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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…]

Voluntary Cat Food Recall: Wellness

We have learned that there has been a voluntary recall for Wellness cat food.  It appears a foreign material was found in a non-Wellness product; however, the product was manufactured in the same facility as Wellness brand food. The company has stepped up to alert consumers in the remote chance that their food may be affected.  The original statement is posted below. 

We have many clients that feed Wellness and we have fed it in the past. It is a high quality food and we were impressed at the company’s disclosure even though it appears that there’s a low chance that any of this foreign material was actually found in their cat food.

Please share this important information to all you know that may be affected.

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February is Pet Dental Health Month

Many of us have experienced the epitome of doggy love; wet slobbery kisses from our four legged friends. Many of us have also experienced the disgust of doggy halitosis when our pets try to share the love with less than fresh breath! While many people believe that doggy breath is normal, bad breath in pets, like their human counterparts, can  signal poor dental hygiene. This can cause severe long term health issues and pets, so good pet dental health is critical for the quality of life of cats and dogs.

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Four Factors to Consider Before You Give A Pet As A Gift

Pug dog wearing Santa hat with two little Persian kittens, surrounded by Christmas ornaments.

It can be tempting to give a cute, cuddly  puppy or kitten as a gift for a holiday or birthday. There are few things that give people warm, fuzzy feelings like snuggling with a plump, sweet  baby pet.  Waking up to a precious puppy under the Christmas tree or a cute little bunny for Easter elicit love and good vibes. However, what happens after the initial exchange of a well meaning live gift can have potentially unsavory consequences for the giver and receiver if a few factors are not taken into consideration before purchasing a pet as a gift for a loved one. 

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Blue Ridge Beef Pet Food Recall | December 2016

Hi Everyone!

If you know anyone that feeds this prepared raw brand, please tag or share this recall information.

Here’s the info as published by Dog Food Advisor:

The affected products are sold in 2 pound chubs and can be identified with the following manufacturing codes:

  • Lot #mfd ga8516
    Beef for dogs
    UPC code 8542980011009
  • Lot #mfd ga81216
    Kitten grind
    UPC code 854298001016

Where Was It Sold?

The affected products were distributed to retail stores in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Texas

About Salmonella and Listeria

Salmonella and Listeria can affect animals eating the product.

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 surface exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella and/or Listeria should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody disarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Fever

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare provider. Consumers should also follow the simple handling tips on the package.

What Caused the Recall?

This recall was initiated after the FDA received two complaints associated with these products, including one complaint of two kitten illnesses and one complaint of a puppy death.

Subsequent testing by the FDA of a 2 pound chub of beef for dogs and kitten grind collected at a veterinary office revealed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

There is no direct evidence linking these unfortunate instances to contaminated product.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased the above lots of beef for dogs or kitten grind are urged to stop feeding them and return products to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Or dispose of them immediately. Those with questions can email the company at blueridgebeefga@yahoo.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.

Complete details of the Blue Ridge Beef Pet Food recall of December 2016 as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

Source: Blue Ridge Beef Pet Food Recall | December 2016

Three Reasons Your Cat Needs Daily Visits While You’re on Vacation

kaliWe’ve gotten countless web submissions and client calls with the same message… “I’m going on vacation and I need someone to come check in on my cat(s) a few times while I’m away.” ¬†Potential clients are surprised when I discourage “two or three drop in visits while I’m out of town for a couple of weeks.”

We know that cats are an independent species. Though they interact with us on their own terms, they need regular care and supervision too. Anything can happen in the 24-48 hours cats are left unattended while their families are on vacation. Just as your dogs could be exposed to misfortune and accidents without daily visits, your cats can be victim to mishap and misfortune as well!

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