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What Is Lurking In Your Pet Bowl?

Scuzzy, cloudy, grimy…none of these are adjectives you want near your pets’ water or food bowl.  Despite this, sometimes the cleaning routine slips away from you and you find yourself looking at a bowl definitely in need of a scouring.  Let’s take a look at what happens when you don’t clean your bowl regularly, and whether it is anything to get your fur mussed over. [Read more…]

Pet Incontinence and Its Causes

When coming home to suspicious yellow puddles around the house, an owner must turn into an instant sleuth, and we are here to help.  Furry Footsteps LLC is exploring the reasons for cat and dog medical incontinence, and what to do about it when discovered. While behavioral urination is always a possibility when you find urine around the house, we will be exploring incontinence due to medical issues.  Please read on for more information! [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

Vestibular Disease – What to Know If It Happens to Your Pet

A fancy word for a complicated illness, vestibular disease is very likely to happen when you least expect it. Also known as “Old Dog Disease”, though it can affect both cats and dogs, it is more likely to happen when your pet approaches their grey muzzle years.  While vestibular disease often resolves itself, the symptoms can be unnerving for the unprepared.  Read up on the different types, causes and treatments for this illness that can occur at any time and without warning. [Read more…]

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…]

Spring Showers Bring New Hazards for Your Pet

Spring is the best time of the year; warmer weather means extended visits outside the house, the world no longer looks grey and dreary, and you and your pet can explore the great outdoors with new appreciation.  Springtime also brings unique dangers to your pets’ health which often go unnoticed until a sudden visit to the vet is necessary.  We found six of the most common hazards for your pet to watch out for during Spring, detailed below: [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…]

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