Vital Essentials Is Recalling Beef Toppers For Dogs And Cats And Frozen Beef Chub Entree For Dogs

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Vital Essentials is voluntarily recalling two products that may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  The issue was discovered when a single package of product, which was produced on the same day, was collected and tested by FDA for the presence of Salmonella. The Vital Essentials website is still showing their previous recall.

Previous recalls from this Vital Essentials:

February 24, 2018 - Green Bay's Carnivore Meat Company Issues Voluntary Recall of “Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée For Dogs” Pet Food

July 7, 2017 - Dog Food Treat Recall - Vital Essentials Recalls 2 Batches Of Frozen Beef Tripe Products

This was an email sent today, April 16, 2018, to their customers. Please make sure to share this information because not everyone receives emails or the food could have been purchased for someone else.

To Our Vital Essentials Family,

At the heart of everything we do, we believe that every dog and cat in the world deserve the opportunity to have access to the finest food available.  Our core mission is to align ourselves with this belief to ensure that we do everything we can to deliver our products to those who want us or need us, anywhere in the world.   Along with this, we also accept the responsibility of keeping pet parents and other stakeholders in Vital Essentials informed, in real time, to events that may impact them. For this reason, we are reaching out to you today.

As pet Ambassadors, we understand how much you love your pets and want to give them the best of everything possible.  We feel the same way about our four-legged family members, which naturally means our family extends to you and your pets.

It is in this spirit, we are taking extraordinary caution in announcing a voluntary recall for two limited batches of products.  We also want to provide you an update regarding proactive measures we’ve taken and some of the changes already made to continue our culture of excellence.  We know that as our extended family, you’ve come to expect this from us.

We are voluntarily recalling two products that may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  The issue was discovered when a single package of product, which was produced on the same day, was collected and tested by FDA for the presence of Salmonella.

You can identify the products by comparing the following lot numbers and best by dates: “Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers™” with “Lot #13815, Best by 06/04/19 or Best by 06/20/19” and Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Chub Entrée for Dogs, 5 lb.” with “Lot #13816, Best by 12/27/18”.  There are diagrams below to assist you in finding this information.

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1.  Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers™
2.  6 oz.  (170 g) package size
3.  Best by date:  06/04/201906/20/2019
4.  Lot #:  13815
5.  Product UPC:  033211006059

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1.  Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Chub Entrée for Dogs
2.  5 lb. (2.27 kg) package size 
3.  Best by date: 12/27/18
4.  Lot #: 13816
5.  Product UPC:  033211008817

So…what are we doing to enhance the trust and reliability in our products?

Earlier this year, we proactively implemented new test and hold measures to bolster our efforts in delivering a consistent supply of dependable, ultra-premium food and treats for pets all across the world. This means that all batches undergo additional testing by quality assurance and are not released into the market until test results are received and proven safe for resale.

What should you do with these products?

We expect that very few, if any, packages remain in the market.  However, we encourage you to discard any of the products included in this email.  Please be sure to discard products safely in a covered trash receptacle. You may notify your retailer for a replacement or refund.

No other Vital Essentials products are subject to this voluntary recall.

If you have questions, please contact us at 920-370-6542.

 

 


K9 Natural Ltd Voluntarily Recalls K9 Natural Frozen Chicken Feast Raw Dog Food 2.2Lb And 11Lb Bags Because Of Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

This food was imported into the US market 10 months ago. Not sure if anyone has some left but check your bags!

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WASHINGTON - April 13, 2018--()--K9 Natural Ltd is voluntarily recalling four batches of the K9 Natural Frozen Chicken Feast 2.2lb and 11lb bags that were imported into the US market in June 2017 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in humans and animals. Symptoms of infection may include nausea, vomiting, aches, fever, and diarrhea, and may lead to most serious issues such as meningitis and abortion. Healthy people and animals can be infected, and some are more susceptible, including young children, pregnant women, frail or elderly people or others with weakened immune symptoms. Animals that become ill with Listeria monocytogenes could display symptoms similar to humans.

Listeria monocytogenes can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling the products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to the products.

No pet or human illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported to date.

If you have any symptoms after handling the recalled product, please contact your healthcare provider. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The recalled batch numbers are as follows;

K9 Natural Frozen Chicken Feast 2.2lb bags, shipped to distributors in WA, CA, TX, CO and distributed to pet specialty retail stores.

  • Batch number #170517 with an expiration date of 17NOV2018

K9 Natural Frozen Chicken Feast 11lb bags, shipped to distributors in WA, CA, TX, CO, PA and distributed to pet specialty retail stores.

  • Batch number #150517 with an expiration date of 15NOV2018
  • Batch number #160517 with an expiration date of 16NOV2018
  • Batch number #170517 with an expiration date of 17NOV2018

The batch number and expiration dates are stamped in the bottom left on the back of the pack.

Purchasers are encouraged to check the batch code to see if their product was affected. Pet owners who have product matching these batch codes should stop using the product and return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund or replacement. Consumers with questions can contact us at 1 888 345 4680.

At K9 Natural, the safety of our products, pets and customers is paramount and we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality food made of the highest quality ingredients. We are disappointed that this situation has occurred and K9 Natural remain committed to ensuring high levels of product quality and cleanliness right from the farm to the retail store.

Customers with questions may contact the company via phone at 1 888 345 4680, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm PDT & EDT, and Saturday through Sunday, 14 &15 April 2018, 8am-5pm PDT & EDT or email info@k9natural.com.

For all media queries please phone 1 888 345 4680 or email media@k9natural.com.

About K9 Natural

K9 Natural Foods Limited is a New Zealand-based company founded in 2006. We produce high meat diets for dogs and cats and export to over 20 counties around the world. The company sells to distributors in the United States who then sell to predominantly independent pet specialty retailers.

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Contacts

K9 Natural
Nicholas Peters,1 888-345-4680
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Delicious Buttery Pecan Protein Cookies Recipe

Mouth watering, delicious buttery Pecan Protein Cookies! They're buttery, nutty and oh-so-scrumptious! This recipe uses almond flour, but step outside your baking box and try variations. Now stop drooling, and get to baking! This recipe also uses Life's Abundance Plant Protein Powder in Vanilla. Feel chocolatey instead? Substitute the Life's Abundance Plant Protein in Chocolate! These plant protein powders are so versatile. Great in smoothies, great in baking and even as a mix-in to your yogurt. 

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INGREDIENTS:

3 scoops Life’s Abundance Plant Protein
1 c almond flour, quinoa flour or flour of choice
1/3 c chopped pecans
1/4 c honey
1-1/2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 Tbsp. butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 cup milk

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until a cookie-dough-like consistency forms. Add more milk by the tablespoon if needed.

  3. Roll dough into small balls, place on prepared baking sheet and flatten into cookies.

  4. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until edges start to turn golden.

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This recipe yields approximately 12-15 cookies, so think about doubling ingredients for a bigger batch of home-cooked goodness!


J.M. Smucker To Buy Rachael Ray Dog Food Maker Ainsworth Pet Nutrition For About $1.9 Billion

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J. M. Smucker Co said on Wednesday it would buy Rachael Ray Dog food maker Ainsworth Pet Nutrition for about $1.9 billion in cash to strengthen its pet food portfolio, and was exploring options for its U.S. baking business, including a sale. This comes out to approximately US$1.7 billion, after an estimated tax benefit of US$200 million. The transaction, announced April 4, is expected to close early in Smucker's fiscal year beginning May 1, 2018.

The deal increases Smucker’s pet food portfolio to 15 brands.

Smucker’s deal is the latest in a string of acquisitions of pet food companies by traditional processed food makers and comes on the heels of General Mills Inc’s purchase of high-end pet food maker Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc for about $8 billion.

Mars, Cargill and Nestle have also added pet food companies to their portfolio, fighting for a share of the fast-growing $30 billion U.S. pet food market.

U.S. retail pet food sales rose over three times as fast as the 1.2 percent growth in sales of packaged foods last year, according to research firm Euromonitor.
 
"After five generations, our family, in partnership with L Catterton, made the decision to sell Ainsworth Pet Nutrition to The J. M. Smucker Company," said Sean Lang, Executive Chairman of Ainsworth, in a press release.
 
Ainsworth's partnership with Rachael Ray brought celebrity appeal. The privately owned company, which was founded in 1933 as Dad's Pet Care, has virtually doubled sales in the last decade. Rachael Ray's Nutrish brand accounts for about two-thirds to three-quarters of the company's revenue, which is dominated by products for dogs. WalMarts brand, Pure Balance, is also produced by Ainsworth.  The acquisition of Nutrish will significantly expand the Smucker's presence in the premium dry dog food segment within the grocery and mass channels, complementing Smucker's Nature's Recipe brand.

 


FDA Alerts Pet Owners About The Presence Of Thyroid Hormones In Certain Milo’s Kitchen Pet Treats

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FDA.gov - March 27, 2018 (Recall from J.M. Smuckers on March 22, 2018)

The FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about the recall of certain Milo’s Kitchen pet treats after FDA testing found thyroid hormones in products eaten by four dogs that showed symptoms of hyperthyroidism, a disease that is rare in dogs.

The FDA’s evaluation of the test results of Milo’s Kitchen treat samples indicates that the treats contain thyroid hormones in substantial amounts. Consuming these treats can trigger hyperthyroidism in dogs. Hyperthyroidism caused by pet food or treats is generally reversible if the dog stops eating the product containing thyroid hormones, but prolonged consumption may result in permanent heart damage and death.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the presence of thyroid hormones in certain Milo’s Kitchen pet treats manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Company.

Fast Facts

  • The FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about The J.M. Smucker Company’s recall of certain Milo’s Kitchen pet treats after FDA testing found thyroid hormones in products eaten by dogs that showed symptoms of hyperthyroidism, a disease that is rare in dogs.
  • The FDA has investigated reports of three dogs with elevated thyroid levels in their blood that are not attributable to thyroid cancer, which is usually the cause of elevated thyroid hormone levels.
  • Pet food and treats that contain livestock gullets (meat from the throat region of an animal) have the potential to contain thyroid tissue and thyroid hormones. Pets that eat food or treats containing thyroid hormones may develop hyperthyroidism.
  • The FDA is monitoring for reports of any additional pet illnesses associated with products that may contain thyroid tissue and hormones. Consumers can report complaints about this and other pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.

What is the Problem and What is Being Done About It?

The J.M. Smucker Company has initiated a recall of certain Milo’s Kitchen dog treats due to the presence of thyroid hormones. The FDA is issuing this notice in order to make pet owners aware of the firm’s action.

The FDA has received reports of four dogs experiencing symptoms, including excessive thirst, excessive urination, increased appetite, and restlessness. Three of the dogs were tested and had increased concentrations of thyroid hormone in their blood, also known as hyperthyroidism. The fourth dog was not tested, but was suspected to also be suffering from hyperthyroidism. After the pets’ veterinarians ruled out thyroid cancer as the cause, the FDA determined the hyperthyroidism was connected to an external source, such as a food. The FDA’s Vet-LIRN interviewed the dogs’ owners and confirmed that all of the dogs ate at least one of the recalled pet treat products from Milo’s Kitchen. Once the Milo’s Kitchen treats were removed from the dogs’ diets, the hyperthyroidism symptoms resolved.

The recalled products were distributed to retailers nationwide.

The list of recalled products the firm provided to the FDA include:

  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats Steak Grillers Recipe with Angus Steak, 18-ounce bag, UPC 0 7910051822 7, Best If Used By 11/15/2018, Lot #7413
  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats Steak Grillers Recipe with Angus Steak, 18-ounce bag, UPC 0 7910051822 7, Best If Used By 4/26/2019, Lot #7305
  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats Steak Grillers Recipe with Angus Steak, 22-ounce bag, UPC 0 7910051823 4, Best If Used By 4/26/2019, Lot #7305
  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats Steak Grillers Recipe with Angus Steak, 10-ounce bag, UPC 0 7910052776 2, Best If Used By 4/26/19, Lot #7305
  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Grilled Burger Bites with Sweet Potato and Bacon, 15-ounce bag, UPC 0 7910052126 5, Best If Used by 11/19/18, Lot #7417

In previously reported cases of exogenous thyrotoxicosis (hyperthyroidism caused by an external source) in dogs, testing of the food the dogs ate revealed detectable thyroid hormones. Pet food with increased concentrations of thyroid hormones likely contains animal gullets (laryngeal tissue) obtained most often from beef and lamb slaughter establishments used in the manufacture of pet treats and pet food. If a thyroid gland is not completely removed from a gullet and that gullet is then added to pet food or treats, remnant thyroid tissue could be a source of thyroid hormones.

The FDA’s evaluation of the test results of Milo’s Kitchen treat samples indicates that the treats contain thyroid hormones in substantial amounts. Consuming these treats can trigger hyperthyroidism in dogs. Hyperthyroidism caused by pet food or treats is generally reversible if the dog stops eating the product containing thyroid hormones, but prolonged consumption may result in permanent heart damage and death. The FDA has previously issued a Letter to Industry to remind pet food manufacturers and suppliers that any products containing livestock gullet or laryngeal tissue can be a source of thyroid hormones. The FDA has also issued a Letter to Veterinary Professionals to ensure that veterinarians are on the lookout for exogenous thyrotoxicosis.

What Happens to a Pet That Eats Pet Food or Treats Containing Thyroid Hormones?

Pets that eat food containing thyroid hormones may develop hyperthyroidism, a disease that is rare in dogs and usually triggered by thyroid cancer.

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include excessive thirst and urination, weight loss, increased appetite, restlessness, hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, elevated heart rate, rapid and/or labored breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea. Continued exposure to excess thyroid hormones can cause damage to the heart and in some cases, death.

What Do Retailers Need To Do?

Retailers should remove the recalled treats from their shelves and/or website and contact the manufacturer for further instructions. If retailers have records to identify consumers who have purchased the recalled product, the FDA encourages those retailers to contact the consumers to alert them about the product recall.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

Consumers should not feed their pets the recalled lots of Milo’s Kitchen pet treats. Consumers who purchased these products should safely dispose of the treats in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access them, or contact the firm for information about returning the product.

Pet owners who think their pets may be ill from eating treats containing thyroid hormones should contact their veterinarians.

Who Should be Contacted?

People who think their pets have become ill after consuming pet food or treats containing thyroid hormones should contact their veterinarians.

The FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about this and other pet treats or food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.


Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Issues Voluntary Recalls for Darwin’s Brand Dog Food Due To Contamination Salmonella And Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli O128

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What does the FDA have to say about this? See the bottom of this post for the FDA Update.

March 26, 2018 - Darwin’s Natural Pet Products of Tukwila, Wash., a manufacturer of fresh raw meals for dogs, today announced it is voluntarily recalling a total of four lots of products after testing showed that some of the Chicken and Duck with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs may contain Salmonella, and the Turkey with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs sample may contain Salmonella and E. coli O128.  These pathogens can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.

