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Does Aromatherapy Work in Pets?

Whether you view it as New Age hooey or a modern miracle, aromatherapy is pervasive in both health and lifestyle forums.  The use of essential oils for scent therapy has now reached a new audience; the household pet.  Furry Footsteps LLC has looked into the topic to let you know the facts of the matter and whether it is worth pursuing for your pet. 

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Primal Dog Food Recall December 2017


 

December 21, 2017 — Primal Pet Foods of Fairfield, California, is voluntarily recalling specific lots of 5 of its freeze-dried poultry products because their grind size exceeds the ideal size of ground bone to be fed to dogs and cats.

What’s Recalled?

Affected products include Primal Canine and Feline Freeze-Dried Poultry Formulas.

Click here for a more readable copy of the following list of recalled products.

 

What to Do?

The company asks that affected products be returned to the Primal retailer from where they were originally purchased for full credit.

Those unable to return the product directly to the retailer are invited to contact Primal Customer Service at 866-566-4652 extension 2 or by email at support@primalpetfoods.com

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.

8 Holiday Ingredients to Keep Out of the Food Bowl

Holidays bring with them plenty of treats for both the eyes and the stomachs.  Plenty of us leave the family dinner table with indigestion from unfamiliar and extra-rich ingredients, but for your furry family members it can be a once a year opportunity to gorge on new items.  From your cat invading the countertops for a food raid to houseguests sneaking the family dog some scraps from the table, this time of year is also the time for you to keep an extra eye out for dangerous ingredients. 

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Five Unexpected Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker

 

When inviting a professional service into your home, you want to be sure you are gaining a valuable asset to your lifestyle. If you are a pet owner, however, be certain you are gaining a wonderful tool for your life when you find the right pet sitter or dog walker.

Whether you are a 9-to- 5 professional with a new puppy, a retired couple who loves their trips without cats, or a stay-at- home-mom looking for a little help making sure Fido gets his afternoon walk during naptime, read the top five ways Furry Footsteps can benefit you in your daily routine. [Read more…]

Multiple Brands of Pig Ears Recalled Due to Salmonella | March 2017

Do you feed your dogs pig ears as treats? There has been a recall on a few varieties. Read on for details and please share!

March 20, 2017 — EuroCan Manufacturing is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Barnsdale Farms, HoundsTooth and Mac’s Choice pig ears because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

What’s Being Recalled?

The recalled pig ears were distributed throughout the U.S.A. and Canada.

The products were packaged as individually shrink-wrapped, 6-pack, 12-pack and 25-pack bags under the following brands:

  • Barnsdale Farms
  • Barnsdale Farms Select
  • Houndstooth
  • Mac’s Choice

The recalled products are from Lot 84.

No illnesses of any kind have been reported to date.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a 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 provider.

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, be sure to contact your veterinarian.

About the Recall

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing revealed the presence of Salmonella in the product.

The company has suspended distribution of the product while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased any of the affected Barnsdale Farms pig ears should return the product to the place of purchase for a refund.

Those with questions may contact the company Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM ET Time at 888-290-7606.

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.

Complete details of the March 2017 pig ears recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

Source: Multiple Brands of Pig Ears Recalled Due to Salmonella | March 2017

Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recall Event Number 2 of March 2017

Folks, you read it right…there has been yet ANOTHER dog food recall…this time Blue Buffalo Rocky Mountain Recipe. It contains the same naturally occurring thyroid hormone we just published in our previous blog post.

My guess is that these companies are using the same beef suppliers? I wonder how this naturally occurring hormone is being found in excess in this meat?

What are your thoughts on this? We’d love to read them!

Complete details of the second Blue Buffalo dog food recall event of March 2017 as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor:

March 17, 2017 — Blue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling one production lot of BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs because the product may contain elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone.

What’s Being Recalled?

The recall is limited to one production lot of the following product:

  • BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet
    Food for Adult Dogs
  • Size: 12.5 ounce can
  • UPC Code: 840243101153
  • Best-By Date: June 7, 2019 (bottom of can)

Affected products were distributed nationally through pet specialty and on-line retailers.

No other Blue Buffalo products are impacted by this issue.

About the Recall

Dogs ingesting high levels of beef thyroid hormones may exhibit symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate and restlessness.

These symptoms may resolve when the use of the impacted food is discontinued.

However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing.

Should symptoms occur, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Although the Blue Buffalo Customer Care Resource Team has not received any reports of dogs exhibiting these symptoms from consuming this product, the FDA advised Blue Buffalo of a single consumer who reported symptoms in one dog, who has now fully recovered.

Blue Buffalo immediately began an investigation.

However, after working with the FDA, Blue Buffalo decided it would be prudent to recall the one production lot in question.

What to Do?

If your pet has consumed the product listed above and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please discontinue feeding and contact your veterinarian.

Consumers who have purchased the product subject to this recall should dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Blue Buffalo at 866-201-9072 from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday.

Or by email at CustomerCare@bluebuffalo.com.

