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August 2012

FDA failing to protect pets from jerky treats, nonprofit claims - Food & Water Watch, a US nonprofit organization that works to ensure safe and sustainable food and water, issued a statement, in which the organization claims that the US Food and Drug Administration is failing to protect pets from potentially toxic chicken jerky treats made in China. According to Food & Water Watch executive director, Wenonah Hauter: "Since 2007, thousands of American dogs have fallen ill or died after eating jerky treats made in China. In the past... Read more →

Bloating and Water Retention

When women reach a certain age, they begin to go through menopause. This is when the body has reached the end of fertility. For the majority, menopause begins around age 50, but for some, it may start earlier. Menopause begins with a reduction in the production of hormones estrogen and progesterone. This reduction causes many symptoms including: hot flashes, flushes and/or cold flashes, night sweats, mood swings, thinning hair, irregular periods, and vaginal dryness. In response to these symptoms, many woman start taking estrogen replacement medication. A common side effect... Read more →

Dealing With Chronic Insomnia

Insomnia can be a debilitating disorder. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says that insomnia makes it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both.1 According to the Harvard Medical School, there are three types of insomnia: transient, which lasts less than a month; short-term, which lasts 1-6 months; and chronic, which lasts longer than 6 months.2 The Mayo Clinic says the causes of insomnia can include stress, a mental health disorder, changing work shifts, travel, age, or female hormones.3 The Harvard Medical Center comes to much the same... Read more →

Bil-Jac Limited Product Withdrawal We have requested that a select number of retailers withdraw one small batch (256 cases) of 6 LB Adult Select Formula Dog Food from their warehouses and stores. We have had a few reports of mold in bags from this batch that was caused by higher moisture content in the food. We know the entire batch has not been affected, but have requested the entire small batch to be removed from warehouses and stores. Only batch number 1792-02 (Expiration 27 DEC 13) is affected, all in... Read more →

The FDA is expanding its investigation into possibly tainted dog treats. The FDA has added duck jerky treats and sweet potato jerky treats to the list to test for potentially harmful chemicals. And Safeway told NBC Bay Area today it has discontinued orders of Milo's Kitchen Chicken jerky treats to its stores nationwide. However, the store will continue the sale of the products still on shelves. This decision comes on the heels of thousands of complaints from pet owners, reporting their dogs were sickened or died after eating certain chicken... Read more →

Almost everyone with a pet has been guilty one time or another of feeding their pet table scraps. When you’re eating dinner and your beloved pet gives you ‘the eyes’, it can be nearly impossible to resist, and who doesn’t like spoiling their pet? Unfortunately, an occasional table scrap may be more harmful than you think. Giving in may instill bad behaviors, such as begging and whining – which I know from firsthand experience, can get very annoying. Feeding pets table scraps for years can also lead to obesity, diabetes... Read more →

Stainless Steel Bowl Notice Petco has determined that one of its foreign suppliers used stainless steel mistakenly containing small quantities of Cobalt-60 when fabricating certain orders of certain SKUs/models of stainless steel pet food bowls. Cobalt-60 is a radioactive material commonly used in industrial gauging equipment and other uses. We don’t know for certain how it got into our product, but we believe it came from scrap metal that had some Cobalt-60 accidentally mixed in. The affected products were found to emit low levels of radiation. The Cobalt-60 levels in... Read more →