Darwin’s Natural Pet Products are exclusively sold to customers through a subscription service. Customers who purchased the products have been notified of the recall directly by Darwin’s.

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 bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Specifically, E. coli O128 was identified in the contaminated raw turkey pet food product, and is among the most clinically relevant Shiga Toxin Producing E. coli (STEC) in humans.  E. coli O128 causes illness indistinguishable from E. coli O157:H7.  The symptoms include diarrhea, often with bloody stools.

Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death. E. coli O128  is unknown to cause illness in dogs and cats, but infected animals can become carriers of E. coli O128 and transfer the bacteria to the home environment.

The pet food included in the recall is as follows:

  • Natural Selections Chicken with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs, Net wt. 2lbs., Lot #43887, manufacture date 1/30/2018
  • Natural Selections Duck with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs, Net wt. 2lbs., Lot #44147, manufacture date 2/5/2018
  • ZooLogics Chicken Meals with Organic Vegetables for Dogs, Net wt. 2lbs., Lot #44037, manufacture date 2/7/2018
  • ZooLogics Turkey with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs, Net wt. 2lbs., Lot #44127, manufacture date 2/4/2018

According to Gary Tashjian, Darwin’s founder and president, the company has not received any reports of illness in pets who consumed the food to date.

“Most animal-health experts agree that pets are generally not affected by pathogens like Salmonella or E. coli unless they are already ill with some other condition,” said Tashjian. “While we believe the risk to dogs consuming our products is low, we are sensitive to the FDA’s concern for humans who might become exposed to the pathogens through handling the raw meals.”

Mr. Tashjian noted that product labels instruct those preparing the food to follow food-safety guidelines, which direct the cleaning of surfaces and utensils exposed to raw food and washing hands thoroughly after coming into contact with raw food.

Customers who have any of the affected products should dispose of the pet food as regular garbage, and contact Darwin’s for replacement by emailing productsafety@darwinspet.com or by calling 866-832-8319, Monday-Friday, 6am-6pm, Pacific Time; and Saturdays, 7am-3pm, Pacific Time.

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UPDATED: FDA Investigates Pattern of Contamination in Certain Raw Pet Foods Made by Arrow Reliance Inc., Including Darwin’s Natural Pet Products and ZooLogics Pet Food

Update: March 26, 2018

The FDA has detected Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O128 and Salmonella in samples of raw pet foods manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc. The samples were collected by the FDA to determine whether the firm had addressed an ongoing pattern of pathogenic contamination in Darwin’s and ZooLogics raw pet foods.The firm has recalled the affected products, but has not yet issued public notification.

Fast Facts

  • The FDA is alerting pet owners to a history of five recalls of and multiple complaints associated with Darwin’s Natural Selections and Darwin's ZooLogics pet foods, manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc., dba Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, over the period from October 17, 2016 to March 26, 2018. In each instance, the company recalled these products after being alerted to positive findings of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O128, Salmonellaand/or Listeria monocytogenes in samples of their raw pet food products.
  • In its most recent recall, on March 26, 2018, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural recalled ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #43887 and 44037), ZooLogics Turkey with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #44127), and ZooLogics Duck with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs (Lot # 44147) after FDA found that the products tested positive for Salmonella and/or Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.  These products have the potential to cause illness and death in humans and animals. The company states that it only sells its products online through direct-to-consumer sales.
  • Although there are no reports of illnesses currently identified in connection with the most recent recall on March 26, 2018, the FDA has investigated six complaints of illness and/or death in animals that have eaten previously recalled Darwin’s Natural Selections and/or Darwin’s ZooLogics products.
  • Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has notified its customers directly of the recalls, but has so far not issued any public notification announcing this or any of the previous recalls.
  • This issue is of particular public health importance because Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes can make both people and animals sick, and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O128 can cause serious illness in humans.

What is the Problem and What is Being Done About It?

As part of an ongoing investigation into complaints associated with products manufactured by Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural of Tukwila, WA, the FDA announced on February 13, 2018, that samples of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw pet foods tested positive for Salmonella. These raw pet foods included ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs Lot #41957 and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs Lot #41567.

The February 2018 recall was triggered by a complaint of an adult dog that had recurring diarrhea over a nine-month period. The dog tested positive for Salmonella from initial testing by the veterinarian and by follow-up testing by the FDA’s Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN). The Darwin’s Natural raw pet food that the dog had been fed was also positive for Salmonella.

Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural was aware of the dog's illness and the positive results and initiated a recall on February 10, 2018 by directly notifying its customers via email. The firm did not issue a public recall notice.

On March 26, 2018, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural recalled ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #43887 and 44037), ZooLogics Turkey with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #44127), and ZooLogics Duck with Organic Vegetables meals for Dogs (Lot #44147) after FDA testing indicated that the products contained Salmonella and/or Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. These products have the potential to cause illness and death in humans and animals.

Since October 2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has initiated five recalls and had six reported complaints (some referring to more than one animal) associated with their raw pet food products, including the death of one kitten from a severe systemic Salmonella infection. The Salmonella isolated from the kitten was analyzed using whole genome sequencing and found to be indistinguishable from the Salmonella isolated from a closed package from the same lot of Darwin’s Natural cat food that the kitten ate.

In addition to reports of illnesses associated with Salmonella contamination in the products, the FDA is aware of complaints of at least three animals who were reportedly injured by bone shards in the Darwin’s Natural raw pet food products.

Since 2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has recalled the following raw pet food products:

The recalled lot codes and the manufacturing dates are printed directly on the flexible film packages.

Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural initiated each recall of the product lots by notifying customers directly via email. The company states that the raw pet foods are only sold online through direct-to-consumer sales.

This contaminated raw pet food is of particular public health importance because of the potential hazard to both human and animal health. Pets can get sick from SalmonellaListeria monocytogenes, and E. coli O128, but may also be carriers of the bacteria and can infect humans. Pets do not have to be apparently ill to be able to pass Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and E.coli O128 onto their human companions.

Raw pet food is more likely than other types of pet food to contain Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and E. coli O128. Pet owners who choose to feed raw pet food should be aware of the risks associated with these products.

The FDA has a zero-tolerance policy for Salmonella or other pathogenic bacteria in all pet food, meaning the agency will take action, as appropriate, against any pet food found to be contaminated with the harmful bacteria.

What are the Symptoms of Salmonella Infection (Salmonellosis)?

People infected with Salmonella can develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

Pets do not always display symptoms when infected with Salmonella, but signs can include vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, loss of appetite and/or decreased activity level. Pets can pass Salmonella to humans without showing any signs of the illness themselves.

How Soon After Exposure do Salmonellosis Symptoms Appear?

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 6 to 72 hours after infection.

Although not all pets display symptoms when infected, those who do may have symptoms within 72 hours of infection. Pets do not need to display symptoms to be able to pass Salmonella onto their human companions. Once Salmonella gets established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination will continue to spread.

What are the Complications of Salmonellosis?

In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

Who is at Risk of Salmonellosis?

Young children are particularly at risk for salmonellosis if they handle or ingest contaminated pet food or unwashed bowls used to feed the pet food. Very young children may also be exposed by crawling on or otherwise touching contaminated surfaces and put their hands or other objects in their mouth (without handwashing), or have oral contact with an animal that has consumed contaminated pet food, or with that animal’s feces. Once Salmonella gets established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination will continue to spread.

Others at increased risk of serious infection are the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems.

As with humans, dogs and cats who are very young, very old, or have health conditions are particularly at risk for developing salmonellosis. 

What are the Symptoms of Listeria Monocytogenes Infection (Listeriosis)?

Gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhea, fever, and muscle aches are symptoms of infection with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeriosis is not common in pets, and when infected, typical symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting.

Pets can pass Listeria monocytogenes to humans without showing any signs of the illness themselves.

How Soon After Exposure do Listeriosis Symptoms Appear?

Gastroenteritis caused by Listeria monocytogenes has a relatively short incubation period, from a few hours to 2 or 3 days. The severe, invasive form of the illness can have a very long incubation period, estimated to vary from 3 days to 3 months.

Although not all pets display symptoms when infected, those who do may have symptoms within a matter of a few hours, but possibly weeks after infection. Pets do not need to display symptoms to be able to pass Listeria monocytogenes onto their human companions. Once Listeria monocytogenes gets established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination will continue to spread.

What are the Complications of Listeriosis?

Listeriosis can be fatal, especially in certain high-risk groups. In addition, when Listeria monocytogenes infects a woman during pregnancy, it can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature labor, and serious illness or death in newborns.

In severe cases of listeriosis in pets, symptoms include fever, muscular and respiratory signs, abortion, and death.

Who is at Risk of Listeriosis?

High-risk groups include the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and certain chronic medical conditions (such as cancer), and pregnant women.

Very young children are at risk if exposed to Listeria monocytogenes by crawling on or otherwise touching contaminated surfaces and put their hands or other objects in their mouth (without handwashing), or have oral contact with an animal that has consumed contaminated pet food, or with that animal’s feces. Once Listeria monocytogenes gets established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination will continue to spread.

Others at increased risk of serious infection are the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems.

As with humans, dogs and cats who are very young, very old, or have health conditions are at an increased risk for developing listeriosis.

What are the symptoms of E. coli O128 infection?

Most people infected with E. coli O128 can develop nausea or vomiting, diarrhea (often bloody) and abdominal cramps. Most people recover within a week.

Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe, resulting in a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS can occur in people of any age, but is most common in young children under 5 years, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of HUS can include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue and irritability, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, and decreased urination. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and death.

People who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

Currently, there is no evidence that E. coli O128 causes illness in pets, but pets can serve as carriers and pass E. coli O128 to humans.

How Soon After Exposure do E. coli O128 infection symptoms appear?

People usually get sick from E. coli O128 about 2-8 days (average of 3-4 days) after exposure to the contaminated product.

Pets do not need to display symptoms to be able to pass E. coli O128 onto their human companions. Once E. coli O128 gets established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination will continue to spread.

What are the Complications of E. coli O128 infection?

Severe cases of E. coli O128 can result in hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and death.

Currently, there is no evidence that E. coli O128 causes illness in pets.

Who is at Risk for E. coli O128?

People of any age can become infected and this infection can resulted in hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). But young children, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness and HUS.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

Consumers should not feed their pets recalled lots of raw pet food manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc. Consumers who purchased this raw pet food should throw it away. People who think they might have become ill or their pets may be ill from exposure to contaminated raw pet food should talk to their health care providers or veterinarians.

Consumers who had this product in their homes should clean their refrigerator and clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces that the food or pet may have had contact with. Because animals can shed the bacteria when they have bowel movements, it’s particularly important to clean up the animal’s feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed.

Pet owners who opt to feed their pets a raw diet should consult FDA’s Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness from Raw Pet Food.

Who Should be Contacted?

People who think they might have become ill due to exposure to contaminated raw pet food or the feces of pets that have eaten contaminated raw pet food should talk to their health care providers.

Contact your health care provider if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than three days, or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down and you pass very little urine.

People who think their pets have become ill after consuming contaminated raw pet food should contact their veterinarians. Veterinarians who wish to have dogs tested for Salmonella may do so through the Vet-LIRN Network if the pet is from a household with a person infected with Salmonella.

The FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about this and other pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.


Blue Ridge Beef Voluntarily Recalls BRB Complete Raw Pet Food Lot#GA0131 Because of Possible Contamination

Blue Ridge Beef Raw Pet Food Recalled www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

FDA.gov from March 26, 2018

See March 3, 2018 Recall - Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Kitten Grind Raw Pet Food Lot#GA1102 Because of Possible Contamination

See January 13, 2017 Recall - Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Product Because Of Possible Health Risk

Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, GA, is voluntarily recalling lot#GA0131 of BRB Complete raw pet food because of the potential of contamination with Salmonellaand Listeria monocytogenes.
 
The cause of the recall:

This recall was initiated after samples collected and tested by the FDA showed positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. There has been no consumer or pet illnesses in association with this product. Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling this product lot as a commitment to consumer and pet health and safety.

About Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes:

Salmonella and Listeria can cause severe and potentially fatal infection in both the animals consuming the pet food, and the humans that handle the pet food.  There is a 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 surface exposed to these products. Pets can be carriers of the bacteria and infect humans, even if the pets do not appear to be ill. Once Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes gets established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination will continue to spread.

Groups at high risk for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes include the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and certain chronic medical conditions (such as cancer), and pregnant women.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves and their pets for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product or pets that have consumed this product should contact their healthcare provider. Pet owners should contact a veterinarian if their pet shows symptoms. Consumers should also follow the simple handling tips on the package.

Blue Ridge Beef Raw Pet Food Recall March 26  2018 www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

The recalled lot would affect the following states:
Florida
Georgia
South Carolina
Tennessee 
North Carolina

The affected product is sold in two pound chubs that are frozen and are distinguished by the manufacturing codes:
 BRB Complete
 Lot# GA0131
 Manufacturing date: 01/31/2018

The packaging of the product and the location of the lot number is pictured below with the location of the clips on each end of the chub.

What to do:
Consumers are encouraged to check the clips of product to ensure that they possess the affected lot#GA0131. Those who have purchased the above lot of BRB Complete are urged to stop feeding them and return products to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately. Those with questions can email the company at blueridgebeefga@yahoo.com.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.


5 Ways a Puppy Changes Your Life - Happy National Puppy Day!

National Puppy Day www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Is there anything quite as wonderful as puppy breath? I keep reminding myself of this, and all the other happiness-inducing qualities of puppies in general, while mine is attempting once again to gnaw on my fingers even as I write this. But seriously, watching a pupper experience all of his “first things” is a source of joy. And guess what … March 23 just happens to be National Puppy Day, so let’s celebrate!

Dr V's Puppy www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Dr. V's new puppy, Dakota, on his way to his new home

It’s been eight years since we’ve had the pitter-patter of puppy paws in the house, and we’re just a couple of weeks into the process with our poodle mix Dakota. As a vet, I try to warn prospective pet parents that puppies require a significant investment in time and energy. Our memories are kind when it comes to recalling just how much work they can be. Even so, it’s worth every second. In honor of Dakota and National Puppy Day, here’s my list of the Five Ways a Puppy Changes Your Life:

1. Get a Head Start on Spring Cleaning.

Puppies get into everything, and I do mean everything. Dust bunnies under the couch. Shoes you forgot you had. Every little crumb and morsel you missed while you were vacuuming. All the socks you thought you’d lost. The cat’s litterbox. Puppies force you to be very honest with yourself about how good (or not so good) of a housekeeper you’ve been. A few days of that and you’ll be cleaning up more than ever before.

2. You’ll Get in All Your Steps.

One of the benefits of house training a dog is achieving your step count earlier in the day. Going outside every couple of hours means extra moving on your part, especially if you’re taking them on a short walk. And don’t get me started on chasing him around when he finds whatever forbidden item you thought you had hidden well but really hadn’t. Yes, you’re going to be burning all sorts of calories!

