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iHeartDogs Launches New Premium Home Collection, PACK&DEN

iHeartDogs Launches New Premium Home Collection, PACK&DEN

Collection of exceptional beds and throws provides meaningful impact and luxury to both pets and pet owners

Anaheim, California (July 19, 2018) — After four years as a leading pet goods manufacturer and e-commerce retailer, iHeartDogs.com has just launched PACK&DEN, a new premium home collection of exceptional dog beds and throws.

The PACK&DEN collection of all faux, vegan products are meticulously crafted to provide luxurious comfort to both dogs and dog lovers, doubling as high-quality decor for the household. The new line includes three Big Doggo Faux Fur Throws with odor control and a calming pack in Grey Wolf, Tawny Fox, and Ivory Llama in both medium and large sizes and four Little Pup Faux Fur Throws with odor control and a calming pack in Grey Wolf, Tawny Fox, Ivory llama, and Tan Llama in both small and extra small sizes. In addition, customers can also treat their smaller canines with Little Pup Faux Fur Memory Foam Beds also available in Tawny Fox and Grey Wolf in small.

“Most dogs love hanging out on furniture but we’ve noticed our customers often complaining about the doggy smell permeating the couch,” says iHeartDogs Co-Founder and CEO Justin Palmer. “We wanted to create products that were comfortable for our pets but luxurious enough to add into your home decor.”

Both throws and beds include sturdy faux suede backing and special easy to open velcro pockets with an odor eliminating activated charcoal bag and an aromatherapy felt heart insert to use with calming essential oils. Both beds and throws are easy to clean and machine washable. The new PACK&DEN collection will continue to follow iHeartDogs impact driven business model and will provide one warm fleece blanket to a shelter dog in need with each purchase.

“Dogs spend 80 percent of their lives lying down and whether they’re in shelters or have found their forever homes, they deserve to be comfortable,” says Palmer. “Through each purchase, our customers will be providing blankets that will help keep pets warm in an environment that’s not always temperature controlled. Often times a blanket is the closest thing they have to a proper bed and it’s usually the only possession a dog has while waiting for their forever home.”

To shop the collection or learn more about PACK&DEN, visit https://iheartdogs.com/pack-and-den.

About iHeartDogs
iHeartDogs.com is the leading “profit for purpose” pet goods manufacturer and e-commerce retailer, supporting animal shelters and rescue organizations around the nation. Veteran-owned and operated, iHeartDogs was founded in 2014 as a Facebook page inspired by a rescued Siberian Husky named Splash, and has grown to over 20 million online followers and 1 million loyal customers. Through each customer purchase, iHeartDogs is able to fund millions of meals for shelter animals, provide hundreds of thousands of safe toys to shelters and helps fund service and companion animals for veterans. Named one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies by Inc. 500, iHeartDogs runs on the simple belief that every dog matters.

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BodeVet Appoints Dr. Jennifer Kishbaugh as Clinical Research Associate

BodeVet Appoints Dr. Jennifer Kishbaugh as Clinical Research Associate

ROCKVILLE, MD. (July 12, 2018) – BodeVet, a developer of advanced transfusion treatment options for the veterinary industry, announced the recent hire of a new clinical research associate, Jennifer Kishbaugh, DVM. Her new role will include developing a lyophilized platelet product from Asian elephant platelets to be used for supportive care in elephant calves suffering from Elephant Endotheliotrophic Herpes Virus (EEHV), which is a highly fatal virus.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Kishbaugh join our team as we continue to grow our staff at BodeVet,” said Anne Hale, DVM, Chief Technical Officer at BodeVet. “Dr. Kishbaugh’s extensive research background and understanding of clinical zoological medicine will be an asset to us as we develop new platelet products focused on serving the wildlife population.”

Although the company is primarily focused on canine and equine conditions, BodeVet is also supporting work focused on endangered species, which Dr. Kishbaugh’s work will support. She will be responsible for clinical study design, data collection and reporting.

