Red, White and Blue Pup Pops

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An extra special treat for the pups in honor of the 4th of July.

Typically when our bananas get a little too ripe I turn them into some crispy Homemade Banana Dog Treats but it was just too hot to bake today and after a little walk around town I thought the pups could use a frozen dog treat to help cool them off. So voila, frozen pup pops to the rescue…

These are a super easy and extra healthy home made dog treat you can do yourself!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 extra ripe bananas for easy mushing
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries provide the “red and blue”

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Directions:

  • Mash the banana in a small bowl
  • Stir in the frozen blueberries
  • Drop into an ice cube tray
  • Freeze until solid
  • Call the pups to enjoy (oh, and they are human safe if you need to cool yourself off as well)
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Abady Dog Food Recall

June 19, 2013 – The Robert Abady Company of Poughkeepsie, New York, has announced it is voluntarily recalling two of their frozen dog food products due to contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

Where Were the Products Sold?

The affected dog foods were distributed in retail stores and kennels in the following states:

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Massachusetts

The company claims there have been no reports of pet or human illness reported to date.

What’s Being Recalled?

The recalled products include…

  • Abady Frozen High Stress/High Performance Dog Food (3 lbs)
  • Abady Frozen Growth Formula for Puppies of the Large and Giant Breed (3 1bs)

The affected dog foods were packaged in uncoded frozen 3 pound chubs.

About 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.

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

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • 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.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased the affected products should discard them or return them to the place of purchase.

Those with questions may contact the Robert Abady Dog Food Company at 845-473-1900 or 877-992-2239.

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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by MIKE SAGMAN http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/abady-dog-food-recall/

6 Brands of Dog Food Recalled

RECALLED-DOG-FOOD For Immediate Release
Contact: Natura Pet Consumer Relations – 800-224-6123
June 18, 2013

Source: http://www.naturapet.com/recall

Natura Pet Issues Voluntary Recall of Specialized Dry Pet Foods
Due to Possible Health Risk

FREMONT, NEBRASKA, June 18, 2013

– Natura Pet Products is voluntarily recalling specific lots of dry pet food because it has 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.

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.These products were packaged in a single production facility. During routine FDA testing, a single lot tested positive for the presence of Salmonella.

There have been no reports of pet or human illness associated with this product. In an abundance of caution, Natura is voluntarily recalling all products with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014.

The affected products are sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers, and online in the United States and Canada. No canned wet food is affected by this announcement.

The affected products are:

  • Innova Dry dog and cat food and biscuits/bars/treats: All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes, All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
  • EVO dry dog, cat and ferret food and biscuits/bars/treats: All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes, All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
  • California Natural dry dog and cat foods and biscuits/bars/treats: All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes, All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
  • Healthwise dry dog and cat foods: All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes, All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
  • Karma dry dog foods:All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes, All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
  • Mother Nature biscuits/bars/treats: All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes, All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014

Consumers who have purchased the specific dry pet foods listed should discard them.

For further information or a product replacement or refund call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. (Monday –
Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM CST).

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Best Dog Toys for Water Play

Summer time and the playing is grrrrreat! Here are a few of our favorite toys for water games with your pup!

Our Top 3 Green Dog Toys For Playing in the Water

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1. Crinkits Dog Toy

One of our favorite new dog toys, just in time for summer fun and playing in the water. Crinkits turns an ordinary plastic water bottle into safe and eco-friendly play time for your dog. Plus it’s great for senior dogs!

  • Made in the USA from USA sourced materials
  • Floats
  • BPA and Phthalates free
  • FDA approved material called ZIGFLEX

Buy now.

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2. Katie’s Bumper Dog Toy

Let’s face it, bumpers were made for water play but they’re not all made like Katie’s Bumpers! Made with EVA plastic that is lighter than water so if your dog punctures the toy (or chews on it) it will still float so it’s perfect for water play!

  • Innovative Tabless Bumper Design
  • Durable, But Not Indestructible
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • #4 Recyclable Plastic
  • Made in USA

Buy now.

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3. P:eco Penguin Dog Toy

What’s better than a cute floating penguin dog toy? Any eco-friendly one! We LOVE P:eco for summer play outside!

  • Outer shell: blend of certified organic cotton and fibers from recycled plastic bottles
  • Easily brushes clean of dirt and leaves from outside play
  • Machine wash/dry
  • EU approved dyes and process
  • Low impact manufacturing

Buy now.

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What Dog Bed Style is Best for My Dog

Ever bought a dog bed that your dog had no interest in? It could be it just wasn’t the right style. Here’s a guide to finding the right bed for your dog.

