Monday, April 30, 2018

BFTB NETWoof News April 30, 2018

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for April 30, 2018. No foolin’, it’s the last day of April! We have searched high and low for this week’s stories. For some reason, there seemed to be an overabundance of bad animal news so if you happen to come across good news during the week, please let us know. Let’s turn to Pierre for our top story.”
This is our retired K9 Jake. He was amazing. 
Pierre Westie: “We all know that it is dangerous being a police K-9 but due to the opioid fentanyl epidemic, it has only gotten worse. According to a Broward County sheriff in Florida, officers are carrying Narcan in case of a possible overdose due to contact with the drug. Not for themselves but for their dogs.
   Three of their dogs began to show signs of an overdose after a recent bust. All it takes is the equivalent of 8 grains of salt to cause a dog to overdose. Since the dogs are trained to detect drugs through scent, it is a real concern. Thankfully, all three of these K9s made a full recovery.”
USA Heartworm Incident 2013 graphic via American Heartworm Society
Bentley: “Before April is in our rearview mirror, we want to bring attention to the fact that it is National Heartworm Prevention month. We take a monthly chew to prevent heartworms and Mom has the date marked on our calendar so she doesn’t forget. Heartworms are caused by mosquitos and it only takes a single bite to become infected. Treating a pet with heartworms is extremely hard on the animal and very expensive. The old saying ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ is true when it comes to these nasty heartbreakers.  
   The likelihood of your dog contracting heartworms varies from state-to-state. They are extremely common in the southern states, so we get our chews year-round. We usually hear of several cases each time we go to the vet’s office. In some states, they are practically unheard of so people don’t have to worry. Check with your veterinarian to find out if they recommend adding a preventative to your best friend’s monthly routine.”
Pierre: “We would like to give a late shout-out to our friends at Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them. They wrote a review and held a giveaway for Oratene Dental Care products. We won! They were nice enough to wait until we settled into our new home to have our prize mailed. We are happy to report Bentley and I are enjoying the products. Mom adds the drops to our water each day and we don’t notice it at all. Our breath is fresher too! Thanks so much to Icy, Phoebe and their human, Cathy. 
   How is this week’s weather forecast looking, Paisley?”
Paisley the Weather Lab: “I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but there is more rain in the forecast. Hopefully, May will bring on the flowers and we can leave these April showers behind.
   The Pacific Northwest will be mostly fair and the rest of the west coast can expect mild sunny weather. As a matter of fact, the east coast is also going to be warming up and enjoying some sunshine! The rest of the United States is looking at isolated storms, spotty showers, midweek showers and scattered storms. In other words, y’all are going to need an umbrella at some point over the next seven days!
   We will keep our paws crossed that none of the storms are severe. Always check with your local weather stations for warnings and updates. Have a wonderful week and we look forward to many sunny days in the future!”
Bentley: “I’m hoping the storms are nice and quiet when they roll through our area. I do better in this house than I did our other one but I’m still not a fan of thunder.
   We have another great week of fun on the bayou including a new waterless shampoo, comfy dog bed and our thoughts on National Purebred Dog Day. You can count on us to bring you some laughter and love every Monday through Friday.
   Enjoy your day and be sure to grab yourself some happy.”
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  1. hugs to the 3 k9's... it's so good to hear that they all are on the mend.... tonight is the witch night in europe... with big fires everywhere, so I'm gald for the bad weather and the rain ;O)))

  2. I am pleased to hear how much care Mr Policepeep is taking of their special pup furworkers
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. We always get our heartworm test in the spring and take our tablets all year. We don't need to here in MN, but since we sometimes travel, we feel it is the safer option. Have a great week!

  4. Holy cow...I had no idea such a tiny amount could affect a K9 crusader. We will keep our fingers crossed none of them suffer overdoses anywhere and are very happy the affected ones are recovered. Have a super last day of April. Remember April showers bring the May flowers. 🌺

  5. Thanks for the great news stories! I get my Heartgard chewy tomorrow, because it's the first day of the month.

  6. Ohhh on the TVees news we heard about some local women who are part of a team of animal transporters taking two rescued dogs to their furever homes all the way up in New Hampshire.
    Mom will see if she can find the link.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  7. That's a huge concern for the K-9's!

  8. Another informative week! We are glad to hear that Broward County is looking out for their K-9 Unit!!
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy

  9. Nice to hear they are watching out for the K-9 units. We are lucky to not have heartworm around here
    Hazel & Mabel

  10. Thanks for the shout out, I'm so glad you're enjoying the Oratene brushless pet dental care products you won on our blog! These stories are unreal, it never occurred to me that K9 dogs could be dangerously exposed to opioids when they're working. That's horrific! I'm thankful they survived it.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  11. We are looking forward to our warm up, but it sounds like it's going to get even warmer than it needs to in May!
    That fentanyl is such a scary drug. We're so glad those dogs were OK.
    Jan & the crew at Wag 'n Woof Pets


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