Merrick Pet Care Voluntarily Recalls Limited Amount of Castor & Pollux Good Buddy And Merrick Backcountry Treats Containing Beef Due To Potentially Elevated Levels Of Thyroid Hormone

May 23, 2018 – Merrick Pet Care, of Amarillo, Texas, is initiating a voluntary recall of a limited amount of beef dog treat varieties due to the potential that they contain elevated levels of a naturally-occurring beef thyroid hormone.

Merrick and Castor and Pollux Dog Treats Recalled www.Health4UandPets.com

Dogs consuming high levels of beef thyroid hormone may exhibit the following symptoms: increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate and restlessness. These symptoms may resolve when consumption decreases. If a dog consumes high levels for a long period of time, these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea and rapid or labored breathing. If your pet has consumed the product listed and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please discontinue feeding and contact your veterinarian.

The voluntary recall covers only specific production codes of the following beef treat products:

  • Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Prime Patties Real Beef Recipe 4 oz.
  • Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Sausage Cuts Real Beef Recipe 5 oz.
  • Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Jerky 4.5 oz.
  • Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Sausage Cuts 5 oz.
  • Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Steak Patties 4 oz.


The voluntary recall is limited to the production codes listed below. To locate the production code, consumers should look on the lower back of the treat bag. No other production codes, sizes or varieties of these products are affected.

Merrick Recall www.Health4UandPets.com

This potential health risk was brought to Merrick’s attention as a result of the FDA sharing one consumer complaint where the dog’s health was temporarily impacted while eating Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Jerky 4.5 oz. The dog’s health improved and fully recovered after discontinuing consumption of the treat. Pet owners should know there is limited risk given treats are not intended for full nutrition and should only be occasionally consumed, however out of an abundance of caution, and to maintain trust with our consumers, we are withdrawing all potentially impacted product. We have not received any similar reports to date from consumers about issues with these products.

If you have product, please contact us at 1-800-664-7387 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday or customerservice@merrickpetcare.com so we can provide a refund. Or, visit our website and fill out a form: www.merrickpetcare.com/customerrelations.

No other Merrick or Castor & Pollux products are impacted. These treats are distributed in the U.S. through pet specialty, grocery and online retailers with limited distribution in Canada.

Merrick backcountry great plains beef sausages recalled
Merrick backcountry great plains beef sausages recalled
Merrick backcountry great plains beef sausages recalled

Good Buddy Sausage Cuts recall
Good Buddy Sausage Cuts recall

Merrick is no stranger to recalls. Previously Merrick has been in the news:

Garth Merrick Of Merrick Pet Food Receives Warning Letter From FDA

Merrick Pet Care Recalls Doggie Wishbone (Item # 29050, Lot 11031 Best By 30 Jan 2013) Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Nestle Purina PetCare To Purchase Merrick And Castor Pollux Pet Food

FDA Health Alert for Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats

Merrick Pet Care Is Recalling Beef Filet Squares For Dogs

Merrick Pet Care Recalls Jr. Texas Taffy Dog Treats Due To Possible Salmonella

Merrick Pet Care Recalls Texas Hold'ems 10 oz Bag

Another Merrick Pet Care Recall - Beef Filet Squares & Texas Hold'ems

 


This Blackberry Tapenade Recipe Is A Sophisticated Appetizer That Will WOW Friends At Your Next Party!

Are you looking for a unique appetizer to serving to your party guests that will impress them? This will make a splash at your next get-together and your friends will wonder when you became such a culinary expert! It’s chocked full of nourishing goodness, too!

Blackberry Tapenade Recipe www.Health4UandPets.com

As outlined, makes about 8 ounces of tapenade. Simply increase the fixings to serve larger crowds!

Ingredients

1 tsp. capers

1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted

1/4 cup dried figs

1/4 cup flat leaf parsley

1 garlic clove

1/4 cup kohlrabi

1/4 cup blackberry preserves

1 scoop Life’s Abundance Greens Blend

3 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Directions

1. Rinse both the capers and olives and air dry on a towel.

2. In a small bowl combine the blackberry preserves and Greens Blend. Mix well and set aside.

3. Roughly chop dried figs. Wash and dry parsley. Remove parsley leaves from stems. Remove paper skin from garlic clove.

4. Add garlic to the food processor and pulse for three seconds.

5. Prepare kohlrabi by removing ends and peeling. Roughly chop and add kohlrabi to the food processor. Pulse for five seconds.

6. Add capers, olives and figs to the food processor and pulse for five seconds. Add the blackberry preserves mixture to food processor and pulse for five seconds. Add parsley leaves, olive oil and lemon juice to the food processor and pulse for five seconds.

7. Scrape down any tapenade that is on the side of the food processor into the base and pulse until desired consistency.

8. Serve chilled.

Substitution Tip

A number of preserved fruits will work beautifully with this recipe. Try mixed berry, blueberry, currant or apricot preserves.


Compare Your Dog Or Cat Food To Life's Abundance Dog And Cat Food

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent. Because your dog or cat eats the same food every day, it’s their primary source of nutrition. A superior dog food or cat food can help to foster a solid nutritional foundation, which can help sustain your pet over a long and healthy lifetime.

As a caring pet parent, it’s important that you see through marketing ploys designed to mislead you about the quality of ingredients and their intended dietary benefits.

Additionally, some competing brands use wheat and wheat glutens, corn and corn glutens, as well as artificial food colors and preservatives. We never have, and we never will. That’s part of our commitment to you and your dog to provide the safest and most innovative nutritional formulas for a better life.

While the top five ingredients of a given dog food or cat food provide the consumer with insight into the nutritional priorities of a pet food maker, they don’t tell the whole story. Every ingredient plays a critical part, which is why we provide a comparison based upon eight different quantitative measures. Furthermore, the secret to superior pet food lies in the formula itself – not only in the ingredients, but also in the proportions of those ingredients to one another.

The significance of the ratios cannot be understated. Our long-time pet food formulator, Dr. Jane Bicks, stresses the importance of synergism, or the interaction of ingredients, because the proper proportions help to maximize the nutritional impact of a formula. As with any recipe, if you use the wrong ratios, you will get very different results.

With quality ingredients working synergistically with one another, you can be certain that you’re providing the very best for your companion animal.

Not all pet food manufacturers have your pets best interests in mind. Unfortunately, many use ingredients that you would never knowingly feed your dog. Some intentionally attempt to mislead you with clever marketing, touting ingredients that sound appealing to you but are not actually suited to the nutritional requirements of dogs. At Life's Abundance, we focus on what canines truly need to help ensure a lifetime of good health, rather than on making the cheapest possible product that might not fulfill your dog’s dietary needs.

Our premium dog food and cat food recipes feature safe and wholesome ingredients. But for a dog food or cat food to be considered truly exceptional, we believe it must meet several specific nutritional criteria. Not only should a dog food or cat food score well on the majority of eight distinct measures, it must score well on every measure. Even if one area is overlooked, you could be compromising your dog’s chances for wellness and longevity.

To account for the unique dietary needs of your dog or cat, all of the following must be included in the formula: a diverse array of high-quality proteins; healthy species-specific animal fat; a guaranteed amount of the antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E; a guaranteed amount of omega-3 fatty acids (for optimal benefit omega-3’s should be scientifically balanced with omega-6 fatty acids); prebiotics; a guaranteed amount of probiotics; an array of vegetables; and fruits. Furthermore, to minimize health risks, no wheat or wheat gluten or corn or corn gluten-based products should be featured.

If your current food doesn’t score well on every single one of these eight distinct measures, we strongly suggest that you feed your beloved canine Life’s Abundance.

