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Ware Pet Products (formerly Ware Manufacturing, Inc.) Celebrates 25thAnniversary at Global Pet Expo 2018 and the Launch of New Website: www.warepet.com

 

New Ware Pet website is now live, in celebration of the company’s 25 years of leadership in fun, innovation and the celebration of the incredible bond between pets and their people

PHOENIX, AZ - (MARCH 14, 2018Ware Pet Products(formerly Ware Manufacturing, Inc.), an industry leader in fun, smart and stylish pet product solutions, announces the launch of its new website http://www.warepet.comas it heads to Global Pet Expo 2018in Orlando, FL March 21-23, 2018 and the celebration of the Company’s 25thAnniversary.

“It’s hard to believe that Ware Pet Products (formerly Ware Manufacturing, Inc.) is twenty-five years old!  When you love what you do every day, it never feels like ‘work.’  We are honored to partner with incredible retailers, distributors, and our own employees to create and serve the pet product industry and pet-parents everywhere with product-solutions that promote a fun, happy and healthy lifestyle.  On behalf of our family owned company, we are proud to continue the growth that we’ve established over the past 25 years and we celebrate an unwavering commitment to innovation as we head towards what we know will be a bright future,” states Terri Ware, Co-Owner of Ware Pet Products.

 

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About Ware Pet Products

Founded in 1993 and still privately owned, Ware Pet Products is led by an innovative team of professionals that are among the most knowledgeable in the industry. We are passionate about our mission to continuously offer new and exciting products that enhance the lives of pets and their owners alike.  After all, we love our pets, too - and have quite an assortment among our team members, ranging from reptiles, to dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens and more. We even have three office cats!  We also are proud of Ware Cares™, as we are concerned about the carbon pawprint we leave as a company and are committed to using recycled and recyclable material in the manufacturing of our packaging and pet products.  For more information, please visit www.warepet.com.

Ware Pet Products (formerly Ware Manufacturing, Inc.) Announces the Launch of New Product Innovations at Global Pet Expo 2018

New Ware Pet Products will be unveiled at the largest pet product trade show in North America March 21-23, 2018 in Orlando, FL

PHOENIX, AZ - (MARCH 14, 2018Ware Pet Products(formerly Ware Manufacturing, Inc.), an industry leader in fun, smart and stylish pet product solutions, will unveil new products at Global Pet Expo 2018in Orlando, FL March 21-23, 2018.

In conjunction with the company celebrating its 25thAnniversary at the show, the new products reflect the growth and evolution of the trusted Ware Pet brand of solutions for dogs, cats, birds, small animals/critters, chickens, bees, and the people that love them. Several of the new products featured below are being featured in the show’s prestigious New Product Showcase, making them eligible for 2018 Product of the Year Awards in various categories.

Committed to innovation, fun and celebrating the incredible bond between pets and their people, the company’s new tagline is ware pets play. Graphic: WARE PETS PLAY

Continuing a strengthened commitment to fun and innovation, Ware Pet Products is also unveiling a new “R.T.A.” (Ready To Assemble) collection of cat furniture and playscapes that encourage a dedicated space to play, rest and eat.  A leader in the category, Ware will incorporate USA Carpet Tough™ – trademark pending – which is durable cat furniture made with carpet from the USA.

“As a leader of innovation in multiple categories of pet product solutions, we feel that the move from Ware Manufacturing to Ware Pet Products more clearly conveys what our company is all about and what our solutions offer pet-parents across the country: functionality, fun and safety.” states John Gerstenberger, Vice President of Product Development for Ware Pet Products.

New Ware Pet Products launching at the prestigious Global Pet Expo 2018 include:

(CATS)

R.T.A. (Ready To Assemble) Cat Furniture featuring USA Carpet Tough™:Ware’s newest collection of cat furniture offers the same great features and benefits of Ware’s existing pre-assembled cat furniture as a spot to rest, play and dine, but new for 2018 is Ware Pet’s R.T.A. (Ready To Assemble) feline furniture line with USA Carpet Tough™ - durable USA carpet in a 4 colors (tan, brown, grey and cream) chosen to best complement most home decors.  The 4 structures available include: The Plateau Palace, Contemporary Skyline, R&R Palace, and the 4 Level Condo Palace.  AnRTAfurniture option offers cat owners an easier way to transport the furniture from the store to their home, and also offers retailers a space-efficient solution for the cat furniture section of their stores.  

