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Proctor & Gamble Expands Recall - Iams & Some EukanubaDog & Cat Foods Involved

From - http://www.iams.com/iams/en_US/data_root/html/recall_message.html

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. 


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

UPC CODES FOR P&G PET SPECIALTY PRODUCTS RECALLED ON JULY 30, 2010

 

 

 

EUKANUBA DOG BG PURE

 

Item UPC

PURE TURKEY *

4 LB

0 19014 03191 7

PURE ADULT MAINTENANCE *

4.5 LB

0 19014 03958 6

PURE PUPPY GROWTH *

4.5 LB

0 19014 03949 4

PURE ADULT MAINTENANCE *

15 LB

0 19014 03953 1

PURE ADULT LARGE BRD *

15 LB

0 19014 03959 3

PURE PUPPY GROWTH *

15 LB

0 19014 03955 5

PURE TURKEY *

15 LB

0 19014 03192 4

PURE ADULT MAINTENANCE *

30 LB

0 19014 03952 4

PURE ADULT LARGE BRD *

30 LB

0 19014 03960 9

PURE PUPPY GROWTH *

30 LB

0 19014 09364 7

PURE TURKEY *

30 LB

0 19014 03193 1

EUKANUBA DOG CUSTOM CARE

 

 

CUSTOM CARE - SENSITIVE SKIN

5.5 LB

0 19014 01935 9

CUSTOM CARE - SENSITIVE SKIN

28 LB

0 19014 01936 6

EUKANUBA DOG DRY NATURALY WILD

 

 

ADULT SALMON & RICE   

4 LB

0 19014 02780 4

ADULT TURKEY & MULTIGRAIN

4 LB

0 19014 02776 7

ADULT VENISON & POTATO

4 LB

0 19014 02783 5

ADULT SALMON & RICE*

9.5 LB

0 19014 02894 8

ADULT TURKEY & MULTIGRAIN*

9.5 LB

0 19014 02895 5

ADULT VENISON & POTATO*

9.5 LB

0 19014 02893 1

ADULT SALMON & RICE   

15 LB

0 19014 02781 1

ADULT TURKEY & MULTIGRAIN 

15 LB

0 19014 02778 1

ADULT VENISON & POTATO

15 LB

0 19014 02784 2

ADULT SALMON & RICE *

19 LB

0 19014 02897 9

ADULTTURKEY & MULTIGRAIN *

19 LB

0 19104 02898 6

ADULT VENISON & POTATO *

19 LB

019104 02896 2

ADULT SALMON & RICE   

30 LB

0 19014 02782 8

ADULT TURKEY & MULTIGRAIN 

30 LB

0 19014 02779 8

ADULT VENISON & POTATO

30 LB

0 19014 02785 9

All NATURALLY WILD SAMPLES

7 oz.

 

IAMS VETERINARY FORMULA CAT DRY BAG

 

 

WEIGHT LOSS RESTRICTED CALORIE

2 KG

0 19014 13720 6

INTESTINAL - LOW RESIDUE

5.5 LB

0 19014 15210 0

OPTIMUM WEIGHT    CONTROL D

5.5 LB

0 19014 21305 4

RENAL MULTI-STAGE

5.5 LB

0 19014 21405 1

URINARY 0 - MODERATE PH/O

5.5 LB

0 19014 15510 1

URINARY S - LOW PH/S

5.5 LB

0 19014 14210 1

INTESTINAL - LOW RESIDUE

14 LB

0 19014 00859 9

WEIGHT LOSS RESTRICTED CALORIE

18 LB

0 19014 02236 6

URINARY S - LOW PH/S

20 LB

0 19014 14221 7

IAMS VETERINARY FORMULA DOG DRY BAG

 

 

