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November 2009

Holiday Gift Baskets Now Available For Dogs & Cats From Life's Abundance

Dog-Basket-09-250 Our companion animals give us love all year long, and the holidays are a wonderful time for us to give back. Holiday Baskets are the perfect gifts for your pets and your pet friends.

Holiday Gift Basket for Dogs

This festive basket contains an entertaining plush toy and an assortment of our most popular treats, including: Wholesome Hearts (low-fat, heart-shaped sensations), Gourmet Dental Treats (honey peanut butter recipe), Antioxidant Health Bars (oatmeal and apple recipe), a bag of Tasty Rewards (savory chicken and venison jerky) and a Porky Puff (hickory-smoked chew) to top it all off.  All of these delicious treats are nestled in a lovely, reusable basket. This Holiday Gift Basket is beautifully presented with a colorful ribbon and a cute holiday gift card that you can personalize. Makes an absolutely wonderful gift for a canine friend. (Toy may vary.) Limited quantity ... they go fast, so order now! ONLY $17.95 - RETAIL VALUE $30.00

Holiday Gift Basket for Cats

This lovely basket contains a delightful assortment of playful toys that will keep any furry feline happily Cat-Basket-09-250 occupied during the holidays. For the proud cat parent, we included an adorable hand-painted cat photo frame so you can proudly display your cat's photo all year long. And last but not least, we’ve included a bag of Life’s Abundance Gourmet Cat Treats for Healthy Skin & Coat. The toys and treats are nestled in a lovely, reusable basket. This Holiday Gift Basket is beautifully presented with a colorful ribbon and a cute holiday gift card that you can personalize. Makes an absolutely wonderful gift for a feline friend. (Toys and frame may vary.) Limited quantity ... they go fast, so order now! ONLY $12.95 - RETAIL VALUE $21.00



Dr Jane Foundation Delivers Aid to Retired Racing Greyhounds

Gus-01 Thanks to The Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation, four “retired” Greyhounds have crossed the finish line to guaranteed shelter and care, until they can be adopted into loving, forever families.

Our charitable non-profit’s latest financial award was bestowed upon the Greyhound Adoption of Greater Cincinnati, which is dedicated to saving the lives of retired racing Greyhounds.

Greyhound racing takes place in 46 tracks in 15 states in America, much to the dismay of many people who find the practice unacceptable. Unfortunately, the life of a racing dog is often a hard one during their years on the track. And the dogs who experience injury on the track, or are not fast enough to consistently place well in races, quickly lose status as prized assets and become liabilities that must be eliminated.

Fortunately, not everyone feels that Greyhounds should be treated this way.

These exquisite creatures are known for grace, agility, speed and an enormous capacity for caring, making them wonderful companions. Generally, these sleek and muscular canines are great with kids, and rescued Greyhounds are known to bond very quickly with their adoptive families.

The Foundation’s award covered all expenses for four rescued Greyhounds to have veterinarian examinations and treatments, including: spaying or neutering, all vaccinations, heartworm testing, teeth cleaning, necessary worming and grooming. The four Greyhounds helped by our grant are Ripley, Gus, Amy and Foxy Lady

Read their stories here


Save 20% On Native Remedies & Pet Alive Natural Remedies

Native Remedies and Pet Alive offer a wide range of 100% natural, safe and effective remedies for every aspect of your health. Browse our natural and herbal remedies to view the full range of products.

To redeem the coupon, in the shopping cart simply enter the appropriate coupon code (no spaces) in the Coupon Code box at bottom of page, click the green APPLY button, and your discount will be applied to your order. Remember to take care of your health with this coupon for 20% off ANY order placed through November 30th, 2009. Please note that coupon is one time use only and may not be combined with any other coupons.

Simply enter code herb20p upon checkout before 11/30/09.


Are You Paying For Your Dog or Cat Food?

Pet-ad Of course you are! Did you know the average 50 LB. dog costs $720 a year for food and treats? That's $9360 for the average pet who lives 13 years. That doesn't include vet visits, heartworm medication, grooming, boarding or flea and tick prevention.

Did you know that you could go into business with your dog or cat and that his or her food and treats becomes a tax deduction? And, if you are spending $50 or more a month, you could be getting paid just for feeding him!

We'd like to invite you to take a look at our web site. If you want to feed your pet the very best and get paid for doing so, contact us today!

Note: Life's Abundance has a special program for breeders, veterinarians, groomers, pet sitters, trainers and non profits. Click here for information and get started today!


FDA Issues Alert On Pet Insulin Product Used For Dog & Cat Diabetes

Product used to treat diabetes in dogs and cats may have formulation problems.

Posted: November 5, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

Veterinarians and pet owners are being warned to closely monitor dogs and cats receiving Vetsulin because the product may have varying amounts of crystalline zinc insulin in the formulation, according to an alert sent out Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Vetsulin, which is manufactured by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, is used to treat diabetes in animals

Because the product is out of specification, there could be a delay in insulin action and overall longer duration of insulin activity, according to the FDA. Products having significant problems with stability can affect the management of chronic diseases. Unstable insulin products can result in unpredictable fluctuations in the glucose levels of diabetic patients, the FDA noted in its alert.

