Monday, December 20, 2010

Pet Food Recall : Kroger Pet Foods

We try to post all dog/cat food recalls
The below notification is regarding Kroger

"Kroger Recalls Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk"



Contact:
Denise Osterhues
(513) 762-1304



"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CINCINNATI, Ohio, - December 18, 2010 - The Kroger Co. said today it is recalling select packages of pet food sold in some of its retail stores because the products may contain aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets.

Kroger stores in the following states are included in this recall: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

The recall also includes Dillons and Gerbes stores in Kansas and Missouri; Baker’s stores in Nebraska; Food 4 Less stores in Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana (Chicago area); and Jay C, Hilander, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois and Indiana.

Stores the company operates under the following names are not included in this recall: Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, QFC, City Market, Foods Co., and Food 4 Less stores in California and Nevada."

"Kroger is recalling the following items:"

* Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128
* Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071357
* Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088152
* Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074580
* Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071903
* Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074566
* Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074563
* Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000018
* Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071559
* Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code:1111000108

"Aflatoxin is a naturally-occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops. If your pet shows any symptoms of illness, including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea, please consult your veterinarian immediately."

"The safety of our customers and their pets is important to Kroger. The company is using its Customer Recall Notification system to alert customers who may have purchased these recalled products through register receipt tape messages and automated phone calls. Customers who have purchased a recalled item should not use it and should return it to a store for a full refund or replacement."

"Customers who have questions about this recall may contact Kroger toll-free at (800) 632-6900. For more information, please visit www.kroger.com/recalls."

Official FDA page

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm237459.htm

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dog Food Comparison

Most of us know the first 5 ingredients are important when comparing dog food brands.  We also know the following ingredients should be excluded:

Corn, Wheat, Glutens, By-Products,  Artificial Colors and Preservatives

 What surprises most people is the information mentioned above isn't enough to determine if your dog is being fed "premium pet food"

Click here to compare dog food

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bone and Joint Issues in Dogs

In this video Dr. Sarah explains about joint disease, arthritis, some breeds that are more susceptible than others, what to look for and how to handle:

Joint disease is a very common issue in canines.
Our babies speak to us in body language so certain signs will be apparent:
Hesitating to play
Hesitating to go up or down stairs
Change in behavior
Change in eating
Head bobbing to one side to keep the pressure off of a joint with an issue

Watch this video!
"Courtesy of Life's Abundance"







Please click below for more from our December Newsletter

http://www.premium4pets.net/Newsletters/december-10-Newsletter.html

Monday, November 22, 2010

Puppies and Cold Winter Weather

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

We know the holidays are a time when many people decide to bring a puppy into the family.
Dr. Sarah gives wonderful tips in the video below about your new puppy and the cold weather!

"Courtesy of Life's Abundance"








To read more of our November Newsletter, Click below:
http://www.premium4pets.net/Newsletters/november-10-Newsletter.html

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Holiday Gift Baskets for Dogs and Cats are Here

Click Here - Our popular gift baskets for dogs and cats are here!

For our Canines this Holiday basket contains:
An entertaining toy! Plus, an assortment of our most popular, healthy treats. Wholesome Hearts (low fat heart-shaped sensations), Gourmet Dental Treats (honey peanut butter recipe), Anti-oxidant Health Bars (oatmeal and apple recipe), a bag of Tasty Rewards (savory jerky treats) and a Porky Puff (hickory-smoked chew). All nestled in a lovely reusable basket. (Toy may vary.)
ONLY $17.95 Retail Value $30.00!  LIMITED QUANTITY







For our Felines, this Holiday basket contains: A delightful variety of playful toys; the toys include whimsical and catnip-filled play things just waiting to be swiped and chased. For the proud cat parent, we included an adorable cat photo frame so you can proudly display your lovable furry feline's photo. Also included is a bag of Life’s Abundance Gourmet Cat Treats For Healthy Skin & Coat. The toys and treats are nestled in a lovely reusable basket. (Toys & Frame may vary.)
ONLY $12.95  Retail Value $21.00!  LIMITED QUANTITY

Friday, October 22, 2010

Our Pets' Skin and Coat

This video is chock full of information;
"Courtesy of Life's Abundance"







Pet’s skin and coat problems are the #1 reason pet parents bring their babies to their vet.

Dry skin, infected ears, shedding, allergies are some of these issues.
Poor skin health can be attributed to lack of nutrients like fatty acids, protein and more.
Skin is a huge organ and needs nutrients.

Not all foods are created equal and poor nutrients will be seen first in the coat

There are medical issues that can make skin and coat issues a problem (video)

Allergies are a big culprit that can lead to paw licking, scratching, rubbing the face and more that make your pet miserable that can lead to infections.

What can you do as the pet owner?
Build healthy skin from the inside out.
A healthy nutrient diet can affect the skin.

Avoid corn and wheat (major cause of allergies in companion animals)

More in this video:
What to look for in a supplement. What about fleas? Which shampoo?

As the blog owner I recommend our Lifes Abundance dog food

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Please visit the link below for our Life's Abundance October Newsletter:
http://www.premium4pets.net/Newsletters/october-10-Newsletter.html

Monday, October 11, 2010

Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recall, Limited Production

"Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. Recalls Limited Production Code Dates of Dry Dog Food Because of Possible Excess Vitamin D."

"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 8, 2010 - Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., recalls certain dry dog food because of possible excess Vitamin D that can affect the health of some dogs. The Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., is recalling certain packages of its Wilderness Chicken, Basics Salmon and Large Breed Adult Chicken dry dog foods sold under the "BLUE" brand which have the potential to contain excessive levels of Vitamin D.

While Vitamin D is a beneficial component of these foods, the Company believes that these products may have levels of Vitamin D that are beyond the formula specifications, and has therefore chosen to withdraw them.

Dogs reacting to the higher levels of Vitamin D may show signs of lethargy or exhibit unusually frequent water consumption and urination. If your pet has consumed the recalled products and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The affected productions of Blue Wilderness Chicken, Basics Salmon and Large Breed Adult Chicken dry dog foods were distributed nationwide through pet specialty stores.

