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Tails of Seattle: A pets blog

Your local source for news and tips about dogs, cats and other critters, featuring fun videos, reader photos, Q&As and more.

April 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Get your pet licensed without getting dinged with late fees

Have the dog and cat out and about wearing expired tags? Forget to license your pot-bellied pig or miniature goat?

Through April 30 you can bring those licenses up to date or buy new tags for pets not already licensed without getting hit with late fees or other penalties that can add up to hundreds of dollars.

The license amnesty is open to pet owners in Seattle, Federal Way, Bothell and most of King County.

Pet licenses serve several purposes. If a pet is found or turned into a shelter, the license information can be used to reunite the animal with its owner. The license fees also support adoption programs, foster care, spaying and neutering, enforcement and community outreach.

License rates and even what animals need to be licensed vary depending on where you live. Click on the websites for detailed information for your area.

Seattle: http://www.seattle.gov/animalshelter/ The website also lists where to buy a license in person.

Bothell: http://www.petdata.com/for-pet-owners/bth To purchase a license in person at Bothell City Hall, 18305 101st Ave. N.E.

Federal Way: https://license.cityoffederalway.com/pets/Default.aspx To apply in person, visit the Federal Way Police Department, 33325 Eighth Ave. S., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC): http://www.kingcounty.gov/safety/regionalAnimalServices.aspx The website also lists where to buy a license in person. Click here to see a list of cities in the RASKC service area.

April 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM

The cat's meow: Fun events for fans of felines

It's a purrfectly good time of year for those that love cats. Here's a roundup of events and programs including the Average Joe Cat Show (check out the photo contest), Fabulous Felines adoption event and a kitten shower.

Feline Fridays: Every Friday, Kitsap Humane Society, 9167 Dickey Road N.W., Silverdale. Adoption fees are dropped for cats 1 year and older at the shelter. There is a $30 microchip ID fee.
http://kitsap-humane.org/

Fabulous Felines: Noon-3 p.m. April 13, Belltown Community Center, 415 Bell St., Seattle. This Seattle Animal Shelter adoption event showcases cats and kittens that are ready to move from foster care to forever homes. Adoption prices ($45-$135 plus applicable license fees) include initial vaccinations, deworming, testing for feline leukemia, microchip ID and spaying or neutering.
http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org

Kitten Shower and Foster Program Open House: 1 p.m. April 20, Kitsap Humane Society, 9167 Dickey Road N.W., Silverdale. Visit Kitsap Humane's Training Center to learn about the kitten foster program and how to care for a kitten. There will be refreshments, games and contests. Thinking about donating an item for the busy kitties? Click here to see the wish list. See the Kitsap Humane website for event details.
http://kitsap-humane.org/are-you-interested-fostering-kittens

Make it a Double Play: Through April 30, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue. Adopt two adult cats for $25. Click here for details on the adoption process.
http://www.seattlehumane.org/

Average Joe Cat Show: May 4, Spartan Recreation Center, 202 N.E. 185th St., Shoreline. Purrfect Pals' 10th annual event celebrates our feline friends with contests, a silent auction and vendor booths. The photo contest captures cats in their finest and sometimes not so fine moments. Click here to see the photo contest entries. Donations of cat food and supplies will be collected at the show. Items also can be shipped directly to the shelter through its wish list on Amazon.com.
http://www.purrfectpals.org/

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Every contestant gets a ribbon at the Average Joe Cat Show. (Photo courtesy of Purrfect Pals).

The following item is a reminder that many cats are more than just lap warmers or stars of funny videos.

Barncats "R" Us: A Regional Animal Services of King County program rehomes outdoor cats to barns and garages as rodent hunters. Find out more about the program on the website.
http://www.kingcounty.gov/safety/regionalAnimalServices/SpecialProgramsServices/BarnCatsRUs.aspx

April 3, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Another salmonella pet-food recall

Bravo! is recalling three of its raw-diet frozen pet foods because they could be contaminated with salmonella:

--Item #21-405 - 5-pound tube of Bravo! Chicken Balance frozen raw diet with a "best used by" date of 3-6-15 or 3-12-15 printed on package casing.

--Item #21-102 - 2-pound tube of Bravo! Chicken Blend frozen raw diet with a "best used by" date of 3-21-15 printed on the package casing.

-- Item #51-508 - 5-pound bag of Bravo! Beef Blend Burgers with a "best used by" date of 3-21-15 or 3-22-15 printed on the back panel of the bag.

Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products, and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products.

"The products involved in this recall all tested negative for pathogens by an independent third party prior to being shipped, but they were run on the same or next day of a product that tested positive for salmonella," the Manchester, Conn., company announced on its website Wednesday. "All of the product that tested positive is under our control and is not subject to this recall."

Wednesday's recall comes on the heels of huge recalls by other companies over possible salmonella contamination, including one by Bravo! in March.


March 31, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Update: Pet-food recall

Natura Pet Products has expanded its recall of dry pet food because it could be contaminated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Sampling by the Michigan and Georgia state agricultural departments found salmonella in additional dry cat food and a cat pet treat. Natura is also recalling product made in the surrounding time frame. This affects dry foods only; no canned wet food is affected, according to the FDA.

The affected products are sold through veterinary clinics and pet specialty retailers nationwide and in Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Costa Rica, as well as online. The dry cat food expiration dates for this expanded recall range from 1/1/2014 to 3/24/2014. The dry cat treats have expiration dates from 7/1/13 to 9/27/13.

For more information, please read here.

March 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM

New study on how diet may impact a dog's sense of smell

dogsniff.jpeg Izzy, an agricultural detector beagle whose nose is highly sensitive to food odors, sniffs incoming baggage and passengers at John F. Kennedy Airport's Terminal 4 in New York. Photo by Craig Ruttle, The Associated Press, 2012


Researchers have uncovered how to improve dogs' smelling skills through diet, by cutting protein and adding fats.

Veterinarian Joseph Wakshlag, chief of nutrition at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, and his team found that decreasing protein intake to 18 percent and increasing fat intake improved dogs' sniffing abilities. Less protein results in a faster return to normal body temperature after activity, which translates to better olfactory ability, according to Wakshlag.

The study used a new research technique, completely evacuating residual fumes from testing areas, which made for higher detection accuracy. This may indicate that a dog's detection abilities are better than previously thought.

Read the full story here.

March 23, 2013 at 2:02 AM

Run to benefit Karelian Bear Dogs, egg hunts and other pet events

Kick off spring with a 5K run, an egg hunt for canines or one of the other pet events in this roundup.

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Karelian Bear Dogs help the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife keep bears and people safe. Shown here are Mishka, Colter and Savute. (Photo courtesy of Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Karelian Bear Dog 5K Run: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23, Mill Creek Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek. Dog-friendly run benefits the Karelian Bear Dog Program. The dogs work with handlers to help resolve bear-human conflicts. The program also hopes to use the specially trained dogs in other wildlife work. At the event, pet-food donations will be collected for animals at PAWS . The dogs are part of PAWS' black bear release program. Race-day registration is $35. For details, see the website.
http://wdfw.wa.gov/kbd5k/

"When Your Dog has Cancer" book signing and fundraiser: 3-6 p.m. March 23, Northwest Cellars, 11909 124th Ave. N.E. Kirkland. Lola Ball, author of "When Your Dog has Cancer: Making the Right Decisions for You and Your Dog" will be at the book-signing and wine-tasting event benefiting Pasado's Safe Haven and AHELP (The Animal Hospice and End-of-Life Palliative Care Project). $15 donation at the door.
http://www.pasadosafehaven.org/

Easter B'egg Hunt: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 30, Camp Charlie's off-leash area, Duvall. Event benefits Homeward Pet Adoption Center. See the website for updates.
http://www.homewardpet.org/

Dog-Gone Easter Egg Hunt: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 30, Regional Athletic Center, Lacey. Dogs on leash hunt for plastic eggs at this event benefiting Old Dog Haven, Feline Friends and Concern for Animals. There will be vendor booths and demonstrations of dog sports. Hunt is $3 per adult. Fashion show is $3 per dog. For details, see the Pet Connection Magazine website.
http://petconnectionmagazine.com/dog-gone-easter-egg-hunt

Animal Adventure Camp: Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue. Registration is under way for Seattle Humane's summer program for kids ages 7-12. Participants meet and learn about pets, take part in pet training and other activities. The five-day camp is $205. (There is one four-day camp for $164.) Scholarships are available. The first camp starts on June 24. See the website for details on start dates for the different age groups.
http://www.seattlehumane.org/explore/events/education

Chihuahua adoptions: Through March 31, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue. $50 off adoption fees on Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes at least a year old. Dogs at Seattle Humane are behavior-tested, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and have a microchip ID. Most dog adoptions also include six weeks of training in a behavior course. To see some of the adoptable pets, click here. See the website for details on adoption fees.
http://www.seattlehumane.org/

Before you head out the door, check the event websites for updates and guidelines.

