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FDA Warns of Illnesses and Deaths in Pets

FDA Warns of Illnesses and Deaths in Pets Exposed to Prescription Topical Pain Medications Containing Flurbiprofen

April 17, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners, veterinarians, health care providers and pharmacists that pets are at risk of illness and death when exposed to topical pain medications containing the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) flurbiprofen. People using these medications, should use care when applying them in a household with pets, as even very small amounts could be dangerous to these animals.

The FDA has received reports of cats in two households that became ill or died after their owners used topical medications containing flurbiprofen on themselves to treat muscle, joint, or other pain. The pet owners had applied the cream or lotion to their own neck or feet, and not directly to the pet, and it is not known exactly how the cats became exposed to the medication. The products contained the NSAID flurbiprofen and the muscle relaxer cyclobenzaprine, as well as other varying active ingredients, including baclofen, gabapentin, lidocaine, or prilocaine.

Two cats in one household developed kidney failure and recovered with veterinary care. Two cats in a second household developed signs that included reluctance to eat, lethargy, vomiting, melena (black, tarry, bloody stools), anemia, and dilute urine. These two cats died despite veterinary care. A third cat in the second household also died after the owner had stopped using the medication. Veterinarians performed necropsies on the three cats that died and found evidence in the kidneys and intestines that were consistent with NSAID toxicity.

The FDA recommends that people who use topical medications containing flurbiprofen take care to prevent their pets from being exposed to them, even in ways that may seem unlikely to cause problems.

  • Store all medications safely out of the reach of pets.
  • Safely discard or clean any cloth or applicator that may retain medication and avoid leaving any residues of the medication on clothing, carpeting or furniture.
  • Consult your health care provider on whether it is appropriate to cover the treated area.
  • If you are using topical medications containing flurbiprofen and your pet becomes exposed, bathe or clean your pet as thoroughly as possible and consult a veterinarian.
  • If your pet shows signs such as lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, or other illness, seek veterinary care for your pet and be sure to provide the details of the exposure.
  • Understand that, although the FDA has not received reports of dogs or other pets becoming sick in relation to the use of topical pain medications containing flurbiprofen, these animals may also be vulnerable to NSAID toxicity after being exposed to these medications.

Veterinarians who have patients who show signs of NSAID toxicity should ask whether anyone in the household has used topical pain medications containing flurbiprofen.

Health care providers who prescribe topical pain medications containing flurbiprofen and pharmacists who fill these prescriptions should advise patients with pets to take care to prevent exposure of the pet to the medication.

Pet owners and veterinarians can also report any adverse events to the FDA.

Contact FDA

240-276-9300
240-276-9115 FAX
Issued by: FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine

Communications Staff, HFV-12

7519 Standish Place

Rockville, MD 20855

My Heart Is Overflowing

My heart is overflowing today and I don’t even know if sharing all of this is the right thing to do.

The Cat House on Wheels safely transported us from Florida to our new home in Crystal Lake the last days of March. The cats, Carly and I remained while Jim took Zeke and went to our home in Girard. The past two weeks and the next few weeks will be spent with Jim down in Girard doing the hard work of preparing for the physical move of household goods and doing all the necessary home repairs and yard work. I, on the other hand, will remain in Crystal Lake and have the sole responsibility of caring for our cats, kittens (16 at present count) and Carly. Jim brought a truckload of “stuff” to me this past weekend so now I have a lot of unpacking to do. Jim and I are a great team but when we move, Jim becomes the Gunny and I and anyone else who happens to be around to help are the troops. For those of you who have been a part of the military, you know exactly what I am referring to. The one problem is that I am not real good at saying “Yes, Gunnery Sergeant” in answer to his commands. Instead I bark back! So although he just arrived on Sunday, by Monday I was ready for him to go back to Girard! And I told him this!

Then we opened Jim’s email and learned that our very good friend George had a massive stroke and the prognosis was not good. Today we learned he did not make it.

