Monthly Archives: March 2013

Dog Food Recall – Natura Pet Expands Recall of California Natural, EVO, Innova and more!

Further information on the dog food recall.  Please read to see if your dog food is affected.  It is also recalling a single lot of Cat food treats (Innova):

March 29, 2013 – Natura Pet has today announced it is expanding its recall of specific California Natural, Innova, EVO, Karma and Healthwise formulas as a “precautionary measure” due to potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
Natura Pet Products Dog Food Recall

According to the company, no other P&G Pet Care brands are affected by this recall.

Natura Pet claims it was alerted to a single case of Salmonella in a package of EVO Turkey & Chicken Cat Food on March 15th.

The company then took the “precautionary measure” of recalling all products produced on the same production line within the same time frame.

After further examination, Salmonella was also discovered in other packages of EVO Turkey and Chicken Cat Food and Innova Cat Treats.

What’s Being Recalled?

The company is taking the action of expanding its current recall to include additional Natura Pet products that were produced between December 14, 2012 and March 24, 2013 on the same production line.

Natura Pet is also recalling a single lot of Innova cat treats.

Due to the unusually large number of product codes and lot numbers involved in this recall, we have reproduced the actual letter sent to retailers and distributors on this page.

What to Do?

In its letter to distributors, Natura Pet advised…

“Managers or designee should immediately secure all affected SKUs to an isolated location. Product should be secured (and) segregated from saleable product.

Distributor partners, please notify your retail outlets and ensure they take the appropriate action to remove the impacted products from the shelf.

Your Natura Sales Representative and/or distributor will be in contact with further instructions.”

Those with additional questions can call 800-224-6123.

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

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Recipe Friday – Strawberry Droolers for Dogs

The reason I called these “strawberry droolers” is because when I made them for Sasha, she drooled all over as I was making her do tricks before serving them to her.  Hope your dog enjoys them as much as she does!


Jam Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups strawberries, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch

Dough Mixture

  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour (or about one cup of rice flour for a wheat free alternative)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 mashed up banana
  • 1 egg



  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375.
  2. Mix together the chopped strawberries with the cornstarch in a saucepan. Over medium heat, let them cook together until it reaches a jam like consistency. It should be thick but not too chunky.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg, then add the canola oil, honey, and mashed banana. Add this wet mixture to the dry and mix ‘er up.
  4. Cut a large sheet of parchment paper (about the size of a baking tray). Spread the “dough” mixture onto the parchment, then spread the strawberry jam on top evenly.
  5. Now, use your parchment to roll this into a log. Start by lifting the parchment (the side nearest to you) and proceed to roll the dough away from you. After each roll over, lift the parchment off and begin another roll. This is akin to rolling sushi.
  6. Firm it up into more of a cylindrical shape, then wrap the edges and let it cool and set a bit in the fridge for half an hour.
  7. Unwrap your bundle of strawberry coconut joy and place the parchment with log on a baking tray. Gently, and with a sharp knife, cut your cookie rounds. Lay your cookies out on the parchment paper. Sprinkle a little coconut on top of each cookie (coconut does wonders for a dog’s coat), and bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  8. Serve in moderation.  Store in airtight container for a week, if there are leftovers, put in freezer.

Product Review – Petmate 3 Knot Rope Tug

Does your dog love to play tug-o-war?  Do they have more energy than you know what to do with?  The Petmate 3 Knot Rope Tug might be the toy your dog will love.

Sasha is a tug-o-war fanatic.  If we could play all day, every day, she would be in doggie heaven.  Pulling and tugging and growling in a very funny way is fun for her so we tried to oblige.  We first started tying up old rags and towels, but those ended up being destroyed quickly.  Finally we found this toy and it seems to be a hit,

It is a simple concept, cotton fiber ropes tied in knots of various sizes and lengths that seem to be strong and provide hours of fun for her.  The only thing is, we only play tug-o-war with them and let her play with it for only a few minutes after we are done, otherwise she would have the toy chewed in half in no time.  She is a chewer, therefore we need to watch when she plays with this to make sure she doesn’t swallow the cotton fibers.  This is something to consider when buying this toy for your dog.

Final verdict: If your dog loves to tug, this might be a great toy for them.  So far, the toy has lasted Sasha over two months, and when we whip it out to play with her, she goes nuts and spends lots of energy and time on it.  This also means she has a nice LONG nap after playing, which is good to give us some quiet time.  Just watch to make sure none of the cotton fibers end up being swallowed.  The toy is available on and comes in various sizes for various size dogs.  Make sure to get a rope size big enough so that your dog cannot get the rope or the knotted portions in their back teeth, otherwise they can chew the toy in half and then the toy is no longer useful.  Definitely recommend this toy for tugging dogs!


Dog Treat Recall – Iams Withdraws Shakeable Brand Dog Treats

Just received news of another recall.  A bulletin on the PetSmart website has said that there is a withdrawal of the Iams Shakeable turkey and lamb dog treats for mold growth.  Here is the information:

March 2013 – According to a news bulletin just discovered by our staff and published by PetSmart on its website some time earlier this month…
Iams Shakeables Turkey Dog Treats

“Proctor and Gamble has issued a voluntary market withdrawal of Iams Shakeables Turkey and Lamb Dog Treats with certain ‘Impacted Lot Numbers’ listed below. These treats are being voluntarily withdrawn due to potential for mold growth.”

According to the retailer, no other products are affected. Proctor and Gamble claims it has not received any reports of human or pet illnesses.

What Products Are Being Withdrawn?

Iams Shakeables Dog Treats Recall Lot Codes

To identify the affected lots, consumers should refer to the first 4 numbers of the second line on the bottom of the can.

Iams Shakeables Can Bottom

What to Do?

The bulletin warns users to stop feeding the affected products and to return any remaining Iams Shakeables Turkey and Lamb Dog Treats affected by the voluntary withdrawal to their closest PetSmart store for a full refund.

Readers with questions about this event are invited to call Proctor and Gamble (Iams) at 877-894-4458.

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

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More Information on Natura Products Recall

I did some poking around on the Natura Pet website, since I hadn’t heard anything new.  I will post the information I found on their website that may help.

This is the statement on their webpage as of March 20th, 2013:

Dear Natura Family,

As pet parents and dedicated pet health advocates, it pains us to inform you of the first recall in our company’s 21-year history.

During a recent random sampling, the FDA confirmed the presence of salmonella in one of our products. We take this extremely seriously, because your pets are like ours – they’re part of the family – and we aren’t taking any chances. As a result, we have voluntarily recalled a number of our products as a precautionary measure. Fortunately, there have been no reported animal or human health issues associated with these products, and we have confirmed that this is not a widespread issue.

Natura was founded on the commitment to provide the healthiest natural pet food in the world. As Natura employees who live this commitment every day, words cannot express our disappointment with this finding. We place quality as the cornerstone of our products. It is a process of ongoing improvement, and we will continually review and raise these standards. Unfortunately, salmonella and other contaminants pose a great challenge to the food industry, and no company is immune.

We want to assure you, our valued customers, that we are more committed than ever to animal and human safety. We have fully investigated and identified the cause of this incident. Our production is ongoing, and you can continue to feed any Natura products outside of this incident with confidence.

We know that trust is earned. This incident further fuels our passionate commitment to your pet’s health and safety. We promise to demonstrate this commitment through our actions now and in the future.

See below for details on the recall products. If you have a product included on this list please contact us at or (800) 224-6123.

Employees of Natura Pet Products

Affected Products

Please download the appropriate PDF to see which products are affected by the voluntary recall.
California Natural


Press Information

Download Press Release (PDF)


Here is Natura’s contact information, address and customer service number:

Contact Natura

Email us

(800) 224-6123 (open between 8am and 5:30pm Central Standard Time)

2779 Rademakers Way
Fremont, NE 68025-8044




Dog Food Recall – Natura Products EVO, Innova, California Natural and Healthwise

Just received an e-mail regarding these products being recalled due to salmonella.  Please read on to see if your dog’s food is affected:

March 18, 2013 – Natural Pet Products has confirmed it is recalling four of its most popular brands of dry dog food due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

Brands being recalled include:
Natura Pet Products Dog Food Recall

  • EVO
  • Innova
  • California Natural
  • HealthWise

The company plans to issue a more detailed statement sometime later today.

As soon as this information has been posted, we will immediately update this page.

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

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Product Review – Catit Senses Massage Center

The Catit Senses Massage Center is an interactive toy for cats that includes a brush type mounted on the side so that cats can rub their faces along it, or their body.  If your cat is stressed, wants a gum massage, or a ripple massage, this might be a great toy.  If your cat is into that sort of thing.

Many cats are picky, Isis being one of them.  She looked at the toy and hissed at it for a while, and walked widely around the toy, sizing it up, not really sure what to think.

I sprayed some feliway spray, as well as put some catnip on it and rubbed my fingers along the bristles to see if Isis would come and enjoy the wonderful, relaxing, stress free massage.  No such luck.

For weeks it sat there, not being touched by anything but my hands, begging and pleading for Isis to just try to relax and enjoy her new massage center.

So far, Isis has used the toy twice.  Once was when she was feeling particularly in a sweet mood, she rubbed her face along the bristles and I think she surprised herself at how it was kind of a bit too rough for her.  She ate the catnip off the massage center.  The second time she used the gum massage for about 30 seconds.

