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Dog Lovers Start Campaign to End Breed Bans in Michigan

Dog Lovers Start Campaign to End Breed Bans in Michigan

Dog lovers and animal advocacy organizations are coming together to make Michigan the next state to ban laws that discriminate against certain breeds of dogs based solely on their looks.

Breed specific legislation (BSL), or breed discriminatory legislation (BDL), has unfairly targeted dogs based solely on their appearance, without regard to their actual temperament or whether or not they have responsible owners.  These types of laws have mostly been aimed at pit bulls, or pit bull mixes, but other breeds have also been targeted.

The Centers for Disease Control, the American Bar Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association, among dozens of other organizations, have all come out opposing BSL and recommend community-based approaches for preventing dog bites and dealing with dangerous dogs and their owners.

Thankfully, attitudes and laws are changing to reflect reality.  Already 19 states have enacted laws that ban this type of discrimination.  Now, Make Michigan Next (MMN), a newly formed coalition made up of animal advocacy groups and citizens, is taking up the fight to make their state the next to make this common sense change.  According to the group, more than 35 breeds face some sort of discrimination in the state.

Last week an estimated 500 dog loving voters took part in a rally at the state’s capitol to show their support for a state law banning BSL.  Advocates for a statewide ban argue that these types of laws are tearing families apart, killing innocent dogs and have also raised serious concerns about our ability, including that of experts, to properly identify a type of breed based on what they look like.

“Dogs have no control over their environment, but their owners do,” said Courtney Protz-Sanders, a MMN coalition member.  “This rally is about everyone’s right to own dogs and the need to stop discrimination based on appearance.  Right now, because we have no state law to protect us, any breed of dog can be banned from visiting or living in any township, city or county in Michigan.”

Ultimately, their goal is to get lawmakers to make a simple amendment to a state law that will allow municipalities to make any dog-related ordinance they want, just so long as they are not breed specific.  According to MMN, following the rally several legislators expressed interest in introducing a bill.

“It’s time to bring Michigan law into the modern era.  There is no place for discrimination in our society,” Protz-Sanders said.  “We are the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.  They don’t vote, but we do.”


Please show your support for ending discrimination in Michigan by signing and sharing Make Michigan Next’s Care2 petition urging lawmakers to repeal existing breed bans and to enact a statewide ban on BSL.

For more info, visit Make Michigan Next and follow updates on MMN’s Facebook page.

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Happy Tails! – ADDISON

We adopted Addison August 23/14.  She is one of the sweetest dogs we have ever met.  She has settled in so quickly we feel we have had her forever.  She is very well trained & likes to please.  Loves to play &, thanks to family, has many new toys.  She is very special to my husband & me.
Thank you so much for bringing us together!
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Pet Food Fraud Again

Two years ago a study found eight of 21 pet foods contained an animal protein ingredient that wasn’t listed in the pet food label.  Now, another study has been released finding 20 of 52 pet foods contained an animal protein not listed on the label.  When will authorities hold manufacturers accountable?

In September 2012 ELISA Technologies found almost 50% of pet foods tested were mislabeled.

“We found eight foods that tested positive for an animal protein not listed on the ingredient label: two instances of undeclared beef/sheep, five of pork and one of deer.  Conversely, in two instances, foods claiming to contain venison tested negative for deer content but positive for beef, sheep or pork.  Overall, there were 12 instances of mislabeling in 10 of the dog foods tested; two foods had more than one labeling issue.”

In September 2014, Chapman University in southern California released the results of their study finding “Of the 52 products tested, 31 were labeled correctly, 20 were potentially mislabeled, and one contained a non-specific meat ingredient that could not be verified.”

Concern: one pet food “contained a non-specific meat ingredient that could not be verified”.  The study did DNA testing for beef, goat, lamb, chicken, goose, turkey, pork, and horse.  So what was the ‘could not be verified meat’ ingredient?

Quotes from the Chapman University Research…

“Although regulations exist for pet foods, increases in international trade and globalization of the food supply have amplified the potential for food fraud to occur,” said Rosalee Hellberg, Ph.D., and co-author on the study.”