Do you have an event? Send us an email about it at tailsofseattle@seattletimes.com.

March 18, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Update: Big pet-food recall

Natural Pet Products has recalled four of its most popular brands of dog food -- EVO, Innova, California Natural and HealthWise -- because of possible salmonella contamination.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the recalled food was made in a single production facility during a two week window in December 2012. The Michigan Department of Agriculture found salmonella in routine testing, and as a precautionary measure, Natura voluntarily recalled all products made during that time.

The food was sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select pet-specialty retailers, and online in the United States, Canada, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Costa Rica, according to the FDA.

Product expiration dates ranged from Dec. 12, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014. Natura distributed the food between Dec. 18 and March 15. No other dry food, canned food, biscuits, bars or treats were affected, the FDA said.

Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products, and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products.

For specific brands and production codes as well as more information on this recall, please read here.

March 15, 2013 at 3:38 PM

More March pet events: Guinea pigs, nature walks and more

It's guinea pig month at Seattle Animal Shelter. The rescued cavies will be the stars at the shelter's Cool City Pets event Saturday. Other happenings include nature walks with dogs, the Karelian Bear Dog 5K Run and the start of registration for Animal Adventures Camp and Backyard Habitat Classes.

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They may be small but guinea pigs like this one can be big on personality. (Photo courtesy of Seattle Animal Shelter.)

Cool City Pets:1-3 p.m. March 16, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle. For Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month, meet and learn about this very social animal. Cavies, as guinea pigs are sometimes called, enjoy being indoors where they can interact with people and prefer to live with at least one other guinea pig. Other small creatures available for adoption at the monthly event include birds, hamsters, ferrets, rabbits and gerbils. Volunteers will be available to provide information about the animals' basic care and needs. The adoption fee for a guinea pig is $15. Fees for other small pets are $15-$40.
http://www.seattle.gov/animalshelter/

Bring a Buddy Guided On-Leash Nature Walk: 1 p.m. March 16, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle. Clip the leash on the dog and head to out for a nature walk that includes a talk on coyotes, wolves, foxes, cougars and bobcats. The walk is about 1 1/2 hours. $3/children, $5/adults. Space is limited. 206-652-2444 (ext. 103) or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/310423. If you miss this month's walk, check the center's website for April's event.
http://sewardpark.audubon.org/

Woof Walk: 10-11 a.m. March 16, Weowna Park entrance kiosk, 1420 168th Ave. S.E., Bellevue. Dogs on leash and their owners can join a park ranger for a free walk and learn about the city's parks. Dress for the weather. No registration. 425-452-7225.
http://www.bellevuewa.gov/cobcalendar/Default.aspx

Animal Adventure Camp: Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue. Registration opens at 9 a.m. March 18. Seattle Humane's summer program offers kids ages 7-12 a chance to meet and learn about pets, hear guest speakers and take part in pet training, animal language lessons and other activities. The five-day camp is $205. (There is one four-day camp for $164.) Scholarships are available. The first camp starts on June 24. See the website for details on start dates for the different age groups.
http://www.seattlehumane.org/explore/events/education

Backyard Habitat Classes: March 20-May 21. Woodland Park Zoo's spring series includes information on attracting birds to your yard, keeping pets and wildlife safe and more. Classes are $25 per class or $100 for the five-part series (if you register before 3 p.m. on the first day of the series). Drop-in classes are $30 if space is available. See the zoo website for a complete class schedule and details.
www.zoo.org

Karelian Bear Dog 5K Run: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23, Mill Creek Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek. Dog-friendly run benefits the Karelian Bear Dog Program. The dogs work with handlers to help resolve bear-human conflicts. The program also hopes to use the specially trained dogs in similar efforts with cougar conflicts and in other wildlife work. The Karelian Bear Dog Program will be collecting food donations for animals at PAWS during the event. The dogs are part of PAWS' black bear release program. Race registration is $30 before March 21 and $35 on the day of the race. For race details and to see photos of the dogs, see the website.
http://wdfw.wa.gov/kbd5k/

For more March pet events including Chihuahua adoptions, fundraising events and egg hunts, click here and scroll down the list.

Do you have an event? Send us an email about it at tailsofseattle@seattletimes.com.

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The adoption spotlight is on guinea pigs this month at Seattle Animal Shelter. (Photo courtesy of Seattle Animal Shelter.)

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