Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Gluten-free Smart Fido USA Pet Treats


Gluten-free Smart Fido USA™ and Smart Kitty USA™ Supplements and Treats Available for Pet Specialty

New products include veterinarian-formulated supplements and treats for dogs and cats.
 
 Introducing two new product lines: Smart Fido USA™for dogs and Smart Kitty USA™ for cats. These veterinarian-formulated lines include a range of gluten- and soy-free supplements and treats.

Dale Metz, director of companion animal business unit at manufacturer Vets Plus, Inc. said, "Pet specialty shoppers want science and quality in the products they choose for their pets. Smart Fido USA and Smart Kitty USA products are formulated to meet these expectations with a solid basis in science and a list of high-quality ingredients that doesn’t include soy, gluten or artificial colors and flavors."
 


 In research trials, grain-free Smart Fido USA soft chews have shown 95% palatability; dogs love the natural chicken flavor in these supplements which makes it easy to give dogs the targeted nutrition they need to support their daily living. Smart Fido USA supplements include formulas for joint and digestive support, calming or skin & coat, and other common conditions. The jerky bites treats are available in four delicious flavors featuring real Wisconsin cheese.
Even finicky cats have responded positively to the natural flavors of Smart Kitty USA supplements and treats, which are available in four flavors. The supplements address the most common conditions in cats, with grain-free formulas for hairball management, urinary tract support and L-Lysine. The cat treats contain probiotics and ingredients to support dental health.
Metz said, “We focus on making high-quality supplements that are convenient. Giving treats is a way we show our love for our pets and pilling is often a negative experience for pet and parent. With convenient soft chews, or functional treats, we can create a positive interaction for giving supplements.”
Smart Fido USA and Smart Kitty USA products are manufactured in the USA with ingredients carefully selected for quality from both domestic and international sources. Vets Plus, Inc., the manufacturer of the new lines, is Safe Quality Food Level 3 certified and an audited member and preferred supplier of the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC).
For more information, visit http://www.smartfidousa.com and http://www.smartkittyusa.com. High-resolution images available upon request. Stop by the booth #3775 at Global Pet Expo to learn more.
About Smart Fido USA™ and Smart Kitty USA™
Smart Fido USA and Smart Kitty USA are manufactured in the USA with domestic and imported ingredients. While focusing on the overall health and well-being of pets, these lines for complete pet care include nutritional supplements, treats, dental and grooming products. The products are intended as smart, convenient solutions to pet nutrition and care. Manufacturer Vets Plus, Inc. researches, develops, and produces the Smart Fido USA and Smart Kitty USA products. Vets Plus maintains SQF Code 7.2 Level 3, ISO 9001:2008, and NASC certifications and is a member of the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC), American Pet Products Association (APPA) and American Feed Industry Association (AFIA).


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tuffy's Nutrisca Dry Dog Food Recall


Tuffy's Pet Foods, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of a Limited Quantity of Nutrisca Dry Dog Food Because of Possible Health Risk

 Tuffy's Pet Foods, Inc. of Perham, MN is voluntarily recalling specific lots of 4 lb. bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Tuffy's manufactured the product for Nutrisca.

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 withSalmonella 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.  NoSalmonella-related illnesses in people or animals have been reported to date in association with these products.
The recalled product was distributed in the 4 lb. bags nationwide to distributors, brokers, retail stores, and internet retailers. The recalled product is limited to Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food in 4 lb. bag sizes, bearing UPC Code "8 84244 12495 7" (found on lower back of the bag). Products included in the recall are identified by the below first 5 digits of the Lot Code (found on upper back of the bag) and "Best by Dates" (found on upper back of the bag). No other bag sizes or other Nutrisca dog food, cat food, biscuits/treats, supplements or other products, are affected by this announcement.  
First five digits of Lot Codes:
4G29P, 4G31P, 4H01P, 4H04P, 4H05P, 4H06P
Best By Dates:
Jul 28 16, Jul 30 16, Jul 31 16, Aug 03 16, Aug 04 16, Aug 05 16
The recall was initiated after a routine sampling program by the Ohio Department of Agriculture revealed the presence ofSalmonella in one 4 lb. bag of product. The company is coordinating this voluntary recall with the FDA, and is issuing the recall action out of an abundance of caution.
Consumers who purchased the 4 lb. bags of the dry dog food product subject to the voluntary recall (as identified above) should stop using the product, discard it in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle), and contact Nutrisca at the number below for further information.
For consumer information or questions regarding this voluntary recall, please contact Nutrisca at 1-888-559-8833.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Recall

