Pet Health a Concern during Heat Wave


When it’s hot outside, we get cranky; but imagine if you had four legs, a tail and you were covered with fur.

“They should be inside on a day like today,” said Dave Dickinson, with the Sacramento County Department of Animal Care.

If your cat or dog must go outside, Dickinson says make sure they don’t end up in the backseat of your car, unsupervised.

“It’s illegal and dangerous,” Dickinson told FOX40. “Make sure to give them plenty of water.”

If the ground is too hot for you to walk on, Dickinson tells FOX40, it’s too hot for them.

“Pick up a pair of those little booties if they must be out in this heat and cover their laws.”

Voting for StarStudio’s Celebrity Style Awards Has Begun

June 14, 2013 by  

StarStudio Magazine, the celebrity lifestyle and entertainment news magazine of ABS-CBN Publishing announces that voting for the 2nd StarStudio Celebrity Style Awards is now open until July 13. The poll is being held as part of the magazine’s 13th anniversary celebration. First held in 2010, the StarStudio Celebrity Style Awards aims to recognize the best of celebrity fashion and promote the publication’s vision of “stars, style and stories”.


A Style Council composed of School of Fashion and the Arts co-founder and bag designer Amina Aranaz-Alunan, fashion show director Jackie Aquino, professional model-actress Marina Benipayo, fashion designer Randy Ortiz, and Metro Magazine Creative Director Patrick Ty will serve as the style council who will collaborate with StarStudio’s editorial team to determine this year’s nominees.

There are nine categories open for voting, Celebrity Fashion Muse, Celebrity Fashion Leading Man, Young Fashionista on the Rise, Young Stylish Guy on the Rise, Female Stylish Host, Male Stylish Host, Female Onstage Stylista, and Male Onstage Stylista and Most Stylish Loveteam.

Vote for your favorite stylish stars at or via SMS. Complete mechanics available at StarStudio’s official Facebook page:



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Lifestyle Businesses Are an Easy Way to Work Less and Live More, Says Author and Business Owner Rasmus Lindgren

LOS ANGELES, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Rasmus Lindgren recently released his book The Lifestyle Business Rockstar: Quit your 9-5, kick ass, work less, and live more!



The Lifestyle Business Rockstar is a guide to prioritizing your life and achieving work-life balance by starting a lifestyle business. A ‘lifestyle business’ is easy to set up, small in scope, simple to scale, and secondary to your life goals. Rasmus teaches how to break free of your 9-5 job, discover the lifestyle business idea that is right for you, design and build a profitable online business, and spend more time pursuing your life’s passions.

“You don’t need a fortune to start your own business – if you model it correctly, you can have a true balance of money, time, and mobility to live the lifestyle you desire,” said Rasmus. “This book provides the knowledge to live the lifestyle you want—not just in theory, but in practice. By implementing several simple tools like the Rockstar Trifecta, you’ll learn how to create a work-anywhere profession in which you can earn more income by working smarter and less.”

Rasmus shares his own journey to successful lifestyle businesses and the experiences of others who have created profitable online businesses. The businesses include consulting, coaching, speaking, e-commerce, and graphic design.

Rasmus is currently giving away 1,000 free copies of The Lifestyle Business Rockstar. With the book, you will also get 3 in-depth training videos on how you can start a lifestyle business, kick ass, quit your 9-5, and live the life you truly want, as well as The Lifestyle Business Passion Finder, which will help you zero in on your areas of passion and competence and design a plan that will help you reach your dream life faster. Sign up to get a copy of The Lifestyle Business Rockstar at The book is free but you must pay shipping and handling to receive it.

The Lifestyle Business Rockstar is available in both paperback ($13.10) and ebook ($9.95) on Amazon:

Rasmus lives the talk, only working 3-4 months a year and spending most of his time pursuing his passions, traveling, and with his family. For more information, visit his blog

To schedule an interview or request a review copy of The Lifestyle Business Rockstar, please contact Kelsey McBride of Book Publicity Services at Email or (805) 807-9027.

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Egypt’s military gives politicians a 48-hour ultimatum

LIVE VIDEO — Protesters gather in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt.

CAIRO – Egypt’s military on Monday said mass protests calling for the resignation of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi were an “unprecedented” expression of the will of the people and gave the government 48 hours to meet the opposition’s demands.

In a statement read on state television just hours after the headquarters of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement were ransacked, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said if this did not happen the army would intervene.

The protesters’ main demands are that Morsi announce early elections and step down, allowing a temporary government to take over.

“If the demands of the people are not realized within the defined period, it will be incumbent upon (the armed forces)… to announce a road map for the future,” the statement said. It was followed by patriotic music.

Protesters attacked and stormed the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, calling for Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi to step down. NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

The road map would be created by the army, which would also oversee the plan’s implementation, the statement said.

It was unclear if the military was effectively demanding Morsi’s resignation and a Muslim Brotherhood politician insisted there would not be “a coup.”

Sixteen people were killed and more than 700 were wounded during the protests Sunday and early Monday.

