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Nutro Withdrawals Chewy Treats Due to Mold Contamination


By Elizabeth Henry    December 15, 2015 at 04:02PM / (0) comments










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MARS Petcare has issued a voluntary recall of Nutro Chewy apple flavored dog treats due to potential mold contamination.
 
The recall includes the following product and production lot:
 
Product Name: Nutro CHEWY TREATS APPLE
Impacted Lots codes beginning with ‘4 50’, ‘5 02’, ‘5 03’, OR ‘5 05’ (regardless of best by date).
Size: 4 oz.
Best Used By Date: N/A
UPC: 7910511344
 

The Lot Codes are located on the bottom of the bag under the Best By date shown below:
 

 
If you have questions about this voluntary recall, please contact Nutro Customer Service at 1-800-833-5330.
 





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Stella & Chewy's Recalls Select Products Due to Possible Listeria Risk


By Elizabeth Henry    December 15, 2015 at 03:56PM / (0) comments










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Stella & Chewy’s is voluntarily recalling select lots of Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
 
According to a company release,  on Dec. 10 Stella & Chewy’s was notified by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development that it had issued a stop sale order on Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs because it tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
 
As a precautionary measure, the release said, the company is voluntarily recalling selected products from the affected lot.
 
The following Stella & Chewy’s  pet food products are being recalled:
 
Product Description        Size        UPC       Lot #      Use By Date
Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs         8.5 oz.   186011 001554   165-15   6/25/2016
Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs         4 lb.        186011 001370   165-15   6/25/2016 & 6/26/2016
Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Cats             1.25 lb.  186011 001455   165-15   6/25/2016
 
The company said they are also recalling the following products which may have come into contact with the affected lot:
 
Product Description        Size        UPC       Lot #      Use By Date
Frozen Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels for Cats         1.25 lb.  186011 001448   160-15   7/2/2016
Frozen Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels for Cats         1.25 lb.  186011 001448   152-15   7/2/2016
 
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Additionally, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
 
If you or your pet had contact with the recalled product, you are advised to watch for symptoms that may develop. Common symptoms associated with Listeria infection include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. If you, your pet or a family member is experiencing these symptoms, you are urged to contact a medical professional.
 
For more information, the release asked customers to email questions to  info@stellaandchewys.com.





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Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, Conn., is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs and cats due to the possible presence of Salmonella.
 
Routine testing by the Colorado State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella contamination in a single package of Bravo Chicken Blend Diet for Dogs and Cats (2 lb. chub only) made on 11/13/14 with a best used by date of 11/13/16.
 
The recall includes the following product and production lot:
 
Product Name: Bravo Blend Chicken Diet for Dogs & Cat
Item Number: 21-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 oz.) chub
Best Used By Date: 11-13-16
UPC: 829546211028
 
According to an alert on the Bravo website, 201 cases of this product were sold to distributors, retail stores, Internet retailers and directly to consumers in the US.
 
In addition, the company is voluntarily recalling products that were produced in the same manufacturing facility on the same day as the product that tested positive. These additional lots are being recalled out of an abundance of caution and have not tested positive for Salmonella contamination.
 
Product Name: Bravo Blend Chicken Diet for Dogs & Cats
Item Number: 21-105
Size: 5 lb. (90 oz.) chub
Best Used By Date: 11-13-16
UPC: 829546211059
 
Product Name: Bravo Blend Turkey Diet for Dogs & Cats
Item Number: 31-508
Size: 5 lb. bag of 8 oz. patties
Best Used By Date: 11-13-16
UPC: 829546315085
 
Product Name: Bravo Balance Turkey Diet for Dogs
Item Number: 31-401
Size: 3 lb. bag of 4 oz. patties
Best Used By Date: 11-13-16
UPC: 829546314019
 
These products were sold to distributors, retail stores, Internet retailers and directly to consumers in the U.S. All products tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.
 
The company has received no reports to date of illness in either people or animals associated with these products.
 