Photos:

Photos (2, examples):

  • Ware Contemporary Skyline™ with Box/packaging - click HERE
  • Ware Plateau Palace™ assembled with box - click HERE

MSRPs:

  • Ware - The Plateau Palace: MSRP $199.99
  • Ware - Contemporary Skyline MSRP $299.99
  • Ware - R&R Palace MSRP $249.99
  • Ware - 4 Level Condo Palace MSRP $269.99

(SMALL ANIMALS)

Tabby Cat Hamster Hideout: Soft and secure for small “critters”, this product serves the rapidly growing small animal pet owner population.  The Tabby Cat Hamster Hideout is resistant to stains and odors.  MSRP: $8.99 

Kapok Build-a-Bed + Kapok Build-a-Hut + Kapok Build-a-Nest: Softest bedding to keep a small critter cozy; Eco-friendly, the packaging for these products actually transforms into the product itself…turning into a bed, a hut, or a nest.  Each product is printed with vegetable based inks making this product convertible, efficient and safe to chew.  MSRP $3.99

Critter Crackers: A 3-pack of wholesome chews, made from high fiber timothy hay, offers a terrific and healthy option for rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and other small animals.Available in sea creature shapes or zoo creature shapes for added fun.  MSRP: $6.99

Lucky Flyer and Cruise-N-Snooze: Naturally safe to chew, this small animal item is great for hiding, resting or nesting.MSRP: $7.99

Chill Stone: Chew proof dolomite construction helps keep small animals and critters cool and comfortable.  Much lighter weight than granite.  MSRP $9.99

 PHOTOS for Small Animal:

 

Ware Kapok Build-A-Bed - click HERE

Ware Kapok Build-A-Nest - click HERE

Ware Kapok Build-A-Hut - click HERE (or HERE for lifestyle shot with pet)

Ware Pet Loofah Salad (assortment) - click HERE

Ware Pet Donut Delight Healthy Chews - single click HERE or click HERE for assortment / group shot

Ware Pet Health-E Bouquet - click HERE

Ware Pet Health-E Cone with Timothy Hay - click HERE

Ware Pet Health-E Shroom - click HERE

Ware Pet Krunchy Banana Healthy Chew - click HERE

Ware Pet Krunchy Bouquet - click HERE

Ware Pet Krunchy Bread Man - click HERE

Ware Pet Krunchy Carrot - click HERE

Ware Pet Krunchy Cookie - click HERE

Ware Pet Krunchy Sunflower - click HERE

Ware Tabby Cat Hideout - click HERE

 

(CHICKENS)

Coop Control for Chickens: Reduces “fowl” odors, Coop Control is 97% Bio-Based organic carbon and safe for chickens to ingest.  Sprinkle in pen to minimize odors, and USDA certified Bio-Based.  MSRP: $16.99

Photo: http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/15015_CoopControl_bag_front.jpg

Walk In Chicken Coop: This Walk in Chicken Coop includes 4 nest boxes and features predator-resistant hardware for added safety and security.  Accommodates a height of 5’5”.  MRSP $669.99

Photo: http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/14007_WalkIn_ChickenCoop.jpg

(and what you have is the Ware Belgian Barn Photo: http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/5_14059_chicken_coop.jpg

Insulated Chicken Water Cooler– To be featured in the New Product Showcase, this insulated water cooler is a great offering for the growing number of pet lovers that are adding pet chickens to their family.

