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

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: Dave’s Dry Dog Food

On December 1, 2015,  Dave’s Pet Food of Agawam, Massachusetts, had confirmed it is voluntarily recalling a batch of their Dave’s Simply the Best dry dog food.  A consumer complained that an odor was present after purchase but wasn’t sure what was causing the odor.

The product involved was one batch with the ‘Best Use By’ date of October 15, 2016.

Southern Tier Pet Nutrition is the co-packer of the recalled batch and tested the samples submitted by the consumer and tested high in peroxide, which indicated the product was rancid. The company felt that the rice brand was the issue and destroyed any remaining totes.

Questions should be referred to the company directly at 1-888-763-2738.

Recall: Hill’s Science Diet Withdraws 7 Varieties of Their Canned Dog Food

Hill’s Science Diet is voluntarily withdrawing from the market, a selection of their canned dog foods for reasons unknown. PetSmart stores have posted a sign giving notice to customers about the “voluntary market withdrawal.”

There are several different “levels” of recalls according to the FDA’s (Food & Drug Administration) guidelines. According to their website, a “market withdrawal” is:

“Occurs when a product has a minor violation that would not be subject to FDA legal action. The firm removes the product from the market or corrects the violation. For example, a product removed from the market due to tampering, without evidence of manufacturing or distribution problems would be a market withdrawal.”

The products listed below, are being withdrawn by this manufacturer.

#1 – Hill’s Science Diet Dog Adult Perfect Weight
    Can size: 12.8 oz. with SKU: 5210092 and UPC: 5274229750
ALL Date Codes and ALL Best Before Dates

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#2 – Hill’s Ideal Balance Slim & Healthy Chicken
 Can size: 12.8 oz. with SKU: 5210280 and UPC: 5274230770
ALL Date Codes/ALL Best Before Dates

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#3 – Hill’s Science Diet Dog Small & Toy Adult 1-6 yrs. Beef Entrée
   Can size: 5.8 oz. with SKU: 5092280 and UPC: 5274249660
ALL Date Codes/ALL Best Before Dates

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#4 – Hill’s Science Diet Dog Small & Toy Mature 7+ yrs. Beef Entrée 

Can size: 5.8 oz with SKU: 5092282 and UPC: 5274249680
ALL Date Codes/ALL Best Before Dates

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#5 – Hill’s Science Diet Dog Adult 1-6 yrs. Beef Entrée
Can size: 13 oz. with SKU: 5117274 and UPC: 5274270390
ALL Date Codes/ALL Best Before Dates

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#6 – Hill’s Science Diet Dog Adult 1-6 yrs. Beef & Chicken Entrée

Can size: 13 oz. with SKU: 5117273 and UPC: 5274270400
ALL Date Codes/ALL Best Before Dates

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#7 – Hill’s Science Diet Dog Mature 7+ yrs. Beef Entrée
Can size: 13 oz. with SKU: 5117275 and UPC: 5274270560
ALL Date Codes/ALL Best Before Dates

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If you have products to return and/or questions:

Contact the Hill’s Science Diet Customer Service at 800-445-5777 from 8 am to 5 pm CST, Monday through Friday.


Dog Food Recall: Raw Frozen Chicken, Fish & Produce (limited to Colorado, Vermont, and Pennsylvania)

OC Raw Dog Food Recall          FDA announced on September 28, 2015 that OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is voluntarily recalling 640 lbs. of Chicken, Fish & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation dog food. This is being done in an abundance of caution, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Individuals handling raw pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or to surfaces exposed to the product. 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.

Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

This voluntary recall is limited to Chicken, Fish & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulations that were packaged into 6.5 lb. Doggie Dozen Patties, 4 lb. Doggie Sliders, and 3 lb. Meaty Rox with the lot number 1819, and use by date of 05/05/16. These codes can be checked on the bottom left corner of the back of the package. Distribution is limited to customers in Colorado, Vermont, and Pennsylvania and sold to consumers through independent pet specialty retailers.

If you are in possession of this recalled product please submit a picture of the package with the lot number to for verification. Either dispose of the product immediately or return the product to the retailer where you purchased it for a replacement product.

Dog Treat Recall: Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

January 9, 2013 – IMS Trading Corp has announced it is voluntarily withdrawing its Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat products sold in the United States until further notice.
Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treats

The Company is taking this action after learning this week the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets found traces of antibiotic residue in samples of Cadet brand Chicken Jerky Treat products.

These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other major countries, but are not among those approved in the U.S.


At first, New York State authorities requested that IMS Trading Corp remove Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky treats from retail locations only in the state of New York.

Because of this request, the company has decided to conduct a voluntary withdrawal of these chicken treat products nationwide.


What to Do

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to

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.

Dog Food Recall from the FDA Today!

If you thought that U.S. dog food manufacturers had made the dog food safe with China ingredients, you would be wrong.  This is the latest recall by the FDA today for possible contamination with salmonella.

Breeder's Choice AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula recall announced - FDA