3. Better Stock Up on Cleaning Products.

Even if you’re religiously housetraining your pup, accidents are bound to happen. Just like with babies, messiness is part of the puppy bargain. Be sure to check out our pet-safe, family-friendly cleaning product, Bio-Base Floorwash, available on our Pet Care page.

4. Improving Your Agility.

Avoiding the tiny, shark-like puppy teeth provides an excellent opportunity to perfect your lightning-fast reflexes. Pretty soon, you’ll be honing ninja-level quickness almost overnight.

5. Spending Quality Time With Your Vet.

Ever wish you got to see the smiling face of your veterinarian just a little more often? Good news! You’re going to be spending a lot of time shuttling back and forth over the next few months. Bring your favorite Life’s Abundance dog treats to ensure your puppy has a positive outlook on trips to the vet’s office. Want to score some bonus points? Bring cookies for the people too! Positive reinforcement is fun for everyone.

OK, this list might be a bit tongue in cheek, but it does reflect the amount of time you need to be prepared to dedicate to raising a happy, healthy, well-adjusted puppy. As we can all agree, the effort you put in at the beginning is well worth the results! Between your time commitment and a healthy Life’s Abundance diet, your puppy - and my Dakota - are going to be off to the best start possible!

Dr Jessica Vogelsang and Rich and Lisa Jelinek www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Article by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, DVM (here we are with her)


Milo’s Kitchen Dog Treats Recall From J.M. Smuckers Due To Potentially Elevated Levels Of Thyroid Hormone

Milos Kitchen Dog Treats Recalled Stay updated at www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

The J.M. Smucker Company today initiated a limited, voluntary class I recall on specific lot codes of two of its Milo’s Kitchen  dog treats because the products have the potential to contain elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone. Milo's Kitchen dog treats were also recalled in January, 2013.

The following recall notice was provided by J.M. Smucker Company to pet food/treat retailers dated March 22, 2018

Please be advised The J.M. Smucker Company today initiated a limited, voluntary class I recall on specific lot codes of two of its Milo’s Kitchen ® dog treats because the products have the  potential to contain elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone.

The following items and lots are affected by this recall:

  • Milo’s Kitchen Steak Grillers / Steak Grillers Recipe With Angus Steak, 18 oz., UPC #079100518227, best by either Nov. 15, 2018 or April 26, 2019
  • Milo’s Kitchen Steak Grillers / Steak Grillers Recipe With Angus Steak, 22 oz., UPC #079100518234, best by April 26, 2019
  • Milo’s Kitchen Steak Grillers / Steak Grillers Recipe With Angus Steak, 10 oz., UPC #079100527762, best by April 26, 2019
  • Milo’s Kitchen Grilled Burger Bites With Sweet Potato and Bacon, 15 oz., UPC #079100521265, best by Nov. 19, 2018

Milos Kitchen Dog Treats Recall www.HealthyPetPeeps.com
Milos Kitchen Dog Treats Recall www.HealthyPetPeeps.com
Milos Kitchen Dog Treats Recall www.HealthyPetPeeps.com
Milos Kitchen Dog Treats Recall www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Dogs consuming high levels of beef thyroid hormone may exhibit symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate and restlessness. These symptoms may resolve when the consumption of these levels is discontinued. However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or labored breathing. Should these symptoms occur, we recommend pet owners contact their veterinarian immediately.

The FDA informed Smucker of three illness reports and we immediately initiated a voluntary recall of the limited, impacted production.

Consumers who have purchased the specific lots of product listed above should stop feeding it to their dogs. If consumers have questions or would like to receive a refund or coupon for replacement product, they should call us at 1-888-569-6767, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EDT or email us by completing this form.

No other Milo's Kitchen® dog treats, or any other product manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Company, are impacted.

The voluntary recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CONTACT: CONSUMERS: 888-569-6767

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Tired of recalls? Shop for healthy, holistically formulated and never recalled treats here. This company has been serving the pet community since 1999 with no recalls.

Life's Abundance Treats have never been recalled www.HealthyPetPeeps.com


Cat Food Recall - Radagast Pet Food, Inc. Is Recalling One Lot Of Free-Range Chicken And One Lot Of Free-Range Turkey Recipe

Recall from www.RadFood.com 

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Radagast Pet Food, Inc. of Portland, OR is recalling one lot of Free-Range Chicken and one lot of Free-Range Turkey Recipe because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes 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.

This recall includes only the two lots listed below.

Listeria monocytogenes is pathogenic to humans. Healthy people exposed to Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fever. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Listeria monocytogenes can affect animals eating the product. Animals exposed to Listeria monocytogenes can display symptoms such as: diarrhea, fever, muscular or respiratory signs and anorexia. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

No pet or human illnesses have been reported.

The single lot of Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Chicken Lot 62762, BB Date: 10/19/18, was shipped to distributors in May 2017 in CA, MN, OH, OR, PA, and RI. Product has the following
UPC s:

8oz UPC 8 51536 00103 6
16oz UPC 8 51536 00104 3
24oz UPC 8 51536 00105 0

The single lot of Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Turkey, Lot 62926, BB Date: 05/03/19, wasshipped in December 2017 in CA, CO, FL, GA, NY, OH, OR, RI, TX, and WA and sold through
independent pet retail stores. Product has the following UPC s:

8oz UPC 8 51536 00100 5
16oz UPC 8 51536 00101 2
24oz UPC 8 51536 00102 9

Due to Radagast Pet Food’s commitment to safety and quality, Radagast Pet Food is conducting this voluntary recall. The Rad Cat Raw Diet Chicken Lot 62762 was shipped to Distributors in May 2017 and none of this product is in stock with distributors. Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Turkey was shipped in December 2017 and some product may still be for sale through retailers.
The Company was notified by the FDA and the Ohio Department of Agriculture after several tubs of multiple varieties of Rad Cat Raw Diet were purchased and tested. All samples tested negative for E. Coli and Salmonella but two tested positive for Listeria Monocytogenes.

Consumers are encouraged to check the lot codes on any Free-Range Chicken with the Rad Cat old label style with lot code on the lid of the container and any lot codes on Rad Cat Free-Range
Turkey Recipe with lot codes on the bottom of the container. Any products with these lot codes should be returned to the specialty retailer where purchased for a full refund.

Consumers with questions should contact Radagast Pet Food, Inc. at 503-736-4649 Monday-Friday 9:00am 5:00pm or contact us through our website at www.RadFood.com.

Rad Cat Raw Diet Voluntary Recall Notice FAQ

March 20, 2018

What products and lots of Rad Cat Raw Diet are being voluntarily recalled?

Lot Best By
Free-Range Chicken (8oz, 16oz, 24oz) 62762 10/19/18
Free-Range Turkey Recipe (8oz, 16oz, 24oz) 62926 5/3/19

Where can I find the lots and best by dates?

The Lot Code for the Chicken product can be found on the lid of the container.
The Lot Code for the Turkey product can be found on the bottom of the container.

Why were these products recalled?

The FDA is reporting Listeria monocytogenes was found in one Lot of Free-Range Chicken Rad Cat one Lot of Free-Range Turkey Recipe. We are recalling the entire lots of these products out
of an abundance of caution. There have been no reports of illness in humans or in pets related to these Lots. No other Rad Cat products or Lots are involved in the recall. This recall is being
conducted with full knowledge of the FDA.

What is Listeria?

There are many types of Listeria, of which Listeria monocytogenes is only one. It is very commonly found in the environment, mostly outdoors, in soil and even in our homes, as it is easily carried in on the soles of our shoes and the feet of our cats and dogs. Sometimes it can be found in processing environments and on many agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables and even on raw meat ingredients, poultry and fish.

How did Rad Cat get Listeria in their products?

Unfortunately, raw meat can harbor bacteria, especially poultry. The USDA actually has tolerance levels for pathogens in meat and poultry intended for human consumption. The raw diets that are purchased from raw manufacturers actually have a much lower likelihood of containing pathogens than meat purchased from the supermarket. Many raw food manufacturers employ intervention steps and testing for their products (like we do here, at Rad Cat) but sometimes it may not be enough.

What should I do if I believe my pet has been exposed to the recalled product?

It is very unlikely that any pets will contract illness from Listeria. The symptoms are very similar to those that occur in humans, such as: vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and fever. If any of these symptoms present themselves in your pet, please contact your veterinarian.

Does this mean my cat is going to get Listeria poisoning?

While we would like to give a black and white yes or no , we can say that it is highly unlikely. Cats have very acidic digestive systems that actually kill bacteria or make it so they cannot proliferate there. Cats are exposed to extremely high levels of bacteria every day and they are designed by Nature to tolerate high bacterial loads that would make humans ill. They live very close to the ground and pick up considerable bacteria on their paws, which they lick frequently. The chances of a cat becoming sick from bacteria found in frozen, raw food, is highly unlikely.

Cats very rarely get listeriosis and typically don t show signs of disease, even if they are carriers.

Our best advice is to watch your kitty and if you see any symptoms that could be illness from Listeria and if you have fed these lots, we encourage you to seek veterinary treatment right away.

Is Listeriosis common in cats and what are the symptoms?

No in fact, it is a very infrequent occurrence. The symptoms of Listeriosis can mimic other illnesses, such as viral infections and gastroenteritis from other causes. Because cats have a very acidic digestive system, bacteria is often neutralized or cannot proliferate in such a hostile environment.

This bacteria can be present in our pets environment and they could be exposed to it on a regular basis, especially if they go outside. Most Listeria Monocytogenes found in homes is carried in
on the soles of our shoes from the out of doors. There are also many other organisms that we track in to our homes that our felines walk through and then lick their paws.

However, there are some cats that can have compromised immune functions, for a variety of reasons, and can become ill. Some cats that have a higher stomach pH can also be more susceptible.

The symptoms associated with this illness are very similar to those that would present in humans, which can include diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Doesn’t all raw pet food have the risk of containing pathogens?

Every type of food contains some risk, which includes raw diets. We have always done the very best we can to avoid the presence of pathogens in any of our products, but bacteria can be naturally present in any raw food. The FDA recognizes only two official kill-steps , which are cooking and irradiation. All other steps, such as HPP, are only intervention steps, which are designed to reduce risk of pathogens in products, such as raw meat. So, unless a product has undergone a cooking step or irradiation, it has the potential to contain pathogens. But sometimes even the cooking step doesn’t work efficiently enough, as there have been many recalls for dry food that have been contaminated with salmonella and/or listeria.

What is Rad Cat doing to make sure their foods are safe?

We have always made the safety of our products our number one concern. That is why we have added high pressure processing to our poultry products.

All of our meats are rinsed with ozonated water, which is a very effective anti-microbial treatment (for example, many fish processors use it to extend the shelf life of their products).

Ozone is also used in our processing environment for cleaning and sanitation. It is used by many processors for this purpose and is extremely effective.

All of our ingredients are the very same that are intended for human consumption and we test raw materials from suppliers.

We operate our own manufacturing plant, where we make all of our products. We operate our plant under the same guidelines for human food facilities, which includes a strong QA/QC plan, environmental and product testing programs. We use a HACCP safety system, that is recognized by the USDA and FDA as preventive approach to food safety, which helps us comply with their
guidelines.

Please visit our website at http://radfood.com/education/safety_and_quality for more information about our product safety.

What should I do if I have any of the products that are being recalled?

Please return recalled products to the retailer so they can be disposed of in a secure garbage receptacle. For refund claims, fill out all sections of our Consumer Claims Form which can be found at the retailer where you purchased the recalled product. Fill out the form and give it to the retailer where you purchased the product, along with a proof of purchase, for a refund.

Return this form only to the retailer where the purchase was made, not to Radagast Pet Food, Inc.

Consumers may call Radagast Pet Food, Inc. for assistance in filling out the Claim Form.

If you purchased any of the recalled from an online retailer, contact that retailer for assistance with your refund claim.

More information about this recall can be found at www.RadFood.com or call 503-736-4649 Monday through Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm PST.

What about lot numbers that are not on the list? Can I return these?

We have no reason to believe that any lots other than those currently being voluntarily recalled are affected. We will provide refunds for all lots associated with this recall will honor our 100%
product guarantee for other lots, if customers cats will not eat the product.

How did the contamination of the recalled Rad Cat Raw Diet products occur?

Raw meat and poultry can contain pathogens, such as Listeria. This contamination can occur at the time of slaughter and be present on the meats and poultry when they enter our plant. There
are tolerance levels for these pathogens in the human food chain, but no tolerance for raw pet food. That is why we have a comprehensive testing program and take intervention steps such as
HPP and use ozone in our processing and sanitation.

As of this time, we have no definitive answer as to how these bacteria were found in our products. All of our testing with an independent third party lab has revealed clean results, which
includes a comprehensive sampling of our food processing environment.

Doesn’t HPP kill Listeria?

High Pressure Processing at 87,000 psi has been proven to rupture the cell walls of E.coli, Salmonella and Listeria species. However, it is not recognized by the FDA as an official kill step for raw pet food. We are currently investigating how these organisms could have been found in our products.

If I have more questions, who do I ask?

You can contact us directly through email at info@RadFood.com or call us at 503-736-4649 from 9:00am 5:00pm PST. We have very limited staff, so if you get voicemail, please leave a message. If you email, we will respond as soon as we possibly can. We always respond to our customers and will respond to every message in the order in which they are received.

Retail stores that carry our products will also be notified of this recall and can assist you with obtaining a credit for recalled product, as well.


Lawsuit Filed For Heavy Metals And BPA Found In Orijen And Acana From Champion Pet Food

Consumers in California, Minnesota, and Florida are suing Champion Pet Food for “False Advertising”, violations of “feed law”, and numerous other charges. The lawsuit includes results of heavy metal testing and includes results that this dry dog food contains BPA – a chemical typically not associated with dry/kibble pet foods.

Orijen And Acana Lawsuit Filed www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

You can read the lawsuit here - https://www.locklaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-03-01-Acana-and-Orijen-Complaint-Concerning-Heavy-Metals-and-BPA-Contaminants-Reitman-v-Champion-PetFoods-USA.pdf


A Delicious Way To Start Your Morning! Life's Abundance Plant Protein Powder And Greens Blend.

Life's Abundance Plant Protein Powder and Greens Blend www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Have you tried these yet? Our Vanilla Protein Powder and Greens Blend make a yummy addition to our morning protein shakes. We also add Almond Milk, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, frozen bananas, pineapples and avocados (yes, they now sell them frozen and perfect). Delicious!

Pick yours up here.

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Redbarn Pet Products Expands Voluntary Recall Of Dog Chews And Includes Redbarn, Chewy Louie, Good Lovin' and Dentley's Brand

Redbarn Dog Chews Recall Expanded www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

The recall is limited to specific lots of the following brands distributed from March 2017 through February 2018:

  • Redbarn
  • Chewy Louie
  • Good Lovin’
  • Dentley’s Brand

The supplier’s raw material was used to produce the Redbarn, Chewy Louie, Dentley’s and Good Lovin’ brand products listed below with best-buy dates ending in BC.