Sideways Sipper Cooler Photo: http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/SidewaysSipper_InsulatedCooler.jpg

Sideways Sipper (single) Photo: http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/SidewaysSipper_largeNips.png

 

(BIRDS)

Bird Central: 2 versions (1 for cockatiel and conure and 1 for parakeet and finch), this easy-fill control feeding station with toy access, and a pull out toy for quick and easy cleaning.  MRSP: $99.99 for Parakeet/Finch and $$129.99 for Cockatiel/Conure)

Photo : Bird Central for Parakeet / Finch http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/17322_BCC_ParakeetNFinch.jpg

Photo: Bird Central for Cocktaiel/Conure http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/17323_BCC_CockatielNConure.jpg

ASSETS

High Resolution Logos + New Product Images, please click to access:

  • ware pets playtagline (new!): click HERE
  • WareLucky Flyer: click HERE
  • WarePurrfect Penthouse: click HERE
  • WareRTA Cat Furniture collection:
  • RTAPhoto1 - Contemporary Skyline (Grey)
  • RTAPhoto2 - The Plateau Palace (Brown)
  • RTAPhoto3- 4 Level Condo Palace (Cream)
  • RTAPhoto4 - The R&R Palace (Tan) 
  • WareKitty Corner: click HERE
  • WareTabby Cat Hamster Hideout: click HERE
  • WareWalk In Chicken Coop: click HERE
  • WareKapok Hut: click HERE
  • Ware Kapok Build a Nest: click HERE

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About Ware Pet Products

Founded in 1993 and still privately owned, Ware is led by an innovative team of professionals that are among the most knowledgeable in the industry. We are passionate about our mission to continuously offer new and exciting products that enhance the lives of pets and their owners alike.  After all, we love our pets, too - and have quite an assortment among our team members, ranging from reptiles, to dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens and more. We even have three office cats!  We also are proud of Ware Cares™, as we are concerned about the carbon pawprint we leave as a company and are committed to using recycled and recyclable material in the manufacturing of our packaging and pet products.  For more information, please visit http://www.warepet.com.

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Dear Friends,
Over the holiday weekend, Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation stepped in and saved 9 dogs that were in danger of losing their lives. These dogs were rescued from a Northern, CA. shelter. Due to the fires in Northern California and the overpopulation crisis of pets going on, these 9 dogs became an emergency rescue. California is still in emergency mode and rescues are still needed. We have been rescuing and doing what we can. Everyday, I am receiving sad emails of dogs in jeopardy. It takes hours every night to go through the emails and it is heart wrenching to see all these innocent animals facing euthanasia if they are not adopted or rescued. Please, please make a much needed donation today. These are difficult times and we need donations to help save more lives.
Our 9 Emergency Rescues
 
Emergency Preparedness
We are worried about everyone around the country dealing with storms.A new fire has started again in California and those facing the threat of tropical storms. We always want you to be prepared. Below, please find our Emergency Preparedness Brochure that you can download, print and keep on hand.
To download, please click on each picture below. 
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Our Recent Adoptions
Congratulations to Buford, Diamond, Josette, Paris, Zeuss & Spanky on finding your forever lover homes!
 

Felisept is a natural stress-reliever for cats of all breeds, colors, and sizes. Made with an extract of the mint plant we all know as "catnip", this plant is a natural attractant for cats and other feline species that helps create a sense of calm for them. When used in a cat's environment, Felisept can help curb their unwanted behavior that is often caused by feeling stressed. Felisept is available in two options to better suit your long-term or short-term needs. Try the fast-acting Felisept Spray to make travel and vet visits less troublesome for you and your cat, or plug in the long-lasting Felisept Diffuser to help your cat relax at home. Stress at home can be caused by many things for your cat, including: • Fireworks • Thunderstorms • New family members • Welcoming a new pet • Rearranged furniture • Animals outside in the yard

 

Stress can make us do crazy things, and it can affect our cats just as easily. While they don't have the same causes of stress we humans do such as work, money, and relationships, there are many other things in your cat's life and environment that can cause stress. How do you know if he's stressed? Luckily, cats show certain unusual behavior when something is bothering them, behavior that you might easily notice.

