Calcium Supplements For Dogs

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In her 28 year career, our holistic vet said she had only ever encountered two dogs with low calcium, and Luca was the second! She said it was extremely low and looked genuinely surprised at the review of the full workup blood panel, but it didn’t surprise me one bit. Did I expect low calcium? No. But with Emi and Luca a rare diagnosis tends to be the norm.

I don’t speak “vet” so in laymen’s terms essentially his body doesn’t absorb calcium properly. He was getting it, it just wasn’t being properly processed.

For more information about low blood calcium in dogs, see http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/cardiovascular/c_dg_hypocalcemia

So what do you do if your dog is diagnosed with low calcium?

You might immediately think of dairy, but many dogs don’t digest dairy well and with Luca’s low-fat diet that wasn’t really an option for him. Dog Food Advisor has a good article explaining lactose intolerance in dogs if you’re interested in learning more.

In addition to prescribing an array of herbal supplements she sent me home with a list of high calcium foods to start adding to Luca’s diet.

  • Chopped and Steamed Collard Greens
  • Chopped and Steamed Kale
  • Chopped and Steamed Broccoli
  • Chopped and Steamed Sweet Potatoes
  • Dried Figs
  • Salmon, canned with bones

The National Osteoporosis Foundation has a full list of calcium rich foods with how many mg per serving available at http://nof.org/articles/886.

After reviewing the calcium content of each, we opted to go with collard greens whenever possible. Our vet said chopping it into small pieces and steaming it for about 4 minutes would make it easier to digest. We use kale and salmon when collard greens aren’t available and give the occasional dried fig as a yummy treat. He absolutely LOVES all of his new foods (although he’s never been a picky eater!).

Luca is about 60 pounds (stay tuned for the weight-loss post!) and she said to add 1/2 cup of the steamed veggies per meal.

*Note that giving your dog too much calcium can adverse health effects. Always consult your vet on dietary changes or other medical issues. I am not a vet and the information in this post should not be substituted for the care and advice of your veterinary practitioner. As a rule of thumb I always consult the Pet Poison Helpline website before introducing anything new to my dogs. If you’re investigating calcium options for your dog I suggest you run a quick search on each as well.

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Science Diet Adult Small & Toy Breed Dog Food Recall

As posted by FDA

Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls 62 Bags of “Science
Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™” Dry Dog Food in California,
Hawaii and Nevada Because of Potential Health Risk

Contact
Consumer:
1-800-445-5777

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 2, 2014 – Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. of Topeka, KS is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™ dry dog food as they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The suspect product, part of a single production run, was distributed to 17 veterinary clinic and pet store customers in California, Hawaii and Nevada between April 24 and May 13, 2014. 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.

This voluntary recall is limited to 62 15.5 lb. bags of Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™ dry dog food with the Stock-Keeping Unit (SKU) code, “Best before” date and production code shown below. This product was accidentally released, as revealed during a routine inventory reconciliation. All 17 affected customers have been contacted by Hill’s and there have been no reported illnesses related to this product to date.

Product Name Bag Size SKU “Best Before” Date/ Production Code
Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed 15.5 lbs. 9097 08 2015 M094

The SKU number is located on the bottom of the bag, both side panels and on the back lower right hand corner below the UPC code. As illustrated below, the “Best before” date and production code is stamped on the top, middle of each bag.

Consumers who may have purchased any of these specific 62 15.5 lb bags of Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™ dry dog food should discontinue use of the product and immediately call Hill’s Pet Nutrition at 1-800-445-5777 Monday-Friday during the hours of 7am-7pm (CT). Hill’s will arrange to collect the unused portion of the product at its own expense at a time convenient for the consumer and will provide a full refund.

This voluntary recall does not impact any Science Diet® Adult Small and Toy Breed™ products with different “best before” dates or any other Science Diet products.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is dedicated to providing high-quality, safe products and regrets the need for this voluntary recall. For further information, please contact Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. at 1-800-445-5777 Monday-Friday during the hours of 7am-7pm (CT).

