IMPORTANT: Pet Food Recall!

We shared this voluntary recall with our pet sitting and dog walking clients earlier last week when we first heard about it. There is yet another Salmonella contamination scare for dry cat and dog foods, this time from Pro-Pet LLC. These foods were distributed in Florida, so there may be a chance that you or one of your friends have come across them. Please read the FDA’s press release, and spread the word with your fellow pet lovers and owners.

We always stress the importance of great nutrition; that includes knowing where your dog and cat’s food comes from, and choosing as high a quality of nutrition as you can afford. As always, it’s so important to stay abreast of these recalls, be it on our Facebook page, our blog, or the FDA’s website.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 5, 2014 – Pro-Pet LLC, St. Marys, Ohio, has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods for possible Salmonella contamination. A single field test indicated products manufactured during a two day period, on a single production line may have the potential for Salmonella contamination. Pro-Pet LLC is voluntarily recalling the potentially impacted products made during this timeframe. There have been no reports of illness related to this product to date.

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.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: 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.

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.

Product Best By Lot Code UPC Number
40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 1219033878
40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033878
18 lb Hubbard Life Cat Stars Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033873
40 lb Hubbard Life Maintenance Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 1219033875
15 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407721
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407713
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 7065407713
20 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780103
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780104
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 1A 2351780104

 

These products were distributed through select retailers, distributors and on-line consumer purchases in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia

No other products/lot numbers are affected by this recall.

Customers should immediately discontinue use of any impacted product and contact Pro-Pet at 1-888-765-4190 for disposition.

For more information on the recall, customers can contact the customer service line for Pro-Pet at 1-888-765-4190. Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm CT.

 

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Tips for a Paw-fectly Safe Holiday Season

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Holiday Survival Tips, Pet Edition

The holidays are a particularly hazardous time for pets. While most pet parents know to keep their dogs and cats away from the usual suspects like raisins, grapes, and dark chocolate, some may not be aware of the dangers of coffee grounds and coffee beans.  And did you know that thiosulphate, a chemical found in onions, is extremely toxic to dogs and cats? Cooked or raw, even a small amount can lead to toxicity called hemolytic anemia, or red blood cells bursting. It sounds terribly painful; let’s not put our pets through that!

Pet Holiday Safety Tips in the Kitchen:

  • Don’t Let Your Dog Go Nuts: Walnuts and macadamia nuts are also extremely toxic. Ingesting just a bit may render your dogs unable to stand, elevate their heart rates, induce vomiting and tremors, and may lead to shock.
  • Nutmeg: High levels of this popular holiday spice are fatal for your dogs with symptoms running from seizures, to tremors, leading to death.
  • High Fat Foods: Keep the table scraps to a minimum. Delicious morsels like crispy turkey skin, which is covered in marinade, spices, and butter, can be difficult to digest and have led to pancreatitis and indigestion.
  • Alcohol: Keep your dog away from alcohol.  The hops in beer are especially deadly to dogs.
  • Raw Bread Dough: It can actually rise in your dog’s stomach! The yeast in the dough ferments it, producing alcohol, which can cause alcohol toxicity.
  • Baking Soda or Baking Powder: If your dog ingests these powders, it can cause muscle tremors and congestive heart failure. Pick up those spills immediately!

There’s more. Common holiday décor items such as tinsel, garlands, and snow globes can cause major problems if ingested.  Make sure your dog steers of clear of consuming pine needles or Christmas tree water.

Remember to maintain their routines: It’s important to keep your pet comfortable during the holidays in order to avoid trauma or accidents. That means maintaining their routines, and making sure they get plenty of attention and exercise. Keep them tired so they remain happy. Make sure you have invested in their training before this busy season hits. They need to know important commands like “leave it” in case you drop something poisonous to them on floor. They should also know how to behave well around guests.

Important Contact Information: Store your vet’s contact information on your phone as well as emergency afterhours pet information, because that’s when the problems seem to occur. You may also want to keep the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center phone number stored. They are a great resource for animal poison-related emergencies available 24 hours a day. Their phone number: (888) 426-4435.

Do your pets need some extra love post-hectic holiday season?

While you’re busy with the hustle and bustle of holiday madness, don’t forget to give your pets plenty of attention. If you’re too busy, call Equipaws Pet Services- we’re happy to give your pups a midday walk!

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Why Your Dog Eats Poop

So your dog eats poop…

As your pet sitters, we pledge to keep your dogs from doing this.

 

As pet sitters, we meet dogs with a variety of tastes. Today we’re writing for a particular kind of parent. Yes, your dog loves to eat everything you put in front of him, and, unfortunately, many things you don’t. You know what we’re talking about- poop! God love him, your dog is a connoisseur. You can stop being embarrassed and worrying now; your favorite pet sitters have compiled a list of many of the causes for stool eating. We hope this helps!
 

 Why your dog is eating stool

 

1. Puppies love to explore

Every dog will ingest another animal’s stool at some point in his or her charmed life. Your young pup may eat stool as part of her “getting to know the world” explorations. Don’t panic. This is usually temporary and shouldn’t present a problem for your dog unless the stool is riddled with parasitic eggs. Left uncontrolled, internal parasites will rob your dog’s nutrients or prevent your dog’s body from absorbing those nutrients, at which point you need to take your dog to the vet.
 

2. Adult dogs shouldn’t eat stool

On the other hand, an adult dog eating stool is generally considered a red flag. Copraphagia, as it’s also called, can mean that there are dietary issues such as nutritional deficiencies or the presence of parasites in your older dog. Parasites can rob you dog’s body of nutrients, causing him to try to supplement his meals on his own. A visit to your vet will confirm the presence of those pesky, potentially life-threatening critters.
 

3. Are you encouraging stool eating unwittingly?

Consider that dogs may eat stool out of boredom. These are social animals who crave companionship. Chances are, your dog receives quite a bit of attention when he eats a “chocolate” treat. Break his habit by giving him more attention before he does that; take him out for longer walks (or hire a dog walker or runner to help you with this!), and feed him twice a day to give him something to look forward to. Portion out his toys so there is something new to look forward to, as well!
 

4. Nutritional deficiencies are linked to stool eating

Causes related to nutritional deficiencies include a lack digestive enzymes or hydrochloric acid, genetic issues or flaws, and poor diet. While you can’t change your dog’s genes, you can employ several simple remedies that do often work. We’ll share those in our next blog post, so check in on Facebook next week or add us to your feeds!