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Catswell VitaKitty Chicken Breast Voluntary Limited Recall

A 4a29589a80393 Letter from Founder and CEO, Marco Giannini

Dear Fellow Pet Parent:

At Catswell, our number one priority is the safety of our products and the health of our feline customers. We strive to make and sell only the highest-quality, natural cat treats with added vitamins that provide functional benefits such as improved hip health, breath, and other benefits.

During routine testing of our products, we recently discovered that two batches of our Catswell VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins tested positive for a limited presence of an ingredient called propylene glycol. Although this ingredient is “generally regarded as safe” for both humans and dogs, the FDA does not allow it in cat food or treats, even at trace levels. Although no cases of illness in cats have been reported due to the two batches, we felt a voluntary recall was necessary. We have issued an FDA-approved press release to make our customers aware of the situation, identified the stores that received the product, and contacted them to return the product to us. While we were able to catch much of the affected product, some products did make it into the homes of our customers. For that, we are sincerely apologetic.

We are doing everything we can to resolve this situation quickly and ensure that our customers can continue to feel confident feeding Catswell products to their cats, as we do here.

To learn more about the affected product, we invite you to read our “frequently asked questions” below. If you would like to speak with someone live, you can call us at 1-888-559-8833 or email us at info@dogswell.com. If we are unable to get to your call, or it is after hours, please leave us a message and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

We thank you, our valued customers, for your understanding, and we hope to be able to regain your trust.

Yours,

Marco Giannini

Frequently Asked Questions

What product is being recalled by Catswell?

Catswell is voluntarily recalling two “lots” (batches) of Catswell VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed & Vitamins

Why is Catswell recalling two “lots” of Catswell VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed & Vitamins?

During routine testing, the Company and the FDA discovered the limited presence of propylene glycol in two lots (batches) of the product. Propylene glycol is “generally regarded as safe” for humans and dogs, but the FDA has not determined that propylene glycol is safe for cats.

Have there been any reports of cats getting sick from eating the affected product?

At this time, there have been no reports of any cats getting ill from the product in question

How can I tell if I have a product that is affected by the recall?

First, determine if you have the product that was affected. The affected product is Catswell brand VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins in an orange package and is the 2oz size.

If you have a product that may be affected, turn the package over. In the bottom right hand corner on the back of the package is a code printed in black ink underneath “Best Before”. The following two codes indicate the affected product:

SEW12CH032701/03c best before 9/10/13

SEW12CH032702/03c best before 9/11/13

If you find that you have a package that is affected, please discontinue feeding the product to your cat. You can return it to the store where you purchased the product for a full refund.

If you are having trouble determining if you have the product that was affected, or if you would like to speak with us directly about a full refund, please contact us directly at 888-559-8833 or email us at info@dogswell.com. If we are not here to take your call, please leave us a message and we will get back to you as quickly as possible

 

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If You Feed Sweet Potato Treats To Your Pet, Please Read This!

This is a reprint from http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/07/20/sweet-potato-dog-treats.aspx?goback=%2Egmr_4165972%2Egde_4165972_member_136750303

By Dr. Becker

Sweet-potatoIt seems there’s another dog snack from China to worry  about: sweet potato treats.

According to the Veterinary Information Network (VIN)1,  vets are now reporting health problems linked to sweet potato treats similar to  those related to chicken  jerky treats also made in China.

Test results on sick dogs show kidney problems similar to  the symptoms of Fanconi  syndrome. Most dogs recover, but there have been some deaths related to the  chicken jerky treat problem.

Symptoms may show up within hours or days after a treat is  eaten and include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and  increased thirst and urination.

If you’ve fed your dog either chicken jerky treats or sweet  potato treats made in China and your pet has fallen ill, I recommend you  contact your veterinarian – especially if the symptoms persist for more than 24  hours or are severe.

Pet Treats to Steer Clear Of

The brands currently implicated in the sweet potato treat  problem are:

  • Beefeaters Sweet Potato Snacks for Dogs (16  varieties of yam-related treats)
  • Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats  (Nestlé Purina)
  • Drs. Foster and Smith (exact item not specified)
  • Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality (4 varieties)

Keep in mind that although the problem treats are often  identified as “jerky” treats, they also go by a host of other names, including  tenders, strips, chips, wraps, twists, and several others.

Per Poisoned Pets2,  in 2010 the FDA found that a sweet potato dog treat made by a certain company in  China was contaminated with phorate,  a highly toxic pesticide.

There is speculation there could be problems with pork  treats and cat treats imported from China as well.

For more information on why you need to be vigilant about  reading pet food labels, making phone calls to manufacturers, and really doing  your homework on what you’re feeding your dog or cat, read my article Pet  Food and China - More Cause for Concern?

