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Pet Food Recall – EVO Cat Food and Ferret Food

The recall is in regards to not enough vitamins and an excess of minerals.  Please read below:

 

Contact:
Consumer:
1-855-206-8297

Media:
Jason Taylor at 513-622-1017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 24, 2014 – Fremont, Nebraska – Natura Pet Products has initiated a limited, voluntary recall of certain dry cat and dry ferret food lots produced in its Fremont, Nebraska facility. Due to a formulation error, these products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals.

Pets can become ill if they lack vitamins for prolonged periods. Early signs of vitamin deficiency may include decreased appetite, lethargy, vomiting and weight loss. If treated promptly, vitamin deficiency can be successfully reversed. The presence of excess minerals in these products poses no health concern.

There have been no reports of animal health concerns to date, but these lots do not meet our quality standards and should not be consumed by pets. No other EVO® products or lots are affected by this issue.

The affected product and lot codes are:

PRODUCT SIZE UPC EXP DATE LOT CODE
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 15.4 LB 5148 541400 02/19/2016 4300A700D2
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700A4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700B4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700C4
EVO® Grain Free Ferret Food 6.6 LB 5148 542101 02/19/2016 4300A700D3

The problem was discovered during the investigation of an ingredient inventory discrepancy. Only these 5 lots are affected. These lots were distributed through independent retailers in CA, GA, MI, MN, NV, PA, TX, VT and Canada, as well as online. No other Natura products are affected.

Retailers have been contacted and are instructed to immediately withdraw these lots from store shelves. Consumers who purchased the product should discontinue feeding the product immediately and discard as normal household waste. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this incident. We are taking immediate corrective action as a result of our investigation.

For more information, consumers can reach Natura Consumer Relations at 1-855-206-8297, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST or visit www.evopet.com.

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Pet Food Recall – Bravo Dog and Cat Food

Here is a recall for Bravo Dog and Cat food, please read on:

 

Bravo® Issues Nationwide Recall of Pet Food for Dogs and Cats

 

Contact:
Consumer:
(866) 922-9222

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: 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

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 http://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.

Cat Food Recall – Abady

This food company has recalled some of its cat food formula, please read on:

 

Contact:
Consumer:
Erika Kaye
845-473-1900

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 8, 2014 – The Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC of Poughkeepsie, NY, is recalling its 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of “Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” because they have 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. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled “Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.

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.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in some 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of “Abady Highest Quality Cat Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats.”

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of “Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-845-473-1900, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm, ET.

Cat Food Recall -Red Flannel Cat Food

Here is a recall for Red Flannel cat food.  The recall is for possible salmonella contamination.  Please read on:

Contact:
Consumer:
(800) 332-4738

Media:
Rebecca Lentz
(651) 375-5949

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 25, 2014 – PMI Nutrition, LLC (PMI), Arden Hills, Minn., has initiated a voluntary recall of its 20 lb. bags of Red Flannel® Cat Formula cat food for possible Salmonella contamination. There have been no reports of illness related to this product to date. This recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution after routine testing by the FDA Detroit District Office identified possible Salmonella contamination.

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 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.

Red Flannel® Cat Food was manufactured by a third-party manufacturer for PMI. The product was sold through dealers to customers distributed in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

The lot number is printed on the lower back side of the bag in a white box on the right-hand side. The lot number will be preceded by a time stamp that will be unique to each bag. (Example 14:32) The lot number and best-by date impacted by this recall are as follows:

Best by 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A (lot number)

The UPC code for the recalled product is: 7 42869 00058 5.

No other products/lot numbers are affected by this recall.

Customers should immediately discontinue use of and return impacted product to their dealer for a full refund or replacement. We continue to work with impacted dealers and distributors to trace the bags.

For more information on the recall, customers can contact the customer service line for PMI products at 1-800-332-4738. Customer service representatives will be available Sunday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST and Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.

Why Pet Nutrition Matters

I thought I would share an interesting article my vet sent to me:

The First Step in Preventative Care

With more than half of all dogs and cats overweight or obese, pets are increasingly at risk for a number of chronic health problems, according to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). An appropriate, balanced diet can make a significant difference for a pet’s overall health, reducing the risk for chronic health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and other types of chronic pain.

