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The latest pet food recall as a result of salmonella risk is Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats.  The official FDA statement is posted below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 27, 2014 – Pet Center, Inc of Los Angeles, CA. is voluntarily recalling its 3 oz bag of Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats (LAM-003) (UPC# 727348200038) with date code 122015 product of USA, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Lamb CrunchySalmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a 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 surface exposed to these products.

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.

This product was distributed to CA, WI, CO, and WA. to the following distributors; Gelson’s Market, General Pet, Nor-Sky Pet Supply, and Independent Pet.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Salmonella was detected by the State of Colorado, Department of Agriculture in a random sample.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-390-0575 Monday-Friday between 7:30am through 4pm PST.

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Auto Safety with Pets

by Ryan on May 23, 2014

in Dogs, Pet Travel, Pets

Traveling Tails, by Nicole Bruder, Owner of Lucy Goo Pet Sitting

Driving in Houston in the spring and summer months is an adventure to be sure. What with the warmer temperatures, the stop-and-start traffic, and the sheer magnitude of people who seem to suddenly have forgotten how to drive, most days, just getting behind the wheel is risky.  And while these things are in a constant state of change, one thing that never changes is Houstonian’s deep love for dogs.  So it always boggles my mind when I see drivers with their beloved dogs in the car without some form of animal restraint.

In the past two months alone, I’ve counted over twenty dogs riding inappropriately in cars; these dogs might be riding in owner’s laps, hanging out car windows, or standing free in truck beds.  We’re all guilty of wanting our dogs close to us, but what would happen to our dogs in the event of an accident?

Let’s face facts: dogs are smaller than humans, and in most instances, weigh less.  This means that in a crash, momentum could cause a dog’s body to become a projectile, injuring not only the dog, but also anyone near.  Without some kind of formal restraint in the car, most of these dogs will die.  Frankly that knowledge terrifies me, and I’m sure it scares many of you.  But what can we do to prevent something like this from happening?

The safest things you can do for yourself and your dog is either to harness her into the backseat, or put her into a car kennel that buckles-again, this would go in the backseat (they work great for cats and small pets, too).

Maybe you’d like to have your dog beside you in the car, but consider a car crash: your dog may never have another chance to run at the dog park, to get belly rubs, or to lick your face when you’re happy or sad.

Buckling your dog into the backseat might seem strange, but it’s no less than what we would do for our children.  We fasten their seat belts because we want to keep them safe…we don’t let them hang out the window when driving down the freeway, either.  Let’s do the same for our pets and keep them safe, too.

Commit to restraining your dogs when in the car-for their safety and for yours.

Traveling safely with pets entails not allowing them to roam freely in the car or in the back of a truck. There are many secure products on the market to make safety a priority. A good site to visit for product choices is: www.petautosafety.com

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Bravo is recalling select dog and cat food products due to the potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  The official FDA report with products and symptoms is below.  You can also find it here.  The FDA has also offered a page with the images of the products here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 14, 2014 – Manchester, CT – Bravo is recalling select lots and product(s) of Bravo Pet Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

However, healthy cats and dogs rarely become sick from Listeria. Animals ill with Listeria will display symptoms similar to the ones listed above for humans. People who have concerns about whether their pet has Listeria should contact their veterinarian.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) printed on the side of the plastic tube or on a label on the box.

The recalled products are as follows:

1) These products are being recalled because they may have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

PRODUCT: RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! BEEF BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
All 2lb., 5lb., and 10lb. tubes
Product Numbers: 52-102, 52-105, 52-110
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

PRODUCT: BRAVO! BALANCE PREMIUM TURKEY FORMULA (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
3 lb. box with (12) 4oz. burgers
Product Number: 31-401
Best Used By Dates: 1/07/16 and 2/11/16

2) These products are being recalled out of an abundance of caution because while they did not test positive for pathogens, they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility or on the same day as products that did test positive.

