Saturday, 28 February 2015

Ontario Parks: Best parks to snowshoe in Petawawa, Ontario

Ontario Parks: Best parks to snowshoe in Petawawa, Ontario


Petawawa is nestled between Pembroke and Chalk River in the scenic Ottawa Valley region. The Ottawa Valley is known for its Provincial Parks, white water rafting, year-round fishing and natural resource preservation.

Once the snow hits the ground the Ottawa Valley springs back to life- headed by a diverse cross country ski and snowshoe community. Several ski and snowshoe clubs exist in Petawawa and the surrounding area and they maintain the trails every winter. Outdoor adventure is in people’s blood in the Ottawa Valley and winter exploration is welcome and celebrated.


Friday, 27 February 2015

Delicious or deadly: Purina responds to class action lawsuit against Beneful

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Delicious or deadly: Purina responds to class action lawsuit against Beneful


The Purina pet food empire has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging that Beneful dog food is responsible for killing thousands of dogs. Beneful has had poor reviews online for years- all one has to do is Goggle search “Beneful petitions” to see that several thousand people do in fact want the brand discontinued from Purina’s catalogue.

Beneful is one of the more popular Purina dog foods- mainly due to its very low retail price, accessibility and claims to be a “nutritious” and “balanced” dog food. However according to the Feb. 5 class action lawsuit filed in a California federal court by plaintiff Frank Lucido, Beneful causes illness and sometimes death.



February 27 is International Polar Bear Day

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February 27 is International Polar Bear Day

Did you know that in May 2008, U.S. Department of the Interior listed the polar bear as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act? Help raise awareness about Polar Bears by checking out Polar Bears International

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

February 22 is Walk the Dog Day

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Take a hike: February 22 is Walk the Dog Day

Spring is almost upon us! Time to celebrate Walk the Dog Day. It is in a dog's nature to travel and walking a dog is an essential part of asserting your dominance and a great way to burn off energy. The benefits of the walk are endless- read more on Paws For Reaction and perfect your walk today!



Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Four-legged fraud: The Dogington Post uncovers service dog scam

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Four-legged fraud: The Dogington Post uncovers service dog scam

On Feb. 16 The Doginton Post released a report titled "The Four-legged Scandal No One Is Talking About" that details the flaws in the service dog system and how it is commonly taken advantage of. People are purchasing service dog vests and collars and strapping them on their house pets so they can bring them anywhere they want. The problem has become so bad that even an iguana has been registered as a service animal. Read The Dogington Post report for a shocking look at the service dog scandal.



Photo: Tongue Out Tuesday

Hope you are having a great Tongue Out Tuesday!


"Clean teeth are important..."
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Monday, 16 February 2015

Pets will be able to vote in the 2016 Presidential election

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Pets will be able to vote in the 2016 Presidential election

By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez

Pet owners who treat their pets like people can now allow their furry family members to take part in another human activity: vote. That’s right, pet parents in the United States can now log on to PetsVoteToo.com and register their pet to vote for the 2016 President. PetsVoteToo- based out of Austin, TX- was created “to engage, amuse and inform politically-minded pet owners, and in so doing support the fund-raising efforts of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,” according to their Feb. 16 press release.



Happy Family Day Canada!

Happy Family Day Canada!

Have a very happy Family Day from my furry family to yours!


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Photos: Valentine's Day goes to the dogs

Photos: Valentine's Day goes to the dogs

These romantic dogs are getting their best outfits on for this special day. Valentine's Day is all about doggy kisses! Do you have photos of your dog celebrating Valentine's Day? Tweet us @PawsForReaction ! Share it with us on Facebook! Email us!


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Doggy date night: How to include your dog in your Valentine's Day celebration

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Doggy date night: How to include your dog in your Valentine's Day celebration

Love is in the air and dog owners across North America are spoiling their pooch with lavish Valentine’s Day gifts. The Feb. 14 celebration often means romantic dates for pet parents but what about the dogs? They stay at home lonely while you and your loved one enjoy time together. Speaking on behalf of the dogs in the world that just doesn’t seem fair. What if there was a way to have a romantic date with your significant other AND your furry family member?

This list has creative and fun ways to include your canine companion in your Valentine festivities. Check out these dog friendly Valentine’s Day dates that will strengthen your bond with each family member- furry ones included!


Photos: Puppy kisses for Valentine's Day

Photos: Puppy kisses for Valentine's Day

These adorable puppy dogs are sharing the love for Valentine's Day!! Do you have a photo of your puppy giving another dog kisses? Tweet us @PawsForReaction ! Share it with us on Facebook! Email us!




Friday, 13 February 2015

Photos: Festive felines share the love this Valentine's Day

Photos: Festive felines share the love this Valentine's Day

These romantic cats are all dolled up for Valentine's Day! Do you have any photos of your cat celebrating Valentine's Day? Tweet us @PawsForReaction ! Share it with us on Facebook! Email us!