Option 1: Elevated

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If you’re constantly catching your dog on the couch or in your favorite chair, this might be a great option for you. Elevated dog beds will help keep your dog warmer when the floor is cool, which may be why your dog is opting for the higher furniture rather than their bed.

Another reason some dogs prefer elevated dog beds is that it allows them to see more, perhaps a better view out the window or to feel closer to your level.

The Eco Drop Dog Bed is one of our favorite, eco friendly, elevated beds. Shop for more colors and styles here.

Option 2: Nested

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Have a dog that loves to curl up? Maybe you find them nestled in a basket of clean clothes or digging holes in the backyard to curl up in. Continue reading

Dog Naming 101

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Naming your dog doesn’t have to be complicated. Here a few simple tricks we find helpful.

1. If the dog is a boy, name it Buddy.

2. If the dog is a girl, name it Princess.

3. If the dog is loud, name it Boomer.

4. If the dog is spotted, name it Spot. Warning, if the dog has only one large spot, you’ll want to name it Patch instead. Continue reading

Safe Summer Travel With Dogs

Ahhh summer, it finally seems to be upon us. As we start hitting the road for fun travel adventures many of us will bring the dog(s) along. Dogs love to be part of the family fun and a car ride always seems to get Emi and Luca excited, at last they don’t feel like we’re out partying without them at the dog park.

When it comes to safe travel with your pets, here are a few products you might want to keep on hand to make summer travel easier.

Top 3 Dog Travel Necessities

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1. Dog Car Seat Restraint

The safety hazards of having your dog roam around the freely are far too great to risk. Made from recycled plastic water bottles, these dog harnesses serve double duty with their car seat restraint loop. They also have reflective trim for late night pit stops.

Buy now. Continue reading

Pet Friendly Summer Travel

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Dogs are part of the family and fortunately,  travel with dogs is getting easier now that the travel industry is becoming more pet friendly.

Here are a few of our favorite sites for helping you to plan your next trip with your pup.

1. petswelcome.com

This site is pretty all inclusive with lots of planning resources for traveling with dogs including emergency vets, pet sitters and fun places to visit with your dog. Our favorite feature on this site is the search by route feature where you can find pet friendly hotels along your travel route. Continue reading

Guide to Dogs and Ticks – Part 3

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In Part 1 of our Dog Owner’s Guide to Ticks we talked about why ticks pose a danger to dogs, the different types of ticks, and where ticks live. Part 2 outlined ways to protect your dog against ticks and Part 3 will explain what to do if you find ticks on your dog, including the proper way to remove a tick from a dog.

As I mentioned previously, we had a lovely hike the other day, followed by several hours of removing ticks from the dogs. Since Emi has short hair, the few ticks on her were easy to spot. In a matter of minutes she was clean and ready for more sunshine.

Luca on the other hand was a mess. Not only was his wet, long fur matted with burs, leaves and sticks but there were about 100 ticks buried in his fur that had to be carefully removed. Luckily he was dog tired and laid patiently still.

Here are some tips on how to safely remove ticks from your dog.

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Guide to Dogs and Ticks – Part 2

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In Part 1 of our Dog Owner’s Guide to Ticks we talked about why ticks pose a danger to dogs, the different types of ticks, and where ticks live. Part 2 will outline ways to protect your dog against ticks and Part 3 will explain what to do if you find ticks on your dog, including the proper way to remove a tick from a dog.

As I mentioned in Post 1, we had a lovely hike the other day, followed by several hours of removing ticks from the dogs. Some people might say that “we asked for it” since we don’t use chemical flea and tick treatments on our dogs. I dare to say that even if you do choose to use these chemicals, venturing into the wilderness is likely to bring about some unwanted pests on both you and your dogs no matter what.

*A note about chemical flea and tick preventatives or treatments:
Conventional flea and tick medicines are typically pesticides, whether taken as a pill or applied topically. These pesticides go directly into your dog’s blood system and can effect your dog’s overall health in many negative ways, including by taking a toll on your dog’s immune system. Read packages carefully and take caution when something warns against coming into contact with your skin – it’s probably not something you want in contact with your dog’s skin either. The effects of these pesticides on the planet raises many more red flags and is another reason we choose to steer clear of their use. For more information I encourage you to read the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report “Poisons on Pets: Health Hazards from Flea and Tick Products.”

The good news is there are some easy and earth friendly ways to reduce your chances of a tick infestation on your dog. Continue reading