Let me tell you about George. He is the one person you hope you are seated next to at a dinner party. He is funny, loves life and seems to love everyone he meets. He makes you feel like you are the only person in the room and you have his full undivided attention. To quote Jim, “What a man, what a friend, what a Marine he was!” He knew everything there was to know about the civil war and was writing a book about that subject. The last time we had dinner with him in March, he was 80 percent finished. Every time we were with George and his equally wonderful wife, Pat, he never said good-bye. Instead he would say “I miss you already.”

So does our little bickering matter – or does it matter how quickly our “stuff” gets here or is put away. No…what does matter is that Jim gets up here as quickly as he can so we can spend every precious minute together. I know that can’t happen right away and I can’t change that but what I can change is cherishing the time we have together, even when he is “the Gunny.”

When we are together we love spending time with our animal family, and the kittens bring tremendous joy to us. Izabella gave birth to five beautiful kittens exactly on her due date, April 4. Izabella is like no other cat we have–you have probably read about her in previous posts or saw her photo on the home page of our website–a photo of her in the refrigerator. And when she has kittens, she continues to be a little stinker! The newest mama and babies are always in our master bedroom so we can keep an extra special watch on them. So Monday night we go to bed and about 3:30 a.m. we are awakened by Izzy and all five of her babies–she brought all five up on the bed in between us! I would have to contact a cat psychologist (yes, there are!) to see why she did this but I think she just wanted to be with us so she brought along the whole family! After lots of loving, she seemed to be content to go back to where she and the kittens belong.

Izzy and her kittens.  Notice she is lying on Jim's pajama top so she feels he is near.

Izzy and her kittens. Notice she is lying on Jim’s pajama top so she feels he is near.

Birth, death – the circle of life. What is the meaning? I just hope I can finish my days here on earth like our friend–loving people, caring for them, giving them my undivided attention.

George, I miss you already.

Wait List/Optimist List

Our wait list has become full, very full! We are now projecting November/December adoption dates. Therefore, we feel it is necessary to temporarily stop accepting additions to our list.

If I have talked with you in the last couple of weeks but we have not as yet received your deposit, I will still add you to our wait list. Please call me within the next week to make this happen. (217-823-5482) After April 1, we will not be adding anyone to the wait list unless they are looking into the future and wanting a kitten sometime during 2016 (yes, there are people who do plan that far ahead). As of April 1, our wait list deposit will be $100; this will still be deducted from the total price of the kitten.

Simba

Simba

After April 1, we will have a different list. I think I will call it our “Optimist List.” We will take your name, phone number and email address and contact you when the wait list opens up once again. After the spring litters are all born and reserved, we will take a look at our projections and see what adoption dates are realistic. If you are not already on our wait list, we encourage you to contact other breeders. Several good sources for a list of breeders are kittysites.com, tica.org, and taigasiberianclub.com.

Here are some recently received photos from our current pet parents. They had to wait also but their patience paid off and they are now enjoying their beautiful, loving and sometimes mischievous Siberians.

Nadeah

Nadeah

 

Simba

Simba

 

Talya

Talya

Ollie

Ollie

Izzy and Zoey

Izzy and Zoey

 

 

Another Leo

Leo

 

 

 

Leo

Another Leo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell me Heidi, Linda, Emily, Tubba, Debbie, Tatiana, and Sara — was it worth the wait? 😍

Spring Is Coming, I Promise!

Dawn, one of our future pet parents, emailed after we posted the photos of our latest babies and said “Kittens blooming like crocuses – can Spring be far behind?”  And now we have more babies!  So for Dawn and all of you “up North” here are some new photos to let you know — don’t despair, Spring is coming!

Six babies born to Liliya on February 27 (photos taken today when they are nine days old):

Blue with White (white collar)

 

Black with White - "Where's my Mommy?"

Black with White – “Where’s my Mommy?”

