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CCSPCA 2011 Rabies Clinic

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 10:26 AM Comments comments (110)


When: May 7th

Where: Emporium Fire Hall

419 N. Broad St.

Emporium, Pa

Time:   10am - Noon

Cost :  $5.00 per shot

Note: We will not be checking for dog license,

2011 applications will be available if needed.

Free to a good home

Posted on April 16, 2011 at 9:14 AM Comments comments (46)

Free and looking for a good home! 4yr old (almost 5) German Shorthair Lab Mix...we sadly do not have time to spend with her with the baby coming! She comes with lots of freebies as well! 

interested email Juneann Major: [email protected] 

LED Flasher $3.00

Posted on March 23, 2011 at 7:27 PM Comments comments (34)



3 LED Flasher

Anternating colors: Red, White, and Blue


1 LED unit with clip

3 Batteries installed

3 spare batteries


Clip to animals collar for dark walking conditions.

If Interested email:

[email protected]

The Importance of Pet Food Digestibility and Palatability

Posted on March 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM Comments comments (127)

The Importance of Pet Food Digestibility and Palatability

Written by Dr. Jill Cline, Ph.D.

Digestibility determines how much nutrition a food provides in a given volume, while palatability affects how appealing a food is to the animal. Both of these characteristics are important criteria when selecting the best food for your dog or cat.

What are digestibility and bioiavailability and how are they measured?

A food’s digestibility is the collective proportion of all nutrients in a food that is available to the dog or cat for absorption from the gut (intestine) into the bloodstream. Nutrient bioavailability is the proportion of the absorbed nutrients that are carried to target tissues and are available for use by the body. Because a highly digestible food provides a higher proportion of absorbed nutrients than a less digestible food, digestibility provides one measure of a food’s nutritional value and quality. In general, as the quality of ingredients in the food increases, so will the food’s digestibility and nutrient bioavailability.

Pet food companies measure the digestibility of their products using several tests, most of which include feeding trials. The food is fed to a group of dogs or cats for a selected period of time and the level of undigested matter excreted in the feces is measured and used to calculate nutrient digestibility. Although all reputable manufacturers conduct digestibility tests on their foods, the Association of American Feed Control Officials has not yet established a standard protocol for digestibility studies and does not allow the inclusion of digestibility claims on pet food labels. Commercial foods vary significantly in digestibility and ingredient quality, and so it can be difficult for pet owners to differentiate between super premium, premium and economy products. For example, the labels of two pet foods may have the same ingredient lists and guaranteed analysis panels, but when fed may have substantially different digestibilities (see below).

Total Protein vs. Digestible Protein

The pet food label provides an estimate of a food’s crude protein content on its guaranteed analysis panel. This measure reflects only the total amount of protein and does not indicate differences in protein digestibility between high and low quality protein sources. For example:

Dog Food A contains 21 percent crude protein and is 86.0 % digestible.

Dog Food B contains 23 percent crude protein and is 76.0 % digestible.

Food A: 21g protein/100g diet x 0.86 = 18.1g protein absorbed

Food B: 23g protein/100g diet x 0.76 = 17.5g protein absorbed

Although the crude protein value reported for Dog Food A is lower than that for Dog Food B, Dog Food A’s higher digestibility results in more protein being available to the dog, in a given volume of food.

What factors affect pet food digestibility?

A number of pet food characteristics influence nutrient digestibility. These include:

• Formula: The food’s formula refers to the type and quantity of different ingredients that are included in the product. Because pet food ingredients vary significantly in digestibility, the overall product formula is influenced by the digestibility and nutrient bioavailability of its various ingredients.

• Ingredient Quality: Overall pet food digestibility is increased by the inclusion of high quality ingredients and decreased when poor quality ingredients are included. For example, a pet food’s digestibility is decreased by the presence of poor quality protein, ash, certain types of dietary fiber, and phytate (a component of plant ingredients that decreases the availability of certain essential minerals in the diet).

• Processing: Proper processing techniques, cooking temperatures, and storage procedures support optimal nutrient digestibility and bioavailability. Conversely, digestibility and nutrient bioavailability can be significantly reduced by improper processing or excessive heat treatment. For example, excessive heat damages protein, resulting in decreased digestibility of the protein and reduced bioavailability of certain amino acids. This means that a smaller proportion of the protein is digested and absorbed. Some of the amino acids that are absorbed are also altered in structure (called a “Maillard Reaction”;) leading to a reduced ability of target tissues to use them efficiently.

What is palatability and how is it measured?

Palatability refers to perceptions of a food’s taste, smell, and texture. It is an important food characteristic because, simply put, pets must be willing to eat adequate amounts of the food to meet their calorie and nutrient needs. Unpalatable foods will be rejected, regardless of the quality of their ingredients or balance of essential nutrients. Dogs and cats differ somewhat in the food characteristics that they find desirable. Cats are strongly affected by the aroma of a food and will carefully smell a new food before tasting it. Dogs often prefer foods that are high in fat and include protein from animal sources. For both dogs and cats, the texture, size, and shape of food pieces are important; scientists who study palatability refer to this as “mouth feel”. Finally, in addition to animals’ sensory preferences, scientists who study palatability also consider the pet’s environment and the owner’s reactions to different types and flavors of food.

