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Get ready and mark your calendars for Tuesday, January 28th. It will be a festive night as we gather at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany for our annual Points for Profit awards banquet. Last year we handed out over 36 thousand dollars in awards to our nearly 30 participating mid-valley nonprofit organizations. The non-profits earned the awards by turning in receipts from our participating business members and points earned by attending our sponsored meetings, our business “on-locations” and other functions. On receipts turned in alone, the Points for Profit program was responsible for over 6-million dollars kept in the local mid-valley economy. This years event will again highlight how businesses and non-profits can partner together for each others benefit. The dinner will consist of delicious prime rib with all the trimmings prepared by Debbie Burks and her crew at Jacopetti’s Catering. Then comes deserts with each table bidding on any number of luscious deserts prepared by the mid-valley best cooks, restaurants and caterers. There will also be a silent auction of dozens of items, trips and gift certificates provided by local businesses and services. All money raised by the auctions stays in the Points for Profit program to benefit the non-profits. Awards will also be handed out for small home business of the year as well as medium and large business of the year. Special awards will be given to volunteers of the year. Those planning on attending and having dinner must make their reservations no later than January 17th. Because of meals having to be planned in advance, there will not be extra plates available on the night of the banquet. Call in your reservations now at 541-791-2901and receive an extra 5-million points to get your new year started right. On behalf of all of us at Points for Profit and High Points...HAPPY NEW YEAR!

by Jennifer Rouse Marketing Specialist, Willamette Valley Visitors Association

If you love good food but don’t want to break the bank, Corvallis Culinary Week is the perfect time to sample cuisine from some of the mid-valley’s best chefs. Corvallis Culinary Week, a celebration of Willamette Valley food and wine, is held every January when the winter is cold and grey. This year’s festival is planned for Jan. 19-25. It’s a great way to chase away winter’s chill with tasty food, said Mary Pat Parker, executive director of Visit Corvallis.” “I love Corvallis Culinary Week because it really focuses on our local restaurants working with surrounding farms for local ingredients,” Parker said. Now in its sixth year, Culinary Week gives visitors a chance to purchase $10 sample plates at a number of Corvallis’ locally-owned restaurants. Among this year’s participating restaurants are Cloud & Kelly’s, which features hearty Irish pub food with a Northwest flair; Magenta, where you can taste creative Asian fusion cuisine; del Alma, a restaurant featuring the flavors of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain; Big River, a downtown favorite featuring local ingredients, known for its fresh-baked breads and extensive dessert menu; Luc’s, a small, eclectic restaurant focused on upscale food and wine; and Fireworks Restaurant, known for its commitment to local foods and signature wood-fired pizzas. During Corvallis Culinary Week, several of the restaurants will feature locally-produced wines from one of 16 mid-valley wineries that make up the Heart of Willamette Wineries. The wines are specially selected and paired with their small plates (wine price not included in $10 sample plate). No tickets are required to attend Corvallis Culinary Week; simply visit the restaurant of your choice all week long and ask for the Culinary Week menu. For more information about Corvallis Culinary Week, go to: www.CorvallisCulinaryWeek.com; to make reservations guaranteeing a table during this popular event, contact your favorite participating restaurant directly.

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It’s a new year and the mid-valley offers a wide variety of fun, interesting and educational events for the whole family. Each month you will find a list of specially selected educational and entertaining events for you to enjoy. Keep this list handy so you can check it throughout the month. • THE STAYTON RED HAT STRUTTERS will hold their first meeting of the new year at noon on Thursday January 2 at the Marco Polo Global restaurant, 300 Liberty St. in Salem. For more information call: 503-302-6836.