In total, 24 SKUs are affected.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide in pet specialty and grocery retail stores.

Affected products are listed below and have best by dates ending in BC.

All lots of Redbarn, Chewy Louie, Dentley’s and Good Lovin’ brand products listed below with best by dates ending in BC are included in this expanded recall. View all product pictures here.

The supplier’s raw materials were used to produce each of these products:

Redbarn Brand

  • 205001 Redbarn 5″ Bully Stick
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 785184205006
  • 207001 Redbarn 7″ Bully Stick
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 785184207000
  • 207016 Redbarn 7″ Bully Stick 6pk
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 785184207161
  • 209001 Redbarn 9″ Bully Stick
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 785184209004
  • 230001 Redbarn 30″ Bully Stick
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 785184230015
  • 236001 Redbarn 36″ Bully Stick
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 785184236017
  • 245002 Redbarn Steer Stick 6pk
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 785184245026
  • 245010 Redbarn 5″ Steer Stick 10pk
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 785184245101
  • 247000 Redbarn 7″ Steer Stick
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 785184247006
  • 251005 Redbarn 7″ Bully Stick 3pk
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 785184251058
  • 290091 Redbarn 9″ Bully 1-lb bag
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 785184290095
  • C207001 Redbarn 7″ Bully
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 785184207017
  • C207016 Redbarn 7″ Bully Stick 6pk
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 785184207062
  • C236001 Redbarn 36″ Bully Stick
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 785184236116

Chewy Louie Brand

  • 807101 Chewy Louie 7″ Bully Stick
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 785184807019

Good Lovin’ Brand

  • 2729250 Good Lovin’ 10pk Steer
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 800443272732
  • 2729381 Good Lovin’ 6pk Bully Stick
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 800443272862
  • 2729410 Good Lovin’ 7″ Bully Stick
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 800443272893
  • 2729461 Good Lovin’ 5″ Bully Stick
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 800443272947
  • 2729532 Good Lovin’ XL Bully
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 800443273012
  • 207004 Prime Cuts 7″ Bully Stick
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 800443104798
  • 207005 Time for Joy Holiday 7″ Bully
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 800443287781
  • 207013 Prime Cuts 7″ Bully 3pk
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 800443120446

Dentley’s Brand

  • 920068 Dentley’s 7″ Bully Stick
    Best By Code Ending: BC
    UPC: 737257479852

Raw Basics, LLC. Recalls Tucker’s 5lb Pork-Bison Box Due To Possible Salmonella Health Risk - Pet Food Recall

Raw Basics pet food recalls 540 pounds of pork-bison pet food.

Stay updated on recalls www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

The following press release was provided by Raw Basics:

Raw Basics, LLC. of Pleasant Prairie, WI is recalling 540lb of 5lb Pork-Bison Boxes because it has the potential to 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 bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

This recall is being issued after our firm was notified by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture of the positive Salmonella finding. Product affected was isolated to 1 lot of 540 lbs (108 boxes) and distributed to distributors in Minnesota, Georgia, Kansas, and Pennsylvania. These products were sold at pet specialty retail stores. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Product is packaged in 5lb Frozen Boxes labeled Tucker’s Pork-Bison-Formula.

Raw Basics Tuckers Recall www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Raw Basics tests all batches of products for all pathogens in a hold and release program before releasing for shipping.

Consumers who have purchased Tucker’s 5lb Pork-Bison Boxes are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-219-3650.


FDA Alerts Pet Owners About Potential Pentobarbital Contamination in Canned Dog Food Manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Company, Including Certain Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy, And Skippy Products

The FDA updated this info on March 2, 2018 below. The original recall info was February 15, 2018 (here).

Update: March 2, 2018

The FDA has informed J.M. Smucker that the firm’s action to remove products from the marketplace is now considered a recall. The FDA based this decision on a test by the firm confirming the presence of pentobarbital in the tallow ingredient used in the affected products.

The FDA is continuing its investigation and has collected finished product samples for testing that is currently pending. While the firm and FDA testing was pending, the FDA agreed to allow the firm to withdraw products from the marketplace because it was the quickest way to remove potentially adulterated product. However, now that the firm has verified that the products contain pentobarbital, an illegal substance in pet food at any amount, the firm has agreed to continue to remove product under the voluntarily recall process. The FDA will share more information as it becomes available.

Fast Facts

  • The FDA is alerting pet owners about potential pentobarbital contamination in certain canned dog foods manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Company.
  • After learning about positive pentobarbital results in certain cans of Gravy Train dog food, J.M. Smucker initiated a withdrawal of various canned dog food products from its Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy brands.
  • The FDA’s preliminary evaluation of the testing results of Gravy Train samples indicates that the low level of pentobarbital present in the withdrawn products is unlikely to pose a health risk to pets. However, pentobarbital should never be present in pet food and products containing any amount of pentobarbital are considered to be adulterated.
  • The FDA is monitoring for reports of any pet illnesses associated with pentobarbital contamination in these products. Consumers can report complaints about this and other pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.

What is the Problem and What is Being Done About It?

The J.M. Smucker Company has initiated a withdrawal of certain canned dog food products from its Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy brands due to the potential for pentobarbital contamination. The firm is withdrawing all lots of these products that were manufactured from 2016 through the present. The FDA is issuing this notice in order to make pet owners aware of the firm’s action.

The FDA requested from J.M. Smucker a comprehensive list of withdrawn products, regardless of when they were produced. The FDA received the following list from the firm on February 16, 2018, and promptly released it to the public. The agency became aware of reports of other products also subject to withdrawal and requested clarification from J.M. Smucker, which has assured the agency that the list provided below covers all withdrawn products.

The withdrawn products were distributed to retailers nationwide.

The list of withdrawn products the firm provided to the FDA include:

  • Gravy Train with T-Bone Flavor Chunks, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910052541
  • Gravy Train with Beef Strips, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 791052542
  • Gravy Train with Lamb & Rice Chunks, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910052543
  • Gravy Train with Chicken Chunks, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910034418
  • Gravy Train with Beef Chunks, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910034417
  • Gravy Train with Chicken Chunks, 22-ounce can, UPC 7910051645
  • Gravy Train with Beef Chunks, 22-ounce can, UPC 7910051647
  • Gravy Train Chunks in Gravy with Beef Chunks, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910034417
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits 12-can Variety Pack – Chef’s Choice American Grill Burger Dinner with Real Bacon & Cheese Bits in Gravy, Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Turkey Bacon & Vegetables in Gravy, 12 pack of 13.2-ounce cans, UPC 7910010377, 7910010378
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits 12-Can Variety Pack – Chef’s Choice Bistro Hearty Cuts with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy, Chef’s Choice Homestyle Meatballs & Pasta Dinner with Real Beef in Tomato Sauce, 12 pack of 13.2-ounce cans, UPC 7910010382, 7910048367, 7910010378
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits 12-Can Variety Pack – Chef’s Choice Homestyle Tender Slices with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy, Chef’s Choice American Grill Burger Dinner with Real Bacon & Cheese Bits in Gravy, Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Beef & Vegetables in Gravy, 12 pack of 13.2-ounce cans, UPC 7910010380, 7910010377, 7910010375
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Beef & Vegetables in Gravy, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910010375
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Turkey, Bacon & Vegetables in Gravy, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910010378
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits Chef’s Choice Homestyle Tender Slices with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910010380
  • Ol’ Roy Strips Turkey Bacon, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 8113117570
  • Skippy Premium Chunks in Gravy Chunky Stew, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 79100502469
  • Skippy Premium Chunks in Gravy with Beef, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910050250
  • Skippy Premium Strips in Gravy with Beef, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910050245

Recall of Smuckers Pet Foods www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Pentobarbital is a barbiturate drug that is most commonly used in animals as a sedative, anesthetic, or for euthanasia. The FDA’s preliminary evaluation of the testing results of Gravy Train samples indicates that the low level of pentobarbital present in the withdrawn products is unlikely to pose a health risk to pets. However, any detection of pentobarbital in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act—simply put, pentobarbital should not be in pet food . The FDA is investigating to learn the potential source and route of the contamination.

What Happens to a Pet That Eats Pet Food Containing Pentobarbital?

Pets that eat pet food containing pentobarbital can experience drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner) and inability to stand. Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death. However, pentobarbital present in the withdrawn products is at a low level unlikely to pose a health risk to pets.

What Do Retailers Need To Do?

Retailers should remove the withdrawn pet food from their shelves and/or website and contact the manufacturer for further instructions. If retailers have records to identify consumers who have purchased the withdrawn product, the FDA encourages those retailers to contact the consumers to alert about the product withdrawal.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

Consumers should not feed their pets the withdrawn lots of J.M. Smucker pet food. Consumers who purchased these products should safely dispose of the cans and/or contact the firm for information about returning the product.

Pet owners who think their pets may be ill from eating food contaminated with pentobarbital should contact their veterinarians.

Who Should be Contacted?

People who think their pets have become ill after consuming pet food contaminated with pentobarbital should contact their veterinarians.

The FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about this and other pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.


Steve’s Real Food Voluntarily Recalls Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

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March 2, 2018 –Steve’s Real Food of Salt Lake City, Utah is voluntarily recalling one lot of 5lb Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.

Symptoms of infection in people include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The potentially affected lot of 5lb. frozen turkey nuggets were distributed to retail pet food stores in states of CA, CO, CT, IA, KS, FL, MD, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, and WA. Fifty two cases of this product was distributed between 6/27/17 – 7/15/17.

The affected product was sold frozen in 5lb bags. Those bags affected by this recall are identified with the following UPC codes and the “Best by” date located on the bag.

LOT # UPC Best By Date
E 178 6-91730-15303-8 09/27/18

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This recall is being initiated after the firm was notified by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture that a retail sample was collected and tested positive for Salmonella.
No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date. However, because of their commitment to overall safety and quality, Steve’s Real Food is conducting a voluntary recall of this product. Consumers should also follow the safe handling tips published on the Steve’s Real Food packaging, when disposing of the affected product.

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This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers are encouraged to check the lot code of any 5lb frozen turkey nuggets. Any product with the noted lot code should be returned to the specialty retailer where product was purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Steve’s Real Food at 888-526-1900, Monday – Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm MTN.

 


Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Kitten Grind Raw Pet Food Lot#GA1102 Because of Possible Contamination

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Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, GA, is recalling lot#GA1102 of Kitten Grind raw pet food because of the potential of contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
The cause of the recall:

This recall was initiated after the FDA received a complaint of two kitten deaths, including one death which was confirmed to be caused by Salmonella septicemia. Subsequent testing by the FDA of Kitten Grind Lot#GA1102 revealed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

About Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes:

Salmonella and Listeria can cause severe and potentially fatal infection in both the animals consuming the pet food, and the humans that handle the pet food. There is a 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 surface exposed to these products. Pets can be carriers of the bacteria and infect humans, even if the pets do not appear to be ill. Once Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes gets established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination will continue to spread.

Groups at high risk for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes include the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and certain chronic medical conditions (such as cancer), and pregnant women.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves and their pets for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product or pets that have consumed this product should contact their healthcare provider. Pet owners should contact a veterinarian if their pet shows symptoms. Consumers should also follow the simple handling tips on the package.

The lot contains 20 cases or 300 chubs of product and would affect the following states:

Texas
Georgia
South Carolina
Tennessee
North Carolina

The affected product is sold in two pound chubs that are frozen and are distinguished by the manufacturing codes:

Kitten Grind
Lot# GA1102
Manufacturing date: 11/02/2017

The packaging of the product and the location of the lot number is pictured below with the location of the clips on each end of the chub.

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What to do:

Consumers are encouraged to check the clips of product to ensure that they possess the affected lot#GA1102. Those who have purchased the above lot of Kitten Grind are urged to stop feeding them and return products to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately. Those with questions can email the company at blueridgebeefga@yahoo.com.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration. Original FDA.gov recall here. https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm599261.htm

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TruPet, LLC Issues Voluntary Recall of Certain "Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight" Pet Treats

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FDA.gov recall 2/23/18

TruPet, LLC of Milford, OH, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight, 2.5oz Pet treats because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall includes only the product listed below.
The following affected "Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight" products were distributed in the continental USA via online retailer Chewy.com and TruDog.com through direct delivery:

Affected product can be identified by comparing the following lot number: "Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight" with "Lot # 20190514 13753".

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No products other than the specific product identified above are subject to this voluntary recall.
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 bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The recall is being issued in an abundance of caution following the Michigan Department of Agriculture’s collection of a retail sample from a single batch which tested positive. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight are urged to return effected product to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may call the company at 800-476-8808 for additional information.

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Northwest Naturals Voluntarily Recalls 5lb Frozen Chicken Andnd Salmon Pet Food Chubs Because of Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Health Risk

FDA.gov recall 2/23/18

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Northwest Naturals of Portland, Oregon is recalling 5lb frozen Chicken and Salmon petfood chubs because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes 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.
Listeria monocytogenes is pathogenic to humans. Healthy people exposed to Lm should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fever.

Pets with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) can affect animals eating the product. There is the possibility of risk to humans from handling product that is positive for Listeria monocytogenes especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after and if they have made contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to the product.

Product was 1 isolated batch of 94 cases distributed to distributors in California, Washington, Texas, Michigan, Georgia, and Rhode Island and sold thru specialty pet retail stores.

Product is packaged in 5lb frozen chubs labeled Chicken and Salmon Dog Food with a UPC code of 0 87316 38440 6 and a product best buy date code of 15 082218

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No pet or human illnesses have been reported to date. The product passed lab testing on 12-22-2016 and was sold over 1 year ago to distributors listed above, on or before 1-23-2017. Reports from distributors indicate there is no product at any distributors.

The company was notified on 2-21-2018 by FDA and the Michigan Dept if Agriculture. Michigan bought 1 chub at a Michigan specialty pet store and tested the sample which was negative for e coli, salmonella, and positive for Listeria moncytogenes. The company tests all batches of products for all pathogens in a positive release program before releasing for shipping. The company tests over 600 batches of product per week. The company is a dual jurisdiction facility regulated by USDA-FSIS every day on every shift and FDA. The company does dual lab testing several times per month matching USDA- FSIS lab samples and comparing results.

Consumers are encouraged to check the lot code on any 5lb frozen Chicken and Salmon chubs. Any product with the noted lot code should return product to the specialty retailer where purchased for full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Northwest Naturals at 1-866-637-1872, Monday-Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm PST or go to www.nw-naturals.net

 

 


Green Bay's Carnivore Meat Company Issues Voluntary Recall of “Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée For Dogs” Pet Food

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Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, WI, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount, 73 cases, of “Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs” pet food because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Provided by Vital Essentials pet food…

Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, WI, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount, 73 cases, of “Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs” pet food because the products
have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall includes only the product listed below.

