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.

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.

 

Dog Food RECALL: Blue Ridge Dog Food

blue-ridge-recall  January 17, 2017 — Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, Georgia, has announced it is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Turkey with Bone raw frozen product due to its potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Blue Ridge Dog Food Recall 

The affected Products were distributed to retail stores in the following states:

NC – SC – GA – FL

Consumers who have purchased the above lot of turkey for dogs are urged to stop feeding them and return products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Or dispose of them immediately. Those with questions can email the company at blueridgebeefga@yahoo.com.

RECALL: Blue Ridge Beef (dog or kitten)

blue-ridge-beef-dog-food-recall    Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling two (2) of its frozen products due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes. Salmonella and Listeria can affect animals eating the product. There is a 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 surface exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

The affected products are sold in 2 lb chubs and can be identified with the following manufacturing codes:

Lot #mfd ga8516
Beef for dogs
UPC code 8542980011009
Lot #mfd ga81216
Kitten grind
UPC code 854298001016

The affected products were distributed to retail stores in the following states:

  • NC
  • SC
  • GA
  • FL
  • AZ
  • TX

 

What caused the Recall:

This recall was initiated after the FDA received two complaints associated with these products, including one complaint of two kitten illnesses and one complaint of a puppy death. Subsequent testing by the FDA of a 2 lb chub of beef for dogs and kitten grind collected at a veterinary office revealed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. There is no direct evidence linking these unfortunate instances to contaminated product.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.

What to do:

Consumers who have purchased the above lots of beef for dogs or kitten grind are urged to stop feeding them and return products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Or dispose of them immediately. Those with questions can email the company at blueridgebeefga@yahoo.com.

Contest: Balanced Blends Dog Food Give-away!

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Balanced Blends raw pet food is giving away 15 pounds of frozen raw food to THREE winners.

Do not wait one more minute….. one winner will be drawn today 11/7/16, one on Friday 11/11/16 and one next Monday 11/14/16.