WATCH THIS SPACE !
We are expanded the Dog Park and it is now
one & half acres !!
A Tip From Erin
''How to break up a dog fight . I only recently learned you were
supposed to pick them up their back legs, and walk backward in a circle, so they can't reach around and bite you.''
The more you think about that ... the more it makes sense! Thanks
We have approx. $800.00 in the dog park fund; all donations toward
expanding the dog park one acre are appreciated! Fencing is going to be the biggest expense. The extra one acre this
will provide is badly needed.
Dogster.com ! A super website you can join and add your dog photos
and information to ! Some of the ''Bark Park !'' dogs are on there. ! If your dog is on that site , let me know as we
are thinking of making a Dogster Page on this site and you can be on it.
We have new e-mail addresses for dog park business; our personal
addresses will stay the same as they have been. The new dog park e-mail addresses for your convenience are:
Betty Blatt, Coordinator
IS an _ BETWEEN THE
Pam Johnson, Webmaster/Newsletter ncdp AND THE NAME
We need to be mindful about mosquito bites carrying heartworm larva
deposited in the skin of our dogs. Also, the wet soil in the dog park now can harbor worm larva. It is easy to prevent any
problems connected with the above as follows:
1. Go to the dog park some time other than late afternoon
and dusk. There are few if any mosquitoes there in early mornings and early afternoons when I am there.
2. USE HEARTGARD!!!( OR any other heartworm prevention medication
advised by your Vet) Prevention is the key here; it is dangerous to treat the dogs for the worms once they start growing in
the heart. PLEASE prevent this for your family pooch(s)! Also, have a yearly heartworm test as Heartgard is not fool
proof. When the heartworm grows in the heart it is usually fatal; the dog dies of heart failure.
3. Heartgard also protects against round worm and hook worm
picked up from feces on the ground anywhere, not just in dog parks. These are treatable problems, diagnosed from the appearance
of diarrhea and stool examination, but it is better to prevent these problems. Prevention of these two worm infestations is
a bonus with the use of Heartgard.
This is so important! No, I do not have a financial
interest in the sale of this medication!
Betty Blatt, Coordinator
Norman Bark Park
Summer Safety Tips
For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard in
the Summer with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like
a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods
and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:
* Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them.
Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely
depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
* Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your
pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting,
diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
* Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’
reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or
even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal
irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems
* Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one
meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate
digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes
& raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
* Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with
it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal
irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic
* Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of
reach. Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils
could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
* Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks
can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose
a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
* Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please
resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet,
sheltered and escape-proof area at home.
( Above is courtesy of the ASPCA ... see links page )~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Four Links added to ''Links'' page for PET FRIENDLY places to stay
in the U.S and abroad .
PLEASE ... do not bring puppies ... or stray dogs to the Dog Park
to try and home them. We all break our hearts when we find abandoned dogs there ... and most of us just simply cannot take in more animals.
( Credit for below article to ''The Oklahoman'')
MENU FOODS has recalled more than 40 brands of cat and dog food
due to contamination.
These are "wet” foods found in cans and pouches.
No dry food is on the list, though one unnamed dry dog food manufacturer
received a shipment of the contaminated product.
For specific dates on the recalled products, go online to www.menu
For more information, call Menu Foods at (866) 895-2708 or go to
its Web site.
Menu Foods recalled brands
•Americas Choice, Preferred
Pets. •Authority. •Best Choice.
•Companion. •Compliments. •Demoulas Market Basket. •Eukanuba.
•Fine Feline Cat. •Food Lion. •Foodtown. •Giant Companion.
•Hannaford. •Hill Country Fare. •Hy-Vee. •Iams. •Laura Lynn.
•Li'l Red. •Loving Meals. •Meijer's Main Choice.•Nutriplan. •Nutro
Max Gourmet Classics. •Nutro Natural Choice. •Paws. •Pet
Pride. •Presidents Choice. •Price Chopper. •Priority US. •Save-A-Lot Special Blend. •Schnucks. •Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts
•Sophistacat. •Special Kitty Canada. •Special Kitty US. •Springfield Prize. •Sprout. •Stop & Shop Companion. •Tops Companion. •Wegmans. •Weis Total Pet. •Western Family US. •White Rose.
If you have a container of contaminated food, or if you suspect
your pet has gotten ill due to recalled food, veterinarians suggest saving the remaining food or container by double-bagging
it and storing it in the freezer.
If you suspect your pet has been contaminated, Cornell University
Animal Health Diagnostic Center in Ithaca, N.Y., suggests monitoring your pet closely.
•Loss of appetite.•Lethargy.•Vomiting.•Drinking
more water than usual.•Producing more urine.•Urine-like odor to the breath.•Ulcers in the mouth.
Call your veterinarian if your dog or cat shows any of these signs
of kidney failure.
If your animal has eaten a recalled product and died, report the
death as soon as possible to the Menu Foods hot line (866) 895-2708, even if the company already knows about your pet's illness.
Also, you may want to contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
by going online to www.fda.gov/opa
com/backgrounders/complain.html or call the FDA Dallas office at
(214) 253-5200, ext. 5233.
FDA urges pet owners to retain this information:
name and lot numbers for the pet food fed to your dog or cat when it was ill.
•If your pet received treatment by
a veterinarian, the name, address and telephone number of attending veterinarian.
•Date illness first noticed.
•Any veterinary reports available.
•When a pet's death is suspicious, veterinarians recommend
having an autopsy by a veterinary pathology service.
•If your pet is sick, be sure your veterinarian knows of everything
it has ingested.
Other pet food recalls announced in March:
raw all-natural frozen cat food was recalled due to salmonella, an organism that can cause serious infections in dogs and,
if there is cross-contamination, in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
covered by this recall include chicken with clam recipe, 3.5 ounces and 1 pound in plastic containers (some of these containers
may be uncoded); raw duck with clam recipe, 3.5 ounces and 16 ounce; and raw tuna with conch recipe, 3.5 ounces, all lot codes.
•Petrapport Inc. recalled its Full-Cut Pig Ears dog treats,
imported from Chile from August through December 2006 because the pig ears have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.
Laboratory tests confirmed samples of Full-Cut Pig Ears dog treats sold by BJ's Wholesale Club in 25-count packages under
the Berkley & Jensen brand with no lot number and only the advisory "Best if used by 2009” were contaminated with