Only these production runs of the products are involved in this recall:

Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor dry dog food 4.5 1b "Best If Used By JUL2611Z"
"Best If Used By JUL2711Z" &
"Best If Used By JUL2811Z"
Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor dry dog food 11 lb "Best If Used By JUL1211B"
Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor dry dog food 24 1b "Best If Used By JUL1211B" &
"Best If Used By JUL1311B"
Blue Basics Limited Ingredient Formula Salmon and Potato Recipe dry dog food 11 lb "Best If Used By AUG2111B" &
"Best If Used By AUG2211B"
Blue Basics Limited Ingredient Formula Salmon and Potato Recipe dry dog food 24 lb "Best If Used By AUG2111B"
"Best If Used By SEP2311P" &
"Best If Used By OCT2611P"
Blue Life Protection Formula Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Large Breed Adult dog food 30 lb "Best If Used By SEP2211P"
"Best If Used By SEP2311P" &
"Best If Used By OCT2611P"
No other BLUE dry or can pet foods are involved in this recall, and only the specific code dates of these products are involved.
To date there have been 36 cases nationwide of dogs reported with symptoms consistent with elevated Vitamin D in their systems while feeding on these specific productions of the products. In all cases the symptoms have subsided upon discontinuing feeding these products, with no apparent long term health consequences.
Blue Buffalo learned of this potential condition in its products when it received reports of dogs diagnosed with high Vitamin D levels while feeding on the products from these specific production runs. On further investigation it was learned that a sequencing error had occurred at the supplier of the dry ingredients for these products. Immediately before producing the ingredients for these specific production runs, the supplier had run a product for another customer that contained a more potent form of Vitamin D used in chicken feeds. It is now believed that there was some level of carry over of this Vitamin D product into the ingredients for the specific manufacturing runs of the BLUE products, thereby increasing the Vitamin D activity to unacceptable levels in the Blue ingredients.

Consumers who have purchased any of the products being recalled are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-523-9114 from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Time or visit the Company web site at www.bluebuffalo.com/news for more information."

For the official FDA page and product photos, please visit
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm228986.htm

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

How to Clean Your Dog's Ears

In this Issue of Pet Talk Dr. Sarah shows how, why, when and more on how to clean your dog's ears
Click for more from our September Newsletter:

http://www.premium4pets.net/Newsletters/september-10-Newsletter.html






"Courtesy of Life's Abundance"
Some snippets:
Ear infections can be common in canines.
Cleaning them is part of your dogs’ over all ear health regimen.
How often?
Depends on your babies current ear health and length of ear and if your pet will let you.
You can ask your vet and/or groomer how often you should clean.
Long ears maybe once a week
Less often for short ears

Make sure your clean with a solution that has no alcohol
Your vet may tell you a formula to use.
Should be ph balanced.
Don’t use synthetic cotton
And more!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Recall of Some Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats

"The Hartz Mountain Corporation Recalls Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk"

 The official FDA page can be found by clicking below:
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm224987.htm

Contact:
Hartz Consumer Affairs
(800) 275-1414



"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- SECAUCUS, N.J. - September 3, 2010 - The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs due to concerns that one or more bags within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, all of whom are at particular risk from exposure and should avoid handling these products.

Salmonella symptoms may include fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea in both dogs and humans. Anyone experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek immediate medical attention. Owners of dogs exhibiting these symptoms should also seek veterinary assistance.

Hartz Mountain Corporation is recalling 74,700 8-oz bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs, lot code BZ0969101E, UPC number 32700-11519, which were imported by Hartz from a Brazilian supplier, Bertin S.A., and which were distributed to a number of customers in the United States. While regular testing conducted by Bertin (prior to shipment to the US) did not detect the presence of Salmonella in any packages of this product, random sample testing conducted by FDA did indicate the presence of Salmonella. Hartz is aggressively investigating the source of the problem.

Although Hartz has not received any reports of animals or humans becoming ill as a result of coming into contact with this product, Hartz is taking immediate steps to remove the product from all retail stores and distribution centers. Dog owners having purchased this product should check the lot code on their bag, and, if the code is not visible, or if the bag has lot code BZ0969101E imprinted thereon, they should immediately discontinue use of the product and discard it in a proper manner.

Consumers can contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 at any time with any questions they may have and for information on how to obtain reimbursement for purchased product."

Monday, August 30, 2010

Iams Cat Food Recall in Loveland Colorado

Premium4Dogs tries to post all dog and cat product recalls.
The FDA page is at the end.

Company Contact:
Jason Taylor, P&G
513-622-3205


"P&G Recalls Small Number of Bags of Cat Food From Stores in Loveland, Colorado"


"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 29, 2010 – CINCINNATI -- Procter & Gamble (P&G) is voluntarily recalling a small number of bags of its Iams Proactive Health Indoor Weight & Hairball Care dry cat food which may have been sold recently in one or two stores in Loveland, Colorado.

These bags have the potential to contain salmonella, although no illnesses have been reported. No other Iams pet food products are affected.

The Iams Proactive Health Indoor Weight & Hairball Care cat food in question is sold in blue 6.8-pound bags. These bags feature a code date of 02304173 (B1-B6) and the UPC number 1901403921.

If you have this product, please discard it and call P&G toll-free for a product replacement at 800-862-3332 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST.

P&G has worked with its retailers to remove the affected product from stores in the area. P&G believes that only three bags may have been purchased recently by consumers in the area. Yet, as a precautionary measure, the company is initiating this retrieval.

People handling dry pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. 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 have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. 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."

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm224352.htm

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Extended Recall of Merrick Beef Squares

FDA post for August3, 2010:

"Merrick Pet Care Recalls Texas Hold'ems 10 oz Bag (Item # 60016 Lot 10127 Best by May 6 2012) because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk"

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm221198.htm

Company Contact:
Customer Inquiries:
800-664-7387
Other Inquiries:
James Witcher, Coo#160;
806-322-2806



"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 3, 2010 – Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is extending its July 2,2010 recall of 10 oz "Beef Filet Squares for Dogs (Texas Hold'Ems)" pet treat (ITEM # 60016 LOT # 10084TL7 BEST BY MARCH 24, 2012) to also include 83 cases of "Texas Hold'ems" (ITEM # 60016 LOT # 10127 BEST BY MAY 6, 2012) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling the treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.

