Pet food Recall!

Milo’s Kitchen Pet Treats recall and what you should know…

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This bites now the Humans are putting Thyroid Hormones in our treats.. what the fur!

FDA Alerts Pet Owners about the Presence of Thyroid Hormones in Certain Milo’s Kitchen Pet Treats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the presence of thyroid hormones in certain Milo’s Kitchen pet treats manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Company.

Fast Facts

  • The FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about The J.M. Smucker Company’s recall of certain Milo’s Kitchen pet treats after FDA testing found thyroid hormones in products eaten by dogs that showed symptoms of hyperthyroidism, a disease that is rare in dogs.
  • The FDA has investigated reports of three dogs with elevated thyroid levels in their blood that are not attributable to thyroid cancer, which is usually the cause of elevated thyroid hormone levels.
  • Pet food and treats that contain livestock gullets (meat from the throat region of an animal) have the potential to contain thyroid tissue and thyroid hormones. Pets that eat food or treats containing thyroid hormones may develop hyperthyroidism.
  • The FDA is monitoring for reports of any additional pet illnesses associated with products that may contain thyroid tissue and hormones. Consumers can report complaints about this and other pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.

What is the Problem and What is Being Done About It?

The J.M. Smucker Company has initiated a recall of certain Milo’s Kitchen dog treats due to the presence of thyroid hormones. The FDA is issuing this notice in order to make pet owners aware of the firm’s action.

The FDA has received reports of four dogs experiencing symptoms, including excessive thirst, excessive urination, increased appetite, and restlessness. Three of the dogs were tested and had increased concentrations of thyroid hormone in their blood, also known as hyperthyroidism. The fourth dog was not tested, but was suspected to also be suffering from hyperthyroidism. After the pets’ veterinarians ruled out thyroid cancer as the cause, the FDA determined the hyperthyroidism was connected to an external source, such as a food. The FDA’s Vet-LIRN interviewed the dogs’ owners and confirmed that all of the dogs ate at least one of the recalled pet treat products from Milo’s Kitchen. Once the Milo’s Kitchen treats were removed from the dogs’ diets, the hyperthyroidism symptoms resolved.

The recalled products were distributed to retailers nationwide.

The list of recalled products the firm provided to the FDA include:

  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats Steak Grillers Recipe with Angus Steak, 18-ounce bag, UPC 0 7910051822 7, Best If Used By 11/15/2018, Lot #7413
  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats Steak Grillers Recipe with Angus Steak, 18-ounce bag, UPC 0 7910051822 7, Best If Used By 4/26/2019, Lot #7305
  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats Steak Grillers Recipe with Angus Steak, 22-ounce bag, UPC 0 7910051823 4, Best If Used By 4/26/2019, Lot #7305
  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats Steak Grillers Recipe with Angus Steak, 10-ounce bag, UPC 0 7910052776 2, Best If Used By 4/26/19, Lot #7305
  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Grilled Burger Bites with Sweet Potato and Bacon, 15-ounce bag, UPC 0 7910052126 5, Best If Used by 11/19/18, Lot #7417

In previously reported cases of exogenous thyrotoxicosis (hyperthyroidism caused by an external source) in dogs, testing of the food the dogs ate revealed detectable thyroid hormones. Pet food with increased concentrations of thyroid hormones likely contains animal gullets (laryngeal tissue) obtained most often from beef and lamb slaughter establishments used in the manufacture of pet treats and pet food. If a thyroid gland is not completely removed from a gullet and that gullet is then added to pet food or treats, remnant thyroid tissue could be a source of thyroid hormones.

The FDA’s evaluation of the test results of Milo’s Kitchen treat samples indicates that the treats contain thyroid hormones in substantial amounts. Consuming these treats can trigger hyperthyroidism in dogs. Hyperthyroidism caused by pet food or treats is generally reversible if the dog stops eating the product containing thyroid hormones, but prolonged consumption may result in permanent heart damage and death. The FDA has previously issued a Letter to Industry to remind pet food manufacturers and suppliers that any products containing livestock gullet or laryngeal tissue can be a source of thyroid hormones. The FDA has also issued a Letter to Veterinary Professionals to ensure that veterinarians are on the lookout for exogenous thyrotoxicosis.