Veterinarians and pet owners are urged to monitor patients for any changes in onset or duration of activity, or for any signs of hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia. The classic signs of hyperglycemia include increased thirst, increased urination, weight loss and lethargy. The classic signs of hypoglycemia include disorientation, unsteadiness, weakness, lethargy and seizures.

The FDA said that while Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health is working with them to resolve the issue, supplies may be limited. Therefore, the FDA is suggesting that pet owners talk to their veterinarians about transitioning their diabetic pets to other insulin products.

Article from Dog Channel


PetsMart Expands Pet Carousel & Doggie Delight Pet Treats Recall & FDA News Release

Last week PetsMart recalled Dentley's Beef Hooves due to salmonella and they have now expanded the recall to more of Pet Carousel's treats.

DENTLEY’S BULK CATTLE HOOF
SKU 1611247
UPC 73725703323

DENTLEY’S CHOOBLES 10-PACK BEEF HOOVES
SKU 5019015
UPC 73725736055

CHOO-HOOVES STUFFED WITH CHEESE-BACON
SKU 1611993
UPC 3465190058

CHOO-HOOVES STUFFED WITH PEANUT BUTTER
SKU 1611994
UPC 3465190056

FLOSSY CHEWS CHOO-HOOVE ROPER TWO-HOOVES
SKU 1813131
UPC 3465117005

FLOSSY CHEWS ROPER BONE BUDDY
SKU 1815505
UPC 3465190002

FLOSSY CHEWS BEEF BONES WITH ROPE TOY
SKU 5080721
UPC 3465117055

FLOSSY CHEWS WHITE BONE ROPE
SKU 5147942
UPC 3465117065

KNUCLE STEAKS 2-PACK
SKU 5084141
UPC 3465190046

CHOO-HOOVES DOG CHEWS 3-PACK
SKU 1611410
UPC 3465184103

3-PACK SMOKED HOOVES
SKU 5042279
UPC 3465114003
UPC 34651140037

5-LB COW HOOVES
SKU 5042275
UPC 34651150609
UPC 3465115060

5-LB. SMOKIES – HOOVES
SKU 5042277
UPC 34651140556
UPC 3465114055

60-PIECES SMOKED HOOVES
SKU 5042278
UPC 3465112122

Customers who purchased the recalled products should discontinue use immediately and return the product to any PetSmart store for a complete refund or exchange. Customers who have concerns about their health or their pet’s health should consult a medical professional. For additional information about the recall, customers can visit www.petsmartfacts.com, www.petsmart.com, www.fda.govor contact PetSmart Customer Service at 1-888-839-9638.

 

FDA NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Nov. 5, 2009

Media Inquiries: Rita Chappelle, 301-796-4672, rita.chappelle@fda.hhs.gov
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

FDA  Health Alert for Certain Pet Treats Made by Pet Carousel 
Products may be contaminated with Salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing this health alert to warn consumers not to use Pig Ears and Beef Hooves pet treats manufactured by Pet Carousel because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The products were distributed nationwide in both bulk and retail packaging for sale in pet food and retail chain stores. Pet Carousel is based in Sanger, Calif.

The products were manufactured under conditions that facilitate cross-contamination within batches or lots. Although no illnesses associated with these products have been reported, the FDA is advising consumers in possession of these products to not handle or feed them to their pets.

The affected pig ear products were packaged under the brand names Doggie Delight and Pet Carousel. The affected beef hooves were packaged under the brand names Choo Hooves, Dentley’s, Doggie Delight, and Pet Carousel. All sizes and all lots of these products made by Pet Carousel are included in this alert.

During September 2009, the FDA conducted routine testing of pig ears made by Pet Carousel. The test results detected a positive reading for Salmonella. This prompted an FDA inspection of Pet Carousel’s manufacturing facilities. During the inspection, the agency collected additional pet treat samples. Further analysis found Salmonella present in beef hooves, pig ears and in the manufacturing environment.

Salmonella can affect both humans and animals. People handling dry pet food and/or pet treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the treats 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 may experience some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Although rare, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their health care provider immediately.

Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may only experience a 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 any of the affected products or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

The FDA will continue to investigate this matter to determine the source of the Salmonella contamination and offer updates as appropriate.

Consumers can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food and pet treat products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in their area. You can locate the nearest consumer complaint coordinator at:
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/ReportaProblem/ConsumerComplaintCoordinators/default.htm


Tips For A Harm Free, Healthy Holiday Season With Your Pet

Lilchiturkey Around Thanksgiving and the holidays, time is usually spent visiting with family and friends, with the inevitable hustle and bustle of the season.

People are streaming into the house, providing loving cuddles for your pet and often good food (but perhaps not good for them)! Be sure to have a plan for your pet ready before your guests arrive.