Even though the quality and variety of ingredients provide insight to the strength of a food’s formula, they shouldn’t be your only consideration when choosing the right food for your dog. In fact, the process by which the food is made is equally vital. Life’s Abundance premium dry health food is prepared by a family-owned, third-generation pet food maker, where creating a high quality food is not only a priority and a family tradition, it’s an art form. Batches of food are produced in limited runs on a weekly basis, minimizing periods of storage and helping us to deliver the freshest-possible product to your front door.

When you pick up a bag of dog food or cat food from a retail store, it’s impossible to know the history behind the product you’re holding. You don’t know how long it’s been on the shelf, or how long it lingered in the storeroom before being placed on the shelf. You don’t know how long it was stowed in a shipping container, subjected to temperature extremes. You don’t know how long it was stockpiled in a distribution center prior to shipping. In fact, many mass-produced dog foods are stashed away in tractor trailers without any form of climate-control for weeks, even months. And, you have no idea if proper handling of bags and pest-control are priorities for the packaging centers and warehouses where the product is bagged and stored.

Why does it matter that you can’t know the history of the retail product? As you might correctly guess, the way a dog food or cat food is stored can directly affect its nutritional value and safety. The bottom line is, just because it’s store-bought doesn’t mean it’s fresh.

Life’s Abundance, doesn't leave factors that impact safety and quality to chance. Our commitment to providing your dog or cat with a superior food goes well beyond the formula and the individual ingredients. To ensure the safety and quality of the final product, we exercise control, from preparation to packaging to storage.

As we mentioned before, Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food for Puppies and Adult Dogs and Life's Abundance Premium Health Food For Kittens and Adult Cats is prepared in small batches on a weekly basis. Life's Abundance tests the quality of our foods to ensure the integrity of ingredients and to make sure the formula is adhered to. Immediately after each batch is prepared, it’s bagged and shipped directly to one of our five warehouses.

Thanks to our strict adherence to quality and safety, we’ve created a streamlined process that, in most cases, means that the food that’s delivered to your door is only four to six weeks old.

Compare Your Brand Of Dog And Puppy Food To Life's Abundance Dog And Puppy Foods

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Compare Your Brand Of Cat And Kitten Food To Life's Abundance Cat And Kitten Foods

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Dog And Cat Food Recalls, Treat Recalls, Pet Food Investigations And News In The First 3 Months Of 2018

Pet Food Recalls And News January Through March 2018 www.Health4UandPets.com

Here's a quick recap on all the dog and cat food recalls, treat recalls and pet food investigations and news from 2018. Stay updated on our Dog And Cat Food Recalls Facebook page.

FDA Alerts Pet Owners About The Presence Of Thyroid Hormones In Certain Milo's Kitchen Pet Treats (3/27/18)

Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Issues Voluntary Recalls for Darwin’s Brand Dog Food Due To Contamination Salmonella And Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli O128 (3/26/18) This contains the FDA update also.

Blue Ridge Beef Voluntarily Recalls BRB Complete Raw Pet Food Lot #GA0131 Because Of Possible Salmonella And Listeria Contamination (3/26/18)

Milo's Kitchen Dog Treats Recall from J.M. Smuckers Due To Potentially Elevated Levels Of Thyroid Hormone (3/22/18)

Cat Food Recall - Radagast Pet Food, Inc. Is Recalling One Lot Of Free-Range Chicken And One Lot Of Free-Range Turkey Recipe (3/20/18)

Lawsuit Filed Against Orijen And Acana For False Advertising And Containing Arsenic, Mercury, Lead, Cadmium and/or Bisphenol A (“BPA”) (3/19/18)

Redbarn Pet Products Expands Voluntary Recall Of Dog Chews And Includes Redbarn, Chewy Louie, Good Lovin' and Dentley's Brand (3/8/18)

Raw Basics, LLC recalls Tucker's 5lb Pork-Bison Box Due To Possible Salmonella Health Risk (3/6/18)

FDA Alerts Pet Owners About Potential Pentobarbital Contamination in Canned Dog Food Manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Company, Including Certain Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy, And Skippy Products (3/4/18)

Steve’s Real Food Voluntarily Recalls Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination (3/3/18)

Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Kitten Grind Raw Pet Food Lot#GA1102 Because of Possible Contamination (3/2/18)

TruPet, LLC Issues Voluntary Recall of Certain "Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight" Pet Treats (2/23/18)

Northwest Naturals Voluntarily Recalls 5lb Frozen Chicken and Salmon Pet Food Chubs Because of Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Health Risk (2/23/18)

Green Bay's Carnivore Meat Company Issues Voluntary Recall of “Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs” Pet Food - Sold through Chewys and Amazon (2/23/18)

General Mills buys Blue Buffalo (2/23/18)

Recall Expansion Smokehouse Pet Products Inc. Recalls All Lots Of “Beefy Munchies” Sold Nationwide Because Of Possible Salmonella Contamination (2/19/18)

Smucker's is recalling limited varieties of Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Skippy and Ol Roy Wet and Canned Dog Foods (2/15/18)

FDA Investigates Pattern of Contamination in Certain Raw Pet Foods Made by Arrow Reliance Inc., Including Darwin’s Natural Pet Products And ZooLogics Pet Food (2/13/18) - Updated posted on 3/26/18 with another "silent" recall.

Redbarn Bully Sticks (2/10/18)

Gravy Train Dog Food, Made By Big Heart Pet Foods And Owned By Smucker's Under FDA Pentobarbital Investigation (2/9/18)

Raws For Paws Recalls Turkey Pet Food Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk (2/9/18)

Smokehouse Pet Products Inc Recalls Limited Lots of “Beefy Munchies” Sold Regionally Because of Possible Salmonella Contamination (2/9/18)

Just Food for Dogs Pet Food Recall (1/15/18)


Lawsuit Filed Against Orijen And Acana For False Advertising And Containing Arsenic, Mercury, Lead, Cadmium and/or Bisphenol A (“BPA”)

Orijen And Acana Lawsuit Filed www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Consumers in California, Minnesota, and Florida are suing Champion Pet Food for “False Advertising”, violations of “feed law”, and numerous other charges. The lawsuit includes results of heavy metal testing and includes results that this dry dog food contains BPA – a chemical typically not associated with dry/kibble pet foods.

You can read the lawsuit here - https://www.locklaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-03-01-Acana-and-Orijen-Complaint-Concerning-Heavy-Metals-and-BPA-Contaminants-Reitman-v-Champion-PetFoods-USA.pdf


Just Food for Dogs Pet Food Recall

Pet Food Recall www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Recall notice provided by Just Food for Dogs…

Dear Friends, Customers, Veterinarians, Partners and Staff,

Honesty. Transparency. Pet advocacy. These are three of the Core Values that make JustFoodForDogs who and what we are. Most days, living up to these standards is pretty easy. We use only the best ingredients; we open our kitchens to the public; we treat every dog as if he were one of our own; and we regard every pet parent as family.

Today is more challenging than that. Today, sadly, I announce the only recall in the history of our company. And, in keeping with our core values, we will be providing the maximum (as opposed to the minimum) amount of information and guidance on this matter.

As of yesterday afternoon, we have confirmed that one batch of our Turducken special (made in our West Hollywood kitchen and code dated WH 11/18/18) tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. We found it because one of our diligent customers reported that the food had made her dogs sick for a day with diarrhea and vomiting. (The dogs affected have made a full recovery after switching their food to one of our daily diets; they did not receive veterinary care). To be clear, this was the only case of illness reported, and severe illness in dogs by Listeria is rare. When we get reports from customers or veterinarians about potential food-caused illness in pets, we always take them seriously and follow up with the appropriate action, including lab testing. In almost eight years, we have never, not once, had a sample come back positive for pathogens. This one was different and we wanted to immediately let all of our Turducken customers know about it. It should also be noted that this form of Listeria can be harmful to humans if consumed.

If you are in possession of Turducken from West Hollywood with the above date, please email or call us at support@justfoodfordogs.com or 1-866-726-9509 and we will provide an immediate refund. While we have no reason to be concerned that other batches of Turducken were affected, we completely understand if you have this product and would like to return or exchange it for any reason.

Today we are notifying all Turducken customers who may have been affected and we are simultaneously conducting a series of additional tests to better understand the situation – the results of which we will share with all of our customers in less than 72 hrs from now.

As I sit here writing this memo with our executive team, it dawns on me that every recipient of this letter and all of us in this room have one very important commonality – we love our dogs and would always do what is best for them. Please know that, starting with my own Albert and Evelyne, we all continue to feed JustFoodForDogs with confidence. If you have any questions or concerns that have not been answered here please do not hesitate to email us at support@justfoodfordogs.com or 1-866-726-9509.

We sincerely apologize for any concern or burden this may have caused you. Despite this unfortunate incident, we want to assure you that everyone at JustFoodForDogs is, as always, 100% committed to helping pets Iive longer, healthier lives.

Shawn Buckley
Founder, JustFoodForDogs

And follow up message from Just Food for Dogs…

This week has been more challenging. A few days ago, a diligent customer reported that our Turducken special made her dogs sick with vomiting and diarrhea. The dogs made a full recovery after a day, once switching their food to one of our daily diets; they did not receive veterinary care. Less than 72 hours ago, after the returned food confirmed positive for Listeria monocytogenes, we informed our Turducken customers about the only recall in the history of our company. Since then we have worked tirelessly to conduct extensive testing and a thorough investigation to establish the root cause of this issue. We promised an update.

This is that update.

It is genuinely heartbreaking to report that we have just received preliminary test results that suggest our human grade green bean supply was sent to us contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Healthy dogs may experience no signs but some, including elderly or weakened dogs, may experience vomiting and/or diarrhea. Severe disease from Listeria in dogs is rare. Listeria monocytogenes is more concerning in humans, if consumed. The health of your dogs is always our primary concern. For this reason, and based on the preliminary results, we are proactively and voluntarily taking the following actions:

• Expanding the Turducken recall to all batch dates
• Recalling our only two other recipes that contain green beans: Beef & Russet Potato and
Fish & Sweet Potato
• Notifying the FDA as this likely affects a broader human food supply of green beans

If you have fed these recipes and your dog is not currently experiencing any problems, do not worry. If you have any of the food listed above, please dispose of it and do not feed it to your dog. We will provide an immediate and unconditional credit to your account for all purchases made of these recipes between November 1st, 2017 and January 14th, 2018, upon request.

To make it easiest on you and to avoid waiting on hold, simply email us at support@justfoodfordogs.com with the first and last name on your account. We will process your credit and reply with the confirmed amount within 72 hours.

We know that many dogs rely on and love these recipes. Therefore, we are immediately preparing Beef & Russet Potato and Fish & Sweet Potato recipes without green beans. We expect to have these available by Wednesday at all locations. Our veterinarians ensure us that this is an appropriate temporary solution. In the meantime, we have plenty of recipes available that are made without green beans, including:

Balanced Remedy 
Shepherd’s Pie
Chicken & White Rice 
Turkey & Whole Wheat Macaroni
Joint & Skin Support 
Venison & Squash
Lamb & Brown Rice 
All Veterinary Support Recipes

These recipes are not covered by the recall and may continue to be fed to your dogs.

I am deeply sorry for this outcome. I spoke to one of our wonderful customers on Friday and she told me something that stuck with me – “we don’t expect JustFoodForDogs to be perfect Shawn, just perfectly honest.” Good or bad, you have our word that we will always be entirely transparent with our customers.

We founded JustFoodForDogs to increase the length and quality of life for as many pets as possible. While this issue may not be our fault, the safety and efficacy of every meal is our responsibility. As we work with our restaurant supplier, we will be implementing greater controls to prevent this from happening in the future. If you would like to speak to any member of our executive team, please feel free to reach us directly on our emails or personal cell phones (listed below).

• Amy Dampier, Vice President Retail Sales, amyd@justfoodfordogs.com
• Ben Stickney, Vice President Operations, bens@justfoodfordogs.com
• Dr. Oscar Chavez, BVetMed, MRCVS, Chief Medical Officer,
drchavez@justfoodfordogs.com 
• Carey Tischler, Chief Executive Officer, careyt@justfoodfordogs.com
Or you can reach me at shawnb@justfoodfordogs.com.

Shawn Buckley
Founder, JustFoodForDogs

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Are you looking for dog foods and treats that have NEVER been recalled? Life's Abundance has served the pet community with holistically formulated products since 1999. The dry foods are shipped within 4-6 weeks of being made. The food is made in small batches.

Lifes Abundance Grain Free All Stages Food For Dogs and Puppies www.HealthyPetPeeps.com


Verdant Cranberry Orange Muffins Recipe

Verdant Cranberry Orange Muffins Recipe www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

We challenge you ... what's better than a warm, scrumptious berry muffin fresh from the oven? That's right, nothing!

Judging by the reaction this recipe got here at our home office, you might want to whip up a double batch of this delectable delight.

Be sure to share this fall-inspired recipe with friends and family!

This recipe yields approximately one dozen muffins.

INGREDIENTS:

½ c dried cranberries
1/3 c hot water
2 c all purpose, whole wheat or gluten-free baking flour
2 scoops Life’s Abundance Greens Blend
¾ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp orange zest (about 1 large orange)
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 large egg, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 c sugar, agave or liquid sweetener of choice
½ c plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1/3 c freshly squeezed orange juice (about 1 large orange)
¼ c non-fat milk

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and lightly grease 12 standard-sized muffin cups.
  2. Re-hydrate the dried cranberries by combining with hot water into to a heat-safe bowl or mug. Let the bowl sit while preparing the muffin batter.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, Greens Blend and zest in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the sugar or other sweetener. Add the yogurt and mix until no large lumps remain. Stir in the orange juice. Alternate between adding the flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, stirring until just incorporated. (For best results, add the flour mixture in 3 equal parts.) Drain the cranberries, and gently fold into the batter.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups. Bake at 350°F for 17-20 minutes, or until barely golden brown and the centers feel fairly firm to the touch. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before carefully turning out onto a wire rack.

Note: Fresh chopped cranberries may be substituted in place of the dried cranberries and water. 

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Which Holiday Character Is Your Pet?

Holiday Dog www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

No matter how old I get, I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow my inner child when it comes to excitement over the holiday season. The characters in this play of life may vary, yet one thing remains the same: as soon as Thanksgiving dinner is done, my holiday season begins.

My pets may not know what Christmas is, but they do know something is happening: the furniture moves around, someone’s always cooking and they get to spend their nights curled in front of a fire (well, as many as our warm SoCal evenings allow). Most of our December evenings are spent watching some sort of holiday movie or show. After so many years, I know all the beloved casts of characters by heart.

Part of the fun of revisiting these classics is imagining which roles my companion animals most closely resemble. Like people, our dogs and cats each have their own distinct likes, dislikes and personality quirks. Does your dog or cat remind you of any of the following pop-culture favorites?

The Grinch

Does your dog skulk around the house with a Grinch-like frown? Does your cat steal random ornaments and hide them away in the fireplace? Could be because the holidays can be stressful for many companion animals who are disturbed by the extra activity, changes in routine and houseguests. If your pet becomes Grinchy every December, make sure to provide them their own sanctuary. Just as the Grinch needed a cave on Mount Crumpit, sometimes they just need a temporary escape from all the noise, noise, noise, noise!

The Bumble

In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the angry, roaring Bumble is reduced to a big old softie after Hermie the dentist removes his teeth. Dental disease is a big problem for both dogs and cats. Often going untreated, the result is many cranky mini-Bumbles wandering around with sore mouths. Want to give your pet a truly meaningful holiday gift? Make sure their mouths are healthy and disease-free. I am astounded at the turnaround many make once their dental disease is addressed and the source of constant pain resolved.

Heat Miser

Who can forget the Miser Brothers angrily hurling snowflakes and lightning bolts at each other in The Year Without a Santa Claus? While cold winter air can be refreshing, seniors (especially those with arthritis) might find winter less than comfortable on ailing joints. If your dog or cat seems to slow down when the temperature drops, shows difficulty negotiating the stairs, or seeks out the warmest spots in the house, make like the Heat Miser and crank up the heat. Cozy orthopedic beds, keeping the house at a comfortable temperature when they’re home alone and providing joint support can help seniors stay comfy even when the weather is frightening. Of course, make sure any new symptoms are brought to your veterinarian’s attention.

Garfield

All Garfield wants for Christmas is plate after plate of lasagna. As a vet, I can tell you he’s not the only one with an ambitious appetite. The holidays are one of the busiest times of year for emergency clinics who witness firsthand the aftermath of counter-surfing Collies and trash-diving Torties. Pancreatitis, foreign bodies and the ever-present carpet-ruining “GI disturbances” are just some of the unfortunate consequences of four-footers gobbling holiday goodies. If your dog or cat has a reputation for sneaking a snack or seven, try not to leave them unguarded. Also, give them some healthy treats instead. Life’s Abundance offers a host of wonderful options that make for perfect stocking stuffers for dogs and for cats!

Peanuts

I’ve saved my favorite special for last. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown frets about the consumerism of the holidays. He takes in a sad little tree and transforms it into something beautiful. As much fun as it is to get swept up in buying gifts for our furry companions, or how tempting it is to try and capture the perfect “Santa Paws” pic for Instagram, at the end of the day, the only things our critters want from us is our love and attention. Being with family and making time for each other truly makes the season special.

My dog Brody is a Linus for sure. No matter how many holiday cookies I stress eat over travel plans or finding “the right gift” for someone, Brody is there to offer a constant source of friendship and calm. I can count on him to put his head in my lap and remind me to take a breath, and be grateful for all the gifts I have this season.

I wish you and your family joy, love, and good health this December and in the New Year to come!

Dr Jessica Vogelsang and Rich and Lisa Jelinek www.HealthyPetPeeps.com
 
Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, DVM (here we are with Dr. V)

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Primal Pet Foods Recalls 5 Specific Primal Canine And Feline Freeze-Dried Poultry Formulas

Recall

Primal Pet Food issues a recall due to product manufactured outside of grind size specification.

December 21, 2017

To All Primal Pet Foods Consumers:

Through a recent product quality review process, we have determined that 5 specific Primal
Canine and Feline Freeze-Dried Poultry Formulas were produced outside of our grind size
specification of 1/8” which we have determined is the ideal size of ground bone to be fed to
dogs and cats. The products in question were ground at ¼” or 1/8” deviation from our
specification.

As these products do not meet our precise specifications, we are requesting that these specific
products and lot codes be returned to the Primal retailer at which the product was originally
purchased for full credit. In the case whereby you are unable to return the product directly to
the retailer, please contact our customer service team using the information below to process a
product reimbursement.

Primal Customer Service: 866-566-4652 EXT. 2 or by email at support@primalpetfoods.com

Please refer to the list below for the items in question:
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to you and your pet(s).

Please contact our Customer Service Team with any questions, comments and or concerns.

Best Regards,
Matthew R. Koss
President, Founder

PRODUCT UNIT CODE – PRODUCT NAME – CASE UPC – UNIT UPC – BATCH NUMBER
CCF14-FD – Canine Chicken Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006500 – 895135-000823 – 2D1101817
CCF14-FD – Canine Chicken Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006500 – 895135-000823 – 3D3100317
CCF14-FD – Canine Chicken Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006500 – 895135-000823 – 1D4100317
CCF14-FD – Canine Chicken Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006500 – 895135-000823 – 2D2100317
CCF14-FD – Canine Chicken Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006500 – 895135-000823 – 1D5102717
CCF14-FD – Canine Chicken Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006500 – 895135-000823 – 1D6101717
CCF14-FD – Canine Chicken Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006500 – 895135-000823 – 2D6100317

CDF14-FD – Canine Duck Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006517 – 895135-000977 – 1D4100117
CDF14-FD – Canine Duck Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006517 – 895135-000977 – 1D5100817
CDF14-FD – Canine Duck Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006517 – 895135-000977 – 2D7100117
CDF14-FD – Canine Duck Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006517 – 895135-000977 – 2D1092517
CDF14-FD – Canine Duck Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006517 – 895135-000977 – 2D7100817
CDF14-FD – Canine Duck Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006517 – 895135-000977 – 1D8100217
CDF14-FD – Canine Duck Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006517 – 895135-000977 – 2D5100117
CDF14-FD – Canine Duck Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006517 – 895135-000977 – 3D5100117
CDF14-FD – Canine Duck Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006517 – 895135-000977 – 3D6100817
CDF14-FD – Canine Duck Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006517 – 895135-000977 – 1D10101817
CDF14-FD – Canine Duck Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006517 – 895135-000977 – 3D10101817
CDF5.5-FD – Canine Duck Freeze Dried Formula – 5.5 oz. – 854495-006418 – 850334-004362 – 1D5100117

CTF5.5-FD – Canine Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 5.5 oz. – 854495-006449 – 850334-004379 – 1D892617
CTF14-FD – Canine Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006548 – 895135-000984 – 3D1092517
CTF14-FD – Canine Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006548 – 895135-000984 – 1D392517
CTF14-FD – Canine Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006548 – 895135-000984 – 1D592517
CTF14-FD – Canine Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006548 – 895135-000984 – 4D692517
CTF14-FD – Canine Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006548 – 895135-000984 – 2D892617
CTF14-FD – Canine Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006548 – 895135-000984 – 1D8100217
CTF14-FD – Canine Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006548 – 895135-000984 – D10100217

FCF14-FD – Feline Chicken-Salmon Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006562 – 895135-000960 – 2D2100217
FCF14-FD – Feline Chicken-Salmon Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006562 – 895135-000960 – 1D1100217
FCF14-FD – Feline Chicken-Salmon Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006562 – 895135-000960 – 2D9100217
FCF14-FD – Feline Chicken-Salmon Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006562 – 895135-000960 – 1D4100217
FCF5.5-FD – Feline Chicken-Salmon Freeze Dried Formula – 5.5 oz. – 854495-006463 – 850334-004355 – 1D3100217

FTF14-FD – Feline Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006586 – 895135-000076 – 2D10100317
FTF14-FD – Feline Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006586 – 895135-000076 – 2D8100317
FTF14-FD – Feline Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006586 – 895135-000076 – 1D7100217
FTF14-FD – Feline Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006586 – 895135-000076 – 3D5100317
FTF14-FD – Feline Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006586 – 895135-000076 – 1D5101617
FTF14-FD – Feline Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006586 – 895135-000076 – 1D6100317
FTF14-FD – Feline Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 14 oz. – 854495-006586 – 895135-000076 – 1D10101717
FTF5.5-FD – Feline Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 5.5 oz. – 854495-006487 – 850334-004386 – 1D5100317
FTF5.5-FD – Feline Turkey Freeze Dried Formula – 5.5 oz. – 854495-006487 – 850334-004386 – 1D10101717

Previous Recalls from Primal Pet Foods:

Primal Pet Foods Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall On Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula

Cat Food Recall - Primal Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls A Single Lot of Raw Frozen Cat Food

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Darwins Dog Food Recall - Natural Selections Turkey Meals For Dogs And Natural Selections Duck Meals for Dogs

Darwin’s recalls two lots of dog food, Natural Selections Turkey Meals for Dogs and Natural Selections Duck Meals for Dogs due to potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

As of right now, Darwin's does not list this on their website or social media pages. We are seeing recall notices that these were sent to the customers (below) and some state to the distributors. We do not have an official FDA recall. We will update this post when confirmed. 

