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This article is from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/27/world/outlaw-ocean-thailand-fishing-sea-slaves-pets.html and is quite disturbing. The Mars, Inc. company has plans to use only non-threatened fish caught legally or raised on farms and certified by third-party auditors as not being linked to forced labor by 2020. Hmmm...plans by 2020? It's 2015 and why can't you stop now? With all the takeovers from large pet food companies you might be shocked to find out what dog and cat food brands are under the Mars, Inc. umbrella. You can find them at http://www.mars.com/global/brands/petcare.aspx Nestle is another mentioned in... Read more →


Urinary tract infections in people are fairly straight forward. Sufferers experience pain during urination or a frequent urge to go that is a false alarm. For us humans, going to the doctor is usually the next step, whereupon a course of antibiotics is prescribed which usually resolves the problem. Unfortunately, urinary tract infections for dogs and cats aren’t often a simple matter. These infections oftentimes have underlying causes, such as urinary stones, anatomical abnormalities, incontinence, hormonal conditions, stress or even cancer, any of which can contribute to recurrent disease. To... Read more →


Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of their Instinct® Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. 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. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or... Read more →


Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella. The recall was initiated after routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella contamination. The following product is being voluntarily recalled because of the possible presence of Salmonella. Product Item # Size Best Used by Date UPC Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – Chub 21-102 2 lb (32 oz.) chub 12-05-16 829546211028... Read more →


Dr Jane Foundation Grant Award Feeds Michigan Cats

It’s time once again for an update from our charitable wing, The Dr. Jane Foundation. This month, we’re excited to share news of another financial award to an amazing group of caregivers based in Highland, MI. Founded in late 2004, Community Sharing is an outreach organization that provides support and food assistance to hundreds of families and their companion animals. Unlike the majority of our grant recipients, this caring non-profit is not a rescue shelter or a foster network. That being said, their efforts not only ensure the survival of... Read more →


How to Help a Fearful or Aggressive Dog

Sometimes, dogs behave badly. Going nuts when there’s a knock at the door. Over-reacting to the tiniest of threats. Freaking out over having their nails trimmed. Worst of all, if the proper steps aren’t taken early on, behaviors like anxiety and aggression can become the norm, rather than one-off instances. In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah and her canine assistant, Alma, demonstrate two effective training techniques that can be used to overcome unpleasant reactive canine behaviors. We’ll be covering the topics of desensitization and counter-conditioning, plus why it’s... Read more →


Signs Your Pet Kid Has A Hormonal Problem

Pet parents postpone vet visits for all manner of reasons. Some fear what the veterinarian will find during the examination, while others worry about the costs. Regardless of the reasons for not keeping an appointment, the advantages of regular check-ups simply cannot be understated … especially if you’ve been noticing something different about your pet kid. Has your dog’s weight ballooned over the past year? Or perhaps you’ve noticed that your cat drinks more water than is typical … not only that, she’s actually lost weight. Or, there are no... Read more →


Purina is buying Merrick Dog Food - http://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/5286-nestle-purina-petcare-to-purchase-merrick People that feed Merrick and ORGANIX will most likely never know the change and that Purina is now behind their food. Merrick has also had a number of recalls and now those all go under away because of new owners. It's a great "fresh start." Interesting :) Merrick Pet Care has signed an agreement for Nestle Purina PetCare Co to purchase the company from its private equity owner, Swander Pace Capital. Terms were not disclosed. With SuperZoo as the back drop, Merrick... Read more →


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (FDA SITE) – July 20, 2015 – Windsor, CO – The Natural Dog Company, Inc. of Windsor, CO, is recalling its 12oz bags of 12" Tremenda Sticks pet chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for... Read more →


Have you tried Life's Abundance Grain-Free Dog & Puppy Food yet? Learn More Here!! Life's Abundance grain-free recipes are premium diets. That means they are so nutritious that, pound-for-pound, they provide more meals than most other premium grain-free brands. Optimal health for a great value. That’s the Life’s Abundance difference. Order today and watch your companion animal thrive! ◦Natural, grain-free food that’s holistically balanced for wellness. ◦Cooked in small batches for guaranteed freshness & robust nutrients. ◦Absolutely no corn or wheat glutens, artificial colors or flavors. ◦Made in the USA... Read more →


