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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bravo Pet Food Recall For Possible Salmonella



Bravo Recalls Select Chicken and Turkey Pet Foods Because of PossibleSalmonella Health Risk

 Bravo of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have 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. 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 product was distributed nationwide beginning on November 14, 2013 to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) printed on the side of the plastic tube.
1) These products are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! TURKEY BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS
Product Number: 31-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546311025
Keep Frozen
Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes 
Best used by date: 08-11-16 
UPC: 829546211028
Keep Frozen
2) These products are being recalled out of an abundance of caution because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility or on the same day as products that tested positive.
Premium Turkey Formula BRAVO Balance RAW DIET
Product Number: 31-405 
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546314057
Keep Frozen
Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-105 
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211059
Keep Frozen
The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two lots of product. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.
No additional products affected by this recall. The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.
In addition to the voluntary recall of the above products, Bravo has chosen to voluntarily withdraw the following poultry products from the marketplace to provide its customers with the certainty of safety. Those products include all sizes (2 lb., 5 lb. and 10 lb.) of Bravo Chicken Blend(s), Bravo Turkey Blend(s), Bravo Balance Chicken Balance and Bravo Balance Premium Turkey Formula frozen raw diet products with best used by dates between June 20, 2016 and September 18, 2016. This is being done out of an abundance of caution despite no evidence of any manufacturing defect or distribution problem. None of these products are known to have tested positive for the presence of pathogens. This market withdrawal has NOT been requested by the FDA, but is being done voluntarily by Bravo.
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). Customers who have purchased the recalled pet food can return to the store where purchased and submit the Product Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo websitewww.bravopetfoods.comdisclaimer icon for a full refund or store credit. More information on the Bravo recall can also be found atwww.bravopetfoods.comdisclaimer icon, or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Another Recall By PEDIGREE For Their Adult Complete Nutrition Dry Dog Food


 PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition Limited Recall Due to Metal Fragments

 
At PEDIGREE®, we care about all dogs and their safety and well-being is extremely important to us, and to our mission – to make a Better World for Pets. For that reason, we have announced the extension of a previous voluntary recall of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the possible presence of a foreign material. The voluntary recall still affects 22 bags shipped to Dollar General across four U.S. states, but it now is being expanded to 55-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products sold in Sam's Club in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
This recall is being expanded to Sam's Club in the U.S. because some of the affected production lot was originally said to be held in inventory but was instead released to consumers, which has necessitated the expansion of the recall. We are confident no other packages or retailers are affected by this recall.
Bags may contain small metal fragments, which could have entered the packages during the production process. The foreign material is not embedded in the food itself, but may present a risk of injury if consumed.
We encourage consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. We have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product. The lot codes indicated below should not be sold or consumed.
At Mars Petcare, we take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously. We sincerely apologize for this situation and encourage you to reach out to us at 1-800-305-5206 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST if you have questions.
This voluntary recall affects two packages sold in the United States only. No other PEDIGREE® products are affected, including any other variety of dry dog food, wet dog food or dog treats. The affected packages are:
  • 55-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food sold at Sam's Club will have the lot code432E1KKM03 printed on the back of the bag near the UPC and a Best Before date of 8/7/15. See below for a list of Sam's Club stores.
  • 15-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food sold at Dollar General stores will have the lot code432C1KKM03 printed on the back of the bag near the UPC and a Best Before date of 8/5/15. See below for a list of Dollar General stores.
UPCDESCRIPTION
23100 10944PEDIGREE® Brand Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food in 15 pound bags
23100 10731PEDIGREE® Brand Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food in 55 pound bags
Dollar General
Affected 15-pound bags were sold between August 18 and August 30 at Dollar General stores in:
  • Arkansas:
    • Perryville
    • Cabot
  • Louisiana
    • Baton Rouge
    • Calhoun
    • Hineston
    • Jonesville
    • Pineville
    • Slaughter
  • Mississippi
    • Magnolia
    • Vicksburg
  • Tennessee
    • Memphis
Sam's Club Affected 55-pound bags were sold between August 14 and August 30 at Sam's Club in:
  • Michigan:
    • Comstock Park
    • Muskegon
    • Jackson
    • Roseville
    • Saginaw
  • Saginaw
    • Kokomo
  • Ohio
    • Dayton
    • Holland
    • Lima

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

22 Bags of PEDIGREE Recalled In Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee And Louisiana


 Mars Petcare US Announces Voluntary Recall of 22 Bags of PEDIGREE® Brand Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs Sold at Dollar General in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana  

