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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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Recipe Friday – Strawberry Chicken Treats For Dogs Grain & Gluten Free

Here is a great recipe for dogs that have food allergies and even for those who do not.  The strawberries add a sweet touch to the treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Chicken breast, cooked and chopped
  • 1 Cup chopped Strawberries (approximately 3 large strawberries)
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cup Buckwheat Flour

 

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 add all ingredients and mix well.

3. Knead dough into ball and pat onto a heavily floured surface 1/2 inch thick, this is a very sticky dough so you wont be able to use a rolling pin and its best to work in small sections.  Cut with your cookie cutter of choice.

4. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Cool and refrigerate.  Depending on the cookie cutter, you can make 2-4 dozen treats.

Recipe Friday – Doggy Yummy Poppers

These interesting treats are sure to please every doggy palette.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups buckwheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/3 cup olive or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • tsp salt

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

2. Simply mix together the flours and salt. Then add the molasses and mix by hand or mixer.

3. Next, add eggs and oil. Mix again. (You may have to add some water and give another mix until it has the consistency of cookie dough).

4. Sprinkle some flour a non-stick baking sheet or parchment lined tray. Use a spatula to scoop this brown goop out. Sprinkle more flour on top so you can flatten it out. Press it down to your desired thickness, cut into long strips, then chop bite sized pieces from the strips.

5. Roll into balls and place on tray. Bake at 250 degrees for 20 minutes to half an hour. Roll halfway through.

Store in an airtight container for about a week, freeze after a week if there are 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.

Weekly Recipe – Meat & Potato Grain Free Doggie Treats

This is a great recipe for dogs who have allergies to grain.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 LB Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • 1 1/4 Cups Dehydrated Potatoes
  • 1 Egg (Organic Preferred)
  • 1/4 Cup Beef or Chicken Broth
Instructions: 
This is an easy to make, highly palatable dog treat recipe.
First, thoroughly mix the egg and broth in an appropriately sized mixing bowl.
Then add in the ground meat and potato flakes and continue stirring until well mixed. Potato flakes are similiar to instant mashed potatoes but they do not contain the seasonings, including garlic, that are typical of mashed potatoes.
Flatten, but do not compress, into a small lightly greased pan or ovensafe glassware.
Bake at 375 for approximately 30 mins or until browned.
Allow to cool and cut sheet into bite sized pieces.

The All Important-Food and Diet

*I am not a vet, the ideas on this blog are just for your own purposes, and is a result of 20 years of research.  Please consult your vet if you are looking into changing your pet’s diet.

For some reason, what to feed your dog or cat seems to at times, turn into a heated debate.  What I am about to say is not to put anyone down, but to hopefully educate those who are looking for good, healthy food for your fur baby.

Go and look at the bag or can of food that you feed your dog/cat.  I’ll wait…okay.  Is corn or corn meal any of the first ingredients on the list?  If it is, you may want to think about changing the food you are feeding.

Let’s look at it this way, cornmeal, or corn of any sort is a filler in your animal’s food.  Also, if any of the first 5 ingredients are anything like wheat, soy, anything ending in -meal (cornmeal, chicken byproduct meal), these are comparable to humans eating junk food.  A lot of those ingredients are high carbs and can lead to health issues in your animal, such as: diabetes or even heart problems.  It’s like us eating at Taco Bell or McDonald’s all the time.

The reason the first 5 ingredients are important is that those ingredients make up the bulk of the food that you are feeding your pet.  If you start feeding healthier food, it’s cheaper in the long run.  Your trips to the vet will be cheaper and less often, your animal’s teeth and bones will be stronger and healthier, and the overall health will improve.  My Sasha was eating Ol’ Roy dog food at the shelter, and was not very active or healthy.  We started to feed her healthy food and right away we noticed she is perkier, her coat is so soft and shiny, her teeth are wonderful, and she is a healthy weight.

Also, your vet may be trying to push you to use Hills Science Diet.  A lot of vets end up getting a kickback from that food.  And admittedly, several vets have told me that in all the years they go to school to become a vet, they DO NOT take any classes on nutrition.  If a vet wants to learn about nutrition, they must do it on their own time and do their own research.

