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August 2014

Tear Stain Removers (Angels’ Eyes, Angels’ Glow, Pets’ Spark, Glow Groom and Health Glow) For Cats And Dogs Receive FDA Warning Letter

FDA Issues Warning Letters for Unapproved Tear Stain Removers Used in Dogs and Cats

August 29, 2014

WarningThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing warning letters today to companies manufacturing unapproved animal drugs to remove tear stains in dogs and cats. These products, including Angels’ Eyes, Angels’ Glow, Pets’ Spark, and exported products Glow Groom and Health Glow, have not been reviewed by FDA for safety and effectiveness. These tear stain removers also contain the medically important antibiotic tylosin tartrate, which is not approved for use in dogs or cats, nor for the treatment of conditions associated with tear stains. Tear stain remover products are used to treat tear staining conditions around the eyes of animals, which, in particular, is associated with a condition called epiphora, mostly in cats and dogs.

FDA has serious concerns about unapproved animal drugs. Unapproved animal drugs are not reviewed by FDA and may not meet FDA’s strict standards for safety and effectiveness.

These tear stain drug products may be subject to additional enforcement action should the products continue to be marketed, such as seizure of violative products and/or injunction against the manufacturers and distributors of the violative products.

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Dog Food Recall - PEDIGREE® Brand Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs Sold at Dollar General in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana

Mars Petcare US Announces Voluntary Recall of 22 Bags of PEDIGREE® Brand Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs Sold at Dollar General in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana

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FRANKLIN, Tenn., Aug. 26, 2014

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of 22 bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the possible presence of a foreign material.  The bags were produced in one manufacturing facility, and shipped to one retail customer.  The facility production line has been shut down until this issue is resolved.

PedigreeAffected bags, which were sold between August 18 and August 25 in 12 Dollar General stores* in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana, may contain small metal fragments, which could have entered the packages during the production process. The foreign material is not embedded in the food itself, but may present a risk of injury if consumed.  We encourage consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. 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.

Mars Petcare US is working with Dollar General to ensure that the recalled products are no longer sold and are removed from inventory.

Recalled Pet Food 

Only 15-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food sold at Dollar General in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana with the production code shown below are included in this voluntary recall.  Each product will have a lot code printed on the back of the bag near the UPC code that reads 432C1KKM03 and a Best Before date of 8/5/15.  No other PEDIGREE® products are affected, including any other variety of dry dog food, wet dog food or dog treats. 

UPC

DESCRIPTION

23100 10944

PEDIGREE® Brand Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food in 15 pound bags

 

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 1-800-305-5206 or visit www.pedigree.com/update.

*Affected product would only have been sold in Dollar General Stores in these cities:

  • Arkansas:
    • Perryville
    • Cabot
  • Louisiana
    • Baton Rouge
    • Calhoun
    • Hineston
    • Jonesville
    • Pineville
    • Slaughter
  • Mississippi
    • Magnolia
    • Vicksburg
  • Tennessee
    • Memphis

Contact: Consumers: 877-720-3335

SOURCE  Mars Petcare US

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Summer Diet Warnings for Your Pet!

There are a lot of great fresh things to eat in the summer and although I am all for fruits and veggies for dogs ( 10 % of the diet maximum), there are some summer foods that can cause problems.

Corn on the cob is one food I do not recommend for dogs. Dogs love this as it usually has butter and salt on it and they love to chew the cobs. The problem is that some dogs chew them up and others do not-they swallow large chunks of the corn cob. This can cause intestinal obstruction, a potentially fatal medical condition. In addition to this, some dogs are allergic to corn and it can result in vomiting, and severe diarrhea. So at your next BBQ,do not give your dog corn! Other BBQ favorites that end up in dog's stomachs are rib bones and Shish Kabob skewers. I once treated a patient, a small ShihTzu, who developed a lump on his side. A fine needle biopsy revealed the lump to be an abscess. When I took this dog to surgery, I removed an 8 inch BBQ skewer from the lump. The dog had swallowed the skewer the week before, it traveled through the stomach, into the abdominal cavity and was trying to work its way out through the dog's side. I could not believe how dangerous these skewers could be. My patient was not the only one this had happened to. The veterinary literature has numerous reports of these skewers ending up in odd places, so be careful with BBQ skewers. Rib bones can cause similar problems so keep these away from your dog as well.

Fat from steak , fatty hotdogs and hamburgers can cause pancreatitis in dogs and cats. Pancreatitis also causes vomiting and diarrhea and can be fatal. Resist the urge to give fatty foods to your furry friend. Many times dogs and cats end up with these things because they surf through the garbage at the party while no one is looking. Be sure to keep your garbage well contained and somewhere that your pets can't get it.

Your cat and dog can enjoy foods of summer without the grief as long as their humans are very careful!

 

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