Tuesday, May 19, 2015

OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is voluntarily recalling 2055 lbs. of Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation



OC Raw Dog Recalls Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation Because of Possible SalmonellaHealth Risk

 Ranch Santa Margarita, CA — OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is voluntarily recalling 2055 lbs. of Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  An organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 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 animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your animals have consumed the recalled product and have these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
This voluntary recall is limited to Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulations that were packaged into 6.5 lb. Doggie Dozen Patties and 5 lb. Bulk Bags with the lot number 1511 and use by date of 10/8/15.  These products were distributed in Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Colorado and sold to consumers through independent pet specialty retailers.
This recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the Nebraska Department of Food and Agriculture which revealed a presumptive positive to Salmonella
OC Raw Dog has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem. 
We will be making several changes to our methods of production in order to further protect the product we so firmly believe in. 
If you are in possession of this recalled product please submit a picture of the package with the lot number toOlivia@ocrawdog.com for verification of product in the marketplace.  Please return the product to the retailer where you purchased for a full refund or replacement product.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-844-215-DOGS (3647) Monday thru Friday 9am – 5pm PST.
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Sixth Annual Pet Cancer Awareness Month With The Blue Buffalo and Petco Foundation



Blue Buffalo and Petco Foundation Partner for Sixth Annual Pet Cancer Awareness Month 



  Blue Buffalo® and the Petco Foundation will partner in May for the companies' sixth Annual Pet Cancer Awareness Month. The continuing collaboration will raise money in support of pet cancer research and the families affected by this disease.
Cancer will affect one out of every four dogs in the U.S., accounting for nearly 50 percent of all disease-related pet deaths each year. In fact, cancer is the number one disease-related cause of death in both dogs and cats, according to Morris Animal Foundation, a world leader in advancing veterinary research.
"We are thrilled to once again collaborate with Petco to benefit pet cancer research and help the families affected by this terrible disease," said David Petrie, President, Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research. "Aside from raising money, this month we urge pet parents to educate themselves about the causes of pet cancer and warning signs to look out for."
Despite the unfortunate reach of the disease, around 80 percent of pet parents know little to nothing about pet cancer symptoms. In addition to raising donations to aid pet cancer research, the Blue Buffalo and Petco Pet Cancer Awareness Month initiative aims to increase pet parents' knowledge on preventative care and recognition of the 10 pet cancer warning signs.
"Early detection of pet cancer is key to ensure our pets are with us for as long as possible," said Dr. Gerald Post, renowned veterinarian oncologist. "Aside from knowing the warning signs, there are simple steps that pet parents can take to reduce the risks of cancer. Pet toxins can be present in everyday household products, so take a few extra minutes to read the labels, understanding what you may be exposing your pet to."
How You Can Help During Pet Cancer Awareness Month, May 9 - 31, 2015, pet lovers can help Blue Buffalo and the Petco Foundation spread pet cancer awareness and take steps to find a cure. During that time, for each bag of Blue Buffalo dog or cat food purchased at any Petco or Unleashed by Petco store, one dollar will be donated to organizations that support pet cancer research. Donations can also be made in any amount at a Petco store register, or by donating online at petcancerawareness.org or petco.com/PCA.
Funds will be distributed to universities and clinics across the country that are conducting research on the causes, prevention and treatment of canine and feline cancer, as well as to various organizations that are dedicated to helping families in need cover the cost of cancer treatments. 
Last year, Blue Buffalo and Petco raised more than $2.4 million in the month of May, reaching the highest figure of the fundraising push. This year, the companies aim to once again reach the $2 million donation mark. To date, the partnership has raised more than$7 million since its inception in 2010.
For more information, visit petcancerawarness.org.  To find a Petco store near you, visit petco.com.
About The Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research
The Blue Buffalo Foundation For Cancer Research was established in 2003 by The Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. a manufacturer of healthy and holistic dog and cat foods under the BLUE™ brand names. Finding a cure for pet cancer is one of the top priorities for The Blue Buffalo Company because its founders have had very personal experience with this disease. "Our dog Blue, a large breed Airedale and a great pal, had three bouts with cancer," said Bill Bishop, Blue Buffalo's founder. "After Blue's battles, we wanted to do something meaningful to help find a cure for this devastating disease. So one of the first things we did after starting our pet food company was to establish the Foundation to raise money for pet cancer research, and raise awareness among pet parents of the early warning signs of this disease." www.PetCancerAwareness.org
About Blue Buffalo Blue Buffalo, located in Wilton, CT, is the nation's leading natural pet food company, and provides natural dog food, natural cat food and treats under its BLUE Life Protection Formula, BLUE Wilderness, BLUE Basics and BLUE Freedom lines. Paying tribute to its founding mission, the company, through the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research, is also a leading sponsor of pet cancer awareness and of critical studies of pet cancer, health, treatment and nutrition at top veterinary medical schools across the United States. For more information about Blue Buffalo, visit the company's website at www.BlueBuffalo.com.
About Petco and the Petco Foundation
Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing the powerful relationship between people and pets. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,300 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 100 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; nine Pooch Hotel destinations for pet daycare, boarding and spa services; and Petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $125 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 400,000 animals every year. Petco.com/foundation

Monday, April 27, 2015

Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit Recall



TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products Recalls Puppy Starter Kit Due To Possible Salmonella Health Risk

 TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products, of Neptune, NJ is recalling one lot of its 1.69 oz. package of the Puppy Starter Kit dog chews, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.Salmonella can affect animals ingesting 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 Puppy Starter Kit consists of one lot of dog chews that were distributed nationwide, to Canada, and through one domestic online mail order facility.
The product comes in a 1.69 oz. package marked with Lot #21935, UPC 0-18214-81291-3, located on the back of the package, and with an expiration date of 3/22/18 also stamped on the back of the package.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in one lot of 1.69 oz. packages of the Puppy Starter Kit.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
Consumers who have purchased 1.69 oz. packages of the Puppy Starter Kit from affected Lot 21935, UPC 0-18214-81291-3, Expiration date of 3/22/18, 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 the company at 1-877-273-7527, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Central time (after hours/weekends covered by third-party poison control center).



Monday, March 16, 2015

Primal Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Cat Food Recall

Primal Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls A Single Lot of Raw Frozen Cat Food

 
Primal Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling a single batch production code of Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula 3-pound bag. FDA tested product in response to a single consumer complaint. Primal Pet Foods was alerted by FDA that the testing of two bags of this lot resulted in a low thiamine level. Neither FDA nor Primal have received any other reports concerning Thiamine in Primal products. No other product manufactured by Primal Pet Foods is involved in this voluntary recall.

Only the product with the following Best By date and production code is included in the voluntary recall.  It is best to check the production code on the back of the bag to determine if the product has been recalled or not.
The lot involved in this voluntary recall is:
Primal Pet Foods Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula 3-pound bag (UPC# 8 50334-00414 0) with Best By date 060815 B22
Primal takes very seriously, the need for adequate Thiamine levels in our feline diets. We include Organic Quinoa Sprout Powder as a natural B-Complex supplement to ensure that adequate levels of Thiamine are met. Additionally, Thiamine occurs naturally in other ingredients contained in our Feline Turkey Formula such as: Turkey Muscle Meat (including heart), Turkey Liver, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Dried Organic Kelp, Organic Collard Greens and Organic Squash.
Consumers who still have bags of cat food from this lot should stop feeding it to their cats and call us at (866) 566-4652 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PST. Consumers with further questions should visit our website atwww.primalpetfoods.com or call us at this same number.
Cats fed only diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurologic signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. If your cat has consumed the recalled lot and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

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.