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Valentine's Day doggy dangers: Chocolate is not so sweet for canine companion

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Valentine's Day doggy dangers: Chocolate is not so sweet for canine companion

 With so many holiday gift traditions including chocolate- such as Valentine’s Day- concerned pet owners are smart to be concerned for their pet's safety. It is a bad idea to give just about any animal chocolate but when it comes to chocolate and dogs the combination can be deadly. A gift from a loved one can turn into a lethal weapon...


Photos: Pets in love

Photos: Pets in love

These animals all have one thing in common- they are spreading the love this Valentine's Day! Let the romance begin! Do you have any photos of your pets sharing the love? Tweet us @PawsForReaction ! Share it with us on Facebook! Email us!

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UPDATED Pet food recalls: February 2015

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Pet food recalls: February 2015
Pet International Inc. Recalls 6” Beef Trachea Pet Treat 

Contact:

Consumer:
(305) 591-3338

FDA PRESS RELEASE — February 11, 2015 — Pet International of Miami, Florida is recalling 1500 units of 6” Beef Trachea Pet Treat because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals (i.e. dogs) eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

UPDATE: Army National Guard's missing dog suspected to be in South Carolina

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Update about Zara: Army National Guard's missing dog suspected to be in South Carolina 

By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez

On August 20, 2014 I reported on a German shepherd named Zara who was missing and suspected stolen in Crownsville, Maryland while her owner was posted to Kuwait. Jon Kenneth Walker is a member of the Army National Guard and has been searching for Zara ever since while over 4 000 people- myself included- have been watching his “Bring Zara HomeFacebook page for any sign that she will be returned to him. Those following the page have shared his posts and spread Zara’s story but still no sign of her. Today- Feb. 10- Jon posted some news and gave us all hope that Zara may have been located- in South Carolina.

The following is Jon’s full post. I hope anyone reading this will share this story and go to the “Bring Zara HomeFacebook page- especially if they reside in any of the places mentioned.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Pet Dental Health Month: Veterinarian demonstrates 3 step dog dental routine

Pet Dental Health Month: Veterinarian Dr. Sanchez demonstrates 3 step dog dental routine  





Are you getting your dog’s dental health advice by word of mouth? Dr. Andrea Sanchez, the Medical Director of Hospital Operations at Banfield Pet Hospital in Portland, OR was willing to fill me in about the facts of dental disease in dogs. She is promoting good oral hygiene by teaming up with Greenies dental chews for National Pet Dental Health Month which takes place in February.

“All across the country Banfield Pet Hospital is teaming up with Greenies dental chews to raise awareness about pet oral health and most importantly how pet owners can best care for their pets teeth- both at home and at the vet clinic,” Dr. Sanchez said in a Feb. 7 video interview.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Check out the Paws For Reaction Valentine's Day headquarters!

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Check out the Paws For Reaction Valentine's Day headquarters!

The Valentine's Day headquarters has all of the Paws For Reaction romantic Valentine's Day themed headlines, photo stories and news in one fun section! New articles and photos will be added weekly until the big day. Big doggy kisses to all of our readers!





Pet food recalls: February 2015

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Pet food recalls: February 2015
J.J. Fuds, Inc. Expands Recall of Pet Food Because of Possible Health Risk
Contact:
Consumer:
888-435-5873
Media:
Karl Gottschlich
(888) 432-587

FDA PRESS RELEASE – February 4, 2015 – Valparaiso, IN – J.J. Fuds in Valparaiso, IN is expanding their recall to include all lots and products of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks, Beef Tender Chunks and Duckling Tender Chunks Pet Food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and or Salmonella, organisms which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 

Monday, 2 February 2015

Survey shows women prefer Valentine kisses from pets over kisses from partner

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Survey shows women prefer Valentine kisses from pets over kisses from partner

Who are you kissing this Valentine’s Day? Petplan pet insurance thinks they know exactly who you will be more likely to kiss on the sweetest of all holidays and it’s not your significant other.

According to a recent survey conducted by Petplan pet insurance 57% of pet parents prefer Valentine’s Day kisses from their furry family members over a kiss from their partner. It may seem like a lot but these numbers are down from last year’s survey that concluded 62% of people prefer doggy or kitty kisses over kisses from their two-legged lover. The findings of the survey were released in a press release on Feb. 2.



Sunday, 1 February 2015

Pet food recall: January 2015 *UPDATED*

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Pet food recalls: January 2015
Grill-Phoria LLC Recalls Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Treats for Dogs Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk
Contact:
Consumer:
970-663-4561

FDA PRESS RELEASE — January 30, 2015 — Loveland, CO — Grill-Phoria LLC of Loveland, Colorado is recalling approximately 200, 3.5 oz bags of Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Treats for Dogs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These bags were distributed and manufactured between September 20, 2014 through January 2, 2015, and do not have lot codes.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Most people recover from salmonellosis in four to seven days without treatment, but some groups are at higher risk of developing more severe symptoms. These high-risk groups are: children under 5 years of age, the elderly, pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.