Salmonella can cause serious illness or fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
 
The recalled product should not be fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of it in a safe manner. To submit a claim, pet owners should fill out Bravo’s claim form (http://www.bravorawdiet.com/images/BravoRecall_ConsumerClaimFormDec.pdf) and return to the store where they bought the product.
 
More information can be found at www.bravopetfoods.com, or call toll free 866-922-9222 Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST).  
 

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Blue Buffalo Recalls One Lot of Wilderness Wild Chews Bones


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Blue Buffalo Company, based out of Wilton, Conn., is voluntarily recalling one production lot of Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bones due to potential Salmonella contamination.
 
The voluntary recall is limited to the following product and production lot:
 
Product Name: Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bone        
UPC Code: 840243110087
Expiration Date: November 4, 2017
 
The product was distributed starting November 19, 2015 in PetSmart stores located in the following 9 states: California, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The recalled product comes individually shrink-wrapped in plastic with the UPC number 840243110087 printed on a sticker affixed to the product, and an expiration date of November 4, 2017, printed as “exp 110417” on the shrink-wrap.
 
Routine testing at the manufacturing site revealed the presence of Salmonella in the product. No illnesses have been reported to date and no other Blue Buffalo products are affected.
 
Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Other clinical signs may include lethargy, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, 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.
 
Consumers who have purchased the product subject to this recall are urged to dispose of the product or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
 
Consumers with questions may contact Blue Buffalo at: 888-641-9736 from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday and the weekend of November 28, 2015, or by email at Bluebuffalo4260@stericycle.com for more information.





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Blue Buffalo Recalls Select Bags of Cat Treats


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Blue Buffalo Company, a Wilton, CT based pet food manufacturer, has issued a recall for select bags of “Yums Chicken Recipe Cat Treats” that may contain low levels of propylene glycol, which is not permitted by the FDA for use in cat food.
 
The product is packaged in 2 oz. plastic stand up pouches. The products involved in this recall include:
 
Blue Kitty Yums Tasty Chicken Recipe, UPC: 859610007820 –
Best If Used By: April 24, 2016.
Blue Kitty Yums Tasty Chicken Recipe, UPC: 859610007820 –
Best If Used By: July 24, 2016.
 
No other Blue Buffalo products are currently affected by this recall.
 
According to a FDA press release, cats reacting to high doses of propylene glycol may exhibit signs of depression and may have a loss of coordination, muscle twitching, and excessive urination and thirst.
 
The affected product was distributed nationwide in the U.S. and Canada through pet specialty stores and e-commerce.
 

 
The FDA tested the product in response to a single consumer complaint and found propylene glycol in one bag of Blue Buffalo cat treats in the impacted lot.
 
If your cat has consumed the recalled product and has the above symptoms, consult a veterinarian.
 
Consumers who have purchased the product being recalled may also return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information about the cat treat recall contact Blue Buffalo at: 888-667-1508 from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday and the weekend of November 7, 2015 or by email at BlueBuffalo5883@stericycle.com.





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Halo Recalls Select Bags of Cat Food


By Vladimir Negron    October 26, 2015 at 05:12PM / (0) comments










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Halo, Purely for Pets, a Tampa, FL based pet food manufacturer, has issued a recall for select bags of its Spot’s Stew Sensitive Cat Turkey kibble due to reports of mold.
 
The products involved in this recall include:
 
Spot’s Stew Wholesome Turkey Recipe Sensitive Formula for Cats
UPCs: 745158350231 and 745158340232
Sizes: 6 lb. and 3 lb. bags
Best By date: 09/04/2016
 
No other Halo products are currently affected by this recall.
 
Halo is advising consumers who have packages of Spot’s Stew Sensitive Cat Turkey stamped “Best By 09/04/2016” to discontinue feeding it to their cats and return the remaining portion to any Halo retailer for a full refund or replacement.
 