The following affected “Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs” product was distributed in the continental USA through independent retailers and via online retailers
Chewys.com and Amazon.com through direct delivery:

Affected products can be identified by comparing the following lot numbers: “Vital EssentialsFreeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs” with “Lot #13753”.

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No products other than the specific product identified above are subject to this voluntary recall.

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 bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and
fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers
exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected
but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The recall is being issued in an abundance of caution following the Michigan Department of Agriculture’s collection of a retail sample from a single batch which tested positive. There have
been no reports of illness.

Consumers who have purchased Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs in a 1 lb. bag are urged to return effected product to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers
with questions may call the company at 920-370-6542 for additional information.


Blue Buffalo Bought By General Mills

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It was bound to happen, another big conglomerate got into the pet food game. This time it's General Mills buying Blue Buffalo for approximately US$8 billion, or US$40 per share in cash.

I have never been a Blue Buffalo fan. They've been riddled with recalls for years and I still remember when they told all those mom and pop stores (who really built this food for them), they would always stay with them and not go into big box stores. Sure enough, they entered the market with PetsMart and PetCo and of course Chewy. Chewy is now owned by PetsMart...another sell out. On top of everything, Blue Buffalo recently announced they'd sell their lower foods in Walmart as a gateway to have people buy their foods and upgrade to their other foods. Blue Buffalo also just got out of a battle with Purina. 

Here's a sampling of Blue Buffalo in the news -February 28, 2017, February 13, 2017May 31, 2016, November 25, 2015November 8, 2015October 8, 2010

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Recall Expansion Smokehouse Pet Products Inc. Recalls All Lots Of “Beefy Munchies” Sold Nationwide Because Of Possible Salmonella Contamination

February 15, 2018 Recall Expanded. FDA.gov

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Smokehouse Pet Products, Inc. of Sun Valley, CA is recalling all sizes and package types of dog treats labeled as “Beefy Munchies,” because it has the potential to 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 bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Beefy Munchies” was distributed nationwide through distributors selling to various retailers.

The product comes in individual bags, resealable bags and plastic tubs. The plastic tub will be labeled “Beefy Bites.” All sizes and packaging types will include a UPC code, lot number, and a best used by date of stamped on the back.

The current recall is expanded to include all “Beefy Munchies.”

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine sampling and testing by the Colorado Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two 4-oz packages of “Beefy Munchies.”

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Smokehouse Beef Munchies Recall www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Any consumers who have purchased “Beefy Munchies” should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Smokehouse Pet Products, Inc. at 1-877-699-7387, Monday through Friday 7am-3:30pm PST.

Link to Original Recall

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Smucker's Recalls Limited Varieties Of Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Skippy Wet Dog Food And Ol Roy Canned And Wet Dog Foods

Official FDA.gov recall

The J.M. Smucker Company is initiating a voluntary withdrawal of a limited quantity of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, and Skippy Wet Dog Food and Ol Roy products after learning specific SKUs did not meet our specifications because a minor ingredient may contain low levels of pentobarbital.

Smucker's states that this recalls is "after learning specific SKUs did not meet our specifications because a minor ingredient may contain low levels of pentobarbital. This is not a threat to pet safety. Although the extremely low levels do not present a health or safety risk, their presence in our products is not acceptable to us."

WOW! Low levels...not a threat. Now they are trying to make it like this is OK. Ok for who? The poor dogs that eat the food? Why are you taking a chance with your pets?

The products affected by this recall are listed below. 

Gravy Train canned/wet dog food• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with T-Bone Flavor Chunks (UPC: 7910052541)• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Beef Strips (UPC: 7910052542)
• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Lamb and Rice Chunks (UPC: 7910052543)• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Beef Chunks (UPC: 7910034417)• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Chicken Chunks (UPC: 7910034418)• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chunks in Gravy Stew (UPC: 7910051933)• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chicken, Beef & Liver Medley (UPC: 7910051934)• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chunks in Gravy with Beef Chunks (UPC: 7910034417)

• Gravy Train 22 oz. with Chicken Chunks (UPC: 7910051645)

• Gravy Train 22 oz. with Beef Chunks (UPC: 7910051647)

Kibbles ‘N Bits canned/wet dog food

• Kibbles N Bits 13.2 oz. Burger Bacon Cheese and Turkey Bacon Vegetable Variety 12-Pack (UPC: 7910010377; 7910010378)

• Kibbles N Bits 13.2 oz. Beef, Chicken, Vegetable, Meatball Pasta and Turkey Bacon Vegetable Variety Pack (UPC: 7910010382; 7910048367; 7910010378)

• Kibbles N Bits 13.2 oz. Beef, Chicken, Vegetable, Burger Bacon Cheese and Beef Vegetable Variety Pack (UPC: 7910010380; 7910010377; 7910010375)

• Kibbles N Bits 13.2 oz. Wet Variety Pack (UPC: 791001037; 7910048367)

• Kibbles N Bits 13.2 oz. Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Beef & Vegetable in Gravy (UPC: 7910010375)

• Kibbles N Bits 13.2 oz. Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Turkey, Bacon & Vegetable in Gravy (UPC: 7910010378)

• Kibbles N Bits 13.2 oz. Chef’s Choice Homestyle Tender Slices with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy (UPC: 7910010380)

Skippy canned/wet dog food

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Select Cuts in Gravy with Beef & Bone Marrow (UPC: 7910071860)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Select Cuts with Burgers & Cheese Bits (UPC: 7910050243)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy with Smoky Turkey & Bacon (UPC: 7910050246)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy with Beef & Chicken (UPC: 7910050247)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy 3 in 1 Chicken, Beef & Liver (UPC: 7910050248)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy Chunky Stew (UPC: 7910050249)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Strips in Gravy with Chicken (UPC: 7910050244)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy with Beef (UPC: 7910050250)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Strips in Gravy with Beef (UPC: 7910050245)

Ol’ Roy canned/wet dog food• Ol’ Roy 13.2 oz. Turkey Bacon Strips (UPC: 8113117570)
 
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The ingredients in these foods have never been classified as anywhere near premium foods for dogs. Big companies simply don't care. They continue to be repeat offenders and know that a large chunk of people never hear about recalls. The brands are removed from store shelves, replaced with new and the public goes on purchasing. Sad, but true.
 
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FDA Investigates Pattern of Contamination in Certain Raw Pet Foods Made by Arrow Reliance Inc., Including Darwin’s Natural Pet Products And ZooLogics Pet Food

FDA Investigation - Story at  www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

FDA UPDATE MARCH 26, 2018 (Complete Details from FDA site)

The FDA has detected Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O128 and Salmonella in samples of raw pet foods manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc. The samples were collected by the FDA to determine whether the firm had addressed an ongoing pattern of pathogenic contamination in Darwin’s and ZooLogics raw pet foods.The firm has recalled the affected products, but has not yet issued public notification.

 

Fast Facts

  • The FDA is alerting pet owners to a history of five recalls of and multiple complaints associated with Darwin’s Natural Selections and Darwin's ZooLogics pet foods, manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc., dba Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, over the period from October 17, 2016 to March 26, 2018. In each instance, the company recalled these products after being alerted to positive findings of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O128, Salmonellaand/or Listeria monocytogenes in samples of their raw pet food products.
  • In its most recent recall, on March 26, 2018, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural recalled ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #43887 and 44037), ZooLogics Turkey with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #44127), and ZooLogics Duck with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs (Lot # 44147) after FDA found that the products tested positive for Salmonella and/or Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.  These products have the potential to cause illness and death in humans and animals. The company states that it only sells its products online through direct-to-consumer sales.
  • Although there are no reports of illnesses currently identified in connection with the most recent recall on March 26, 2018, the FDA has investigated six complaints of illness and/or death in animals that have eaten previously recalled Darwin’s Natural Selections and/or Darwin’s ZooLogics products.
  • Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has notified its customers directly of the recalls, but has so far not issued any public notification announcing this or any of the previous recalls.
  • This issue is of particular public health importance because Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes can make both people and animals sick, and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O128 can cause serious illness in humans.

What is the Problem and What is Being Done About It?

As part of an ongoing investigation into complaints associated with products manufactured by Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural of Tukwila, WA, the FDA announced on February 13, 2018, that samples of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw pet foods tested positive for Salmonella. These raw pet foods included ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs Lot #41957 and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs Lot #41567.

The February 2018 recall was triggered by a complaint of an adult dog that had recurring diarrhea over a nine-month period. The dog tested positive for Salmonella from initial testing by the veterinarian and by follow-up testing by the FDA’s Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN). The Darwin’s Natural raw pet food that the dog had been fed was also positive for Salmonella.

Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural was aware of the dog's illness and the positive results and initiated a recall on February 10, 2018 by directly notifying its customers via email. The firm did not issue a public recall notice.

On March 26, 2018, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural recalled ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #43887 and 44037), ZooLogics Turkey with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #44127), and ZooLogics Duck with Organic Vegetables meals for Dogs (Lot #44147) after FDA testing indicated that the products contained Salmonella and/or Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. These products have the potential to cause illness and death in humans and animals.

Since October 2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has initiated five recalls and had six reported complaints (some referring to more than one animal) associated with their raw pet food products, including the death of one kitten from a severe systemic Salmonella infection. The Salmonella isolated from the kitten was analyzed using whole genome sequencing and found to be indistinguishable from the Salmonella isolated from a closed package from the same lot of Darwin’s Natural cat food that the kitten ate.

In addition to reports of illnesses associated with Salmonella contamination in the products, the FDA is aware of complaints of at least three animals who were reportedly injured by bone shards in the Darwin’s Natural raw pet food products.

Since 2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has recalled the following raw pet food products:

The recalled lot codes and the manufacturing dates are printed directly on the flexible film packages.

Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural initiated each recall of the product lots by notifying customers directly via email. The company states that the raw pet foods are only sold online through direct-to-consumer sales.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with Washington Department of Agriculture, is investigating a pattern of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination in raw pet foods manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc.

From the FDA site -

Fast Facts

  • The FDA is alerting pet owners to a history of four recalls of and multiple complaints associated with Darwin’s Natural and ZooLogics pet foods, manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc., dba Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, over the period from October 17, 2016 to February 10, 2018. In each instance, the company recalled these products after being alerted to positive findings of Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes in samples of their raw pet food products.
  • In its most recent recall, on February 10, 2018, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural recalled ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41957) and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41567) because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella and therefore have the potential to cause salmonellosis in humans and animals. The company states that it only sells its products online through direct-to-consumer sales.
  • The FDA has investigated six complaints of illness and death in animals that have eaten the recalled products.
  • Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has notified its customers directly of the recalls, but has so far not issued any public notification announcing this or any of the previous recalls.
  • This issue is of particular public health importance because Salmonella can make both people and animals sick.

What is the Problem and What is Being Done About It?

As part of an ongoing investigation into complaints associated with products manufactured by Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural of Tukwila, WA, the FDA has confirmed that new samples of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw pet foods have tested positive for Salmonella. These raw pet foods include ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs Lot #41957 and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs Lot #41567.

The latest recall was triggered by a complaint of an adult dog that had recurring diarrhea over a nine-month period. The dog tested positive for Salmonella from initial testing by the veterinarian and by follow-up testing by the FDA’s Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN). The Darwin’s Natural raw pet food that the dog had been fed was also positive for Salmonella.

Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural is aware of the dog's illness and the positive results and initiated a recall on February 10, 2018 by directly notifying its customers via email. The firm has not issued a public recall notice.

Since October 2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has initiated four recalls and had six reported complaints (some referring to more than one animal) associated with their raw pet food products, including the death of one kitten from a severe systemic Salmonella infection. The Salmonella isolated from the kitten was analyzed using whole genome sequencing and found to be indistinguishable from the Salmonella isolated from a closed package from the same lot of Darwin’s Natural cat food that the kitten ate.

In addition to reports of illnesses associated with Salmonella contamination in the products, the FDA is aware of complaints of at least three animals who were reportedly injured by bone shards in the Darwin’s Natural raw pet food products.

Since 2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has recalled the following raw pet food products:

The recalled lot codes and the manufacturing dates are printed directly on the flexible film packages.

Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural initiated each recall of the product lots by notifying customers directly via email. The company states that the raw pet foods are only sold online through direct-to-consumer sales.

This contaminated raw pet food is of particular public health importance because of the potential hazard to both human and animal health. Pets can get sick from Salmonella, but may also be carriers of the bacteria and can infect humans. Pets do not have to be apparently ill to be able to pass Salmonella onto their human companions.

Raw pet food is more likely than other types of pet food to contain Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. Pet owners who choose to feed raw pet food should be aware of the risks associated with these products.

The FDA has a zero-tolerance policy for Salmonella or other pathogenic bacteria in all pet food, meaning the agency will take action, as appropriate, against any pet food found to be contaminated with the harmful bacteria.

What are the Symptoms of Salmonella Infection (Salmonellosis)?

People infected with Salmonella can develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

Pets do not always display symptoms when infected with Salmonella, but signs can include vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, loss of appetite and/or decreased activity level. Pets can pass Salmonella to humans without showing any signs of the illness themselves.

How Soon After Exposure do Salmonellosis Symptoms Appear?

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 6 to 72 hours after infection.

Although not all pets display symptoms when infected, those who do may have symptoms within 72 hours of infection. Pets do not need to display symptoms to be able to pass Salmonella onto their human companions. Once Salmonella gets established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination will continue to spread.

What are the Complications of Salmonellosis?

In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

Who is at Risk of Salmonellosis?

Young children are particularly at risk for salmonellosis if they handle or ingest contaminated pet food or unwashed bowls used to feed the pet food. Very young children may also be exposed by crawling on or otherwise touching contaminated surfaces and put their hands or other objects in their mouth (without handwashing), or have oral contact with an animal that has consumed contaminated pet food, or with that animal’s feces. Once Salmonella gets established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination will continue to spread.

Others at increased risk of serious infection are the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems.

As with humans, dogs and cats who are very young, very old, or have health conditions are particularly at risk for developing salmonellosis. 

What are the Symptoms of Listeria Monocytogenes Infection (Listeriosis)?

Gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhea, fever, and muscle aches are symptoms of infection with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeriosis is not common in pets, and when infected, typical symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting.

Pets can pass Listeria monocytogenes to humans without showing any signs of the illness themselves.

How Soon After Exposure do Listeriosis Symptoms Appear?

Gastroenteritis caused by Listeria monocytogenes has a relatively short incubation period, from a few hours to 2 or 3 days. The severe, invasive form of the illness can have a very long incubation period, estimated to vary from 3 days to 3 months.

Although not all pets display symptoms when infected, those who do may have symptoms within a matter of a few hours, but possibly weeks after infection. Pets do not need to display symptoms to be able to pass Listeria monocytogenes onto their human companions. Once Listeria monocytogenes gets established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination will continue to spread.

What are the Complications of Listeriosis?

Listeriosis can be fatal, especially in certain high-risk groups. In addition, when Listeria monocytogenes infects a woman during pregnancy, it can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature labor, and serious illness or death in newborns.