Colorpoint

Colorpoint

Blue with White

Blue with White

Red Boy

Red Boy

Black/Silver

Black/Silver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And just so you can see how quickly they grow, my last post featured Jackie’s babies and now look at these photos taken today – tomorrow they will be three weeks old.

Kira

Kira

Kira

Kira

Adrian

Adrian

Adrian

Adrian

Kristina

Kristina

Kristina - "Who is that kitty in the mirror?"

Kristina – “Who is that kitty in the mirror?”

 

 

 

 

 

Luka

Luka

Luka and Elizaveta

Luka and Elizaveta

 

Elizaveta

Elizaveta

 

 

 

The first eleven people on our waiting list have been notified and will begin making their selections when the kittens are 5 weeks old.  Next litter due April 4 – stay tuned!

We are so blessed with these beautiful kittens and our beautiful pet parents – current and future – THANK YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quiet Please!

Jim received a call from our friend, Jay, asking him to go fishing on Monday. Because Jackie was expecting any day now he thought perhaps he should not commit.  I said it is fine; it is obvious she is only going to have one or two kittens (she was not large plus her last litter was only two).

Sunday night about 10:15 Jackie let me know she is ready so we head off to the birthing room.  I told Jim  “go to bed. I will wake you up if I need you.” We had two birthing boxes set up and she proceeded to pace back and forth between the two of them but always stopping to get some strokes and reassuring words from me.

11:20 – first baby born

Birth was easy–Jackie and I worked together nicely. No need to wake up Jim. Everything went fine until I tried to open the bottle of iodine to apply to the end of the umbilical cord – and I tried, and I tried some more.  You know those bottles that say press down and turn at the same time. Well I did that but it was not working. I got out the magnifying glass to read the tiny print on the bottle to make sure I was turning it the right way. So they have an open circle with an arrow on each end. Okay!  Now that’s a lot of help! So I remember what Jim taught me: righty tighty, lefty loosey.  So I turn to the left – nothing.  Well, I might as well try turning the other way too. Nothing!  I only had one choice – wake up Jim – so I go into our bedroom bottle in hand – he wakes up, I give him the bottle, one twist, it’s open!

I go back in the room as the second baby is being born – it is 11:40 – wow, that’s quick!

Now we go into a long rest period – nothing is happening – so I think I was right – only two babies. But I have to wait for the placentas to be delivered which finally happens at 12:30.  Before I go to bed, I decide I better feel her to see if by chance there are any more babies.  Yep! I feel two little heads.  I think that’s wonderful – four is the perfect litter size. At 1:10 baby no. 3 comes into the world followed by baby no. 4 at 1:30.

Better just feel feel her one more time.  Oh, there’s another head.  So we wait. Finally at 2:40 the fifth and final baby is born.  Jim is going to be surprised!

I get everything cleaned up and crawl into bed a little after four, but not before putting a sign on the door so Jim will not wake me.

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In a semi-conscious state I hear him open the door to take a look at the kittens.  I know he is proud that I did it all by myself!

He makes his coffee and heads out the door to go fishing.

So everyone is happy here at the Florida location of Semper Fi Siberians: we have five gorgeous healthy kittens

Zhaklin and her 5 precious babies

Zhaklin and her 5 precious babies

and Jim and Jay caught fish

Sea Trout and Spanish Mackerel

Sea Trout and Spanish Mackerel

Running on Low!

I have been working on a new blog post for over a week, but for some reason my creative juices are running on low. Must be these lazy “summer” days. Oh, I’m sorry, up north it is winter, isn’t it!😉

In the meantime I thought you might enjoy some photos and emails sent in during the last couple of weeks by our pet parents.

One of our pet parents, Debbie, and I are Facebook friends and I was blown away when she posted this photo of Pashka.image

She actually took this gorgeous photo on her phone!  We both agree this looks like a painting.  A day or so later she posted this one of both her Siberian girls, Pashka and Katya, looking like statues!image

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And The Winners Are!