Kitchen & Food Safety

Pets have very sensitive noses and can pick up scents before a human can, so don’t be surprised when you have four paws under you while cooking.

Though your pet may just be waiting for a snack to fall from a plate or bowl, it is dangerous for pets to be in the kitchen with sharp utensils and hot surfaces around. Pets can unfortunately receive burns from hot dishes and drippings accidentally spilled on the floor.

Use a baby gate or seclude your pet from cooking areas while you are cooking dinner.

Just Say No to Scraps

Most holiday human food is very rich and never a good idea to feed to your pets, but there are times when Fluffy or Fido seem to get a table scrap or two in their paws. Turkey and ham bones are bad for pets because of their sharp edges and the splinters that they produce, which can cause serious digestive damage. Try giving your pet an irresistible toy instead to keep their mind distracted from turkey dinner.

Not only are bones bad for pets, but drippings as well. Turkey and ham drippings can cause digestive upset in animals, leading to symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. Also, an ice cube is a fun way to keep your pet distracted; they will see it is from the refrigerator and will think they are getting something special without the side effects of human food.

To promote healthy digestion, try Digestive Support™ and to promote healthy, firm stool formation, try RuniPoo Relief™.

Banish Bad Behavior

In addition to digestive problems, you should resist feeding pets turkey tidbits to manage behavioral issues, as well. Though it is tempting, treats can cause unsatisfactory behavior for more dinners to come, as dinnertime begging can be a hard habit to break in pets.

Begging for food may be cute with you and your family, but when guests are in the house, it becomes bothersome and embarrassing. Before dinner, try to tell your guests not to feed your pet under the table, and keep an eye on little ones that can’t help but give in to sad pet eyes.

You may want to seclude your pet into their own separate room around dinnertime. To promote good behavior, leave your pet with snacks and toys and even some music playing in the background. Before the holidays, try scheduling your pet for obedience classes to help ensure good behavior for your guests on Thanksgiving.

Also, keep in mind that increased activity and traffic in the house may upset your pet’s demeanor and disrupt your pets’ routine. Continue to keep your pets on the same feeding and exercise schedule during the holidays to help promote a relaxed atmosphere.

To support behavior modification efforts, try Problem Pet Solution

Question:
"My puppy is 8 months old and has been sick on and off since Thanksgiving. The vet seems to think that our puppy is not able to digest his food. He is currently on four meds. Each time we switched his food, we did it slowly and properly, and only change one thing at a time, as you would with a food allergy. We are really worried that he is more sick than we realize and that he is missing out on a lot of good nutrition that he needs as a puppy - regardless of the type of food we give him. We're afraid he's going to have more health issues when he becomes a full grown dog. Help!"
– Carleen

Answer:
We recommend Digestive Support™, a 100% herbal remedy specially formulated to help pets who suffer from chronic digestive conditions. Digestive Support contains three carefully chosen herbs in therapeutic dosage to soothe and protect the digestive system.

Also try RuniPoo Relief™, a 100% herbal remedy that promotes firm stool formation and healthy bowel functioning, plus soothes the stomach. You can use these remedies together with the medicine that the vet has given him quite safely.

The PetAlive team


PetSmart Recalls Dentley’s Beef Hooves Due To Salmonella

Issued from PetsMart....

We’ve recently issued a voluntary recall on two products sold in our stores. We’ve issued this recall after learning of salmonella contamination from the manufacturer, Pet Carousel, Inc. Below is information on the affected products. While the products weren’t distributed to all of our stores, we’ve taken it off the shelves in all stores as an extra precaution.

Dentley’s Bulk Cattle Hoof
UPC# 73725703323
SKU# 1611247
Use By Date 10/14/2012

Dentley’s 10 Pack Beef Hooves
UPC# 73725736055
SKU# 5019015
Use By Date 10/14/2012

All U.S. stores were immediately instructed to remove these products from shelves; the products are not distributed to Canadian stores. In addition, we’ve enacted a stop-sale procedure on all registers that prohibits any of the affected products from being sold accidently.


Wysong Dog Food Widens Recall Due To Mold

Wysong expanded the recall of its extruded dog foods manufactured in June, July and August of 2009 with lot numbers Maintenance 090817, Senior 090811 and Synorgon 090629. 

Those lots join five others recalled earlier (Maintenance 090617, 090624, 090706, and 090720 and Senior 090623).

The company attributed the mold to unusually high heat and humidity during the summer in combination with a malfunctioning moisture checking device, according to its Web site.

Wysong reported its foods were tested for mycotoxins and came back negative.

Mold has been found in some bags of Wysong dry extruded dog foods manufactured in June, July and August of 2009. No problems have been found or reported in any other Wysong food product.

No products from the following batches should be sold or fed. The affected products are:

Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090617
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090624
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090706
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090720
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090817
Wysong Senior™: lot #: 090623
Wysong Senior™: lot #: 090811
Wysong Synorgon™: lot #: 090629

Please contact the point of purchase for an exchange or refund.