In severe cases of listeriosis in pets, symptoms include fever, muscular and respiratory signs, abortion, and death.

Who is at Risk of Listeriosis?

High-risk groups include the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and certain chronic medical conditions (such as cancer), and pregnant women.

Very young children are at risk if exposed to Listeria monocytogenes by crawling on or otherwise touching contaminated surfaces and put their hands or other objects in their mouth (without handwashing), or have oral contact with an animal that has consumed contaminated pet food, or with that animal’s feces. Once Listeria monocytogenes gets established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination will continue to spread.

Others at increased risk of serious infection are the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems.

As with humans, dogs and cats who are very young, very old, or have health conditions are at an increased risk for developing listeriosis.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

Consumers should not feed their pets recalled lots of raw pet food manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc. Consumers who purchased this raw pet food should throw it away. People who think they might have become ill or their pets may be ill from exposure to contaminated raw pet food should talk to their health care providers or veterinarians.

Consumers who had this product in their homes should clean their refrigerator and clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces that the food or pet may have had contact with. Because animals can shed the bacteria when they have bowel movements, it’s particularly important to clean up the animal’s feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed.

Pet owners who opt to feed their pets a raw diet should consult FDA’s Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness from Raw Pet Food.

Who Should be Contacted?

People who think they might have become ill due to exposure to contaminated raw pet food or the feces of pets that have eaten contaminated raw pet food should talk to their health care providers.

Contact your health care provider if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than three days, or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down and you pass very little urine.

People who think their pets have become ill after consuming contaminated raw pet food should contact their veterinarians. Veterinarians who wish to have dogs tested for Salmonella may do so through the Vet-LIRN Networkif the pet is from a household with a person infected with Salmonella.

The FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about this and other pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.

Last night Darwin's Dog Food issued this letter to customers (read here)

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Darwin's Dog Food Recall - ZooLogics Chicken And Vegetable Meals For Dogs And ZooLogics Duck And Vegetable Meals For Dogs

Recall

Issued from Darwin's Dog Food last night to customers.

Dear XXXX,

I am writing to you today to share some information about a recent recall of two of our products, which
testing has found to contain Salmonella.

First, I want to let you know that this recall does not affect you, as you have not received either of the
products involved, which are:
• ZooLogics Chicken and Vegetable Meals for Dogs (manufactured 11/2/17)
• ZooLogics Duck and Vegetable Meals for Dogs (manufactured 11/16/17)

We have already notified those customers who received these meals.

We believe most of this product has already been consumed, for the most part without incident, as
most dogs’ and cats’ digestive systems are able to process pathogens such as Salmonella without harm
(we are aware of a single case of a pet being affected, which involved a dog who was already ill with
other conditions).

Having said that, we take this situation very seriously. Our number one priority is providing your pet
with meals that you can feel confident are healthy and safe. I’d like to take this opportunity to give you
some background on how we approach the issue of pet food safety.

Background on pet food safety
Since I started Darwin’s in 2004, the number one question I hear about is the safety of raw food. What
follows represents some of the insight I have gathered through the years – a combination of personal
experience, expert advice, and research. (I will preface my comments by saying that what follows is my
opinion, and others may differ.)

Pathogens (such as Salmonella, E.coli and Listeria) – while being many raw-feeders’ top concern – are
actually a relatively low risk associated with raw food. This is because, while these bacteria are
pathogenic to humans, they are generally not harmful to dogs and cats. Pets’ stomachs have higher
levels of acid than humans, making them hostile to such bacteria, and their digestive tracts are shorter,
giving any surviving bacteria little time to multiply. This is why pets routinely, without harm, eat items
that would make a person sick.

Having said that, pets with undeveloped or weak immune systems (I.e., puppies/kittens, older dogs, sick
dogs) may have some risk. In these cases, we recommend cooking the food lightly (i.e., to 165 degrees)
to help eliminate pathogenic risks.

These bacteria (especially Salmonella) are naturally present in meat – particularly poultry. So the
greater risk of pathogens in raw pet food is to humans who handle the food. These risks can be
minimized by using the same safety procedures that you would use for handling any raw meat products
- such as cleaning surface areas exposed to raw food and washing your hands thoroughly after coming
into contact with the food.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates pet food, acknowledges that dogs and cats are
generally not affected by pathogens like Salmonella unless they are already ill with some other
condition.
(https://www.fda.gov/…/Re…/AnimalHealthLiteracy/ucm509766.htm)

So why are raw pet foods recalled for containing pathogens such as Salmonella? One reason is that the
FDA sets a standard of “zero-tolerance” for such pathogens. For reasons that are somewhat difficult to
fathom, this is actually a stricter standard than the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets for human
food. So while the “human-grade” raw materials that companies like Darwin’s use for pet food would be
acceptable for people to eat, because of the hurdle set by the FDA, in many cases those same
ingredients would not be acceptable to the FDA for raw pet food.

How Pet Food Companies Address Pathogen Control
Some companies choose to control pathogens by applying a “kill step” that eliminates all bacteria, both
the good and the bad. Examples of kill steps are heat (i.e., cooking), irradiation and High Pressure
Pasteurization. Even some raw pet food companies use kill steps.

One of the important benefits of feeding raw meals, however, is that it helps promote “gut health” by
supplying the pet with “good” bacteria that raw food contains. One problem with using a kill step to
eliminate pathogens is that “good” bacteria (which aid the digestive system) are eliminated along with
pathogens.

Our approach is more targeted. We utilize microphages (or “phages“ for short), which are naturally
occurring organisms, and which are safe to humans and pets. Phages target specific pathogens, but
leave “good” bacteria intact. Phages can significantly reduce pathogen levels to the point that they are
not harmful to pets or humans, however, they may not eliminate them entirely.

Since the FDA “zero-tolerance” policy calls for for 100% elimination of pathogens, some tests can show
the presence of these pathogens, despite the fact that they are at such low levels that dogs and cats
typically can process them without any issue.

Sincerely,
Gary
Gary Tashjian
Founder, Darwin’s Pet Product

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I doubt we'll get an official recall on this. Darwin's did the same thing back in December...issued a letter and there was never anything on their website or through the FDA. Darwin's isn't like Life's Abundance that actually knows every customer who purchased their food so this "letter to customers" is reaching who?

Here is the new one. Again, how do they know who received the foods?

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Redbarn Pet Products Issues Voluntary Recall of Dog Chews

Announcement

With an extreme abundance of caution, and with the care and concern of pets top of mind, Redbarn Pet Products, LLC of Long Beach, CA is voluntarily recalling a single product, Redbarn’s 7-inch Bully Stick three pack, because it has the potential to 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. No illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported.
The recalled products were distributed in pet specialty retail stores. Affected product comes in a 2.4 ounce, green plastic bag marked with an expiration date of 112120ABC stamped on the side. The product UPC is #7 85184 25105 8. 

Redbarn takes the safety of pets and pet parents seriously. As company President Jeff Sutherland explained, “On 2/5/2018, we were notified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture that a single sample collected from a retail location detected Salmonella. At Redbarn, we test every product lot before it leaves our manufacturing plant. This lot code, expiry date 112120ABC, was tested both at our Redbarn lab and by a third-party testing facility. Those tests were negative for salmonella or pathogens. Despite not being able to replicate these test results or receiving any negative reports from customers regarding these chews, we feel the best course of action is to recall this lot code of the product and keep our customers safe”.

Consumers are encouraged to check the lot code to see if their product was affected. Pet owners who have this product matching this lot code in their homes are urged to discontinue use of the product. Consumers who purchased 7-inch Bully Stick multipacks with the affected lot code are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. Again, no illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported.

Family-owned Redbarn takes the safety of our product, pets, and customers as a number one concern. Redbarn employs an extensive Quality Assurance team that run over 400 safety tests on their products every week. Products like the 7-inch bully sticks are tested multiple times, for bacteria like Salmonella, coliforms and enteros. A product is declared safe to ship only after it tests negatively for these bacteria and other pathogens. As Sutherland explained “In issuing this voluntary recall, in conjunction with the FDA, we are standing by our core values of quality and integrity. At Redbarn, we do the right thing for our customers. That means that we hold ourselves to the highest safety and quality assurance standards and take all precautions to prevent situations like a recall from happening.”

Consumers with questions may contact the company via email at info@redbarninc.com or by phone at at 1-800-775-3849, M-F, 8am-5pm PST.

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Gravy Train Dog Food, Made By Big Heart Pet Foods And Owned By Smucker's Under FDA Pentobarbital Investigation

Gravy Train is made by Big Heart Pet Foods and owned by Smucker's. WJLA news in Washington D.C. has found traces of a euthanasia drug in dog food. The station spoke with a family who say their five dogs had almost instantaneous reactions to eating a can of Evanger’s pet food they later learned was contaminated with pentobarbital, a lethal drug, most commonly used to euthanize dogs, cats and some horses. One of the dogs ended up dying.

WJLA decided to launch their own investigation. They partnered with Ellipse Analytics, a lab that specializes in testing for contaminants in food. They said they tested 62 samples of wet dog food from more than two dozen brands for traces of the fatal drug. One particular brand continued to come back positive, Gravy Train dog food. Testing 15 cans of Gravy Train, 9 cans came back positive for the euthanasia drug pentobarbital.

Big Heart Pet Foods is also the maker of Meow Mix, Milk Bone, Kibbles’n Bits, 9 Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Gravy Train, Nature’s Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, Milo’s Kitchen, Alley Cat, Jerky Treats, Meaty Bone, Pounce and Snausages.

Read the complete article from WJLA here.

Excerpt from WJLA.com -

The FDA, just a short distance from the WJLA studios, also declined repeated requests for an on-camera interview. Instead of speaking to us, and answering our questions, they suggested we contact the Pet Food Institute, which is the trade organization that represents 98 percent of the pet food industry. We asked them to reconsider that response to which they replied that it “will investigate the matter and take appropriate enforcement action.”

If you want to contact the FDA, Smucker’s or Big Heart Brands regarding this issue:

  • FDA: 888-463-6332
  • Smucker’s: 888-550-9555
  • Big Heart Brands: 415-247-3000

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Raws For Paws Recalls Turkey Pet Food Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk - Dog Food Recall

Raws for Paws of Minneapolis, MN is recalling approximately 4,000 pounds of its 5 lb. and 1 lb. chubs of Ground Turkey Pet Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonella 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 some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The recalled Ground Turkey Pet Food was distributed throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa directly to consumers and through online mail orders.

The recalled product is packaged into 1-pound and 5-pound sealed plastic tubes, also known as chubs. The chubs are packaged into regular Turkey Pet Food cases and Pet Food Combo Pack cases, which contain a variety of pet food products. The products in question have case codes of 9900008, 9900009, 9900014, and 9900015. The manufacture date of Turkey Pet Food cases is 10/12/2017, and the manufacture dates of Combo Pack cases are between 10/12/2017 and 2/2/2018.

Two illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after testing by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) revealed the presence of Salmonella in some packages of Turkey Pet Food.

Production of the product has been suspended while MDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Turkey Pet Food should discontinue the use of the product and contact Raws for Paws to determine if their product is subject to this recall and more information about disposal or return instructions. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 612-465-0372.

Just a few hours earlier, this FDA public advisory was issuedFDA Investigates Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Food for Pets

Official recall from FDA.gov

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Smokehouse Pet Products Inc Recalls Limited Lots of “Beefy Munchies” Sold Regionally Because of Possible Salmonella Contamination

February 15, 2018 - Recall Expanded. Click here for additional recall info.

Smokehouse Pet Products, Inc. of Sun Valley, CA is recalling 4-oz bags of dog treats labeled as “Beefy Munchies,” because it has the potential to be contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonella 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 bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

“Beefy Munchies” was distributed in Washington, Michigan, North Carolina and Colorado through distributors selling to various retailers.

The product comes in a 4-oz bags marked with UPC 78565857957 and lot 449294 and with a best used by date of 10/25/19 stamped on the back.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine sampling and testing by the Colorado Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two 4-oz packages of “Beefy Munchies.”

Consumers who have purchased 4-oz packages of “Beefy Munchies” should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Smokehouse Pet Products, Inc. at 1-877-699-7387, Monday through Friday 7am-3:30pm PST.

Notice from the FDA.gov website

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Is Your Dog Or Cat Experiencing Stiff And Aching Joints? Put Some Pep Back In Their Step!

Back in 2003 we had an 8 year old rottweiler that had hip and elbow dysplasia surgeries before he was a year old. Storm was feeling his age and the surgeries and there was no way we were ready to say goodbye to our gorgeous boy! I only wish we would have had a video of this change but again, it was back 15 years ago. It still brings a tear to my eye watching him run around our 5 acres with our younger dogs. 

We highly recommend Life's Abundance Agility Supplement! If you're cat or dog isn't digging the flavor, mix it in some canned food or even break it up and put it in their dry food. These pills break easily too!

What are the benefits of the Life's Abundance Agility Supplement?

  • MSM for musculoskeletal health
  • Glucosamine for bone & cartilage health
  • Hyaluronic acid to aid cartilage strength & mobility
  • Sea mussels to support joint integrity

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It's National Pet Dental Month And These 5 Doggie Dental Treats And Chews Are Up To 18% Off!

It's February and you know what that means!?! You want to give your doggie Valentine's Day kisses but he or she may not have the best breath for those smooches. We're celebrating LOVE this month and your dog will LOVE stocking up on these 5 dental treats and chews at our discounted autoship prices. You don't have to check autoship when you're checking out because these are already discounted to that price! Ok, you can check autoship and continue to receive these great doggie dental treats and chews on the schedule you select but you don't have to. You can always check that during your next order or even sign into your account and make the changes once you see your dog happily chomping on Life's Abundance Porky Puffs or Bully Sticks and enjoying a yummy Gourmet Dental Treat.

There is a reason why an entire month is dedicated to spreading awareness about the oral hygiene of our dogs and cats: it’s an easily remedied problem with potentially dire consequences. So, every February, we celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month in hopes that we’ll reach pet parents in a way that results in a change. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will need dental care by age three. This is often due to genetics, neglect or poor diet. Sadly, tooth and gum problems in domesticated animals are nothing new. In fact, two Ancient Egyptian fossils of cats showed signs of tooth decay!

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Does My Pet Need a Dentist?

According to the American Dental Association, almost 80% of adults brush their teeth daily. And on top of that, it is natural for us to schedule professional cleanings into our annual calendar. Why should the standard be any less for our precious companions?

There are several warning signs of an unhealthy mouth. Some are obvious and others, not so obvious. As a pet parent, it is important to investigate your pet's mouth on a regular basis and check for the following:

  • Breath: When your pup swoops in for a kiss, do you detect a foul odor? Unhealthy-smelling breath is a good indicator of the presence of unfriendly bacteria in your pet's mouth.
  • Teeth: Lift the lip and inspect the teeth. Are they healthy white or are they coated in a brown film? If it's the latter, it means your pet is long overdue for a cleaning.
  • Gums: Color should be medium pink, although some dogs and cats will have black or gray spots on the gums, which is normal for some breeds. If the gums are bright red and angry looking, that could indicate a serious problem.

