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A yelCRUNCHY BALL YELLOW ON TOWELlow chemical or substance is bleeding from the foil balls and causing cats’ mouths and gums to turn yellow… but the balls are purple and green; so, what is it?   I can’t seem to find out because no one has returned my calls from the company!!! Has this happened to your kitty?  Did I mention the balls have such an awful taste?

On the day I became a kitty mommy, a little foil crunchy ball also came home with us… and for 12 years, I’ve been purchasing various sizes of crunchy foil balls.  They are one of the very few toys my furry baby has played with… ever!  My fiancé jokes how he uses them to floss, as Simon would eat a few bites then floss, eat a little more and floss his teeth again by crunching.  And that was his routine throughout the day, every day!

Needless to say, there has always been a lot of crunchy balls around my house and plenty of extras in the cabinets when a ball needs to be replaced.

On one occasion, dye from a green ball ran.  From that point forward, as bizarre as this may sound, before giving Simon a new ball, I licked each one as a test… don’t ask me why I didn’t just run it under water; I’m trying to think back if there was a reason for that weirdness!

My kitty has been very ill, but recently showed interest in a new ball… wooohooo!!!  With great excitement, I handed it to Simon, hoping to see him begin crunching away.  But he made a face… and I saw his mouth was yellow.  In disbelief that I hadn’t licked it first… I put it to my mouth and — blech!!!  I still taste that horrible mouthful of — chemicals is only way to describe it!  I flushed my kitty’s mouth and wiped the yellow coloring off of his gums, teeth, tongue and “tried” to swab the roof of his mouth.  If anyone has a suggestion to accomplish that… please do share!

Having read about this some time ago… unfortunately, this happened to another kitty and it underwent numerous tests to determine why his mouth suddenly turned yellow…. thankfully, I was aware and knew exactly what it was.   (And my lick test confirmed it.)   I still can’t rid my mouth of the horrible taste!!!

Please tacrunchy ball frontcrunchy ball backke a look at the photos inserted in this blog and view this video to see exactly what I am describing, sans the yellow mouth!  Remember, don’t panic if your pet’s gums, teeth, mouth, and even their paws suddenly turn yellow… first see if they have a crunchy ball that’s bleeding.  Whether the substance is toxic, I cannot answer that because I am still trying to ascertain what it is…  but will provide that info upon receipt.  If there’s no crunchy ball… I’d call the vet immediately, and internally, I, too, would be panicking!!!

Product Info:

  • Manufacturer:  Go!CatGo! Interactive Toys

  • Sku #:   780824116827

  • Tele No:  (800) 565-2695

  • Web Product Info:site:  http://www.ourpets.com

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!

I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC
2015 Pet Sitting Business of the Year, Recipient – Awarded by NAPPS




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The following recall information can also be found here.

Himalayan Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of specific Ruff Roots All-Natural Dog Chew Toys due to potential metal contamination. While this recall affects all lots of the Ruff Roots Dog Chew Toys sold by PetSmart, no other Himalayan Corporation products are impacted by this issue.





Himalayan Ruff Roots All Natural 4″ Sprout Dog Chew Toy



Himalayan Ruff Roots All Natural 5″ Stump Dog Chew Toy



Himalayan Ruff Roots All Natural 7″ Stalk Dog Chew Toy



If you are concerned about your pet’s health, please contact a veterinarian immediately.

Please stop using any affected product immediately and bring it to your closest PetSmart store for a full refund. If you have any questions about this voluntary recall, please call the Himalayan Corporation at 425-322-4295 or email info@himalayandogchew.com.


Below is the official FDA report on the latest pet food recall.  You can also find it here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 15, 2015 — Ranch Santa Margarita, CA — OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is voluntarily recalling 2055 lbs. of Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  An organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Salmonella 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.

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 animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your animals have consumed the recalled product and have these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

This voluntary recall is limited to Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulations that were packaged into 6.5 lb. Doggie Dozen Patties and 5 lb. Bulk Bags with the lot number 1511 and use by date of 10/8/15.  These products were distributed in Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Colorado and sold to consumers through independent pet specialty retailers.

This recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the Nebraska Department of Food and Agriculture which revealed a presumptive positive to Salmonella.

OC Raw Dog has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

We will be making several changes to our methods of production in order to further protect the product we so firmly believe in.

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 of product in the marketplace.  Please return the product to the retailer where you purchased for a full refund or replacement product.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-844-215-DOGS (3647) Monday thru Friday 9am – 5pm PST.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.


All pet sitters want to build a healthy and successful business. But as your sitting business grows, so does the stress of managing your expanding client list, schedule and income stream.
The act of putting best practices in place to help you manage your growth sounds like both a daunting and tedious task. But the truth is it’s not. There are simple tips to follow and free technology available to make the act of building a successful and scalable pet sitting business a breeze.
Your Client List
To provide the quickest and highest quality service to prospective clients, you need to know who your client is, how to reach them, and what their needs are.
Keeping all this information in a single location will pay large dividends as your customer base grows. Mobile tools these days allow you to keep all your client contact information, notes, transaction history, and payment statuses in an easily-accessible spot. Client data and access to information in the most convenient way possible will save you a tremendous amount of time, especially as your days start filling up with more and more pet visits.
Schedule & Appointments
The days of pen and paper scheduling are over!
Keep an organized daily, weekly, and monthly calendar in place that’s easily accessible and able to be updated on the fly. Appointment details constantly change, so give yourself a digital tool that allows for easy edits and updates. Not to mention, new clients reach out to you at random times throughout the course of the day, so put convenient systems in place to efficiently field these appointment requests and add them to your calendar without having to play phone tag.
Make sure your clients stay organized too! That means automating and customizing notifications and reminders sent to clients about upcoming sits or sessions. This will ensure your clients are always on the same page, and will ‘professional and politely’ remind them of upcoming appointments with you, so you’re never left hanging.
Everyone likes getting paid. The trick is to ensure no payment ever slips through the cracks.
Protect yourself before walking into any sit. Ask clients to put their card down to reserve appointments ahead of time. This will not only reduce flaky clients and last minute cancellations, but will professionally demonstrate to your clients that your time is valuable. Not mention, your entire payment process is streamlined once your appointment is complete – say farewell to those awkward “How much do I owe you?” conversations…Simply charge your clients as you’re walking out the door, and move on to your next appointment.

If you still prefer to invoice, then make sure no invoices are ever left hanging. Part of this is setting up a simple monitoring system to enable you to get notified with each invoice that has been paid. Then give yourself an easy dashboard to keep yourself up to date on any invoices still outstanding. This will also give you a sense as to who your best clients are (and even who your worst ones are).
Putting these Practices into Reality
The question now becomes how to implement these tips in the easiest and least disruptive way possible.
Good news! There are now tools out there that help solo professionals run their business from their phone. The key is to find the tools that are simple, that are affordable, and that move with you wherever you go – mobile. The more a single app does, the easier your life becomes.
As you start growing and winning more business, you’ll be able to bring these clients on in the most efficient way possible, maintaining your ability to serve them well – all the while making your day-to-day a lot less stressful.

More about the author:

Sam Madden: Sam Madden is the co-founder of PocketSuite, the first mobile business tool for independent professionals and solopreneurs. Sam spent most of his career researching and investing in business technology for small and medium sized businesses. He has since shifted all of his focus to build great technologies like PocketSuite to help eager and independent professionals succeed. You can read more about Sam’s mission on Entrepreneur Magazine.


Event:     South Jerseys 2nd Annual Pet Wellness Symposium

Date:       April 18, 2015

Location:   Palmyra Community Center; 30 W. Broad St., Palmyra, NJ 08065

Organizer / Host: Lori Genstein, I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC

Number of Attendees: 100 (Approximate)

Purpose:   Fundraiser & Educational Pet Wellness Symposium – Annual Community Event

Goal: Veterinarians and pet experts present lectures and spend the afternoon with pet parents, professionals and animal lovers, raising awareness to the benefits of wellness and holistic care, natural therapeutic options, appropriate nutrition and less-invasive methods of treatment to enhance animals’ health and well-being.