About Hill’s Pet Nutrition
Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. manufactures Hill’s® Prescription Diet® brand pet foods, therapeutic pet foods available only through veterinarians, and Science Diet® and Ideal Balance™ brand wellness pet foods sold through veterinarians and pet specialty retailers. Founded more than 70 years ago with an unparalleled commitment to pet well-being, Hill’s’ mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. For more information about Hill’s, our products and our nutritional philosophy visit HillsPet.com, or visit us on Facebook, keywords “Hill’s Pet Nutrition.”

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Lamb Crunchy’s Treat Recall

Pet Center, Inc. Voluntary Recall of 3 oz bag of Lamb Crunchy’s Because of Possible Health Risk

As posted by the FDA 

Contact:
Consumer:
800-390-0575

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 27, 2014 – Pet Center, Inc of Los Angeles, CA. is voluntarily recalling its 3 oz bag of Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats (LAM-003) (UPC# 727348200038) with date code 122015 product of USA, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a 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 surface 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.

This product was distributed to CA, WI, CO, and WA. to the following distributors; Gelson’s Market, General Pet, Nor-Sky Pet Supply, and Independent Pet.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Salmonella was detected by the State of Colorado, Department of Agriculture in a random sample.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-390-0575 Monday-Friday between 7:30am through 4pm PST.

BRAVO-DOG-FOOD-RECALL

Nationwide Dog Food Recall of Bravo Brand

As reported by the FDA, view original press release.

Contact: Consumer: (866) 922-9222

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 14, 2014 – Manchester, CT – Bravo is recalling select lots and product(s) of Bravo Pet Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

However, healthy cats and dogs rarely become sick from Listeria. Animals ill with Listeria will display symptoms similar to the ones listed above for humans. People who have concerns about whether their pet has Listeria should contact their veterinarian.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) printed on the side of the plastic tube or on a label on the box.

The recalled products are as follows:

1) These products are being recalled because they may have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

PRODUCT: RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! BEEF BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
All 2lb., 5lb., and 10lb. tubes
Product Numbers: 52-102, 52-105, 52-110
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

PRODUCT: RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! BEEF BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
All 2lb., 5lb., and 10lb. tubes
Product Numbers: 52-102, 52-105, 52-110
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

2) These products are being recalled out of an abundance of caution because while they did not test positive for pathogens, they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility or on the same day as products that did test positive.

PRODUCT: RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! LAMB BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
All 2lb., 5lb., and 10lb. tubes
Product Numbers: 42-102, 42-105, 42-110
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

PRODUCT: RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! LAMB BASIC FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
2lb. tubes
Product Number: 42-202
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

PRODUCT: RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! BEEF & BEEF HEART FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
5lb. tubes
Product Number: 53-130
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

PRODUCT: RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! 100% PURE & NATURAL PREMIUM GRASS-FED BUFFALO FOR DOGS AND CATS (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
NET WT 2LBS (32 OZ) .91KG (Tubes)
Product Number: 72-222
Best Used By Date: 1/7/16

PRODUCT: BRAVO! TURKEY BALANCE FORMULA (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
NET WT 2 LBS (32 OZ) .09KG, Chub (tube)
Product Number: 31-402
Best Used By Dates: 1/7/16 and 2/11/16

NET WT 5 LBS (80 OZ) 2.3KG, Chub (tube)
Product Number: 31-405
Best Used By Dates: 1/7/16 and 2/11/16

PRODUCT: RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! LAMB BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
5 LBS (80 OZ) 2.3KG, Chub (tube)
Product Number: 42-105
Best Used By Date: 2/11/16

This voluntary recall has been issued because the FDA has reported an independent lab detected the bacteria in a sample during a recent review. The company has received a limited number of reports of dogs experiencing nausea and diarrhea that may be associated with these specific products. The company has received no reports of human illness as a result of these products.