• WINTER ROD AND SPEED SHOW is scheduled for January 4 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany. For more info call: 541-926-4314; or go online: www.capracing.com. • ALBANY PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENING BOOK CLUB will meet at 6:30PM on the night of January 8 at the Library, 2450 S.E. 14th Ave. Get more details by calling: 541-791-0112 • CHRISTIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE meets at 7:30AM the second Thursday of each month at Novak’s in Albany for a no-host breakfast. There is no additional charge for attending. The next Christian Chamber meeting will be on the morning of January 9 and features a special guest speaker. Great networking opportunity for Christian business owners. Go online: www.cccnw.org. or call: 541-791-2901 for more info. • WINE EXPERT MATT MORSE ON WINE TASTING will be the topic at the Albany Public Library, 2450 S.E. 14th Ave. at 1PM on Friday, January 10. Call: 541-791-0112 for details. • ALBANY CIVIC THEATER PRESENTS “Paradise Lost and Found” with performances January 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24 and 25. The theater is located at

111 W. First Avenue in downtown Albany. Ticket and other information is available at: www.albanycivic. org.

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• TRAVEL AT THE TRIPP presents “Blazing Paddles” at the Russell Tripp performance center on the LBCC Albany Campus at 2PM on January 12. For information call: 541-917-4531.

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• ALBANY BRIDAL SHOW is scheduled for 12 to 6PM on January 14 at the Wheelhouse, 421 Water St. in Albany. To get more information call: 541-4017425; or go online to: www.fmeventsmanagement. com.

• ALBANY WOMEN’S CONNECTION MONTHLY BRUNCH will take place at 10AM on Wednesday, January 15, at the Comfort Suites Hotel, 100 Opal Court N.E. This month will feature a humorous talk on the difficulties of growing older. All women are welcome. For details and reservations call: 541-258-7782.

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• LINN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY will present “East Thorton Lake Nature Area” at 2PM on January 19 in the Lakeside Center at the Mennonite Village, 5050 Columbus St. in Albany. Call: 541-9264680 for details.

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• THE MODERN VOICES BOOK GROUP will meet at the Albany Public Library, 2450 S.E. 14th Ave., at noon on January 21. Get more information by calling: 541-791-0112.

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• POINTS FOR PROFIT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER. Doorsa open at 5PM on January 28 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany. Please see the front page story in this issue of High Points. For more information about the Points for Profit program linking local businesses with local non-profit organizations call InSpirit Marketing at: 541-7912901.

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• KID’S ADVENTURE CLUB will meet at Heritage Mall, 14th and Clay Sts. In Albany at 11AM on

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• MID-WINTER SQUARE DANCE FESTIVAL will take place at the Linn County fair and Expo Center in Albany January 24 through 26. For more information about this big 3-day event call: 541-916-4314.

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• CHILDREN’S PERFORMING ART SERIES will hold a performance at 10AM on January 18 at Linn Benton Community College campus in Albany. Get more information by going online to: www. cityofalbany.net.

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• OREGON THEATERS FILM PRESENTATION will take place at the Albany Public Library at 6:30PM on January 21. The Library is located at 2450 S.E. 14th Ave. in Albany. Call: 541-791-0112 for details.

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• “TRAIN YOUR BRAIN” a free lecture is scheduled for 3PM on January 15 at the Mennonite Village, 5353 Columbus St. in Albany. Get more details by calling: 541-704-4247.

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January 18. Scheduled is “Rockin’ In The New Year With Fun”. More details available at: www. heritagemall.com.

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• “AFTER 5” GET TOGETHER FOR LADIES will take place from 6 until 7:30PM on January 14 at the King’s Coffeehouse, 651 Main St. in Lebanon. The dinner meeting will feature an inspirational speaker. For reservations and other info call: 541-259-1396.

