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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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.

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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.