Final verdict: If your cat likes massage type toys, or likes to rub up against things often, this is probably great for them.  For Isis, it was not.  I donated the toy to our local shelter.  Hopefully the cats there can use it and enjoy it.  I am sure Isis was happy to see the strange alien object go.  I would not recommend it unless you know for sure your cat would like a massage type toy.  It is for sale on

Recipe Friday – Pumpkin Blueberry Cookie Treats For Dogs

These are sure to be a hit with dogs everywhere!  I have included information for the recipe to be regular and gluten free:


  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 cups 100% whole wheat flour (use about 2 1/2 cups of brown rice flour or almond flour for a gluten free option.  You may have to play with the amount to get the right consistency.)
  • 1/2 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup water


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Blend together the applesauce and pumpkin. Once the applesauce and pumpkin are well combined, stir in the flour and flax seed meal. Add in enough water until dough just becomes workable. The dough will be a little stiff, but don’t worry, that’s what you need. Work the rest of the ingredients together with your hands until well mixed.

3. Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness and cut in to your desired shapes.

4. Place 1 inch apart on parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Press the blueberries into your treats (I made a circular cookie with a  thumbprint in the cookies and pressed the berries into the thumbprints.)  It is all right if the berries break open and get gooey.

5. Bake on one side for 20 minutes then turn over and bake on the other side for another 20 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool before feeding to your pups!

Store in the refrigerator for a week and freeze the rest if there are leftovers.  The amount it makes depends on the size of cookies you make.

Cat Food Recall – Diamond Recalls Various Bags of Cat Food

This is out of hand.  Please read on to find out if the food you are feeding your cat has been recalled in 25 different states:

A cat food recall was issued for several Diamond Pet Foods products in 25 states. The products in question were recalled over a low level of thiamine (Vitamin B1).

The vitamin is essential to cats for maintaining a normal nervous system. Thiamine deficiency can include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. If the deficiency continues, it can lead to the feline’s death.

Advanced cases of thiamine deficiency can include neurological signs like bending toward the floor (ventroflexion), walking wobbly (ataxia), falling, walking in circles, and seizures.

Diamond Pet Foods issued a press release for the cat food recall, saying that it was voluntary and not required. The recall includes some bags of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula, Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula, Premium Edge Kitten Formula, Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula, and 4health All Life Stages Cat Formula. All of the products are dry cat food.

Cat owners who use the products are urged to discontinue their use and either discard the bags or ask for a refund. The products were distributed in 25 states, including Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Michele Evans, Ph.D., Diamond Pet Foods Executive Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance stated in the press release:

“At Diamond Pet Foods, we have a process where we continuously test our products, and this process allowed us to find the undesired levels of thiamine in some of our cat formulas. Our food safety protocols are designed to provide safe food on a daily basis.”

Because of the recall, the company tested all other Diamond brands to a thiamine deficiency. They found none, aside from the six included in the current recall.

Cat owners with questions about the cat food recall, or who would like to receive a replacement product or refund, are being asked to call the Pet Food Information Center at 1-888-965-6131. They can also click here for more information.

Consumer Alert For Two Foods – Bravo! Raw Food/Steve’s Real Food

It is not a recall, but more of an alert issued for two foods.  Please read to see if your food has been affected:

March 12, 2013 – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers to avoid feeding or handling two brands of poultry-based raw pet food after the MDA laboratory discovered Salmonella bacteria in routine sample tests.

Bravo! Raw Food Diet

One of the affected products include Bravo! Raw Food Diet 2 lb. Chicken Blend for Dogs and Cats manufactured by Bravo!, LLC, of Manchester, Connecticut.

Bravo! Chicken Blend Raw Dog FoodThis is a frozen pet food product with the production code of 06/14/12, which is located on the white tag on the end of the package.

This advisory is for the 2 lb. size of Bravo! Chicken Blend with the “Best Used by Date” of 6/12/14 only.

No other products, sizes, or production dates are involved.

For further information, consumers are invited to contact the company at 866-922-9222.

Steve’s Real Food

The other affected product includes Steve’s Real Food Turducken Canine Diet 8 ounce patties, manufactured by Steve’s Real Food, Inc., of Murray, Utah.

Steve's Real Food TurduckenThis is a frozen pet food product with the “Use By Date” code of 10/27/13 B209, which is located on the lower front panel of package.

For further information, contact the company at 801-540-8481 or

There are no reports of human or animal illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the product, and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated products.

People handling contaminated raw pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product.

Pets with Salmonella infections may exhibit 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. If your pet has consumed this product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Human symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps and fever. Symptoms usually begin within 12 to 72 hours after exposure, but can begin up to a week after exposure.

Salmonella infections usually resolve in 5-7 days, but approximately 20 percent of cases require hospitalization.

In rare cases, Salmonella infection can lead to death, particularly in the elderly or those with weakened immune systems.

Anyone who has become ill after handling this product should see their health care provider.

What to Do?

Consumers are asked to discard any of these products they may have.

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

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