Here are 10 tell-tale behavioral signs from PetMD that your cat could be stressed out:

  1. Urinating Outside of the Litter Box
    If your cat is usually very good about keeping it in the box and you notice he's decided to urinate it other places around the house, he's probably trying to tell you something.
  2. Going Too Much, or Not Enough
    Diarrhea, constipation, and other digestive problems are not pleasant for you or your cat, and could be indicative of several possible things.
  3. Licking Til Fur is Gone
    Cats are known to groom themselves carefully and often, but no animal should lick to the point of bald patches or raw skin. This is a clear sign of stress, and should call for a trip to the vet instead of the groomer.
  4. Overly Scratching
    Too much scratching of himself can be just as bad as compulsive licking.
  5. Hiding From the Humans
    Cats are naturally aloof, but a cat that actively hides from you and everyone else in the house is likely hiding out of stress. Time to get him into a cat carrier and have a vet take a look.
  6. Talking More Than Ever
    Some cats are talkers, while others speak more rarely. If his meows are unusually long, panicked, or happening in recurring bouts, he's literally trying to tell you something. Your vet should be able to "crack the kitty language code".
  7. Eating Less or Not at All
    Humans may fast and go on diets, but cats are always going to be regular eaters--unless something is wrong. You'll want to see a vet very soon, especially if he stops eating entirely.
  8. Napping All Day & All Night
    They CAN sleep up to 20 hours per day, but that doesn't mean all cats will. No one knows your cat's sleeping schedule better than you. If you notice him suddenly sleeping more or being very lethargic, it could be stressed induced.
  9. Starting Fights with Other Pets
    They play rough, but real aggression between animals that are usually peaceful cohabitants of your home could be a sign that one of them is stressed or ill.
  10. Getting Aggressive with YOU
    Your favorite fluffy lap warmer decided to get aggressive with you? Try not to get personally offended. Stressed and sick animals may get suddenly aggressive with the humans they love, too. If this happens, it may be best to consult your vet quickly, before it gets out of hand.
NEW COOKBOOK FOR DOGS PROVES
THE HEALING POWER OF WHOLE FOODS

"Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs"
-A Natural Approach to Pet Health-

Home cooking for your dog may sound extravagant, but the key to good health is proper nutrition and pets are no exception. Canned, processed pet food has been directly linked to poor pet health and the truth is processed foods are just as bad for pets as they are for humans.Luckily, making food for your dog doesn’t have to be complicated or costly! In her new book,Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs,holistic veterinarian, Dr. Judy Morgan will show you easy, whole food recipes to keep your dog naturally healthy (and off medication.)
 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs: Maximizing Health With Whole Foods, Not Drugsis the ultimate health and wellness guide every dog owner needs to have.

This book details the importance of pet nutrition, and shows how to use food therapy to keep your dog naturally healthy. Author and holistic veterinarian, Dr. Judy Morgan has a passion for healing her patients with whole foods, minimizing medications and chemicals, allowing the body to heal from within. In this book she offers a variety of different menus options and easy-to-follow recipes that can be customized for your dog's specific health issues and even their personality type!

Visit:https://www.amazon.com/Yin-Yang-Dogs

 

WHY YOU NEED THIS BOOK:
 

While many pet owners like the idea of feeding their dogs a natural, whole foods diet, the logistics and cost of doing so can be overwhelming. This book is an easy-to-use and fun resource that proves cooking for your pet doesn't have to be costly or time consuming.Why should you prepare food for your pets? It’s simple. The pet food industry has let you down. Today it is widely known and accepted that diet and nutrition is linked to good health for humans but the vet industry has yet to catch up. Since the advent of processed food for pets, the pandemic of degenerative health problems has escalated in dogs and cats. People have depended on the pet food industry to provide wholesome nutrition to keep their pets healthy. Pet food labels often include words likeholistic, natural, andhuman grade; but in reality, ingredients are often waste products from the human food industry or rendered meals from diseased animal carcasses. The pet food industry has spent millions of advertising and teaching dollars to convince veterinarians and the pet-owning public that the only way to provide a complete diet is to feed processed industrial food....but the truth is, processed foods are just as bad for pets as they are for humans."If your dog is eating a prescription diet recommended by your veterinarian you are most likely paying a lot for a product that is not optimal for your pet,"says Judy Morgan, DVM, who operates two veterinary hospitals in New Jersey that offer an integrative approach to pet care combining holistic medicine with traditional western techniques.In this book, Dr. Morgan offers tips and interesting information on animal health and wellness that is useful for any pet owner. Dr. Morgan shows pet owners how to determine the right ingredients and quantities based on their pets’ health, condition, and behavior. The language is understandable without being over simplified and the book includes a wealth of photographs making the recipes easy-to-follow.