Grill-Phoria LLC Recalls Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Treats for Dogs Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

 
Grill-Phoria LLC of Loveland, Colorado is recalling approximately 200, 3.5 oz bags of Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Treats for Dogs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These bags were distributed and manufactured between September 20, 2014 through January 2, 2015, and do not have lot codes.

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. Most people recover from salmonellosis in four to seven days without treatment, but some groups are at higher risk of developing more severe symptoms. These high-risk groups are: children under 5 years of age, the elderly, pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems.
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.
Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Treats for Dogswas distributed in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Oklahoma through Nor-Sky Pet Supply LLC through independent pet stores. The product is under the Big Bark label and is in a standup pouch that is 3.5 oz in weight labeled as All Natural Beef Jerky Treat. No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the Colorado Department of Agriculture which revealed that the finished tested positive for Salmonella. Grill-Phoria has ceased the production and distribution of the product as the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Treats for Dogs (3.5 oz Bag) are urged to return the bag to the store that you purchased it from and get a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Grill-Phoria at between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (MST) Monday through Friday at 970-663-4561.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal Recall



Oma’s Pride Recalls Purr Complete Feline Poultry Meal because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk


 Oma’s Pride of Avon, CT is recalling Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal 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.
Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal was distributed nationwide through retail stores, distributors, and directly to consumers. Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal is sold frozen.  It is packaged in clear 12 oz. (UPC: 8 79384 00017 9) and 2 lb. (UPC: 8 79384 00018 6) plastic packaging under the Oma’s Pride brand as a poultry blend with code #1524.  It was manufactured on September 12, 2014 with a use by recommended date of September 12, 2015.  
There have been no illnesses reported to date.
The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development resulting in a positive test for Salmonella. Oma’s Pride has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Oma’s Pride Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm, at 1-800-678-6627.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Jump Your Bones Recalls Roo Bites


Jump Your Bones, Inc. Recalls Roo Bites (Cubes) Pet Treats Because of Possible Salmonella Contamination

 

 Jump Your Bones, Inc. of Boca Raton, Florida is voluntarily recalling Jump Your Bones brand name Roo Bites (Cubes) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date.
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 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 affected lots of Jump Your Bones Pet Treats were distributed to retail pet food stores nationwide and through pet food retailers/distributors.
The affected products are sold in Boutique Bags and online stores. The products affected by this recall are only identified with the following UPC codes:
63633010041 for 80g. / 2.82oz. including samples of .32 oz.
This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Consumers who have purchased the above product of Jump Your Bones, Inc. pet treats are urged to stop feeding them and return product to place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately. For further information about the recall please call (888) 249-6755 from Monday – Friday 9am – 5PM EST.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Natura Pet Products Has A Recall Of Certain Dry Cat And Dry Ferret Food



Natura Pet Recalls 5 Lots of Dry Cat and Dry Ferret Food due to Vitamin Insufficienc

 
Natura Pet Products has initiated a limited, voluntary recall of certain dry cat and dry ferret food lots produced in its Fremont, Nebraska facility. Due to a formulation error, these products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals.