The military statement stressed that the military would remain neutral in politics and maintain its role as protector of the people and the nation’s borders.

The statement said the military will “not be a party in politics or rule.”

But it added the armed forces had a responsibility to act because Egypt’s national security was facing a “grave danger.”

A source at Egypt’s presidential palace said Morsi’s office was not told in advance that the 48-hour ultimatum would be issued.

In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the vast crowd began to chant that the army and the people were one after al-Sisi’s address. Army helicopters circled over the city flying Egyptian flags.

However, Yasser Hamza, a leader of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, warned against misinterpreting the army statement. 

“For an institution of state to come and stage a coup against the president, this will not happen,” he said. “Any force that goes against the constitution is a call for sabotage and anarchy.” 

As the military statement was read, President Barack Obama urged all sides to refrain from violence shortly after he arrived in Tanzania.

“We’re all concerned about what’s happening in Egypt,” Obama said. “There is more work to be done to create the conditions in which everybody feels that their voices are heard and that the government is responsive and truly representative.” 

The attack on the Brotherhood building was bloodiest incident of the weekend’s huge and mostly peaceful protests against Morsi.

It began after dark Sunday and continued for hours, with guards inside the suburban Cairo building firing on youths hurling fire bombs and rocks. Reuters cited medical and security sources as saying that eight people were killed but the figure could not be independently confirmed by NBC News.

Protesters breached  the Cairo compound’s defenses and stormed the building. Crowds later carried off furniture, files, rugs, air conditioning units and portraits of Morsi, according to an Associated Press journalist. One protester emerged with a pistol and handed it over to a policeman outside.  

Footage on local television showed broken windows, blackened walls and smoke coming out of the building. A fire was still raging on one floor hours after the building was invaded. One protester tore down the Muslim Brotherhood sign from the building’s front wall, while another hoisted Egypt’s red, black and white flag out an upper-story window and waved it in the air in triumph.

Lasers were used as part of a demonstration in Cairo against President Mohamed Morsi. Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians flooded into the streets on the first anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration on Sunday to demand that he resign.

The images were reminiscent of the destruction of the state security headquarters when Hosni Mubarak was toppled in 2011.

A spokesman for the Brotherhood said it would be demanding answers from security officials who failed to protect it.  He said two of those inside were injured  before a security detail from the movement was able to evacuate all those inside the compound in mid-morning.

Organizers behind Sunday’s protests — who managed to get 22 million signatures calling on Morsi to step down —  said they would give him until Tuesday at 5 p.m. (11 a.m. ET) to meet their demands otherwise they would call for nationwide strikes. 

Protesters also demanded early elections, but late on Sunday night word from the presidential palace was that Morsi had no intentions of calling them. 

Some anti-Morsi protesters spent Sunday night in dozens of tents pitched in the capital’s central Tahrir Square and in front of the president’s Ittihadiya Palace. They have vowed to stay there until Morsi resigns. Morsi supporters, meanwhile, went on with their sit-in in front of a major mosque in Cairo. 

Sunday’s protests were the largest seen in Egypt in the 2½ years of turmoil since the ouster of autocratic Mubarak in February 2011. 

NBC News’ F. Brinley Bruton, Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The headquarters of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood was ransacked as widespread protests against President Mohammed Morsi turned violent.

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Obesity-Related Claims Rise Among Companion Animals

BREA, Calif., June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Giving pets table scraps and treats may seem like a harmless reward for your cuddly canine or friendly feline, but it can lead to health problems down the road, including arthritis, diabetes and liver disease. Just like their human counterparts, excessive weight increases the risk of additional health problems and shortens the life expectancy of pets.

Over the last three years, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, has seen pet obesity-related claims steadily increase. In 2012, VPI policyholders filed more than $34 million in claims for conditions and diseases that can be caused or exacerbated by excess weight. The company recently sorted its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 dog and cat obesity-related conditions in 2012.  Below are the results:

“Taking your pet to the veterinarian for regular wellness visits is the most effective way to monitor your pet’s weight,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “Routine exercise, a regulated diet and watching for signs of excessive weight gain are important steps in avoiding pet obesity and the additional health concerns that are associated with it.”

In 2012, VPI received more than 34,000 canine claims for arthritis, the most common joint disease aggravated by excessive weight. The average claim fee was $300 per pet. For cats, bladder or urinary tract disease was the most common condition that can be aggravated by obesity. VPI received more than 4,200 medical claims for this ailment – with an average claim amount of $415 per pet. 

In addition to taking pets to the veterinarian for regular wellness visits, below are simple tests you can perform to determine if your pet needs to lose weight:

  • You should be able to feel your pet’s ribs without pressing.
  • You should see a noticeable “waist” on your pet, between the back of the ribs and the hips, when viewing your pet from above. When looking from the side, your pet’s belly should go up from the bottom of the ribcage to inside the thighs.

About Veterinary Pet Insurance
With more than 485,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI) is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies and is the oldest and largest pet health insurance company in the United States. Since 1982, VPI has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. CareGuard® coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2012); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2012). Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit