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July 2011

Nestle Purina Recalls Limited Number of Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk

ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestle Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of 3.5- and 7-pound bags of its Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food from a single production run and shipped to customers in 12 states in December 2010.  This is being done because some bags of the product have been found to be contaminated with Salmonella.  Only Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food with both the "Best By" date and the production code shown are included in this voluntary recall:

Product Name


"Best By" Date &




Production Code*




Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+

3.5 lb.

MAY 2012  03341084

17800 01885



Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+

3.5 lb.

MAY 2012  03351084

17800 01885



Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+

7 lb.

MAY 2012  03341084

17800 01887



Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+

7 lb.

MAY 2012  03351084

17800 01887



*"Best By" Date and Production Code are found on the back or bottom of the bag.


No additional Purina cat or dog products are involved in this voluntary recall.  No other Purina ONE brand products are involved.   Only Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ brand products which match the "Best By" dates and production code above are included in this recall.

Consumers who have purchased Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food products with these specific "Best By" Date and Production Codes should discontinue feeding the product and discard it.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the product, and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated products.  People handling contaminated 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 the following symptoms:  nausea, vomiting, 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 exhibit 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 you pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The product was distributed to customers located in California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin, who may have further distributed the product to other states.

Nestle Purina PetCare Company became aware of the contamination as a result of samples that had been collected in several retail stores.

At Nestle Purina PetCare, the safety and efficacy of our products are our top priority.  We apologize for any inconvenience due to this voluntary recall.  For further information or to obtain a product refund, please call NPPC toll-free at 1-800-982-6559 or visit

Dog & Cat Joint Relief Treatment - Dramatically Improve Your Pet's Mobility Due To Sore Joints

Conventional dog & cat joint pain care involves a routine that is very similar to those suggested for humans, including changing the diet, incorporating regular exercise and taking anti-inflammatory drugs to ease swelling and pain.

Common signs of joint pain in an animal include:

* Reluctance to walk, climb stairs, jump or play.
* Limping
* Lagging behind on walks
* Difficulty rising from a resting position
* Yelping or meowing in pain when touched
* A personality change resisting touch

Over the counter drugs such as aspirin may dampen pain, but do nothing to treat your pet's arthritis. Possible side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and cramps. Conventional pharmaceuticals might lead to steroidal medical prescriptions. However, due to the many potential side effects of these drugs, including liver and kidney problems, vomiting, ulcers and excessive urination, more and more pet owners are turning to natural dog joint care. Studies show that natural remedies can be as effective as prescription drugs in alleviating joint and muscle dtscomfort, without the potential adverse reactions of these chemical-based drugs.

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Natura Pet Food Class Action Lawsuit (Innova, EVO, California Natural, HealthWise, Mother Nature, and Karma Dog and Cat Food)

Natura Pet Products Class Action Settlement Of Innova, EVO, California Natural, HealthWise, Mother Nature & Karma Dog or Cat Food Product Class Action Lawsuit

July 15, 2011

If you purchased Innova, EVO, California Natural, HealthWise, Mother Nature, or Karma dog or cat food products, you could get a payment from a class action settlement.

A federal judge has entered an order for preliminary approval of a class action settlement of a class action lawsuit against Natura Pet Products, Inc. (“Natura Pet Products” or “Natura” or “Defendant”) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (captioned Judy Ko v. Natura Pet Prodcuts, Inc., Civil Action Case No. C 09-02619 JF), alleging, among other things, that Natura violated California’s Business and Professions Code when advertising their dog and cat food products and allegedly made false and misleading statements about the human grade quality of its food in its advertisements, promotional materials and labeling.

For purposes of the Natura Pet Products settlement, Judge Fogel certified a class of persons defined as follows:

All persons residing in the United States who purchased any Natura Product for personal, family, or household purposes (the “Class”) during the time period from March 20, 2005 to July 8, 2011 (the “Class Period”).

All Innova, EVO, California Natural, HealthWise, Mother Nature, and Karma dog and cat food products are reportedly included in the Natura Pet Products settlement.

Learn more about the Class Action Lawsuit and how you can file

Does Your Dog Or Cat Have Hot Spots? Here Is How To Relieve Hot Spots Naturally

What are Hot Spots?

Hot spots (also refered to as acute moist dermatitis) are a common skin condition found in dogs and cats with long hair or thick, dense undercoats. Hot spots are characterized by moist, raw, circular-shaped lesions which are inflamed. They are painful and usually found on the head, along the chest and over the hip area.

Your pet will bite, lick and scratch the lesion causing further inflammation and irritation of the skin. The lesions usually appear suddenly and increase dramatically in size. Dog breeds such as St. Bernards, Golden retrievers and younger dogs are predisposed to acute moist dermatitis.

The common symptoms and signs include:
  • Itchiness
  • Scratching
  • Biting
  • Redness
  • Scabs or lesions
  • Licking the affected area


What Causes Hot Spots?

Dog and cat hot spots are often caused by allergies, flea bites, mosquito bites, ear infections, poor grooming, injury, cut or wound as well as degenerative joint and anal gland disease. Sometimes, boredom, loneliness, stress and anxiety may also cause animals to scratch and bite themselves resulting in hot spots. If left untreated these lesions can become infected and spread to other areas of the skin.

Diagnosing Hot Spots

Diagnosing Hot Spots

The diagnosis of hot spots is based on the symptoms presented, thorough physical examination and a review of your pet’s medical history. Certain diagnostic tests such as a microscopic examination of deep skin scrapings will be taken to rule out other disorders and confirm the diagnosis.

Help for Hot Spots

Treatment involves treating the underlying cause and drying the area of the hot spot. Your vet will clip the hair around the lesion to allow air to flow through and then clean the affected area with a non-irritating solution followed with an application of cream or ointment to promote healing.

Depending on your pet’s levels of sensitivity, this procedure may have to be done under sedation. More severe episodes of hot spots will be treated with antibiotics, anti-inflammatories or painkillers. To prevent your pet from scratching the affected area an Elizabethan collar may be placed around his neck or socks put on the hind feet.

Natural Remedies

Natural and holistic remedies are beneficial for both humans and animals. They are a gentle and safe alternative for breeds of all ages, and also support overall health and wellbeing. Homeopathic ingredients including Arum triph, Viola tri, Comocladia, Chamomilla and Cina provide symptomatic relief for itchiness, scratching, redness and burning and restores the skin and coat back to health.

Tips to prevent hot spots

There are a number of ways to prevent episodes of hot spots on dogs and cats and these include:

  • Feed your pet an all natural diet without preservatives, additives or colorants
  • Keep your pet well groomed by ensuring that his hair is clipped or shaved short, especially during summer
  • Brush dogs with thick coats daily
  • Bathe your pet regularly with a medicated shampoo
  • Apply a flea repellent regularly on your pet to ward off fleas and ticks
  • Avoid exposing your pet to irritants such as pollen, smoke, household detergents, fertilizer or pesticides
  • Clean your home thoroughly by vacuuming carpets and dusting furniture to ease both you and your pet’s respiratory allergies
  • Keep your pet’s living clean by disinfecting regularly
  • If your pet is prone to hot spots around the ears, clean the ears regularly and if near the anal glands , express anal glands
  • Always provide fresh, clean water to cleanse the body’s system and avoid dehydration
  • Detox your pet regularly to get rid of unwanted toxins

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How To Ease Your Pet's Stress During Thunderstorms

Pets can be just as affected by thunder and lightning storms as humans can be. While pet owners whose animals remain strangely detached throughout such an episode might feel very blessed, those sensitive pets that become frightened, scared or paralyzed with fear, usually turn to their owners for support when they themselves cannot cope or understand the distress.

Fear of thunderstorms (as well as other loud noises such as fireworks and gunshots), is called noise phobia. Learning to recognize the signs of noise phobia in your pet will help your pet feel less traumatized. Some of the first signs of distress to look out for may be whining/barking, panting and/or restlessness. You may find that you pet is locked against your frame or trying to bolt for protection somewhere else (scrabbling at doors or cupboards is common).

It is important to remember that every pet is different and it is about learning what works for him/her. The first thing to do is limit the noise – thus limiting the phobia. Close curtains to limit the flashes of bright light. Turn on the television or radio loudly to mask the claps of thunder. Try to act normally and not to fuss too much. Reassurance is important, however, it is calm reassurance that is key. Pets can feel when we are nervous or frightened and this will only reinforce their own anxieties. This includes giving soothing noises or stroking as a way of reassuring our pet. However, this will only positively reinforce that there is indeed something to be scared about. By ignoring the storm and carrying on with normal activities, your pet will begin to understand that the storm is no big deal.

