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April 2012

Diamond Expands It's Recall To Puppy Food

Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall to Include Diamond Puppy Formula due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
Customer Contact: 800-442-0402

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 30, 2012
Diamond Pet Foods is expanding a voluntary recall to include Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food. The company took this precautionary measure because sampling revealed Salmonella in the product. No dog illnesses have been reported.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

People infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and
vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Only the Diamond Puppy Formula products meeting the following descriptions are recalled:
Description Size Production Code Best By Date

Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0401B22XJW 6-Apr-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0401A21XAW 6-Apr-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0101C31XME 11-Jan-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0401B21XDJ 7-Apr-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 20 lb. DPP0401B22XJW 6-Apr-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 20 lb. DPP0101C31XME 11-Jan-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 20 lb. DPP0101C31XRB 11-Jan-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 8 lb. DPP0401B2XALW 7-Apr-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 6 oz. samples DPP0401

The recalled Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food was manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods in Gaston, S.C., and distributed in the following 12 states:
Alabama
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Maryland
Michigan
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Virginia

The product may have been further distributed to additional states through pet food channels. The
company is working directly with distributors and retailers that carry these products to remove them as quickly as possible from the supply chain. Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any potential issues this may cause pet owners and their dogs.

Pet owners, who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402, 8 am – 6 pm EST, Monday through Friday, or visit www.diamondpetrecall.com.

Media Inquiries: 816-255-1974


The True Cost Of Life's Abundance Dog Food vs Nutro Ultra Dog Food

LifesabundancedogandcatfoodsToday we received an email from Petsmart with their Nutro Ultra on sale. The 15lb bag is on sale for $31.99.....a 20lb bag of Life's Abundance on autoship/wholesale is $31.84. You can see Nutro Ultra is 5 pounds less but let's look a little further. With both of these bags you pay tax, in my case in AZ it's 10%. This brings ...the Nutro Ultra to $35.19 and LA to $35.02. Life's Abundance does have shipping - $8.55 and this holds true whether you are buying an 8, 20, 40, 6.6 or 16.5 lb bag of food and many times you can order multiple bags and products and your shipping still stays $8.55. So, with that said we add shipping to LA and are now at $43.57 - divide that into 20lbs of food and it is $2.18 a lb. Now we have Nutro sitting at $35.19 - divide that into 15lbs of food and it is $2.35 a lb. Remember that is also Nutro's sale price :)

Life's Abundance is a superior formula, has never been recalled and is delivered to your customer within 6 weeks of being made. When you look at Nutro Ultra you have to say - how long did it sit in an uncontrolled warehouse and then was shipped to a pet store where it sat on a shelf? Doesn't your dog or cat deserve better than this?

It seems that everytime I open an email a big name company has a recall. Be a safe and smart consumer, purchase a food you can trust. Life's Abundance has an open door policy too! If you have a question about your food you can actually speak to Dr Jane Bicks, the product formulator. She hosts a monthly conference call and speaks to you, the consumer. Try calling Nutro, Diamond, Purina, Iams, etc - who will they let you speak with?

Click Here for more information about Life's Abundance Dog Food or Cat Food.


Diamond Expands It's Recall To Chicken Soup For The Pet Lover's Soul

Due to a Potential Health Risk
Recall is limited to one formula of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul distributed to 10 states

Consumer Contact: 800-442-0402
Media Contact: 816-255-1974

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 26, 2012

 

Diamond Pet Foods is expanding a voluntary recall to include one production run and four production codes of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food. One bag of the product has tested positive for Salmonella, and the recall of the four production codes is being conducted as a precautionary measure. No dog illnesses have been reported.

 

Product Name Bag Size Production Code Best By Date

 

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul 35 lb. CLF0102B31XCW 27/JAN/2013

Adult Light Formula – dry dog food CLF0102B31XCW 28/JAN/2013

CLF0102B32XWR 28/JAN/2013

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul 6lb. CLF0102B3XALW 28/JAN/2013

Adult Light Formula – dry dog food

 

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods and was distributed in Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, who may have further distributed the product to other states, through pet food channels. The company is working directly with distributors and retailers who carry these products to remove them from the supply chain.

 

Consumers who have purchased Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food with these specific production codes and best before dates should discard the product. Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any potential issues this may have caused pet owners and their dogs.

 

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.

 

Individuals 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. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer.

 

Pet owners, who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402, or by visiting www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/information.