Anastasia - B

Anastasia – B

Your votes are in and it was overwhelmingly a “B” day!  These are the photos the majority selected as the official poses for Ana and Maggie.

 

Magdalena - B

Magdalena – B

 

Of course, in true Marine form, Jim had to also include the ones he liked best!😳

 

 

 

Pet Food Recall

As promised, I am notifying my blog followers of another pet food recall. J J Fuds, Inc. located in Valparaiso, IN has issued a recall on pet food because of possible health risk.

This one covers their Chicken Tender Chunks. If you feed this product to your pet, please access the following:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm431432.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_

This particular recall is warning about Listeria which can cause serious and fatal infections to humans.

 

Life’s’ Abundance – Great Food/Great Company

We know the majority of our pet parents feed our recommended pet food (Life’s Abundance) to their dogs and cats so this recall will be of no concern, but I still feel led to use my blog to bring this information to others.

We love Life’s Abundance both for the quality of their food and for the quality of their dedication to their customers – both two-legged and four-legged!😉

Every month we look forward to receiving the monthly newsletter from Life’s Abundance. This month’s issue had three great articles. The first one is written by Dr. Jane who is the veterinarian who formulates all the pet foods. This article is entitled Your Cat May Be Smarter Than You Think

– I think you will enjoy reading it.

http://blog.lifesabundance.com/post/2015/01/23/Your-Cat-May-Be-Smarter-Than-You-Think.aspx?realname=20085868

The Dr. Jane Foundation has recently awarded financial assistance to a no-kill pet shelter in Georgia… another great read! And for those of you who regularly purchase Life’s Abundance, it will do your heart good to read how this simple decision is helping dogs and cats all over our country.

http://blog.lifesabundance.com/post/2015/01/23/Foundation-Award-to-TLC-Humane-Society.aspx?realname=20085868
And for those of you who have dogs, you may enjoy finding out their I.Q.

http://blog.lifesabundance.com/post/2015/01/23/Simple-10-Minute-IQ-Test-for-Dogs.aspx?realname=20085868

If you are interested in finding more about this company and their pet food, you may give us a call or go to their website: www:lifesabundance.com/semperfisiberians

 

My blog would not be complete if I did not include many cat photos. So as not to disappoint, here are some recent shots sent in by our beloved pet parents:

 

Very handsome Ziggy Stardust.

Very handsome Ziggy Stardust.

Tatiana sent several great photos of Leo.

Tatiana sent several great photos of Leo.

 

Vladimir loves to play in the sink

Vladimir loves to play in the sink

Lincoln loves to be pushed in baby carriage by Laila

Lincoln loves to be pushed in baby carriage by Laila

Isabel gets to blow out the candle for her first birthday. And, of course, it's a Lifes Abundance cake!

Isabel gets to blow out the candle for her first birthday. And, of course, it’s a Life’s Abundance cake.

 

 

Lady and the Tramp

Many of you are probably too young to remember the delightful movie Lady and the Tramp. It came out in the mid-fifties when I was just a wee slip of a girl (all right, Jim, you can pick yourself up off the floor and stop laughing now!). Seriously, I loved this movie and it is one of the few I remember to this day.

A publicized description for this film began: “Experience the thrilling adventures of Lady, a lovingly pampered cocker spaniel, and Tramp, a freewheeling mutt with a heart of gold.”

To be continued……….

During September we adopted into our home two additions to our Siberian family: Magdalena from Slava Cattery and Anastasia from Tunies Siberians. They are future breeders for our cattery…..but, so much more! They bring smiles to our faces every day and sometimes side-splitting laughter. They warm our toes every night and wake us up with kisses every morning….usually too early for two retirees; of course, anything before 9:00 a.m. is too early!

Although Maggie and Ana are less than two weeks a part in age and are both Siberians, their personalities are as different as night and day. Maggie is sweet and will lay on your lap or beside you for hours. Ana also loves to come up on your lap for maybe a minute and then she is off to check out a noise she just heard or play with a toy she just spotted. Both love to give kisses. I think some of Ana’s ancestors must have been Eskimos from Alaska because her kisses are nose rubs. Well, I just thought of this, maybe that’s how they kiss in Siberia too!

