RECALL: OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce Raw Frozen Dog Food

OC Raw Dog Chicken-Fish-Produce         The OC Raw Dog, LLC recalled their 2nd raw frozen products on Friday, April 20, 2018 and involved listeria.

The recall involves OC Raw Dog chicken, fish and produce frozen raw dog food covering four varieties that were recalled after the NJ Dept. of Agriculture found listeria in product samples. The listeria recall is limited to the 3-pound Meaty Rox bags; 4-pound Slider Bags; 6.5-pound Doggie Dozen Patty Bags; or 7-pound Meaty Rox Bags. The information can be found on the back lower left corner with a sticker stating lot #3652 and an expiration date of October 11, 2018.

This recalled lot #3652 went to distributors in Florida, Maryland, California, Colorado,  Minnesota, Vermont and Pennsylvania.  Distribution was to specialty retail stores in an undisclosed amount of states.

The CDC stated that 1,600 people get listeria each year in the USA and 260 directly related deaths.

SYMPTOMS:  Pets with listeria can suffer from diarrhea, fever, anorexia, muscle, respiratory problems, even death.  With light infection and no symptoms, listeria can be  transferred to humans. By handling food with listeria or using unclean surfaces that contaminated food has touched, is another way to pass listeria. Pregnant women, newborns, senior citizens and people with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable to listeria.

Customers with these products should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Anyone with questions can call 1-844-215-DOGS, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern time.

RECALL: OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines

The FDA released the following notification on April 20, 2018: OC Raw Dog, LLC of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, is recalling the Freeze Dried Sardines because the fish have exceeded the FDA compliance guideline for fish larger than 5 inches. The FDA has determined that salt-cured, dried, or fermented uneviscerated fish larger than 5 inches have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning between 1981 and 1987 and again in 1991. Because OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines are larger than 5 inches there is a possible health risk. Clostridium botulinum can cause severe and potentially fatal toxicity in both animals consuming the pet treat and people handling the pet treat or coming in contact with contact areas that have been exposed to the product. Common symptoms may include dizziness, blurred or double vision, trouble with speaking or swallowing, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, abdominal distension, and constipation. Pets or persons experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.


This product of Freeze Dried Sardines was shipped to Distributors in the following states with the intent to be sold to Wholesalers who in turn sell to Consumers. This product would be found in Independent Pet Specialty Stores within the following states:

California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, Texas, and Pennsylvania.

OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines are packaged in a 3.2 oz bag with a UPC of 095225853043.

Product Package Nt. Wt. UPC No. Bar Code
OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines 3.2 oz 095225853043 OC Raw Dog barcode

To date there have been no reported illnesses of dogs, cats, or persons in any connection with the sardines.

OC Raw was notified by the Minnesota Department of Food and Agriculture after a sample of our OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines were collected and determined to contain un-eviscerated or intact un-gutted fish that measure 6-61/2 inches which is greater than FDA guidelines of 5 inches for un-eviscerated fish.

This product has not tested positive for Clostridium botulinum. Minnesota Department of Food and Agriculture tested the product for Salmonella where the test returned negative.

OC Raw Dog is a family owned and managed by passionate dog enthusiasts who take very seriously the safety and wellbeing of its consumers and clients. We are dedicated to producing a safe and quality product. Because safety and quality is our priority we are conducting this voluntarily recall. We will be changing our sardine suppliers to insure the new Sardines are less than 5 inches or if larger they will be eviscerated. We will continue to only use ingredients and products that are USDA certified and inspected for Human Consumption.

Distributors, Retailers and Consumers who have purchased OC Raw Dog’s Freeze Dried Sardines can return it to the location where it was purchased for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-844-215-DOGS during the hours of Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm PST.

RECALL: Vital Essentials Dog Food

April 16, 2018 — Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, WI, is voluntarily recalling (based on FDA testing), two of its Vital Essentials freeze-dried dog foods because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Affected products can be identified by comparing the following images and lot numbers:

  • Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers
  • 6 oounce (170 g) package size
  • Best by date: 06/04/2019 or 06/20/2019
  • Lot #: 13815
  • Product UPC: 033211006059

Vital Essential Recall 1

  • Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Chub Entrée for Dogs
  • 5 pound (2.27 kg) package size
  • Best by date: 12/27/18
  • Lot #: 13816
  • Product UPC: 033211008817

Vital Essential Recall 2

What Caused the Recall?

The issue was discovered when a single package of product produced on the same day was collected and tested by FDA for the presence of Salmonella.

About 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.

What to Do?

As of this writing, the Dog Food Advisor was unable to locate any public information regarding this event anywhere on the Vital Essentials website. The Diabetic Dog Bakery checked the company Facebook page this morning and requested a response to the recall but no response as of 11am CST.

The company encourages consumers to discard the affected products included above safely in a covered trash receptacle.

Contact your retailer for a replacement or refund.

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

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


Documentary Reveals Why a Raw Diet Can Be Best For Your Pooch

Dr Becker Documentary Fooled

Article written by Pam Powell in the Daily Journal – Kankakee, IL about Dr. Karen Becker’s documentary “Fooled”, directed by Kohl Harrington.  The documentary is about the dangers of ingredients commonly found in big-brand pet foods.

