FDA Approves Diroban, the First Generic Drug to Treat Heartworm Disease in Dogs

diroban-image   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced the approval of Diroban (melarsomine dihydrochloride), the first generic drug to treat heartworm disease in dogs.

Heartworm disease is caused by a thread-like parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis. The worms are called heartworms because the adult worms live in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of an infected animal. In dogs, the disease results in heart failure, severe lung disease, other organ damage, and death. Heartworm disease is only spread through the bite of a mosquito; it cannot be transmitted directly from one dog to another.

Diroban is administered by deep injection into the back muscles. It is used to treat dogs with stabilized class 1 (no symptoms), class 2 (mild to moderate respiratory symptoms), and class 3 (severe respiratory symptoms) heartworm disease. It should not be used in dogs with class 4 (extremely severe respiratory symptoms) heartworm disease. Side effects of treatment may include pain, swelling, or tenderness at the injection site, coughing/gagging, decrease in activity level, lack of appetite, fever, and vomiting. Dogs should be closely monitored by a veterinarian during treatment. Following treatment, dogs should have restricted exercise for up to six weeks because active dogs are at risk for blood clots in the lungs.

Diroban must be prescribed by a licensed veterinarian because professional expertise is needed to correctly diagnose the severity of a dog’s heartworm disease and administer the drug as part of a treatment plan.

RECALL: Against the Grain Dog Food

against-the-grain-dog-food-recall  The FDA has announced that Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that was manufactured and distributed in 2015.

The 12 oz. Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that is being recalled, due to the potential presence of pentobarbital, has an expiration date of December 2019, a lot number of 2415E01ATB12, and the second half of the UPC code is 80001 (which can be found on the back of the product label).

Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand and coma.

The complete FDA press release can be viewed here.

NOTE: 1) It makes one wonder why two recalls in the last two weeks for pentobarbital and how is it getting into the food being produced?   2) Since this one was produced and sold in 2015, why are they just now finding it?   3) Pentobarbital is now most commonly used for euthanasia for dogs and cats, so this drug can kill.

 

 

 

 

 

RECALL: Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe

blue-buffalo-homestyle-healthy-weight.png  A voluntary recall was made by the Blue Buffalo Company for specific lots of Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight canned food, due to aluminum metal contamination.

More information can be obtained by reading their press release here.

If you have a can of this product, you can return it for a full refund at your local retailer. For more information, you can call 866-800-2917 to talk directly with Blue Buffalo.

CONTEST: Best Smile Photo Contest

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Enter a photo that best represents your companion’s “Best Smile” for a chance to have your loved one as the face of PetzLife and featured in a Full Page ad in Animal Wellness Magazine! Winners will also get a years supply of PetzLife and will be featured on the PetzLife and Animal Wellness website and social media .
Complete the entry form at PetzLife.

RECALL: Evanger’s Canned Dog & Cat Food

evangers-hunk-of-beef-recall-canOut of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus. Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.

The specifically-identified lot numbers (as detailed below) of cans of 12-oz Hunk of Beef being voluntarily recalled were distributed to retail locations and sold online in the following States: Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and were manufactured the week of June 6 – June 13, 2016.

Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, Evangers is voluntarily recalling Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured the same week, with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.

The subject recall affects 5 lots of food that were produced from its supplier’s lot of beef, which is specifically used for the Hunk of Beef product and no other products. To date, it has been reported that five dogs became ill and 1 of the five dogs passed away after consuming the product with lot number 1816E06HB13. Evanger’s is proactively issuing a recall voluntarily so as not to risk potential exposure to pentobarbital in the product.

All Evanger’s suppliers of meat products are USDA approved. This beef supplier provides us with beef chunks from cows that are slaughtered in a USDA facility. We continue to investigate how this substance entered our raw material supply.

Because we source from suppliers of meat products that are USDA approved, and no other products have had any reported problems, we are not extending the recall to other supplier lots. This is the first recall for Evanger’s in its 82 years of manufacturing. Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, if consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, he or she should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday – Friday

RECALL: Giant Companion Canned Dog Food

Giant Food Stores has issued a voluntary recall for specific lots of Companion Canned Dog Food due to possible metal contamination.

Recalled Products include:

  • Companion Dog Food with Chicken and Rice
  • 13.2 ounce can
  • UPC: 68826707501
  • Codes: Best By 08/05/2019
  • Companion Dog Food with Chicken, Lamb and Rice
  • 13.2 ounce can
  • UPC: 68826700360
  • Codes: Best By 08/05/2019
  • Companion Dog Food with Turkey and Bacon
  • 13.2 ounce
  • UPC: 68826700356
  • Codes: Best By 08/05/2019

Customers are invited to return the impacted product for a full refund. For additional information, call 479-935-6145.

Customers may return impacted product for a full refund. For additional information call 479-935-6145.

RECALL: PetSmart Grreat Choice Adult Canned Dog Food

petsmartproductrecallfactset80 PetSmart has issued a voluntary recall of one production lot of Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food- with Chicken and Rice Classic Ground 13.2 oz. cans.

The voluntary recall is a precautionary action due to metal contamination found in the single lot identified below. No other Grreat Choice products are impacted by this issue and we are not aware of any dogs becoming ill or injured from this product.

Product Name

UPC

Best By Date or Lot Code

Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food- With Chicken and Rice Classic Ground

7-3725726116-7

Best By
8/5/19
Lot 1759338

The Best By date is found on the bottom of the can.

Please stop feeding this product to your pet and bring any remaining cans affected by this recall to your nearest PetSmart for a full refund. We recommend the other varieties of Grreat Choice canned dog foods as alternate options until this product is once again available.

If you have questions about this voluntary recall, please contact PetSmart Customer Service at 1-888-839-9638.

 

CONTEST: Sweets for the Canine Sweetheart!

valentine-heart-and-dogAlthough chocolate is forbidden for Fido, there are plenty of other ways to show your furry best friend how much you care this Valentines Day.  Enter to win many prizes from FIDO Friendly Dog Magazine just by sending in a photo of your beloved dog or dogs and up to 200 words on why they are a BIG sweetheart.

A fantastic prize that is included in this contest, is an ON THE ROAD PET safe travels and adventure kit. Designed by a veterinarian with everything needed in an emergency on the trail or at the dog park.

FIDO Friendly Dog Contest
Send a photo of your Sweetheart to contest@fidofriendly.com along with your name, address, dogs name, and up to 200 words on why your dog is a big sweetheart.
Please send a high-resolution image suitable for print as the winning photo will also appear in an upcoming issue of FIDO Friendly magazine! 

CONTEST: National Pet Dental Health During the Month of February!

 

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Enter for your chance to win Lucky Dog Cuisine from FIDO Friendly.

 

By the age of three, most dogs already have gum disease. This can be prevented by daily brushing and by feeding a moist, whole food diet. Moisture helps keep away bacteria. Yogurt, fresh ingredients and herbs keep a healthy mouth pH to slow down the build up of infection. Kibble does not clean teeth!  luckydogcuisine.com

 All you need to do is send in a high-resolution image of Fido (must be high-resolution in order to be considered since the winner will appear in an upcoming issue of FIDO Friendly magazine) and up to 100 words on why your dog makes you smile along with your name, email and address. Please email to: contest@fidofriendly.com with SMILE in the subject line. Good luck!

*one winner will be chosen and announced March 1, 2017. By entering the contest you agree to allow FIDO Friendly to share your dogs photo and your information online and in print without compensation.

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Diabetic Dog Bakery does not endorse FIDO Friendly or Lucky Dog Cuisine. This post is a means to pass information along to dog owners that might be interested in this contest.