Similar to digestibility, there are a number of ways that pet food companies assess a food’s palatability. Tests that measure the animal’s preference when initially presented with a new food provide information about the immediate appeal of the food’s smell, appearance and texture. Long-term interest is measured using food preference studies. Each dog or cat is offered a choice of two diets that are presented in identical bowls to the left and right. Surplus food is offered in each bowl and the positions of the bowls are switched daily to account for dogs or cats with right- or left-side preferences. The amount of each food that is consumed at each meal is measured over a period of several days. These tests provide information about a food’s acceptability to dogs and cats over time and its relative palatability when compared with other foods. And, finally, the ultimate test of palatability involves presenting the food to pets in homes, where both the pet’s and the owner’s perceptions of the food are considered.

Selecting a Digestible (and Desirable) Food for Your Pet

Some pet food companies provide digestibility data with product literature or through the company’s customer service web site. However, neither digestibility nor palatability is explicitly reported on pet food labels. Here are a few helpful tips for selecting a food that is both highly digestible and palatable for your dog or cat:

• High quality ingredients that are correctly processed produce highly digestible foods. When digestibility information is available, select a food from a reputable manufacturer that has a dry matter digestibility of 80% or greater. Reject maintenance diets that have digestibilities that are lower than 75%.

• A product that is highly digestible will produce normal stool volumes and well formed and firm feces. In addition, the fecal matter will not contain mucous, blood, or any recognizable components of the food.

• Highly digestible foods result in relatively low defecation frequencies, and bowel movements that are regular and consistent. Foods that are not highly digestible may cause excessive gas (flatulence), loose stools, or diarrhea.

• Your dog or cat should readily consume and enjoy the food, in a quantity that promotes normal growth rate and optimal body weight. There should be no need to entice your pet to eat the food by adding treats, table scraps, or other human foods. An excessive quantity of food should not be needed to maintain your pet’s normal body condition.

Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Event

Posted on March 19, 2011 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (43)

The 37th Annual Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Registration, 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

First Class to leave at Noon

The course located between Emporium and Driftwood, Pa.

The Course�is a 12-mile stretch of the Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning Creek which runs from the Emporium Country Club to Driftwood. It is mostly flat water with some class one white water and a few whirlpools. Water level can drastically change the course difficulty. Call ahead if you have any questions about the water level.

Numerous volunteer organizations will be on hand to provide a safe and quality event.

This year we will offer a two mile youth paddle traveling from Huntley to Driftwood for any youth at least 4-5 years old. Individual youths may either canoe with an experienced paddler or solo in a recreational kayak accompanied by safety boats.

�The 2011 race awards will be handmade paddle plaques which will be given to participants over a wide array of classes.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Emporium Fire Hall along with a pasta dinner to be prepared by the Emporium Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary.

I hope to see many new and former participants and spectators at this year's event. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call me at (814) 546-2011, email me at [email protected]�or visit the event website at

Sincerely, Randy Bailey - Event Organizer

Missing Cat ID: 031711.1

Posted on March 17, 2011 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (98)

"Missing, a long-haired tabby,

about 7 1/2 months old, answers to Sage.

Lives on Vine St. Emporium, Pa near the high school.

 If anyone sees her, please let me know.

 Sadly missed. She's an outdoor kitty, and her long fur is messy on her belly.

Cathleen Costantino

Anyone with info on this cat

email: [email protected] (in subject add ID: 031711.1)

Help find owners

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 9:28 AM Comments comments (86)

ANYONE with information to the previous owner(s) of this dog!

Found Moore Hill Area Emporium, Cameron County early March 2011.

*All info will be confidential*

Thank you! Lisa/CCSPCA

Email: [email protected]

(in subject add ID: 031511.1)

Animal stories wanted

Posted on February 16, 2011 at 9:46 PM Comments comments (38)

If you have a story that is animal related send an email to [email protected] we would love to blog it. Pictures are worth a thousand words.


Posted on February 16, 2011 at 1:57 PM Comments comments (45)

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Berks Co. Penna. CART Responds to Ice Storm

Posted on February 5, 2011 at 4:42 PM Comments comments (65)

Berks CART Responds to Ice Storm Volunteers Support Displaced Families with Pets Berks County Animal Response Team (CART) members were activated Wednesday night to assist in emergency operations at a Red Cross shelter in Mount Penn. Large parts of Berks County were without power both Tuesday and Wednesday, with the Mount Penn and Antietam areas particularly hard hit. CART Volunteer Scott Yoder was stationed at the Red Cross shelter all night, and assisted one Mount Penn resident with emergency animal housing - Tink the hound spent a warm Wednesday night in the HSBC kennel and was reunited with her family Thursday morning. Because animals cannot accompany owners to emergency shelters, and pet owners will often resist evacuation if their animals are not safe, Berks CART assists emergency workers by providing transport and sheltering, free of cost, for animal victims of disaster. Want to learn more about Berks CART, support the HSBC's emergency efforts, or join us in providing assistance to disaster victims? Click here to visit the Berks CART page, or email Officer Tomas Chwatek, Berks CART Coordinator, at [email protected]