Dr. Kishbaugh’s most recent position was at the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program where she served as a Judy and John W. McCarter, Jr. Global Health Veterinary Intern. During her tenure there, she gained beneficial experience researching EEHV and platelet applications. Previous research experience also includes participating in population genetics and freshwater ecology research through the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network and the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network Shorebird Project. Her past work history also includes employment in numerous specialty and emergency veterinary hospitals. Additionally, her two years of mentorship at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore provided her with valuable experience in clinical zoological medicine.

Dr. Kishbaugh holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Buffalo State College and a doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

About BodeVet

BodeVet, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cellphire, Inc., is staffed and advised by world leaders in veterinary transfusion medicine. Formed in 2015, BodeVet’s mission is to promote animal health and welfare by developing and delivering new treatment solutions to veterinary medical practitioners. The company uses technology borrowed from Cellphire, a biotechnology company established in early 2006, to develop novel blood products for use in hemostasis and regenerative medicine in veterinary medicine.

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2018 ThunderWorks® Study Finds Over 80 Percent of Dog- and Cat-Owning Families Have Experienced Anxiety-Related Behavior Problems

2018 ThunderWorks® Study Finds Over 80 Percent of Dog- and Cat-Owning Families Have Experienced Anxiety-Related Behavior Problems

ThunderWorks’ goal is to educate dog and cat owners about common pet anxiety symptoms and help them find the best “path to calm” for their pets

Durham, N.C. (June 26, 2018) – Hiding in the bathtub? Cowering under the bed? Destroying the furniture? These are just a few of the many obvious symptoms of fear and anxiety in pets. A 2018 study sponsored by ThunderWorks®, creator of the ThunderShirt®, found over 80 percent of cat- and dog-owning families have experienced anxiety-related behavior problems with their pet.

The study was conducted by an independent consultant and included the surveying of over 800 cat- and dog-owning households.

“As part of our study we found almost 50 percent of the dog-owning families surveyed had a dog that experiences loud noise (i.e., thunder and fireworks) and separation anxiety — the two most common types of anxiety,” said Phil Blizzard, chief executive officer of ThunderWorks. “We also found that cats most commonly experience loud noise anxiety or anxiety caused by another pet or person.”

While most pet owners recognize the obvious signs of anxiety (e.g. “My dog ate my couch!”), there are many symptoms that can be easily misunderstood. Lip licking, yawning and tail wagging can mean that a pet is hungry, tired or happy, but these are also the three most commonly-exhibited stress symptoms. It’s important that pet owners stay aware of stress triggers such as strangers, thunder or fireworks, and acknowledge and treat these early symptoms of anxiety before they worsen.

“When we introduced the ThunderShirt in 2009, the calming category of pet products didn’t exist yet,” said Blizzard. “The problems of fear and anxiety were as common as ever, but most pet families weren’t able to recognize that these often very difficult problems could be addressed with affordable and effective calming solutions.”

No single solution works for every pet, which is why ThunderWorks has worked over the past nine years to develop a full product line of drug-free and natural products that can be combined to boost the overall calming powers.

The ThunderWorks “Paths to Calm”

  • Calming Pressure: ThunderShirt’s gentle wrap of the dog or cat’s torso.
  • Calming Pheromones: ThunderEase mimics the natural pheromones emitted by dogs and cats.
  • Calming Chews: ThunderWunders provide safe supplements like melatonin, l-tryptophan, vitamin-B and others.
  • Calming Aromatherapy: ThunderEssence delivers soothing essential oils like lavender, chamomile and geranium.
  • Calming Caps: ThunderCap reduces unsettling visual stimuli with a semi-transparent eye-cover.
  • Calming Sounds: ThunderCloud masks outside noises and provides soothing sounds, and includes a ThunderEssence diffuser.

ThunderWorks recently announced the launch of its ThunderWunders® calming chews, further expanding the company’s comprehensive offering of anxiety treatment and prevention products. Other calming solutions include ThunderEase®, ThunderEssence®, ThunderCaps®.