Bravo discontinued all manufacturing in New Zealand on October 10, 2013. Bravo will immediately start working with distributors and retailers to properly dispose of any affected product left on freezer shelves. The company will also be announcing the recall to pet owners to ensure they dispose of any affected product that has been purchased.

Bravo is issuing this action out of an abundance of caution and sincerely regrets any inconvenience to pet owners as a result of this announcement.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of this product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle). They can return to the store where purchased and submit the Product Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website www.bravopetfoods.com for a full refund or store credit. More information on the Bravo recall can also be found at www.bravopetfoods.com, or call toll free (866) 922-9222.

Images of product labels for recalled items.

Recalled Product Photos Are Also Available on FDA’s Flickr Photostream.

3 Ways to Help Your Dog Community to Go Green

earthday Earth day 2014 is April 22, here are a few ways to help out and plan an earth day event with your dog friends!

1. Collect Used Towels and Blankets for a Local Shelter
Have towels that are getting a little thread bare or perhaps some themed bedding that your child has outgrown? Good news – these are like gold to your local animal shelter!

Homeless pets need some snuggly comfort too, donate your old blankets so they have something soft to lay on. Your old towels help to clean up the pets and their cages as well as provide bedding for smaller pets.

Ask your friends, family, and coworkers to gather up their old towels and blankets too (Facebook is a great way to spread the word) or ask your child’s school to help with a donation drive.

Make sure the towels and bedding are nice and clean before your drop them off at the shelter – they have enough laundry to do and this is a big help for them! Continue reading

Gluten Free Dog Treats

Recent (necessary) dietary changes for Emi resulted in unwanted weight loss. Due to her abundant allergies and limited food options I was temporarily at a loss on what to feed her to help put some fat back on her quickly. Thankfully her allergy test showed no restrictions on peanut butter or quinoa so I had an idea…

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Here’s the best, gluten free, high fat treat a dog could ever want. She LOVES them, and I have to admit to sneaking one myself they smelled so good!

*Cautionary note – We’ve struggled for a long time with Luca being overweight and are always on the lookout for low fat treat options (more on recent revelations on the cause of this soon). This is NOT a low fat dog treat option!

Now the bonus part – they are SUPER easy to make!

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  2. 16 oz jar of peanut butter (*Make sure your peanut butter contains only peanuts, even some of the “healthy/organic” brands slip in palm oil, salt or soy (boo!). I like Meijer Naturals All Natural Peanut Butter – just one ingredient: peanuts!)

Directions:

  1. Overcook the quinoa – you want this super mushy to the point where you can’t tell one seed from another so don’t follow the normal cooking instructions. Use about 4 cups of water and after bringing to a boil simmer for about 45 minutes. Keep an eye on it, you may need to add extra water to keep it from drying out.
  2. Add the whole jar of peanut butter and stir well, should be a rather thick consistency.
  3. Scoop into a mini muffin pan, no need to grease the pan because the peanut butter provides plenty of oil.
  4. Bake on 250 for about 2.5 hours until the goopy mixture hardens up enough to easily remove from the pan
  5. Cool completely before serving

Makes enough for 36 large treats.

 

 

 

Pro-Pet Dog Food Recall

Pro-Pet LLC Recalls a Limited Number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Contact
Consumer:
1-888-765-4190

Media:
419-394-3374
800-780-0874
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.

Bailey’s Dog Treat Recall

Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats, LLC, of Waleska, Georgia is expanding its voluntary recall to include additional five-ounce packages of its chicken dog treats.

According to an FDA news bulletin, the recall was announced by officials of the Georgia Department of Agriculture because of possible contamination of the treats with Salmonella bacteria.