What Happens to a Pet That Eats Pet Food or Treats Containing Thyroid Hormones?

Pets that eat food containing thyroid hormones may develop hyperthyroidism, a disease that is rare in dogs and usually triggered by thyroid cancer.

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include excessive thirst and urination, weight loss, increased appetite, restlessness, hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, elevated heart rate, rapid and/or labored breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea. Continued exposure to excess thyroid hormones can cause damage to the heart and in some cases, death.

What Do Retailers Need To Do?

Retailers should remove the recalled treats from their shelves and/or website and contact the manufacturer for further instructions. If retailers have records to identify consumers who have purchased the recalled product, the FDA encourages those retailers to contact the consumers to alert them about the product recall.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

Consumers should not feed their pets the recalled lots of Milo’s Kitchen pet treats. Consumers who purchased these products should safely dispose of the treats in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access them, or contact the firm for information about returning the product.

Pet owners who think their pets may be ill from eating treats containing thyroid hormones should contact their veterinarians.

Who Should be Contacted?

People who think their pets have become ill after consuming pet food or treats containing thyroid hormones should contact their veterinarians.

The FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about this and other pet treats or food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.


The information in this release reflects the FDA’s best efforts to communicate what it has learned from the manufacturer and parties involved in the investigation. The agency will update this page as more information becomes available.

Additional Information

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NATIONAL MUTT DAY WAS YESTERDAY, July 31… but Mutts need help everyday!

Hey all just in case you didn’t know The Lancaster SPCA in PA needs ALL Pet Lovers to spread the word and help out a few Dogs and Cats find their forever homes with this last pet adoption. Forgive me on the late dates… I just found out about this yesterday afternoon regarding the fur babies in need. Word of mouth is way slower than social media. But it’s not too late for us to make a positive impact in saving a few lives. The information is below, please read, share and share some more.  Thank you.  P.S.  Sassi the Cat with her four-legged duo sends wet kisses and  a purrs.

A last pet adoption
“As of Tuesday, July 25, LCSPCA will operate as an open-admission shelter – the last day it will accept owner-surrendered pets and stray cats. As of July 26, the shelter will operate in a limited capacity as an animal control facility, accepting only stray dogs brought in by police officers from contracted municipalities and the City of Lancaster.

In a desperate attempt to find homes for all the animals the shelter currently has and will receive, adoption fees for dogs are reduced to $100 and all other animals will be free. Adopters will still need to complete an adoption process. Additionally, LCSPCA will be placing animals with other shelters and rescues.

The City of Lancaster owns the Mary K. Dano Animal Shelter facility, out of which LCSPCA operates. The City of Lancaster is already seeking another organization to move into that facility.

An exact end date for LCSPCA to cease all shelter operations has not yet been established but will likely be mid to late August, depending upon funding and volume of animals in the shelter.

FEES & SERVICES
DOG ADOPTION FEES:
All dogs $100

CAT ADOPTION FEES:
FREE
Cat and Dog Adoption Fees Include:
Complimentary adoption starter package
Spaying or neutering
First vaccinations (boosters may be needed – low-cost boosters available at SPCA)
Deworming medication
Microchipping (for dogs)

OUT OF STATE ADOPTIONS
We do allow out-of-state adoptions. Potential adopters who do not live in Pennsylvania should email us at info@lancasterspca.org with the subject line “Out of State Adoption.” In that email, please identify which animal you want to adopt and provide your contact information. All transport arrangements and fees will be the responsibility of the adopter”.

Address
848 S Prince St
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone
717-917-6979
Hours
Monday, Friday
1pm – 6pm
Saturday & Sunday
12pm – 5pm

 

Sourced from the Lancaster SPCA of Pennsylvanian

Pet Food Recall Alert!