Recall

From a Darwin’s email notification sent to customers:

I am writing to alert you to a potential food safety problem with the following product(s) that we sent to you between September and early October of this year:

Natural Selections Turkey Meals for Dogs, Net wt 2 lbs, Lot #39937, manufacture date 08/24/17

Natural Selections Duck Meals for Dogs, Net wt 2 lbs, Lot #40487, manufacture date 09/29/17

Through testing, we have determined that the above product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is a bacterial organism that can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections in people, particularly young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems.

There is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to these products.  Some healthy individuals who are infected may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infections can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe or chronic illness.

According to the FDA, it is uncommon for healthy dogs to become sick from Salmonella. However, dogs with weakened immune systems (such as puppies or older dogs) have a higher risk of becoming sick. Pets with infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/AnimalHealthLiteracy/ucm509766.htm

We have not received any reports from customers regarding these meals, and are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution. However, if your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of the above symptoms, please contact your veterinarian if they persist.

We are recommending that you inspect your inventory of Darwin’s meals to determine if you have any left from the lot listed above. If any of the above product is still in your inventory, please take the following steps:

  1. Write down the lot number, date/time of manufacture and quantity of any product from the above lot remaining in your inventory
  2. Dispose of the product by placing it in a plastic bag, then placing the bag in the trash in a secure manner
  3. Contact us at productsafety@darwinspet.com to confirm that you have taken the above steps and to arrange for replacement of any unused product. Please note the following:
    • Your name and address (or customer number)
    • The date and time of manufacture and quantity of food from this lot that you have remaining in your inventory
    • Confirmation that you have disposed of it

We anticipate that some of our customers will have questions or concerns regarding this matter. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about it. Toward that end, we have set up a special toll-free number for you to call: 866-832-8319 (Monday-Friday from 6am to 6pm, and Saturday 7am-3pm Pacific Time).  Please note that we may not be able to talk with each of you at once, so we do ask that you be patient, particularly if your issue is not of an urgent nature.

We regret any concern and/or inconvenience that this causes you.  We are taking steps to reduce the opportunity for this to occur again.

Sincerely,

Gary Tashjian
Founder and President
Darwin’s Natural Pet Products

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FDA Issues Warning - No Bones (or Bone Treats) About It: Reasons Not to Give Your Dog Bones

Many dog owners know not to toss a turkey or chicken bone to their dog; those bones are just too brittle. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the risk goes beyond that, especially when it comes to the “bone treats” you may see at the store.

What’s a Bone Treat?

FDA has received about 68 reports of pet illnesses related to "bone treats,” which differ from uncooked butcher-type bones because they are processed and packaged for sale as dog treats. A variety of commercially-available bone treats for dogs—including treats described as “Ham Bones,” “Pork Femur Bones,” “Rib Bones,” and “Smokey Knuckle Bones”—were listed in the reports. The products may be dried through a smoking process or by baking, and may contain other ingredients such as preservatives, seasonings, and smoke flavorings.

So if you’re planning to give your dog a stocking full of bone treats this holiday season, you may want to reconsider. According to Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at the FDA, “Giving your dog a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet.”

Illnesses Reported

Illnesses reported to FDA by owners and veterinarians in dogs that have eaten bone treats have included:

  • Gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract)
  • Choking
  • Cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bleeding from the rectum, and/or
  • Death. Approximately fifteen dogs reportedly died after eating a bone treat.

The reports, sent in by pet owners and veterinarians, involved about 90 dogs (some reports included more than one dog). In addition, FDA received seven reports of product problems, such as moldy-appearing bones, or bone treats splintering when chewed by the pet.

Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe

Here are some tips to keep your dog safe:

  • Chicken bones and other bones from the kitchen table can cause injury when chewed by pets, too. So be careful to keep platters out of reach when you’re cooking or the family is eating.
  • Be careful what you put in the trash can. Dogs are notorious for helping themselves to the turkey carcass or steak bones disposed of there.
  • Talk with your veterinarian about other toys or treats that are most appropriate for your dog. There are many available products made with different materials for dogs to chew on.

“We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn’t had before,” adds Stamper. “And if she ‘just isn’t acting right,’ call your veterinarian right away!”

To report a problem with a pet food or treat, please visit FDA’s Web page on “How to Report a Pet Food Complaint.

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Looking for safe dog treats and chews that have never been recalled?

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Your Dogs Mouth Will Water When They See The Bag Of Grain Free Turkey And Berry Chewies

Your dog will love this mouth-watering, grain-free recipe featuring free-range turkey, pumpkin and three berries. Turkey & Berry Chewies have a smoky flavor so intensely and irresistibly yummy, your pup will do the happy dance every time you break out the bag. 

This wholesome recipe features free-range turkey and turkey liver, supplying premium protein plus succulent raspberries, blueberries and cranberries for an antioxidant boost to every mouthwatering bite. 

Pumpkin contributes to the texture of these tasty tidbits, delectable for dogs of all ages and sizes. To top it all off, the bite-size, grain-free goodness is gently sweetened with a kiss of molasses. No fillers, artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.

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Overdoing Multivitamins? Is That Even Possible?

Overdoing Vitamins

Almost everywhere - from Facebook to the pretty pages of your favorite magazine to the packaging of your go-to foods - you’ll read that getting your vitamins and minerals from fruits and veggies is an important aspect of living a Nutritious Life1. And, that’s spot on! 

However, we don’t live in a perfect world, so while it would be ideal to get all of the things we need from our diet, this often is easier said than done. 

Supplementing your healthy diet that’s packed with fruit and veggies (and whole grains, healthy fats and lean protein!) is often necessary. However, there is such thing as too much of a good thing.

Unlike water soluble vitamins that dissolve in water and are excreted by the body if taken in excess, fat soluble vitamins go through your digestive tract, into the lymph system, and then into the blood to be stored in fat and liver cells. Since theses vitamins can’t be excreted, over accumulation of them can lead to toxicity and negative health side effects. What’s a healthy wannabe to do? 

Can you overdo vitamins

Vitamins A, D, and E are all considered fat soluble (K is too!), and should be supplemented with caution. 

Hypervitaminosis of vitamin A can cause bone pain, changes in vision, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, jaundice, and itchy or peeling skin2. If it becomes a prolonged chronic problem, accumulation of vitamin A can even lead to liver damage. 

Overconsumption of vitamin D has even been shown to cause hypercalcemia3 (too much calcium in the blood), which can weaken the integrity of your bones and cause complications in both your brain and heart. 

In one study, intake of vitamin E over 400 IU per day was associated with increased overall risk of death4, and high doses through multivitamins have been known to cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, blurred vision, or rashes5

Fortunately, there's a simple solution. Life’s Abundance Multivitamin provides these critical vitamins and minerals, but was developed and formulated to ensure that the nourishing ingredients are in amounts you need to simply SUPP-lement the diet, not overdo it. 

Unlike some competing brands that overload their supplements, Life’s Abundance knows that more is not always more! You don’t want to bombard your body with an endless list (and amount) of vitamins and minerals that will only be excreted out, or end up causing you more harm than good. 

An extra bonus? Our proprietary spice blend and black pepper fruit extract in this multi will supply you with an additional boost of nutrition!