INTESTINAL - LOW RESIDUE

5 LB

0 19014 12405 3

OPTIMUM WEIGHT CONTROL D

5 LB

0 19014 15105 9

WEIGHT LOSS RESTRICTED CALORIE

5 LB

0 19014 12205 9

RENAL EARLY STAGE

5.5 LB

0 19014 14410 5

JOINT

6 LB

0 19014 21006 0

SKIN & COAT RESPONSE FP

6 LB

0 19014 12106 9

SKIN & COAT RESPONSE KO

6 LB

0 19014 21106 7

PUPPY INTESTINAL LOW RESIDUE

8 LB

0 19014 12908 9

WEIGHT LOSS RESTRICTED CALORIE

14 LB

0 19014 12214 1

JOINT

15 LB

0 19014 21015 2

OPTIMUM WEIGHT CONTROL D

15 LB

0 19014 15115 8

SKIN & COAT RESPONSE FP

15 LB

0 19014 12115 1

SKIN & COAT RESPONSE KO

15 LB

0 19014 21115 9

INTESTINAL - LOW RESIDUE

15 LB

0 19014 12415 2

RENAL EARLY STAGE

15.5 LB

0 19014 02235 9

WEIGHT LOSS RESTRICTED CALORIE

28 LB

0 19014 12228 8

INTESTINAL - LOW RESIDUE

30 LB

0 19014 12430 5

JOINT

30 LB

0 19014 21030 5

OPTIMUM WEIGHT CONTROL D

30 LB

0 19014 15130 1

SKIN & COAT RESPONSE FP

30 LB

0 19014 12130 4

SKIN & COAT  RESPONSE KO

30 LB

0 19014 21130 2

INT LOW RESIDUE BREEDER BAG

37 .5 LB

0 19014 12437 4

* Available in U.S. Only. All other SKUs are available in the U.S. and Canada.

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). 


Media Contact:  Jason Taylor  513-622-3205


Help Your Dog Beat The Summer Heat

You probably already know that dog's don't sweat in the same way humans do, the main way they regulate their temperature is by panting and this system works quite effectively until the thermometer starts to climb into the 90s.

After walking on hot concrete your dogs paws can get cracked

bowWOW Butter Balm | 1.7oz
Quick relief soothing treatment for dry cracked noses & paws
 

bulletDry cracked noses paws and elbows
bulletHot spots, inflammation and redness
bulletRaw spots where your dog has been scratching
bulletAll natural and perfectly safe even if your dog licks it off
bulletShea butter based formula not petroleum based

Whether it’s the salt covered streets of the frozen north or the arid tarmac of the southwest, dry cracked noses and paws are a fact of life for dogs around the country. This blissful balm will alleviate the discomfort with creamy Shea Butter and soothing aloe. The smooth balm also provides fast relief for eczema, hot spots and insect bites with good stuff like marshmallow, Indian frankincense, tea tree oil, burdock and comfrey.

Don’t worry, if your dog licks it off it’s perfectly safe to ingest. (It's also great for your own dry cuticles, elbows & dry patches!)

An ounce of prevention

Apply bowWow Butter Balm at the firt sign of redness and distress and the all natural formula will not only lubricate and moisturize but will also provide a water proof barrier to prevent further dryness.

When high temperatures are combined with high humidity it can be doubly dangerous as this reduces evaporation and that's what keeps your dog cool. The combination of heat and humidity is referred to as the heat index; a temperature of 90 degrees coupled with 70 percent humidity creates a heat index of 105 degrees, a very uncomfortable situation for both you and your dog.

Bathing your dog is a great summertime cool off

Comfy Dog Oatmeal Shampoo | 9oz
Quick Relief for Dog's with Dry, Itchy Skin and Allergies
 

Helps RelievebulletDry itchy or irritated skin
bulletItching due to allergies
bulletFlaking and dander
bulletIncessant scratching
bulletHot spots and irritation

You already know that oatmeal is the go-to ingredient for dry skin, however Comfy Dog sets the standard by using only human grade colloidal oatmeal (oat solids in suspension) rather than the inferior oat extract that some products use. This means faster results and long lasting relief

Approved by the FDAColloidal oatmeal is one of the few all natural ingredients that has been approved by the FDA for use in helping dry skin, insect bites and itching caused by allergies. It's used extensivly in human products because of it's power and effectiveness.