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 immediately.

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 immediately.

The Beef Filet Squares (Texas Hold 'Ems) were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the US. These individuals have been notified and have activated their recall procedures.

The treats are sold in 1Ooz plastic bags marked with "Lot # 10127 Best By May 6, 2012" on the top of the bag and on a sticker applied to the bottom.

No illnesses have been reported to date for either lot of product. A sample tested positive for Salmonella."

"Consumers who have purchased 10 ounce packages of"Texas Hold'ems" are urged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-664-7387 M-F 8:00 - 5:00 CDT."

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Pet Food Recall Expanded: Iams and Eukanuba by P&G

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm220780.htm
Please visit the Food and Drug Administration site above for more information.


"P&G Expands Voluntary Limited Recall of Specialized Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk"

Contact:
P& G Consumer Relations – 877-340-8823
Media Contact: Jason Taylor 513-622-3205



"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- CINCINNATI, July 30, 2010 – The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) (NYSE:PG) is voluntarily expanding its recall to include veterinary and some specialized dry pet food as a precautionary measure because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. No salmonella-related illnesses have been reported.


Product Name Version "Best-By" Dates UPC Codes
The following dry pet food products are included:
Product Name Version "Best-By" Dates UPC Codes
Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas All dry sizes and varieties 01Jul10 – 01Dec11 All UPC Codes
Eukanuba Naturally Wild All dry sizes and varieties 01Jul10 – 01Dec11 All UPC Codes
Eukanuba Pure All dry sizes and varieties 01Jul10 – 01Dec11 All UPC Codes
Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive Skin All dry sizes 01Jul10 – 01Dec11 All UPC Codes

The affected products are sold in veterinary clinics and specialty pet retailers throughout the United States and Canada. No canned food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement. A full listing of UPC codes can be found at www.iams.com.

These products are made in a single, specialized facility. In cooperation with FDA, P&G determined that some products made at this facility have the potential for salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling all products made at this facility.

Consumers who have purchased the specific dry pet foods listed should discard them. People handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. 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 have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. 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.

For further information or a product replacement or refund call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8823 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST)."



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The owner of this blog does feed and recommend Life's Abundance dog food
and cat food.
Since 1999 we have offered healthy products to cats and dogs and have never been a part of any recall.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Iams Renal Cat Food Recall

Premium4Pets tries to post all FDA recalls
Official page for recall: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm220204.htm
"P&G Recalls Two Lots of Prescription Renal Diet Cat Food due to a Possible Health Risk"



Contact:
P&G Consumer Relations - 877-894-4458

Media Contact:
Jason Taylor 513-622-3205



"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- CINCINNATI, July 25, 2010 - The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) (NYSE:PG), is voluntarily recalling two specific lots of its prescription renal dry cat food as a precautionary measure, as it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.


The following products are included:

Product Name
Lot Code
UPC Code
Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal 5.5 lbs
01384174B4
0 19014 21405 1
Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal 5.5 lbs
01384174B2
0 19014 21405 1

This product is available by prescription through veterinary clinics throughout the U.S.

No illnesses have been reported. A FDA analysis identified a positive result on the lot codes listed above. Lot codes can be found in the lower right corner on the back of the bag.

Consumers who have purchased dry cat food with these codes should discard it. People handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. 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 have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. 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."

"For further information or a product refund call P&G toll-free at 877-894-4458 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST)."

Friday, July 23, 2010

Senior Pets Care

From the July Life's Abundance Newsletter:
" So, who qualifies as a senior pet? While there is no hard and fast rule, most veterinarians agree that a senior canine is one in the last third of his or her life expectancy. Keep in mind that smaller breeds tend to live longer, meaning that they become seniors later in life than large or giant breeds. For example, the expected lifetime of Miniature Poodles is 18 years; therefore, they are designated as seniors at age 12. In contrast, the typical life expectancy of a Great Dane is around nine years, so they are considered seniors at age six! In general, cats begin to experience age-related physical changes from seven to ten years of age."
"Courtesy of Life's Abundance" Dr. Sarah







Senior pets and Caring for them:
Some tips in this video:

As we age we have to adjust our lifestyle and so do our pets
Senior pets need complete and balanced diet
Feed a high quality diet as they have higher nutritional needs 
Give a nutritional supplement
Schedule regular veterinarian visits (pets age more quickly so senior pets should see the vet more often) 2 check ups a year for seniors; so you can catch any issues early


Cats hide issues very easily so check- ups are a must

Monitor pets for change: increase drinking, increase in urination, inappropriate urination
Overly dry or running stools

Weight gain or loss
Change in appetite

Your vet may help you sort with normal aging and not
Dental care is important

This video is great, please watch the whole presentation!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Expansion Recall of Feline's Pride Cat Food

Please visit the FDA page for more information and picture of the product label

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm219200.htm


"Feline’s Pride Expands Nationwide Recall of its Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due to Salmonella Contamination"

"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 15, 2010 - Buffalo, NY – Feline’s Pride is expanding its July 1, 2010 voluntary recall of Feline’s Pride Raw food with ground bone for cats and kittens, Natural Chicken Formula, Net Wt. 2.5 lbs. (1.13 kg., 40 oz.) produced on 6/10/10 to include the product produced on 6/21/10, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. People handling raw pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the raw pet food or any surfaces exposed to the product.

When consumed by humans, Salmonella can cause an infection, salmonellosis. The symptoms of salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, minimal diarrhea, fever, and headache. Certain vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems, are particularly susceptible to acquiring salmonellosis from such pet food products and may experience more severe symptoms.

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.