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article by Keri Glassman, MS.RD.CDN

References:

  1. http://nutritiouslife.com
  2. http://www.healthline.com/health/hypervitaminosis-a#diagnosis6
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3191699
  4. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/Press_releases/2004/11_10_04.html
  5. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-954-vitamin+e.aspx

The Real Reasons Why People Prefer Cats

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Ask any pet lover if they consider themselves Team Cat or Team Dog, and you’re probably going to get some strong opinions. Although the number of U.S. households with dogs exceeds those with cats, felines win in measures of overall numbers. According to the latest survey, about 94 million felines live in the U.S. right now. Clearly, plenty of people play for Team Cat. 

After a long dark era where cat lovers were given a hard time (crazy cat lady stereotypes, anyone?), I’m pleased to see the merits of living with cats far outweighing any negative remarks. In fact, we seem to be enjoying a great renaissance of cat appreciation! Even in the virtual world, cats rule the internet thanks to endless YouTube videos. They're beautiful, mysterious creatures who share a deep and abiding connection with us mere humans. What’s not to love? 

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If you spend enough time talking to people who consider themselves cat people, a few common themes emerge. Let’s take a look at some of the top reasons people find themselves gravitating towards Team Cat … 

  1. Ease of Care. When you bring home a puppy, you wind up with a 10-page list of requirements covering training, harnesses, toys and socialization. Cat parents view such lists with mild amusement. By comparison, cats are pretty low-maintenance. Once you cover the basic necessities such as food, water and a litter box, the rest is just bonus points! 
  1. Independence. Cats are naturally independent, unlike dogs who long to be part of a pack. Of course, certain cats are more social than others, but overall they aren’t as stressed by alone time as your average dog. To many people, this laid-back relationship can be very appealing! Like the cool kid in school who's a bit aloof, you almost love them just a little bit more.
  1. Big Personalities. Interestingly enough, both dog lovers and cat lovers mention personality as one of the reasons they chose one over the other. Clearly, they’re both right. It’s all about who meshes best with the family!

On a purely personal note, certain types of people tend to gravitate towards feline companionship. Folks who describe themselves as introverted, laid-back, shy, refined and independent seem to be naturally inclined toward the feline temperament. There are some who also claim intelligence as a trait of cat people, but as a dog person myself I’m not going to touch that one!

As for the notion that it’s mostly women who love cats, nothing could be further from the truth! Cat dudes are loud and proud with their love of all things feline. A few feline fans who just so happen to be famous guys include Christopher Walken, Macklemore, James Franco, Gilles Marini, Russell Brand and Tom Hardy!

Of course, there are many among us who simply can't pick one over the other. In fact, more than half of cat households are also dog households. My son and I are Team Dog while my husband and daughter are Team Cat. We're fortunate enough to have one of each, and we all love them both equally! While it’s fun to play up the differences between dog people and cat people, we’re all animal lovers, and that’s what matters the most.

So, how about you? Are you a charter member of Team Cat? Share your reasons why in the comments section below.

Dr Jessica Vogelsang and Rich and Lisa Jelinek www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

written by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, DVM

(here we are with Dr V)

Grain Free Healthy Start Pack For Cats www.NaturalCatFoodStore.com


Life's Abundance Greens Blend Is Not Your Average Greens Drink! It's Gluten Free and GMO Free Too!

Life’s Abundance Greens Blend has a delicious-yet-subtle berry flavor and silky smooth texture. It mixes easily with water or into your favorite smoothie. It is one of the best tasting GMO-free greens blends on the market and leaves no "grassy" aftertaste. 

  • Non GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten free
  • Soy free
  • Dairy free
  • Naturally flavored
  • No added sugar
  • No artificial flavors
  • No artificial colors
  • No artificial preservatives


Our Greens Blend nourishes your body with a blend of raw, certified-organic grasses plus certified, organic mushrooms. 

Our organic raw greens are grown in glacial soil and cut at peak harvest before the jointing stage, so you're getting the best quality greens. Because they are raw, they retain more nutrients than cooked greens. 

To boost this formula’s nutrient value, we added a certified organic blend of reishi, maitake, and shitake mushrooms to provide a vegetarian source of iron and B vitamins, and also a great source of phytonutrients and antioxidants. 

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Looking For A Grain Free Canned Dog Food That Will Have Your Pup Begging For More? Life's Abundance Pork And Vension Is Pawsitively Delicious!

The boys give this a MAJOR PAWS UP! 🐶🐕🐾We give it to them as a topper on their food and it sends 2 senior large dogs into happy dance mode! 

 You can order it here! (Multiple cases ship for the same price!)


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Even the most hard-to-please dog will savor the robust flavors that this grain free recipe offers. And you’ll feel good knowing that this limited ingredient meal is easy on sensitive stomachs and features exceptionally delicious protein from pork and venison, plus healthy carbohydrates and dietary fiber from nutritious lentils and peas. 

With wholesome ingredients, an irresistible texture and more protein than our other canned dog foods, this nutritionally complete recipe can be served as your pup’s sole diet or as an appetite-inspiring topper for our premium kibble. It’s also a tasty topper for pregnant moms over the course of gestation and new moms during lactation. Plus, the blended loaf is easy to consume for weaning puppies and dogs with dental issues. Every serving of this premium canned food contains optimal amounts of added vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega fatty acids, all to help maintain a healthy, happy pup! 

If you’re ready to take a fresh approach to your dog’s diet, Pork & Venison Grain Free Recipe is sure to fit the bill and fulfill your dog’s cravings. 

Stop chasing your tail for a better diet. Provide your dog with a meal that will be relished with gusto!


The Surprising Benefits Of Plant Proteins

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It's not an exaggeration to say that more people are worrying about their health (especially, their healthcare) than ever before. Some could argue that all of this increased worry is actually having a negative impact on the health of Americans! While the latest effort by Congress to change our nation's healthcare system appears to have stalled, it doesn't mean we shouldn't be taking active measures to protect our own health. So, let's try to put aside the worry - and the politics - and focus on some really exciting science!

Thanks to a long-term study supported by multiple grants from the National Institutes for Health, we could all start doing something today that could have a real, measurable impact on our long-term health. Is it a miracle drug? No! Is it the latest fitness gadget or exercise program? No! In fact, it's simply a minor change in what we eat. That’s it! To understand why the medical profession is abuzz with the radical implications of the latest news, we need to come to terms with one simple, undeniable fact. As Americans, we're eating way too much meat. So much, in fact, that it's making us sick.

Researchers at Harvard's Massachusetts General Hospital recently announced findings of a groundbreaking study, one of the largest of its kind. Nutritional scientists examined the effects of regular consumption of high levels of protein from animal sources compared to vegetarian sources. Much of the animal protein came from processed red meats. And the results were nothing short of astonishing! They indicated that heavy meat eaters had a higher mortality rate. Participants in the study whose diets had a higher percentage of plant-sourced proteins experienced a lower risk of death.

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The researchers analyzed two massive sets of data, one encompassing more than 30 years worth of information from NHS participants, and another that captured 26 years worth for HPFS participants. The combined total amount of reviewed data was a whopping 3.5 million person-years. Over the course of the data collection, more than 36,000 participant deaths were recorded. Those who perished fell into three major groups: 9,000 from cardiovascular disease, 13,000 from cancer and about 14,000 from other causes. When adjustments were made for competing risk factors, researchers found that eating protein primarily from animal sources (meat, eggs or dairy) was associated with an increased rate of death. The same adjustments were made for those whose consumption of protein came primarily from plant sources (breads, cereals, beans, legumes, etc.), and the results were highly significant … they uniformly had a lower mortality rate!

The data was unambiguous and clearly supports what vegetarians have been talking about for decades. The full report will appear in the August 1st edition of the Journal of American Medical Association – Internal Medicine (citation provided below).

