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Great Tips When Using A Pet Sitter

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While boarding facilities are a great option for many people, some pet  parents feel more comfortable hiring a pet sitter to stay home and care for  their pet while they are away. Pet sitters and pet parents can make for a winning combination in companion animal care, but the secrets to this  relationship are preparation and communication. If you are planning on hiring a  pet sitter, here are some tips that help ensure a seamless experience:

1. Make sure that the pet sitter you hire is bonded and insured. Ask if they  have any certifications relevant to sitting. And don’t be afraid to ask for  references. A big plus is if they are current members of a pet-sitting  organization.

2. Try to make reservations as far in advance as possible. Some of the best  sitters book up months in advance, so plan ahead to ensure the best care for  your pet kid.

3. Gather everything needed to care for your pet in one easily accessible  area. Supplies could include food, treats, food and water bowls, medications, a  leash, a can opener, toys, garbage bags, litter and scoop, a dustpan, a broom, a  watering can for plants, etc. Be sure to leave your supply well-stocked on the  off-chance your return is delayed.

4. Clean out the refrigerator and empty the garbage before leaving the house,  to help avoid food spoilage and to remove all temptation from your dog to go  excavating. Pre-program the thermostat before you leave and give specific  instructions for the sitter about an acceptable temperature range. Remember – an  unventilated home can become very hot, very quickly.

5. Notify your veterinarian in writing that a pet sitter will be caring for  your pet. Pre-authorize the sitter to provide emergency medical and/or surgical  care during your absence, should a crisis arise.

6. If you plan to leave a gift for your sitter, i.e. garden produce, candy or  a tip, leave a note of explanation. As a group, pet sitters pride themselves on  honesty - if you don’t make it explicit that the gift is for them, they usually  will not take it.

7. Communication is key to a successful pet-sitting experience. By-and-large,  pet sitters want to learn as much as possible about your pets. They want to know  about their health, habits, routine and how they might react to certain  situations. In addition to exchanging contact information, they also want to  know detailed information, such as if the toilet tends to run, if other people  will be checking on your pet and veterinary contact information. Specific  information helps a sitter to do their job to the best of their abilities. Here  are some examples of unclear and clear communication to help you know what level  of detail you should share with your pet sitter:

Unclear: Feed twice daily, fill the bowl half-way.
Clearer: Feed 1 cup of Life’s Abundance kibble in the morning and 1 cup in the  evening. Food is located in the pantry off the stairs, and the bowl should  remain by the back door.

Unclear: Pills in the morning and evening.
Clearer: Willy gets 1 tablet (0.4 mg) levothyroxine in the morning and in the evening with food. Willy and Starfox each get one tablet of Life’s Abundance Skin & Coat Supplement once daily in the morning. Pills are on the counter next  to the kitchen sink. Willy and Starfox will eat the Skin and Coat supplement,  but you have to hide the levothyroxine for Willy in a piece of cheese. Starfox will eat the medication if Willy drops it, so make sure Starfox is in a different room when you give Willy his medication.

Unclear: Feed dogs separately.
Clearer: Starfox eats his food more quickly than Willy, and then tends to bully Willy away from his food. This has resulted in a couple of aggressive acts, but  that’s rare. Feed Starfox in the living room and Willy in the kitchen. Be sure to keep them separated until they’ve both finished their meals. It generally  takes Willy 20 minutes to finish his food. Each dog may have one dental treat  after they finish their meals. Willy prefers to have his cookies broken in halves.

This information should be kept in the same area as all the supplies. Save  everything in a computer file and you won’t have to duplicate the task every  time you hire a sitter. Providing the right information, with all pertinent  details, not only makes your sitter’s job easier, but keeps your pets happier and safer, which is the common goal we all share! 

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

Dr Jane Bicks  Dr. Jane Bicks, Life's Abundance Product Formulator

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Porky Puffs Are A Safe Alternative To Rawhides For Your Dog



Few things bring your dog more enjoyment that chewing on a tasty treat. And yet, every year, untold numbers of dogs suffer from a variety of digestive issues as a result of consuming rawhide. Not only that, but frequently rawhide is preserved with harmful chemicals.That’s why we developed a line of chew treats made using pork products, which are much easier on your dog’s entire digestive system and are free from potentially harmful chemicals. Our pork treats are guaranteed to be not only safe, but incomparably appetizing to your sweet pup as well.