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Information for this page has been provided by the Albany Visitors Association and by sponsoring organizations. If your organization has an upcoming event that you would like listed in a future issue of High Points, please email the information, as well as a name and phone number of a contact person submitting the article to: rrogers@inspiritmarketing.com

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Why? This is the night 30 non-profit organization from the mid-Willamette Valley and ten no-profit organizations from Portland wait and work for all year! This is the night we, the community, get to hear all the work these wonderful organizations do in our community. This is the night more than $30,000 is awarded back to them for their ongoing involvement in Points for Profit and in supporting our business sponsors. This event is open to the public and we welcome you to join us for an incredible dinner prepared by Jacopetti’s. Participate in a wonderful dessert auction and silent auction with trips, jewelry, pet items, wall art, home décor and so much more! Over 100 local businesses participate in this annual event, so it is a great way to get a start on Christmas, birthdays or just stocking up for the New Year!


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Debbie Burk, Health A Whirlwind At Catering Earth

This month our Good Job salute goes to Debbie but is small enough to work with those hiring her and Burk, owner and chef of the Albany-based Jacopetti’s deal with their special wishes and needs. Catering. For the past four years, Debbie has been She learned her cooking skills from her mother a huge business supporter of the and grandmother. As a child she Points for Profit program and secretly wanted to grow up to own always ready when we need food her own food business. Her menus prepared for one of our monthly are designed to fit the budget of dinners or special events. Over the those hiring her and the food she past 13 years Debbie has become and her workers come up with is known as Albany’s premier caterer truly delicious. ready to take on just about any job At Points for Profit we are big or small. especially happy to have Debbie as Debbie first got involved workthe food preparer for our upcoming ing at Jacopetti’s when it was a annual awards banquet to be held small eatery in the North Albany January 29th at the Linn County near Tom’s Garden Center. She Fair and Expo Center in Albany. would end up buying the business Debbie and her crew will be preparand closing the small restaurant ing a Prime Rib dinner with all the Debbie Burk busy in the kitchen at to focus on catering. With their trimmings. It will be a treat not to Jacopetti’s Catering in Albany. permission, she kept the name be missed. Jacopetti’s, the family name of the Again. A big “Hats Off” to Debprevious owner. Debbie says that she is big enough bie and her staff at Jacopetti’s Catering for a job well to handle catering for meeting, luncheons or dinners, done!

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What is Chiropractic Good For?

NEWS FLASH: Soda is bad for you! I know it’s not much of a revelation really, but as you prepare to come into the New Year, maybe you could try a year without soda and see what happens. In this article, I will lay out some of the potential health and life benefits of taking a 1 year hiatus from one of the most popular, addictive, and dangerous drinks out there. Many of you are going to make a weight-loss resolution for 2014. There is little doubt that soda contributes more to obesity and overweight than any other beverage out there. The sugar content of one can of soda is higher than cotton candy. These extra calories cause your metabolism to malfunction, making your body become resistant to insulin, the hormone that helps regulate blood sugar. When you have dysfunctional metabolism, you start packing on weight that is difficult to remove. “Diet” sodas are no better. A 2013 literature review revealed that artificial sweeteners may weaken the body’s hormonal response to food damaging your metabolism. Speaking of artificial sweeteners,

there are some common side effects that are noted with their use. According to the FDA and over 900 studies on the hazards of aspartame, the most common artificial sweetener, the side effects include Dr. Jason headaches, mood Young swings, changes in vision, convulsions/ seizures, sleep problems/insomnia, change in heart rate, hallucination, abdominal cramps/ pain, memory loss, rash, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and weakness, dizziness, diarrhea, hives, and joint pain. Some may try to trick you into thinking that these sweeteners are natural since they contain substances that occur commonly in the body and in food such as phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. However, the proportions and chemical forms of these substances are far higher in aspartame than other foods causing a flood of neurotransmitters that will mess with the physiology of your brain. Methanol is a problem since the safe consumption of this substance (according to the EPA) is 7.8 mg/ day, which is about what you get in Soda continued on page 15

