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Ways to Keep Your Cat At A Healthy Weight

Did you know that 60% of cats in the U.S. are obese? Obesity in cats are one of the main contributors in developing diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, kidney disease and more serious health issues. Obese cats also have a shorter life span than cats with a healthy weight.

Read on if you are interested in the healthiest way to keep your feline’s waistline slim and trim! [Read more…]

What To Know Before Adding A New Dog To The Family

Adding a new dog to the family, whether a puppy or adult, is an exciting experience if you are a pet lover.  The thought of adding a new friend to the family brings about feelings of love and anticipation of the future wonderful memories and experiences that you will share together.

One of the big decisions that must be made before adding that bundle of furry joy to your household is where you will obtain your pup. Many people opt to adopt from a private rescue or Humane Society, while some people choose to purchase a dog from a breeder. Whatever decision you make, let’s go over a few guidelines to make certain that you choose the happiest, most healthy dog that is well suited for your family and lifestyle. [Read more…]

Vital Essentials Dog Food Recall | April 2018

April 16, 2018 — Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, WI, is voluntarily recalling two of its Vital Essentials freeze-dried dog foods because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

What’s Recalled?

Affected products can be identified by comparing the following images and lot numbers:

  • Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers
  • 6 oounce (170 g) package size
  • Best by date: 06/04/2019 or 06/20/2019
  • Lot #: 13815
  • Product UPC: 033211006059

  • Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Chub Entrée for Dogs
  • 5 pound (2.27 kg) package size
  • Best by date: 12/27/18
  • Lot #: 13816
  • Product UPC: 033211008817

What Caused the Recall?

The issue was discovered when a single package of product produced on the same day was collected and tested by FDA for the presence of Salmonella.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

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 your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What to Do?

As of this writing, we are unable to locate any public information regarding this event anywhere on the Vital Essentials website.

All information included within this article has been derived from a third party communication received on April 16, 2016, by The Dog Food Advisor.

The company encourages consumers to discard the affected products included above safely in a covered trash receptacle.

Contact your retailer for a replacement or refund.

No other Vital Essentials products are subject to this voluntary recall.

If you have questions, please contact the company at 920-370-6542.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

Source: www.dogfoodadvisor.com

Darwin’s Dog Food Recall of March 2018

March 26, 2018 — Darwin’s Natural Pet Products of Tukwila, WA, has announced it is voluntarily recalling four lots of dog food after testing showed that specific products have tested positive for Salmonella and/or E. coli O128.

These pathogens can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.

Darwin’s Natural Pet Products are exclusively sold to customers through a subscription service. Customers who purchased the products have been notified of the recall directly by Darwin’s.

No product images were provided with the official notice. [Read more…]

Blue Ridge Beef Dog Food Recall of March 2018

March 26, 2018 — Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, GA, is voluntarily recalling one lot of its BRD Complete raw pet food because of the potential of contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

 

What Caused the Recall?

This recall was initiated after samples collected and tested by the FDA showed positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

There has been no consumer or pet illnesses in association with this product.

Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling this product lot as a commitment to consumer and pet health and safety. [Read more…]

TruDog Pet Treats Recall | February 2018

TruPet, LLC of Milford, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of TruDog Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight Pet treats because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. [Read more…]

Vital Essentials Dog Food Recall | February 2018

Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, WI, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount, 73 cases, of Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs pet food because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. [Read more…]

Northwest Naturals Dog Food Recall | February 2018

Northwest Naturals of Portland, Oregon is recalling its 5-pound frozen Chicken and Salmon pet food chubs because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. [Read more…]

Smucker Withdraws Multiple Dog Food Brands

February 15, 2018 — J.M. Smucker Company has initiated a voluntary withdrawal of various wet dog food products due to the potential to contain low levels of pentobarbital, a euthanasia drug. [Read more…]

Redbarn Bully Stick Dog Chews Recall

February 10, 2018 — Redbarn Pet Products, LLC of Long Beach, CA is voluntarily recalling its Redbarn Naturals 7-inch Bully Stick Dog Chews 3-pack because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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