Whether you have a Chihuahua or a Great Dane, there’s a pork treat made just for their size. So, say “goodbye” to traditional chew products, and give your dog something he or she can really enjoy – safely!

Dogs can’t resist the rich aroma of our delicious pig snouts. Packed with high-quality protein, Porky Puffs chewable treats are non-greasy and contain no chemical preservatives or flavors. And with no artificial colors, you won’t have to worry about hard-to-remove stains in your carpet!

They are easily digestible and therefore a safe alternative to rawhide, which can cause choking, throat irritations and potentially dangerous intestinal blockages.Since the digestive system is the first line of immune defense, treating your dog to a Porky Puff won’t put a strain on his or her health, like other highly-processed products on the market today. You’ll feel better providing a treat they’ll love, while helping to maintaining a healthy digestive system. And Porky Puffs are appropriate for dogs of all ages.

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Natural Canned Dog Food In BPA Free Cans



2 Exciting Flavors - One for breakfast, the other for dinner! Life's Abundance cans are BPA, non-Badge lined for the safety of your beloved furbaby!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s why Dr. Jane has formulated a food specifically for vitality and wellness, to help make sure that every morning starts of with a hefty helping of nutrition.                        

At Life's Abundance, we never, under any circumstances, use artificial colors, artificial flavors, corn, corn gluten, wheat or wheat gluten in any of our foods. It’s due to these unusually high standards that our Life’s Abundance brand has come to mean “quality pet nutrition without compromise”. While other companies use these questionable ingredients to enhance the appearance and elevate the nutritional value for foods, we prefer to use only the very best ingredients, as naturally as possible. Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food for Puppies & Adult Dogs - Turkey & Shrimp Breakfast in Broth offers wholesome nutrition. Click Here to view the ingredients.

The perfect way to cap off a day of canine adventure, Dr. Jane’s Chicken & Crab Dinner in Sauce provides the nourishment dogs need. Whether their evening hours are restful or replete with playful activity (or both!), the complete and balanced nutrition of this savory meal meets their nutritional requirements, hands down. Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food for Puppies & Adult Dogs – Chicken & Crab Dinner in Sauce offers wholesome nutrition. Click Here to view the ingredients.

Dr. Jane recommends feeding our canine companions twice a day. To stress the importance of feeding two smaller meals per day, instead of one large meal, she has created two absolutely delicious recipes – Turkey & Shrimp Breakfast in Broth and Chicken & Crab Dinner in Sauce. These two new gourmet meals will tantalize your pup’s taste buds and satisfy their innermost cravings for wholesome nutrition.

Perfect as mouth-watering toppers or as delectable, standalone meals, these superb recipes feature deluxe assortments of real turkey, shrimp, chicken and crab plus vegetables and fruit.

Every serving includes optimal amounts of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega fatty acids. And we never, under any circumstances, use artificial colors, artificial flavors, corn, corn gluten, wheat or wheat gluten in any of our foods. Best of all, you will have the comfort of knowing that when you provide these premium health foods, you will be helping your dog to build a better health foundation for long-term vitality and wellness.

Never before has canine nutrition been this appetizing!
When Dr. Jane formulated Life’s Abundance Premium Canned Health Foods for dogs, she was guided by three beliefs: that optimal health can be achieved through advanced nutrition; that more natural ingredients make more nutritious foods; and that every ingredient should have an intended benefit. When you feed your dog Life’s Abundance, you have Dr. Jane’s complete assurance of optimal nutrition and great taste!


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Do You Think Your Floor Cleaner Is Pet Friendly And Child Safe?

Most of us were raised with the smell of PineSol and associate a clean house with that smell. But how many dangerous chemicals are in there? How many of you have dogs or cats who run across a wet floor only to lick their paws and ingest those chemicals? What about the kids? They LOVE to play on the floor, super close to breathing all of that in.

Did you know that simply by taking a couple of small steps to protect the planet, you can also help to ensure the health of your family?