The product is packaged in uncoded plastic containers and sold frozen to private consumers nationwide. Once thawed, the pet food has a shelf life of about 1 week. The firm manufactures the pet food by an as-ordered basis. This expansion of the recall affects those orders placed and shipped from June 21 through June 26, 2010 (produced on 6/21/10).

The firm and FDA are investigating this matter to determine the source of this problem, and will take any additional steps necessary to protect the public health.

To date, both the firm and the FDA have received no reports of Salmonella infection relating to this product.

People who are experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection after having handled the pet food product should seek medical attention, and report their use of the product and illness to the nearest FDA office.

People should thoroughly wash their hands after handling the pet food – especially those made from raw animal protein such as meat or fish -- to help prevent infection. People may risk bacterial infection not only by handling pet foods, but by contact with pets or surfaces exposed to these foods, so it is important that they thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap.

Since certain vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems, are particularly at risk from exposure they should avoid handling this product.

Consumers with questions should contact the company at (716) 580-3096, Monday -Friday from 10 am - 4 pm EDT."

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Recall, Merrick beef dog treats

"Merrick Pet Care Recalls Beef Filet Squares 10oz Bag (Item #60016 Lot # 10084TL7 Best By March 24, 2012) Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk"



Company Contact:
Customer Inquiries: (800) 664-7387
Other Inquiries: James Witcher, COO (806) 322-2806


FDA official recall web page, http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm218039.htm


"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 2, 2010 – Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is recalling 86 cases of its 10oz "Beef Filet Squares for Dogs" pet treats (ITEM # 60016 LOT # 10084TL7 BEST BY MARCH 24, 2012) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling the treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.

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 immediately.

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 immediately.

The Beef Filet Squares were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the US. These individuals have been notified and have activated their recall procedures.

The treats are sold in 10oz plastic bags marked with "Lot # 10084TL7 Best By Mar 24, 2012" on the top of the bag and on a sticker applied to the bottom.

No illnesses have been reported to date. FDA collected a surveillance sample of "Merrick Beef Filet Squares for Dogs" (lot #10084TL7) which were purchased from a retail store. The sample tested positive for Salmonella.

Consumers who have purchased 10 ounce packages of "Beef Filet Squares for Dogs" are urged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-664-7387 M-F 8:00 – 5:00 CDT."

Monday, July 5, 2010

Recall: Expanded United Pet Group Supplements



"United Pet Group Voluntarily Expands Recall of Nutritional Supplements For Dogs to Include Additional Tablet and Powdered-Form Products for Dogs and Cats Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk"
Consumers Contact:
(877) 399-5226
Media Contact:
Carey Phelps (770) 360-5292
"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 2, 2010 – United Pet Group, Cincinnati, Ohio is voluntarily expanding its recent recall of its Pro-Pet Adult Daily Vitamin Supplement tablets for Dogs to include additional pet nutritional supplement products for dogs and cats due to possible Salmonella contamination. The list of recalled products is provided below. The Food and Drug Administration is aware of this recall.
The recalled products are sold nationally at various retailers. The products include various United Pet Group Pro-Pet and Excel branded products for dogs and cats, and certain other private label brands of the same products. All of the affected products are in tablet and powdered form. These products are being removed from retail stores and consumers should immediately stop feeding these supplements to their pets. The affected products are those with expiration dates that include and are between "01/2013" and "06/2013." Products with expiration dates earlier than 01/2013 or later than 06/2013 are not included in this recall. The expiration date can be found imprinted vertically on the right side of the product label.

Laboratory testing has revealed that some lots of some of these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The company is recalling the additional products out of an abundance of caution.
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.

People who handle these products can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with them 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 the product should contact their healthcare providers.

Consumers who have purchased the affected products are urged to contact United Pet Group or the place of purchase for further direction. Consumers may contact United Pet Group at 1-877-399-5226, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST."