……..So every time I look at the two of them chasing each other through the house, swatting a toy back and forth or lying with their arms wrapped around each other, I think of Lady and the Tramp. I know they are not dogs and Ana is definitely not a mutt but the personalities are right on.

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These photos are from this morning. Maggie is taking her nap sprawled across a cabinet in our dining area. Carly, our Golden, is lying on the floor nearby. Ana decides first to go wake up Maggie, then she spots Carly…hmmm, should I pounce on him, she wonders. No I think I will just smudge up the mirror so Ms. Nancy has something to do today. After all, since the kittens have all gone to their forever homes, she is probably getting bored. Well, I guess I have accomplished everything I can do up here, what should I get into next?

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And speaking of the kittens all having gone to their forever homes, I am finally finding some extra time. Jim has been asking me for over two months to take some photos of Maggie and Ana for our website. He is webmaster and handles everything to do with the website but I am the official photographer – I didn’t say I was a good photographer, just the official one! Would you have any objection to helping me pick out the photos I should give him? I am trying to decide between the following. Let me know your choices?

 

Anastasia - A

Anastasia – A

Anastasia - B

Anastasia – B

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Anastasia – C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magdalena - A

Magdalena – A

Magdalena - B

Magdalena – B

Magdalena - C

Magdalena – C

 

Favorite Pet: Dog or Cat

Tatiana chillin!!

Tatiana chillin!!

Smokey visited Santa

Smokey visited Santa

Over the holidays we went to a Christmas celebration church service in Crystal Lake. Before the service began, they had a series of fun things – sort of like ice breakers. One was a series of choices posed to those in attendance. We were supposed to shout out our favorite choice of two options given; for instance, what flavor ice cream: vanilla, chocolate; best Christmas tree: artificial, real; favorite pet: dog or cat? The loudest answers: chocolate…real…dog. DOG – really?

For the newcomers to my blog, I will briefly explain that every January we take off for Florida in our motor home accompanied by our pet family – which seems to increase a little every year. I fondly call our motor home the Cat House on Wheels!

This year we left on December 18, earlier than usual, so we could close on our new house, pick up Mr. Silver and spend the holidays with daughter Kelly and family in Maryland.

Now most people, including at least one very close family member (!), think we are out of our minds for traveling with 8 cats and 2 dogs.

And guess what, most people are correct!

What a trip! Sometime between Christmas and New Years, Jim and I caught colds that quickly turned into bronchitis. A trip to the doctor was not very helpful.

Now when you are both sick and it is bitter cold outside and/or raining, who has to take the dogs out? It seemed like it was me, but to be honest, I think we evenly divided that chore. On the other hand, the cats were perfectly content to stay in the motor home and make sure we were warm and cozy. One night Jim woke up and he couldn’t move his legs. It startled him so he turned on the bedside lamp and found two cats lying on his legs. He looked over at me – he said I was lying on my back and two cats were lying on my chest. There were a total of six cats in bed with us!

Okay, so who is the best pet? A dog that has to go out in inclement weather or a cat that stays in and keeps you warm?

After New Year’s we decided heading south was the only way we could hope to find some warmer weather. Although Florida was strongly beckoning, we wanted to stop in North Carolina to visit friends Penny and John, and Jim’s sister Patty and husband, John. Great visits!

On January 8 we finally drove into Fort Myers. The sun felt so good! Although the cats love the motor home, they quickly adjusted to our home here, climbing on the cat trees and looking out the windows. Mr. Silver is happy to be with his harem.

And although we are still feeling under the weather, we are enjoying the slower pace, watching the palm trees swaying in the breeze, picking fruit off the cocktail tree, playing with the cats, and taking the dogs outside! Dogs…Cats – we love them both!

Enjoy some photos recently sent by our Semper Fi pet parents.