Our signature line of environmentally-friendly cleaning products is a more natural alternative to harsh conventional cleaning product lines, which often contain chemicals that can negatively impact the air quality of your home and the long-term quality of our water supply.

Although our cleaning products are industrial-strength, they are safe for use in the home. Additionally, these products represent the latest in microbial technology, with friendly bacteria that eliminate the organic wastes that cause odor, rather than just masking the smell.

We’ve also adopted a new strategy to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering our already overburdened landfills. We use plastic containers that are very dense, so they can be used over and over again. Additionally, our superior-grade sprayer nozzles are built to last, enduring repeated use.

If you’re looking for environmentally-friendly cleaning products that are pet-safe, child-safe and effective, look no further!

Be sure to check out our Floorwash Concentrate - This amazing product contains environmentally-safe and highly-effective cleansers in addition to microbial grease digesters to completely rid your floors of dirt, grime and odor-causing organic matter. Floorwash works extremely well on waxed and polished floors, hardwoods, glazed ceramic tile, concrete, quarry tile, even brick. Just one bottle contains enough concentrate to make 32 gallons of high-powered Floorwash! And best of all, it’s non-toxic, fully biodegradable, has a neutral pH and contains no harmful phosphates. 

Also check out our Biodeoderizer - BioDeodorizer gets rid of odors by digesting their sources. Safe for use on tile and carpet, trash receptacles, recycle bins, hampers, even drain lines! Eliminates odors from pet beds and pet accidents on carpet and grout, and freshens litter boxes. BioDeodorizer is non-toxic, fully biodegradable, has a neutral pH and contains no harmful phosphates. 


Frequently Asked Questions About Omega 3 Fatty Acids And SeaLogix Fish Oil


What are Omega-3 fatty acids?
Omega-3’s belong to a group of fatty acids known as long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Because the body does not manufacture them, Omega-3's are classified as "essential fatty acids" (EFA’s), as it is essential they be obtained from food. There are three important Omega-3 fatty acids: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA are found in fish, while ALA is found only in plant foods such as flaxseed meal. The body can convert ALA into small amounts of EPA and DHA, but recent studies have indicated that our bodies are somewhat inefficient in this conversion. Therefore, it is necessary to supplement your diet with these nutrients in order to significantly change your levels of Omega-3’s.

What is sesamin?
Naturally found in sesame seeds as lignans, sesamin comes from the 1% solid portion of the kernel’s oil. Sesame and sesame lignans are associated with health benefits in humans.

How much sesamin is in each serving of Sealogix (120 capsules)?
Four capsules contains 68 mg of sesame extract, which is 60% sesamin. Therefore, four capsules contains 40.8 mg of sesamin.

What do Omega-3 fatty acids do for the body?
The Omega-3’s EPA and DHA are recognized for their health benefits in all life stages. They are important building blocks for every cell in your body, which requires these crucial components to grow, develop and maintain health.* These fatty acids are an integral part of cell membranes and are precursors of several important cellular messengers.* Studies have demonstrated that EPA is important for optimal brain function and contributes to the reduction of cellular inflammation.* DHA has been recognized for brain, visual and nervous system health and development.* Additionally, these essential fatty acids work together to contribute to good heart health.*

What is the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids?
Fish oil is the richest source for eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Cold-water fish, like anchovies, salmon and sardines, are considered the best source for these essential fatty acids. It is important to remember, that all omega-3's are not created equal. You would need almost four tablespoons of flaxseed oil to get the same amount of EPA and DHA found in one teaspoon of Sealogix! That's approximately ten times as much flaxseed oil than fish oil.

Why should I take a fish oil supplement?
Changes in food preferences and the impact of modern food processing in Western society have led to a significant decrease in average dietary intake of Omega-3 fatty acids. As a result, most American diets contain far more Omega-6’s than Omega-3’s. In fact, it is estimated that the average American has between twenty to fifty times the amount of Omega-6’s as they do Omega-3’s. Recent studies have indicated that this kind of imbalance can set the stage for a host of health problems. To promote a healthier fatty acid ratio, it is advisable to avoid Omega-6’s (which are commonly found in fried foods, commercial baked goods and some margarines), and eat more baked or broiled seafood and supplement the diet with a high-quality fish oil like Sealogix.

