Monthly Archives: December 2012

Recipe Friday- Cranberry Apple Dog Biscuits

Just in time for Christmas, here is a great recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh Cranberries
  • 1 cup Apple Sauce
  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour (if your dog has gluten allergies, you can use about 1 3/4 cups of Rice Flour or the same amount of Almond Flour, you may have to play around to get the right amount)
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Milk

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. Puree cranberries and mix with applesauce. Once combined add milk, cinnamon and flour until dough is well mixed.

3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a heavily floured surface 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutter of your choice.

4. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until browned at the edges.

5. Cool and refrigerate.

Makes between 2-4 dozen treats, depending on the size of the cookie cutter you use.  You can store in a jar, if not used up in a couple weeks, freeze the rest.

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Product Review – Catit Raffia Toy Mouse On A Stick

This toy is pretty basic, it is a fake mouse attached to a stick with a string.  The price is right on for this simple, yet hours of fun toy.

The best part of this toy is that it is interactive and you can play with your cat, teach it hunting and prey skills, and watch your cat pounce, jump and have fun.  My favorite part is to watch Isis stalk the toy as I drag it along the floor.  She is a butt wiggler before she pounces and that always gives me a good laugh.  Of course, she runs away when I laugh at her shenanigans.  Then comes right back to play more and more with this toy.

The one drawback is that the string tends to break, but an easy fix is tying it tighter or double knotting it, or even drilling a hole and tying the string through two holes.  It really is a simple toy that can keep your cat occupied for hours.

Final Verdict: Isis really enjoyed this toy and loves it when I drag it out once a week for playtime.  She does not get tired of it because I don’t keep it out for her to play with all the time.  I think that is the best way to keep toys “fresh” and from getting old and boring for cats.  She loves to bat, stalk, pounce and run away from the toy.  It is well worth the price on wag.com and can’t be beat.  Hopefully your cat will love it as much as Isis does.  Since it’s Christmas soon, this is a great present for your fur baby!

Catit Eco Terra Raffia Mouse Teaser Wand Cat Toy

 

Recipe Friday – Chicken and Rice Crockpot Style

Since it is the season for warm, comfort food and soups, I thought I would share this recipe for our furry friends:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 lb. green beans, broken into segments
  • 1 medium sweet potato, raw, cut into medium-sized chunks (leave skin on)
  • 3 carrots, sliced into about 1″ thick rounds
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts (with or without skin)

Directions:
1. Put all ingredients into the crockpot in the order given (layer, don’t mix).

2. Cook on low for about 8 hours, on high for about 5 hours.

3. When done, stir, breaking up the chicken into small pieces. Everything will be quite soft.

4. Let cool and serve; can be used with a quality kibble or by itself, in a serving size appropriate for your dog’s weight and activity level.

Refrigerate unused portion; keeps up to three days.

Substitutions are allowed! For vegetables, try broccoli florets, zucchini, spinach or any of several types of squash. For the protein source, beef cubes, turkey or lamb also work. Use organic ingredients if possible.

Dog Treat Recall – Claudia’s Cuisine Dog Candy Recall

No time for a product review, I am posting the latest dog treat recall.  This is a voluntary recall, due to mold issues:

December 7, 2012 – PetSmart has announced Claudia’s Cuisine has issued a voluntary product withdrawal for its 7.5 oz Dog Candy Fruit Hound Cake and Dog Candy Blueberry Hound Cake.

No other products are affected.

The products are being voluntarily withdrawn due to the potential to contain mold.

Claudia’s Cuisine has not received any reports of illness associated with the affected product.

Important Notice

Claudia’s Cuisine does not maintain a company website. In addition, PetSmart Customer Service cannot confirm the accuracy of its own report.1

For this reason, we are including below a screen capture image of the actual PetSmart Twitter update posted at 12:12 pm ET Friday.

What to Do

If you suspect your Claudia’s Cuisine Dog Candy product may have mold growth, the company suggests consumers bring the item to your closest PetSmart store for a full refund.

If you have any questions about this voluntary withdrawal, please call Claudia’s Cuisine’s Customer Service at (501) 851-0002 or email Irma@claudiascaninecuisine.com.