A complete spectrum of healing

The formula also contains botanical extracts of peppermint (an antiseptic agents that also acts as a natural insect repellent) burdock (an anti inflammatory), Indian frankincense (which is is perfect for dogs with sensitive skin) and calendula (used for centuries to heal and soothe irritation).

For easy rinsing, the shampoo does not overly lather so it rinses out quickly and easily (soap residue is a common cause of canine itching)

Your dog's body temperature is higher than yours (usually between 100 and 102.5 degrees) but when body temperature climbs above 106 the normal cooling mechanisms become overwhelmed. Like humans, dogs can suffer from heat stroke, heat exhaustion and cramps all of which can be life threatening if not treated immediately.

High risk groups
• Puppies
• Older dogs (7 years and older for large breeds 14 years and older for smaller breeds)
• Overweight dogs
• Brachycephalic (flat faced) dogs such as bulldogs or pugs
• Large double-coated breeds like the chow chow
• Dogs bred for cold climates such as malamutes, huskies, American Eskimos and Newfoundlands

Sunburn
Most people think that because their dog is covered in fur sunburn is not an issue, this is not true, Dogs do not burn as easily as humans do which is a good thing however this means that if your dog does have a sunburn it is no small thing and you should take him to the vet immediately. You will know when your dog is starting to burn by the redness of the skin however the burn does not always appear red and may in fact turn the skin lighter. You can prevent sunburn by limiting your dog’s exposure to the sun, especially during the heat of the day but an even better way is by spraying with Flea the Scene an all natural insect spray which contains a natural sunscreen.


Do You Know What Plants Can Harm Your Dog?

by Dr Jane Bicks

If you’re a dog lover, thoughts of summertime conjure memories of long evening strolls and outdoor recreation with your dog. In fact, you may have already started this summer to create new fond memories. Given that, the last thing you want on one of your nature walks is for your canine companion to be sidelined by an injury. Unfortunately, many pet parents don’t realize until it’s too late that there are menacing toxins lurking in the plants of both cultivated and wild landscapes. Plants that you are used to seeing in public parks, your neighborhood and perhaps even in your own backyard can lead to devastating effects. In what follows, I will review five of these dangerous plants so that you will be able to identify and avoid them when you’re with your dog. First up are four plants commonly used in landscaping that are actually toxic to canines …

Azalea – Rhododendron Species
A typical choice for landscapers due to its hardiness and lovely flowers, these unassuming ornamentals contain a toxin which can be lethal, even in small amounts. Both the plant’s leaves and nectar are known to be harmful if eaten or chewed by your dog, and can cause drooling (often a symptom of nausea), vomiting, weakness and collapse. If greater amounts of its toxins are ingested, it can lead to severe poisoning, possible coma and even death.



Oleander
Widely recognized as one of the most poisonous plants in the world, even minute quantities of Oleander can trigger a fatal response. Unlike the Azalea, every part of the Oleander is toxic, from flowers to roots. If dogs should chew on any part of this plant, they could suffer varying degrees of illness, including upset stomach, abnormal heart functioning and possibly even death. Beware of the sap, which can irritate the skin and eyes, as well as the leaves, which retain their toxicity even when dried out.


Sago Palm
Most commonly used in planned landscapes where climates tend to be hot and dry, Sago Palms are nevertheless popular all over the U.S. While the whole plant contains harmful chemicals, it’s the seeds that contain the highest levels of toxins. Estimates currently put the percentage of animals that die after eating the seeds of the plant as high as three out of four. The incidence of Sago Palm poisoning in dogs and cats has risen 200% in the past few years, although dogs seem to enjoy the flavor of the plant and the seeds more than cats. Ingestion of Sago Palm can cause vomiting, diarrhea, liver failure and seizures.

Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemums are popular ornamentals blooming late in the summer and early in the fall. While beautiful, their flowers contain a natural insecticide. If a canine chews on the Chrysanthemum blooms, the insecticide can cause excessive drooling, vomiting and diarrhea.

If your furry one is exposed to any of these toxic plants, please contact your veterinarian immediately. As is often the case in toxins and poisons, the sooner your pet receives treatment, the less likely they are to experience dramatic, and sometimes fatal, reactions.