If you detect any of these warning signs, your companion animal would greatly benefit from a veterinary dental screening. But why wait for warning signs? Why not be more proactive? The combination of routine home checks, regular veterinarian checks and a quality diet could go a long way towards ensuring your pet's lasting dental health.

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Head Shape & Dental Health

Believe it or not, the shape of your pet's head (particularly the size of his or her muzzle) affects tooth alignment. And why is tooth alignment important for dental health? Well, perfectly aligned teeth naturally push food particles away from gums, while poorly aligned teeth can result in plaque buildups, possibly leading to an increased chance of infection.

While poor tooth alignment is typically a genetic issue, a pet's activities can also result in alignment problems. For example, tug-of-war games with towels or ropes played often over the course of years, can move teeth from their normal position. Therefore, you might want to limit such activities.

Try Something New This Month

We're incredibly pleased to announce that Life’s Abundance will be celebrating National Pet Dental Health Month with exclusive savings on select products.

This is the perfect occasion to try something new and integrate it into your dog’s dental care regimen. Throughout the entire month, Gourmet Dental Treats for Adult DogsBuffalo Bully Sticks and Porky Puffsare available at their discounted Autoship prices ... up to 18% savings off retail!

There's never been a better time to provide your dog with yummy, nutritious treats that can actually help to maintain a healthy mouth. Life's Abundance products have NEVER had a recall and have been serving the pet community since 1999!

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Canine Flu: What Pet Parents Need to Know

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Two years ago, if you had asked me whether or not I recommended the canine influenza vaccine, I’d have told you, “probably not.” Even as recently as one year ago, I probably would have said the same thing, at least here in San Diego. But that’s the thing about medicine, especially when it comes to emerging diseases ... situations can change rapidly. Recommendations that made sense as recently as six months ago no longer hold. Such is the case with the current outbreak of canine influenza. Here’s what we know based on the latest information from the CDC, American Veterinary Medical Association and the veterinary schools who are helping to research the disease.

What is Canine Influenza?

Influenza is a family of viruses that affect a wide variety of species. It has two characteristics which really set it apart from other types of virus: one, it can mutate very rapidly (hence the need for a new flu vaccine every winter); and two, it often jumps species. Such is the case with canine influenza.

Until recently, the only strain we saw in dogs was H3N8, a mutation of equine influenza that’s been circulating in the United States since 2004. While a vaccine is available for H3N8, few veterinarians recommended it as the disease was very limited and most infected dogs recovered on their own.

All this changed in 2015, when H3N2 emerged on the scene. H3N2, thought to be a mutation of an avian influenza, arrived in Chicago with a group of dogs imported from Korea. This virus behaves very differently from H3N8, as the veterinary community soon discovered. It mutates very rapidly, meaning there are already different strains of the virus all around the country. Also, it is highly infectious, spreading to all corners of the US much more quickly than anyone had anticipated. As of now, H3N2 has been identified in 46 states.

What Does Canine Influenza Do to Dogs?

Canine influenza manifests in two forms. In the mild form of the disease, dogs experience a soft cough that lasts from 2-4 weeks. They may act lethargic, demonstrate a diminished appetite, have a low fever (102.5-104), exhibit sneezing, and maybe have some eye and nasal discharge. As you can see, these are fairly vague signs that show up with many sorts of canine disease processes, so many cases of canine influenza have probably gone unidentified.

In its rarer, more severe form, dogs can become very ill. They can run a high fever (104-106) and develop pneumonia, which can lead to life-threatening complications. The fatality rate for canine influenza is less than 10%.

Other species can be infected with H3N2: it’s been diagnosed in cats, ferrets and guinea pigs. In these species, it manifests like an upper respiratory infection and usually resolves on its own. Fortunately, H3N2 has not manifested in people according to the latest data from the CDC.

Which Dogs Are Most At-Risk?

In theory, all dogs are at-risk of H3N2. Virtually all dogs who are exposed to the virus become infected (i.e. have circulating virus in their systems); about 80% of those dogs show some clinical signs of disease. What makes this virus particularly nasty is that infected dogs shed tremendous amounts of the virus whether or not they are showing signs of disease; they can shed virus for more than three weeks! That means one dog, travelling across the country to dog shows or staying in boarding facilities, can infect hundreds of other dogs in a short period of time.

Dogs are at highest risk of exposure when they are in direct contact with other dogs. The virus only lives in the environment for 24 hours, so most infection occurs from contact with respiratory secretions like sneeze droplets. Dogs at boarding or daycare facilities, training classes, competitions, dog shows and shelters are at highest risk. Of these dogs, those who become the most ill are the very young, seniors and the immunosuppressed.

How is Canine Influenza Diagnosed and Treated?

Canine influenza can’t be definitively diagnosed based on history and examination because the symptoms are so vague. If your veterinarian suspects influenza, she may recommend specific blood or nasal swab tests which can isolate the canine influenza virus.

Like human influenza, the treatment consists of supportive care and treating the symptoms while the body fights off the virus. Fluid support and antibiotics for secondary infections are the mainstays of supportive care. Infected dogs should be quarantined from other dogs for at least 21 days.

Is There a Vaccine?

Two manufacturers make vaccines for H3N2. The vaccine schedule consists of two doses three weeks apart, with a yearly booster. If you are considering this vaccination for your dog, make sure you are getting the right one because a vaccine for H3N8 also exists.

If you’re not sure whether or not you should get your pet vaccinated, your veterinarian is always going to be the best source of information as they will be aware of whether the disease has been diagnosed in your area. You can also check out the Infectious Disease Risk Calculator from the Ohio State college of veterinary medicine, which asks you a series of questions and gives you a risk assessment based on the most current data (https://idrc.vet.ohio-state.edu).

The virulence of H3N2 took the veterinary community by surprise. Fortunately, public health surveillance exists specifically for this reason. The infectious disease community was able to identify and get the word out about H3N2 quickly, so veterinarians are able to better support the wonderful canines we are fortunate enough to treat. While the virus is scary, we know a lot more than we did even a few short months ago, including how to protect your pups. You can help by getting the word out about this virus, and encouraging those you know to visit the vet if there’s any concern H3N2 may be present.

Dr Jessica Vogelsang and Rich and Lisa Jelinek www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Article by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, DVM (here we are with her)


Why Pet Sitters And Dog Walkers Should Join Life's Abundance

We got started with Life's Abundance in 2003 when we owned our pet sitting business. We had clients asking us for product recommendations and as a pet professional we knew we had to be recommending high quality, safe products for their pets. Our search led us to Life's Abundance and after we spoke to their holistic vet formulator, we knew this was the right decision for us.

During the 2007 pet food recalls we were so happy that we had made the choice to recommended Life's Abundance products because they were not recalled. How would I have felt if we had been recommending a food on that recall list? During the past decade there have been thousands of recalls on dog and cat foods and treats. We are proud to say that Life's Abundance has NEVER had a recall and they have been serving the pet community since 1999.

If you are a pet sitter or dog walker, please watch the video below. To get started and join our team, click here.


Has Your Cat Tried Life's Abundance Grain Free Cat Food?

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Whether it's Life's Abundance cat food, treats or supplements we've got your cat or kitten covered! Our Instinctive Choice canned cat food is da bomb! Plus we've added a new treat (turkey hearts) that your kitty will go gaga over! 

Serving the pet community since 1999 with ZERO recalls! Holistically formulated and our dry foods are delivered within 4-6 weeks of being made to your front door!

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Start Your Own Pet Products Business Today! You'll Be Up And Running In Minutes!

Calling All Pet Professionals & Pet Lovers! 🐶🐈 Start your own online pet products store! Open your e-commerce store within minutes!

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Why Join Us?

*Solid Company - In business since 1999 with NO RECALLS.

*Fresh Food - Food shipped to your door or your client's door 
within 4-6 weeks of being made.

*Great Selections Of Products - Food, treats, supplements and pet care products holistically formulated. New products coming soon! We also carry a line of supplements for people! You can offer every product to your customers.

*Ease Of Engagement - It's easy to talk to people about their pets.

*Creates An Ongoing Income - You get paid on every order (Other companies give coupons or samples as a thank you to you for giving them a life long customer who orders month after month, year after year. We pay you bonuses and commissions month after month, year after year!).

*No Additional Expense - No requirement for any minimum monthly purchase by independent reps and you get wholesale pricing for anything you do decide to purchase.

*Ease Of Operation - The company handles all the inventory, shipping, payment collection, and sales tax.

*Easy Customer Access - A professional website provided by the company, coded to you, where your customers can order and an 800 number they can call to order. Your website will look like this.

*No Restrictions On Territory - Everywhere in the United States is open to you.

*No Special Skills Needed - All it takes is a phone, a computer, a cheerful attitude and willingness to grow a business.

*Online Training that you can start immediately!

*Training calls and webinars!

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 Want more details? Visit us at www.PetFoodBusiness.com

Who are we? 15 years ago we joined to offer safe, never recalled, healthy dog and cat food, treats, supplements and pet care products. We have achieved the level of 9 Star which is the highest rank in the company and are helping our reps create successful home businesses of their own. We offer training & support and since we both work our Life's Abundance business full time from home, we are here to answer your questions.

Email us your questions or visit our Facebook Page and message us from there!

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Smelly Dogs? Smelly Cats? We Have An Easy Solution To Neutralize Odor!

Smelly dogs or cats? 🐶😸 It's not always easy to wash them in the winter and if you've got big dogs like we do, it's even harder! We don't want them cold and wet with these temps either. If you've got cats...the struggle is real!

We have the solution - Bath Fresh Mist! Give your dog or cat a few spritzes and it neutralizes odor. This is not only great during the winter but any time it rains! No more wet dog smell!

Bath Fresh Mist is made in the USA and is a mix of certified organic herbal extracts, aromatic botanicals and natural fruit extracts to help foster strong, healthy and vibrant coats. 

Grab some for your furbaby here!

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Don't forget to add healthy treats too! We have an excellent selection to choose from and they have never been recalled!

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Alzheimer's Awareness & Brain Health Diets

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Of course, we all want to maintain our best brain health throughout our lives. As we age, the more likely we are to suffer from dementia, memory loss, and more specifically, Alzheimer’s disease. We’re taking a closer look at how you can live your most nutritious life, which may help prevent this disease later on.

No cure for this disease currently exists, but medications and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms. Evidence shows that strategies of a healthier lifestyle such as including exercise in your normal routine, eating a Mediterranean diet, or getting enough sleep might help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia. The best way to be proactive about Alzheimer's is to promote brain health throughout your life.

One way of doing this is to make sure we are eating for brain health. Eating a diet high in the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA can help to maintain the structural and functional integrity of cell membranes. Also important are antioxidants which may help to reduce inflammation, vitamin K which may help to reduce risk of blood clots, and choline to help maintain brain health.

While they don’t have the sexiest scientific name, the fatty acids are often referred to as “good fats” or “healthy fats,” and they should be because of how vital they are for maintaining good health.

In the body, omega-3’s are involved in the formation of cell membranes, the production of important hormones, and regulating genetic function. Because of these many roles, they’ve been linked to reducing inflammation, boosting heart health, and numerous brain benefits like decreased risk of depression and sharper cognition and memory.

We can’t make these fats in our body so we must get them from food or supplements. DHA and EPA have an anti-inflammatory effect that helps to maintain the structural and functional integrity of cell membranes, and helps prevent collagen breakdown. In other words, they help to slow the damage and breakdown of our cells.

Salmon in particular is a well known option for maintaining great brain health (and glowing skin!) due to it’s being high in omega-3’s. Grill a salmon filet with rosemary and lemon for the simplest way to implement brain health into your dinner tonight.

For vegetarians or vegans, chia seeds are a perfect option for getting a healthy helping of omega-3’s. Sprinkle them on oatmeal or yogurt in the morning, add them to a dessert like Dark Chocolate Superfood Bark, or bake them into healthy Morning Glory Muffins.

Avocado is another perfectly versatile food that will provide you with omega-3’s. Throw it in a post-workout smoothie, turn it into a dip for snacking, or eat it over fish for an omega double-hitter.

Seafood not your thing? An omega-3 supplement could be just what you need to ensure you’re getting sufficient fat in your diet. A great option is the ultra-pure, ultra-concentrated Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplement offered by Life’s Abundance.

Keri Keri Glassman, MS.RD.CDN


Your Dog Will Go Bonkers For Turkey Hearts Freeze-Dried Dog Treats From Life's Abundance! Thor Loves Them So Much He's Trying To Eat The Bag!

Rio and Thor loves Life's Abundance treats. They've been eating the various treats since we adopted them back in 2006. There are some they prefer over others and when Life's Abundance introduced these Turkey Hearts Freeze-Dried Dog Treats I had a feeling these would be their new favorite. Sure enough, I was right. Thor is even trying to eat the bag. This is not his normal behavior and is not the behavior of an almost 14 year old dog! If you have younger dogs these treats will probably make them do flips! I know if these 2 seniors could, they would have. Since I've taken this video I can no longer go anywhere near the pantry where this bag is. The boys have been following me all over the house. This is definitely a WIN on the treat scale and if they could rate them, they'd give them an 11 on a scale of 1-10. 

Your dog will go bonkers for these! The Life's Abundance Turkey Hearts Freeze-Dried Dog Treats are Grain-Free dog treats and from US free-range turkeys. They are freeze-dried and contain no carbs, no salt, no sugar and no preservatives.

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Here's Thor trying to eat the bag! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this. So unlike him. Grab some for your dog today here! If you have a cat, we also have Turkey Hearts Freeze-Dried Cat Treats!

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Your Dog Or Cat Will Drool Over These Turkey Hearts Freeze Dried Treats!

Your dog or cat will Droooool over these! Still looking for the purrfect present for your pup or kitty? Order these! 🐕🐈
 
These single-ingredient goodies are made from USA-raised, free-range turkeys with absolutely no fillers, sugar, salt or preservatives. The special freeze-dry process locks in maximum nutrition and flavor, resulting in a yummy treat pets love.
 
Dogs and cats will appreciate the perfectly sized pieces too!

Turkey Hearts Freeze-Dried Dog Treats

Turkey Hearts Freeze-Dried Dog Treats www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Fans of primitive diets will love this single-ingredient, grain-free treat. And the flavor will make your doggo howl with delight! 

The freeze-drying process preserves the robust, wholesome flavors that dogs crave, sealing in all the vitamins and minerals found naturally in our pasture-raised turkeys. With zero carbs, fillers or artificial anything, Turkey Hearts tempt the taste buds of even the fussiest eaters. Ideally sized, their meaty sumptuousness is a powerful motivator for good behavior! 

