Thursday, March 15, 2012

Free Eye Exams for Service Dogs - 2012

In May, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists will again host complimentary eye screenings for service dogs.

Over 170 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will donate their time and services.

Service Dog groups include: therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, guide dogs, police dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, and detection dogs. Service Dogs must meet criteria listed on ACVO's website.

Registration for the 2012 event will begin April 1st. For more information visit

Issues regarding Chicken Jerky Treats from China

In 2007 the FDA issued a cautionary warning regarding chicken jerky products.

In 2011, FDA saw an increase in the number of complaints it received of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China.

The FDA has analyzed chicken jerky treats for evidence of toxins, chemicals, etc and have found nothing despite the fact that complaints regarding the treats keep coming in.

According to FDA officials, "No specific products have been recalled because a definitive cause has not been determined"

If you have a pet you believe became ill due to these types of treats, you can report it at the FDA's Pet Food Complaint Site

By sending any information you have, you can help the FDA get to the bottom of this issue.

Two additional articles on this subject:

Questions and Answers Regarding Chicken Jerky Treats from China