 
"Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs is a dog nutrition Bible for anyone who wants to keep their dog in peak condition. While there are a number of websites dedicated to whole and raw food canine diets, this is the most detailed and information-rich resource I’ve encountered."

-Jack Magnus, Amazon Reviewer

 

ABOUT DR. JUDY MORGAN:

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Dr. Judy Morgan is a nationally renowned author, speaker, and holistic veterinarian best known forhealing her patients with whole foods, minimizing medications and chemicals, allowing the body to heal from within.Dr. Morganhas received critical acclaim in the veterinary industry for integrating Eastern and Western medicine in her two award-winning veterinary practices in New Jersey.She is the author of three books on holistic pet care including the recently released titleYin & Yang, a holistic cookbook for dogs.  An active speaker and blogger, Morgan's social media sites reach millions of pet owners worldwide. Dr, Morgan is Chief Veterinary Medical Officer for Monkey's House Senior Dog Hospice and works with rescue groups for homeless dogs.

For More Information Visit: www.drjudymorgan.com

2018 is the Year of the Dog and National Geographic Kids Books is jumping in on the fun with all four paws with DOG DAYS OF HISTORY: The Incredible Story of Our Best Friends, by award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Sarah Albee. DOG DAYS OF HISTORY, is a complete story of man's best friend, from the first domesticated dogs, to the massive mastiffs that came over with Christopher Columbus on his voyage to the New World, to World War I hero dogs like Sergeant Stubby.  Sarah begins by exploring the origins of wolves and dogs and guides the reader through the changing role, looks and behavior of the pooches in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the 17th, 18th and 19th and 20th centuries to the modern day. Fetching tales, fascinating history and original art and images combine to create a revealing and comprehensive title that examines the enduring friendship that exists with our four-footed friends. A great reference tool, the back matter is extensive andincludes a Biblidography, Ruffrences, other resources to dig up and dog-related museums to sniff out. 

A few treats from the book:

    Who domesticated the very first dogs?
    Why did George Washington send a small dog to a British general?
    When did Dalmatians become friends with firefighters?
    Which dog starred in 26 movies and had his own chef and chauffeur?The close relationship between humans and beloved canine companions spans more than 15,000 years. During this time dogs have guarded us, worked with us and marched off to war with us. They’ve saved our lives, kept us company and helped us with daily tasks.  Their story is our story. 

When Cara felt her teenaged children slipping away and saw an empty nest on the horizon, she decided the best way to fill that void was with dogs—lots of them—and so her foster journey began.

            In 2015, her Pennsylvania farm became a haven for Operation Paws for Homes and a whirlwind of incredible dogs. There were the nine puppies that arrived with less than a day’s notice; a heart-worm positive dog; a deeply traumatized stray pup from Iraq; shy boys and mischievous girls; and countless others who just needed a gentle touch and warm place to sleep. The dogs that entered Cara’s home were rescue dogs from high-kill shelters in the rural south and needed a foster family as a midway point on their journey while they waited for their forever home.

            With wit and humor, Another Good Dog reveals a saga that began on an impulse and led to an epiphany that there wasn’t just one dog that could fill the hole left in Cara’s heart—there were dozens! The stories of these remarkable dogs and the joy they bring to Cara and her family (along with a few chewed sofa cushions) fill the pages of this touching and inspiring new book that reveals the wonderful rewards of fostering.

            When asked how she can possibly say goodbye to that many lovable pups, Cara says, “If I don’t give this one away, I can’t possibly save another.”

“A big hearted, inspiring and passionate look at a critical piece of the rescue puzzle. Lucky are the dogs who pass through Cara Sue Achterberg’s arms on their way to the lives they so richly deserve. Honest and engaging.” —Peter Zheutlin, New York Times bestselling author of Rescue Road

“As expected, the narrative revolves around tales of dogs and puppies. What’s unexpected are Achterberg’s personal reveals. The stories and photos will delight.”—Publishers Weekly


“Heartwarming. Illustrated with photographs of some of Achterberg's many fosters, this book blends insight and entertainment to tell an unforgettable story about seeking, and finding, life purpose through caring for abandoned dogs. A compassionate and humane canine tale.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Achterberg has in fact written another good book about dogs, but even more so she has produced a manifesto on how to change the world: through single acts of caring and compassion stacked one on top of another without end.”—Jim Gorant, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Dogs

Pegasus will publish on August 7, 2018. Cara lives in York County, Pennsylvania.