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: Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recall Event Number 2 of March 2017

Wellness Dog Food Recall of March 2017

Wellness Dog Food company has issued a recall for it’s 95% Beef canned variety because of  a naturally occuring beef thyroid hormone found present in the food. The hormone can affect metabolism, but thankfully side effects are reversible. Read on for details!

Complete details of the March 2017 Wellness dog food recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor:

What’s Being Recalled?

Recalled product includes:

  • Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs
  • Size: 13.2 ounce cans
  • Best-By Dates: 02 FEB 19, 29 AUG 19 and 30 AUG 19

Best-By dates can be found on the bottom of each can.

No other Wellness products are affected.

 

About the Recall

Elevated levels of thyroid hormone may affect a dog’s metabolism and can be associated with increased thirst and urinary output, restless behavior and weight loss.

Multiple studies indicate that for the vast majority of pets, symptoms are reversible as soon as the pet stops eating product with elevated thyroid hormone.

Because the recipe is a mixer or topper and intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only, the likelihood of a dog being affected is remote.

WellPet has received no reports of any health problems as a result of feeding the affected recipe.

However, the company is voluntarily recalling three best-by dates as an extra level of precaution.

What to Do?

If you have any of the 13.2 ounce cans of this specific recipe and marked with one of the three best-by dates, please email the company at wecare@wellpet.com

Or call the company at 877-227-9587.

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: Wellness Dog Food Recall of March 2017

Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recall of March 2017

Here are the complete details of the March 2017 Blue Buffalo dog food recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor:

March 2, 2017 — Blue Buffalo has issued a voluntary market withdrawal of 17 varieties of its Blue Divine Delights and Blue Wilderness Trail Trays due to quality issues with the foil seals on the top of the cups.

No other Blue Buffalo products (including any variety of Divine Delights not listed below) are impacted by this issue.

The company is not aware of any dogs becoming ill from these products.

 

What’s Recalled?

 
  • BLUE Divine Delights Filet Mignon Flavor in Gravy
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312035
  • BLUE Divine Delights New York Strip Flavor in Gravy
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312037
  • BLUE Divine Delights Prime Rib Flavor in Gravy
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312039
  • BLUE Divine Delights Rotisserie Chicken Flavor in Gravy
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312041
  • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Filet Mignon Flavor
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312043
  • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Porterhouse Flavor
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312045
  • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Grilled Chicken Flavor
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312047
  • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Top Sirloin Flavor
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312049
  • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Angus Beef Flavor
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312051
  • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Roasted Turkey Flavor
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312053
  • BLUE Divine Delights Pate with Bacon, Egg and Cheese
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312057
  • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Sausage, Egg and Cheese Flavor
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312059
  • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Steak and Egg Flavor
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312061
  • BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Duck Grill
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312071
  • BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Beef Grill
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312073
  • BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Chicken Grill
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312075
  • BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Turkey Grill
    3.5 oz cup
    84024312077

What to Do?

Blue Buffalo has asked consumers to stop feeding the affected product to pets and bring any remaining cups affected by the withdrawal to their place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions about this market withdrawal are invited to contact Blue Buffalo at 877-870-7363.

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.

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Evanger’s Dog Food Recall Expands

The previous dog food recall for Evanger’s Hunk of Beef and other varieties has expanded. Additional lots have been recalled due to pentobarbital contamination. Please read further for the latest updates. As always, pleas share far and wide!

Complete details of the expanded February 2017 Evanger’s dog food recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor:

February 28, 2017 — Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company, Inc. of Wheeling, Illinois, is expanding its voluntarily recall of specific lots of its beef products due to their potential of contamination with the deadly drug, pentobarbital.

Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance or nausea — or in extreme cases, death.

Only limited information regarding this expanded recall is available at this time. Further details will be added to this article as they become available.

Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Canned Dog Food Recall

What’s Recalled?

The following 3 items are now being recalled:

  • Evanger’s Hunk of Beef
    12 ounce can
    Item #776155
  • Evanger’s: Braised Beef
    12 ounce can
    Item #776150
  • Against the Grain Pulled Beef
    12 ounce can
    Item #776107

The three recalled products were manufactured between December 2015 and January 2017, and have expiration dates of December 2019 through January 2021.

The products were distributed online and through independent pet stores nationwide.

What to Do?

Consumers in possession of the affected product should return the cans or cases to the retailer where purchased for a full refund or replacement of product.

Retailers are asked to return the product to the distributor from whom they purchased it.

And distributors are required to quarantine all products with the relevant lot numbers.

Consumers with questions are asked to contact the company at 847-537-0102.

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: Evanger’s Dog Food Recall Expands

Against the Grain Dog Food Recall of February 2017

Folks, you are NOT going to believe this, but there is yet another dog food recall. Another Evanger brand, Against The Grain, may be contaminated with pentobarbital. 

This is very disturbing because it causes one to wonder why exactly is this chemical continually being found in this pet food? Pentobarbital has a few medical uses, but when it pertains to animals, it is used for euthanasia. This causes me to wonder where this company is obtaining it’s meat sources. It’s unfortunate for all and I truly hope that no dogs are affected by this contaminated food.

Please read the details below and be sure to share this with friends and family!

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