Chicken was the most common meat species found in the pet food products.  Pork was the second most common meat species detected, and beef, turkey and lamb followed, respectively.  Goose was the least common meat species detected.  None of the products tested positive for horsemeat.

Of the 20 potentially mislabeled products, 13 were dog food and 7 were cat food.  Of these 20, 16 contained meat species that were not included on the product label, with pork being the most common undeclared meat species.  In three of the cases of potential mislabeling, one or two meat species were substituted for other meat species.

In the study, DNA was extracted from each product and tested for the presence of eight meat species: beef, goat, lamb, chicken, goose, turkey, pork, and horse.

While a seemingly high percentage of pet foods were found to be potentially mislabeled in this study, the manner in which mislabeling occurred is not clear; nor is it clear as to whether the mislabeling was accidental or intentional and at which points in the production chain it took place.

For consumers, it doesn’t matter whether the mislabeling occurred as accidental or intentional. What does matter is the consumer is being lied to.

Of significant concern is: “pork being the most common undeclared meat species” found in the pet foods tested.  In the last two years, the U.S. has suffered an incredible blow to its pork industry.  Millions of baby pigs have died due to PED virus (Porcine epidemic diarrhea).  As we know, other diseased, dying, disabled, and dead animal bodies are processed into pet food… is pet food where the PED virus dead baby pigs went to?  Were these sick animals the source of undeclared pork in these pet foods?  Consumers deserve answers.

The following email was sent to FDA…

Chapman University just released a report on research performed at the University that found 20 of 52 pet foods tested to be mislabeled.  This is 38% – a significant portion – of foods tested were found to contain a animal protein source not listed on the label.  Of additional concern, due to the PED virus, “pork was the most common undeclared meat species.”
Link to Chapman University report:

What assurance can FDA provide consumers their pets are safe from eating mislabeled foods?  What action will FDA take to protect pet food consumers from pet food fraud?  Can FDA provide consumers with assurance pets are not at risk to a PED type virus that could spread to cats and dogs?

We hope FDA will take swift action to stop pet food fraud.

On behalf of pet food consumers –

Susan Thixton

I suspect a response will be slow from FDA on this one as the research did not provide pet food product names and the seriousness of the subject.  In the meantime, there is really nothing we can do.  Without regulatory action – testing and enforcement of mislabeling regulations – consumers and our pets are at the mercy of the pet foods we trust.  Whenever anything new is learned on this – it will be shared.

Sincere thank you to Chapman University for their research!

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
Association for Truth in Pet Food

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Garlic For Dogs: Poison Or Medicine?

by Andrea Partee

When it comes to garlic, most dog owners are divided on their opinion.
A few years ago I wrote about garlic on my website and was pleased when several people thanked me for telling the truth.  And then there was this guy who told me I was going to be responsible for the death of hundreds of dogs, if not thousands because I was an idiot.  I thanked him for his opinion since we are all entitled to have one, but it bothered me a lot.

Yes, I promote the use of garlic.  Fresh, aromatic, organic garlic with a smell that lingers in the kitchen promising either a good meal or a good heal.  So why do I go against AVMA warnings and give garlic to my dogs?  I do it because common sense and an objective look at both the risks and benefits of garlic tell me it can provide great benefits to dogs with minimal risk.  Remember, AMVA (American Medical Veterinary Association) members also think that raw food is unhealthy and would rather dogs eat a processed, chemical laden diet than fresh, raw free-range chicken or vitamin packed green tripe.

Why the controversy over garlic?

The primary reason AVMA is against feeding garlic is that it contains thiosulphate, which can cause hemolytic anemia, liver damage and death.  However garlic only contains very small traces of thiosulphate and a dog would have to consume a huge quantity for any negative effects.  Using Tylenol (acetaminophen) or benzocaine topical ointments to stop itching are far more likely to cause anemia in dogs.