            Cara will be touring with her dog up and down the east coast, visiting the “rescue route” many of her dogs travel from high kill shelters as they make their way towards foster and forever homes as part of Operation Paws for Home, who will share in the proceeds from this book. Exact tour details forthcoming. I look forward to being in touch about this very special and heartwarming project!

 

Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation | 10061 Riverside Dr. Suite 1003, Toluca Lake, CA 91506

 
 
We truly need your help! All of the shelters are overfilled and they are begging rescues and people to adopt the many dogs and cats before they start euthanizing. (You can read the article here: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/local/all-la-city-animal-shelters-at-capacity-hundreds-of-pets-may-be-euthanized/ar-BBLnCRZ?ocid=se)
 
We have done what we could here at LBWF. We have been pulling emergency dogs since Memorial Day. We know right now we are in an emergency crisis with the animals but so few people are listening as the Country is so devastated. Our hearts go out to everyone affected. If you are able, would you please, please, make a donation today to help us.
This upcoming Tuesday, August 7th, the electric company is turning off the electricity in our area for nine hours so they can fix the electrical grid. The temperature is supposed to reach 107 degrees. We are in shock they are doing this and we are asking for donations to help us rent generators so we can keep the dogs cool and comfortable. The only way we can provide this is by renting three generators to hook up the mini air conditioning units, purchasing 100 blocks of ice for the baby pools so the dogs can lie in the cool water, and regular bags of ice. The cost of renting a generator is $250 each.
Everyone in the area is affected and we know there are many that are not thinking ahead but we truly are as we care for our rescued animals with all our hearts! Please help! We are also on fire alert every single day. Our emergency funds are very low and down to nothing because of having to spay and neuter most all of our rescue dogs since the shelters won’t. Please help us to help the dogs in need. We have rescued so many and save so many lives because of your support! You can donate by clicking the link below and please put a message of support in the message bar!
With Love & Thanks,
Linda Blair
 
Below are pictures of our rescue dogs enjoying pool time and play time. Everything we provide is because of your support & donations! 
Our Recent Rescues
 
A Day In The Life of an LBWF Rescued Dog
Your support & donations make this possible!
 
Happy rescued dogs get the "zoomies!"
 
 

 

July 13, 2018

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A Greater Swiss Mountain Dog named Chance, rescued in Canada after being abandoned with a severe limb deformity, is walking better today, thanks to veterinarians at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine who used advanced 3-D technology to operate on him in February.

A pot-bellied pig named Bebop, who also received limb-corrective surgery at UF last November with 3-D printing help, is back to rooting in his yard in Port St. Lucie, Florida, which he’d stopped doing after a painful shoulder injury.

Chance and Bebop are the first two clinical cases treated over the past six months at UF through the use of a state-of-the-art 3-D printer that uses high-performance plastics and offers numerous advances in patient care, teaching and research, UF veterinarians say.

Among the printer’s capabilities are the ability to create bone models with which veterinarians can ‘‘practice’’ a surgical procedure before the actual surgery, and the ability to create patient-specific surgical guides that improve accuracy and reduce surgery time.

“We have the Rolls-Royce of 3-D printers,” said Adam Biedrzycki, B.V.Sc., Ph.D., an assistant professor of large animal surgery at UF, who purchased the printer with start-up funds when he was hired by the UF College of Veterinary Medicine three years ago. “It can not only print parts that are approved in the aerospace industry to go into aircraft but also parts that are biocompatible for medical applications. That is, they can be used in live tissues.”

This is important, he said, because he and UF small animal surgeons, including Stanley Kim, B.V.Sc., an associate professor of small animal surgery who sought out a collaboration with the Biedrzycki lab and subsequently operated on Chance, wanted bone models that “actually feel and handle like the real thing” during presurgery practice.

“If you use cheap plastic, when you drill it or cut it, it tends to melt, so it does not perform like the real thing,” Biedrzycki said. “So, for practicing surgeries or for teaching, it is not the best thing.”