Baileys Choice Dog Treats

  • 100% Chicken Treat
    Lot “Jun 2 2013″
  • 100% Chicken Treat
    Lot “Jun 3 2013″
  • 100% Chicken Breast Treat
    Lot “Jun 4 2013″
  • 100% Chicken Treat
    Lot “Jun 15 2013″
  • 100% Chicken Treat
    Lot “Jul 8 2013″
  • 100% Chicken Treat
    Lot “Jul 11 2013″
  • 100% Teriyaki Chicken Treats
    Lot 132881

This recall announcement is in addition to the November 1, 2013 recall. Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats LLC of Waleska, Georgia, has announced it is recalling certain packages of dog treats due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

The recall includes packages of chicken treats in various sizes and with the following lot dates:

  • June 5, 2013

  • October 8, 2013

According to the announcement on the company’s Facebook page:

“These two lots tested positive for Salmonella. We have had no reports of anyone or any pet becoming sick. These treats will not harm your dog, dogs digestive systems are designed for eating raw food. It is more dangerous to humans. As with all raw foods, after handling jerky products, we recommend washing your hands thoroughly. We are working with the GA Dept of Agriculture closely to recall the effected lots. We will have more details here as they become available.”

Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors are checking retail stores and warehouses to be certain the recalled products have been removed from sale.

What to Do?

If you are in possession of one of the affected packages, officials recommend consumers discard the remaining contents.

Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats LLC will provide a full refund. They can be reached at 770-881-0526, by email at thomdo4570@gmail.com or online at www.baileyschoicetreats.com

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Joey’s Jerky Chicken Jerky Treats Recall

Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
Publish Date:
September 10, 2013

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing a voluntary recall of Joey’s Jerky brand Chicken Jerky due to possible Salmonella risk. A total of 21 people in Merrimack and Hillsborough Counties have been identified with the same strain of the illness, but no deaths have occurred. Joey’s Jerky is produced in New Hampshire and the manufacturer, Kritter’s Kitchen Kreations, LLC, has voluntarily recalled all of the product. Joey’s Jerky was sold at the following six stores: America’s Pet in Hudson, Blue Seal in Bow, K9 Kaos in Dover, Osborne’s Agway in Concord, Sandy’s Pet Food Center in Concord, and The Yellow Dogs Barn in Barrington. DHHS is asking people to check if they have any of these jerky treats at home and to discard them.

Recalled item Through investigation and interviewing the ill people, the DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control determined that the jerky treats were implicated in spreading Salmonella. Confirmation through laboratory testing of the jerky is pending at the New Hampshire Public Health Labs.

Salmonella is a bacterium that causes the diarrheal illness Salmonellosis, which can be serious in some patients. Symptoms also include fever and abdominal cramps within 12-72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts from 4 to 7 days. Although most people recover without treatment, severe infections may occur that may move to other body sites and in rare cases can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

“While uncommon, pet food and treats can sometimes be contaminated with Salmonella, which is why it is so important for pet owners to wash their hands after handling pet food and treats,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “I want to commend the manufacturer of Joey’s Jerky for their cooperation in this investigation and the epidemiologists here at Public Health for their excellent work. Salmonella can be a serious illness and the sooner the source of an outbreak is identified the sooner it can be stopped.”

For more information on Salmonella, contact the DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496 or visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/salmonella.

Broccoli Banana Dog Treats

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Am I crazy? Maybe. But the pups are going crazy for these!

Banana dog treats are always popular and since I have little interest in baking banana bread in the summer when the bananas get a little too ripe, I’m always trying to come up with a creative new homemade dog treat with them. (See Red, White and Blue Pops and Baked Banana Chips for just a few fan favorites). Plus bananas are one our go-to 5 healthy fruits for dogs!

Although broccoli is also on our list of 5 healthy vegetables for dogs and Emi LOVES broccoli, I had yet to really find a dog treat recipe with broccoli in it.

So as I looked around the kitchen for something to add to the bananas I thought “why not!”

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RECIPE: Puree 2 ripe bananas and about 1 cup of broccoli florets in a small bowl, fill an ice cube tray with the mixture (looks a bit like creamy pesto) and freeze.

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That’s it, super simple and remarkably well received by the dogs. Luca attacked them like they were made of cheese!

What do you think, do your dogs like broccoli? Share your dog’s favorite fruit or vegetable in the comments below and I’ll see what kind of recipe I can whip up next!

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