Massaging or brushing your pet in long and even strokes can also be very calming for them. If your pet has a favorite game or treat try to involve him or her with this during a storm. Practicing this during future storms will eventually help them to view storms in a more positive way.

You may also want to try crating your dog or cat. If you normally crate your dog when you’re home this may be an effective way in keeping him/her calm during the storm. A blanket draped over the crate will also help to muffle the terrifying noise. However, if you don’t normally crate your pet, then this method could make things worse. To practice crating him/her, try doing this when you’re home for nap times.

Prevention of stress and support during a storm

Desensitizing your pet to noises can also prove effective. By slowly exposing your pet to different loud noises, and making sure that something good always follows, can help to reduce your pet’s noise sensitivity. There are storm audio tapes available that are very effective in introducing your pet to the noise. By starting at very low volume, you can work your way louder while teaching your dog to ignore the sound at the same time.

For more severe pet reactions, an animal behaviorist may need to get involved. Natural remedies are also wonderfully effective yet perfectly safe in helping to calm pets during a storm.

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Do Certain Foods Influence Those With ADHD?

As ADHD is a controversial issue, the possible role that certain foods play in influencing the various symptoms of ADHD (and related behavior) is also a hotbed of discussion.

A number of diets have been suggested for children with symptoms of attention deficit disorder or ADHD. Various studies have reported behavioral improvement with diets that restrict possible allergens in the diet. As a parent or caregiver, you may want to discuss specific food plans with a health care professional, homeopath or naturopath and look at implementing an elimination diet of certain foods (eliminating certain foods and monitoring behavior to see if there is a direct link) or adding supplements that would not be harmful and that might help.

This is a very individualized approach and would differ from child to child. Always consult a nutritional expert before restricting the diet of any child. Elimination diets should only be used under the supervision of a clinical dietician to prevent your child from developing nutrient deficiencies. Having said that, there are steps that can be taken to lessen common restlessness and fidgety behavior. Foods to avoid include:

  • Sweets and sugary soft drinks (especially those containing Tartrazine and caffeine)
  • Foods with artificial flavors, preservatives and coloring (Tartrazine and MSG)
  • Foods high in refined sugar

Make sure that:

  • Your child has regular meals with plenty of fresh fruit, salads and vegetables
  • Oats are included for breakfast each morning (with a small amount of organic brown sugar instead of white sugar, or fruit is even better!)
  • Good wholesome food and unprocessed cereals such as whole-wheat bread, pasta, brown rice, legumes (dry beans, peas and lentils), low-fat milk and dairy products are readily available
  • You serve large helpings of raw, fresh fruit and vegetables (they contain protective vitamins and minerals).
  • You supply a moderate fat intake (olive oil or nuts are a good source of fats)
  • You include carbohydrates – a good source of energy that helps to increase levels of serotonin, an important brain chemical

Remember that hyperactivity and restlessness may present as ADHD, but this may be a direct result of fluctuations in blood glucose levels! Although sugar has never been directly shown to cause hyperactivity – there can be little doubt for most parents that after a big helping of sweets and candies, children are restless, and more active (think of birthday parties)! A boost of food can mean a boost of energy and lots of fidgeting!

The best way to ensure balanced blood sugar for children is to feed them foods with a low Glycaemic Index (Low GI). This means that nutrients from food that is released into the bloodstream at a slow and steady pace – for balanced blood sugar, and balanced energy throughout the day.

Until now, it was generally regarded as a myth that additives and colorants increased hyper behavior in children – but now experts have proven that there is a link! Research published by the University of Southampton (McCann et al, 2007) has shown that artificial colorants, additives and preservatives have “a significant negative effect on the behavior of 3-year-old and 8-9-year-old children.” So, avoid foods with labels that contain: Colorants such as: Sunset yellow (E110), Quinoline yellow (E104), Carmoisine (E122), Allura red (E129), Tartrazine (E102) and Ponceau (E124) as well as preservatives such as sodium benzoate.

Speak to your dietician or health professional for a possible supplement of vitamins and minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium, B vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamins E and C, and essential fatty acids such as omega-6 and omega-3) for your child’s nervous system.

In conclusion, a healthy eating plan goes hand in hand with moderate exercise. Physical activities can help to use up excess energy your child has and help him or her to relax and unwind. Remember that as a parent you can put all of these tips into action and monitor the results – no one knows your child as well as you!


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