TABLE OF RECALLED PRODUCTS
Label Sku UPC Label Description Expiry
353 825141273447 Doctors Foster and Smith Brewers Yeast Mega-Tabs with Garlic and Essential Fatty Acids 180 Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
5619 18065056191 5619 Nature's Miracle Pet Mess Easy Clean-up Net WT 12oz EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
1152092 800443076576 Petco Breath Tabs for Dogs Liver Flavor 50 TabletsPetco Breath Tabs for Dogs Liver Flavor 50 Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
33805 825141059485 Doctors foster and Smith Dis-Taste Small Dog Tablets 250 Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
33806 825141008629 Doctors Foster and Smith Ext Strength Dis-Taste Tablets 180 Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
33807 825141063680 Doctors Foster and Smith Ext Strength Dis-Taste Tablets 500 Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
35908 825141095629 Doctors Foster and Smith Fresh Breath Tablets for Dogs 100 Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
36763 825141291250 Doctors Foster and Smith Cran Health Support Normal Urinary Tract Health 60 Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
673110 bottle
1094181 box
800443037065 Petco Ear Powder For Dogs 1oz (28g) Box Label EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
72157 825141055043 Doctors Foster and Smith Brewers Yeast Tablets for Dogs and Cats 750 Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
9305 825141003921 Doctors Foster and Smith Ear Powder Net WT 1oz (28g) EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
9306 825141005154 Doctors Foster and Smith Ear Powder Net WT 4oz (113g) EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J707 26851007074 Excel 3 in 1 Ear Powder Ear Care Net WT 1oz(28g) EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J7110 26851071105 Excel Glucosamine Joint Care 120 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J7113 26851071136 Excel Glucosamine with MSM Joint Care 120 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J720 26851007203 Excel Deter Coprophagia Treatment Behavioral Aid 60 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J724 26851007241 Excel Deter Coprophagia Treatment Behavioral Aid 500 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J7311 26851073116 Excel Gas Preventative Digestive Aid Digestive Care 60 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J7315 26851073154 Excel Calm-Quil Calming Tablets Behavior Aid 60 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
J74016 26851074014 DDS Dental Breath Mints Breath Control 40 Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K1723 26851017233 DDS Dental Breath Tabs Breath Control 200 Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K1775 26851017752 Pro-Pet Brewers Yeast Daily Supplement 250 Chew Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K701 26851007012 Excel Calcium Daily Supplement 125 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K746 26851007463 Excel Calcium Daily Supplement 500 Tasty Chew tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K776/PR 26851007760 PR Excel Brewers Yeast with Garlic Skin and Coat 150 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K777/1 26851007777 Excel Brewers Yeast with Garlic Skin and Coat Care 600 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K778 26851007784 Excel Brewers Yeast with Garlic Skin and Coat Care 1000 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
K785 26851007852 Excel Brewers Yeast with Garlic Skin and Coat Care Mega Tabs 216 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
N1701 26851017011 Pro-Pet Senior Daily Vitamin Supplement 100 Tasty Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
N700TR 26851007005 Excel Pupply Multi Vitamin 100 Tasty Chew Tabs Time Release EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
N7301 26851073017 Excel Small Breed Multi Vitamin 45 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
N7309 26851073093 Excel Lutein Vision Maintenance Eye Care 60 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
N845TR 26851008453 Excel Adult Multi Vitamin 60 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-78030 26851780304 Excel Advantage Adult Multi Vitamin 60 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-78031 26851780311 Excel Advantage Puppy Multi Vitamin 60 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-78032 26851780328 Excel Advantage Senior Multi Vitamin 60 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-78033 26851780335 Excel Advantage Skin and Coat Essentials 60 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-78034 26851780342 Excel Advantage Glucosamine Plus 60 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-78035 26851780359 Excel Advantage Glucosamine Advanced Strength 60 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-78065 26851780656 Excel Adult Multivitamin 120 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-78066 26851780663 Excel Senior Multi Vitamin 120 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-82530 26851825302 Pro-Pet Glucosamine Joint Care 60 Chew Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-82531 26851825319 Pro-Pet Stool-Eating Preventative(Corprophagia Treatment) 60 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-82534 26851825340 Pro-Pet Anti-Stress Calming Tabs 60 Chew Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-82562 26851825623 Pro-Pet Glucosamine Plus Joint Care 100 Chew Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-82618 26851826187 Pro-Pet Breath Tabs 40 Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-82619 26851826194 Pro-Pet Breath Mints 200 Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-82654 26851826545 Pro-Pet Gas Relief Digestive Aid 40 Chew Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-82656 26851826569 Pro-Pet Glucosamine Advanced Joint Powder Net WT 10oz(283g) EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-82658 26851826583 Pro-Pet Daily Vitamin Supplement Powder Net WT 10oz (283g) EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-83062 26851830627 Pro-Pet Puppy and Small Breed Daily Vitamin Supplement 100 Chew Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-83065 26851830658 Pro-Pet Glucosamine Advanced Joint Care 60 Chew Tablets EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-N78012 26851780120 Excel Joint Ensure Moderate Care 60 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-N78013 26851780137 Excel Joint Ensure Advanced Care 60 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13
P-N78014 26851780144 Excel Flare-Away Joint Tabs 60 Tasty Chew Tabs EXP 01/13 thru 06/13

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Raw Cat Food Recall

"Feline’s Pride Issues Nationwide Recall of its Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due to Salmonella Contamination"

Official Food and Drug Administration web page for recall information is below
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm217826.htm

Contact:
Shelby Gomas,
Tel: 1-716-580-3096



"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 1, 2010 - Buffalo, NY – Feline’s Pride is announcing a voluntary recall of Feline’s Pride Raw food with ground bone for cats and kittens, Natural Chicken Formula, Net Wt. 2.5 lbs. (1.13 kg., 40 oz.) produced on 6/10/10, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. People handling raw pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the raw pet food or any surfaces exposed to the product.

When consumed by humans, Salmonella can cause an infection, salmonellosis. The symptoms of salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, minimal diarrhea, fever, and headache. Certain vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems, are particularly susceptible to acquiring salmonellosis from such pet food products and may experience more severe symptoms.

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.

The product is packaged in uncoded plastic containers and sold frozen to private consumers nationwide. Once thawed, the pet food has a shelf life of about 1 week. The firm manufactures the pet food by an as-ordered basis. This recall affects only those orders placed and shipped from June 10 through June 17, 2010.

The firm and FDA are investigating this matter to determine the source of this problem, and will take any additional steps necessary to protect the public health.

To date, both the firm and the FDA have received no reports of Salmonella infection relating to this product.

This product should not be fed to pets but should instead be disposed of in a safe manner (e.g., in a securely covered trash receptacle). People who are experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection after having handled the pet food product should seek medical attention, and report their use of the product and illness to the nearest FDA office.

People should thoroughly wash their hands after handling the pet food – especially those made from raw animal protein such as meat or fish -- to help prevent infection. People may risk bacterial infection not only by handling pet foods, but by contact with pets or surfaces exposed to these foods, so it is important that they thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap.

Since certain vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems, are particularly at risk from exposure they should avoid handling this product.

Consumers with questions should contact the company at (716) 580-3096, Monday –Friday from 10 am - 4 pm EDT."

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Recall: Dog Vitamin for Possible Salmonella

"United Pet Group Voluntarily Recalls Pro-Pet Adult Daily Vitamin Supplement for Dogs Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk"


Media Contact:
Carey Phelps (770) 360-5292

FDA web page, http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm216903.htm

"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –- June 22, 2010 – United Pet Group, Cincinnati, Ohio is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of its PRO-PET ADULT DAILY VITAMIN Supplement tablets for Dogs due to possible Salmonella contamination. The Food and Drug Administration is aware of this recall.

The product was sold nationally at various retailers. The product comes in 100-count white plastic bottles with a light blue label, and UPC code 26851-01800. These products are being removed from retail stores and consumers should immediately stop feeding these supplements to their pets. The affected products are those with expiration dates on or before "06/13". The expiration date can be found imprinted vertically on the right side of the product label.

Laboratory testing has revealed that one Lot of this vitamin product was contaminated with Salmonella. The company is recalling all unexpired Lots of the product out of an abundance of caution.

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.

People who handle dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews 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.

Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to contact United Pet Group or the place of purchase for further direction. Consumers may contact United Pet Group at 1-800-645-5154 ext. 3, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST."