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We’ve had an unusual weather pattern in the Pacific Northwest this year; very little rain in the fall and a prolonged deep-freeze in early December. The amount of moisture in our environment has been lower than normal and our noses know it! The mucous membranes that line the nasal passage need moisture in order to function properly. Well-hydrated cells in the membrane are plump and fit tightly together. Dehydrated cells shrivel, allowing micro gaps to form between cells. One of the primary jobs of the mucous membrane is to act as a barrier to invading organisms, like the children’s game, “Red Rover.” When the cells of the mucous membrane are healthy, they behave like a Red Rover line comprised of professional football players; they block well. If the cells of the mucous membrane are dehydrated, you are defending against all comers with a line of delicate ballerinas. Healthy mucous membranes are better able to trap and destroy airborne invaders before they can break through your “line” and cause illness. There are two basic ways to restore and maintain moisture in the nasal passages. The first is to hydrate from within by drinking at least 64 ounces of fluid daily. (Please consult your doctor if you are on fluid restriction for other

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What Is Ahead For 2014 Finds With Health Insurance? Cover Oregon is available through March 31, 2014 for enrollments for individuals and families. Cover Oregon is available through December 31, 2014 for small employer groups that will be continuing their enrollment as a group. If you are an individual and family and did not enroll as of yet you can still enroll through Cover Oregon or outside of Cover Oregon at each individual health insurance carrier. Each insurance carrier will continue to accept enrollment from individuals and families through March 31, 2014 for an April 1, 2014 effective date. If your enrollment was not submitted prior to December 4, 2013, you are too late for a January 1st 2014 effective date through Cover Oregon. If your enrollment was not submitted prior to December 31, 2013 for an insurance carrier (directoutside of Cover Oregon) you are too late for a January 1st 2014 effective date. Here are deadline dates for ongoing enrollment through Cover Oregon: • October 1, 2013 to December 4, 2013 for January 1, 2014 effective date • December 4, 2013 to January 14, 2014 for February 1, 2014 effective date • January 15, 2014 to March 14, 2014 for March 1, 2014 effective date

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Credit Unions: More Idea Accessible Now than Ever

Did you know you are probably qualified to join a local credit union just based on where you live or work? Once upon a time, most, if not all, credit unions had a field of membership restricted to a particular affiliation with a business or group. Those types of credit unions still exist, but increasingly you’ll find community chartered credit unions who welcome in those who live, work, or worship in the county that their charter covers. You can find out membership requirements simply by looking up a particular institution on their website or by making a quick phone call. The best way to find a good place to bank is to ask where your friends or family bank and if they receive good service along with the products they need. Many people choose which financial institution they do their business with based on convenience-location of branches and ATM’s, business hours, etc. Large national banks will always hold advantages over credit unions based on number of branches which are often nationwide. Most credit unions (with a few exceptions) tend to be regional in scope, so they simply don’t have thousands of branches to offer their members. But to compensate for these

perceived competitive disadvantages, your credit union may be on one if not two national networks that offer you national access: shared branching and the CoOp ATM network. Darin Shared Klarr Branching: SELCO Participating Community institutions (again, you can find out if your CU Branch credit union is on this Manager network by calling or visiting their website) allow their members to do transactions in the lobby of other credit unions and vice versa. All that is needed is current photo ID and your account number. Co-Op ATM network: You’ll also be able to use any credit union ATM nationwide without service charges. Credit Unions have an ATM locator feature on their website which will allow you to designate a particular city, state or zip code to find out what ATM locations are available (for either withdrawals and/ or deposits, which will be specified). Now is a great time to explore your banking options. Just because you’ve “always done” your banking somewhere doesn’t mean you still have to if you aren’t receiving good service or are paying fees that you don’t agree with. Don’t be afraid of looking at a smaller, local institution if you like the idea of “shopping local”. You won’t have to sacrifice convenience!