 

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food is an expansion of an April 6 limited voluntary recall that included:

 

Product Name Bag Size Production Code & “Best Before” Code

Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 6lb DLR0101D3XALW Best Before 04 Jan 2013

Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 20lb DLR0101C31XAG Best Before 03 Jan 2013

Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 40lb DLR0101C31XMF Best Before 03 Jan 2013

Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 40lb DLR0101C31XAG Best Before 03 Jan 2013

Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 40lb DLR0101D32XMS Best Before 04 Jan 2013

 

Background Information

On April 8, 2012, Diamond Pet Foods temporarily suspended delivery of all products made at its Gaston, S.C., plant. The company took this precautionary step immediately upon discovering a quality issue when it voluntary recalled on April 6, 2012, a limited number of batches of its Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food produced at the plant, which was the potential that the product might be contaminated with Salmonella.

 

*****Are you looking for a pet food that has NEVER been recalled? If so, please visit http://www.PetFoodBusiness.com and click on any of the Life's Abundance links on the left side. Life's Abundance has never been recalled and is shipped direct to you within 6 weeks of being made.


Diamond Pet Food Suspends Production - This Includes Taste of the Wild, Chicken Soup For The Soul And More

Diamond Pet Foods of Meta, Mo., suspended all production at its Gaston, S.C., plant, following a dog food recall last week due to salmonella concerns, the company reported today.

Diamond ceased production at the plant on April 8, 2012, two days after it recalled several lots of Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice dry dog food due to potential contamination with salmonella. No other products are at risk of being contaminated, according to the company.

Brands manufactured at the Gaston facility include:
•Diamond
•Taste of the Wild
•Premium Edge
•Professional
•Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
•Country Value

The company did not provide a specific timeframe on when it would resume production, but said it will not do so until the Gaston plant meets the “highest possible standards of quality.”

If you are looking for a dog or cat food that has NEVER been recalled and is shipped to your door within 6 weeks of being made try Life's Abundance! For more info about our dog or cat food go to http://www.AZJungle.com

If you are interested in wholesale pricing (autoship pricing without selecting autoship) please contact me at azjungle@gmail.com


NEW! Life's Abundance Slow Pull Retractable Leash As Seen On TV's Everyday Edisons

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the Life's Abundance Slow Pull Retractable Leash, which is development right now. Retractable leashes are found in many doggie households in the USA, but the Life's Abundance version is an exciting and superior product because of its unique and industry-changing technology. This technology is patented, gives us enforceable protection and a worldwide exclusive.

Life's Abundance Slow Pull Retractable Leash

This innovative leash works like any other retractable leash when a dog walks at a controlled pace. However, when a dog suddenly takes off running, this unique leash will instantly increase resistance in proportion to the dog’s force, enough to almost stop the dog completely. In addition, since the leash’s design prevents the leash cord from rapidly paying out, it could save dog owners from injuries including burns, abrasions, lacerations and even amputations.

This leash also protects pets and their owners by eliminating the force traditionally generated when a dog runs out the length of the leash cord. These “hard stops” from traditional retractable leashes have resulted in dog walker injuries to the shoulder, elbow and wrist and dog injuries to the trachea, eyes and even death. By gradually slowing the dog down, the Slow Pull Retractable Leash gives the dog walker time to hit the emergency brake and/or regain control of the dog with verbal commands. This promises to be like no other retractable leash available on the market today!

Edison Nation Partnership....

Everyday Edisons is Edison Nation's Emmy and Telly award-winning reality television show that airs on PBS stations across America. The show educates viewers about what it takes to transform an idea into a product sold on store shelves. The show's fourth season started this month and we are happy to announce that one entire 30-minute episode called "Who Let the Dogs Out?!" is dedicated to the development of the Life's Abundance Slow Pull Retractable Leash and it will begin to air on April 28th. Check your local public television station listings for dates and times in your area.

If you are interested in the Life's Abundance Slow Pull Retractable Leash please leave your name and email in the comments section (your email will not show up and remain hidden) and let us know if you are interested in the product, business opportunity or both.

To shop for Life's Abundance dog and cat food, treats, supplements or pet care products Click Here.


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Build healthy bones

Advanced bone-building formula
While other bone health products help to protect existing bone mass, Bone Growth Factor’s proprietary blend of nutrients is proven to promote new bone growth – while strengthening existing bone.

Also included in this unique formula is MCHC (microcrystalline hydroxyapatite), a highly absorbable form of calcium. MCHC is the same form of calcium found in bones and gives bones their rigidity.