And now, I will review a common weed that can cause a great deal of grief for your pet canine …


Foxtails
Weeds that resemble the tail of a fox, Foxtails are considered a widespread nuisance in most states, especially west of the Mississippi. Prevalent from late spring to early fall, they become more dangerous in late summer when their seeds dry. When the seeds are released from their pods, they are covered in barbs like little fish hooks, making them potentially very dangerous to your dog. If she merely brushes up against the Foxtail plant, the seeds can become snagged in her coat. Worse, the seeds can pierce the skin, or even be inhaled!

As a result, Foxtail seeds can become lodged between a dog’s toes, in their ears or armpits; they can be inhaled or swallowed and latch onto the interior walls of the nose or throat; or, they can stick to the eyes. Obviously, all of these circumstances can be very painful. Perhaps most frightening, the seeds are so small that they can be difficult to locate, and, if embedded in the skin, have been known to migrate to other areas of the body, resulting in severe infections.


If the Foxtail seed becomes infected under the skin, it may result in a visible, inflamed and painful lump. Commonly these lumps are between the toes, and are painful enough that your dog will repeatedly lick or chew the raised area. If a seed becomes lodged in your dog’s nose, she will likely sneeze, violently and over-and-over, and may even repeatedly paw at her face. If the seed latches to or in her ear, she will likely shake her head side-to-side and/or scratch incessantly at her ear. In the case where a Foxtail becomes stuck in or near the eye, you’ll likely see lots of repeated squinting, tears and redness; you may even see the foxtail poking out!

If you see any evidence of an encounter with a Foxtail, take your dog to the vet immediately. If you notice a red bump in between the toes, soak the paw in a mixture of lukewarm water and Epsom salts. This will help to ease the swelling until you can be seen by your veterinarian. Keep in mind that the longer you wait for treatment, the more difficult it is to treat an embedded Foxtail seed, so time is of the essence.

The best way to prevent Foxtail incidents is with an ounce of prevention. During hikes, keep your dog away from grassy weeds, and check her paws after walks. In addition, you should consider brushing her coat while using your hand to feel for any raised areas, checking inside the ears, in between toes, under armpits and throughout the belly and groin area. If you find a Foxtail in the coat, carefully pull or brush it out. If your dog has thick or long hair, consider getting a ‘Foxtail Clip’, a term applied to trimming away the hair between your dog’s toes. And, if you live in an area where Foxtails are common, remove them from your yard (be sure to exercise caution and carefully bag the weeds).

By using a little common sense and being aware of your surroundings, summer walks can be fun and free from environmental injuries. Then, you can get back to making some wonderful, new, summer memories together with your dog outdoors.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for your dear companions,

Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM

*****Dr Jane Bicks is the product formulator for Life's Abundance Natural Pet Foods, Treats, Supplements and Pet Care Products.


Helpful Tips on Caring for Senior Pets

A relationship with a companion animal can be one of the most rewarding experiences we humans encounter in our lifetimes. In the last 20 years, medical science has repeatedly shown that having a dog or cat in your life can result in health benefits for you, including improved, self-reported mental and physical health, and even fewer doctor visits compared to no-pet people. Additionally, caring for pets can help us to develop a greater sense of responsibility, elevate our own sense of self-worth and foster a mutually beneficial bond that enriches not only our lives but those of our pets, too.

If you have ever enjoyed the distinct pleasures of having a senior dog, you know that they tend to be well-behaved, without the boundless energy (and chew-everything tendencies) of puppies, which, quite frankly, can sometimes be exhausting. For these and many other reasons, senior dogs can make excellent companions for senior citizens.

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.

Many pet parents don’t know what to expect when their companion animals reach their senior years, or how to provide the best senior care for them. Additionally, some are misled by common misconceptions and anticipate that the later years are necessarily associated with infirmity. Fortunately, most health issues surrounding senior pets can be easily overcome, if you know what to look for and how to improve their quality of life. In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah reveals the secrets to the best care for both senior dogs and cats to ensure long-term health and longevity 

Click Here for Dr Sarah's video


Life's Abundance Kibble Is Perfect For Small, Medium Or Large Dogs

Lazise One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is regarding the size of Life's Abundance kibble and is it ok for small dogs, medium or large dogs. The answer is yes! We have quite a few "tiny" customers with chihuahua's and yorkies who have no problem with the size of the kibble. We personally have 3 large dogs and it works great for them too!

