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The Human Society recently released a list of the top 12 places to see amazing wildlife.  To see the complete list follow the link at the bottom.

Machias Seal Island, Maine

After spending winter on the open ocean, thousands of puffins arrive here each April, giving visitors the chance to watch the tuxedo-colored birds preen, rub their bright orange bills together and bring in fish for their young.

Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

About 100 wild ponies live on this barrier island, where visitors can camp on the beach, swim in the ocean and watch ponies grazing in the salt marshes and sometimes even standing in the surf.

 

For the Complete List Visit: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/2015/05-06/amazing-wildlife-vacations.html?credit=web_id101199907

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Food Allergy or Intolerance?

May 12, 2015 12:50:26 PM

It’s important to know the difference between a food allergy and intolerance. Food intolerance is the result of poor digestion and the symptoms normally include diarrhea or other chronic, low-level symptoms.

Food allergies are the result of the over-response of the immune system to a food protein. Nearly all food your dog eats contains protein and these proteins all have the ability to trigger food allergies.

The most common proteins that cause allergy symptoms in dogs are beef, dairy and chicken, although some plant based proteins including corn, wheat and soy, can also be triggers.

While food allergies are an increasingly large problem in dogs, most vets and pet owners are most concerned with treating existing allergies with food elimination diets or immune suppressing drugs. Anybody who has a dog with allergies knows they are notoriously difficult to treat, so focusing on prevention is important for any pet owner.

And the first step toward prevention of allergies is of course being able to identify their cause.....

When food proteins are injected directly into the blood stream, a type 1 hypersensitivity reaction against this new allergen causes a response in a type of immune cell called a TH2 lymphocyte, which belongs to a subset of T cells that produce a cytokine called interleukin-4 (IL-4). These TH2 cells interact with other lymphocytes called B cells, whose role is the production of antibodies. Coupled with signals provided by IL-4, this interaction stimulates the B cell to begin production of a large amount of a type of antibody specific to food proteins, known as IgE.

Secreted IgE circulates in the blood and binds to an IgE-specific receptor on the surface of other kinds of immune cells called mast cells and basophils, which are both involved in the acute inflammatory response. The IgE-coated cells are then sensitized to the allergen (food proteins).

If the vaccinated dog now eats these foods, the food proteins bind to the IgE held on the surface of the mast cells or basophils. Cross-linking of the IgE and Fc receptors occurs when more than one IgE- receptor complex interacts with the same food allergenic molecule, and activates the sensitized cell. Activated mast cells and basophils undergo a process called degranulation, during which they release histamine and other inflammatory chemi- cal mediators (cytokines, interleukins, leukotrienes, and prostaglandins) from their granules into the surrounding tissue, causing several systemic responses, such as vasodilation, mucus secretion, nerve stimulation and smooth muscle contrac- tion. This is what causes food allergy symptoms like itchiness and inflamed ears.

To read the complete article visit: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/vaccination-allergies-link/?inf_contact_key=60e0e4fc63efe1b3f60a97f95a5591afb48c2e98dc5d294ba4d94147077a35da

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One week after receiving multiple gunshot wounds, Sacramento, CA K9 Bodie limped out the veterinary hospital and back into the care of his handler. The most amazing part is Bodie can return to patrol in as little as six months after being shot twice in the jaw and once in the paw.

Bodie's departure from the clinic was a highlight for Sacramento PD and everyone following his story.  With well-wishers celebrating outside, fellow K9 officers and even the Police Department's helicopter there for support it was a bittersweet send off.

Way to go Bodie! Not only did you protect your handler and the other officers but you protected the children in the elementary school surrounding the shooting.

For Kim Minugh's complete story visit: http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/living/pets/article2574782.html

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Take a Peak Inside Our New Retail Store!

Apr 29, 2015 11:34:55 AM

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Are you ready for this????

Apr 20, 2015 11:59:44 AM

We had such a blast meeting everyone at the Made in NH Expo over the weekend. The best news is that our doors will be open MAY 1St! Make sure you don't miss out on our Grand Opening June 6th. We will have lots of food, giveaways and activities for everyone including your four legged family!

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Come Visit Us This Weekend!

Apr 16, 2015 12:37:44 PM

Come Visit The Wholisitic Pet Organics Team!  This Fri-Sun we will be at the "Made in New Hampshire" Expo at the Manchester Radisson Hotel. We will be giving away great samples, discounts and gift baskets!

 

 

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Have a Success Story to Share?

Apr 13, 2015 11:23:41 AM

We love hearing the wonderful success stories from our customers everyday! Did you know if send us yours we will give you $5.00 off your next order?  All you need to do is let us know which products have helped your furry friend and also include a picture if you have one.  You can email your story to: customerservice@thewholisticpet.com

                                                                       

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I'm sure you all remember the devastation that prompted a mass recall of chicken jerky treats from China.  They were originally recalled in 2013. Mind you, this is two years after The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association started seeing illnesses and deatsh associated with the consumption of said treats!

Manufacturers of these treats are not required by U.S. law to state the country of origin for the ingredients in their products.  This is why part of our mission is not to let our pets get ill over careless production of anything that goes in or on their body.  Everything in our products is sourced responsibly and we visit our purveyors no matter how far we must travel. Our facility is routinely inspected by various regulators for quality assurance.

Ashamed to say it but Nestle brought these treats back to the market.  For more detailed insight icluding brand names of food and treats you can read Dr. Annette Heaslet's article here:

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/fda-chicken-jerky-inspections/

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Retail Store Opening Mid-Spring

Apr 1, 2015 3:15:46 PM

This is no April's Fool's Day joke.....we have been working so hard to get our new retail store open.  Despite many setbacks with construction, we are happy to announce we will be opening our doors Mid-Spring.  Stay posted for our exciting "Open House" celebration!

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