The body’s need for new bone
A natural process called “bone remodeling” occurs throughout adulthood. It’s a two-step process:

  1. Your body breaks down bone to distribute calcium and phosphorous for use in other areas of your body.
  2. Your body rebuilds sections of bone that have been broken down or injured.

After age 30, the rebuilding process falls behind, and your bones become weaker over time. This may lead to brittle and porous bones.

Bone Growth Factor activates the cells within the bone remodeling process responsible for building new bone. Existing bone is strengthened and supported, while your bones’ rebuilding process should improve with consistent use.

Scientifically proven formula
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Give your body the best bone-building nutrients available. Give your body Bone Growth Factor.

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How to Manage Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis that results from the deposit and buildup of glass-like crystals of uric acid in your joints. Uric acid is a by-product of the breakdown of certain proteins. Normally, uric acid is broken down in the bloodstream and then eliminated in the urine.

It is estimated that over 2 million Americans have gout. A severe gout attack is extremely painful and, if left untreated, can cause permanent and severe joint damage. Fortunately, gout can be managed or controlled.

First things first: risk factors
Are you at risk for gout? Although gout can occur in men and women of any age, it most often occurs in men over age 40. Gout usually does not affect women until after menopause. Lifestyle factors increase the risk of gout, including being overweight, fasting or crash dieting, drinking alcohol in excess and eating a diet that includes foods high in purines (proteins which make up uric acid):
Organ meats (e.g., liver, kidney, brain, sweetbread, heart)
Fish roe
Mussels
Anchovies
Herring
Sardines
Legumes (e.g., dried beans, peas, soybeans)
Meat extracts
Consommé
Gravies
Mushrooms
Spinach
Asparagus
Cauliflower
Poultry

Drinking high-fructose beverages, like sugar-sweetened sodas and orange juice can dramatically increase your risk of gout. There appears to be a genetic component as well, but not a large one. Six percent to 18% of people who have gout have relatives who also have gout. (In a small number of people, the risk of gout is increased by an enzyme defect that interferes with the way the body breaks down purines.) That means that 82% to 94% of the people with gout do not have a genetic link to the disease; it is primarily a lifestyle issue.

Certain medications can increase the risk of gout. These include:
Diuretics
Salicylates and medicines made from salicylic acid (such as aspirin)
Caffeine, including medicines containing caffeine
Levodopa (used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease)
Aminophylline
Withdrawal of corticosteroid medications
Cyclosporine (used to help control rejection of transplanted organs)
Niacin in doses of 1000 mg per day may trigger an attack in someone with gout

In addition, surgery, trauma, and cancer treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy may also increase your risk of developing gout.

It is possible to develop gout with or without the risk factors listed above. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing gout. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.

Reducing uric acid.....
It is known that Vitamin C reduces uric acid in people with gout – and there is simply no better form than Dr. Libby’s Vital C™. As little as 500 mg of Vitamin C daily can help the body reduce uric acid levels over time and a Vital C flush is a common solution recommended by Dr. Libby for people with gout. Folic acid is also a time-honored solution for the symptoms of high uric acid. And, according to legendary naturopaths Dr. Murray and Dr. Pizzorno, essential fatty acids like those found in OmegaPrime® can also be very useful.


How To Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Allergic rhinitis is the set of symptoms that occurs when you breathe in substances you are allergic to. These substances are called allergens and are small proteins.

Seasonal allergy (sometimes called hay fever) occurs during times of the year when allergens are in the air, like spring, summer and fall. The most common allergens are tree, grass or weed pollens. Perennial or persistent allergic rhinitis is caused by allergens that may be present year-round. These may include chemicals, dust, dust mites, cockroaches, animal dander or mold spores.

Causes.....

An allergic reaction occurs when your body's immune system overreacts to an allergen. People at highest risk are those who already exhibit some signs of other immune system irregularities, such as food allergies, eczema or asthma.

When you breathe in an allergen, mast cells in your nasal passages release a chemical called histamine. Histamine causes your nose to feel itchy and also causes swelling and mucus production in the nasal passages, runny nose, nasal congestion, sinus pressure, postnasal drip and cough, headache and dark circles under your eyes.

Diagnosis....

The two most common tests for airborne allergies are:
Skin prick test - A tiny bit of an allergen is placed under the skin with a needle. The doctor watches to see if the skin in that area becomes red, raised and itchy. This can be done for multiple allergens at the same time.

RAST testing - A small sample of blood is taken and tested for different allergens.

