HOT NEWS: Gene Therapy Used to Cure Diabetes in Dogs

Just announced this week, five diabetic beagles were injected with two extra genes about four years ago and have not needed insulin injections since. Two are still alive and living without diabetes.

This is the first long-term research cure with large animals and seems to have been a success. One aspect that was interesting to me, was that when dogs were injected with only one of the two genes, they remained diabetic and insulin dependent. Each gene has a specific job: one makes insulin and the other an enzyme that regulates glucose into the muscles.

More information can be read by searching Google for “Gene Therapy in Diabetic Dogs”.

Dog Treat Recall: Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

January 9, 2013 – IMS Trading Corp has announced it is voluntarily withdrawing its Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat products sold in the United States until further notice.
Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treats

The Company is taking this action after learning this week the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets found traces of antibiotic residue in samples of Cadet brand Chicken Jerky Treat products.

These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other major countries, but are not among those approved in the U.S.


At first, New York State authorities requested that IMS Trading Corp remove Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky treats from retail locations only in the state of New York.

Because of this request, the company has decided to conduct a voluntary withdrawal of these chicken treat products nationwide.


What to Do

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to

Dog Treat Recall: Publix Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats

On January 11, 2013, Publix Super Markets announced it has issued a voluntary recall for its Publix Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats due to possible contamination with antibiotic residue.

To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link:

Publix Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats Recall

Dog Food Recall: Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Dog Food

On February 15, 2013, Nature’s Variety announced a voluntary recall of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This action is being taken because pieces of clear plastic may be found in some bags and could cause a potential choking risk to pets. The source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved.

The affected product is strictly limited to a single batch of Organic Chicken Formula with the “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This includes:

• UPC# 7 69949 60137 1 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3 lbs. bag
• UPC# 7 69949 70137 8 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27 lbs. case
• UPC# 7 69949 60127 2 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag
• UPC# 7 69949 70127 9 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case

Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving a consumer complaint. The source of the issue was identified and resolved. To date, there have been no reports of harm to dogs or cats.

Consumers with additional questions can call the Nature’s Variety Consumer Relations team at 1.888.519.7387 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. Or, click here to email us directly.