According to the press release issued by Halo, Purely for Pets, “While some pets can ingest mold without incident, others may experience digestive issues.”
 
Should your cat experience digestives issues after consuming food involved in the recall, consult a veterinarian.
 
For more information, contact Halo Customer Care at 800-426-4256 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST. Consumers can also e-mail customers@halopets.com or visit www.halopets.com.
 

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K-9 Kraving Dog Food Recalls Chicken Patties Dog Food


By Victoria Heuer    October 12, 2015 at 04:30PM / (0) comments










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Maryland based dog food manufacturer K-9 Kraving Dog Food has announced a voluntary recall of their ‘Chicken Patties Dog Food’ due to the potential of contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
 
The affected product was shipped and distributed to retail stores in Maryland between July 13th and July 17th, 2015. Only Maryland stores are currently being affected by this recall, and no other K-9 Kraving Dog Food products were found to be affected. There was no specific associated UPC code or lot number provided by the company.
 
According to the K-9 Kraving Dog Food company, they became aware of the issue after receiving a notification from the FDA that a routine surveillance sample of Chicken Patties had tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
 
If you or your pet had contact with the recalled product, monitor your pets, yourself, and family members for symptoms that may develop. Common symptoms associated with Salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. If you, your pet, or a family member is experiencing these symptoms, it is advisable to contact a medical professional immediately.
 
There have been no reported illnesses related to this product at this time, but K-9 Kraving Dog Food is asking customers to follow the “Safe Handling Instructions” printed on the K-9 Kraving Dog Food package when disposing of the affected product. You may also return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or exchange, or contact the company directly to inquire about their refund process.
 
If you have additional questions or need more information, you can call K-9 Craving Dog Food’s Consumer Relations team at 1-800-675-1471, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m, Eastern Standard Time.
 

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Salix Animal Health Recalls ‘Good ‘N’ Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks’ Dog Treats - Updated http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/salix-animal-health-recalls-good-n-fun-beefhide-chicken-sticks-dog-treats-33242









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Salix Animal Health Recalls ‘Good ‘N’ Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks’ Dog Treats - Updated


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Salix Animal Health, a Florida based dog treat manufacturer, has announced a voluntary recall of their "Good 'n' Fun - Beefhide Chicken Sticks" due to a potential for contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
 
Only one lot of the rawhide treat was identified as being at risk.
 
The recalled product is packaged in a 2.8 ounce bag, with lot #AO15010 stamped on the back side of the bag. The UPC code is 0 91093 82247 1, and the expiration date is 03/2018.
 
Good 'n' Fun – Beefhide Chicken Sticks were distributed nationwide by Salix Animal Health to Dollar General and Dollar Tree retail stores.
 
There have not been any reports of illnesses related to Good 'n' Fun - Beefhide Chicken Sticks. According to the press release from Salix Animal Health, “the potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Georgia Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in one 2.8 ounce package of "Good 'n' Fun - Beefhide Chicken Sticks" labeled with the recalled code.”
 
If you or your pet had contact with the recalled product, monitor your pets, yourself, and family members for symptoms that may develop. Common symptoms associated with Salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. If you, your pet, or a family member is experiencing these symptoms, it is advisable to contact a medical professional immediately.
 
None of the company’s other products are affected by this recall.
 
If you have purchased this product, the company is urging you to either dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund, or contact the company directly.
 
For more information and answers to questions, please contact Salix Animal Health's consumer affairs team at 1-800-338-4896, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.
 
Recall Update
 
On October 23, 2015, Salix Animal Health announced that it has expanded its original recall to include additional food products made around the same time as the previous recalled products. This expansion affects Good 'n' Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks only; no other product is affected by the expanded recall.
 
There have not been any reports of illness or death related to this product. The recall is being conducted as a precautionary measure.
 
The recalled Good 'n' Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks were distributed nationwide to Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Family Dollar retail stores. The recalled product is packaged in a 2.8 ounce bag stamped on the back side with an item code number of 82247 and with an expiration date ranging from 02/2018- 07/2018.
 
The UPC code is 0 91093 82247 1, as shown in the table below.
 

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If you have this product in your home, you are being advised to check the item number and expiration date on the product package to determine if it is subject to the voluntary recall. Customers who have purchased the product urged to dispose of the product or return it for full refund.
 

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Salix Animal Health, a Florida based dog treat manufacturer, has announced a voluntary recall of their "Good 'n' Fun - Beefhide Chicken Sticks" due to a potential for contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
 
Only one lot of the rawhide treat was identified as being at risk. The recalled product is packaged in a 2.8 ounce bag, with lot #AO15010 stamped on the back side of the bag. The UPC code is 0 91093 82247 1, and the expiration date is 03/2018.
 
Good 'n' Fun – Beefhide Chicken Sticks were distributed nationwide by Salix Animal Health to Dollar General and Dollar Tree retail stores.
 
There have not been any reports of illnesses related to Good 'n' Fun - Beefhide Chicken Sticks. According to the press release from Salix Animal Health, “the potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Georgia Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in one 2.8 ounce package of "Good 'n' Fun - Beefhide Chicken Sticks" labeled with the recalled code.”
 
If you or your pet had contact with the recalled product, monitor your pets, yourself, and family members for symptoms that may develop. Common symptoms associated with Salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. If you, your pet, or a family member is experiencing these symptoms, it is advisable to contact a medical professional immediately.
 
None of the company’s other products are affected by this recall.
 
If you have purchased this product, the company is urging you to either dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund, or contact the company directly.
 
For more information and answers to questions, please contact Salix Animal Health's consumer affairs team at 1-800-338-4896, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time for a refund.
 

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Guinness World Records Declares Oldest Living Cat


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Whether or not cats really do have nine lives, one thing is for sure: Corduroy the cat sure is making the most of his time with this one. According to The Today Show, the feline—who hails from Oregon, where he lives with his human, Ashley Reed Okura—has been crowned by the Guinness World Records as the oldest living cat at an impressive 26-years-old. Born on August 1, 1989, Corduroy is described as "a mellow, cool, old cat." Okura attributes his health and longevity to being able to roam around outside, as well as getting lots of petting and taking cat naps. 
 
Curduroy, who has his very own Instagram page, also enjoys eating mice (but only on special occasions) and sharp cheddar cheese. Okura praised her beloved cat in a press release regarding the news, stating, "Corduroy has been through all of my life's major events and I feel blessed he is still healthy and enjoying life." 
 
While Curduroy isn't the oldest cat ever on record yet (that title still belongs to a kitty named Creme Puff from Texas, who lived to an astonishing 38-years-old), this is still something a monumental achievement to celebrate. In fact, you could say it's one for the record books. 
 
Check out this clip, courtesy of Guiness World Records, which spotlights the incredible Corduroy:
 

 

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How Lily the Cancer-Free Dog is Spreading Hope For Pet Owners


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Good news tends to travel fast, especially on the internet. But sometimes it can take the good news a little bit longer to reach an audience—making the wait even more worth it. Case in point: Lily the Golden Retriever, whose joyous reaction to the news that she was cancer-free has become a viral sensation, nearly six months after the video was uploaded by her human.
 
Pet360 caught up with Lily’s pet parent, Daniela Stolfi-Tow, to talk about how the happy and healthy dog is doing.
 
First things first, Lily is “fantastic.” As Stolfi-Tow put it, “She’s like a new dog!” Lily was thought to have hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer found in dogs. There was only a 10 percent chance that the six-pound tumor removed from Lily’s spleen by the vets at Feather and Fur Hospital wasn’t going to be cancerous. But, miraculously, it wasn't. Even more stunning, doctors informed them that in 25 years they hadn’t had the results come back negative. Lily’s once-in-a-lifetime good news and her perfectly adorable and appropriate reaction made for the perfect story.
 
