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.

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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

Oberhund

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

 

 

Contest: BreezeGuard Auto Window Guards

Keep your dog safe and comfortable in your car with the windows down.

Enter for a chance to WIN a set of BreezeGuard car window screens valued at $259!

Enter the contest here by August 6th, 2017, as they will be drawing to announce a winner on August 7th, 2017.

 

RECALL: Blue Buffalo Divine Blue Wilderness Trail Trays

Blue Buffalo is voluntarily withdrawing current inventory of Blue Divine Delights and Blue Wilderness Trail Trays 3.5 oz dog food cups, from PetSmart because some of the cups may not be properly sealed.  Here is the announcement on Blue Buffalo’s website.

PetSmart also announced the voluntary withdrawal of the Blue Divine Delights and Blue Wilderness Trail trays 3.5 oz. cups on their website yesterday. PetSmart listed all the product information on their announcement so that there is no confusion of which products are being recalled.

If you purchased either of these products recently, and have any questions or comments, please call Blue Buffalo Customer Service at 877-870-7363. Or, you can return it to your local PetSmart for a full refund.

 

 

FDA INSPECTION REPORT: Evanger Dog Food

If you did not think it could get any worst than five dogs being drugged and becoming serious ill while eating their food on New Year’s Eve and one of those dogs dying; think again!

I read the news release on the expanded recall yesterday for the Evanger Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. but it was the FDA Inspection Report that made me sick to my stomach.  I took overnight to get my thoughts together and how I wanted to comment on the inspection report.  I would encourage you to read the entire inspection report that four FDA inspectors completed during the month of February 2017.  It also bothers me that no name has been mentioned for the supplier of this tainted meat (beef and horse).  Evanger’s is not the only company purchasing this meat from one supplier.  What other brands are using this supplier??  That really should be our next question of Evanger’s and the FDA.

As you read through the information below from the FDA inspectors, think about this question; ‘Does the family whom owns this company and makes decisions in producing these brands of dog food, really VALUE my family or is it just the almighty dollar?’  I know my answer is “no”!

Here is what the FDA press release had to say about the on-site inspections at both Evanger’s Illinois processing facilities.

The below snips are from the FDA Inspection Report dated February 14, 2017:

This is what we originally heard during the initial voluntary recall.

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We should be appalled that their building is in such poor condition since their food is not a cheap brand.

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I would be interested in knowing how much maintenance they have done on their two processing plants over the years.  It does not sound like much if the entire structure needs major repair.

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Would we feed moldy food to our family members?  If there were flies in the processing facility and they laid eggs in the meat, then we are talking worms here after being eaten. I know this first hand when we rescued our Winston and he lived on the Texas streets and eating out of the garbage cans. I do not feel anyone should have to pay to give worms and treatment to their beloved dog.

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These next two sections speak for themselves.  Appalling on so many levels!!

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Unacceptable processing procedure and/or timeline for processing.  I have always been under the impression that when “hand packing” in a processing facility, the entire area of processing was refrigerated.  Guess NOT!

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Pass this along on social media.  Maybe we can get all pet food manufacturers to be more transparent in their processing facilities and value our trust when purchasing their product.

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