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

Documentary Reveals Why a Raw Diet Can Be Best For Your Pooch

Dr Becker Documentary Fooled

Article written by Pam Powell in the Daily Journal – Kankakee, IL about Dr. Karen Becker’s documentary “Fooled”, directed by Kohl Harrington.  The documentary is about the dangers of ingredients commonly found in big-brand pet foods.

Dr. Karen Becker has the knowledge and understanding on the dangers of what we could feed our furry family members and I have heeded her warnings in the past.  We have fed our bassets hounds homemade cooked meals for about 10 years with confident results in health and wellness. Decide for yourself after viewing her documentary.

Dr. Becker is an integrative wellness veterinarian and an animal advocate. Her goal has always been to help pet parents create wellness in order to prevent illness in the lives of their pets.

RECALL: Bravo Chicken Blend for Dogs & Cats

bravo-dog-food-logo 12-12-15      Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, Connecticut, has announced it is recalling select lots of its Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs and cats due to the possible presence of Salmonella.

Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling a select lot of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats with a best used by date of 11/13/16 due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella . Out of an abundance of caution, Bravo is also recalling three additional items that did not test positive for Salmonella, but were manufactured on the same day.

 

Dog Food Recall: K-9 Kraving Chicken Patties Dog Food in Maryland ONLY

Three days ago, K-9 Kraving Dog Food voluntarily recalled their Chicken Patties dog food shipped between July 13th – July 17th, 2015 to the State of Maryland because the products are contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes affect animals eating the products and a risk to people from handling the contaminated dog food.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes should monitor themselves for symptoms such as: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (including bloody diarrhea), abdominal cramps and fever. In rare cases, Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes can result in serious ailments such as: arterial infections, arthritis, endocarditis, irritation to the eyes, muscle pain and urinary tract infections. Consumers exhibiting these symptoms should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea with or without blood, fever, and vomiting. Some pets could have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Healthy pets could be carriers and infect other animals or people.

Consumers with additional questions can call the companies Consumer Relations team at 1-800-675-1471 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, EST.

Dog Treat Recall: Cow-Boom! Strips – Beef Gullet Recall Expanded

Cow-Boom Strips      FDA last week, released information that NatPets LLC, d/b/a “I and love and you,” of Boulder, CO would be expanding its voluntary recall of Cow-Boom! Strips – Beef Gullet because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

More information can be read on the FDA Recall website.

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 Olivia@ocrawdog.com for verification. Either dispose of the product immediately or return the product to the retailer where you purchased it for a replacement product.

Treat Recall: Good ‘n’ Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks

good-n-fun-beefhide-sticks-2      The FDA released this morning, that Salix Animal Health, LLC announced it has initiated a voluntary recall of one lot of “Good ‘n’ Fun – Beefhide Chicken Sticks” because it may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the product, especially if their immune system is compromised and there is risk to humans from handling products contaminated with salmonella.

Dogs 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.

The recalled “Good ‘n’ Fun – Beefhide Chicken Sticks” was distributed nationwide by Salix Animal Health to Dollar General and Dollar Tree retail stores.

The recalled product is packaged in a 2.8 ounce bag stamped on the back side with lot # AO15010 and with an expiration date of 03/2018. The UPC code is 0 91093 82247 1.

Customers who have purchased the product subject to this recall are urged to dispose of the product or return it for full refund.

If you have these products, please contact Salix Animal Health’s consumer affairs team at 1-800-338-4896, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time for a refund.

The Garden is Full of Beans!

Bark BoxesSeptember starts the official green bean season, which means the garden is bursting with them and so we felt it was only appropriate to have our Bark Boxes on sale this month. We mainly pick our Blue Lake French Fillet pole beans to bake into each of our Bark Box treats.

As dogs are experiencing a rising trend toward obesity, their owners strive to help their overweight pets lose weight by seeking out new diets and treats that will produce results.

There are five nutritional benefits found in green beans, which are vitamins A, K and C, magnesium and fiber. Bark Boxes are suitable for diabetic, pancreatic , over-weight and healthy dogs.