 
Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of 22 bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the possible presence of a foreign material. The bags were produced in one manufacturing facility, and shipped to one retail customer. The facility production line has been shut down until this issue is resolved.
Affected bags, which were sold between August 18 and August 25 in 12 Dollar General stores* in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana, may contain small metal fragments, which could have entered the packages during the production process. The foreign material is not embedded in the food itself, but may present a risk of injury if consumed. We encourage consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. We have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product. The lot codes indicated below should not be sold or consumed.
Mars Petcare US is working with Dollar General to ensure that the recalled products are no longer sold and are removed from inventory.
Recalled Pet Food
Only 15-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food sold at Dollar General in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana with the production code shown below are included in this voluntary recall. Each product will have a lot code printed on the back of the bag near the UPC code that reads 432C1KKM03 and a Best Before date of 8/5/15. No other PEDIGREE® products are affected, including any other variety of dry dog food, wet dog food or dog treats.
UPCDESCRIPTION
23100 10944PEDIGREE® Brand Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food in 15 pound bags
At Mars Petcare US, we take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this recall. Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-800-305-5206 or visit www.pedigree.com/update
*Affected product would only have been sold in Dollar General Stores in these cities:
  • Arkansas:
    • Perryville
    • cabot
  • Louisiana
    • Baton Rouge
    • Calhoun
    • Hineston
    • Jonesville
    • Pineville
    • Slaughter
  • Mississippi
    • Magnolia
    • Vicksburg
  • Tennessee
    • Memphis

Would You Want This CEO Named Desmond Hague Watching Your Dog

So you ask your friend who is a CEO named Desmond Hague who runs a company called Centerplate in Stamford, Conn. to watch your dog thinking he should be a nice guy to have take care of your dog.
Until you see this video.




Video by Globe News

I sure wouldn't want this lowlife to be my friend who likes to abuse dogs. The video was report to the BC SPCA who then went with a search warrant to find the dog named Sade who was stuck in his crate that was disgusting to say,



And now the company Centerplate has offered a mer hundred grand to a create a foundation in the name of Sade and they gave Desmond Hague

a thousand hours community service.

So that's how these companies hold these animal abusers for their wrongs with just trying to give out a little money and push it under the rug.

Read the main article by Yuliya Talmazan here.

Read the poor apology article by Lauren McNabb here,

Read the updated article by Yuliya Talmazan & Marlisse Silver Sweeney here.

 Here is the full press release on Tweeter.  


 UPDATE  

 
Centerplate’s board of directors announces the resignation of Desmond Hague.

Read it here by Daniel Roberts.

 The dog lovers have spoken...Woof...Woof..

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Surfer Dog Ricochet To Be The Ambassador For Life Rolls On, They Will Surf Again For People With Disabilities


 SURF DOG RICOCHET ACCEPTS ROLE OF AMBASSADOR FOR LIFE ROLLSON “THEY WILL SURF AGAIN” PROGRAM FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILTIES

 
Ricochet was surprised with the perfect anniversary gift today!! She was asked to become an an ambassador for Life Rolls On, They Will Surf Again (TWSA) program for people with disabilities.

 

Ricochet has been supporting Life Rolls On for the last five years But, this new role gives her the opportunity to surf with participants and be part of the mission. It’s a perfect collaboration that embodies the same purpose of inspiring, bringing people together and changing lives.

 


 Ricochet was named an Ambassador for Life Rolls On by Founder and Executive Director, Jesse Billauer. “It's an honor and a privilege to have Ricochet as an ambassador for Life Rolls On. The pure joy that she brings to the beach is everything that we stand for. The inspiration that she provides is truly a priceless experience for not only our adaptive surfers, but for all of our volunteers as well. Welcome to the LROhana Ricochet!!!” said Billauer.

 When Billauer was 17 and on the verge of becoming a professional surfer, he was pushed headfirst into a shallow sandbar, fracturing his neck. Billauer sustained a C-6 complete spinal cord injury, which resulted in quadriplegia. He lost the ability to walk and had limited mobility of his arms and hands. Billauer left the hospital and immediately knew two things: he had to surf again and he had to help others be inspired to follow their passions.

 
 With that, Life Rolls On was born with a mission to improve the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury. Their signature program, TWSA is a series of bi-coastal events that empowers paraplegics and quadriplegics to experience the freedom of mobility by riding a wave with the assistance of adaptive equipment and the support of hard working volunteers.

 
As a Life Rolls On Ambassador, Ricochet will attend events and be another form of assistance to participants in and out of the water, while providing a unique and powerful kinship. She will also work to raise more awareness of spinal cord injuries, the TWSA program and adaptive surfing. She will focus her outreach on her large platform of social media followers in an effort to garner more support for Life Rolls On activities and mission. She will also fundraise from time to time in an effort to fulfill a specific need.

