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New in the Medicine Cabinet: CBD Oil for Pets

If you’ve heard the whispers at the doggy park you might have heard the new treatment for various disorders in pets – CBD oil.  CBD oil is closely associated with cannabis, despite not always being produced from marijuana plants, so its use in veterinary medicine is very new and relatively unstudied.  Now, however, vets have started turning to CBD oil as a solution for a wide variety of symptoms in pets – from seizure prevention to pain management.

Here is some information about what CBD oil is, what it is being used for, and why this new treatment is so controversial. [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…]

The Importance of Dental Care for Your Pets

As a pet owner you may be very familiar with this scene; it’s another early morning and your dog wants to go out, he comes by your side of the bed to be the alarm clock and then his breath hits you.  Suddenly, you’re wide awake to the smell of not-so-fresh breath, and your first stop for the morning is to get some minty dog biscuits.  [Read more…]

Dog Flu: What it Looks Like and What to Do?

Unless you have been living off the grid recently, you may have heard about the invasion of a new disease for your dog.  A particularly scary video showed a dog repeatedly jerking their head, almost like a seizure, that admonishes owners to watch out for the flu.  The real question is; what is dog flu, what can you do about it, and should you really be worried?  Read on to explore what we learned after thoroughly researching this topic!

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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

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