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Never underestimate the importance of attending to the small things, because they can result in very big problems. For instance, do you know the cause of almost 17,000 fires and nearly 50 deaths every year? The National Fire Protection Association says that in many of these cases, it’s lint. Yes, that’s right, lint. The leading factor contributing to ignition of these fires was failure to clean the lint. It builds up in the dryer vents and begins backing up into the dryer causing overheating and eventually igniting. If you are like many busy people today, laundry is done in between many other chores and errands. Some people find themselves putting clothes into the dryer and rushing out the door. Often family pets are left at home without anybody realizing the hidden danger lurking inside of the dryer vent. Don’t leave your family at risk. Have your dryer vent cleaned. If you faithfully clean your lint trap, you may wonder why this is necessary. Cleaning your lint trap every time you do a load of laundry isn’t enough. It is recommended that you have your dryer vent cleaned at least once a year and

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more depending on certain factors like whether you have pets or wash a lot of fuzzy blankets and towels. The better a dryer vent blows, the less lint builds up in it. Short vents blow better than long ones. Full size dryers blow better than smaller stack dryers or older dryers. Vents with a lot of turns and elbows blow worse and build up more lint. Not only will cleaning your vent keep your home safe, but you’ll be improving the energy efficiency of your dryer too. You’ve waited too long to clean your dryer vent if you can answer yes to any of these questions: • Does it take longer to dry a load of towels than it used to? • Does the top surface of the dryer get very hot when it is in use? • Are you unaware of the last time your dryer vent was cleaned? • Have you failed to have your dryer vent cleaned previously?

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As an interior designer, there are many tips I give my clients to aid them in making decisions of all kinds about the planning of their homes. I really enjoy walking with people through all of the various decisions that need to be made. I find that one of the hardest decisions that people have to make about their homes is color. Obviously, choosing the right colors for both the inside and the outside of a home can be an overwhelming series of decisions because you do not want to go wrong. I suggest using a color chart to make the decisions easier. A color chart is a great thing because it aids people in seeing colors they like and in being able to distinguish between certain shades from other shades. For example, if a person is sure that they want to decorate a particular room or part of their home in blue but they are not sure what shade of blue is best, a blue color chart can come in quite handy for choosing the best shade. A color chart can also be a great tool when people are trying to find colors that complement each other for rooms or areas of their home. I am a firm believer that color is one of the most vital aspects of a home, both on the inside and on the outside. Color

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WASHINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Internal Revenue Service today announced plans to open the 2014 filing season on Jan. 31 and encouraged taxpayers to use e-file or Free File as the fastest way to receive refunds. The new opening date for individuals to file their 2013 tax returns will allow the IRS adequate time to program and test its tax processing systems. The annual process for updating IRS systems saw significant delays in October following the 16-day federal government closure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our teams have been working hard throughout the fall to prepare for the upcoming tax season,â&#x20AC;? IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The late January opening gives us enough time to get things right with our programming, testing and systems validation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a complex process, and our bottom-line goal is to provide a smooth filing and refund process for the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taxpayers.â&#x20AC;? The government closure meant the IRS had to change the original opening date from Jan. 21 to Jan. 31, 2014. The 2014 date is one day later than the 2013 filing season opening, which started on Jan. 30, 2013 following January tax law changes made by Congress on Jan. 1 under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA). The extensive set of ATRA tax changes affected many 2012 tax returns, which led to the late January opening. The IRS noted that several options are available to help taxpayers prepare for the 2014 tax season and get their refunds as easily as possible. New year-end tax planning information has been added to IRS. gov this week. In addition, many software companies are

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Invigorate Yourself This New Year Ladies, welcome to the New Year. May it be your best yet! Please remember to put yourself at the top of your list this year. Taking care of ourselves is taking care of those you know and love also. Each month I am going to introduce you to our newest offerings and education on specific options available locally to treat skin concerns or address beauty needs. Oxygen professional products are produced to support in clinic treatments. Some are infused with pure nonchemically derived oxygen and green tea. This water based application works perfectly with out newest wet peel method. Oxygen products allow for customization and precise treatment of skin concerns while effectively enhancing the results of each session. Our wet peel method was developed