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Dog Food Recall, Natural Balance

Premium4Pets Blog makes every attempt to post known FDA recalls pertaining to dog and cat foods and products:

"Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. announces a voluntary recall of Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Chicken Dry Dog Food Due to a Possible Health Risk, Contact: Customer Service (800) 829-4493 Media Contact: Daniel Bernstein (310) 902-2554



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- June 18, 2010 - Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc., of Pacoima, CA, announces a voluntary recall of Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Chicken Dry Dog Food with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, in 5-lb. and 28-lb. bags because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall notification is being issued out of an abundance of caution based on an isolated instance in which a product sample with a "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, had a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product was originally manufactured on December 17, 2009, and is the only Natural Balance product being recalled.

Salmonella can affect animals and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. This product was manufactured on December 17, 2009.

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.

Recalled products were only distributed in pet specialty stores in the states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The only product affected by the recall is the Sweet Potato and  Chicken Dry Dog Food with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, product information as follows:


Product: Sweet Potato and Chicken Dry Dog Formula
Bag Size: 5 lb
Bag UPC Code: 7-23633-9000-4
Bale UPC Code: 7-23633-99003-5
Best by Dates: June 17, 2011

Product: Sweet Potato and Chicken Dry Dog Formula
Bag Size: 28 lb
Bag UPC Code: 7-23633-99002-8
Bale UPC Code:
Best by Dates: June 17, 2011



Consumers who have purchased Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Chicken Dry Dog formula with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. A separate letter and instructions will be forwarded to all relevant Natural Balance customers. For additional information, please contact Natural Balance Pet Foods Customer Service at (800) 829-4493 (8am – 5pm, PDT) or by visiting www.naturalbalanceinc.com."

The official FDA post can be found here  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm216298.htm

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Cats Purr Because?

In the June issue of the Lifes Abundance Newsletter, Dr. Jane Bicks discusses why cats purr.

Dr. Jane states: "Most people believe cats purr when they are content or happy. While cats do purr when they are content, researchers attempting to uncover the answer to this 3,000-year-old mystery are finding the answer more complicated than previously thought. All domestic cats purr, as well as many wild cats, like pumas, ocelots, lions and cheetahs. Purring can occur in a variety of situations."

Click below to read more about why cats purr and more from our June Newsletter!

http://www.premium4pets.net/Newsletters/june-10-Newsletter.html

Friday, June 18, 2010

Nail Trimming Tips for Dogs and Cats

Whether you have a large or small dog or a cat as your fur baby, Dr, Sarah has created yet another incredible video about trimming your pets' nails.

What to have on hand before you proceed, how to hold your pet. What to make sure is in place even before you get out those clippers!
"Courtesy of Life's Abundance"





Thursday, June 10, 2010

Recall, Iams Canned Cat Food

FDA Notice of Iams Recall. We make every effort to post any and all dog and cat product recalls

"P&G Recalls Specific Canned Cat Foods Due to Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)"


Contact:
Jason Taylor
513-622-3205


"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - CINCINNATI, June 9, 2010 – The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) (NYSE:PG) is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Iams canned cat food in North America as a precautionary measure. Diagnostic testing indicated that the product may contain insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), which is essential for cats. Cats that were fed these canned products as their only food are at greater risk for developing signs of thiamine deficiency.

The following Iams canned cat foods are included:

Product Name


Date on Bottom of Can
Iams ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten Food – all varieties of 3 oz & 5.5 oz cans 09/2011 to 06/2012

This recall is limited to only Iams canned cat food distributed in North America. No other Iams pet food is involved.

Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include loss of appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. In advanced cases, signs may include ventroflexion (downward curving) of the neck, wobbly gait, falling, circling and seizures. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

Consumers who have purchased canned cat food with these codes should discard it. For further information or a product refund call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8826 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST)."

The official FDA page can be located below
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm214996.htm

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lifes Abundance now offers Free Pet Health Insurance Quote

Since 1999 Trilogy (HealthyPetNet) and soon to be just Life's Abundance has been helping pets live a healthier life with natural "good for your pet" products.


Our lines include premium pet food, treats, supplements and skin care.


We are happy to announce we just launched an affordable pet health insurance plan with Hartville and we think you will be pleased.


For a free health quote for your dog and or cat or to find our more information, please click here

http://www.premium4pets.net/pet-insurance.html

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Feline Urinary Issues, Part 2

http://www.premium4pets.net/Newsletters/may-10-Newsletter.html

Please click above to view the part 2 video regarding feline urinary problems or feline FIC, feline idiopathic cystitis. Dr Sarah discusses in this video environment changes that can help. Having an indoor cat myself, I learned many things and have already implemented a few of her suggestions.

Dr. Sarah is a staff veterinarian with Lifes Abundance Company. Her videos are precise, easy to understand and very informative.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Lifes Abundance, Antioxidants, Vitamin E, and Your Pet

"As a holistic veterinarian, I feel it is incredibly important to take the whole animal into consideration when it comes to nutrition. And, whenever practical, my preference is to provide nutrients, minerals and vitamins in their natural forms. In this post, I’d like to talk to you specifically about vitamin E, to review both the strengths and weaknesses of natural and synthetic forms.

Vitamin E is an incredibly complex and important nutrient that, among other things, functions as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are naturally occurring nutrients that promote health by slowing the destructive aging process of cells (a breakdown called “peroxidation”).

Antioxidants like vitamin E are crucial to the health of companion animals of any age. They can improve the quality of the immune response and the effectiveness of vaccines in young pets, and help maintain a vital immune system in seniors."

Why this source of antioxidants is so important to your pet's long-term health?

How can you determine if the products you are using contain the synthetic or natural form of vitamin E?

Click here for the Lifes Abundance May Newsletter and to read more about Vitamin E
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Lifes Abundance dog food contains natural Vitamin E

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Feline Urinary Issues

From the Life's Abundance April 2010 Newsletter:

"Peeing outside the litter box, otherwise known as feline inappropriate elimination, is one of the most frustrating and common behavioral problems some cat lovers must endure. Feline inappropriate elimination refers to the location of the deed, and it is considered inappropriate by most cat owners because peeing on the bed, the rug, the curtains, the tile, the laundry or anywhere outside of the litter box is not considered appropriate!"