Dr. Karen Becker has the knowledge and understanding on the dangers of what we could feed our furry family members and I have heeded her warnings in the past.  We have fed our bassets hounds homemade cooked meals for about 10 years with confident results in health and wellness. Decide for yourself after viewing her documentary.

Dr. Becker is an integrative wellness veterinarian and an animal advocate. Her goal has always been to help pet parents create wellness in order to prevent illness in the lives of their pets.

RECALL: K9 Natural Dog Food

K9 Natural Ltd is voluntarily recalling four batches of the K9 Natural Frozen Chicken Feast that were imported into the US market from New Zealand in June 2017 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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

The Power Of Knowledge by The Poultry Guy in SD

Diana focused on three foods we, as Americans, commonly eat, and the ugly reality behind their production.

They were bananas, coffee, and chocolate, all of which I really enjoy.

In this country, we enjoy laws and regulations (still have a long ways to go) that have improved the health of our environment, and simultaneously, us humans.

This phenomenon has fostered an uneven global playing field.  Large companies often exploit the people and environment of other countries, who’s administrations aren’t so conscientious, before importing product to the USA.

All in the name of “lowest prices/largest profits” which is the reason your cheapest options are often a poor choice.

When you buy imported food items, do your homework.

It’s super important to know where our food comes from and how it was raised, because our money ultimately supports every institution factored in producing what we’re buying.

Here’s why bananas, chocolate, and coffee should be carefully purchased.

Cavendish bananas (most popular variety by far) are heavily sprayed with chemicals that have been outlawed in the USA and other countries due to environmental concerns and public health and safety.  Children are often a part of the workforce and become exposed to these harsh chemicals at critical developmental stages in their lives.

Many coffee farmers these days are having a difficult time making a living and providing for their families.  In Africa, farmers are destroying coffee plants and raising Khat, an illegal drug that makes better money.

Cacao plantations in western Africa commonly use child slaves to harvest the beans up in trees.  60% of them, Diana says, are under the age 14 and working 12 hour days.

To conclude, please seriously consider what you are buying and who you are supporting.  Research name brands and willingly spend a little extra to support those companies who are doing what their best to be socially just and environmentally conscious.

This is one of the very reasons I love raising my own food, I know it’s safe.  The fact that it tastes awesome is the icing on the cake.

Written by Loren Fisk (The Poultry Guy in South Dakota)

Interested in more of The Poultry Guy’s Blog.

RECALL: Bone Treats for Dogs

No Bones (or Bone Treats) About It: Reasons Not to Give Your Dog Bones

SALE: Healthy Hearts & Bark Boxes

The Diabetic Dog Bakery is having a sale through the end of September 2017 on Healthy Hearts and Bark Boxes for ONLY $5.99 each for our diabetic-friendly dog treats.

By using low-glycemic soy, GF whole grains, green peas and beans in these treats, it may assist in lowering the blood sugar levels in diabetic and prediabetic dogs. We have also found that our Healthy Hearts and Bark Boxes are easy for pancreatic dogs to handle with their sensitive stomachs.

Dog parents struggling with management of their pup’s weight, can use these 6 or 7 calorie treats with pleasure and no guilt.

Healthy Hearts                                            Bark Boxes


Check out our sale prices on Healthy Hearts and Bark Boxes today at the Diabetic Dog Bakery.

What Is In The Treat You Give Your Dog?

Many years ago, I started reading food labels for my husband and I. Mainly due to a health issue but after learning what was in our favorite foods, we started to change our eating habits. In addition, I noticed some family members and friends feeding store-bought treats to their dogs. When I asked them why that brand, they would answer “because he/she likes it”. I started to wonder, what would they think if they really knew all the ingredients in those treats?  Would they continue feeding it to their dog or would they start looking for a new treat?  One of them that I shared several of the appalling ingredients to, was quite upset that it is allowed to be in dog treats.  Propylene glycol is used to make antifreeze and airplane de-icers, TBHQ is a butane derivative that can cause death from ingesting as little as 5 grams (lighter fluid), BHA that is known to cause stomach cancer and BHT also causes cancer. How about silica that causes indigestion and magnesium stearate suppresses the immune system.

One of the more serious ingredients to me, is the metabisulfite (found in Milk Bones among other brands of dog treats) is harmful if ingested or inhaled because it reacts with acids in the stomach to release toxic sulfur dioxide gas. It can cause issues with a dog’s central nervous system, gastrointestinal or even circulatory issues.  Why take any chances with this type of dog treat?

Do you know what is in your dog’s treat?

The “Dirty Popcorn” blog is one of the best written and in detail about commercial dog treats on the market.  The blog is written by Amy Renz of Goodness Gracious.

I would like to challenge you as a dog parent, to read the label of your current dog treat and learn what is exactly in the treat.  If you are not comfortable continuing to give that treat, use the new information you have learned from these sources and find a new healthier treat that continues your dog’s tail to wag!

Helpful Links:

Dirty Popcorn


Dr. Michael W. Fox, D.V.M.

Dr. Karen Becker – Facebook Page

Dr. Karen Becker – Blog

Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats



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