Monday, January 4, 2016

Big Dog Natural Dog Food Is Being Recall For Potentially Being Contaminated With Salmonella Or Listeria



Big Dog Natural Recalls Chicken and Fish Supreme Dog Food Due to Possible Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes Health Risk 

 Big Dog Natural of Brick, NJ is voluntary recalling a select production lot of Big Dog Natural raw dehydrated dog food Chicken Supreme potentially contaminated withSalmonella and Fish Supreme potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenesthat was shipped in the week of 10/31/2015 to 11/13/2015 to online customers.Salmonella and 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.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes 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 and Listeria monocytogenes 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.
These products were sold directly to consumers through the company’s online website and in the US. The voluntarily recalled product include all weight volumes of the Big Dog Natural Chicken and Fish Supreme. No additional products are affected by this recall.
Big Dog Natural became aware of a potential issue after receiving notification from the FDA that an investigational sample of Chicken Supreme tested positive for Salmonellaand an investigational sample of Fish Supreme for Listeria monocytogenes.
Consumers should discontinue feeding the affected product and monitor their pet's health, and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns. Consumers who purchased the product can obtain a full refund or exchange by returning the product in its original packaging.
Consumers with questions should contact Big Dog Natural https://www.bigdognatural.com or by calling 1-732-785-2600 (from 9am till 4pm EST).



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

HumaneWatch.org Calls Out The Humane Society For Not Giving The Money To Animal Shelters



Report: National Humane Society Snubs New Jersey Pets

 Today HumaneWatch.org, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, released a new report showing the Humane Society of the United States shockingly shortchanges pet shelters in New Jersey.

In 2014, HSUS raised over $100 million from Americans and yet only gave 1% of this money to local pet shelters—and didn’t operate a single pet shelter itself—despite having fundraising appeals full of cats and dogs.
In New Jersey, HSUS only donated $3,670.00 to help pet shelters care for animals. Instead, donor money meant to save animals went to disappointing ends. HSUS placed over $50 million into Caribbean funds last year, rather than using that money to help animals. The group settled a racketeering lawsuit for nearly $6 million. HSUS also put $4 million into its own pension plan. The organization is currently under investigation by the Oklahoma attorney general.
Unfortunately, this isn’t an anomaly; HSUS has doggedly refused to give more to shelters.
The full 50-state report of HSUS misuse of donor money in recent years, “Not Your Local Humane Society,” is available below or online here: http://goo.gl/zVCBvp
“Well-meaning Americans are duped by manipulative HSUS ads into thinking that donations will primarily help pets, but that’s not the case at all,” commented CCF research director Will Coggin. “By giving to HSUS, their money is going to the dogs—but only figuratively.”
New Jerseyans who want to make a difference for pets should do one thing: Give local
Despite its name, the Humane Society of the United States is not affiliated with the scores of humane societies in town and counties across America that provide hands-on care to needy animals. Giving to HSUS means their money may be parked in offshore tax shelters, used to pay bloated overhead costs, or spent on a PETA-esque lobbying agenda.
HSUS – Not Your Local Shelter 2015

 

 

 
For more information, visit www.HumaneWatch.org. The Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit coalition supported by restaurants, food companies, and consumers, working together to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices.

 
So why are you still donating to companies like this and not to your local non kill shelters. The Humane Society is not the only one that keeps the money for them selfs. 
Think about the dogs and cats next time you donate.




North Pole Veterinarian Clears Reindeer For Christmas Flight


 Following a health checkup at the North Pole, Santa's veterinarian has given the green light to Rudolph's red nose and the rest of the reindeer that will be traveling the world this Christmas Eve.
Dr. Joe Kinnarney, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), visited the North Pole today to ensure that Santa's team of nine were up-to-date on their vaccinations and healthy enough to make their annual trek around the globe.
"After a thorough examination I can tell you that Santa's reindeer are perfectly healthy and in great shape, and ready for their flight," Dr. Kinnarney said.
The reindeer's annual exam includes a health check about 10 days prior to their Christmas Eve flight to make sure they're healthy and not showing any signs of disease—such as brucellosis, tuberculosis or chronic wasting disease—that can be transmitted to other animals.
"Santa's reindeer need to be in tip-top shape to complete their Christmas Eve flight on time, so it's vital that they receive a pre-trip veterinary exam to make sure they are free of any injuries that might slow them down," Dr, Kinnarney said. "Because the reindeer will be visiting all corners of the globe, we need to make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations and free of disease so they don't pick up or spread any infections to other animals around the world."
 