You can feel confident when you purchase Life's Abundance Dog and Puppy Food for your furbaby!

Click here to learn more about Life's Abundance


P&G Recalls Two Lots of Iams Prescription Renal Diet Cat Food Due To Possible Health Risk

From: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pg-recalls-two-lots-of-prescription-renal-diet-cat-food-due-to-a-possible-health-risk-99196504.html

CINCINNATI, July 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 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).


Washing Your Dog May Prevent Illness


Stinky Dog Collection

Can you believe that about a third of the body’s cells are dying at any given time and each cell has to eventually be replaced? And there are so many chemicals and toxins in the world today, that our bodies have to work even harder.

Accumulated toxins as well as normal dirt and debris encourage germs and parasites to flourish. They can also lower energy levels by overburdening normal bodily functions. This toxin buildup may not cause any one particular disease but can make a dog more susceptible to infectious diseases and inflammation.

Luckily there are ways we can help our pets. The first is exercise, the second is a day of fasting and the third is regular grooming, which is what we are going to focus on here.

You may wonder why we have to wash our dogs at all. Wolves in the wildlife never get bathed and they seem to do just fine without all of that pampering. The main reason we have to wash our pets is because they were bred to have abnormally long, curly or fine hair which gets really dirty and matted. Certainly dogs will try to self groom with their tongues and paws but with their long coats, they usually can’t do the job alone. Nor should they. Dirt and debris left in the coat is dangerous for two reasons...

1. Your dog will try to clean their fur by licking it. So they will ingest things like lint, flakes of paint, debris from automobiles and even asbestos fibers all of which can cause many internal problems.

2. These same toxins in the fur can cause skin irritations which leads to itchy skin.

Here are a few of solutions:

1. Wash your dog with an all natural shampoo every week or every month depending on the type of dog you have and your lifestyle.

2. Brush your dog daily. Unlike humans who absorb most environmental allergens through their noses and mouths, dogs tend to absorb allergens through the skin. Weekly bathing can prevent itchiness , washing allergens away before they get a chance to penetrate the skin. Also, frequent brushing stimulates skin health by bringing secretions from oil glands onto the skin. It also helps to remove mattes from building up.

3. Give your dog a detoxifier to help eliminate toxins more quickly. Healthy Skin Shiny Coat is an herbal tonic that you give to your dog by mouth. It helps to reroute the toxins to the kidneys and bowels so the skin will be healthier.

So contrary to popular belief washing your dog every week to every month IS good for your dog and the reasons are more than just skin deep


Is Your Dog Always In The Pool, Lake Or Ocean And Has That Wet Dog Smell?


Dry Dog Instant Clean

If your dog is always in the pool, lake or ocean use Dry Dog Instant Clean to get rid of the wet dog smell. It will also help to clean and sanitize!

Testimonials:

Dry Dog Instant Clean is the BEST product that I have ever used on my dog. It IS the one product that I will not leave home without.

My dog goes with me everywhere and I don’t always have the time to bathe or groom her. When my back is hurting and Cookie needs a bath I bring out Dry Dog. Not only does it clean but it has the most delicious scent that lasts for days! No more wet dog smell.

It not only cleanses and deodorizes but it is also safe for her to lick. I couldn’t think of anything better for my dog than a product that is actually safe, smells heavenly, cleans AND you can take it with you.

Thank you so much Happytails, you have made me a happy woman and my dog a happy dog because she hates bathing. I LOVE Dry Dog!