In this video, Dr. Sarah talks about idiopathic interstitial cystitis, one of the most common medical causes of feline inappropriate elimination.


"Courtesy of Life's Abundance"





Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Voluntary Recall of Advanced Cetyl M Joint Action Formula for Dogs

Premium4Pets makes every effort to post FDA and Company product recalls for dogs and cats.


"Response Products Voluntarily Recalls Advanced Cetyl M Joint Action Formula for Dogs Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk



Contact:

Trisha Hanson

1-877-266-9757



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 12, 2010 - Response Products, Broken Bow, NE is voluntarily recalling Cetyl M for Dogs, lot numbers 1210903 and 0128010, due to a possible Salmonella contamination from the hydrolyzed vegetable protein component provided by Basic Foods of Las Vegas, NV. Tests conducted by Basic Foods to detect Salmonella produced negative results; however, Response Products has determined to recall the above-referenced lots.



People who handle dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews 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.



Cetyl M for Dogs was distributed nation-wide through direct sales, retail stores, veterinarians and online retailers.



The above-referenced lots of Cetyl M for Dogs were distributed in either a 120-count bottle (shipped between January 8, 2010 and April 2, 2010) or a 360-count bottle (shipped between February 11, 2010 and April 2, 2010). The affected lot numbers are as follows: #1210903 and 0128010. The lot number can be found directly above the bar code on the label. These lots were sent out in the time periods as set out above. This product is in tablet-form, is approximately the size of a dime and is light brown in coloring.



To date, Response Products has received no reports of illness associated with the use of this product. Response Products recently learned that the FDA and Basic Foods of Las Vegas, NV, the producer of one of the components of the affected product’s vegetable beef flavoring, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, had detected Salmonella in Basic Food’s facility and had issued a recall on said component. The manufacturer of the vegetable beef flavoring used in Cetyl M for Dogs, tested the hydrolyzed vegetable beef protein for Salmonella and the results were negative. However, due to the concern regarding Salmonella in Basic Foods’ facility, it decided to recall two lots (only one lot affected our product) of said vegetable beef flavoring. The finished product manufacturer of Cetyl M for Dogs had tests performed on both the raw materials used to make our product and also the finished product, and all tested negative for Salmonella, however, it has issued a voluntary recall on two lots (see lot numbers listed above) of Cetyl M for Dogs.



Response Products requires that testing for Salmonella and other harmful pathogens is completed during the manufacturing process. Even though the testing performed at each level of the process showed negative results for Salmonella, in an effort to produce the highest quality product for our customers, Response Products ceased distributing the dog product in the above-referenced lots and is issuing a voluntary recall on its Cetyl M for Dogs in the affected lot numbers. In addition to the testing listed above, Response Products sent samples from said lots, as well as from lot produced after those lots, to an independent laboratory, and all samples received a negative result for Salmonella.

Response Products continues to investigate the cause of the problem and continues to be committed to producing a high-quality, effective product for dogs.


Consumers who have purchased the listed lots of Cetyl M for Dogs are urged to contact Response Products or the place of purchase for further direction. Consumers may contact Response Products at 1-877-266-9757, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST."

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm208421.htm

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cats and Lilies - A NO NO

Thanks to this post by the FDA:


"Cats are curious creatures by nature. They love to play, jump, and roam around the house, but sometimes their inquisitive personalities get the best of them. As the plastic eggs filled with candy and the baskets of colorful plastic grass leave the store and enter your home, it’s important to remember that these items can be dangerous for our feline friends.



It’s also important to remember that while lilies, a common household plant, are lovely to see and smell, they are still a safety threat for our cats. The entire lily plant (leaf, pollen, and flower) is considered to be toxic for cats. If you have lilies in your home this Easter, make sure that you’re cat doesn’t eat any part of the plants.


Symptoms of lily toxicity in cats include lethargy (decreased activity), vomiting, and loss of appetite. These symptoms worsen as the kidney damage progresses, leading to death. Early veterinary treatment is critical. If you suspect that your cat has eaten any part of a lily or its pollen, call your veterinarian immediately.

Holidays are times to celebrate with friends and family. Your feline friends want to celebrate with you. Please do your part to “cat-proof” your home in order to keep them safe this holiday season. "

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/AnimalHealthLiteracy/ucm206751.htm


As a cat owner myself this information is invaluable. The more knowledge you have the better off you and your feline can be.  I know now to keep these holiday plants away from my BabyCat.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Probiotics and Your Pet

From the Life's Abundance March 2010 Newsletter, Dr. Jane (product formulator) explains probiotics in our food:

"Our exclusive formulas contain multiple types of direct fed microbials, all of which are guaranteed to be viable after cooking so they can take up “residence” in the GALT (Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue) . To protect these beneficial bacteria, we micro-encapsulate the direct fed microbials prior to cooking our foods. This process ensures that they will survive in order to establish and maintain healthy digestive system cultures."

Click here for more information about our Lifes Abundance Dog Food

Probiotics have gained much attention in the media (you know those commercials). It is said they or "direct fed microbials" can support good health.

To read more about the health and benefits associated with "good bacteria", please read a special message from Dr. Jane Bicks by clicking below.

http://www.premium4pets.net/Newsletters/march-10-Newsletter.html

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pet Emergency - What to Do

Dr. Sarah's tips on pet emergencies and what to do.

Not a subject we like to think about but always a good one to be prepared.

You are scared and so is your pet.  Being prepared can keep you calmer and in turn keep your pet clamer.

This video will explain what can be an emergency and what to do about it.  Please print a copy of our 2 documents so you have them on hand.
"Courtesy of Life's Abundance"









Keep your pet’s veterinarian and emergency 24 hour facility phone number in one place and let everyone in the family know where these numbers are.