Stolfi-Tow—who resides in Oahu, Hawaii, with her husband and Lily, along with her other rescue pets—said the family is “over the moon” about the positive response to the clip. “The whole intention was [to bring] awareness to this type of cancer, and it is doing that,” she says.
 
The heartwarming video—which gained traction when it appeared on the front page of Reddit (“It was crazy how fast it took off,” Lily’s human said)—has had more than 2 million hits to date. So what does Lily think of being an internet star? “She pretty much had the same reaction as when I told her she didn’t have cancer,” says Stolfi-Tow.
 
The video has touched the lives of many people, particularly animal lovers who have also gone through the traumatic experience of having a sick pet. “So many people have been sharing their stories, not just on YouTube, but every site it has been on,” says Stolfi-Tow. “I have spent days reading comments and was in tears.”
 
Stolfi-Tow (who is active in animal rescue efforts and uses the funds from her viral videos to donate to no-kill shelters, among other organizations), urges those going through something similar to “do your research and don’t give up hope.”
 
“Our pets are like supernovas; they shine so bright and fade out so fast. Anything we can do to keep them with us as long as possible we try and do,” says Stolfi-Tow. “Thankfully, we were lucky.”
 
Watch the heartwarming clip below:
 

 
 
Image: Screen capture of Lily getting the good news from her human mom / Mrs Makai





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Woman Loses Her Limbs after Contracting Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from Tick Bite http://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/woman-loses-her-her-limbs-after-contracting-rocky-mountain-spotted-fever-tick-bi-33057









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Woman Loses Her Limbs after Contracting Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from Tick Bite


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An Oklahoma woman is on a ventilator after complications from a tick bite caused all of her limbs to be amputated.
 
Jo Rodgers, 40, and a mother of two, was placed in a medically induced coma earlier this month when she was diagnosed with Mountain Spotted Fever after a tick bite had gone undetected.
 
According to a report from KOCO.com news, Rodgers began to develop flu-like symptoms after she and her family returned from celebrating the July 4th holiday at an area lake.
 
“She was shaking her hands because they hurt, her feet hurt,” Rodgers's cousin Lisa Morgan told KOCO. “They tested her for West Nile Virus and for meningitis.”
 
The results of those tests came back negative, but Rodgers's condition continued to deteriorate. By her sixth day in the hospital her organs began to shut down, forcing her doctors to amputate her limbs to stop the infection.
 
“By Saturday morning, her arms and feet were turning dark blue and black,” Morgan said to the news station. “It was crawling up her limbs.”
 
The report was unclear, but at some point she was asked about her vacation and a possible tick bite that went unnoticed. That single tick bite, now noticed, led to the diagnosis of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever—and forced her doctor’s hand to amputate.
 
There have not been further updates on Rodgers's current condition, but Morgan has launched a GoFundMe account to help with some of the financial burden. She outlined the seriousness of Rodgers's treatment on August 3.
 
“They finally found that she has Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever—the worst case seen—she is still on a ventilator and being kept sedated to help with pain,” Morgan said. “Although she will have insurance for a couple more months, her medical bills are mounting daily and will continue as she will be in the hospital for many more months with rehab, prosthetics and home and car renovation to accommodate her needs. “
 
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is caused and carried by ticks through a rare and aggressive bacterium known as Rickettsia Rickettsii. This sometimes fatal illness is found primarily in North and South America and can be transmitted to both humans and dogs through several infected tick species, including the American dog tick, Rocky Mountain wood tick, and brown dog tick.
 
Both humans and dogs should be checked for ticks and tick bites if they have spent time outdoors or in a wooded area.
 
Find more information about the diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment options for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, click here.
 
 
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Northwest Farm Food Cooperative of Burlington, Wash., announced a voluntarily recall of select lots of frozen raw cat food due to potential contamination with Salmonella.
 
