The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug developed specifically for the treatment of cancer in dogs. Palladia, manufactured by Pfizer Animal Health Inc, is targeted at canine cutaneous mast cell tumors, responsible for about 1 of 5 cases of canine skin tumors.
This is a significant development. Up until now, all cancer drugs used in veterinary medicine originally were developed for use in humans and are not approved for use in animals. Reuters has the scoop:
Treatment with new cancer drugs for humans tends to cost tens of thousands of dollars per patient, and the majority of pet owners do not have health insurance for their dogs.
Pet Airways, as we have discussed before, is a new pet-only airline dedicated to pet-friendly travel. Pets fly in the main cabin, rather than the traditional cargo, cared for by their very own pet attendants.
As of June 3, 2009, the Pet Airways introductory offer of $149 each way will end. If there are no more "seats" available for the day you want your pet to fly, you can place your name on their waiting list and they will let you know if any spots become available.
It goes on and on and on. Nutro Products announced a voluntary recall of cat food in the United States and ten additional countries. Dog food is not affected.
The brands affected are select varieties of Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Dry Cat Foods and Nutro Max Cat Dry Foods with "Best If Used By Dates" between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010.
Nutro reports the recall is due to incorrect levels of zinc and potassium in the finished product, resulting from a production error by a US-based premix supplier.
Nutro recommends that consumers who have purchased dry cat food affected by this voluntary recall should return it to their retailer for a full refund or exchange for another Nutro dry cat food product.
For further information about the recall call 1-800-833-5330 between the hours 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM CST or click here.
Sleepypod has updated its award-winning Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with enhanced safety features to make it even more secure in an automobile. Sleepypod enables pets to travel safely in the pampered comfort of their own luxurious ultra-plush bed.
The new safety features are (1) a side strap that captures the vehicle seat belt, and (2) a redesigned top handle that folds over through a rectangular ring.
Bark Buckle Up has given the Sleepypod folks their Pet Safety Award. For our past posts on Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed click here; for Sleepypod Accessories and Sleepypod Mini click here.
During her appearance, Ms. Close will share with viewers the efforts of the organization called Puppies Behind Bars and its program, Dog Tags: Service Dogs for Those Who've Served Us. Under this program, prison inmates are trained to raise puppies to become service dogs for wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Ms. Close will also present Oprah with FetchDog's special edition Chewy Shoe dog toy. For every toy sold, FetchDog and Chewy Shoe's manufacturer, Vibram Pet Products, will both donate $1 to support DogTags.
Are humans the only species who dance? Curious researchers analyzed thousands of videos to reach the conclusion that, yes, 14 species of parrots dance to the beat of the same drummer as we do. From Birds boogie at boston.com:
Schachner's and the other scientists' work has a serious side: By studying other animals, they hope to gain insight into the evolution of an ability that is a cornerstone of human behavior and culture.
The finding that parrots can dance to an external beat supports an emerging theory on the origins of dance - that it might be a byproduct of another skill parrots share with humans, the capacity to mimic sounds.
Now humanity is making our very own, glow-in-the-dark fluorescent dogs. South Koreans have cloned four beagles known as Ruppy (Ruby Puppy) containing a fluorescent protein that makes them glow red under ultraviolet light. Apparently they even have a reddish tinge in broad daylight. All in the name of medical research. Via MSN:
Scientists said the creation of the glowing pups shows it will be possible to implant genes related to human diseases into dogs for research purposes.
"They are the world's first transgenic dogs," Professor Lee Byeong-Chun who leads the Seoul National University (SNU) team told AFP.
"This means we'll be able to switch genes in dogs for genes related to human diseases such as Parkinson's Disease for research," he said, adding that dogs suffer from 224 illnesses that also afflict humans.
What do you think--do the ends justify the means? Is humanity a species run amok?