Recall: G&C Raw Cat and Dog Food

The FDA announced that G & C Raw, of Versailles, OH is recalling 30 1–lb containers of Pat’s Cat Turkey Cat Food and 40 2-lb containers of Ground Lamb Dog Food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria … Continue reading

Let’s Not Jump About the FDA Investigation on Legumes and Potatoes

FDA Logo         The FDA released yesterday afternoon to alert pet owners and veterinary professionals about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients.  Since DCM most often happens in large breed dogs, we should not jump into action and stop feeding our dogs grain-free food because of this FDA investigation without a conclusion or consulting your holistic DVM.

If you read the complete bulletin that was released, canine diets in cases reported to the FDA “frequently list potatoes or multiple legumes such as peas, lentils, other “pulses” (seeds of legumes), and their protein, starch and fiber derivatives early in the ingredient list, indicating that they are main ingredients”.  I do not agree with these being the main ingredients for dogs and since it could be a taurine deficiency, as dogs should be fed strong levels of beef, lamb, dark chicken meat, eggs, seaweed, krill and brewer’s yeast. In addition, raw meat is fairly known for its richness in taurine.

If you are a client of a holistic DVM, I would consult with them first before a decision is made on changing your form of food; whether that is commercial, raw or cooked homemade food.

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Diabetic Dog Bakery was founded in 2008 and has continued to research, learn and create recipes that are appropriate for diabetes, pancreatitis, overweight, CKD (chronic kidney disease), and soon to be released Hemp based dog treats for relief of arthritic, cancerous and joint pain. Check out our reasonably priced treats for $8.99 on our website or social media.

Join our “Birthday Club” to receive a free package of treats during their birthday week and “Reward Program” that is our loyalty program that issues a free bag of treats after purchasing 10 bags.

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Are You Eating Insects and Your Dog Too?

Did you know that insects are being used as a protein in dog food and now I find out it is being added to human food products too.  Where have I been for the past several years while this movement … Continue reading

RECALL: IKEA Recalling LURVIG Pet Water Dispenser

As of this morning, IKEA is recalling the LURVIG pet water dispenser due to a suffocation hazard to pets.

IKEA has received two reports worldwide, concerning tragic accidents where the pet has suffocated after getting their head stuck in the water dispenser.

The LURVIG water dispenser was sold in the US stores between October 2017 and June 2018 for $7.99.

IKEA urges customers to stop using the water dispenser and return it to any IKEA store for a full refund.

For more information, please visit www.IKEA-usa.com or contact IKEA at 888-966-4532. They have apologized for any inconvenience.

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Diabetic Dog Bakery was founded in 2008 and has continued to research, learn and create recipes that are appropriate for diabetes, pancreatitis, overweight, CKD (chronic kidney disease), and soon to be released Hemp based dog treats for relief of arthritic, cancerous and joint pain. Check out our reasonably priced treats on social media.

Join our “Birthday Club” to receive a free package of treats during their birthday week and “Loyalty Program” that issues a free bag of treats after purchasing 10 bags.

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Blog:   https://diabeticdogbakery.wordpress.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DiabeticDogBake

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DiabeticDogBakery

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/PamelaAkkerman/pins/

 

Dog in Mourning: Helping Our Pets Cope with Loss on Cesar’s Way

A heart-tugging image of a brown Labrador retriever named Hawkeye lying beside the American flag-draped casket of his human companion, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, went viral on the internet within hours. Pet lovers were moved by the symbol of loyalty shown by the dog who would not leave his best friend’s side. For many Americans, the image also served as a reminder of the lives that were lost on 9/11 and of those who are still serving in Afghanistan. For others, the depiction of a seemingly depressed and heart-broken dog represented the possibility that there’s more to our pets’ psychology than has ever been identified.

If dogs are capable of grieving, then how can we, as pet lovers, help them deal with their pain? How can we heal them after the loss a loved one?

Signs your dog is mourning

Read more ….

 

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

 

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.