The potentially affected products include the production code Jul12015B, but have no UPC code. The products were sold in 50-pound blocks and cases of six 10-pound chubs; packaged in a white plastic bag labeled “Cat Food.” The production code can be found on the outside of the case.
 
The lots of frozen raw cat food were sold from Northwest Farm’s facility in Burlington, Wash.
 
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.
 
No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date.
 
The cat food recall was the result of a sampling done by the Food and Drug Administration, which revealed that the finished product contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product.
 
 
Consumers who have purchased the affected lots of frozen raw cat food are urged to stop feeding them immediately and return the product to place of purchase for a full refund. For further information about the cat food recall, call 360-757-4225 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PST.
 

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Is Marijuana Dangerous to Dogs? Detroit Couple Finds Out After Pet is 'Poisoned' http://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/marijuana-dangerous-dogs-detroit-couple-finds-out-after-dog-poisoned-32952









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The consumption of edible marijuana can sometimes cause an adverse reaction in some users, but those side effects can turn harmful and may even lead to a stay in the emergency room if the user is an unsuspecting dog.
 
That was indeed the case when a Detroit family noticed their 5-month-old German Shepherd was drooling excessively and running in fear from her owners for seemingly no reason.
 
According to a report from clickondetroit.com, the homeowners noticed the odd reactions and behaviors coming from their dog, Zena, after she had been let out in the yard. After monitoring her situation, Zena was taken to an emergency vet where the only anomaly on her blood panel was a positive result for marijuana.
 
The owners said marijuana was thrown into their yard. No report has been filed and police told the website they are “looking into it.”
 
While the couple was left with a $2,000 medical bill and a mystery as to who got their dog high, they said they were happy to have Zena back home safe. But this incident does raise the question as more and more states are legalizing marijuana: how dangerous is it for dogs, and what should you do if your dog ingests marijuana?
 
Is Marijuana Dangerous for Dogs?
 

 
Even though dogs can be exposed to the drug in different ways, the symptoms can be hard to diagnose, according to Dr. Jennifer Coates, veterinarian and petMD spokesperson.
 
She said some of the signs of intoxication include incoordination, lethargy, mental dullness, dilated pupils, slow heart rate, and sometimes dribbling of urine and vomiting. Adding that while most dogs will recover, Coates said ingestion can sometimes be fatal.
 
“Most dogs who ingest marijuana will recover with supportive and symptomatic care, but a study published in 2012 showed that of 125 dogs identified as having been exposed to marijuana, two died after choking on their own vomit,” Coates said.
 
According to the study, both dogs ate marijuana edibles made with medical grade THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) butter.
 
Coates said symptoms usually develop within a few hours of ingestion, and that while intoxication in dogs is not that serious of a problem, they should still pay a visit to the local vet where testing for potential drugs and toxins, including marijuana, can be performed.
 
Treatment usually involves inducing vomiting or giving activated charcoal (which absorbes the toxin) to the dog if it is brought in quickly enough. She added that the vast majority of dogs, like Zena, that have ingested marijuana recover uneventfully.
 
“If you ever suspect that your dog may have ingested marijuana, call your veterinarian or 24-hour veterinary emergency clinic to determine if you should bring your dog in for treatment,” Coates said.
 
 
Image: (Not Zena) Roger costa morera / Shutterstock
 
 





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Nature's Variety Recalls Instinct Raw Chicken Formula


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Nature’s Variety, a St. Louis-based pet food company, has recalled its Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The affected products include the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets packaged in the following forms:


UPC# 769949611431 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 4 lb.; Best By 04/27/16


UPC# 769949611448 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb.; Best By 04/27/16


UPC# 769949611486 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb.; Best By 04/27/16


The “Best By” date is located on the back of the package below the seal. The affected product was distributed through retail stores in the United States and limited distribution in Canada. No other Nature’s Variety products are affected.
No illnesses have been reported to date. Even though no illnesses have been reported, consumers should follow the Simple Handling Tips published on the Nature’s Variety package when disposing of the affected product.
Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving notification from the FDA that a routine surveillance sample of seven pound Instinct Raw Chicken Bites for dogs tested positive for Salmonella.
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 a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, or another pet or human has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian or health care provider.
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 with additional questions can call our Consumer Relations team at 888-519-7387 from 8 am to 7 pm Central time, 7 days a week during the recall.  Or, consumers can email Nature’s Variety directly via cservice@naturesvariety.com.
 