Ollie enjoyed Boston!

Ollie enjoyed Boston!

Merry Christmas from Abby!

Merry Christmas from Abby!

Beautiful Pashka and Katya

Beautiful Pashka and Katya

Merry Christmas from Izzy and Zoey!

Merry Christmas from Izzy and Zoey!

Our champion, Nadeah, is now bringing lots of love to Linda in Michigan.

Our champion, Nadeah, is now bringing lots of love to Linda in Michigan.

Petey (not one of our kittens but his mama wanted us to know how much he enjoys Life's Abundance!)

Petey (not one of our kittens but his mama wanted us to know how much he enjoys Life’s Abundance!)

Happy New Year from Gracie and Kaz!

Happy New Year from Gracie and Kaz!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

We wish all our pet parents and friends of Semper Fi Siberians a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas came early to several members of our Semper Fi family this year.  December has been a very busy month for us with nine kittens going to their forever homes.

Snowball had quite a greeting party when it was time for him to leave.  Sandrine’s mother had just arrived from France the day before so she could meet the new addition to the family.  They were accompanied by husband, Dave and their three boys Kaiden, Kingston and Teo. I have talked to Sandrine several times since Snowball joined the family and she reports they are all in love with him!

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The next week I drove to the Chicago area accompanied by five kittens.  To make the trip more pleasant the “six” of us listened to a book on CD!  As long as the book was playing, the kittens were quiet as could be.

Ksjusha was thrilled when she finally was able to hold her precious Tchaikovsky.  He accompanied her when she flew to join her parents for Christmas.  She said he didn’t make a peep during the plane ride and the person sitting next to her did not even realize she had a kitten with her.

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Jeffrey, Danielle, Abby and Lauren welcomed Mishka into their home.  Jeff wrote saying Mishka has been  a superstar through the transition. He pretty much rested on Saturday but by Sunday he was busy playing with them and by himself.  Jeff ended his report on Mishka by saying “He is a joy to have around.”

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Emily was very happy to meet Ollie. Emily reported Ollie is a good combination of playful and cuddly and sleeps right next to her at night. They were flying together to Boston for Christmas. I can’t wait to hear how Ollie enjoyed his first plane trip.

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I was excited to meet Jill when she came to pick up Halo.  We had several conversations when she was selecting her kitten and was hoping the match was going to be perfect. It was! Jill wrote a beautiful email to us – she said “He  is such a very special cat and we feel so incredibly blessed to have him as part of our family.”

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Tatiana has experience raising a kitten. She has worked at a cage free cat society plus she has a male Rag Doll named Milo.  She felt Milo needed a friend so she selected Zhaklin’s beautiful cream male and named him Leo. I talked to her a couple of days after she took Leo home and she said Milo and Leo were already grooming each other!

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While I was in Chicago, Jim stayed home to take care of our pet family and to meet Rania and Josh who drove all the way from Kentucky to pick up Pepper.  They have been the first persons on our waiting list for a long time because they were building a home which took longer than expected.  They are finally in their new home so they got a new puppy and completed their family with a Siberian kitten.  Perfect!

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Lisa lives very close to our present location of Girard so she was able to bring daughters Addison and Gianna over when the kittens were five weeks old to make their selection.  They chose Zhaklin’s blue and cream. They, too, were moving to a new house so the timing was “almost” perfect.  She picked up Dax on Tuesday and Thursday was moving day.  Everyone survived beautifully!

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Kip, Anita and Drew had some commitments so they had to wait until last week-end to pick up Lambeau.  In fact, they have the honor of being the very first family to pick up their kitten in our new home in Crystal Lake (we closed on Friday).  Yes, we are moving – can’t say exactly when – but I will post more about that in a later blog. I talked with Anita today and she said they are loving Lambeau and working through the introduction of their two Siberians.

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To use Jill’s words, Jim and I feel so incredibly blessed to have these families join our Semper Fi Siberian family!

 

 

 

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