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Promised Land HandyMan Service - Need a room painted, have a damaged wall to be fixed, a leaky faucet repaired or replaced, a light fixture replaced, a ceiling fan installed, etc.? Are you tired of calling contractors, leaving a message then no one will call you back? Call Promised Land (804-761-3624) to get a fair price and an honest time schedule. Work priced by the hour or by the job. Written estimates up front.

 Heathsville Animal Clinic -We highly recommend and take our dog here! Dr Bill Armstrong is very attentive and caring, we could not ask for a better vet than him!

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WAYS THAT YOU CAN HELP

Whether you have the time to volunteer or the money to donate to animal organizations or not, here are a few quick things that every animal lover can do that are very quick and will not cost a penny but will help the less fortunate animals until they find their 'forever home'.

Click Here Once A Day and then click on the purple button to Give FREE FOOD to the SPCA

***If you know of an event or information that we do not have listed above that will benefit animals, please let us know and we will post it.
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RECALLS AND IMPORTANT PRODUCT INFORMATION FOR PET OWNERS
 

For up-to-date info on recalls and pet foods, visit Truth about Pet Food.com.

Chicken jerky treats sicken 353 dogs (Posted 12-29-2011)
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Reports of illnesses in dogs given chicken jerky treats have spiked dramatically following a new government warning about pet snacks made in China. The federal Food and Drug Administration has logged at least 353 reports this year of illnesses tied to imported chicken jerky products, also sold as chicken tenders, chicken strips or chicken treats, a spokeswoman said........for the full story, go to vitals.msnbc.msn.com or Truth about Pet Foods.

Counterfeit Frontline (Posted 8-16-2011) - The following information is from an investigation by Dailykos.com. A veterinarian has evidence of counterfeit Frontline flea treatment believed to be responsible for a pets death. Dr Shrader said one his friends who runs a Veterinary Hospital in Centerville, VA told him a few days ago that he's 95% positive a counterfeit version of Frontline killed a 10 month old rescue dog owned by one of his clients.......for the full story and to compare the real and counterfeit packages, go to DailyKos.com.

The following was sent to me by Irish Setter Rescue. (Posted 4/2/10) - Last night at agility class, a vet, who is a fellow agility student was telling us about a case she had this week. The dog ate a child's teddy bear and was very sick. When she opened the dog up to remove what she thought was an intestinal obstruction she found a huge gelatin type mess inside and the dogs intestines were black and the tissue dead. The dog will die no surgery can fix him up there was no living intestine left from stomach to colon.

This was not an obstruction. .... so she called the manufacturer of the Teddy Bear on a quest to find out what the gel was and what killed the dog. Turns out the stuffing in children's toys contains ingredients for flame retardants and mite control! It is designed to be come a gel. It is highly toxic. Now you would think a child's toy would be safe because it is for children, but they don't expect a child to eat the stuffing of the toys... huummmm that seems a bit scary too. But we all know dogs demolish stuffed toys.

So do not give or buy your dog any children's stuffed animals... some people get them at goodwill etc. The vet will be posting a warning and story and I will send any other facts as needed and as I learn more. Maybe some children's toys do not have this ingredient, but better to be safe then sorry. So meanwhile, make sure all your dog toys are for dogs. Please pass this on... it is a horrible death she described and one that can be avoided.

Cocoa Mulch (Posted 4/2/10) - Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) decided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk . Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's web site, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.

Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey's, and they claim that "It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it." *Snopes site gives the following information:http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp *

Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called 'Theobromine'. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells li ke chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.

Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.

If you have any information regarding possible hazards to pets, Please let us know and we will post the information. 

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