If You Feed Your Pet Commercially Prepared Treats …

PLEASE don't buy any treat made in China. Not chicken jerky  treats, chicken tenders, chicken strips, chicken treats or sweet potato treats.  Play it safe. Buy only food and treats made in the U.S. Buying pet food made in  this country won't remove all risk of winding up with a tainted product, but it  will certainly improve your chances of keeping your pet safe.

Consider making your own sweet potato treats at home. Try to  buy produce locally and make sure to wash the sweet potatoes or yams  thoroughly. Then slice them nice and thin, arrange on a baking sheet, and cook  in a 300º oven for about 45  minutes. Let the slices cool and store them in plastic bags.

For homemade chicken jerky treats, buy some boneless chicken  breasts, clean them, and slice into long, thin strips – the thinner the better.  Place the strips on a greased or non-stick cookie sheet and bake them for at  least three hours at 180 degrees. The low temp dries the chicken out slowly and  the strips wind up nice and chewy. Let the strips cool, and then store them in  plastic bags or another airtight container. You can also freeze them.


Time Outdoors Helps Settle ADD/ADHD Children

With summer vacation in full swing, many families are still planning last-minute getaways or making final preparations for well-awaited vacations. However, for parents with a child that has ADD/ADHD, there are some recently discovered considerations to factor into travel itineraries.

Studies conducted at the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign by Frances Kuo, Ph.D., suggest that ADD/ADHD children show less hyperactivity and distractibility when in natural surroundings.

Whether planning a vacation around a natural setting or incorporating greenery into everyday activities, exposure to nature has shown to be effective in reducing ADD/ADHD symptoms.

While this may not be the case for all children with ADD/ADHD, it may be helpful to be aware of how certain environments may influence behavior and modify activities accordingly in order to make the most of a trip or manage everyday activities.

First of all, be realistic about how the child interacts in different environments. Would the hustle and bustle of a big city cause too much stimulation, or would it be just the right amount of activity to sustain attention?

Parents, close relatives, or teachers have likely observed the child’s inclination, behavior and tastes from past experiences on family vacations or field trips. Keep those memories in mind when planning activities and either tone them down or mix them up to best suit the individual needs of your child.

When traveling, try to anticipate places or activities that are likely to trigger undesirable behaviors. Often times, these points can be avoided with a little preparation, such as doing a practice run-through of the airport with an anxious child, or packing an item that reminds them of comfort and safety.

It is sometimes just the perception of having control that helps a child with ADD/ADHD adjust to new situations with greater ease.

When unavoidable situations arise—such as a flight delay, traffic jam, or long lines at an amusement park—dealing with an ADD/ADHD child can become quite frustrating and draining. To settle the child and restore peace, keep a few no-fail distractions on hand like books, games, or portable electronics.

Try to include time outdoors in the presence of nature in your child’s daily routine. Whether it’s playing sports, volunteering in a community clean-up, helping out in the yard, or simply doing homework outside (ensuring that the setting isn’t too distracting) spending time outdoors on a regular basis has shown to have wonderful benefits for ADD/ADHD children.

Natural remedies can also provide quick relief. The herb Cina has been used homeopathically to relieve irritability, increase tolerance, and prevent temper tantrums.

Chamomila and Aconite also have similar soothing properties for children who are irritable and difficult to please, and help to promote balanced mood and lessen agitation.

Combined with conventional and natural remedies, time outdoors enjoying nature can be an effective addition to the lifestyle of a child with ADD/ADHD. There are no side effects, no costs, and it is relatively easily to implement.

Why not experiment with the most natural approach possible? Both your child and yourself could greatly reap the rewards!

 

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Nature's Variety Has Issued A Nationwide Voluntary Recall On Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble For Dogs

Prairie_dog_5lb_beefNature’s Variety has initiated a voluntary recall of its Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs due to an off-odor smell that may develop over time. This product is not contaminated in any way, but some products are not remaining fresh for the shelf life of the product.

Reed Howlett, Nature’s Variety CEO, stated, “At Nature’s Variety, we make every effort to ensure that all of our products meet the highest quality standards. We’ve found that some bags of Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs have an off-odor smell. To be sure that our consumers only receive the freshest and highest quality product possible, we have decided to voluntarily recall all Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs from the marketplace.”

The products impacted are listed below:

• UPC# 7 69949 60420 4 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 5 lb
• UPC# 7 69949 60425 9 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 15 lb
• UPC# 7 69949 60430 3 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 30 lb
• UPC# 7 69949 60432 7 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 3 oz sample

No other Nature's Variety products are affected.

Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange it for a different variety by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.

