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Jul 16, 2015


RECALL: Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit

Apr 28, 2015

~~TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products, a New Jersey-based company, has recalled a single lot of its Puppy Starter Kit dog chews because of potential Salmonella contamination.

The recalled Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit, which consists of a 1.69 oz. package of dog chews, was distributed nationwide, to Canada, and through one domestic online mail order facility.

The following Nylabone Puppy Starter Kits are being recalled:

Lot Code: #21935

UPC:  0-18214-81291-3

Expiration date: 3/22/18

Both the UPC and the expiration date can be found on the back of the Nylabone packages.

The recall, as announced after routine testing by Nylabone, revealed the presence of Salmonella in one lot of 1.69 oz. packages of the Puppy Starter Kit. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Those at risk of being infected with Salmonella should monitor for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Salmonella can also result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, or another pet or human has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian or health care provider.

If you have purchased 1.69 oz. packages of the Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit affected by this recall you are urged to discontinue use of the product and return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. For further information about the recall, call 1-877-273-7527, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Central time. Calls received after hours or on weekends are covered by a third-party poison control center.


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Dec 22, 2014

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EBOLA - and your pets

Oct 12, 2014


Dr. Beckett - WNPR Tuesday, 1:00 - 2:00

Oct 12, 2014

OCTOBER 14 - Listen to Dr. Beckett on WNPR the "Colin McEnroe Show" discussing anti-biotics in humans and pets.  

TUESDAY, 10/14  1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  

WNPR on 90.5, 89.1, 88.5, 90.1 and 99.5 FM.


Connecticut's Vicious Horses

Oct 24, 2013

By: Frederick J. Mastele, Acting President of the Connecticut Horse Council

Recently many of you may have been following the Connecticut Supreme Court proceedings regarding horses being portrayed as “vicious animals”.  This has led to Connecticut horse owners having several questions and concerns about what happened, and asking what can be done about it.  In addition, some Connecticut horse owners may not be aware of what has occurred and would like more information.  As briefly as possible, this article will attempt to describe the events leading up to the Supreme Court hearing and what we as an equine community can now do.   

For most of you it may appear this is a case that has only recently come to light, however, it began in 2006.  As court records indicate, in May of 2006 after purchasing plants at store in Milford, CT, a young boy and his father went to visit horses roaming in a paddock at a boarding facility located behind the plant store (both the store and stable are owned by the Defendant).  While petting one of the horses the young boy was bitten on the cheek by one of the horses, removing a large portion of the skin.

In May of 2008, the original documents, etc. were filed with the court.  However, due to continuances by the Plaintiff, the first hearings appear to have been in 2010 with the court ruling in favor of the defendant, hence no “vicious horses”.  The appeal went to the Appellate court in 2010, which heard the case and reversed the decision of the lower court in favor of the Plaintiff, thus “vicious horses”.

The CHC became aware of this case in 2012, when it went to the Supreme Court and then, CHC President, Amy Stegall brought it to our attention at one of the monthly meetings.  The CHC Board and members were concerned and weren’t sure what course of action to follow so Amy contacted Doug Dubitsky, an equine lawyer and member of the CHC, for advice.  Doug suggested that the Supreme Court be approached to get permission to file a friend of the court brief (Amecus Brief) stating what the impact of declaring horses as “vicious animals” would have on the equine community both legally and economically.  However, he said the cost would be significant and the CHC was not in a very good financial position to afford such an undertaking.

Amy reached out to several sources for help and eventually the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association (CFBA), also realizing the negative impact to the equine community, provided the financial assistance needed.  In addition, Doug donated unreimbursed expertise, resources and time getting permission to file and filing the Amecus Brief.