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Eight Tips to Guide Your Going Search For A New HomeBuys Here are a few tips to follow when looking to purchase a new home. • Research before you start looking. Decide what features you most want in a new home, what neighborhoods you prefer and how much you would be willing to spend each month for housing. • Be realistic. It’s ok to be picky, but don’t be unrealistic with your expectations. There is no such thing as a perfect home. Use your list of priorities as a guide to evaluate each property. • Get your finances in order. Review your credit report and be sure you have enough money to cover your down payment and closing costs. Then, talk to a lender and get prequalified for a mortgage. This will save you the headache later of falling in love with a house you can’t afford. • Don’t as too many people for their opinions. Select one or two people to turn to if you feel you need a second opinion, but be ready to make the final decision on your

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½ of a can of diet soda. Most of the methanol in diet soda is metabolized into formaldehyde, the main ingredient in embalming fluid. Yum! Soda is bad for your teeth due to the high acid content. Phosphoric soda in cola and citric acid in citrus-flavored drinks eat away at the enamel of teeth. Sugar feeds acid producing bacteria in your mouth. Diet soda tends to be even more acid that sugar sweetened soda, so it is no safer. The only real problem associated with quitting soda is that there may be some caffeine withdrawal at first. This can lead to some temporary headache, fatigue, dizziness, depressed mood, and irritability. Rarely, people will have flu-like symptoms, nausea/ vomiting, and muscle pain/stiffness. The symptoms are usually worst

within 20-50 hours and last up to 9 days. Some studies have shown that exercise and consuming a nutrient dense diet can help with some of these symptoms. The fact that caffeine can have such a powerful effect on you is all the more reason to limit its use by avoiding sodas. Furthermore, you save money on every trip to a restaurant or grocery store but choosing water over soda. It’s like having a 10% coupon everywhere you go! Kicking the soda habit could make this your happiest and healthiest year yet. If you find that your year off from soda is a success there’s really no problem with keeping it up indefinitely.

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most affected dogs exhibit signs of gastrointestinal distress within hours to days of eating tainted jerky treats. These signs may include decreased appetite, energy, vomiting, and diarrhea (sometimes with fresh blood and mucous). Severe cases may develop pancreatitis and extensive GI bleeding known as hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. If these symptoms present after ingestion of jerky treats, especially with the presence of glucose in the urine, then there should be strong suspicion of jerky poisoning. Treats should be saved in a sealable bag. Blood and urine samples must also be saved after tests are run and the case needs to be reported by the attending veterinarian to the FDA. Treatment is supportive and involves hospitalization with intravenous fluids. Since a toxic agent has not been identified, there is not yet a specific treatment or antidote that can be used. The important thing for owners to realize is that their dogs don’t need jerky treats. Many of our clients are also under the impression that all affected treats have been recalled and that the risk is over. This is actually incorrect. Many large retailers are still selling chicken and duck jerky treats manufactured in China. It is legal to

sell these treats without printing the country of origin on the bag. The treats may have been made in China even if the bag doesn’t say so. The justification for the continued sale of Chinese jerky rests on the fact the FDA has so far failed to demonstrate the toxic agent in tainted treats and many large retailers feel that those who purchase jerky do so as informed consumers and therefore, at their own risk. Just this past September a dog was diagnosed with jerky treat poisoning at Ohio State University. For now, most veterinarians are recommending against feeding any commercial jerky treats. As a reassurance to those of you who are reading this, we have not yet had a confirmed case of jerky poisoning at our clinic. This is not a situation where dogs are getting sick at an alarming rate. This is, however, entirely preventable. Simply don’t feed your dog commercial jerky treats. The purpose of this article is to let you know where we are at in our understanding and to inform you that these treats are still being sold. If you have questions, please call us at 541-926-8817. Albany Animal Hospital is here for you as your key resource when it comes to the health and well-being of your best friend.

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