Consumers with additional questions can call our Consumer Relations team at at 888.519.7387

From: http://www.naturesvariety.com/news/53

 

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Tips for Avoiding Food Allergies at Summer Camp

Tips-for-Avoiding-Food-Allergies-at-Summer-CAmpSummer camp is often a win-win for families. It’s a treasured, invaluable experience for children and a welcome temporary reprieve from parental responsibilities for adults.

With camps available for all interests, ages, and activity levels, more and more kids are signing up. The American Camp Association reports that more than 11 million children attend summer camp each year.1

However, for children sensitive or allergic to certain foods, summer camp could also be a disaster without a little advance planning.

According to the Mayo Clinic, eight foods are responsible for approximately 90% of allergic reactions and include:2

  •  
    • Milk
    • Eggs
    • Peanuts
    • Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts)
    • Fish (such as bass, cod, flounder)
    • Shellfish (such as crab, lobster, shrimp)
    • Soy
    • Wheat

Food allergy symptoms commonly include:3

  • Tingling of the lips or mouth
  • Itching and hives
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat
  • Difficulty breathing or nasal congestion
  • Wheezing
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting

Be sure to ask about meals when deciding on a camp to see if there are any special considerations for allergies taken with food preparation. Find out what their containment policy is and whether or not there are alternative meal plans available. If your child brings his or her own lunch, be sure it adheres to the camp’s policies, as some restrict certain foods such as those that are peanut-based.

Also, check out the medical facilities. Some camps have specialized medical staff onsite at all times to administer epinephrine in emergencies. Most camps require a medical history and medication forms, so ensure that you have all the information handy to avoid registration issues, including the name of your child’s physician and emergency contact information.

Be sure to document in detail your child’s allergic symptoms so the camp can be immediately aware of a problem.

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Sources:

1. American Camp Association, “Camp Trends Fact Sheet,” AcaCamps.org.
2. Mayo Clinic staff, “Food Allergies: Understanding Food Labels,” Mayo Clinic.
3. Mayo Clinic staff, “Food Allergy: Symptoms,” Mayo Clinic.

 


Dog-Friendly Travel: Road Trip Checklist

Dog-Friendly-Travel-Road-TripIt’s almost summer, and what better time than now to hit the open road with one of your favorite companions? However, preparing your 4-legged friend for a 4-wheel adventure is a must to ensure that his health and well-being stay intact along the way.

1.      Make sure your dog is comfortable in the car. For safety, many experts recommend purchasing a dog harness/seat belt or carrier. Several weeks before your departure, take your dog on a few short, local rides and get him accustomed to riding. This will also give you a chance to see if he has any tendencies to get anxious or carsick.

2.      Practice bathroom breaks. Some dogs are only able to have bowel movements in familiar territory. Consider if the areas you’ll be stopping at will have adequate grassy areas, and if you need to help train your dog to go to the bathroom in different environments. While still at home, give your pet a few weeks to get adapted to a potty cue phrase, and offer a reward afterwards for reinforcement.

3.      Plan your lodging itinerary. Not all hotels are dog-friendly, so make sure you check and confirm by phone before you book.

4.      Keep your pet to a schedule. As much as possible, keep your pet on the same bathroom and feeding schedule as he would have at home to minimize the chance for any accidents or digestive upset.

5.      Exercise your pet. In addition to potty breaks, give your pet ample time to go for a long walk, run around and relax.  Packing along a favorite toy can help keep him entertained while he’s cooped up in the car until you reach your next break spot.

6.      Keep your dog’s head in the car. While most dogs love the feel of the breeze on their face, this can not only be dangerous, but can also be harmful to the eyes. Excessive wind can lead to dry eyes and road debris can lead to scratches and irritation.

7.      Watch out for wooded/grassy areas. While your pet may be excited to roam, be aware of possible ticks, snakes and other dangers. Keep your pet on a tight leash and check him thoroughly after a hike. Make sure vaccinations are current.

8.      Pack the essentials. Before your trip, make sure you have all your pet’s medicines and natural remedies on hand. Check your pet’s collar and tag to be sure it’s secure and up-to-date. Pack an extra leash, plenty of bottled water, feeding bowls, food and bags for waste pickup.

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Trying to Lose Weight? Watch Out for Aspartame

Trying-to-Lose-WeightMany dieters often turn to sugar substitutes when trying to lose weight, often switching to sugar-free diet sodas and chewing gum to avoid snacking and eating more calorie-laden foods.  However, aspartame is found in many of these products, and can cause many undesirable side effects, and is involved in 75% of reported complaints received by the Adverse Reaction Monitoring System (ARMS) of the US Food and Drug Administration.

