CONTEST: Animal Wellness Give-Away

I just discovered a fantastic company named BlanketID. They have a line of lounge collars (includes an ID on each lounger) and gives our hounds the ability to be comfortable while sleeping in the house but safe without separating them from their essential IDs. They offer other types of IDs as well.  Check them out!

Blanket ID Contest 6-18

Time is running out to enter the Animal Wellness BlanketID Contest, as entry deadline is June 18, 2018 at 11:59pm. Limit one entry per household and only available to North American residents.

You Could Win Contest 6-18

 

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Glucosamine NOT Safe for Diabetic Dogs?

Glucosamine is a natural supplement that can be given to dogs with arthritis symptoms or to older dogs as preventative joint support.

Glucosamine is generally safe for use in dogs but with the following exceptions as stated by the Natural Dog Health Remedies:

  • Dogs with diabetes: Diabetic dogs or dogs who are at risk for diabetes should not take glucosamine supplements because glucosamine is sugar-based.
  • Dogs with bleeding problems: Dogs whose blood cannot clot properly should not use glucosamine without the supervision of a veterinarian because this supplement may increase blood clotting time in dogs.

I did some research on this topic but there seems to be a range of opinion for and against using glucosamine.  More information to help in your decision, can be found in this article by the Natural Dog Health Remedies website.

Yappy Woof’n Research!

Diabetic Dog Treat Sale

Bones and Bones - NEW   Diabetic Dog Bakery has been servicing diabetic and healthy dogs for over 10 years and we are celebrating Memorial Day with 25% off Bones & Bones diabetic-friendly and healthy dog treats. They are sold 30 treats per bag that are made fresh and homemade with non-GMO ingredients including soy, almonds, fava beans, Golden flaxseed and fresh red apples. Our treats contain NO additives, preservatives, chemicals, dyes or by-products.

Almond flour is low in fiber. Red delicious apples contain more potent antioxidants than other types of red apples. The apple skins that contain pectin (fiber) will ferment in the intestines which produces short-chain fatty acids that will prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and support the lining within the intestines.

Bones and Bones are diabetic-friendly with almonds (low carb) and apples (aids in digestion). Each treat is dehydrated naturally to preserve the freshness and crispy dog treats are digested slower as not to affect blood glucose levels in healthy or diabetic dogs.

The treats can be frozen for several months and defrosted individually before feeding to your furry family member. They are even safe for the entire family to eat!

  • Sales ends at 12:01am on May 30th, 2018 (Wednesday).

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Yappy Woof’n Sale!

The Diabetic Dog Bakery Staff

Dandelion Veggie Treat Recipe

dandelion green photo  Dandelion greens are abundant in most of the Country at the moment and so here is a recipe and benefits of using dandelion greens in your dog’s homemade treats. They are packed with iron, calcium and vitamins K, E, B and C. The greens also contain more protein than fresh spinach. The best part is they are gluten-free and could be easily adjusted for paleo or vegetarian treats.

1-1/4 cup brown rice flour
1-1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup homemade chicken broth
1/2 cup water
1 cup combination of vegetables (squash/dandelion greens, beets/dandelion greens,
sweet potatoes/dandelion greens)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Chop all wet ingredients in a Magic Bullet or food processor until well blended. Mix all dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well. Turn the dough onto a board and roll out to cut with desired shapes. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 25 minutes. Remove and store in a non-airtight container such as a treat jar on the counter.

Share below on how you adjusted this recipe for your furry family member or another veggie combination with dandelion greens.

Yappy Woof Baking!

The Diabetic Dog Bakery Staff
https://www.DiabeticDogBakery.com

 

 

Can You Give Boo His Furever Home?

This is an exert from the Animals In Distress (AID) December 2017 newsletter about Boo, the diabetic dog available for adoption.  The Diabetic Dog Bakery has donated diabetic-friendly treats for Boo and Terri (another diabetic dog at AID) this past year and will continue to donate again this year.

This past summer (2017), Animals In Distress (AID) partnered with The Center for Vision Loss in a summer camp program for children with vision loss. The theme was “Seeing with Your Heart” – a theme that we have been stressing for 40 years – and a message that the children totally understood and appreciated. The campers met our animals, and smiled broadly as dozens of cats competed for their attention, or as special needs dogs sprawled in front of them to receive hugs and pets. It was moving beyond words to watch the children relate to these animals, many of whom were “unadoptable” and worthless in the eyes of some.

