - Thursday, February 03, 2011

Here are some headlines for the past couple of days in regards to our lovable Labrador Retrievers:

Labrador Retriever named most popular dog
The American Kennel Club says the Labrador retriever is the most popular dog in America for the 20th straight year.

Labrador Retriever tops AKC's list of popular breeds; bulldog comes in No. 1 in Los Angeles
For the 20th year in a row, the Labrador retriever is America's most popular dog breed, according to registration statistics released last week by the American Kennel Club.

Labrador Retriever can sniff out presence of cancer
A DOG trained to sniff out colorectal cancer was almost as accurate as a colonoscopy in a study that suggests less invasive tests for the disease may be developed.

Labrador Retriever Dogs Can Detect Cancer
Labrador retrievers are not just a guard dog , but they can also detect potential cancers. The animals’ sharp smell is believed to be capable of sniffing chemicals which are released by cancer cells from the human breath and waste.

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