BOULDER, Colo., July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NatPets LLC, d/b/a "I and love and you," of Boulder, CO (the "Company"), is expanding its voluntary recall of cow-boom! strips – beef gullet because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. There have been no reported pet or human illnesses associated with this recall. This voluntary recall is limited to cow-boom! strips – beef gullet that were packaged into 2.0 oz bags, with lot numbers ending in 4T1 or 5T1, a best-by-year of 2016 or 2017 and UPC number... Read more →


Voluntary U.S. Recall Notice From http://www.iandloveandyou.com/product-recall-notice/ Dear “I and love and you” customers: At “I and love and you” we’re deeply committed to giving pets the best food and the best love. We recognize the incredible bond between a human and a pet is a precious part of everyday life for our customers and we always want to be open and transparent with you about our products. On July 10th, “I and love and you” was notified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture that a routine sampling revealed a positive... Read more →


Effects Of Household Stress On Your Pets Like children, pet kids are susceptible to changes in family dynamics. Sometimes, stress can cause them to act out in unexpected ways. Changes in the household, such as separation and ‘empty nest syndrome’, can be particularly painful for companion animals. A dog has every reason to believe that their pack (humans and canines alike) will remain intact. When one member essentially ‘disappears’, it can lead to significant pet stress. The study of behavior in companion animals, and how they handle stress, is a... Read more →


Posted on Vital Essentials Raw website - http://www.vitalessentialsraw.com/#!tripe-recall/c1yt2 and Media Wix - http://media.wix.com/ugd/966700_f19d8c5faf844176bf7b9cb6930ebd04.pdf Vital Essentials voluntary recalls two small limited batches of Vital Essentials branded Frozen Beef Tripe products. The FDA notified them of two limited batches of beef tripe products that tested positive for Listeria. The lots involved in this voluntary recall are: Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties, UPC 33211 00809, Lot # 10930, Best by date 20160210 Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets UPC 33211 00904, Lot # 10719, Best by date 12022015 The recall phone line... Read more →


Top 10 Reasons Your Dog Or Cat Should Take Fish Oil

Fish oil supplements are an ideal complement to your pet’s diet because they supply omega-3 fatty acids, which your dog or cat’s body cannot sufficiently produce on its own. Still in doubt? Here are the top 10 reasons why it’s important to supplement your dog or cat’s daily intake with a quality fish oil supplement. 1. Your Pet Will Burn Fat More Efficiently The Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements help improve the metabolism of a dog and cat’s body in a natural way and cause body fat to... Read more →


ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Department of Agriculture has issued a stop sale order on Stella and Chewy’s freeze dried chicken patties dog food, which has tested positive of Listeria monocytogenes. The lot number is: 111-15. The bags will have a use by date of April 23, 2016. Listeria is not only dangerous to dogs, it can also be deadly to small children, the elderly and those with auto immune disorders. Consumers who have unopened bags of this dog food are urged to keep it sealed, away from people and... Read more →


Boulder Dog Food Company has issued a voluntary recall of its Turkey Sprinkles product due to possible salmonella contamination just weeks after the company issued a similar recall on its Chicken Sprinkles product. According to a news release from the company, a routine sampling program by the Food and Drug Administration revealed a positive test for salmonella. The recalled batch consists of seven bags distributed in Colorado and Virginia. The recalled 3 ounce Turkey Sprinkles have a "best by" dates of May 18, 28 and 30 of 2016, and are... Read more →


Every red-blooded American can tell you that Independence Day celebrations are loud, bright, off-the-hook salutes to freedom. Wherever there are fireworks, you can expect loads of noise. Only, for dogs, this annual event is less a matter of patriotic partying and more like pant-inducing petrification. The sounds and smells of Fourth of July festivities, to the keen hearing of canines coupled with their acute sense of smell, make for a potentially horrifying experience. Especially considering that celebrations begin shortly after dark and can last for hours. And possibly, be repeated... Read more →