If you are curious about what types of foods to feed your dog, this site is wonderful for telling you all the information you may want to know about the health of the food you are feeding your dog.

Dog Food Reviews

On that link you will also see reviews for wet food and even raw food.  What is a raw food diet?  Here is a link that explains more about what the raw food diet (also known as the BARF diet) is.

Raw Food Diet

Similarly, there is a good site to review all the kinds of cat food that is out there to ensure your cat is being fed a healthy diet.  Here is the site for cats.

Cat Food Reviews

There are also raw food diets for cats, the idea behind these diets is that what a cat will eat in the wild is prey and organs and basically raw food.  If you want a healthy diet to feed your cat and to understand the benefits of this feeding style, here is a link to give your more information.

Making cat food

It is important to note that if you are changing your pet’s diet, you must go SLOW and TRANSITION the diet, otherwise you may risk stomach/digestion issues.

I will never tell someone what to feed their fur baby, I can only help guide someone if they ask.  People have asked me what I feed my babies because they seem quite healthy.

Sasha’s Diet

  • Morning: 1/2 cup Wellness Core original recipe dry food, 1/4 can of Wellness Core Salmon, Whitefish and Herring.
  • Afternoon: 1/2 cup Wellness Core original recipe dry food
  • Evening: 1/4 cup Wellness Core original recipe dry food
  • Bedtime snack: 1/4 cup Wellness Core original recipe dry food
Isis’ Diet
  • Morning: 1TBSP. Wellness canned cat food (whatever flavor at the moment, we rotate among all the grain free recipes). Plus 1/2 TBSP. pumpkin (helps to aid with hairballs, it helps to reduce them by having them move through the digestive tract and evacuating the body through bowel movements instead of through vomiting.  If you purchase, make sure it is 100% pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie filling).
  • Afternoon: 1 TBSP. Wellness canned cat food, 1/2 TBSP. pumpkin
  • Evening: Catswell Happy Hips and Vita Kitty treats (it’s jerky strips for cats, very tiny, and I just cut them up and give them to her, it’s like vitamins for her and helps her hips and joints. Since she has been eating these, she has turned into a kitten and runs and plays with vigor!)
  • Bedtime snack: 1TBSP. Wellness canned cat food, 1/2 TBSP. pumpkin.
Also, every once in a while, Sasha will get a treat.  We feed her all natural treats called Bully Sticks.  We order these online and they are delivered fast!
At the same Bully Sticks website, we order her Antlers as a chew toy, since she is in her chewing phase.  These are humanely harvested, since antlers are shed once per year.  If you are ordering these, make sure you order a large enough size so that your dog cannot get them in her back teeth, otherwise the antler will be gone within hours.  We order Sasha the Jumbo size antler and that lasts her about a month.  We may order her the Monster size for Christmas but sshhhh don’t tell her 😉

Here is the link to the food I feed both Sasha and Isis.

Wellness Dog and Cat Food

I feed both Sasha and Isis grain free diets, no gluten, no soy, no corn,no wheat, no grains.  These are the ingredients that cause the most allergic reactions in animals.  They would not be eating these things in the wild, so why feed that to them now?  I am a preventative person, so I make sure that I am not feeding them something that could potentially cause an allergy.

Some of the indications of an allergy to these ingredients include: diarrhea, constipation, constant scratching around the mouth or ears,scratching around the rump, skin rashes, indigestion and discomfort, sluggish behavior, irritability, constant scratching of the stomach area, as well as sometimes chewing of the paws.  There may be other reactions, it is best to ask your vet if you suspect your pet has an allergy.  They may suggest doing an elimination diet.

I am slowly going to transition them to raw food diets.  Since they are both shelter animals, the food they were fed was sub-par and I want to take it slow so that they do not get ill.  Right now, they are doing well and have had their wellness checks with the vet and passed with flying colors.  I always say to feed what you can afford, and to research, research, research what is out there for your fur babies.  I know I want mine to live long and healthy lives.  It’s not about quantity of life but quality of life.

I will probably write many posts about food here, but if you have questions, feel free to ask.  Like I have said, I have been doing research and I can find you the information you may need.