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Luvmybichon Whew 07/27/2015 06:03pm I just recently started feeding my puppy, 5 mos old, Bichón, Natures Variety Instinct Frozen Raw Chicken bites. Thank goodness his first bag was not the recall date. I just got a bag of turkey yesterday. Jasper loves it and is doing really well on it! Reply to this comment Report abuse 21 Jdrose199@comcast.net WOW 07/30/2015 09:44am This is so crazy this year on the recalls i just went through a mess with my dog from rcalled food from Stella and Chewy it was freeze dried food. Made her very sick. My vet bill was almost 500.00 all we can do now is hope for the best. Reply to this comment Report abuse 22


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By Vladimir Negron    July 24, 2015 at 04:51PM / (0) comments










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Bravo Pet Foods, a Connecticut-based pet food company, has recalled select lots of Bravo Chicken products for dogs and cats due to possible presence of Salmonella.
 
Bravo Pet Foods initiated the recall after routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture revealed Salmonella contamination.
 
The products involved in the Bravo Pet Foods recall include:
 
Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – Chub
Item# 21-102
Size: 2 lb  (32 oz.) chub
Best Used by Date: 12-05-16
UPC: 829546211028
 
Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs - Patties
Item# 21-401
Size: 3 lb (48 oz.) bag
Best Used by Date: 12-05-16
UPC: 829546214012
 
Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs - Chub
Item# 21-402
Size: 2 lb (32 oz.) chub
Best Used by Date: 12-05-16
UPC: 829546214029
 
Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – Patties
Item# 21-508
Size: 5 lb (80 oz.) bag
Best Used by Date: 12-05-16
UPC: 829546215088
 
According to the press release issued by Bravo Pet Foods, Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs – Patties, Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs – Chub, and Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – Patties did not test positive for Salmonella but were also voluntarily recalled “out of an abundance of caution because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility on the same day as the product that tested positive.”
 
If you or your pet had contact with the recalled product, you are advised to watch for symptoms that may develop. Common symptoms associated with Salmonella poisoning include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. In some rare cases, Salmonella poisoning can result in more severe symptoms. Pets may also be infected without symptoms and may pass the infection to other pets or humans in the household. If you, your pet, or a family member is experiencing these symptoms, or if you suspect infection, you are urged to contact an appropriate medical professional.
 
Anyone who has purchased recalled Bravo Pet Foods product(s) is urged to dispose of the product(s) in a safe manner (e.g., a securely covered trash receptacle). Pet owners can then return to the store where they purchased the product(s) and submit a Bravo Recall Claim Form for a full refund or store credit.
 
For further information about the Bravo Pet Foods recall, visit www.bravopetfoods.com or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (EST).
 

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The Natural Dog Company, Inc., a Windsor, Colorado, based pet food manufacturer, is recalling its 12 oz bags of 12" Tremenda Sticks pet chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. 
 
A Colorado Department of Agriculture inspection revealed the presence of Salmonella in a sample taken from a 12 oz package of 12" Tremenda Sticks.
 
The recalled sticks were distributed to retail stores in CA, CO, FL, IL, MO MT, NC, OH, UT, and WA, and come in a 12 oz bag, without a lot number or expiration date, but with the UPC number 851265004957.
 
Products with packaging that includes both a lot number and expiration date, but the same UPC (851265004957) are not affected by this recall.
 