Prior to the hearing the brief was filed with the Supreme Court on behalf of the CFBA and CHC, then on September 24, 2013, the Connecticut Supreme Court heard arguments for both sides.  Unfortunately, Doug was not able to argue on behalf of the brief.  Now we have to wait for the Supreme Court to render a decision for the case, which may take anywhere from 3 to 6 months, or more.  A copy of the brief can be found at the CHC website at

What can be done in the mean time?  Letters to the Justices and petitions will not help at this point.  I would like to remain optimistic and think the Justices will render a favorable decision, but we need to be prepared for the worst.   Doug has informed the CHC that we should be prepared to fight this battle both legislatively and in the courts.  Therefore, what I would encourage Connecticut horse owners, breed organizations, riding groups and other concerned groups and individuals to support the CHC and CFBA by becoming members to strengthen our membership base and to also donate to the equine legal fund established by the CFBA.

The link can be used for details about the court proceedings.  The case is VENDRELLA, ANTHONY Et Al (Plaintiff) v. ASTRIAB FAMILY Et Al (Defendant) and the docket number NNH-CV-5021342-S.

Please understand that if horses are determined to be “vicious animals” they would be uninsurable and any and all uses would be affected.  Training and boarding stables, therapeutic riding, horse camps, petting zoos, trail riding, and other horse related uses and activities would be impacted.

Membership information for the CHC can be found on the website or by writing to CHC PO Box 57, Durham, CT 06422.  You can also contact me at for CHC information.  The CFBA website is and the address is 775 Bloomfield Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095-2322.  For donations to the CFBA legal fund, write equine litigation on the memo line of the check.   


Cats & Dogs in Art and Life Exhibit

Aug 16, 2012

Cats & Dogs in Art and Life Exhibit:  An exhibition at the Connecticut Historical Society, September 27th, 2012 - April 6th, 2013


Get tested and get protected!

Oct 12, 2011

Heartworm treatment drug shortage!

Beckett and Associates recommends year-round heartworm preventative for cats and dogs.  The drug that is used to treat heartworm disease in dogs has been at a shortage by the manufacturer making it difficut for veterinarians to obtain.  We cannot stress the importance of testing and preventative to keep your pets safe.

Any one of our team members can help you select a product that will best suite your pet.


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Sep 29, 2011

Beckett & Associates is proud to offer LASER THERAPY!  We have a brand new class IV deep tissue therapy laser.  Therapy lasers  help to reduce pain, inflammation and healing time.  They can be used to treat conditions such as post-surgical pain, otitis, cystitis, gingivitis, sinusitis, wound healing, degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia, hot spots, lick granulomas, sprains, strains and arthritis.  Laser therapy uses a beam of light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it.  The energy produced by the laser induces a biological response at the cellular level which leads to reduced pain, reduced inflammation and increased healing speed.  The light is delivered through a noninvasive hand piece to treat the affected area.  Your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth.  Most treatments take only a matter of minutes.  Please ask your veterinarian about the possibility of incorporating laser therapy into your pet's treatment plan.  For more information on Companion Animal Therapy Lasers, click on the link below or copy and past the link into your browser.



Canine Influenza Fact Sheet

Jul 23, 2011



A Brushup of Veterinary Examination Manners

Oct 08, 2010


FDA releases online pet pharmacy brochure

Apr 20, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has released a brochure on online pet pharmacies.

The brochure is geared toward pet owners, and urges them to first ask their veterinarian before purchasing pet medications online. The FDA uses the acronym AWARE to remind pet owners how to approach online drug stores. The letters stand for:

A: Ask your veterinarian. Clients are encouraged to discuss online pharmacies with their veterinarian before making any purchases.

W: Watch for red flags. These include sites that do not require a prescription to purchase medications; sites with no physical address listed, and pharmacies that are not based in the United States.

A: Always check for accreditation. The FDA recommends sites that are accredited by Vet-VIPPS (Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites), which was created by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

R: Report problems and suspicious online pharmacies. Pet owners can report problems with the drug to the manufacturer or to the FDA directly.

E: Educate yourself about online pharmacies.

The brochure is available for download at the FDA CVM website.