“Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™” Recall CA,HI,NV

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm399662.htm

Popular dog food distributed by veterinary clinics and pet stores voluntary recall.  Please see FDA link above.

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Oral Care and your Dog – teeth brushing

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Dog Breath and Oral hygiene and Pet Teeth Cleaning

We often take very good care of our special friends.  We may spend hundreds of dollars grooming them and yet our friends need good oral care.  For years I faithfully brushed my little guy’s teeth but only on a weekly basis.  In addition I saw to it that he was taken to the Veterinarian for his annual teeth cleaning.  Despite the above regimen I was in for a surprise at my last visit to the Veterinarian for a teeth cleaning.  enzypasteDespite years of brushing with an expensive enzymatic toothpaste, my little guy had developed bone-loss secondary to recession of his gums.  I learned that despite the oral hygiene that I was providing some breeds of dogs are more prone to these health problems.  After my visit with his Veterinarian, I made an appointment with a Veterinarian Dentist. Yes they exist and the doctor that I took my little guy to was a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College.  Seriously I needed to know more and how I had failed my friend.  First of all I should have been using a soft tooth brush, not the hard bristled ones sold at pet stores.  Then I was told that he never recommends using an enzymatic toothpaste also sold at local pet stores.  Instead it seems that no one ever tells us that the best toothpaste for your pet is not a human one but instead one that contains “Chlorhexidine” gelpasteIn addition I learned that if you choose non-anesthetic teeth cleaning you should assess the necessity to have this done every 6 months versus annually.  Obviously in the veterinary dental community they feel that traditional cleaning with anesthesia is the best way to have your pet’s teeth cleaned.

My take away from this experience is know your breed.  Is the breed pre-disposed to oral health problems.  If they are,  then appropriate action on your part is necessary to insure your pet’s health. In addition, from all of this, the obvious take away is that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Many individuals do not have access to a veterinary dentist unless you live in a major metropolitan area.  So it is best to never need one by doing the right thing for your friend.  The dentist did say that your dog’s teeth should be brushed every other day at a bare minimum.  Performing this less often will obviously lead to plaque build up.  A pet’s oral health problem can be expensive.  We wish you the best in addressing your pet’s oral needs.

This information is provided for information purposes only.  We hope it will encourage you  to learn about your breed and take care of your pets oral needs. Please be advised that we receive no payment from any manufacturer of the above products photographed. We do not make any health claims regarding these products.

Here’s a follow up posted 3/19/2014.  If you can it is advisable to obtain multiple quotes for your pet’s dental work it could save you $$$$.  Yes I said $$$$ not $$$ or $$.

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Dog Food Recall February 2014

February 5, 2014 – Pro-Pet LLC, St. Marys, Ohio, has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods.  See the recall here:  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm384876.htm

The following lot numbers have been recalled by the manufacturer due to possible contamination with Salmonella.

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No other products or lot numbers are affected by this recall.

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Dry Dog Food Recall – Hy-Vee

Hy-Vee dog food produced at a Kansas City plant operated by Pro-Pet, LLC. has issued a voluntary recall of certain bags of Hy-Vee dog food due to elevated levels of a chemical contaminant commonly found in corn.

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.  Pets which have consumed this product and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea should consultant a veterinarian.

The recalled products carry three different “Best By” dates and were distributed to Hy-Vee stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin between October 26, 2012 and January 11, 2013.

The following products are subject to the recall:
                   
Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 34-lb.
UPC:  07545005647
Lot # ending with:    29812KC
“Best By” Date:    11/24/13

Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 8-lb
UPC: 07545005667
Lot # ending with:    29812KC
“Best By” Date:    11/24/13

Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 4.4-lb.
UPC: 07545005665
Lot # ending with:    29812KC
“Best By” Date:    11/24/13

Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 4.4-lb.
UPC: 07545005665
Lot # ending with:    29912KC
“Best By” Date:    11/25/13

Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow Bag) – 20-lb.
UPC: 07545005680
Lot # ending with:    29312KC
“Best By” Date:    11/19/13

Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow Bag) – 4.4-lb.
UPC: 07545005560
Lot # ending with:    29312KC
“Best By” Date:    11/19/13

The recall is limited to the products, sizes and code dates listed above. No other Hy-Vee dog food products or code dates are affected by the recall.

Customers are urged to check the “Best By” dates on any product they have at home and refrain from feeding any of the recalled products to their pets. Any bags of Hy-Vee dog food subject to the recall, whether opened or unopened, may be returned to Hy-Vee stores for a full refund.