Smallbatch Pets Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Frozen 2LB Chicken Blend For Dogs And Cats Due To Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Mondays M-E-O-W

WHAAAAAT  that’s a funky chicken…  I WANT TUNA! until this scare is over

For Immediate Release

May 5, 2017

Announcement:  Smallbatch Pets Inc. of Portland, Oregon is voluntarily recalling two lots of frozen 2lbs. chicken blend for dogs and cats, brand name Smallbatch, due to 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.

Symptoms of infection in people include 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.

No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date. However, because of their commitment to safety and quality, Smallbatch Pets is conducting a voluntary recall of this product. Consumers should also follow the Simple Handling Tips published on the Smallbatch Pets package, when disposing of the affected product.

The potentially affected lots of 2lbs. chicken blend were distributed to retail pet food stores in States CA, CO, OR, WA through pet food retailers/distributors. Two hundred and eighty-two cases of this product were sold between the dates of 2/1/17 – 5/5/17.

The affected products are sold frozen in 2lbs. bags. The products affected by this recall are identified with the following manufacturing codes and the “Best By” date is located on the back of the package.
LOT UPC Best By Date
D032 705105970974 2/1/2018
E058 705105970974 2/27/2018

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This recall was initiated after routine testing by the Food and Drug Administration of a 2lb bag of chicken blend, that was collected at a distributor, revealed the presence of Salmonella.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who have purchased the above lots of Chicken Blend are urged to stop feeding them to their dogs or cats and return product to place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately.

We do apologize for any inconvenience and for all consumer questions, please call us at 888-507 2712, Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 4:00PM PST or email us at info@smallbatchpets.com.

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Recall Alert! Party Animal Recalls Dog Food Due To Potential Presence of Pentobarbital

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The safety of pets is and always will be our first priority. We sincerely regret the reports of the discomfort experienced by the pet who consumed this food. As pet parents ourselves, we take this matter seriously. On April 13, a retailer in Texas notified us that their customer had presented samples of our 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019) and 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best by August 2019) to a testing lab, and that the results had tested positive for pentobarbital. We have requested those results.

When we were notified, we immediately tracked the lot numbers of the food in question and determined that the food had been manufactured and distributed in 2015. We then contacted the two probable retailers that had sold the customer the food and asked them to isolate all remaining cans from these lots. If pet parents have cans with either of those lot numbers in their possession, they should return them to the place of purchase and will of course receive a full refund.

We also requested that the retailers send all of the cans from those lots to us so that we can forward them on to an accredited independent laboratory for independent testing. We expect to receive the receive the results in 7 to 10 days. We first saw the formal report from the lab at Texas A&M regarding the customer’s samples, today, April 17.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are retrieving the remainder of these two lots nationwide. We are working with our distributors and retailers to determine if any additional beef-flavored products manufactured during this 2015 production period remain on shelves and, if so, to retrieve them from shelves, immediately, as well.

Party Animal wishes to emphasize that we have submitted many recent lots of our beef flavors for testing and all have tested negative for any pentobarbital. We have also had extensive discussions with our manufacturer regarding the potential cause of the reported contamination of the 2015 lots, and we will continue with such discussions even as we await testing results for the 2015 lots. In order to ensure adherence to our commitment to the safety of pets, we are also actively re-examining our manufacturing processes.

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Recall Alert! Used to control epilepsy in Cats, Dogs… and us Humans

C.O. Truxton, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Phenobarbital 15 mg Tablets, USP due to Labeling Error on Declared Strength

Read the recall

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Bellmawr, New Jersey, C.O. Truxton, Inc. is voluntarily recalling lot 70952A of Phenobarbital Tablets, USP, 15 mg, to the consumer/user level. The manufacturer received a confirmed customer complaint that a bottle labeled as phenobarbital 15 mg was found to contain phenobarbital 30 mg tablets.