Nutrition counseling and weight management are an essential part of every veterinary wellness exam. Just like humans, dogs and cats have unique wellness needs. A one-size-fits-all approach to dietary management overlooks important aspect of nutrition counseling. Today’s veterinarian makes dietary recommendations based on a pet’s specific needs, such as weight loss, organ function, mobility restrictions, or a chronic pain condition. A veterinary nutrition evaluation will also take into account a pet’s medical history, food preferences, and current activity level.

For some health conditions, dietary management can completely resolve the problem, no medication or surgery required. For example, consider the case of Max, a dog who was overweight and suffered from disc-related back pain. Max had been on chronic pain medication, including muscle relaxers, but was still unable to be active. Dietary management helped Max safely lose weight and today he romps in the neighborhood dog park like he was never in pain. The lesson here is simple: nutrition and dietary management matters.

Dietary management should start as soon as pet owners introduce a new pet into their family. Puppies and kittens have unique nutrition requirements in order to grow into healthy adult pets. For example, large-breed puppies should be fed a large-breed puppy food; this food helps these puppies safely grow slowly over time. Rapid weight gain should be avoided as it can strain the musculoskeletal system and increase the risk for skeletal and joint problems, including hip dysplasia.

In addition to considering which pet food to use, the AAHA also reminds pet owners to keep a close eye on their pets’ treats. Treats can be a sneaky source of calories and sabotage a pet’s weight management diet. Positive praise is just as effective and calorie free.

An extra few pounds may seem insignificant to us, but those pounds can adversely affect a pet’s health. Veterinary care that proactively monitors a pet’s weight and diet is the best way to keep pets healthy and active throughout their lives.

How to Pick the Right Food for Your Pet

With an almost overwhelming number of food choices in today’s pet superstores, choosing the right food for your pet can be a challenge. Your veterinarian can help. Ask your veterinarian the following:

•    How much food should I feed my pet each day?
•    Should I feed my pet once or twice per day?
•    Does my pet need a special dietary food to address a health problem?

Don’t wait until your pet is sick or overweight to ask these questions; a proactive approach will keep your pet healthy and active for life.

Sources:

American Animal Hospital Association, “Nutrition: The First Step in Preventative Care.”

Non-Profit Provides “Food Stamps” For Pets

I am still waiting on publishing a product review as I like my little tester (Isis) to test out the stuff for about a month before I give it a thumbs up or thumbs down.  I came across this video/article that warmed my heart.

The economy has been rough lately and a lot of people may be on public assistance.  A non-profit agency has started a program for those who are on public assistance for themselves, they can now apply for “food stamps” for their pets.  The Pet Food Stamps non-profit agency has teamed up with Pet Flow to send people and pets in need, their dog or cats food.

The family that cares for the pet must apply for this program and if they are accepted, they will have the food delivered to their door.

I thought it would be good to share here because you never know who may need this program.  If you have a friend or family member that is struggling, this might be something to help them breathe and not stress as much, or it might even help someone not have to give their pet away because they can no longer handle paying for food for their pet.

Please take a look at the video and read the article, and please pass on this information to anyone you know who may need it.  I think it is a wonderful program that may save a pet’s life.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57581800/non-profit-provides-food-stamps-for-pets/

 

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 gary@stevesrealfood.com.

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.

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

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Recipe Friday – Kitty-Kat Kisses

You are sure to receive some great kitty kat kisses (or headbutts) from feeding these wonderful treats to your fur baby.

Ingredients:

  • One can of your cat’s favorite cat food.
  • Catnip (how much you use all depends on how much you want to use.  I use a few pinches, you can use more or less).
  • One Ziploc bag, with the corner cut (you will be using it like a piping bag, like frosting, so cut the size of hole you want in the corner of the bag).