Reported health risks

 FDA health complaints resulting from aspartame include abdominal pain, hives, migraines, and dizziness. Aspartame poisoning, while rare, is often mistaken for other ailments because symptoms are misattributed to other conditions.

Aspartame creates an addictive “need” for more sweetness, as some experts say that artificial sweeteners lead to craving sweeter-tasting food that offers no nutritional benefits.

The three components of aspartame: phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol, when absorbed into the body in free form, change the ratio of amino acids in the blood. This in turn lowers or blocks levels of hormones like dopamine and tyrosine, vital for bodily functions.

Research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition noted that excessive aspartame intake may even lead to death of nerve cells and subsequently, mental disorders.

A University of Parkinson‘s at Florida study found the majority of subjects who ingested aspartame experienced more than double the migraines than subjects who did not.

A weight watcher’s friend or foe?

A study from the University of Texas Health Center San Antonio reported that an overwhelming 70% of subjects who drank diet sodas actually gained weight versus those that did not. Participants that consumed 2 or more diet sodas on a regular basis also had a higher waist circumference and blood sugar levels.

Further, researchers from the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine and at Columbia University Medical Center found that regular consumption of diet sodas increases the risk of vascular disease.

Everything in moderation

Given these reported studies and the risks, you’ll likely want to consider lowering your consumption of foods and snacks containing aspartame. Indulging in a little bit of real sugar may be more satisfying and be less harmful in the long-run.

 

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Voluntary Recall of LabDiet and Mazuri Feed Products - Guinea Pig, Bird, Primate And Wolf Food

Contact
Consumer:
1-855-863-0421,
x224

Media:
Trish Scorpio, PMI International
651-375-1814

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 3, 2012 – PMI
Nutrition International has initiated a voluntary recall of four varieties of
the LabDiet® and Mazuri® feed products listed below, due to the potential for an
elevated vitamin D level in these products. Elevated vitamin D levels can be
harmful to animals if fed for extended periods.

These products were manufactured at the Richmond, IN feed plant and were
distributed throughout the U.S. and to a few international customers. Dealers
have been contacted and asked to hold these products and to notify and retrieve
the product from customers. The affected product should not be used, and where
applicable, be returned to the retail dealer.

Formula No.Item No.DescriptionLot No.
5025 0001330 Guinea Pig Diet 50# APR17122
56A6 0001452 Mazuri® Small Bird Maintenance 25# APR15123
5MA2 0040996 Mazuri® Primate Maintenance Biscuit 25# APR22122
5MD9 0011482 Mazuri® Maned Wolf Diet 33# APR21122

Lot numbers are laser printed on the back of each bag, near the top. Lot
numbers are formatted as follows: APR= Month / 17=Day of Month / 12 =Year / 2
=Plant Code.

The recall was initiated after receiving a small number of customer
complaints, which involved animal illness and small bird mortality.

Customers who purchased the product will receive a full refund. For more
information on the product recall, contact your local dealer or Customer Service
(1-855-863-0421, x 224) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (EDT),
Monday through Friday.


Mars Petcare US Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Range of Pedigree® Brand Wet Dog Food

Product
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
-June 30, 2012 - Today,
Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of a limited range of three
varieties of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food products due to a
potential choking risk.

Affected product may contain small pieces of blue plastic, which entered the
food during the production process. The source of the plastic has been
identified and the issue resolved. We encourage consumers who have purchased
affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full
refund or exchange. While a small number of consumers have reported finding the
plastic pieces, we have not received any reports of injury or illness associated
with the affected product. The lot codes indicated below should not be sold or
consumed.

Affected product was distributed to retail customers throughout the United
States. Mars Petcare US is working with all of our distributors and retail
customers to ensure that the recalled products are no longer sold and are
removed from inventory.

Recalled Pet Food

Only cans of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food varieties with the
production codes shown below are included in this voluntary recall.  Each
product will have a lot code printed on the end of the can that begins
with 209, 210, 211 or 212 and a Best Before date that falls between
2/24/2014 and 3/23/2014.

UPCDESCRIPTION
2310034974 PEDIGREE +® Healthy Weight Premium Ground Entrée in
Meaty Juices
2310001913 PEDIGREE® Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner
Beef & Liver Dinner in Meaty Juices
2310023045 PEDIGREE®  Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner
Chicken & Rice Dinner in Meaty Juices

No other PEDIGREE® products are affected, including any other variety of wet
food, dry dog food, or dog treats.

At Mars Petcare US, we take our responsibility to
pets and their owners seriously.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience
caused by this recall. Pet owners who have questions about the recall should
call 1-877-720-3335 or visit www.pedigree.com/update

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