In addition to presents for children around the world, Santa is required to bring with him an official "North Pole Certificate of Animal Export" that allows him to freely cross borders and ensure health officials that his reindeer are no threat to animal or public health.
Dr. Kinnarney will make a follow-up trip to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to provide a pre-flight checkup and to inspect the reindeer upon their return on Christmas morning.
For kids who want to help the reindeer on their journey, Dr. Kinnarney recommended leaving a plate of graham cracker reindeer cookies, their favorite snack, for Santa to feed them between stops.
Dr. Kinnarney's work is consistent with the role veterinarians play every day to ensure the health of animals, people and the environment across the globe. Far from just being "dog and cat doctors," veterinarians work with all kinds of species, in all types of environments, to make the world a healthier place for all forms of life.
While unavailable for comment due to his busy work schedule, Santa issued a statement, saying, "Without my reindeer there simply would be no Christmas. Proper veterinary care ensures that, year in and year out, my team and I are able to deliver presents to boys and girls around the world. Dr. Kinnarney is definitely on the 'nice list' again this year."
For more information on Dr. Kinnarney's role as North Pole Veterinarian, including answers to kids' questions about reindeer, visit avma.org/holiday.
For more information about the role veterinarians play in global health, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Kinnarney about his role as North Pole Veterinarian, contact Michael San Filippo, AVMA senior media relations specialist, at 847-285-6687 (office), 847-732-6194 (cell), or msanfilippo@avma.org.
The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. More than 86,500 member veterinarians worldwide are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. Visit www.avma.org for more information.



Stella & Chewy's Voluntarily Recalling Frozen Dinners Due To Possible Listeria



Stella & Chewy's Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Dinner Morsel Products Due to Possible Health Risk

 Stella & Chewy's is voluntarily recalling four of its products sold in the U.S. and Canada due to concerns of a possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The recall affects a total of 990 cases (964 cases in the U.S and 26 cases in Canada). The recall was prompted by a positive test confirming Listeria monocytogenes in Stella's Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs 8.5 oz. frozen bags, lot #165-15, "Use by 6-25-2016", during routine surveillance testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
As a precautionary measure, Stella & Chewy's is voluntarily recalling all products from Lot # 165-15, which includes:
Product DescriptionSizeUPCLot #Use By
Frozen Stella's Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs8.5 oz.186011 001554165-156/25/2016
Frozen Stella's Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs4 lb.186011 001370165-156/25/2016 & 6/26/2016
Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Cats1.25 lb.186011 001455165-156/25/2016
Moreover, while the below listed product has not tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, in an abundance of caution, we are also recalling the following products which may have come into contact with the affected lot:
Product DescriptionSizeUPCLot #Use By
Frozen Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels for Cats1.25 lb.186011 001448160-157/2/2016
Frozen Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels for Cats1.25 lb.186011 001448152-157/2/2016
Retailers and consumers can find the full product recall list and additional information at: http://www.stellaandchewys.com/stella-chewys-recall-notice/disclaimer icon.
Consumers should look at the product descriptions, UPCs, lot numbers, and "Use By" dates on each bag for an exact match to determine if it is subject to the recall. Anyone who has purchased these products are instructed to dispose of the food or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Bravo Chicken Blend Diet For Dogs & Cats Recall Due To Possible Salmonella



Bravo Recalls Select Chicken and Turkey Pet Foods Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk.

 
Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling a select lot of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats with a best used by date of 11/13/16 due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella . Out of an abundance of caution, Bravo is also recalling three additional items that did not test positive for Salmonella , but were manufactured on the same day. 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. Always use proper caution when handling raw foods.
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.
These products were sold to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers, and directly to consumers in the U.S.
The following product is being voluntarily recalled because of the possible presence of Salmonella .
ProductItem #SizeBest Used by DateUPC
Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats - chub21-1022 lb.(32oz.) chub11-13-16829546211028
The recall was initiated after routine testing of a 2 lb. chub of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs and cats (Item #21-102) by the Colorado State Department of Agriculture, collected at a single retailer, revealed the presence of Salmonella . Two hundred and one cases of this product were sold to distributors, retail stores, and directly to consumers in the U.S. between 11/21/14 and 1/15/15.
Out of an abundance of caution, Bravo is also recalling three additional items that did not test positive for Salmonella , but were manufactured on the same day: 250 cases of Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – 5 lb. chubs only, 8 cases of Bravo Blend Turkey diet for dogs & cats – 8 oz. patties only and 60 cases of Bravo Balance Turkey diet for dogs – 4 oz. patties only.
These products DID NOT test positive for Salmonella , but are also being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution.
ProductItem #SizeBest Used by DateUPC
Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats - chub21-1055 lb. (90 oz.) chub11-13-16829546211059
Bravo Blend Turkey diet for dogs & cats - patties31-5085 lb. bag of 8 oz. patties11-13-168829546315085
Bravo Balance Turkey diet for dogs - patties31-4013 lb. bag of 4 oz. patties11-13-16829546314019

