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Which Holiday Character Is Your Pet?

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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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