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Dog Treat Recall – PetSmart Recalls Simply Nourish treats by Loving Pets Corp

Please read the following voluntary recall:

October 7, 2014 — PetSmart has announced that Loving Pets Corp is voluntarily recalling specific lots of Simply Nourish Biscotti with Beef and Sweet Potatoes Dog Treats due to the potential of mold growth.
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The affected products have the expiration date of February 2016. No product images were provided.

No other Simply Nourish or Loving Pets treats are affected.

What’s Being Recalled?

Simply Nourish Dog Treats Batch Info Table

What to Do?

The company recommends that consumers immediately stop using the specified product and return it to any PetSmart store for a full refund.

You are also advised to bring your receipt with you to the store when requesting a refund.

Questions regarding any personal or pet health concerns should be directed to your health care provider or veterinarian.

For any additional questions related to this recall, you may call the Loving Pets Corporation at 866-599-7387.

U.S. citizens 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.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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Recipe Friday – Greens and Pork for Dogs

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!  Here is a great recipe to try for your pups:

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices Bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup frozen Chopped Collard Greens, thawed
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 1 cup Soy Flour (or you can use about 1 cup of rice flour or about 1 1/2 cups of wheat flour if your dog does not have allergies to wheat).

 

Directions:

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

2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients until well combined.

3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a heavily floured surface as thin as you can, cut with the cookie cutter of your choice.

4. Place on your prepared cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until crisp at the edges. Cool and refrigerate.

5. Store in airtight container in the fridge for about a week, freeze any left overs.

Recipe Friday – Frozen Dog Treats (Carob and Peanut Butter)

These treats are great and can’t be beat in the heat!  Also, humans can try them as there isn’t anything in them that we cannot eat.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups plain yogurt (your choice of fat %)
  • 1/2 Cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon carob powder (CANNOT be substituted with chocolate)
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 small paper cups

 

Directions:

1. Mix ingredients in a large bowl. Divide evenly into 12 cups (approx. 1/4 cup each).

2. Put into the freezer for at least 3 hours. Peel off, or pop out of, paper cup. Serve.

Makes about 12 cups.

Recipe Friday – Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Treats

Here are some yummy treats for your pup.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana, peeled
  • 1 Cup oat flour
  • 2/3 Cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 Cup dried parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 Egg, beaten

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300°F.

2. Put banana in a large bowl and use a spoon or potato masher to mash it thoroughly.

3. Add oat flour, oats, parsley, peanut butter, and egg and stir well to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes.

4. Roll mixture into 24 balls, using about 1 tablespoon dough for each.

5. Transfer each ball to a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet as done. Use the back of a spoon or the heel of your hand to press each ball into a (1 1/2 to 2 inch) coin.

6. Bake until firm and deep golden brown on the bottom, 40 to 45 minutes. Set aside to let cool completely.

7. It’s best to store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Or, freeze them to give to your dog later; just be sure to thaw the treats before serving.

Recipe Friday – Simple Dog Treats (4 ingredients!)

These simple, four ingredient treats are easy to make and fun for your dogs to eat!  I will include a gluten free option in the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1. 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (check the label to make sure it says gluten free.  You can buy all natural peanut butter where the only ingredient is peanuts).
  • 2. 2 scoops (using the scoop that comes in the canister or about 1/2 cup total) rolled oats (get the gluten free oats option, if you are trying to make the recipe gluten free)
  • 3. 1/2 cup natural, unsweetened applesauce (make sure there is NO high fructose corn syrup.)
  • 4. 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or you can use about 1/3 cup rice flour for gluten free option)

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until they form a soft dough ball.

3. Roll out dough onto floured surface with lightly floured rolling pin. (I used a little more whole wheat flour.)

4. Cut out small sections of dough using a cookie cutter or slice with a pizza cutter into about 1.5 in. squares.

5. Place on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until browned slightly.

*You can play around with the thickness of the dough.  If you want softer treats, the dough can be rolled out thicker.  If you want crisp treats, the dough should be rolled out thinner.  Keep refrigerated for a week and freeze any left overs.

Recipe Friday – Yummy Muffins For Dogs

Yes you can make muffins for dogs!  Your dog is sure to love these treats!  Remember to feed in moderation.  You may even try and enjoy them!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Raspberries
  • 1/2 cup Strawberries
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 1/3 cup Whole Wheat Flour (you can try to make a wheat free version using about 2 cups of rice flour or almond flour)
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease muffin tins.

2. In a large bowl mix milk, oil, honey then add egg.

3. In a separate bowl mix wheat flour and baking powder, once well mixed add to wet mixture. Once mixed add vanilla and fold in fruit.

4. Fill greased muffin tins about 1/3 full and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the center springs back when touched.

5. Allow to cool on a wire rack and refrigerate for several days, freeze any leftovers.

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.

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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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.