Although 3-D technology is being used in surgeries at a handful of veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States, UF’s printing capabilities are unique for several reasons. The printer and the materials it uses are high quality, being located at the college allows for a quick turnaround time, and the software allows surgeries to be planned out on a computer ahead of time.

“We can first make the cuts and simulate the repair and unite the bones virtually with plates and screws in the 3-D computer environment, then print them out and complete the surgery using the printed models,” Biedrzycki said. “This means time spent on the front end leads to time saved in the operating room, greater patient safety due to reduced risk and enhancement of surgical accuracy.”

The process begins with the inputting of diagnostic CT scans into specialized software the veterinarians use to plan a specific surgical procedure. Then, a model of the patient’s bone is printed, to which a customized 3-D printed surgical guide is attached.

“We affix the guide with a couple of pins, and like Cinderella’s slipper, it fits absolutely perfectly and only fits that bone,” Kim said. “It’s matched to the contour of the bone, then we know just where to cut.”

He said the printer’s primary usefulness clinically is the ability to create these customized printed guides.

Biedrzycki has only used the technology clinically on Bebop, the pot-bellied pig, who had a chronic shoulder luxation that required a complicated surgery to correct.

“We didn’t use the guide in Bebop’s case, but we eyeballed where we’d make the cut on the bones, then contoured bone plates to fit the model so we’d know where to put the plates in surgery. The procedure went much more rapidly because we did a lot of the hard work beforehand.”

Biedrzycki is investigating the technology’s potential for surgery on horse hooves. He also is excited about the potential use of 3-D printing in teaching and research.

“We are doing and trying things with the 3-D printer in the veterinary medical field that people haven’t done before, particularly if you look at the implantable high-performance plastics,” Biedrzycki said. “What is key for us is that the printer is in a surgeon-friendly lab rather than locked away in some engineering department on campus printing one-off examples. The guides and work we are doing are changing the way we approach cases. We hope that the knowledge and expertise we have will allow this to become routine, benefiting many more patients.”

Kristin Campbell of Port St. Lucie, Bebop’s owner, said the 2-year-old pig is doing well and that his recovery exceeded their expectations.

As for Chance, life has taken a huge turn for the better thanks to the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Rescue Foundation, which facilitated his transport to UF — and the procedure Kim conducted to help him.

 “Chance was found tied to a pole with a note asking that someone please find a new home for him,” said Pat Saxon, who is president and chair of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog rescue group based in Bradenton. “He was then taken to a shelter in Canada and we were contacted to see if we could help.”

A veterinarian in Canada diagnosed the dog with a bilateral patellar luxation due to limb deformities, with the right hind leg being the most severely affected. Aware of the 3-D technology, the veterinarian believed it could help Chance, although he felt the prognosis was guarded at best, Saxon said.

“Thankfully, Dr. (Stanley) Kim’s expertise proved him incorrect,” she said. “He was so gracious in answering any question I had prior to seeing Chance that we decided to take him to UF.”

During his recuperation period, Chance received water treadmill therapy in Sarasota and has continued to recuperate well. Although he may still need surgery on his other leg, Saxon plans to see how Chance does over the summer.

“We are so happy to see him be able to walk, run and play more normally,” she said.

                                                                               

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine is supported through funding from UF Health and the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF FELINE PRACTITIONERS RELEASES NEW FELINE ANESTHESIA GUIDELINES 
TO THE VETERINARY COMMUNITY

First exclusive Feline Anesthesia Guidelines authored by an expert panel aim to make anesthesia and sedation safer for the feline patient

[HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – July 10, 2018] The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) today released the first Feline-specific Anesthesia Guidelines to the veterinary community, which are published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. General anesthesia is an essential component of feline practice, without which surgery and certain other treatment modalities and diagnostic procedures would be impossible. These Feline-focused Guidelines are vital to cat health. Due to their unique physiology and small size, cats undergoing anesthesia are at a relatively greater risk of complications and mortality than many other species. Empirical evidence shows that cats undergoing anesthesia have a higher mortality rate compared with dogs.1,2

Relying on a standardized, evidence-based approach for administering anesthesia is especially useful for ensuring the patient’s safe and predictable perioperative response and recovery. These Guidelines address specific causes of disparities and ways of avoiding perioperative complications associated with monitoring, airway management, fluid therapy, and recovery. Additionally, the Guidelines discuss other important aspects of feline anesthesia, including perianesthetic anxiety and stress, perianesthetic monitoring by physical and electronic means, the role of underlying diseases such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the correct use of anesthesia equipment, and total injectable anesthesia. Content has been organized in the following areas: use and care of equipment, preanesthetic assessment, comorbidities, critical patient emergencies, anesthesia and sedation, perioperative complications, and anesthesia recovery. 