Linda Jimenez,
Simi Valley, CA

She smelled like a new dog

I just got your newsletter, which highlighted the Dry Dog Instant Clean. I wanted to shoot you a quick email to let you know how much I love that product! It has been raining here in Central CA constantly, and the dogs have to be outside when I am at work. When I come home they stink. I told Picker that she smells like a stagnant puddle! However, after just a few spritzes of Dry Dog Instant Clean she smelled like a new dog. I have been using it on all of them, and it has saved my sanity this last week. As a plus, it doesn't make my dogs sneeze like products from other companies have in the past. Thank you for making such a great product!

Tara Flaming Wilson

K-9 Action Dog Training and Boarding

Two weeks and counting

I work for Pete and Mac's and we've just recently started carrying the Happytails line. I just had to write and rave about how much I love the Dry Dog Instant Clean! It really does get rid of the odors instead of covering them up (like the bottle of deodorizer I bought from Petsmart)...my dog has gone 2 weeks without a bath and that's with being in daycare every day and going to the dog park on top of that.

The Dog Smog Remedy is also a life saver since my dog has developed an affinity for cat food...can't say that he enjoys getting it as much as the rest of us appreciate the results, but oh well.

Stephanie Owen
Pete and Mac's Lenexa, KS

I think I'm addicted

As you know, I love the Dry Dog so much, I put it into a Dailycandy round-up of favorite things for puppies. It smells amazing. Period. I don't even think that's a subjective opinion. I think it's fact. I make people smell it all the time. Either in the bottle, or, which is even better, on my dog Rosie P. It's funny, because I don't like kiwis as a general rule--I pick them out of fruit salads. But, in this situation, they rock. I get compliments all the time on how good my dog smells. It's as though they're shocked that dogs could smell this lovely. Also good, my year-old puppy, Rosie P, doesn't seem to mind being sprayed with it at all. She sits patiently and waits 'til she has been spritzed.

I think I'm addicted. I spray her every day when I brush her coat. It's so easy, and it does wonders--basically, you're a few sprays away from having a deliciously odored dog instead of a smelly one. Seems crazy that you wouldn't use it.

Charlotte Druckman
New York, NY

Dry Dog Instant Clean

 Dry Dog Instant Clean, Gallon


Feline’s Pride Expands Nationwide Recall Of Its Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due To Salmonella Contamination

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

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

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.

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

 


Merrick Pet Care Is Recalling Beef Filet Squares For Dogs

The following recall has been announced (from the Associated Press):

_ Merrick Pet Care Inc. is recalling one lot of 10-ounce bags of Beef Filet Squares for Dogs because the dog treats could be contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals, and people who handle contaminated pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they haven't thoroughly washed their hands. No illnesses have been reported in people or pets, according to the Amarillo, Texas, company. The recalled Beef Filet Squares were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the U.S. The treats were sold in 10-ounce plastic bags marked with the best by date of March 24, 2012, and the lot number 10084TL7. For more information, consumers can call 800-664-7387.

Please note: This is a different 'Best By' date of Merrick Beef Filet Squares that were previously recalled in January 2010.  FDA Recall from January http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/newpetfoodrecalls/detail.cfm?ID=V-057-2010


FDA Pet Products Recall Site - Is Your Dog Or Cat Food Safe?

Today we live in a society where recalls on dog and cat foods are happening all the time. It almost seems as though people are starting to feel this is "the norm" and are not taking them seriously. Many of these recalls never reach the public. You may not see it on on newscast (if it even was mentioned on the news) and if you go to the store for your dog or cat food that lot would be removed and already replaced with another lot. Unfortunately many times there isn't even a sign saying - if you bought such and such a product it's being recalled.

If you would like to know if your dog or cat food has been recalled and be informed of any new recalls you can visit the FDA site - http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/newpetfoodrecalls/

Stay informed and keep your pet safe!