Garlic’s medicinal properties

There are many health benefits to feeding garlic.  Here are some things you might not know about this healthy herb:

  • Garlic is a natural antibiotic and won’t affect the good bacteria in the gut which are needed for digestion and immune health
  • Garlic is antifungal
  • Garlic is antiviral
  • Garlic boosts the immune system
  • Garlic makes dogs less desirable to fleas
  • Garlic is antiparasitic

What kind of garlic?

I stick with fresh, raw organic garlic and keep it on hand as a staple for both cooking and healing.  If it’s fresh, I know the medicinal qualities are still there, unlike minced garlic which may originate in China and sit for months in a jar.  Powdered garlic doesn’t cut it either.  Kyolic Aged Liquid Garlic is a good choice if you don’t want to smash and cut every day.

How much garlic to feed

You can safely give a 1/2 clove per ten pounds of body weight each day, chopped or grated.  Two cloves maximum per day for a large dog is a good guideline.

  • ½ clove for a 10 + pounds
  • 1 clove for a 20 + pounds
  • 1 ½ cloves for 30 + pounds
  • 2 cloves for 40 + pounds

My dogs are over 70 pounds but I stick with the 2 cloves.

Garlic tips

For optimum health benefits, let garlic sit for 5 to 10 minutes after cutting and before serving (or cooking).  This allows the health-promoting allicin to form, so it’s worth the wait.

To get rid of the smell on your hands, rinse them under water while rubbing them with a stainless steel spoon!  I don’t know how it works, but bless the woman who told me this long ago.

A great home remedy recipe

An ear medicine I’ve kept on hand for years started out when my kids got ‘swimmers ear’ one summer.  It’s simple to make and since garlic is an antibiotic, antibacterial, and antifungal it covers several possibilities.

Crush 2 cloves fresh garlic; wait ten minutes and add them to 1/3 cup olive oil.  Heat in a pan (do NOT boil) for several minutes.  Let cool.  Strain and store in a glass bottle with a dropper and apply it directly in the ears.

The only possible drawback to this remedy is every time I smell it I want pasta and garlic bread!

Andrea Partee

Andrea is an author and natural healthcare coach for dogs.  After raising three healthy kids using whole foods, homeopathy and herbs, the course of her life changed when she started applying that knowledge to her dogs.  “I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner!” she says, “I must have had my head stuck in a book.”  Now she writes about dog health at her Three-Little-Pitties website and entertaining books when time allows.

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Bordetella Vaccination for Dogs: Fraud and Fallacy

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Bordetella or Kennel Cough is commonly required by boarding kennels and veterinary hospitals.  These vaccinations are delivered to a staggeringly large percentage of dogs and the reason is not to protect your dog: the reason is to protect these facilities against liability.

The proprietors who push for these vaccines may be assuming more liability than they can handle and the stakes are very high.  The truth is, the vaccines are not only ineffective but they are far from safe.  Yet they are routinely given to combat a self limiting disease that amounts to as much danger to your dog as the common cold does to you.

What is interesting is that when you bring your dog to the vet for his Bordetella vaccination, he will have already been exposed to the natural flora: all animals are exposed to both Bordetella and Parainfluenza prior to vaccination.  It makes little sense to vaccinate an animal for something he has already been exposed to.

There are at least forty agents capable of initiating Bordetella so vaccination might appear to be prudent if it weren’t for the fact that only two of these agents are contained in the intranasal vaccine.  This poor percentage truly makes the Bordetella vaccine a shot in the dark.  The lack of efficacy is well summarized by noted immunologist Dr. Ronald Schultz: “Kennel Cough is not a vaccinatable disease”.

Despite the lack of any real effectiveness, the Bordetella vaccine is routinely given and touted as safe, especially in the intranasal form.  Make no mistake however: the dangers and misinformation surrounding this seemingly innocuous spray are just as tangible and frightening as any other vaccination.  A major problem with the Bordetella vaccine is that it is part of a combination vaccine.  Unbeknownst to most pet owners, the Bordetella intranasal spray also contains Parainfluenza (the vaccine for which is not surprisingly, just as ineffective as Bordetella).  The problems with the Parainfluenza portion are threefold.

