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Dogs Can Change Your Lifestyle & Improve Your Health

If you want to change your lifestyle for better get a dog. For some of you who don’t believe me, I suggest to try and see for yourself. More than we know or want to admit, dogs as object of our love or repulsion, have real power to affect our lifestyle.

Each and every one of us has gone through at least one experience that included a dog. Whether sad or fortunate, these experiences exist and cannot be ignored. As every other marking moment emotions triggered by a dog at some point influent our ways from that moment on.

Just for fun I want to show you what I mean by giving a rather unknown example to prove my point.

Let’s say you are middle aged person like me who tried already every diet in the world to loose a few ponds. And naturally, nothing worked. Well, one evening, rainy evening of course, you come across a little fluffy puppy abandoned just next to the stairs in front of your apartment house. You don’t necessarily plan to adopt or buy dog, but this one seems different and so alone, maybe even a little sick, that you feel pity (you think) for little fellow and take him in… just for the night. And then you keep him another night, and another one till he officially becomes your pet – you can’t deny it anymore. You walk him every day at fixed hours and, although you forgot all about your weight problem being too busy petting the little pet, you amazingly reached undreamed results in that particular problem. Surprised?

You shouldn’t be, it’s known (by some at least) that regular daily 20 – 30 minutes walks are the best exercise of all and the best support for your diet and healthy lifestyle. If you try them on your own, you might get bored and give up. But with a dog, the little walks are a must, they have to be done, they are fun and soon you can’t miss any of them.

So, the little innocent fluffy puppy not only made you a better person since you let him into your house (and heart), but also solved the problem you had that all your determination and lost money on diet products couldn’t solve.

If this story from my own experience wasn’t convincing enough, just try it. Get a dog. And miraculously you will be a different person. I know I am now.

Healthy living includes being active, feeling good about yourself and eating properly. Road to GOOD Health is a very INDIVIDUAL one. Willingness to keep looking until you find something that works for you is very important, because what works for one person may be a complete turnoff for another. Once you’ve discovered what suits you, it doesn’t take long to develop a passion for it. It doesn’t take much to start living a healthier life.

Article Source: Romwell Health Pages

Mar 15, 2008 | 0 | Canine News, Regulations & More
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Euthanasia – Secondary Poisoning of Wildlife by Sodium Pentobarbital

Euthanasia by sodium pentobarbital injection is the way to end the life of a suffering animal, it is the drug of choice for many veterinarians euthanizing pets and it is also recommended way to end life for many other species by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Panel on Euthanasia.

If you have hard duty to euthanize your pet or any other animal, sodium pentobarbital is good choice, because it lets the animal to die easily.

Ironically, this compassionate act can sometimes have the unintended consequence of causing the premature death of wildlife and many other animals.

According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Fact Sheet, each year a number of bald and golden eagles, other wildlife, and domestic dogs are intoxicated or killed after ingestion of pentobarbital residues in the tissue of exposed euthanized carcasses. Exposure of these carcasses is almost always the result of improper disposal.

How Does Secondary Poisoning Occur?

When an animal is euthanized via pentobarbital injection, the drug is quickly distributed throughout its body. Well-vascularized organs such as the liver will have especially high concentrations of pentobarbital, but other tissues will also contain residues. When a scavenger feeds on the carcass, the degree of intoxication will depend on the amount and type of tissue ingested. A lethal dose for a bird would generally be much lower than the amount administered to euthanize the source carcass. In fact, large animal carcasses may contain enough accessible residues to kill at least two tiger-sized mammals.

Disposal Regulations and Requirements

Take proper disposal care, because if you don’t dispose of the carcass properly, you can end up killing a lot more than intended, and you might wind up facing some hefty fines the federal government is warning.

Criminal penalties can run as high as $250,000 per individual, or $500,000 per organization, and may include imprisonment for up to 2 years. The acts also provide for forfeiture of vehicles and equipment under some circumstances.

Penalties sought by FWS are based on the circumstances surrounding a poisoning incident, and vary on a case-by-case basis. The laws provide for substantial fines in criminal violations, along with imprisonment for the most egregious offenses.

Carcass disposal regulations and requirements vary substantially among cities, counties, and states, as do the agencies that administer and enforce them. In the event of client inquiry, direct clients to check with federal, state and local agricultural, environmental, and public health authorities.

Agricultural regulators include the (federal) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and your state Department of Agriculture. Environmental regulators whose entire or partial focus is solid waste handling and disposal include the (federal) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and state and local Departments of Ecology, Environmental Health, Environmental Management, Solid Waste Management, or other similar agency.

Your State Veterinarian and other public health regulators such as the Department of Health or Public Health, Board of Animal Health, or other similar agency will be able to advise on the public and animal health aspects of carcass disposal and burial. Many state and local codes can be accessed online. Also, University cooperative extension services may have information on carcass disposal methods approved for your area.

Wildlife Protection Laws

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is responsible for the enforcement of these wildlife protection laws and is empowered to investigate and prosecute suspected violations. FWS Special Agents perform field investigations of all reported incidents, including the circumstances of the poisoning and the source of the tainted carcass. Tissue samples are analyzed at the FWS National Wildlife Forensics Laboratory to confirm the presence of pentobarbital residues as well as the identity of the source carcass.

Statutes regarding permitted carcass disposal methods are generally promulgated at the state and local level. State health and environmental agencies commonly regulate dead stock disposal time limits, available disposal methods, landfill treatment of solid waste (including animal carcasses) and specifics of carcass burial, if permissible. Additional laws may apply to livestock or horses that are suspected carriers of a transmissible disease. If scavengers, which can act as disease vectors, are afforded access to a potentially infectious carcass, federal and state departments of agriculture regulations may be violated.

Some animal species may not be specifically protected by federal law. However, since other animals, including pet dogs, have been intoxicated or killed after feeding on poisoned carcasses, it is possible that those involved in such an incident would be open to civil liability under applicable state and local laws.

Warning Labels

All pentobarbital-euthanized carcasses should be prominently tagged with one or more highly-visible “POISON” warning labels. Bagged animals should have a label affixed to the carcass itself and also attached to the outside of the bag.

NOTE: Rendering is not an acceptable way to dispose of a pentobarbital-tainted carcass. The drug residues are not destroyed in the rendering process, so the tissues and by-products may contain poison and must not be used for animal feed.

Information on Medical Treatment of Poisoning Victims

For information on medical treatment of poisoning victims, the National Animal Poison Control Center of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) runs a fee-based service for emergencies and other cases: 1-888-426-4435 (1-888-4ANIHELP).

Click on the link to read complete U.S. Fish and Wildlife Fact Sheet. For more valuable environmental information please visit http://www.supportenvironment.info.

Mar 07, 2008 | 1 | Canine News, Regulations & More
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