 

 

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Recall Dog Treats Kasel-manufactured products

Boots and Barkley, Colorado Naturals, Nature’s Deli among brands affected

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Recalled Kasel-manufactured products sold at various retailers including…

  • Target
  • Petco
  • Sam’s Club
  • Costco
  • Menards

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm340552.htm

 

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Recall of Yoghund brand Organic Banana & Peanut Butter flavor, frozen yogurt dog treats.

Just a heads up — since there has been a problem with peanut butter it might be wise to withhold any pet food containing this ingredient until an all clear has been sounded.  Here’s the FDA letter

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Boots and Barkley Pig Ears and Dog Treats Recall

WASHINGTON — Kasel Associated Industries is its BOOTS & BARKLEY ROASTED AMERICAN PIG EARS AND BOOTS & BARKLEY AMERICAN VARIETY PACK DOG TREATS product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled Roasted Pig Ears and Variety Pack Dog Treats were distributed nationwide through Target retail stores in August 2012.

The Roasted Pig Ears product comes in a clear plastic bag containing 12 pig ears marked with UPC bar code 647263899158. The Variety Pack product also comes in a clear plastic bag weighing 32oz and marked with UPC bar code 490830400086.

Additional information can be found at: FDA

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Nature’s Recipe Dog Treats Recall

Complete details of the Nature’s Recipe dog teats recall as posted by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

via Nature’s Recipe Dog Treats Recall.

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What is the best food for your Dog?

It is a known fact that people are living longer lives. Yet throughout all the advances that have been made our pet’s lifespans have been decreasing. The answer to why this may be happening is both disturbing and complicated. Somewhere in our society profit and greed surpassed “First do no harm” when it came to our pets. We encourage you to read the “Terms and Use Agreement” regarding the information presented here.

At present IMS Supplements, Inc. is looking into the development and related production of scientifically appropriate nutritional supplements for dogs. Unfortunately, the majority of dogs are not receiving a complete, healthy diet and many become ill and die prematurely. IMS Supplements main interest and purpose is to help increase your pet’s longevity and quality of life.

In reviewing the dietary requirements for dogs we will provide the very best human grade natural ingredients available and recognize all scientific clinical data from medical, veterinary and nutritional science. IMS Supplement’s is in communication with W.D. Cusick, who is a nutritional expert for dogs and is a published author on this topic. Be advised that Mr. Cusick does not endorse any commercial pet foods or links that may be on this website. See “terms and use agreement below.” We at IMS Supplements would encourage you to visit his websites and related links. The following web page has associated links to breed specific information: http://www.wdcusick.com/free.html

For information about pet foods and animal nutrition pet owners can visit:http://www.wdcusick.com/ to make educated choices about pet foods and feeding their pet correctly.

Mr. Cusick states: “One product cannot be nutritionally correct for the different breeds. One product cannot be nutritionally correct for all breeds by just adjusting the amount of that one product using the animal’s body weight to make the adjustment. One product can not be nutritionally correct for the different breeds because the different breeds have different requirements per kilogram (kg) of body weight and the fact that some breeds do not assimilate the same dietary sources the same as other breeds.” Logic alone would suggest that the nutritional requirements of a breed that retains it’s coat would be greatly different from a breed that sheds its coat continuously.

Based upon the above what truly seems to be the most appropriate for the health of your pet would be to bring out a line of breed specific supplements. According to Mr. Cusick it would take 52-54 different formulations to produce tablets for 140 different breeds. As previously stated we are only in the investigational stages of discovery regarding this matter and the sheer fact that the cost and marketing headaches would make producing 52-54 different formulations improbable and almost impossible to do. Our focus will most likely be confined to the top 25 breeds as reported by the American Kennel Club (AKC). 

Your patience and understanding of the complications surrounding such an undertaking is most appreciated. Until an appropriate nutritional supplement is available for your pet we at IMS Supplements would encourage you to visit: http://www.wdcusick.com/free.html and the associated links to breed specific information and nutritional requirements. 

At this time we hope that you will find the information here informational and educating. In this busy world where time has become a lost commodity we believe that your pet should not pay the price of corporate greed.

The pet food industry has been turned upside down due to the outbreak of contamination in pet foods. Preparing your pet’s food personally is considered the best option. Please visit the following link and then follow the link to “breed specific nutritional information links” if you want to learn more about your pets actual dietary requirements. http://www.wdcusick.com/free.html

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