Lectures Topics: Animal CPR, Food is the Foundation for Life – Treating Illness with Food not Medicine, Vaccination Protocols, Early Disease Recognition, Regenerative Medicine – Stem Cell Therapy, Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, Cat Behavior and Myths, Bond with your Dog, Blood Bank for Animals, All About Furry Angel Therapy Dogs, and more! For a list of Presenters and Lecture Descriptions visit: www.ivegotthescoop.net/PRESENTERS.html   Learn techniques to restore harmony and balance to an animal’s energy system while providing physical, emotional, mental and instinctual stability. Tri-Boro CERT will explain how to become a volunteer trained in Emergency Mgt.

Childrens Activities: Community service project – Toy Workshops, Friends of Burlington County Animal Shelter! Great fun making environmentally-friendly dog and cat toys benefitting FOBCAS.

Paws to Read Program – Interacting with and Reading to the Furry Angels Therapy Dogs

Bite Prevention Class How to Greet Dogs and Act Appropriately Around Dogs.

Recipient of Donations:

Boo Tiki Fund – a 501 (C) (3) non-profit charity providing veterinary care for pets at risk of euthanasia or being relinquished to a shelter due to a family’s inability to pay for their care; striving to keep pets in their forever homes. www.housepawsmobilevet.com/foundation

Meet Friends of Burlington County Animal Shelter – learn all they do for the animals at BCAS!

We’ll be collecting most-needed items from the Burlington County Animal Shelter’s kitty wish list.

Swag bags full of giveaways from our generous sponsors and presenters. Complimentary lunch, Raffles, 50/50 & More! See our Sponsors at: www.ivegotthescoop.net/sponsors.html

Visit our Symposium web page: www.ivegotthescoop.net/2015-symposium.html

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SJPetWellnessSymposium2015


Welcome New Pet Sitters

by Ryan on April 9, 2015

in PetsitUSA News

Welcome to new pet sitters!  Don’t forget the discount to www.petsitllc.com!  Also, we’ll soon be bringing back PocketSuite for online booking!  Online booking isn’t for everyone, so we decided to make it an option, instead of appearing on every listing for pet sitters.  We hope you will take advantage of the option when it returns!


March Reminder Emails

by Ryan on March 24, 2015

in PetsitUSA News

We’re sorry for the confusion about March reminder emails.  Some pet sitters that had already renewed their membership received the 7-day reminder.  It was the result of an update of the membership system, but it has been corrected.  If you received one, and had already renewed your membership, just ignore it!  Thanks!


Primal Pet Food has voluntarily recalled a single lot of raw frozen cat food.  The official press release by the FDA is below, and it can be found here.  PetistUSA first saw news of this recall at Truth About Pet Food.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 13, 2015 – Primal Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling a single batch production code of Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula 3-pound bag. FDA tested product in response to a single consumer complaint. Primal Pet Foods was alerted by FDA that the testing of two bags of this lot resulted in a low thiamine level. Neither FDA nor Primal have received any other reports concerning Thiamine in Primal products. No other product manufactured by Primal Pet Foods is involved in this voluntary recall.Primal Pet Food

Only the product with the following Best By date and production code is included in the voluntary recall.  It is best to check the production code on the back of the bag to determine if the product has been recalled or not.

The lot involved in this voluntary recall is:

Primal Pet Foods Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula 3-pound bag (UPC# 8 50334-00414 0) with Best By date 060815 B22

Primal takes very seriously, the need for adequate Thiamine levels in our feline diets. We include Organic Quinoa Sprout Powder as a natural B-Complex supplement to ensure that adequate levels of Thiamine are met. Additionally, Thiamine occurs naturally in other ingredients contained in our Feline Turkey Formula such as: Turkey Muscle Meat (including heart), Turkey Liver, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Dried Organic Kelp, Organic Collard Greens and Organic Squash.

Consumers who still have bags of cat food from this lot should stop feeding it to their cats and call us at (866) 566-4652 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PST. Consumers with further questions should visit our website atwww.primalpetfoods.com or call us at this same number.

Cats fed only diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurologic signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. If your cat has consumed the recalled lot and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.