“The overarching purpose of the AAFP Anesthesia Guidelines is to make anesthesia and sedation safer for the feline patient. We are committed to improving the health and welfare of all cats and providing this resource to veterinary teams is an important milestone,” said Heather O’Steen, CEO of the AAFP.

The Guidelines were authored by an expert panel and include visuals and other information designed to minimize risks associated with anesthesia; namely, tables, charts, and algorithms that are very useful resources for veterinary teams. These invaluable tips and techniques for the practice team start even before the patient leaves home and goes through the critical recovery period. The associated client brochure provides cat caregivers with digestible information that enables them to understand anesthesia, what to expect, properly prepare their cat for a procedure, and care for them during recovery (catfriendly.com/anesthesia).

“By proactively developing an individualized anesthetic plan that considers the uniqueness of each feline patient and recognizing that ‘one size does not fit all,’ the experience for the cat can be improved and the outcome successful. It is our hope that these Guidelines will become the practice’s go-to resource and each team member will have a new awareness of all the tools and techniques available to them,” in a joint statement, said Guidelines Co-Chairs Susan M. Gogolski, DVM, PMP, DABVP (Canine/Feline) and Sheilah A. Robertson, BVMS (Hons), PhD, DACVAA, DECVAA, DACAW, DECAWBM (WSEL), MRCVS.

It is recommended that these Guidelines – endorsed by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) – be used in conjunction with other previously published guidelines (freely accessible at catvets.com/guidelines), such as those on feline friendly handling, feline friendly nursing care, senior care, pain management, and fluid therapy, as they each contain specific information that should be considered when sedating and/or anesthetizing cats. The Anesthesia Guidelines and associated supplemental resources are available for download on the AAFP website (catvets.com/anesthesia) so practice teams can easily retrieve, print, and laminate them for quick reference. They can also be attached to anesthesia machines and displayed on walls in the preparation, surgery, and recovery areas.

To access the Guidelines, supplemental resources, and client brochure, visit: catvets.com/anesthesia.

To access the AAFP’s consumer site with anesthesia information for cat owners, visit: catfriendly.com/anesthesia

1 Dyson DH, Maxie MG and Schnurr D. Morbidity and mortality associated with anesthetic management in small animal veterinary practice in Ontario. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc1998; 34: 325–335.

2 Brodbelt DC, Pfeiffer DU, Young LE, et al. Risk factors for anaesthetic-related death in cats: results from the confidential enquiry into perioperative small animal fatalities (CEPSAF). Br J Anaesth 2007; 99: 617–623.

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About the American Association of Feline Practitioners
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) supports its members in improving the health and welfare of cats through high standards of practice, continuing education, and evidence-based medicine. As a trusted leader in the veterinary community, the AAFP has a long-standing reputation and track record for facilitating high standards of practice and providing educational resources to veterinary teams, including guidelines for practice excellence and an annual conference. Over the years, the AAFP has encouraged veterinary professionals to continuously re-evaluate preconceived notions of practice strategies in an effort to advance the quality of feline medicine practiced. Launched in 2012, the Cat Friendly Practice® (CFP) program (catvets.com) was created to improve the treatment, handling, and overall healthcare provided to cats. Its purpose is to provide veterinary practices with the tools and resources to reduce stress associated with the visit and elevate the standard of care provided to cats. With the belief that cat caregivers are instrumental to feline health and welfare, in 2017, the AAFP launched catfriendly.com, a consumer-focused reliable educational resource.

About the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery is the official journal of the AAFP and the ISFM and is published in partnership with SAGE. All AAFP and ISFM and guidelines are free to access and download from guidelines.jfms.com.

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