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Med-Vet International Issues Nationwide Recall of Veterinary Insulin Syringes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 20, 2014 – On Feb. 14, 2014 , Med-Vet International initiated a nationwide recall of 140 boxes of 1/2cc U-40 insulin syringes. The syringes have been found to be labeled with 40 units per 1/2cc syringe and they should be marked with only 20 units per 1/2cc, which potentially could result in lower than prescribed doses of insulin. Animals receiving subtherapeutic doses of insulin may exhibit signs and symptoms consistent with hyperglycemia including, but not limited to dehydration, increase in thirst, increase in urination, malaise or lethargy, and urinary tract infection in addition to increasing the risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis. The long term failure to adequately control blood glucose levels can result in vision problems, neuropathy, and damage to the pancreas.

More information can be found on the FDA website – http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm386613.htm

Is Alfalfa Safe For Your Dog (or Cat)

Alfalfa is an ingredient in many commercially available dog and cat foods, and according to PetfoodIndustry.com, consumers are beginning to ask whether this forage belongs in their pet’s diet.

Although alfalfa has some health attributes as a green food, including a whole food source of phytonutrients, there are several reasons to avoid making alfalfa a primary source of protein in your pet’s diet, including the fact that plant-based protein is far from ideal for carnivores.

Check out the complete article that Dr. Becker goes into details on this important ingredient to avoid in our dog and cat daily food.

Mercola Healthy Pets

Homemade Marrow Pops

For the basic homemade marrow pops, pour the GF organic homemade marrow broth into an ice cube tray of any shape. Freeze until solid and store/serve.

We always encourage fuzzy child parents to start with highly nutritional homemade marrow broth.  Most grocery stores (such as Whole Foods), Co-ops or even local farmers, have frozen beef bones for a very reasonable price.  I get a bag of about 6 bones for $4.00 but these bones come from organic grass-fed beef.

Place about 3 marrow bones in a large pot filled ½ full of filtered water.  Bring to a medium boil for about 20 minutes.  Remove the bones and throw away because the new veterinarian standards are that meat bones are too hard for the back teeth and may cause hairline fractures.

These are only a few examples of healthy items you can put in the middle of the marrow pops:

  • Chicken, beef or salmon – A piece of cooked chicken or turkey or salmon can be added to each pop. What a yummy surprise in the middle!
  • Homemade Dog Treats – You can stick in small pieces of homemade dog treats. Don’t worry if some of the treat is not totally submerged in each marrow pop.  It will inspire your fuzzy child to get to the treat faster!
  • Vegetables – Adding vegetables like sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, green beans and/or green peas will give additional nutrition.  You can even add several to each cup before starting the freezing process.

Homemade marrow pops will last about a month in the freezer, but they don’t usually stay around that long.  When frozen, pop out into a plastic freezer bag for storage and start on your next batch.

More Ideas:

  1. Colored Ice Trays – I strongly suggest you use a different colored ice trays when making marrow pops for your fuzzy child/children. This way, other family members understand that these are for the four-legged family members. These marrow pops are safe for humans to eat and handle.
  1. Location – These marrow pops are best enjoyed outdoors as a water hose makes clean up a snap.
  2. Rubber Cupcake Liners – Place the rubber cupcake liners on a cookie sheet and fill with the homemade marrow broth about halfway.  When frozen, pop out of the rubber liners into a plastic freezer bag for storage.

**Make sure that the marrow pop shape is the right size for your dog’s breed and size.  We don’t want anyone choking during this fun outdoor activity. If you are not sure of the size you should be using, please consult with your veterinarian. 

RECALL: Two Abady Frozen Dog Foods

On June 19th, 2013, the Robert Abady Company of New York announced a voluntary recall of their two frozen dog food products due to Salmonella contamination.

1. Abady Frozen High Stress/High Performance Dog Food 3 lbs
2. Abady Frozen Growth Formula for Puppies of the Large & Giant Breed 31bs

The affected dog foods were distributed via retail stores and kennels in these states:

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Please contact the Abady Company directly at 845-473-1900 or 877-99-ABADY with any question you may have.

RECALL: California Natural, Innova, EVO, Healthwise, Karma & Mother Nature Dog/Cat Food

Today, Natura Pet announced once again that they are recalling California Natural, Innova, EVO, Healthwise, Karma and Mother Nature dry dog and cat food products due to possible Salmonella bacteria contamination.

 

Read more on the FDA Recall Announcement.

Further information on pet food recalls over the past several years at the AVMA website.

Another Dog Treat Recall by the FDA on 10/17/12

Yesterday (October 17th, 2012), another FDA press release named two more dog treats being recalled for Salmonella bacteria contamination.  The names are Boots & Barkley Roasted American Pig Ears and Boots & Barkley American Variety Pack Dog Treats.  Both dog treats were sold at Target nationwide and manufactured by Kasel Industries in Colorado.  The complete press release can be found at the FDA website.

Kasel Industries has recalled lot number BESTBY 13SEP2014DEN for both products because this lot number tested positive for the Salmonella bacteria per the analysis by the CO Department Of Agriculture.

This latest FDA press release is being passed along as an information alert – by The Gourmet Dog Bakery.

Are Monarch Butterflies Toxic?

Fall has come over most of the U.S. states and with that comes our beautiful monarch butterflies eating to gain strength for their Mexican flight over winter.

As each butterfly drinks their selected nectar of  milk weed, they gain in toxic strength to dogs and cats.  Milk weed is a known toxin for dogs and cats.  The problem lies in a toxic flying object which draws them to jump in anticipation of a sweet snack.

Keeping in mind that the more you attract Monarchs to your yard with butterfly bushes and similar landscaping, it will bring that toxic possibilities closer to your beloved pets.  Some of the common signs of toxicity to watch for are:

  • vomiting
  • drooling with nausea
  • weakness or collapsing
  • dilated pupils
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • abnormal heart rate
  • death

Target Store Brand Dog Treats Recalled

Target store brand, Boots and Barkley, has been voluntarily “recalled” for salmonella contamination on September 21, 2012. The American Beef Bully Sticks were manufactured by the Denver-based Kasel Associated Industries.

Salmonella bacteria can sicken dogs when they are eaten or humans can become sick by handing the bully sticks and NOT washing their hands throughly.

The following lots are being recalled: BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN, and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN and were all sold between April 2012 and September 2012.

Complete information can be found at the official FDA website.

Goat’s Rue to Help Dog Diabetes

Goat’s Rue may be effective in diabetic dogs.

Goat’s Rue is an herb that has been known to be effective for treating diabetes in dogs.  This herb can lower blood glucose levels without causing them to fall to dangerously low levels.  It also seems to aid in reducing the risk of cataracts too.