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

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Recipe Friday – Turkey Cranberry Treats For Dogs

These will be a great treat between now and Christmas, and great if you have leftovers!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground Turkey, cooked and drained (if your dog cannot eat turkey, you can use chicken, beef or pork, same amount).
  • 1 cup dried Cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Milk (you can use whichever kind of milk you have on hand)
  • 2 1/4 cups Whole Wheat Flour (if your dog has allergies, you can use about 2 cups of Rice Flour, or about 1 3/4 – 2 cups of Almond flour, you will probably have to play around with the amount to make it the right consistency).

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, stirring well after each addition

3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/2 inch thick and cut with the cookie cutter of your choice.

4. Place on your prepared cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.

5. You can keep them in a cookie jar (just make sure you are able to make note on the jar that it is for dog treats). Or you can store them in the fridge.  If you don’t use them up within two weeks, freeze the rest.

Makes 3 to 4 dozen rounds

Dog Treat Recall – Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Treats

Here is an e-mail I received regarding this recall and I am sharing it with you.  This is an expansion to the October 2012 recall of this brand:

December 6, 2012 – The Food and Drug Administration is warning pet owners and caretakers not to feed their animals certain lots of Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

Photo Image of Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog TreatsThe affected products include packages with a lot code of BESTBY061913DEN.

Today’s FDA warning is an expansion of the recall posted by The Dog Food Advisor in early October.

The treats are made and distributed in the U. S. by Kasel Associates Industries Inc. and were sold at Costco stores in the Denver, Colorado area.

Although Kasel has declined to perform a voluntary recall at this time, Costco is working with FDA and has removed all of the affected products from its shelves.

The company will also contact customers who may have purchased the product to provide additional instructions.

What’s Being Recalled?

The product is sold in 3 pound packages labeled as Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats. The package also includes a digital photo of a dog on the front panel and transparent sections to view the product within.

The lot code can be found on the reverse side of the package in the transparent section following the phrase “All American Dog.”

Why the Product Is Being Recalled

In September 2012, a retail sample of a Kasel dog treat product was tested by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and found to be positive for Salmonella.

An FDA follow-up inspection at the firm found certain finished dog treat products and 34 out of 72 environmental samples positive for Salmonella.

On October 2, 2012, the company recalled one lot of its Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats. However that recall did not extend to the lot code covered by this warning.

In November 2012, a retail sample of Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats taken by the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested positive for Salmonella.

These treats are manufactured in the United States and are not associated with FDA’s investigation in reports of illnesses in dogs associated with consumption of chicken jerky treats.

FDA has not received any reports of illnesses associated with these treats.

According to the FDA…

Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may experience only a 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 any of the affected product or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

As with humans, dogs who are elderly, very young or have impaired immune systems are more vulnerable to Salmonella infection.

What to Do

Consumers should dispose of these products in ways that people and animals, including wild animals, cannot access them, such as placing them in a securely lidded garbage can.

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

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Product Review – Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Fruit & Veggies with Treat Spot

This toxic free rubberized bouncy toy with a spot to put healthy treats, makes for a toy that your puppy or even older dog may enjoy, as long as your dog doesn’t try to destroy it the moment it’s put on the floor for playtime.

The toy comes in different shapes of fruits and veggies: strawberry eggplant, and artichoke.  There is a larger hole at the top where you can put treats in.  I made some peanut butter dog bones and broke them up and put them in the treat for Sasha to figure out how to get it out.

She seemed to enjoy it for a while, she would paw at it and roll it around, getting a few treats out.  This lasted about 15 minutes and then she tried to destroy the toy.  I took it away and gave it back to her the next day.  She played with it for a little longer before trying to destroy it.

Finally after about a week, she has worked up to being able to play with it for a half hour before it becomes time to destroy.

Final verdict: The toy is a great one, good for puppies who like to learn and for you to teach them how to get something out of the toy, it is interactive and can keep them busy for longer periods of time.  I would still observe them while playing, just in case they chew through it and start to eat the rubber, it may be a choking hazard.  It’s not easy to destroy, but just to be on the safe side, be at the ready if your dog is a chewer.  Recommended for puppies, slight recommendation for dogs, as long as they don’t destroy the toy.  The toy is for sale on wag.com.