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
 
Those at risk of being infected with Salmonella should monitor for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Salmonella can also result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract 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 a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, or another pet or human has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian or health care provider.
 
Production of this product has been suspended while the FDA and the Natural Dog Food Company continue their investigation into the source of the problem.
 
Consumers who have purchased 12 oz packages of 12" Tremenda Sticks should discontinue use of the product and either discard it safely in a covered waste container or return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.
 
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-424-4602 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST.
 

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Warm Temps Triggering Gender Changes in Australia’s Dragon Lizards


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According to new research from the University of Canberra's Institute for Applied Ecology, Australia’s bearded dragon lizards are, perhaps, the ultimate chameleons. Instead of changing color, however, these lizards are changing gender.
 
Published in the journal Nature, the study reveals climate changes (specifically warm temperatures) are causing male lizards to transition into female lizards while in the womb.
 
The idea that reptiles are sensitive to temperature change — and the relationship between warm temperatures and reptilian gender — has been around for some time. Specifically in the case of Australian bearded dragon lizards, climates above 93.2 to 98.6 degrees Farenheight can cause male embryos to turn into females. This results in a greater number of female to male bearded dragons (a surprisingly high ratio of 16:1, according to research).
 
"This is the first time we have proved that sex reversal happens in the wild in any reptile at all," Dr. Clare Holleley, lead author of the study, told the Associated Press.
 
Using data from both controlled breeding experiments as well as field data from 131 adult lizards, researchers of this study found that some female lizards from warmer temps had male chromosomes, indicating that they had originally been male gendered. And, if that wasn’t surprising enough, the female lizards with Y chromosomes (the original male lizards) actually produce more eggs.
 
These “sex-reversed mothers,” or females that were genetic males, “laid more eggs than normal mothers," said Holleley in a media release. "So in a way, one could actually argue that dad lizards make better mums."
 
What Does the Future Hold for the Australian Bearded Dragon Lizard?
 
So, what does this mean for our reptilian friends?
 
Potentially, new breeding lines instigated by breeding the temperature-dependent sex-reversed females with normal males could result in a temperature-dependent system (that is, gender determined by environmental temperatures), instead of a genetic-dependent one, according to Holleley in the media release.
 
While it’s possible that the lizards could adapt to rising temperatures and eventually produce more males, the converse is also true.
 
"Once they [the Australian bearded dragon lizards] become temperature dependent, the risk is that if it keeps warming they'll produce 100 percent females and they'll be at risk of extinction, so this is a concerning finding," Professor Arthur Georges, co-author of the study, told the Sydney Morning Herald.
 
 
Image: hddigital / Shutterstock

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Carnivore Meat Company, LLC, a Green Bay, Wisconsin, based pet food manufacturer, has issued a voluntary recall of select products and lots of Carnivore Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties and Nibblets because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeriamonocytogenes.
 
The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:
 
Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties, UPC 33211 00809, Lot # 10930, Best by date 20160210
 
Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets, UPC 33211 00904, Lot # 10719, Best by date 12022015
 
The "Best By" date code and lot # is located on the back of the package. The affected product was distributed in WA, CA, TX, GA, IL, CO, NM, FL, PA, RI, OH, and VT.
 
The FDA has reported that an independent lab detected the bacteria in samples during a recent review. The company has received no reports of human illness related to these products.
 
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.
 
Animals that are ill with Listeria will display symptoms similar to those seen in humans.
 
People who have concerns about whether their pet has symptoms associated with Listeria infection should contact their veterinarian.
 
If you are a consumer and have purchased a bag of Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties with the "Best By" date code of 20160210, or a bag of Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets with a "Best By" date code of 12022015, the manufacturer asks that you please call 920-370-6542 Monday-Friday 9:00AM-4:00PM CST to have someone assist you in obtaining a replacement or full refund from your local retailer for your original purchase.
 
If your package has been opened, dispose of the raw food in a safe manner by securing it in a covered trash receptacle.
 

Source: FDA



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