Bark Boxes will be offered at $5.94 per 50 treats and valid September 1st, 2015 to September 15th, 2015.  No discount code needed.

This is a vegetarian, grain-free, soy-free and gluten-free dog treat.

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Nutrition Facts / Serving Size = 1 treat

Calories 16.0

Total Fat 0.8 g

Saturated Fat 0.5 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g

Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g

Cholesterol 1.9 mg

Sodium 0.9 mg

Potassium 7.8 mg

Protein 0.4 g

Total Carbohydrate 1.9 g

Dietary Fiber 0.3 g

Sugars 0.0 g

Basic Dog Kibble Recipe and How to Make it Organic and Healthy

Due to the continued use of ingredients from China by U.S. dog food companies and continued recalls of contaminated dog food and treats, I have decided to bake kibble for our dogs each week. Below is a recipe I found but have made changes to make it organic and healthy. I have changed the instructions but have left the ingredients crossed out so that you can see how I changed the recipe to make it healthier. Keep in mind when reading dog food or treat recipes:

– Dogs cannot digest milk products (it is the lactose in the milk)

– Some dogs are allergic to whole wheat flour or rye flour because of the gluten

– Bone meal is necessary to build strong dog bones

– Salt is not needed to be added in most recipes

– Worcestershire sauce has many spices including onion and garlic, that is not needed in a dog’s diet

–  Homemade vegetable broth is far more healthier than store bought (salt added) broth

– Fresh fruit and vegetables are healthier than dried

– Always substitute pork products with healthier lean meat, such as turkey or chicken

This is a basic kibble recipe that you can change for varying taste.  Seal enough fresh healthy dog kibble in a Seal-a-Meal food storage bag (or similar type of bag)  for each day. The kibble will keep in an airtight container for several weeks in the refrigerator or several months in the freezer.  Every morning take out one bag of frozen kibble and place in the refrigerator so you will have fresh kibble for the next day.  (1 c. per dog x 2 meals = 4 c. fresh kibble for 2 dogs)

4 cups whole wheat flour or oat flour
2 cups rye flour or brown rice flour

1/2 cup pumpkin powder
2 cups nonfat milk powder
2 teaspoons bone meal
1 cup flaxseed

1/2 cup oat bran
2 1/2 3 tablespoons dried parsley spinach flakes or 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 eggs
1 cup corn oil  1/2 cup Blended oil
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 cups water or 1 cup homemade broth
4 cups  1-1/2 lbs. cooked ground beef, pork, lamb, duck, chicken or turkey
2 large cooked and puréed sweet potatoes or 1 – 15 oz. canned organic pure pumpkin
1-1/2 cups chopped dried apples or  4 medium chopped fresh apples
2 cups frozen chopped spinach – thawed and drained or 1 large pkg. of frozen spinach

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray two large cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, pumpkin powder, bone meal, wheat germ, oat bran, and parsley.

3. In a smaller bowl, beat the eggs and blend them with the oil, broth, pumpkin, spinach, apples and meat.

4. Fold in the wet ingredient mixture and combine it until evenly distributed. It takes elbow grease to mix this but you can use a Kitchen-aid mixer.

5. Spread the dough onto the two cookie sheets while making it very flat. Use a knife to score into long lengths but do not score width wise.

8. Bake for 45 minutes or until the kibble is golden brown.

9. When you remove the kibble from the oven, it will be  moist. Let it sit on cooling racks for about 30 minutes. Then separate the rows of kibble and cut into bite-sized squares. I have basset hounds and decided to cut the kibble into 1/2″ squares. After separating the kibble, place back into the oven for another 30 minutes and then turn off the oven but leave the kibble in the oven.

Variations:  Other healthy ingredients you can add for flavor and beneficial nutrients:  barley, fresh basil leaf, beets, carrots, green beans, green peas, nutritional yeast flakes, potatoes, rolled oats, rosemary and zucchini.