Garth Merrick Of Merrick Pet Food Receives Warning Letter From FDA

Below is a warning letter dated 6/1/10 sent to Garth Merrick (of Merrick Pet Food) CEO of Tejas Industries Inc. posted June 30, 2010 on FDA website. http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/ucm217086.htm

June 1, 2010


2010-DAL-WL-07


WARNING LETTER


CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED


Garth Merrick, CEO and Owner
Tejas Industries Inc.
110 Merrick Lane
Hereford, Texas 79045


Dear Mr. Merrick:

On December 2, 2009, FDA collected a sample of Merrick Beef Filet Squares manufactured by your Plainview, Texas facility and repackaged by your Hereford, Texas facility. Analysis of this dog chew revealed the product to be contaminated with Salmonella meleagridis. Representatives of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted inspections of your pet treat manufacturing facility located at 901 County Rd Y, Plainview, Texas 79073, on December 29-31, 2009, and your pet treat packaging facility located at 1977 E US Highway 60, Hereford, Texas 79045 on December 28-29,2009 and on January 13-14, 2010. These inspections confirmed that you offered pet treats for sale as food that were adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(1) and 402(a)(4) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(4). You can find the Act and its associated regulations on the Internet through links on the FDA web page at www.fda.qov.


Pet treats bearing or containing Salmonella spp., including Salmonella meleagridis, a known animal and human pathogen posing an acute danger to human and or animal health, are considered adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(1). A food, including food for animals, is adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(4) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(4), if it has been prepared, packed or held under insanitary conditions whereby it may have become contaminated with filth or may have been rendered injurious to health. Our inspections revealed that the manufacturing processes used by your firm to manufacture pet treats are not controlled and that contamination of these products may occur through inadequate treatment or through recontamination of the treated products due to improper storage or handling after processing.

Specifically, your firm could not provide evidence that your manufacturing processes eliminate pathogens such as Salmonella during processing because your firm does not consistently monitor critical factors in the process such as time and temperature; nor could you provide evidence demonstrating that recontamination was not likely to occur post-processing. Further, your firm could not provide evidence supporting the adequacy of your in-house sampling and testing program, for example, explaining the location and number of samples collected for each lot of finished product.


We recognize that your firm initiated a voluntary recall of Merrick Beef Filet Squares by letter to your customers dated January 11, 2010. The recall was initiated following FDA sampling and your firm's internal sampling, both of which revealed the presence of Salmonella. However, your recall strategy may be determined to be ineffective to the consumer level for the following reasons:


• Your firm delayed your public communication to alert consumers who may have the recalled product in their possession until after FDA issued an FDA Health Alert on January 14, 2010.


• Your recall communications to distributors, retailers, and consumers only included case lot coding 9323, which was different from the lot coding on some of the individual bags. Due to a labeling error, some of the affected bags were coded with the lot code 9333.


• Your recall letter did not identify the hazard involved. Your letter to wholesale and retail consignees indicated the product was recalled because it "may not have been processed properly." Recalls can be less effective if the recall communication does not concisely explain the reason for recall and the hazard involved.


FDA acknowledges the written responses we have received following our inspections. Separate letters, both dated January 18, 2010, were received addressing the observations made during the inspections we conducted at your locations in Plainview and Hereford, Texas. Although your letters indicate that your firm has taken steps to address our observations, they did not contain enough detail for us to evaluate. For example, your response letters did not include a copy of your validation protocol. We recommend that your validation study, in addition to establishing a specific profile for each dryer, also account for process and product variation including fat content, initial product temperature, and product size and location. We also recommend validation of your rework process. The corrections your firm has implemented at both sites will be evaluated and verified during our next inspection. We also acknowledge your letter of January 29, 2010, discussing your views on the applicability of the Reportable Food Registry to this situation.


You should respond in writing within 15 working days from your receipt of this letter. Your response should outline the specific steps you are taking to correct these violations. You should include in your response, documentation and useful information that would assist us in evaluating your corrections. If you cannot complete all corrections before you respond, you should explain the reason for your delay and state when you will correct any remaining violations.


Your written reply should be directed to the Food and Drug Administration, 4040 North Central Expressway, Suite 300, Dallas, Texas 75204, Attention: Sherrie L. Krolczyk, Compliance Officer.


Sincerely,
/S/

Reynaldo R. Rodriguez, Jr.
Dallas District Director



 


Feline’s Pride Issues Nationwide Recall Of Its Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due To Salmonella Contamination

From http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm217826.htm

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. 

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