If your dog has been hankering for something fundamentally nourishing, wish fulfilled! 

A perfect alternative for pups who’ve developed allergies to chicken-based products. 

You can’t beat a treat that’s all heart!

 

Turkey Hearts Freeze-Dried Cat Treats

Turkey Hearts Freeze-Dried Cat Treats www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Cats seemingly appear out of thin air when you open a bag of our sumptuous Turkey Hearts. They’re so vexingly delicious, you’d better be mindful of your fingers when feeding your kitty these morsels! 

There’s no better way to satisfy the hunter in your cat than this back-to-fundamentals treat. The freeze-drying process preserves the robust, wholesome flavors that cats hunger for, sealing in all the vitamins and minerals found naturally in our pasture-raised turkeys. With zero carbs, fillers or artificial anything, Turkey Hearts tempt the taste buds of even the finickiest eaters. As a caring pet parent, you’ll feel happier knowing that you’re providing yummy goodness that actually supports healthy diets. 

Satisfy your little carnivore’s instinctive craving for real meat with cat treats that are all heart!

 

Hurry! Start Your Own Pet Food Business By December 31, 2017 To Take Advantage Of This Special!

Retail Bonus Bonanza from Lifes Abundance www.PetFoodBusiness.com

The 20% Retail Bonus Bonanza ends December 31st! If you've been toying with the idea of starting your own pet products business...DO IT NOW! Take advantage of this special. No inventory! No paperwork!
 
CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up. Then select one of our Executive Rep Packages. For 3 months you'll receive our 20% Retail Bonus while you build your business.
 
What does this mean? Our compensation plan pays you several ways. One of the ways is based on your personal sales. When you hit $750 in personal sales you earn the 20% bonus on your sales. Each product is given a certain personal commissionable sales value and you earn 20% on that. During these 3 full months while you are building, you'll earn the 20% instead of 5-15%.
 
This is available only for those who select one of our Executive Rep Packages. If you have questions, please message us. We've been distributors with Life's Abundance since 2003 and are 9 Star (top rank) distributors. We work this business full time from our home.

Thanksgiving Tips For Your Pup!

Happy Thanksgiving! Of all the holidays, Thanksgiving is surely a canine favorite. There's abundant food, there's full gatherings of friends and family, and did we mention the food?
 
The downside is much of the bounty you'll be serving at your feast doesn't jibe too well with a dog's digestive system. Sure, they'll enjoy it in the moment, but there can be some serious side effects to all the sneaky feeding of scrumptious table scraps.
 
Fortunately, we have some food for though. You'll learn about some of the incredibly tasty and oh-so-nourishing alternative foods and treats your dog is sure to love. After all, we all want this Thanksgiving to be the best it can be for your beloved pup-pup.
 
Thanksgiving For Your Pet www.HealthyPetPeeps.com
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Our Dog And Cat Holiday Gift Boxes Are Here! Who Is On Your Doggie Or Kitty List?

🎄Our Holiday Gift Boxes are back and every year they sell out QUICK! So, don't delay and grab your favorite dog or cat one of these tasty and fun gift boxes. You'll be the belle of the ball at the next holiday party when your host or hostess sees you walk in with this. How thoughtful of you to think of fluffy or fido! 🐕🐈
 
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Life's Abundance Plant Protein Is Included In The Winter Issue Of New Beauty Magazine

Great News! I love when magazines recognize the value and quality in our products too! We've been drinking the Life's Abundance Plant Protein in our morning smoothies for over a year. It has a very creamy texture and tastes delicious. We normally use Vanilla in the morning since we blend it with fruit and the Life's Abundance Greens Blend but we have Chocolate on hand for a mid-afternoon snack!

We are thrilled that New Beauty Magazine has selected Life's Abundance Plant Protein for inclusion in its Winter issue. On newsstands now, the magazine covers helpful information on skin care, fitness, celebrity news and healthy eating.

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Shop For Your Life's Abundance Plant Protein Here!

  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Grain free
  • No Added Sugar
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • No Artificial Colors


Our 100% grain-free, plant-based protein powder is a nutrient-rich blend of clean, high-quality proteins including pea, chia, pumpkin, hemp and quinoa. 

At only 100 calories, it contains 14 grams of high-quality protein in every serving. For comparison, one-half of a boneless chicken breast, cooked is about 13 grams of protein and 115 calories. 

Life’s Abundance Plant Protein is absolutely delicious and you can feel great about drinking it every day, because each and every ingredient was carefully chosen for its quality and safety. 

While other protein powders use sunflower oil, we decided not to use this oil because it is high in omega-6 fatty acids, a fat that is much too prevalent in the American diet. Our Life’s Abundance Plant Protein contains non-GMO coconut oil powder, which is a great source of beneficial fatty acids that are easily absorbed. In addition, this health-promoting oil adds to the delicious taste and smooth texture of our blend. 

Life’s Abundance Plant Protein is ideal for pre or post workouts, breakfast or whenever you need a healthy boost of energy from protein or a quick on-the-go snack. 

With a superior taste and texture, it mixes easily with water into a silky smooth, rich and satisfying shake. Add to smoothies, pancakes, baked goods, oatmeal and more for a delicious way to increase protein.


It's National Black Cat Day! Happy FurDay!

Celebrate #NationalBlackCatDay and Have a #HappyFurday!

Halcatcannedfood

Give your kitty the best! Healthy, never recalled, and holistically formulated dry food, canned food and treats!

Our premium, grain-free diet is formulated for all life stages. Packed with nourishing, high-quality ingredients, this delicious food is perfectly balanced with all of the proteins, omega-3s, vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients pet kids need to thrive … without the grains. 

Our Grain-Free All Life Stage cat food is made with the finest ingredients, including … 

• A proprietary blend of vitamins & minerals 
• High-quality protein from turkey, chicken & herring meals for strong muscles
• An antioxidant system including vitamins C & E
• Guaranteed omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin & a shiny coat
• Guaranteed calcium & phosphorus for healthy teeth & strong bones
• Prebiotic fiber & guaranteed probiotics
• Dietary fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive tract

Since we use only wholesome ingredients, this formula contains …

• No grains 
• No artificial flavors or colors 
• No corn or corn gluten
• No wheat or wheat gluten 

Life’s Abundance delivers concentrated nutrition in every bowl, with …

• A balanced blend of calcium & phosphorous to support growing & aging bones
• Optimal protein levels for growing kittens & adult cats
• Unique blend of antioxidants to support cats throughout their life cycle 

Choose Life’s Abundance for your cat because the recipe for a better life is more than just meeting minimum requirements.

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Instinctive Choice Canned Cat Food

  • Grain-free recipe
  • Organic chicken plus turkey, liver & shrimp
  • Prebiotics for optimal digestion
  • Made in the USA

We believe there’s no surer way to add more quality years to your cat’s life than through amazing daily nutrition … nourishment that begins with Instinctive Choice.

Cats have been thriving on this recipe for more than a decade, yet this all life stage food remains a revolutionary formula because it provides sustenance that’s modeled after the way cats have eaten in the wild for millennia.

Evolved from big, desert-roaming predators who acquired fluids primarily from prey, domesticated house cats still have weak thirst drives to this day. That’s why this premium canned food has added moisture content, to adequately hydrate the body and help support healthy urinary functions. 

Every serving of this premium canned cuisine includes optimal amounts of added vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega fatty acids, all to help maintain a healthy, happy body. 

Simmered in a delicious broth that’s seasoned with a hint of rosemary, this succulent feast will put a little roar in your cat’s day.

With Instinctive Choice, you can finally give your cat what she truly craves, with the water content and nutrition she needs to truly thrive.

For the ultimate in feline nourishment, feed your kitty the nutritional combo of Instinctive Choice and our premium all-stage kibble.

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Gourmet Cat Treats For Healthy Skin & Coat features premium nutrition, with added vitamins, minerals and other trace nutrients, that nourish and protect skin and coats.

Because healthy skin is much more likely to produce strong, luxurious hair, it’s vital to nourish the skin. The omega-3 fatty acids in this premium formula help prevent overly dry skin, while vitamin E helps maintain skin elasticity. The added vitamin C in this formula helps the body to produce collagen, skin’s major component. And, because protein is necessary for the growth and maintenance of a strong, resilient coat, this delectable recipe features chicken, herring and chicken liver. Plus, cats adore the appetizing flavor of these savory nuggets.

For coats that are resilient and resplendent, simply add this dietary supplement to your cat’s daily regimen.

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Alzheimer's Awareness & Brain Health Diets

Alzheimer's Awareness & Brain Health Diets www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Of course, we all want to maintain our best brain health throughout our lives. As we age, the more likely we are to suffer from dementia, memory loss, and more specifically, Alzheimer’s disease. We’re taking a closer look at how you can live your most nutritious life, which may help prevent this disease later on.

No cure for this disease currently exists, but medications and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms. Evidence shows that strategies of a healthier lifestyle such as including exercise in your normal routine, eating a Mediterranean diet, or getting enough sleep might help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia.1 The best way to be proactive about Alzheimer's is to promote brain health throughout your life.

One way of doing this is to make sure we are eating for brain health. Eating a diet high in the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA can help to maintain the structural and functional integrity of cell membranes. Also important are antioxidants which may help to reduce inflammation, vitamin K which may help to reduce risk of blood clots, and choline to help maintain brain health.

While they don’t have the sexiest scientific name, the fatty acids are often referred to as “good fats” or “healthy fats,” and they should be because of how vital they are for maintaining good health.2

In the body, omega-3’s are involved in the formation of cell membranes, the production of important hormones, and regulating genetic function.3 Because of these many roles, they’ve been linked to reducing inflammation, boosting heart health, and numerous brain benefits like decreased risk of depression and sharper cognition and memory.4,5,6

We can’t make these fats in our body so we must get them from food or supplements. DHA and EPA have an anti-inflammatory effect that helps to maintain the structural and functional integrity of cell membranes, and helps prevent collagen breakdown. In other words, they help to slow the damage and breakdown of our cells.

Salmon in particular is a well known option for maintaining great brain health (and glowing skin!) due to it’s being high in omega-3’s. Grill a salmon filet with rosemary and lemon for the simplest way to implement brain health into your dinner tonight.

For vegetarians or vegans, chia seeds are a perfect option for getting a healthy helping of omega-3’s. Sprinkle them on oatmeal or yogurt in the morning, add them to a dessert like Dark Chocolate Superfood Bark, or bake them into healthy Morning Glory Muffins.7,8

Avocado is another perfectly versatile food that will provide you with omega-3’s. Throw it in a post-workout smoothie, turn it into a dip for snacking, or eat it over fish for an omega double-hitter.9,10,11

Seafood not your thing? An omega-3 supplement could be just what you need to ensure you’re getting sufficient fat in your diet. A great option is the ultra-pure, ultra-concentrated Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplement offered by Life’s Abundance.

Keri Glassman Products www.HealthyPetPeeps.com
 Keri Glassman, MS.RD.CDN

References:

  1. health.harvard.edu/alzheimers-and-dementia/what-can-you-do-to-avoid-alzheimers-disease
  2. nutritiouslife.com/love-fat/
  3. hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3-fats/
  4. nutritiouslife.com/inflammation-definition-health-impact/
  5. heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/HealthyDietGoals/Fish-and-Omega-3-Fatty-Acids_UCM_303248_Article.jsp#.WMrqEI61uHo
  6. umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/omega3-fatty-acids
  7. nutritiouslife.com/recipes/dark-chocolate-superfood-bark/
  8. nutritiouslife.com/recipes/healthiest-grain-free-morning-glory-muffins/
  9. nutritiouslife.com/recipes/avocado-banana-smoothie/
  10. nutritiouslife.com/recipes/mango-avocado-salsa/
  11. nutritiouslife.com/recipes/chili-lime-tilapia-with-mango-avocado-salsa/

The Dr Jane Foundation Of Life's Abundance Makes An Emergency Donation To Austin Pets Alive!

Emergency Foundation Donation To Austin Pets Alive!
 
💜🐕🐾🐈💙 Life's Abundance donates a portion of every purchase to the Dr. Jane Foundation! See the link below for more info on how your 501c3 rescue can apply for a foundation grant!
 
🐱🐶 They are accepting foundation grant applications now! Deadline is Sept. 18.
 
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We’re pleased to announce that The Dr. Jane Foundation has awarded Austin Pets Alive! an emergency grant of $1,500 toward their Hurricane Harvey response efforts. Austin Pets Alive! has demonstrated a willingness and readiness to respond to the sudden and overwhelming needs of their neighboring communities. Since Hurricane Harvey’s impacts began, this rescue organization has stepped up to the plate, helping affected shelters and transporting over 1,000 companion animals to safety. Furthermore, they anticipate that number will double by the weekend!
 
If you’re a Texas resident and are willing to open your home to a foster animal, Austin Pets Alive! encourages you to contact them about a displaced pet. At present, they are seeking long-term placements rather than short-term stays. Of course, your own monetary contributions are welcomed! For more information about their needs, please visit their hurricane response web page.
 
More About The Dr. Jane Foundation
 
Small and medium-size rescues are the primary beneficiaries of the grants awarded by The Dr. Jane Foundation. However, they also bestow emergency donations of food and financial support to victims of disaster. Previous recipients include Louisiana in 2016 after a massive flooding event, New York & New Jersey in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy, Alabama in 2011 after waves of F4 and F5 tornados, and Colorado after the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire and in 2013 after their own bout of flooding.
 
We are currently accepting applications for 2017 funding. Our Board will be considering applications for the next round of funding in October, so try to have completed grant requests submitted by September 18th to ensure your group’s consideration.
 
Our link is www.LifesAbundance.com/HealthyPetStop - Click on Foundation and download the Application in the first paragraph. As your referral put Rich and Lisa Jelinek. If you have questions, please email us.
 
Thanks to your personal donations and continued patronage, we are taking real steps to help animal rescue groups across America achieve their goals and to weather tragedy. Together, we’re making a positive difference in the world, one rescue at a time.
 
Remember that every purchase made on this site donates a portion to rescues and shelters in need!! Our products are holistically formulated and have never been recalled! Shop for your dog or cat at www.LifesAbundance.com/HealthyPetStop

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Life’s Abundance Plant Protein is absolutely delicious and you can feel great about drinking it every day, because each and every ingredient was carefully chosen for its quality and safety. 

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Got Cats? Order some healthy, scrumptious, holistically formulated, and never recalled Grain Free Cat Food!

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Our premium, grain-free diet is formulated for all life stages. Packed with nourishing, high-quality ingredients, this delicious food is perfectly balanced with all of the proteins, omega-3s, vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients pet kids need to thrive … without the grains.

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Our Grain-Free All Life Stage cat food is made with the finest ingredients, including …

• A proprietary blend of vitamins & minerals 
• High-quality protein from turkey, chicken & herring meals for strong muscles
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Since we use only wholesome ingredients, this formula contains …

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• No corn or corn gluten
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