In addition to baking homemade dog biscuits for the dogs and creating artwork reflecting their feelings about kindness to animals, the children raised enough money to sponsor two pets in our Take-A-Pet-To-Dinner Program. Of all the animals they met, they chose two animals – a cat and a dog – who touched their hearts the most.

Boo from AID

The dog they chose was Boo, a poodle/bichon mix who has been with us for a while. He developed diabetes and as a result, lost his vision rather suddenly. He had difficulty adjusting to being blind, since he had been able to see for most of his 9 years, but he is adjusting to his reality. Although the children loved many other dogs they met, they chose Boo as their Take-A-Pet choice because “he is most like us.” That statement moved us deeply and reinforced what we already know: people, especially children, need to see animals that are loved despite their challenges. They need to see animals that are not discarded because they are older, or blind, or diabetic, or imperfect in some way. They need to know that unconditional Kindness exists in this world, and that others share their feelings, that others have learned to “see” with their hearts.

Boo is still available for adoption and would be a great addition to any family that is not scared off by his diabetes and blindness.  We have a blind basset currently, named Gracie and we had a diabetic and blind basset named Daisy. Gracie’s hearing and smell are enhanced now with her blindness, so she can usually find family members and food. She has learned how to climb the deck stairs to get back inside the house and knows how to go down the ramp to the grass from the deck.  She is a joy in our family!

Would Boo be a good fit into your family or a friend’s family, so he can experience the joy and protection of a “forever family”?  I am hopeful that this post will go far across the country and find his future family.

If you would like to learn more about Boo or Animals In Distress, please click on the links or see their contact information below.

Animals In Distress
P.O. Box 609
5075 Limeport Pike
Coopersburg, PA 18036

Phone: 610-966-9383
Email: aidpa@enter.net

 

The Story Behind the Pentobarbital in National Dog Food Recall

ABC7 television station in Washington, DC, investigated and exposed how the euthanasia drug was found at high levels in dog food.  Soon after the FDA investigated to find even higher levels than thought in many nationally distributed dog foods.

Brands involved were:  Smucker’s subsidiary, Big Heart Brands – the maker of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy and Skippy dog foods.

I have hyperlinked the two reports to give you the details and history behind the recall and one family that is still mourning the death of their beloved dog.

Big Heart Brands Recalled

 

 

 

 

RECALL: Sunseed Vita Prima Exotics -Sugar Glider Formula

On behalf of our Diabetic Dog Bakery friends and family, we are posting this in case you are the adoptive parent of a Sugar Glider.  They are so cute!

Vitakraft Sun Seed Inc. of Weston, OH, is voluntarily recalling one lot of Sunseed Vita Prima Exotics Sugar Glider Formula because it has the potential to be contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonella 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.

Sugar Glider       Sunseed Sugar Glider Formula - Exotics

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.

Vitakraft Sun Seed was notified on April 13, 2018, by the Michigan Department of Agriculture that Salmonella was detected in an inspection sample of product from Lot Number 271391. The tests which discovered the bacteria were part of random testing regularly performed by the State of Michigan on various consumer products, and not prompted by any consumer concerns. To date there have been no reports of illness.

Products matching the specific lot number below are being recalled:

UPC # DESCRIPTION LOT Exp:
87535-20060 Sunseed Vita Prima Exotics Sugar Glider Formula, 28oz 271391 12/20/19

“The health and happiness of our customers and their animal companions is always our top priority. We initiated our recall procedure as soon as we were notified of this issue so we could make sure pet owners were informed,” said Brent Weinmann, President & CEO of Vitakraft Sun Seed.

The product was distributed to the following states: CA, FL, IL, MI, NJ, NV, OH, PA, and TX, as well as Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. Retailers and distributors who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves. Consumers who have purchased a product from the recalled lot should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Customers who have further questions are welcome to contact Customer Service at 1-800-221- 6175, Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm EST.

RECALL: TruPet LLC Voluntarily Recalls Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper

TruPet, LLC of Milford, OH, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper Meal Enhancer on April 17, 2018 because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall is limited to 400 cases of the product, as identified below.

The following affected “Boost Me” products were distributed in the continental USA via online retailer Chewy.com and TruDog.com through direct delivery:

Affected product can be identified by comparing the following lot number: “Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper Meal Enhancer” with “lot number #20190531 13815 “.

No products other than the specific product identified above are subject to this voluntary recall.

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.

The recall is being issued in an abundance of caution following the FDA’s collection of a retail sample from a single batch which tested positive. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper Meal Enhancer are urged to return effected product to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may call the company at 800-476-8808 for additional information.

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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.

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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.