This mislabeled product could expose the consumer or their pet(s) to potential overdosing that can cause severe intoxication which may lead to cardiogenic shock, renal failure, coma or death. C.O. Truxton, Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

The product is indicated for use as a sedative or anticonvulsant and is packaged in 1000 count bottles, NDC 0463-6160-10, UPC 7 0463616010 6, lot number 70952A, expiration date 11/17. The 15 mg Tablet is debossed with “West-ward 445” on one side and blank on the reverse side; the 30 mg Tablet is debossed with “West-ward 450” on one side and scored on the reverse side. The product was distributed Nationwide in the USA to Physician & Veterinarian Treatment Centers.

C.O. Truxton, Inc. is notifying all customers on record who purchased the affected product via US Mail which includes a recall letter, recall response form and is arranging for full credit returns, replacements, etc. of all recalled product. Consumers/distributors/retailers that have recalled product should stop using the product and return their product to their place of purchase.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact C.O Truxton, Inc. by phone at (856) 933-2333, Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm (EST).  Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Happy Dog Bite Prevention Week

In keeping our fur friends safe I had to share this informative post by Have dog blog will travel

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The quiz was compiled by Dog Bite Prevention Coalition members — the Postal Service, American Veterinary Medical Assn., American Humane, Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance.

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1. Is it okay to open a door and let dogs out when a letter carrier drops off mail? Yes OR No

Answer: NO
If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog into a separate room and close the door before opening the front door. Dog owners should remind their children about the need to keep the family dog secured. Parents should remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may see handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.

2. Does an angry dog wag his tail? Yes OR No

Answer: YES
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Come one… come all to Puptoberfest!

Puptoberfest 2014Hey all another great cause to share filled with a fun day of excitement and an opportunity to adopt a fur-ever friend.

The age old questions of Who, What, When, Where, Why, and how?  I’m getting to it right now.

  • Who: Eleventh Hour Rescue of North Western New Jersey.
  • What: The 10th annual Puptoberfest.
  • When: Saturday September 20, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
  • Where: Horseshoe Lake 72 Eyeland Avenue Succasunna, NJ 07876
  • Why: To enrich ones life a paw at a time, share in the togetherness with other Pet Parents, and because its going to be a fun filled day!

There is even more info to share with you the fest… there will be live music, food, games, pet adoptions, tricky tray, costume contest and much, much more.

So are you ready to do this too? The admissions fees are modest $5.00 per person,  $10 for family,  and FREE for EHR (Eleventh Hour Rescue) past adopters.

To buy your tickets please click on the link provided by Eleventh Hour Rescue Puptoberfest@ehrdogs.org then click onto the Puptoberfest flyer and fill out the online form… and don’t forget Dogs are welcome.

*Please note the following information has been provided by Eleventh Hour Rescue http://www.ehrdogs.org

 

Thanks for your time and paw you later ^–^

 

 

Support C.L.A.W.S they helped me find a forever home!

Hi All, my name is Sassi formally knows as “Serenity”… please come out, it’s gonna be a 4 paws rated night!

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It’s the 3rd Annual Canines, Cats & Cocktails Dinner and Music presented by CLAWS (Closter Animal Welfare Society).

Thanks to CLAWS and their dedicated volunteers  I was able to find my forever home.  They do great works for us displaced Cats, Dogs, and Rabbits (yes I said Rabbits) don’t believe me look at the flyer below for more details and don’t forget to check out their website www.clawsadopt.org  when you have a chance there are many other wonderful pets up for Adoption or can use a wonderful Forster Home, you may even find my son River

Hello my name is River and I want a forever home too can you help me?

The event will take place on Thursday, April 24th 2014 at The Fiesta in Wood Ridge, NJ… please R.S.V.P. by Friday, April 11th 2014 by calling 201.768.0200.  You have to come it’s going to be the cats meow 🙂

 

 

3rd Annual CANINES, CATS, & COCKTAILS

3rd Annual CANINES, CATS, & COCKTAILS

Oh before I forget, I just wanted to say Thank you for reading this post, my Momma had to type if for me… but I was there under the keyboard listening to every stroke she typed… it’s time for my beauty sleep now.