What are the health benefits associated with taking Omega-3 EFA’s from fish oil?
Scientific evidence has indicated that a diet rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids helps support:A Healthy Brain
A Healthy Heart
A Healthy immune system
Healthy joint movement
Healthy kidneys
A balanced mood and sense of wellbeing
Strength and stamina
And helps maintain cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range*
We invite you to review our extensive research section, which provides summaries of recent scientific inquiries into the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil.

Why does purity matter with regard to fish oil?
Unfortunately, pollution has affected the water quality of all of our oceans. The contaminants in our waters include toxins like mercury, PCB’s, arsenic, lead and cadmium. Consequently, many fish now contain these undesirable elements. That is why it is very important to choose a fish oil that is molecularly distilled. Molecular distillation is a process that concentrates and purifies the fish oil. It is also important to select a fish oil product that is tested for concentration, toxicity and safety by an independent third party. Supplementing your diet with an ultra-refined fish oil like Sealogix allows you to safely get the additional Omega-3 fatty acids you need.

I’ve researched many fish oil supplements. What makes Sealogix better?
Sealogix is an ultra-refined, ultra-concentrated, fish oil awarded an IFOS 5-Star rating for purity and concentration. Because Sealogix is ultra-refined, you can feel confident you are ingesting one of the purest fish oils available. And because Sealogix is ultra-concentrated, you receive more Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA for your money. We invite you to compare Sealogix to other popular brands of fish oil currently on the market. We think you’ll agree that our product represents an exceptional value.

What is IFOS and what does a “5-Star Rating” mean?
IFOS (International Fish Oil Standards) is a division of Nutrasource Diagnostics, Inc., that provides independent, third-party testing for our Sealogix Omega-3 Ultra-Refined Fish Oil products. IFOS testing judges the quality, purity and concentration of fish oil, based upon the international standards established by the World Health Organization and the Council for Responsible Nutrition. Our rating lets you know that Sealogix is of the highest quality available on the market today – there is no better rating than a 5-Star.

Do you guarantee freshness and purity?
Yes. When you order Sealogix, we promise to deliver the highest-quality products in excellent condition, right to your front door. If for any reason your purchase does not meet with your satisfaction, we will gladly replace the product or refund your money (excluding delivery charges). For detailed information on our return policy, please see the invoice included in your shipment.

How much Sealogix should I take?
The suggested serving for a healthy adult is four 1,000 mg Sealogix capsules daily (4,000 mg of fish oil concentrate), eight 500 mg Sealogix capsules daily (4,000 mg of fish oil concentrate) or one teaspoon of Sealogix liquid supplement daily (4,400 mg of fish oil concentrate). Always consult your health care provider for additional guidance on how Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can benefit your personal health profile.

What’s the best way to store Sealogix?
Store Sealogix capsules in a cool, dry place between 58 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain maximum freshness. Store Sealogix liquid in the freezer or refrigerator after opening.

I’ve heard that some fish oils don’t taste very good. What does the liquid Sealogix taste like?
Sealogix liquid fish oil is virtually tasteless and has a slight citrus flavor.

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How To Choose A Cat Or Kitten Food! Easy Tips To Help You Decide

With so many cat food choices, how do you know which one is right for your beloved furbaby? Here are some simple tips to help you decide. We also have some comparison's done and you can find those by clicking here.

See Beyond the Hype
The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent. Because your cat eats the same food every day, it’s her primary source of nutrition. And a superior cat food can help to foster a solid nutritional foundation, which can help sustain your cat over a long and healthy lifetime.As a caring pet parent, it’s important that you see through marketing ploys designed to mislead you about the quality of ingredients and their intended dietary benefits.

Additionally, some competing brands use wheat and wheat glutens, corn and corn glutens, as well as artificial food colors and preservatives. We never have, and we never will. That’s part of our commitment to you and your cat to provide the safest and most innovative nutritional formulas for a better life.

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts
While the top five ingredients of a given cat food provide the consumer with insight into the nutritional priorities of a pet food maker, they don’t tell the whole story. Every ingredient plays a critical part, which is why we provide a comparison based upon eight different quantitative measures. Furthermore, the secret to superior pet food lies in the formula itself – not only in the ingredients, but also in the proportions of those ingredients to one another.