PRODUCT: RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! LAMB BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
All 2lb., 5lb., and 10lb. tubes
Product Numbers: 42-102, 42-105, 42-110
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

PRODUCT: RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! LAMB BASIC FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
2lb. tubes
Product Number: 42-202
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

PRODUCT: RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! BEEF & BEEF HEART FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
5lb. tubes
Product Number: 53-130
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

PRODUCT: RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! 100% PURE & NATURAL PREMIUM GRASS-FED BUFFALO FOR DOGS AND CATS (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
NET WT 2LBS (32 OZ) .91KG (Tubes)
Product Number: 72-222
Best Used By Date: 1/7/16

PRODUCT: BRAVO! TURKEY BALANCE FORMULA (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
NET WT 2 LBS (32 OZ) .09KG, Chub (tube)
Product Number: 31-402
Best Used By Dates: 1/7/16 and 2/11/16

NET WT 5 LBS (80 OZ) 2.3KG, Chub (tube)
Product Number: 31-405
Best Used By Dates: 1/7/16 and 2/11/16

PRODUCT: RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! LAMB BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
5 LBS (80 OZ) 2.3KG, Chub (tube)
Product Number: 42-105
Best Used By Date: 2/11/16

This voluntary recall has been issued because the FDA has reported an independent lab detected the bacteria in a sample during a recent review. The company has received a limited number of reports of dogs experiencing nausea and diarrhea that may be associated with these specific products. The company has received no reports of human illness as a result of these products.

Bravo discontinued all manufacturing in New Zealand on October 10, 2013. Bravo will immediately start working with distributors and retailers to properly dispose of any affected product left on freezer shelves. The company will also be announcing the recall to pet owners to ensure they dispose of any affected product that has been purchased.

Bravo is issuing this action out of an abundance of caution and sincerely regrets any inconvenience to pet owners as a result of this announcement.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of this product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle). They can return to the store where purchased and submit the Product Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website www.bravopetfoods.com for a full refund or store credit. More information on the Bravo recall can also be found at www.bravopetfoods.com, or call toll free (866) 922-9222.

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The Pet Food Test Campaign

by Ryan on April 24, 2014

in Pet Health, Pets

If you are interested in all of the pet food recalls that have happened over the years, then there is a chance for you to help!  Consumers are funding a campaign to test pet food.  The goal is to raise $10,000, but more money would mean more options for testing pet food.

You can learn more and make contributions here!

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The Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC is recalling select boxes of Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats.  The recall is due the risk of salmonella.  The products are described in the FDA recall statement.  “The product comes in a 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb, corrugated boxes with plastic liners marked with lot # 14029/21 stamped on the right side top of the box.”

There have not been any illnesses reported so far.  The official FDA statement can be found here.

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Over the past month or so PetsitUSA has undergone some reworking.  You may not notice the differences, but the coding will make the site more secure and increase search engine rankings.  If you are looking to join, then you can get a discount by submitting blog posts about pet sitting.  These posts will also help increase the city rankings.

There have been some great contributions over the past few months.  This offer was made in the fall, and it resulted in some excellent posts.  It would be great to have some new voices!

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South Jersey’s First Pet Symposium – “Integrative Care & Responsible Pet Parenting”                                                     

SOUTH JERSEY'S FIRST PET SYMPOSIUMSaturday, April 5th, 2014, 12:00 – 5:00 at the Palmyra Community Center, 30 W. Broad Street, Palmyra, NJ 08065      Directions

JUST 1 WEEK AWAY… HAVE YOU PURCHASED YOUR TICKETS YET???

What an incredible day of community outreach for pet parents, pet sitters, fosters, rescues, shelters, and anyone working with and/or loving animals.  Anyone affiliated with a rescue, shelter, or animal welfare/advocacy group does not pay for admission; first responders also attend for free… registration is still required via FB message or an email to: ivegotthescoop@yahoo.com

IS YOUR PET SUFFERING IN PAIN UNNECESSARILY???