For the eighth year in a row, ThunderWorks will continue donating thousands of ThunderShirts to shelters and rescue groups across the country in July. Those who would like to nominate an organization to receive a donation can visit www.thundershirt.com/about – donation-programs.

For more information about ThunderWorks products, pet anxiety issues or the annual donation program, please contact Jillian Spitz at jspitz@fwv-us.com.

About ThunderWorks®
Founded in 2009 in Durham, N.C., ThunderWorks’ mission is to provide innovative solutions for some of the most common challenges faced by families with pets. With two of the best known brands in the pet industry – ThunderShirt® and ThunderLeash® – and recent new products including ThunderEase®, ThunderWunders calming chews, and Dial-A-Distance®, ThunderWorks is already helping millions of dogs and cats worldwide. ThunderShirt is sold online at www.thundershirt.com, as well as at retail stores, veterinarians, and by trainers across the country. As part of the ThunderWorks Gives Back program, over 30,000 ThunderShirts to rescue organizations and shelters to help them manage their animals’ anxiety issues, and find permanent homes more quickly.

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More Than 7,600 Service Animals Receive Free, Sight-Saving Eye Exams During the 11th Annual ACVO®/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event

More Than 7,600 Service Animals Receive Free, Sight-Saving Eye Exams During the 11th Annual ACVO®/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event

MERIDIAN, Idaho (June 25, 2018) – Service and Working Animals including guide, disability assistance, detection, military, search and rescue, and registered therapy animals, selflessly serve the public. In honor of these animals and their dedication, The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® (ACVO®) holds the Annual ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event each May. Last month, 305 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Spain donated their time and resources to provide free eye exam screenings to thousands of eligible Service and Working Animals.

The 11th Annual ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event took place in veterinary clinics from May 1-31, 2018. Since the event’s inception in 2008, nearly 68,000 Service Animals have received free screening eye exams – including approximately 7,625 Service Animals this year. In addition to dogs, other formally trained Service and Working Animals, such as horses, mini horses, donkeys, alpacas, and cats have received the free sight-saving exams over the last 10 years.

Mark Carnes, of Colorado, has participated in ACVO’s annual event for years. Thirteen years ago, Carnes was involved in a serious car accident that left him with a spinal cord injury, resulting in limited feeling in both legs below the knees. Without the use of a balance support dog, Carnes would have frequent falls. Enter Woodie, Carnes’ five-year-old Standard Poodle. Woodie has been trained to adjust to Carnes’ movements and stabilize him so he doesn’t fall. Because of the work that Woodie does for Carnes, his eyesight is of utmost importance.

“Woodie allows me to live a fuller and more productive life, by enabling me to function in everyday environments without the fear of serious injury or death,” says Carnes. “That being said, the bond between the Service Dog and his partner is a very strong one and I want to take care of him as well as he takes care of me.”

Unfortunately, during Woodie’s free screening exam, bleeding and lesions on his retinas were discovered. This is a very serious condition for a Service Dog, as it can lead to blindness, if left untreated. While ACVO’s participating ophthalmologists agree that finding such a complication is thankfully rare during this event, an earlier diagnosis and treatment plan may prevent additional problems in the long-run.

“Had we not gone to ACVO’s annual screening event, I wouldn’t have known anything was wrong because he wasn’t exhibiting any other symptoms,” continues Carnes. “We are now scheduled for a follow-up appointment in the coming weeks to treat Woodie’s condition before it progresses, allowing me to have a better chance of keeping him as my service dog for years to come.”

In addition to individuals, the event also benefits organizations. Carol Christopherson, President and Founder of Florida Service Dogs, Inc., has been bringing the organization’s dogs to Daniel Brown, DVM, DACVO, at the Animal Eye Clinic in Jacksonville for the event since its inception. Florida Service Dogs, Inc. is a veteran-owned and operated program in Jacksonville that trains rescue dogs for service.

“As a nonprofit, we need to save money wherever we can, so that it can go to training our dogs for those in need,” says Christopherson. “A program like this, where 40 to 60 of our dogs can be screened for such an important exam – free-of-charge, no less – has been so invaluable to our organization. We’d never be able to afford so many exams without this event and without Dr. Brown and his staff’s dedication, compassion, and assistance.”