Fortunately for Life’s Abundance customers, we offer the perfect solution to this widespread dietary problem. It’s never been easier, more convenient or more delicious to boost your plant protein content thanks to our innovative supplement powders, now available in both Chocolate and Vanilla!

References:

Edward Giovannucci et al. Association of Animal and Plant Protein Intake With All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2016 DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.4182

sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160801113654.htm

msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/50-easy-habits-that-help-you-live-longer-according-to-science/ss-BBByzg6?li=BBnb7Kz

civileats.com/2017/06/29/eating-less-meat-is-a-prescription-for-better-health


How Much Does Life's Abundance Dog Or Cat Food Cost? Let's Break It Down For You!

Let's break down the cost of how much it is to feed Life's Abundance - https://youtu.be/KzbbmKxcMZE

Orders under 5lbs (if you just want treats, supplements or a small bag of food) are $5.95 to ship. Orders over 5lbs are $8.85 to ship and you can ship A LOT  and it's super convenient to not have to waste your time or gas running to the store! What's your time worth I know I would rather be at home and snuggling with my ...wouldn't you?

Compare other brands of dog food to Life's Abundance dog food here

Compare other brands of cat food to Life's Abundance cat food here

Life's Abundance is not sold in stores. It is sold through independent distributors but shipped directly from one of our five warehouses so you receive the freshest food possible. Our dog and cat foods are made in small batches and shipped immediately to one of the five warehouses and they fulfill the orders for that region. You generally are receiving dog or cat food that has been made within the last 4-6 weeks. 


Why Do Dogs Need Antioxidants?

Many of us are familiar with the idea of antioxidants, and we know they are a good thing for both dogs and humans, but do you know why? There’s a reason we put so much thought and effort into our formulations at Life’s Abundance, and antioxidants are some of our favorite ingredients!

To understand why antioxidants are vital to health, you need to know about free radicals, a by-product of normal metabolism. When oxygen molecules are split into two oxygen atoms, they are missing one electron ... thus a free radical is born. These little guys are highly reactive, so they steal electrons from other molecules, which also become free radicals. Cellular components such as proteins, DNA and cell membranes can be negatively affected, further creating more free radicals. Why is this problematic for health? Well, the DNA damage causes cells to reproduce incorrectly, which can lead to abnormalities.

How do antioxidants work? They can donate an electron to a free radical without becoming unstable themselves. In fact, many scientists now refer to antioxidants as ROS, or Reactive Oxygen Species. In essence, they neutralize damaging free radicals and break the replicating cycle.

Why do dogs need antioxidants? As pets age, the free radical damage accumulates and accelerates. It contributes to the natural declines due to aging, and can trigger some illnesses due to damaged cellular DNA. So, how are free radicals counteracted? Perhaps the best, most natural way is through antioxidants!

Why are antioxidants so often linked with brain health? With aging, many canines experience some degree of cognitive decline. This can manifest as changes in behaviors, lapses in house training, altered sleep cycles, disorientation and repetitive behaviors such as pacing or licking. Learning and memory deficits may begin in pets as young as six years of age, though many pet parents don’t notice until pets are quite a bit older. There’s good news, however. Senior dogs fed a diet high in antioxidants actually perform better on tests that assess their ability to problem solve!

Who should be taking antioxidants? Everyone, including your dogs! While the benefits are most obvious for seniors, all of us are exposed to free radicals on a regular basis. Early nutritional support with antioxidants is a great way to maintain vibrant health. Even though the body produces some antioxidants on its own, the most significant way to get antioxidants into the body is through nutrition. Fruits, vegetables and even some herbs are high in antioxidants such as lycopene, carotenoids, lutein, and vitamins E and C.

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Antioxidant Health Bars help maintain a healthy immune system

What’s an easy way to make sure my dog is getting guaranteed amounts of antioxidants? This month, I encourage you to try one of our premium baked treats, Antioxidant Health Bars. Featuring the great taste of apples, peanut butter and honey, dogs just can’t resist these delicious bars, which also include oatmeal, brown rice, ground flaxseed, dates, rolled oats, flaxseed oil, eggs, cranberries and carrots. Since antioxidants are so important to maintaining a healthy immune system, we’ve added a hefty helping of vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene. And the amounts of these important nutrients are guaranteed, so you know exactly how much nutrition your dog is receiving on a daily basis.

Thank you for everything you do to make the world a better place for companion animals!

Drjaneandus

written by Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM (here we are with Dr Jane)


4 Ways To Make Your Gut Health Happy!

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Gut health has been building steam as a trending health topic as more and more research points to the importance of the microbiome. Micro - what? Microbiome is a fancy word for the trillions (yes, trillions!) of microbes that live in your gut, on your skin and elsewhere.

Your gut health affects everything from your immune system, to your weight, to your brain function, so it’s really important to focus on what’s going on in your belly. Or shall I say what’s going INTO your belly.

It may sound crazy to think that your digestion controls all of the above mentioned, but actually, scientists have discovered that the microbes in your gut are engaged in a constant conversation with your mind. And that chatter could be affecting your emotions, moods and behavior in major ways.

It turns out that your gut’s got its very own nervous system, called the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). It’s so influential on your body that it’s often referred to as “the second brain.” The main job of the ENS is to regulate digestion, but it also sends up regular signals to the brain via the vagus nerve.

Think of the vagus nerve as a busy two-lane highway. Traffic is moving in both directions, but it’s much heavier headed north, to the brain. Who’s directing that flow of traffic? Your microbes, of course.

Studies have shown that changing the makeup of gut microbiota actually changed how mice behaved, affecting anxiety and cognition, for instance*. Mice raised without beneficial microbes also have been shown to be less capable of managing stress**.

Another example: 90% of the mood-balancing neurotransmitter serotonin is made in the gut, and research has shown that microbes play a critical role in its production***. So, if yours are not doing their job well, your body could end up with inadequate serotonin. That’s a problem since serotonin regulates sleep, appetite, mood, and more.

Here are four ways to take steps in the right direction towards regulating a healthy microbiome.

1. Add fermented foods to your diet. These are foods like kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi. These foods begin with a live active culture and are fermented, giving them the benefit of probiotics.

2. Eat fiber. Many fibers are considered to be prebiotics. This means that they feed the good bacteria already present in your gut. But different fibers feed different bacterium, so it’s important to get these prebiotics from multiple sources and from a variety of foods.

3. Drink lots of fluids. Our bodies need water for skin health, immunity and energy, but also to push things along through digestion. So while we need the bacteria for gut health, we also need the fluids to keep everything moving as it should.

4. Take a probiotic daily. You can think of adding this supplement as a bit of an ‘insurance policy’ to make sure that you’re balancing the bacteria in your gut every day, no matter what. I wholeheartedly recommend Probiotic Supplement, which has a proprietary 5-strain blend with 25 billion CFUs guaranteed. Plus, it's made in the USA!

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United Pet Group Recalls Multiple Brands Of Rawhide Chew Products For Dogs Due To Possible Chemical Contamination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 10, 2017 St. Louis, MO — United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of packages of rawhide dog chew products that were distributed to retail outlets and sold online in the U.S. The recall involves the brands and products described below.

The recall was initiated after United Pet Group identified that certain of its rawhide chew manufacturing facilities located in Mexico and Colombia, as well as one of its suppliers in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the manufacturing of rawhide chews. The compound is an anti-microbial chemical that is approved for cleaning food processing equipment, but it has not been approved in the U.S. as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs.

United Pet Group received very limited reports of pet illness based on the volume of possibly affected rawhide chew products manufactured and distributed. The primary complaint received from consumers was that the affected product had an unpleasant odor. Diarrhea and vomiting were also reported.

Exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds through direct ingestion may cause the following symptoms in dogs: reduced appetite, and gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting. These symptoms may require treatment by a veterinarian depending on severity.