Do you have the knowledge and skills to intervene if your pet was unconscious or choking, know how to locate their pulse before administering CPR? YOUR actions could be the difference between life and death, until veterinary care is received.

Attend the symposium and EMPOWER yourself with knowledge and the skills to save your beloved pet’s life in an emergency… learn how to read pet food labels, recognize contributors and consequences of obesity, the benefits of feeding a raw diet, and understand the myths of pet nutrition.

Gain the ability to make informed, better decisions regarding your pet’s care, by learning about natural treatment options and noninvasive modalities such as acupuncture, cold laser, physical therapy, and massage, to improve the quality of your pet’s life!

Learn about Veterinary Specialty Medicine, Therapeutic Benefits of Canine Massage, How to Build/Maintain Healthy Relationships with your Dog, and have your questions answered by a behavioral consultant. Receive advice from a professional pet sitter as to the importance of using a professional as opposed to the kid next door, and receive information to assist you in choosing the best pet sitter for your furry companion. An attorney will explain Pet Trusts and Providing for your Beloved Pet when you Pass.

Join us for a day of Interactive Lectures and Demonstrations by Expert Veterinarians and Esteemed Pet Professionals, facilitating an informative day of community outreach and education for pet parents, pet sitters, fosters, rescues, shelters, and anyone working with and/or loving animals.

Meet Drs. Lisa Aumiller, Dana Koch, Russell Howe-Smith, Daniel Stobie, DVMMartha Cline, DVM; Timothy Rice, Esquire; Karen Fazio; Lisa Madison, SAMP; and, myself, Lori Genstein : )

Your symposium experience shall begin receiving the Warmest Welcome by the “Furry Angels” a local chapter of Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs; they come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds.

Everyone shall enjoy live, hands-on demonstrations and lectures, in small groups, and have an opportunity to speak with some of the most respected veterinarians in NJ!!

Please see Symposium Details for complete details, interactive links to read about each expert veterinarian and pet professional speaking, get directions. and purchase tickets… or the Facebook Event Page

In addition to the lectures by expert veterinarians, also providing demonstrations and speaking to attendees around the Community Center will be:

Louis Whalin, Vet Tech – HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service: Routine Grooming your Pets Need. Learn about the importance of brushing teeth, clipping nails, and have all of your grooming questions answered.

Burlington CART (County Animal Response Team) – Disaster Preparedness and MicroChipping

Debra Bjorling, Hamiilton Pet Meadow, discussing Pet Loss and Providing Grief Counseling to anyone wishing to discuss the loss of their beloved pet.

Food and drinks shall be provided, attendees will receive a complimentary giveaway bag with a variety of products, there will be great surprise giveaways, and much more!

100% of the money raised shall be donated to the 501 (c) 3, Non-Profit, NO-KILL Animal Charities below… to help them continue making miracles happen!!!

Animal Adoption Center
All They Need Is Love Animal Rescue
Lynn’s Animal Rescue
Randalls Rescue
Paw It 4ward Foundation Rescue

Exhibitors will be:

Pet Valu Cinnaminson – Meet Kathy, store manager… she is excited to hear all about your pet’s needs and how she may help you in the Cinnaminson Pet Valu Store!

Villa La PAWS Maple Shade

GGC Healthy Paws, LLC – Roxy’s Favorite Biscuits

Korman Residential – Willow Shores Palmyra, NJ

An assortment of lovely items are being donated… so be sure to get your tickets on line!!!

Parking is free, the Community Center is accessible and just 1 block from the Palmyra RiverLINE Train Station.

Thank you to our extremely generous, main sponsor, HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service for making this informative community outreach day dedicated to animal lovers possible!!!

The list of wonderful sponsors and contributors is growing!!!! Additional huge thanks to our talented event photographer, Valerie Bruder Photography, who will be donating her time and excellence to photograph the event; Networks Plus for their ongoing technical assistance; Cinnaminson Pet Valu, for their incredible sponsorship and giveaway products; VERY GENEROUS sponsors, ALL DOGS POOP Dog Waste Removal Service, and GGC Healthy Paws LLC; Chesterfield Veterinary Clinic; Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters, and Access Printing, Inc., for their quality printing and outstanding customer service!!!