The significance of the ratios cannot be understated. Life's Abundance long-time pet food formulator, Dr. Jane Bicks, stresses the importance of synergism, or the interaction of ingredients, because the proper proportions help to maximize the nutritional impact of a formula. As with any recipe, if you use the wrong ratios, you will get very different results.

With quality ingredients working synergistically with one another, you can be certain that you’re providing the very best for your companion animal.

Pet Food or Junk Food?
Not all pet food manufacturers have your cat’s best interests in mind. Unfortunately, many use ingredients that you would never knowingly feed your cat. Some intentionally attempt to mislead you with clever marketing, touting ingredients that sound appealing to you but are not actually suited to the nutritional requirements of cats. At Life's Abundance, we focus on what felines truly need to help ensure a lifetime of good health, rather than on making the cheapest possible product that might not fulfill your cat’s dietary needs.

Only Everything Wholesome
Our premium cat food recipe features safe and wholesome ingredients. But for a cat food to be considered truly exceptional, we believe it must meet several specific nutritional criteria. Not only should a cat food score well on the majority of eight distinct measures, it must score well on every measure. Even if one area is overlooked, you could be compromising your cat’s chances for wellness and longevity.

To account for the unique dietary needs of your cat, all of the following must be included in the formula: diverse array of high-quality proteins; healthy species-specific animal fat; a guaranteed amount of the antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E; a guaranteed amount of omega-3 fatty acids (for optimal benefit omega-3’s should be scientifically balanced with omega-6 fatty acids); prebiotics; a guaranteed amount of probiotics; and green foods. Furthermore, to minimize health risks, no wheat or wheat gluten or corn or corn gluten-based products should be featured.

If your current food doesn’t score well on every single one of these eight distinct measures, we strongly suggest that you feed your beloved feline Life’s Abundance.

A Tradition of Quality and Safety
Even though the quality and variety of ingredients provide insight to the strength of a food’s formula, they shouldn’t be your only consideration when choosing the right food for your cat. In fact, the process by which the food is made is equally vital. Life’s Abundance premium dry health food is prepared by a family-owned, third-generation pet food maker, where creating a high quality food is not only a priority and a family tradition, it’s an art form. Batches of food are produced in limited runs on a weekly basis, minimizing periods of storage and helping us to deliver the freshest-possible product to your front door.

What You Don’t Know Could Be Harming Your Pet
When you pick up a bag of cat food from a retail store, it’s impossible to know the history behind the product you’re holding. You don’t know how long it’s been on the shelf, or how long it lingered in the storeroom before being placed on the shelf. You don’t know how long it was stowed in a shipping container, subjected to temperature extremes. You don’t know how long it was stockpiled in a distribution center prior to shipping. In fact, many mass-produced cat foods are stashed away in tractor trailers without any form of climate-control for weeks, even months. And, you have no idea if proper handling of bags and pest-control are priorities for the packaging centers and warehouses where the product is bagged and stored.

Why does it matter that you can’t know the history of the retail product? As you might correctly guess, the way a cat food is stored can directly affect its nutritional value and safety. The bottom line is, just because it’s store-bought doesn’t mean it’s fresh.

Control over our Formulas from Start to Finish
At Life’s Abundance, we don’t leave factors that impact safety and quality to chance. Our commitment to providing your cat with a superior food goes well beyond the formula and the individual ingredients. To ensure the safety and quality of the final product, we exercise control, from preparation to packaging to storage.

As we mentioned before, Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food for Kittens and Adult Cats is prepared in small batches on a weekly basis. We test the quality of our foods to ensure the integrity of ingredients and to make sure the formula is adhered to. Immediately after each batch is prepared, it’s bagged and shipped directly to one of our three warehouses.

Our shipping departments take pride in the speedy yet careful handling of our products. When you place an order, your cat food is shipped via UPS or USPS, with an average transit time of only three business days.

Thanks to our strict adherence to quality and safety, we’ve created a streamlined process that, in most cases, means that the food that’s delivered to your door is only four to six weeks old.