The affected product was distributed nationwide from United Pet Group’s Edwardsville, Illinois distribution facility and was delivered to consumers through various retail establishments including online outlets. All of the dog chew products included in the voluntary recall identify an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 located on the back of the package.

The products subject to the recall are described below.

Product Brands Product Names and UPCs

American Beefhide

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the American Beefhide brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide. Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall. This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Manufactured by:
Salix Animal Health, LLC
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Digest-eeze

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Digest-eeze brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide. Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB, and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall. This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Manufactured by:
Salix Animal Health, LLC
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Healthy Hide (including
Healthy Hide – Good -n-
Fun and Healthy Hide –
Good -n- Fit)

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Healthy Hide brand, Healthy Hide Good-n-Fit brand, and Healthy Hide Good-n-Fun brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide. Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall. This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands, Inc.
3001 Commerce St. Blacksburg, VA 24060
1-800-645-5154

Consumers who have purchased the products described above are urged to dispose of the product or return it directly to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they initially purchased the product for full refund. Please see brand logos below which will assist in identifying affected products.

We take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously and we are continuing to investigate the cause of this problem. We are implementing changes across the affected manufacturing facilities in order to prevent this problem from reoccurring in the future. United Pet Group is also working with retailers to ensure that the affected products are no longer sold and removed from inventory.

If you have these products, please contact the United Pet Group consumer affairs team at 1-855-215-4962 between the hours of 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time for a refund.

Consumers with questions may call the consumer affairs team at the number listed above.

For press inquiries, please contact Meg Rowley at 985-237-9786, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

This voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Original Recall on Spectrum Brands site

American Beefhide Recall www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Digesteeze Brand Rawhide Recall www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Good-n-Fun Brand Recall www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

Healthy Hide Brand Recall www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

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How To Make An Easy Snack Like Cherry Limeade Fresh Whips

Cherry Limeade Whips www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

The perfect complement to any springtime table setting, it just doesn’t get any better than this sweet treat! Not only does it double as festive décor, it's also loaded with nutrition. Packed with protein from egg whites, a super-health boost from Life's Abundance Minerals & Antioxidants and minimal sugar, the crowd will come running for more.

This simple recipe yields about 45 cookies.

INGREDIENTS:

2 egg whites

2 scoops Minerals & Antioxidants (Cherry or Tropical Fruit Flavor)

1/2 C confectioner sugar

1/4 tsp lime zest

DIRECTIONS:

Place the oven rack in the top 1/3 of the oven and preheat to 350 (see overnight method) or 225 degrees (see alternate method). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat egg whites on medium-high speed until soft peaks form (about 15 minutes). Slowly add sugar one tablespoon at a time and keep beating until stiff peaks form. Once all of the sugar has been incorporated, sprinkle Minerals & Antioxidants one scoop at a time and beat for another 2-3 minutes.

Spoon small dollops (about 1-inch round) onto the parchment paper. Or, you can pipe the batter onto the parchment using a pastry bag and 3/4-inch tip. Dust each cookie with a sprinkling of lime zest.

Overnight Method (325 degrees):  Once the cookies are in the oven close the door and turn the oven off. Do not open the door until morning.

Alternate Method (225 degrees):  Bake the cookies for 35 minutes and then turn the oven off, allowing the cookies to continue drying as the oven cools.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free! Vegan! Non-GMO! Dairy Free! Soy Free! Tastes Fabulous! What Is This Product?

You had me at Gluten Free but then said Vegan, Non-GMO, Dairy Free, Soy Free AND Tastes Great?!? Ok, this Plant Protein Powder is da Bomb! Seriously guys, you are going to love this. We use the Vanilla Plant Protein Powder every morning in our smoothie. It's smooooth and silky. I remember our old protein powder was chalky and never mixed well by spoon. In the morning we use our blender since we are adding frozen fruit to our smoothie. However, post workout, we would just add our protein powder to a glass of water or almond milk and it would never mix up. This Plant Protein Powder does! Another big win!

In the afternoon, we like a snack. I'm sure most of you do and it's very easy to grab a chocolate bar or some chips. If you're craving chocolate, you have to try the Chocolate Plant Protein Powder! You can just add it to the milk of your choice and that is a much healthier option than grabbing a chocolate bar and just as easy. If you have a little more time, you can make the Banana Split Smoothie that I talk about in this video. It has stopped me from wanting to drive to the local ice cream shop for a banana split. Another big win!

Plant Protein Powder www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

 


Dog And Cat Food Recall - Smallbatch Pets Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Frozen 2LB Chicken Blend For Dogs And Cats Due To Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Released May 5, 2017

Smallbatch Pets Inc. of Portland, Oregon is voluntarily recalling two lots of frozen 2lbs. chicken blend for dogs and cats, brand name Smallbatch, due to the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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.

Symptoms of infection in people include 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.

Smallbatch-chicken-blend-dog-cat-food-recall

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.

No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date.  However, because of their commitment to safety and quality, Smallbatch Pets is conducting a voluntary recall of this product.  Consumers should also follow the Simple Handling Tips published on the Smallbatch Pets package, when disposing of the affected product.

The potentially affected lots of 2lbs. chicken blend were distributed to retail pet food stores in States CA, CO, OR, WA through pet food retailers/distributors.  Two hundred and eighty-two cases of this product were sold between the dates of 2/1/17 – 5/5/17.

The affected products are sold frozen in 2lbs. bags.  The products affected by this recall are identified with the following manufacturing codes and the “Best By” date is located on the back of the package. 

LOT UPC Best By Date
D032 705105970974 2/1/2018
E058 705105970974 2/27/2018

This recall was initiated after routine testing by the Food and Drug Administration of a 2lb bag of chicken blend, that was collected at a distributor, revealed the presence of Salmonella.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who have purchased the above lots of Chicken Blend are urged to stop feeding them to their dogs or cats and return product to place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately.
 
We do apologize for any inconvenience and for all consumer questions, please call us at 888-507 2712, Monday – Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM PST or email us at info@smallbatchpets.com.

Recall notice from FDA.gov

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Is Your Dog Or Cat Taking Phenobarbital? C.O. Truxton, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of Phenobarbital 15 mg Tablets, USP Due To Labeling Error On Declared Strength

For Immediate Release

April 21, 2017

Contact

Consumers

Paul F. Devine
 (856) 933-2333

Announcement

Bellmawr, New Jersey, C.O. Truxton, Inc. is voluntarily recalling lot 70952A of Phenobarbital Tablets, USP, 15 mg, to the consumer/user level. The manufacturer received a confirmed customer complaint that a bottle labeled as phenobarbital 15 mg was found to contain phenobarbital 30 mg tablets.

This mislabeled product could expose the consumer or their pet(s) to potential overdosing that can cause severe intoxication which may lead to cardiogenic shock, renal failure, coma or death. C.O. Truxton, Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.   

The product is indicated for use as a sedative or anticonvulsant and is packaged in 1000 count bottles, NDC 0463-6160-10, UPC 7 0463616010 6, lot number 70952A, expiration date 11/17. The 15 mg Tablet is debossed with “West-ward 445” on one side and blank on the reverse side; the 30 mg Tablet is debossed with “West-ward 450” on one side and scored on the reverse side. The product was distributed Nationwide in the USA to Physician & Veterinarian Treatment Centers.

C.O. Truxton, Inc. is notifying all customers on record who purchased the affected product via US Mail which includes a recall letter, recall response form and is arranging for full credit returns, replacements, etc. of all recalled product. Consumers/distributors/retailers that have recalled product should stop using the product and return their product to their place of purchase.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact C.O Truxton, Inc. by phone at (856) 933-2333, Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm (EST).  Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online, by regular mail or by fax.

Original Recall - https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm554329.htm

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