Pets can become ill if they lack vitamins for prolonged periods. Early signs of vitamin deficiency may include decreased appetite, lethargy, vomiting and weight loss. If treated promptly, vitamin deficiency can be successfully reversed. The presence of excess minerals in these products poses no health concern.
There have been no reports of animal health concerns to date, but these lots do not meet our quality standards and should not be consumed by pets. No other EVO® products or lots are affected by this issue.
The affected product and lot codes are:
PRODUCT
SIZE
UPC
EXP DATE
LOT CODE
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food
15.4 LB
5148 541400
02/19/2016
4300A700D2
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food
2.2 LB
5148 541402
02/20/2016
4301A700A4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food
2.2 LB
5148 541402
02/20/2016
4301A700B4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food
2.2 LB
5148 541402
02/20/2016
4301A700C4
EVO® Grain Free Ferret Food
6.6 LB
5148 542101
02/19/2016
4300A700D3
The problem was discovered during the investigation of an ingredient inventory discrepancy. Only these 5 lots are affected. These lots were distributed through independent retailers in CA, GA, MI, MN, NV, PA, TX, VT and Canada, as well as online. No other Natura products are affected.
Retailers have been contacted and are instructed to immediately withdraw these lots from store shelves. Consumers who purchased the product should discontinue feeding the product immediately and discard as normal household waste. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this incident. We are taking immediate corrective action as a result of our investigation.
For more information, consumers can reach Natura Consumer Relations at 1-855-206-8297, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST or visit www.evopet.com.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Apache Junction, AZ Animal Hospital Veterinarian Eva DeCozio Receives The 2014 Hero Veterinarian Award


 VCA Veterinarian Eva DeCozio Honored at American Humane Association's Gala with Inaugural ‘Hero Veterinarian’ Award

 Eva DeCozio, DVM of VCA Apache Junction Animal Hospital was recognized at the American Humane Association’s (AHA) Hero Dog Awards Gala with the 2014 Hero Veterinarian award sponsored by Zoetis

 Eva DeCozio, DVM of VCA Apache Junction Animal Hospital was recognized at the American Humane Association’s (AHA) Hero Dog Awards Gala with the 2014 Hero Veterinarian award, sponsored by Zoetis. Held on September 28 in Beverly Hills, California, this year’s popular event that celebrates American heroes on both ends of the leash featured hosts Terry Bradshaw and Beth Sterns.

 

 

 Recognized as a Hero Veterinarian, Dr. DeCozio embodies the qualities of a caring professional in the veterinary community. As medical director of VCA Apache Junction Animal Hospital which is located at the edge of a low-income Arizona neighborhood, Dr. DeCozio treats seriously ill pets on a daily basis. While many of her clients have scarce resources to pay for the necessary care, Dr. DeCozio refuses to turn them away because her mission is to help as many creatures as possible. Her dedication and commitment to improving the lives of pets with expert and compassionate veterinary services is what makes Dr. DeCozio a partner in care and real life hero among her peers.
“We congratulate Dr. DeCozio on being recognized with this special honor for the work she does on behalf of VCA along with her ongoing animal welfare efforts,” said Art Antin, Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of VCA Animal Hospitals. “Eva is a caring and compassionate industry role model who exemplifies our mission that a pet’s health is our top priority.”
In addition to Dr. DeCozio’s dedication to caring for pets at VCA, she is co-founder of Panacea Animal Wellness Sanctuary (PAWS) where she has brought in hundreds of animals who might have been euthanized in other shelters, treats them, and helps them find forever homes. PAWS is a non-profit animal welfare organization that “exists to create a community in which there is no unnecessary animal euthanasia.” As a testament to Dr. DeCozio’s efforts, more than 800 animals have been given a second chance at life.
“I am overwhelmed and humbled by this huge honor,” said Dr. DeCozio. “This award is a credit to my family, my community, my clients, my patients, and of course, my technicians. I want to dedicate this award to everyone involved in our rescue group who helped make this dream of creating a non-profit a reality.”
About VCA
VCA operates more than 600 animal hospitals in 41 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces. These hospitals are staffed by more than 3,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians to give your pet the very best in medical care. Over 400 of our doctors are board-certified specialists who are experts in areas such as Oncology, Cardiology, Emergency & Critical Care, and Surgery for animals. VCA provides a full range of general practice services to keep your pet well and specialized treatments for when your pet is ill. For more information on VCA Animal Hospitals, please visit http://www.VCAhospitals.com.