If you have any questions, please call me @ (856) 906-7111, and I’ll happy to assist you!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there for this PAWSOME event!

Lori

Limited Seating is available – Advanced Ticket Purchase is Necessary     Those attending at no cost must still register, please via email to ivegotthescoop@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An article from Petplan:

Pet insurance is designed to safeguard you against a major financial loss if your pet ever has an accident or becomes ill. It’s a sound investment for your furry family, but it is important to fully understand the product before you buy.

To get the best value from a pet insurance policy, pick a comprehensive plan that includes both accident and illness coverage. The point of pet insurance is to protect you against the unexpected; having to guess whether your pet is more likely to suffer an accident or an illness is a recipe for disaster.

Make sure all hereditary diseases are covered as standard in the policy; you should not have to purchase additional coverage for things like hip dysplasia or congenital heart disease. If there are options for add-ons and riders, buyer beware. While picking coverage a la carte can sometimes mean a nominally lower premium, the risk that you could be left vulnerable to big bills just isn’t worth it.

Avoid insurance providers who reimburse based on a benefit schedule; you could find yourself maxing out per-illness and per-incident caps pretty quickly – especially if your pet’s condition becomes chronic. These caps also do not take into account the complications that can (and often do) arise during treatment, and they don’t take into consideration the many complementary therapies that can be used in tandem with traditional modalities to treat a pet’s condition holistically (like acupuncture or hydrotherapy). Pick a provider that offers flat-rate reimbursement of your actual vet fees, and you’ll be free to follow whatever treatment plan your vet recommends without worrying about cost.

One of the biggest issues pet parents need to understand when buying insurance is pre-existing conditions. Though they feel like part of the family, pets are legally considered property, and pet health insurance is really property and casualty insurance. This means that much like your homeowner’s or car insurance can’t pay for losses that happened before you took out a policy, pet insurance – no matter who your provider – cannot pay claims related to illnesses or injuries that occurred before you bought the policy (or during the policy waiting periods).

Pets with pre-existing conditions are still insurable, it simply means that the insurance cannot pay claims related to those conditions. So if you have a dog who already suffers from allergies when you sign up, your insurance cannot reimburse you for allergy treatments. But when he needs emergency surgery after snacking on socks, or tears his CCL chasing the neighbor’s cat, or develops cancer – that’s when your policy will pay.

When it comes to pre-existing conditions, a good insurance provider will make a distinction between curable and incurable conditions when making exclusions. A chronic pre-existing condition like diabetes cannot be covered, but things like respiratory infections, urinary tract infections or vomiting can usually be covered after an exclusionary period. In other words, provided your pet’s medical history shows no further incidences after the initial episode, coverage for the condition may be restored after a period of time with no relapse.

If you’ve been back and forth to the vet with your pet in the past, find out which conditions are considered curable by a particular company, and when in doubt, request an underwriting review. Be sure to read and understand the Terms and Conditions of any policy you are considering purchasing. This document clearly lays out what is and is not covered, explains any waiting or exclusionary periods, and defines your responsibilities as a pet parent to keep the policy in good standing.

Finally, consider each prospective pet insurance company as a whole. Does the provider earn high marks on independent review sites like PetInsuranceReview.com? Do they go beyond just collecting premiums and actually give you practical information for keeping your pet healthy? Visit a provider’s website, Facebook page, twitter feed, Pinterest account and anything else you can find to get a sense of the company culture. Chances are if they are a company of pet people, and they share useful pet health information to help you take the best care of your pet, they’re going to be a good partner in your pet’s health when you need them most.

When purchasing pet insurance, seek out a provider that offers comprehensive standard plans, flat-rate reimbursement and whose reputation inspires confidence in their customer service, and you’ll be well on your way to keeping your pet happy and healthy for life.

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