Ger precise directions to the facility and be sure to know the route before hand and keep these with the emergency contact numbers.


Keep their medical/vaccination records with the numbers as well.

If time permits, call ahead to the facility to let them know you are coming and describe what is happening.


If your pet ate something he/she shouldn’t have bring it with you.

Drive carefully
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Other Tips:

Keep an inventory of the basic first aid supplies

Maintain a list of basic first aid supplies:

Wound care: gauze, non stick bandages, adhesive tape

Poisoning supplies: milk of magnesia, activated charcoal, hydrogen peroxide. Always contact your veterinarian or poison control center before inducing vomiting or treating an animal for poison.

Muzzle – do not use if your pet is vomiting

Leash

Backboard or support device (table leaf, ironing board, etc.)



Dr. Sarah: “Reasons to seek immediate care for your companion animal include:”

-profuse, bloody diarrhea or continuous vomiting

-abdominal swelling, restless behavior or retching (especially in large breed dogs)

-an inability to urinate (any species)

-consumption of poison, such as rat bait or antifreeze

-trauma, such as a car accident or injuries sustained from another animal (like a deep bite wound, etc.)

-breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, extending head or neck to breathe, or wheezing

-seizures, convulsions or fainting

-eye problems, such as foreign objects in the eye, loss of vision, squinting or sudden appearance of cloudiness in the eye


Stay Calm and Don’t Panic


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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Expansion on Nature's Variety Pet Food Recall

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm203612.htm
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From the FDA Recall News:

"Nature's Variety Expands Nationwide Voluntary Recall to Include All Raw Frozen Chicken Diets with Any "Best If Used By" Date On or Before 2/5/11


Contact:

Jeff Dezen/JDPR

864/233/3766 ext. 11

jeffd@jdpr.com



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Lincoln, NE, March 8, 2010 – Nature's Variety has expanded its voluntary recall of Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets for dogs and cats to include the "Best If Used By" dates of 10/29/10 and 11/9/10 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product 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 become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, or vomiting. Some pets may experience only a decreased appetite, fever, or abdominal pain. If your pet has consumed any of the affected products and is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.



The recall includes the following products with a "Best If Used By" date of 10/29/10 or 11/9/10:



UPC#7 69949 60131 9 – Chicken Formula 0.75 lb trial sized medallions

UPC#7 69949 60130 2 – Chicken Formula 3 lb medallions

UPC#7 69949 60120 3 – Chicken Formula 6 lb patties

UPC#7 69949 60121 0 – Chicken Formula 2 lb single chubs

In an abundance of caution, Nature's Variety has also chosen to expand this voluntary recall to include all Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets for dogs and cats with any "Best If Used By" date on or before 2/5/11. Nature's Variety has elected to clear the market of raw frozen chicken diets as it implements a state-of-the-art new food safety process called High Pressure Pasteurization for use on all Nature's Variety Raw Frozen Diets.



The products included in the expanded recall are any Chicken Formula or Organic Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with a "Best If Used By" date on or before 2/5/11, including:



UPC#7 69949 60131 9 – Chicken Formula 0.75 lb trial sized medallions

UPC#7 69949 60130 2 – Chicken Formula 3 lb medallions

UPC#7 69949 60120 3 – Chicken Formula 6 lb patties

UPC#7 69949 60121 0 – Chicken Formula 2 lb single chubs

UPC#7 69949 50121 3 – Chicken Formula 12 lb case of chubs

UPC#7 69949 60137 1 – Organic Chicken Formula 3 lb medallions

UPC#7 69949 60127 2 – Organic Chicken Formula 6 lb patties

The "Best If Used By" date is located on the back of the package above the safe handling instructions. The affected product was distributed through retail stores and internet sales in the United States and Canada.



No other Raw Frozen Diets are involved in this expansion other than chicken, and no other Nature's Variety products are involved.



Nature's Variety now uses High Pressure Pasteurization on their Raw Frozen Diets as a unique process to kill pathogenic bacteria through high-pressure, water-based technology. Having incorporated this state-of-the-art technology on a portion of their raw product offerings in late 2009, Nature's Variety was able to confidently implement the process universally on all Raw Frozen Diets after the 2/11/10 recall in order to enhance food safety. Nature's Variety also utilizes a test and hold protocol to ensure that all High Pressure Pasteurized Raw Frozen Diets test negative for harmful bacteria before being released for sale.



"Nature's Variety believes replacing all raw frozen chicken products on the market with new raw frozen chicken products that use High Pressure Pasteurization is an important and responsible step in order to reinforce consumer confidence and trust," stated Reed Howlett, CEO of Nature's Variety. "By recalling all raw frozen chicken products with ‘Best If Used By' dates on or before 2/5/11, we can provide our pet parents with new raw frozen chicken products that have been processed through High Pressure Pasteurization. Adopting High Pressure Pasteurization is an important step to ensure that our products meet the strictest quality and food safety standards."



Howlett stated, "Our commitment to consumers in the future is the same as it's been in the past – to offer Raw Frozen Diets made from the highest quality ingredients, made in our own plant in the Midwest, by people who care deeply about pet nutrition, health, and happiness."



If you are a consumer and have purchased one of these products, please return the unopened product to your retailer for a full refund or replacement. If your package has been opened, please dispose of the raw food in a safe manner by securing it in a covered trash receptacle. Then, bring your receipt (or the empty package in a sealed bag) to your local retailer for a full refund or replacement.



Consumers with additional questions can call the Nature's Variety dedicated Customer Care line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-374-3142. For additional resources about High Pressure Pasteurization or other Nature's Variety food safety protocols, visit www.naturesvariety.com.



About Nature's Variety

Nature's Variety specializes in natural, holistic dog and cat food. The line of premium products was developed by families who have been practicing sustainable agriculture for more than 140 years, raising quality livestock and growing crops in America's heartland. Nature's Variety offers the purest forms of pet nutrition – including a wide variety of protein choices in every pet food form (raw frozen diets, dry kibble diets, canned diets, and treats). For more information about Nature's Variety, visit http://www.naturesvariety.com/. "

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