Help reduce symptoms......
Four studies in the medical literature have shown us ways to stabilize these mast cells and reduce the symptoms of allergies.
The first study was conducted in Korea on the Nopal fruit (Opuntia ficus indica). It showed significant benefit of Nopal fruit against allergies.
The second study was from Japan. This was an animal study that showed Vitamin B-12 reduced the allergic response in those with allergy to the same levels as those without allergy. One group of physicians in Dallas, Texas used this information to treat humans by giving them 3 milligrams of Vitamin B-12 sublingually. They report in Men’s Health that allergy symptoms decreased by 50% the first year and by 50% more the second year of sublingual B-12 use.
The third study in Helsinki, Finland used probiotics to stabilize mast cells and reduce allergy symptoms.
One of my best, time-tested approaches for allergy came from an older article out of Brussels, Belgium. It shows the absolute necessity of essential fatty acids (EFA) for allergy. A more recent article from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil also commented that EFA and probiotics together are even more effective.

Conclusion
So, what is your opinion: In recent years, have people become more allergic or less? Likely, you will notice more people suffering with allergies. As our world becomes more toxic, we become more sensitive. And as we become more deficient – especially in bioflavonoids, Vitamin B-12, probiotics and essential fatty acids – we are more prone to allergy. So, insulate yourself by taking your nutrients every day and isolate yourself from allergens by following the recommendations below.

Take Control of Your Health.....
Load up on Nopal bioflavonoids with Nopalea
Get 3 milligrams of Sublingual B-12 daily
Use FloraVita™ as a good source of probiotics
Help fill your essential fatty acid reserves with OmegaPrime®
Keep the windows of your house and car closed to keep pollen out
Use an air conditioner to reduce indoor humidity and to prevent mold and mildew growth
Clean your air conditioner filters regularly

Consider running an air purifier in your home, especially in your bedroom
Use vacuum cleaners and air conditioners with HEPA filters to trap allergens
Cover pillows and mattresses with vinyl covers to reduce your exposure to dust mites
Wash bedding weekly in very hot water
Use fewer dust-collecting items, such as curtains, bed skirts, carpeting and stuffed animals, especially in your bedroom

Keep your pets out of bedrooms and other rooms with carpets

Three Toothsome Tips for Canine Dental Health

Everyone knows “doggie breath” can be quite unpleasant. But few realize its presence can indicate an actual disease … sadly, it’s one that affects the vast majority of dogs over the age of three. While it may prove offensive to you, it might actually be painful for your pup, and could lead to other more dangerous health issues, too. Fortunately, there is something you can do to help your furry companion! In her latest veterinary-health post, Dr. Jane provides pet parents a brief, three-point review of doggie dental health.

You may be groaning inwardly at another post on canine periodontal disease, but the doggone truth is, many of us pet parents could stand to freshen up on the topic. That’s not a guess, it’s a fact: 17 out of 20 dogs over the age of three have some level of periodontal disease that needs treatment. One of the most common canine diseases, it’s also one of the most easily prevented. Dental disease not only “stinks” at the source, it’s also known to negatively impact the health of the whole body. It’s not a stretch to say that to have true wellness, your dog’s teeth and gums need to be as healthy as possible. I know all of you are busy, so I’ll briefly cover the three most salient points to remember when it comes to canine dental care. You might want to take notes, or simply print this out for reference, as there will be an oral exam. At least, I certainly hope so!

1. Dental Disease Can Be Painful, Even Deadly
I’m sure all of you know that dental disease causes “doggie breath”, but you may not be aware that chronic inflammation can cause pain, lead to infections, and serves as a precursor to much more serious issues. For instance, severe periodontal disease is significantly correlated with increased risk of heart disease, such as infected heart valves (Glickman et al., 2009). Chronically inflamed and infected gums also increase the risk for kidney disease, limiting the amount of toxins they can purify from the blood (Glickman et al., 2011). I’d ask that you keep in mind that inflamed and infected gums are just as painful for dogs as they are for humans, potentially lowering your companion animal’s quality of life. The bottom line is, a healthier mouth makes for a happier dog!

2. For Dental Disease, There is No Magic Bullet
Even though periodontal disease is all-too-common, many veterinary researchers are still baffled by its causes, and therefore, the best method for prevention. We do know that plaque-forming bacteria play a role. A recent study (Riggio et al., 2011) showed a wide diversity of canine oral flora, both in health and disease states, including previously undiscovered species of bacteria!