First, there is a real danger of dangerous immunological overload when vaccinations are offered in combination.  Second, like Bordetella, most dogs have already been exposed to Parainfluenza, making the necessity of vaccination questionable.  Third, the Parainfluenza vaccine is just as ineffective as the Bordetella vaccine because the vaccine does not provide antibody against Parainfluenza where it is most needed: on the mucosal surfaces.

Other dangers associated with the Bordetella vaccine are obviously not far removed from the dangers associated with any other vaccination.  Although Bordetella is a bacterial vaccine, we now know that bacterial vaccines present the same threat as Modified Live Vaccines.  Modified Live Viruses from human vaccines are now known to become incorporated in the genes of the host and can shuffle, reassert, and reactivate thirty or more years after vaccination.

Bacterial genes are capable of the same activity, lurking in the genetic makeup, waiting to replicate and awaken.  The intranasal Bordetella vaccine has been known to activate a previously asymptomatic collapsing trachea and disrupt phagocytic activity which can progress to pneumonia.  The toxins from the vaccine will also kill the ciliated lining of the trachea, creating a denuded area susceptible to anything coming down the windpipe.  Perhaps collapsing trachea, irritable tracheas and pneumonias are all complications of Bordetella and the Bordetella vaccine.

Vaccination of any sort also elevates histamine which can promote cancer, chronic inflammation and loss of tolerance.  In general, all vaccination creates immune dysregulation and is responsible for a vast array of pathology.  The Bordetella vaccine can wreak havoc outside the body as well.  Bordetella will shed from a vaccinated host for seven weeks while Parainfluenza will shed for a week.  This means that every vaccinated dog is a walking dispenser of potentially damaging bacteria.

While the risk to other dogs is obvious, it should be of little concern to healthy dogs because Bordetella is generally a self limiting disease.  What you might find surprising is that the shed bacteria is a risk to other animals… and to people.  The reason we now have a feline Bordetella (and not surprisingly, a feline Bordetella vaccine), is likely thanks to the widespread use and subsequent shedding of Bordetella from vaccinated dogs to cats sharing the household.  If this seems hard to imagine, consider how dogs first fell victim to Canine Influenza.

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Canine Influenza was initially documented in racing greyhounds.  It is worth noting that many of these dogs shared tracks with race horses: race horses who are routinely vaccinated with Equine Influenza.  It is not a stretch to predict Bordetella will infect gerbils, hamsters and rabbits in the near future and it is with certainty that the vaccine manufacturers will be well rewarded with the continued fruits of their canine Bordetella vaccine.

Not surprisingly, humans are not left out of the equation.  Ruth Berkelman MD (Former Assistant Surgeon General, US Public Health Service) writes: “The potential for both exposure and for adverse consequences secondary to exposure to veterinary vaccines in humans is growing.  Enhanced efforts are needed to recognize and to prevent human illness associated with the use of veterinary vaccines”.  Dr. Berkelman noted that pertussis and whooping cough-like complaints in children followed exposure to Bordetella bronchiseptica from the Bordetella vaccine and it is no coincidence that Bordetella bronchiseptica and whooping cough pertussis are very closely related. Interestingly, the rate of whooping cough is highest in highly vaccinated populations.

Immunocompromised humans and animals are at an elevated risk of infection from these canine vaccines.  There is a recently reported case of Bordetella bronchiseptica pneumonia in a kidney and pancreas transplant patient who had to board and subsequently vaccinate her dogs at a veterinary clinic while she was hospitalized. Vaccines contain contaminating agents including mycoplasmas which are also very communicable to humans and other mammals.

In the end, vaccination for Bordetella is at best fruitless and at worst, a pathetic fraudulence at the hands of veterinarians and vaccine manufacturers.  It is up to you whether or not your dog receives this vaccination and that is not overstating the obvious.  Sadly, most pet owners are aware of this but choose vaccination because they feel they are at the mercy of boarding kennels, training schools and veterinarians.