No additional products are affected by this recall. The company has received no reports to date of illness in either people or animals associated with these products.
All products tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution and sale to consumers.
The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of this product in a safe manner (example: a securely covered trash receptacle).
To submit a claim, pet owners should return to the store where they bought the product.
  • To get a refund at the store where you bought the product: Customers should return to the store where they purchased the product and submit the Bravo Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website, 
    http://www.bravopetfoods.com/consumerrecall.htmldisclaimer icon, for a full refund or store credit. See Bravo Product Claim Form for details.
More information on the Bravo recall can also be found at www.bravopetfoods.comdisclaimer icon, or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NEW RESEARCH REVEALS BACTERIA ASSOCIATED WITH FELINE GUM DISEASE FOR THE FIRST TIME


 Studies reveal the differences in species of bacteria found in cat and human plaque and pave the way for more effective treatment for one of the most commonly diagnosed health problems in cats 


 
Gum disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed health problems in cats, yet relatively little was understood about the bacteria associated with it – until now. Two collaborative studies have been conducted by researchers from the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition together with expert veterinary dentists and the Harvard affiliated Forsyth Institute. The work, published in Veterinary Microbiology in February 2015 and PLOS ONE today, sheds new light on feline gum disease, identifying the most common bacterial species associated with health and disease in cats for the first time.
Using the latest DNA sequencing technologies, researchers identified 267 bacterial species present in feline dental plaque and built a database detailing the differences between bacterial populations in healthy cats and those in cats with gum disease.

“This knowledge is a first step in understanding the potential for improving oral health of cats through dietary interventions that target disease-associated bacteria.” said Dr. Ian Davis, Oral Health Researcher at WALTHAM, part of Mars Petcare.

The studies also revealed that the bacterial species in feline plaque were more similar to those observed in canine plaque than to those found in humans.  This suggests that interventions targeted at bacteria which cause oral disease in humans are unlikely to be effective in cats, and there is more potential to learn from interventions that work well in dogs.
Dr. Davis added “It’s important for pet owners to know that cats are just as susceptible to gum disease as dogs and understand the importance of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine; ideally including tooth brushing and dental treats or a specific dental diet”.  
The latest study, published today in PLOS ONE, can be downloaded by clicking on this link http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0136986.



Blue Buffalo Voluntarily Recalls Wilderness Wild Chews Bones



Blue Buffalo Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bones Due to Potential Salmonella Health Risk
 
 Product Distributed Since November 19 Through PetSmart Stores in 9 States; No Illnesses Reported

Blue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling one production lot of Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bones. This is being done in an abundance of caution, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the product 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 provider.
Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Other clinical signs may include lethargy, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. 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 product was distributed starting November 19, 2015 in PetSmart stores located in the following 9 states: California, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The recalled product comes individually shrink-wrapped in plastic with the UPC number 840243110087 printed on a sticker affixed to the product, and an expiration date of November 4, 2017, printed as “exp 110417” on the shrink-wrap. Consumers should look at the UPC Code and expiration date on the product package to determine if it is subject to the voluntary recall.
The voluntary recall is limited to the following product and production lot:
Product Name    Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bone
UPC Code          840243110087 
Expiration Date November 4, 2017 

 


 Routine testing at the manufacturing site revealed the presence of Salmonella in the product. No illnesses have been reported to date and no other Blue Buffalo products are affected.
Consumers who have purchased the product subject to this recall are urged to dispose of the product or return it to the place of purchase for full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact Blue Buffalo at: 888-641-9736 from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday and the weekend of November 28, 2015, or by email at Bluebuffalo4260@stericycle.com for more information.