 
 “Being asked if Ricochet could serve as a Life Roll’s On TWSA Ambassaor is truly an honor,” said Judy Fridono, Ricochet’s guardian. “The chance to make a greater difference in the lives of those with disabilities is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. Helping others is something so inextricably linked with who Ricochet is, so deeply engrained in her soul and rooted in my heart that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting. I’m eager to see how Ricochet’s distinctive abilities will impact the lives of those she surfs and interacts with, as she is nurtured by the loving environment of Life Rolls On.”

 To see this transformational program for yourself, please check out this video https://vimeo.com/103719219 

 
www.surfdogricochet.com 


www.liferollson.org


Today is the 5th anniversary of Ricochet becoming a SURFice dog©!!
Join the pawty at http://bit.ly/RicochetAnniversaryPawty & win prizes!

If you'd like to celebrate with a donation to help Patrick, the first boy she ever surfed with, please go to http://www.surfdogricochet.com/current-fundraisers.html

Will Your Nonprofit Animal Organization Be One Of The Four Vetericyn Loves Animals Charity Giveaway Winners



Help Your Favorite Animal Nonprofit Win a Year's Supply of Vetericyn

 
Nominations Open Today for Innovacyn’s Fourth Annual “Vetericyn Loves Animals” Charity Giveaway

 
Six lucky animal nonprofit organizations will win prizes, including a year’s supply of Vetericyn Wound and Skin Care products, thanks to Innovacyn’s fourth annual “Vetericyn Loves Animals” charity giveaway. Innovacyn announced that the nomination period for the online contest opens today and runs through September 21. To nominate an organization, go to theVetericyn website or submit via Twitter or Instagram – simply snap a photo and post it with the charity name, city, and hashtag #VetericynLovesCharity. Voting will take place on the Vetericyn Facebook page and Vetericyn website from September 24 through October 15, with winners announced on October 17.

In 2013, the 129 nominated groups received more than 32,000 votes. Innovacyn donated Vetericyn products to every nominated group. “Our goal is to support and raise awareness of the amazing organizations and volunteers who work tirelessly to improve the lives and health of homeless animals,” said Tabitha Cromer, marketing communications manager for Innovacyn.
In addition to receiving Vetericyn products, the winning organizations will also be awarded prizes from contest supporters Clinton Anderson’s Downunder Horsemanship, Cesar Millan, Bio-Groom, Whimzees, Three Dog Bakery, Thunderworks, Tuggo, Cavalor, “I and love and you” Total Pet Care and New Age Pet. The first person to nominate each winning organization will also receive a prize package.
To be eligible for participation, nominated charities must serve animals and be located in a country where Vetericyn products are available (United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, UK, Ireland, Denmark, Turkey, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, Russia, Finland, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia). Anyone can nominate an organization by going to the Vetericyn website during the nomination period and providing basic information about the group they support. A complete list of rules can be found here.
Organizations are divided into two categories – those that primarily serve small animals (cats, dogs, exotics, etc.) and those that serve large animals (horses, donkeys, etc.). At the end of the voting period, the three “large animal” and three “small animal” organizations with the most votes will be announced as winners on October 17.
Last year’s winners were Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue (Tehachapi, Calif.), The Joplin Humane Society (Joplin, Mo.), Suncoast Basset Rescue (Gainesville, Fla.), Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue (Morriston, Fla.), RVR Horse Rescue (Riverview, Fla.), and Central Virginia Horse Rescue (Brodnax, Va.).
“So many of the dogs that come into the shelter are injured or at the very least have wounds generated from life on the streets. Vetericyn is the perfect treatment because it helps them heal, which makes them more adoptable,” said Zach Skow, founder of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue. “Our rescue, our shelter, and our fosters use Vetericyn regularly, and it has made a huge difference in the lives of countless animals.”
About Vetericyn:
Vetericyn provides immediate-acting, one-step wound and skin care products for animals. The sprays and gels are non-toxic, steroid-free, antibiotic-free, and do not contain alcohol or tea tree oils. Vetericyn doesn’t harm healthy tissue and is safe for use on all animal species of all ages.
Vetericyn products are available in pet stores nationwide, including Petco; at feed and tack stores, including Tractor Supply Co.; via licensed veterinarians; and through the company’s network of distributors.
About Innovacyn Inc.:
Based in Rialto, Calif., Innovacyn Inc. is a privately held company that provides premier human and animal healthcare products based on advanced scientific research. To learn more about Innovacyn’s products for the human market, visit http://www.puracyn.com, and for animals, visit http://www.vetericyn.com. All Innovacyn products are made in the U.S.A.