Not knowing exactly what’s going on makes it especially difficult to find a cure, but that hasn’t stopped big companies from trying. In 2006, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer introduced a vaccine for periodontal disease, aimed at targeting three specific bacteria associated with periodontitis (including Porphyromonas denticanis, P. gulae, and P. salivosa). Following the release of the vaccine, Pfizer Animal Health conducted a 4-year review to determine the true effectiveness of the vaccine. Not surprising to me, there was no demonstrable reduction in the progression of periodontal disease, and the company discontinued this product in April of 2011. As a holistic veterinarian, I don’t usually put much faith in vaccines, other than core vaccinations.

Simply put, when it comes to periodontal disease, there are no magic bullets.

3. An Ounce of Prevention is Your Best Bet
Recent studies indicate that treatment of canine periodontal disease may not resolve the attendant inflammation, which means negative repercusions may continue for some time (Rawlinson et al., 2011). The only dependable method is to try and prevent onset of the disease in the first place. I can’t stress this enough … for the most part, periodontal disease is preventable! I strongly encourage you to make canine dental care a top priority at an early age. Your efforts will be rewarded, as proper dental can improve your dog’s chances of long-term health.

The most effective way to prevent gum disease is to brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis. Don’t worry if you don’t know how – simply watch this Dr. Sarah video to learn the proper technique. In addition to routine brushing, a sound, wholesome diet provides a great foundation for health, and feeding your dog Life’s Abundance Gourmet Dental Treats will provide additional nutrients to help support healthy teeth and bones. Our Dental Treats also feature a variety of whole grains, added calcium, extra phosphorous and even a dash of parsley to help freshen breath.

If your pup already has tartar build-up and evidence of gum disease, do not despair! Make an appointment today to have her teeth cleaned and any infections treated. Soon, she’ll be back on the road to wellness.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals.

Dr Jane Bicks Dr. Jane Bicks

References
Riggio MP, Lennon A, Taylor DJ, Bennett D. Molecular identification of bacteria associated with canine periodontal disease. Vet Microbiol. 2011 Jun 2;150(3-4):394-400. Epub 2011 Mar 10.

Rawlinson JE, Goldstein RE, Reiter AM, Attwater DZ, Harvey CE. Association of periodontal disease with systemic health indices in dogs and the systemic response to treatment of periodontal disease. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2011 Mar 1;238(5):601-9.

Glickman LT, Glickman NW, Moore GE, Lund EM, Lantz GC, Pressler BM. Association between chronic azotemic kidney disease and the severity of periodontal disease in dogs. Prev Vet Med. 2011 May 1;99(2-4):193-200. Epub 2011 Feb 23.

Glickman LT, Glickman NW, Moore GE, Goldstein GS, Lewis HB. Evaluation of the risk of endocarditis and other cardiovascular events on the basis of the severity of periodontal disease in dogs. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2009 Feb 15;234(4):486-94.

Beard G, Emily P, Milligan & Williams C: American Animal Hospital Association, Veterinary Dentistry, Course I, 1989.


Talking About Ticks

Dr. Sarah’s back with a brand new episode of Pet Talk to discuss one of nature’s nasty little creatures, ticks, revealing how you and your companion animals can deal with these blood-sucking menaces. Unfortunately, tick populations have blossomed in recent years, a bane to almost anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. And, with tick season about to begin, you need to know how to protect – and defend – against these disease-carrying critters. Dr. Sarah shares her best tips and dispels common myths about how to handle one of nature’s nuisances. Watch this video now


Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice Dog Food Recalled

Diamond Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Dry Dog Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk
Recall is limited to one formula of Diamond Naturals distributed to 12 states; no illnesses reported

Consumer Contact: 800-442-0402
Media Contact: 816-255-1974

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 06, 2012

Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. No illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond manufactured products are affected.

Individuals 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.

The product, Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice, was distributed to customers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, who may have further distributed the product to other states, through pet food channels.

Product Name Bag Size Production Code & “Best Before” Code

Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 6lb DLR0101D3XALW Best Before 04 Jan 2013

Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 20lb DLR0101C31XAG Best Before 03 Jan 2013

Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 40lb DLR0101C31XMF Best Before 03 Jan 2013

Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 40lb DLR0101C31XAG Best Before 03 Jan 2013

Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 40lb DLR0101D32XMS Best Before 04 Jan 2013

Consumers who have purchased the Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice with the specific production and “Best Before” codes should discontinue feeding the product and discard it.

At Diamond Pet Foods, the safety of our products is our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience this recall may have caused. For further information or to obtain a product refund please call us at 800-442-0402 or visit www.diamondpet.com.