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Patricia Monahan Jordan is a graduate of the North Carolina College of Veterinary Medicine.  She practiced conventional veterinary medicine for twenty years and founded six different veterinary facilities in North Carolina.  Dr. Jordan has traced the paths of immunopathology to vaccine administration and uncovered the cycle of disease and the endless cycle of disease management that results from vaccine administration.

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Bordetella: Does Your Dog Really Need the Kennel Cough Vaccine?

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Your veterinarian, kennel owner, day care provider or groomer says your dog should/must be vaccinated against kennel cough, but you’re trying not to over-vaccinate.

What should you do?

More and more, pet parents are finding another vet, kennel owner, day care provider or groomer — or keeping their dog at home!  Vaccination is a serious medical procedure with significant potential risks.  If that isn’t enough, the vaccine is unlikely to prevent kennel cough.  It can even produce kennel-cough like symptoms.  The WSAVA Guidelines say, “Transient (3–10 days) coughing, sneezing, or nasal discharge may occur in a small percentage of vaccinates.”
It can also cause a serious anaphylactoid reaction.  Look it up.  You won’t like it.
Read and view HERE how to treat for Anaphylactic Shock.
Educate yourself  IN ADVANCE!!

About kennels, day care providers and groomers:  In general, if they have good ventilation and practice good hygiene, kennel cough shouldn’t be an issue.  Bordetella is not for dogs playing together in well-ventilated areas — like dog parks or backyards or living rooms.

Think of kennel cough as a canine cold, transmitted as human colds are transmitted — from an infected individual in close contact with another individual with compromised immunity.  Like a cold, it is also considered a mild self-limiting disease.  A veterinarian friend uses an OTC remedy called B & T Cough and Bronchial Syrup to treat the cough.    For small dogs she uses the children’s variety.  See your vet for further treatment information.

If your service provider is afraid your dog will contract kennel cough at their establishment, offer to sign a letter of informed consent saying you’ve been informed of the risk and will waive liability.  That should do it.  Should.  It’s really just liability at issue, not your dog’s overall health.

If the person insisting on the Bordetella vaccine is afraid other dogs at their establishment will contract kennel cough from your unvaccinated dog, this person clearly doesn’t trust that the vaccinated dogs actually have immunity.  If they don’t believe the vaccine is protective, why insist that you or anyone else vaccinate?

Note: If you decide to give the vaccine, make sure it is the intranasal form, that is, given as nose drops, not injected.  And give the vaccine at least a week before contact with other dogs, for the sake of both your dog and other dogs.

Don’t take my word for any of this.  Read what two vets and a PhD have to say about the Bordetella vaccine:

World-renowned vaccination scientist, Dr. Ronald Schultz, says [emphasis is mine]: “Many animals receive “kennel cough” vaccines that include Bordetella and CPI and/or CAV-2 every 6 to 9 months without evidence that this frequency of vaccination is necessary or beneficial. In contrast, other dogs are never vaccinated for kennel cough and disease is not seen. CPI immunity lasts at least 3 years when given intranasally, and CAV -2 immunity lasts a minimum of 7 years parenterally for CAV-I. These two viruses in combination with Bordetella bronchiseptica are the agents most often associated with kennel cough, however, other factors play an important role in disease (e.g. stress, dust, humidity, molds, mycoplasma, etc.), thus kennel cough is not a vaccine preventable disease because of the complex factors associated with this disease. Furthermore, this is often a mild to moderate self limiting disease. I refer to it as the ‘Canine Cold.’”


From Dr. Eric Barchas, Dogster Vet Blog, “I generally do not recommend kennel cough vaccines unless dogs are staying in a boarding facility that requires them (and even then I don’t truly recommend vaccination — instead, I recommend finding a facility that doesn’t require them).


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Happy Tails! – ARNOLD

This is Arnold
(pictured on sofa… adopted last January)

with his dog/cat pack.

He continues to keep us laughing!

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