The Smart Choice for Caring Pet Parents
While this comparison is by no means comprehensive, we offer this service as a way to start your quest for the best food for your cat. As a caring pet parent, we expect that you’ll have questions. And we’re ready to provide answers. As an existing or potential customer, you have toll-free access to our expert customer support staff, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Additionally, Dr. Jane conducts monthly conference calls, providing an open forum where you can put questions directly to our pet product formulator. These calls also include in-depth discussions about her formulas, the superior ingredients we use and other helpful pet-related information. The Life’s Abundance team is ready to assist you to the best of our abilities.

Formulated by a vet, for the long-term health of your pet
Dr. Jane Bicks is defined by her absolute dedication to the health and happiness of companion animals. One of the nation’s leading holistic veterinarians, she serves as our pet product formulator and as the driving force behind our commitment to improve pet health. When you feed your cat Life’s Abundance, you will be providing a cutting-edge formula, created to help maintain the health and increase the longevity of your feline companion.

View Life's Abundance complete cat and kitten health products line here.

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Did You Get A New Small To Medium Breed Puppy? Life's Abundance Has A New Puppy Food!

We have a very exciting announcement … Life's Abundance Premium Health Food for Small & Medium Breed Puppies is on sale now! Buy Small & Medium Breed Puppy Food

Small and medium breed puppies have slightly different nutritional needs than their larger counterparts. That’s why we created this new formula with carefully chosen ingredients in a perfectly-sized kibble.

This new food addresses specific nutritional needs that emerging science has determined growing puppies require.

Developed to support the high energy levels and fast metabolisms of small-to-medium puppies, our latest recipe contains more protein and fat than our large breed dry dog food. And it includes adjusted calcium and phosphorus levels to support healthy muscular and skeletal development.

For more information including the ingredient list and guaranteed analysis click here - http://www.lifesabundance.com/Pets/Puppy/PuppyFoodSmMedBreed.aspx?realname=10075847

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FDA Releases Progress Report on Jerky Pet Treat Investigation

October 22, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released today an update on its investigation into pet illnesses and deaths associated with jerky pet treats from China. The update includes a description of the extent of the agency’s  testing and current findings, as well as a “Dear Veterinarian” letter and Fact  Sheet for pet owners.

The “Dear Veterinarian” letter to veterinary  professionals explains how they can provide valuable assistance to the agency’s  investigation, requests that veterinarians report to FDA any cases of jerky pet  treat-related illness that come to their attention and, when requested, that  they also provide samples for diagnostic testing by the Veterinary  Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN)1, a network of veterinary laboratories  affiliated with FDA. The Fact Sheet for pet owners lists steps they can take to  prevent or detect illness related to the treats.

As of September 24, 2013, FDA has received more than 3000 complaints of illness related to consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats,  nearly all of which are imported from China. The reports involve more than 3600  dogs, 10 cats and include more than 580 deaths.

FDA continues to caution pet owners that jerky pet treats are not required for a balanced diet. The agency encourages pet owners to consult with their veterinarian prior to feeding treats and if they notice symptoms in their pets.

The rate of complaints associated with jerky pet treats dropped sharply after several well-known brands were removed from the market in January 2013, when a  study conducted by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Marketing  (NYSDAM) detected low levels of antibiotic residues in those products. FDA  believes that the drop in complaints is linked to a decrease in the availability  of jerky pet treats rather than the low levels of antibiotics found in January, which FDA believes are unlikely to be the cause of the illnesses. However, FDA is performing an evaluation to determine the possibility for low levels of the antibiotics to cause illness in dogs when fed over a length of time. This process involves review of the scientific literature, as well as any adverse event reports and consumer complaints sent to the FDA in connection with dogs and sulfonamide drugs, and may take many months to complete. In the meantime, our investigation continues to evaluate all potential causes for illness from the jerky pet treats.

While FDA has not yet identified a cause for the reported illnesses, the agency, together with our Vet-LIRN partners, continue to  perform testing to help identify cases and examine both animal tissue and  product samples associated with the cases. FDA also continues to work with the manufacturers and distributors of the treats and China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine to investigate potential sources  of contamination or causes of illness in pets.

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