“Every year, we continue to see this event expand to additional clinics around the world and reach more Service Animals,” said Stacee Daniel, Executive Director of ACVO. “It’s an honor to work with such passionate and dedicated ophthalmologists and to be able to assist these hard-working Service Animals and their handlers for the past decade. The costs for both the Service Animals and their care can be very high, so to be able to obtain such an important screening examination at no cost can make a huge difference for many of the program’s recipients.”

This year’s event was sponsored by the ACVO and Stokes Pharmacy, as well as several generous industry sponsors, ophthalmologists, and staff. Participating ophthalmologists volunteer their services, staff, and facilities at no charge to participate in the event.

About the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists®
The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® (ACVO®) is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Its mission is “to advance the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence as specialists in veterinary ophthalmology.” To become board certified, a candidate must successfully complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a one-year internship, a three-year ACVO® approved residency and pass a series of credentials and examinations. For more information, please visit www.ACVO.org. 

About Stokes Pharmacy
Stokes Pharmacy is a national, full-service compounding pharmacy specializing in the art and science of the custom formulation of prescription medicines for humans and animals. Leading the way in innovation, Stokes invites veterinarians to prescribe compounded medications online securely, quickly, and accurately via iFill, a cloud-based prescription management system. For more information, visit stokespharmacy.com.

PHOTO CAPTION: Board certified veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Daniel Brown examines Service Dog Marty  (with Carol Christopherson of Florida Service Dogs, Inc.) during the 11th Annual ACVO/StokesRx National Eye Exam Event, held at the Animal Eye Clinic in Jacksonville, FL on May 26, 2018.

PHOTO: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nZkEaxbMSBk24HGPXXxZ-nJ4aW-wVu37/view?usp=sharing

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Pet Anxiety Awareness Week Partner, Bedtime4dogs, Selected as a 2018 “Pick of The Litter” by Kristen Levine Pet Living

Pet Anxiety Awareness Week Partner, Bedtime4dogs, Selected as a 2018 “Pick of The Litter” by Kristen Levine Pet Living

Who: Bedtime4Dogs, maker of all natural, organic, bedtime products and calming bedtime products with chamomile for dogs.

What: Pet living expert and consumer influencer, Kristen Levine, has named Bedtime4dogs as a 2018 Kristen Levine Pet Living “Pick of the Litter” product. From June 22 to June 30, pet parents will be able to visit the Pet Living website and enter for a chance to win Bedtime4dogs products for their pooch.

Why: Products selected for Kristen Levine Pet Living’s “Pick of the Litter” are those that solve a problem, improve the lifestyle of pets and their people, or offer a unique style option for discerning pet parents. “Pick of the Litter” products have been personally used by Kristen with her own pets, and must meet certain standards and criteria for quality and safety to be considered for selection.

Contact: Media interested in learning more about Bedtime4dogs’ “Pick of the Litter” selection are asked to contact Kristen Levine at 877-424-6052 or Kristen@kristenlevine.com.

About Bedtime4dogs: The people at Bedtime4dogs know that it can be hard for some rambunctious pups to settle down for a good night’s sleep. Their Bedtime Bones and Eau de Bedtime Canine Calming Spray take advantage of the calming power of chamomile, and their beds and baubles create a comforting, secure bedtime environment. Made with all natural and organic ingredients, Bedtime4dogs products are designed to maximize rest and relaxation for dogs and their parents.

About Kristen Levine Pet Living: Kristen Levine Pet Living was founded in 2013 by pet expert, speaker, author and advocate Kristen Levine. The multimedia platform offers stories, science and advice for living happier and healthier with pets. An industry insider for more than 25 years, Kristen also launched the first, exclusively pet-focused marketing agency, Fetching Communications, and later acquired PetPR.com. Both Fetching and PetPR.com now operate as a division of French | West | Vaughan, a leading independent agency in the South East serving consumer lifestyle categories.

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