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet (I use Olive Oil as it is good for cats, rather than other kinds of household cooking oils).
  3. Take the cat food and Catnip and put them into a blender and blend until it is the consistency of frosting.  If you do not have a blender, use a medium mixing bowl and use a hand mixer and if you do not have that, use a medium mixing bowl and a spoon and mix until it is like frosting.
  4. Take the Ziploc bag  and place the mixture into the Ziploc bag (wait until you have all the mixture in the bag, THEN cut a hole into the corner of the bag).
  5. Now, on the greased cookie sheet, squeeze or pipe out little “kisses” (like Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses) onto the sheet.
  6. Depending on the size of the kisses, bake them for 15 minutes, for small kisses.  They shouldn’t be too hard to the touch when checking them after baking.  You may increase time until it suits you and for the size of the kisses you make.
  7. Let cool and serve in moderation to your cat (I give Isis one a day when I make them).
  8. Use a plastic container and place them in the container with lid and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Recipe Friday – Meaty Grass Meat Treats for Cats

This is a great treat for any cat who loves a bit of variety in their diet.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Ground Beef (I use lean ground, if you have more than one cat, you may want to use more.  Of course you can use chicken, or pork or fish as well, as long as it is ground up or minced very fine).
  • 3 Tablespoons of broth (chicken or beef, or veggie broth, whatever will work for your cat)
  • 2 Tablespoons of COOKED oatmeal (you can buy gluten free oats if your cat has a gluten allergy)
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Grass Powder (This can be found at your local Pet Shop or Supermarket)
  • 1/4 cup of your cat’s favorite vegetable.  Carrots are popular or pumpkin (which I use, I know it is technically a fruit, but I consider it a vegetable)  Mince it up or put it in a blender, whichever you prefer.

 

Directions:

  1. Cook the beef or chicken or pork or fish until just done, it’s best not to overcook as it might not work well in this application.
  2. Pour broth on the meat.
  3. Add in the vegetable and mix well, using a fork to kind of mash it in together with the meat.  It will probably start to look like canned cat food.
  4. Once that is mixed well, add the dried grass powder.  Mix in well.
  5. Finally add the oatmeal into the mix and make it into a bit of a firmer wet food mixture.  You can then scoop out little portions with a melon baller or a small scoop.  I make these about the size of a quarter.  You can mix them into little balls or however you want to feed them to your cat.
  6. Store the rest in the refrigerator in an air tight container for about a week.  If you would like, you can freeze any leftovers.

Dog Food Reviews – Cat Food Reviews What Food Is Best?

After the recent recalls of Pedigree dog food and the long battle with Diamond dog food, I have recently taken a second look at what I am feeding Isis and Sasha.  Could I do better in feeding them something healthier?

Well, one place to check out is the Dog Food Reviews.  This gives a comprehensive list and breaks down the ingredients of each dog food and lets you know if you are basically feeding your dog junk food, or if you are giving them the nutrients they need to stay healthy.  The better the food we feed our furbabies, the healthier they will be and the better lives they will live.  All you have to do is type in the name of the food you are feeding your dog into the search bar on the site, and it will give you the link to the review and how many stars the food receives.  1 star is horrible and five stars is rated best food to give your dogs.  You can check out dry dog food and wet dog food as well as raw food, if you feed your dog a raw food diet.

This is the same with cats.  If we feed them junkfood, they will produce junk, thus not being healthy and leaving them (as well as dogs) susceptible to many health conditions, shorter lives, and who knows what else.

There are a few cat food review websites.  This one takes ingredients and discusses all types of food for cats.

This one has a rating for well known cat food, wet and dry, that cats can eat.

In taking a look at all these options, and since Wellness food for dogs was recalled, we have switched Sasha to Orjen food.  It is one of the best out there and the ingredients and nutrients are what she needs.  I do not want to feed her something that is junkfood, or that could potentially kill her.  Let’s hope that all these recalls get straightened out soon, so that we don;’t have to keep switching.  Remember, if you do switch your dog to a different food, do it gradually, 1/4 of the new food to 3/4 of the old food, then progress to half new food, half old food, then 3/4 new food to 1/4 old food, until you are feeding 100% new food.

I hope this has helped those who are looking for a new food to feed their pets after these recalls, or if you are looking for a more nutritious meal for your fur baby.