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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

5-28- 14Pet Center Inc~ Recalls Treats


Pet Center Inc has recalled the three ounce bag of Lamb Crunchy's  due to the possible risk of Salmonella.

   3 OZ BAG  (LAM-003)         UPC # 727348200038               Date code 122015

By now the majority  of you know that  salmonella can spread to humans through touching such treats and not washing your hands.  Salmonella can produce flu like symptoms in humans with the very young and the elderly being most affected.  Watch for vomiting , diarrhea. stomach cramping, and fever. Though a bit more rare for healthy people, watch for further ailments that are more severe such as muscle pain, eye irritation, arterial infections, arthritis, endocarditis and  urinary tract symptoms.

Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart which can destroy your heart valves.

Keep in mind that some animals are carriers and may not show symptoms so if you have multiple dogs and one or two do not show symptoms of vomiting , diarrhea, lethargy, fever  or abdominal pain, it does not mean they are not affected.      

Consumers can  return the  product at the place of purchase or call the company at 800. 390 .0525

This was detected through  a random sample tested by the  Dept Of Ag in the state of Colorado   

Friday, May 16, 2014

Pet Jerky Treats, Fanconi Syndrome ~The FDA Update





It seems since the last update in October 2013 the  FDA has receive almost 1,800 more reports of sickness or death as it pertains to the Jerky treats that come from  China. According to the report  since May 1, 2014 they have received more than 4,800 complaints. In total there have been more than  5,600 dogs, 24 cats, and 3 people affected by these treats of which caused more than a thousand deaths of canines.

What is in these treats that cause illness is yet to be determined but the symptoms of reports  consist of  at least 60% of gastrointestinal/liver disease, 30 percent are kidney or urinary disease and the remaining 10  percent are various from neurologic to immunologic symptoms as well as dermatologic.

Nearly 15 % of these animals tested positive for Fanconi syndrome which is a rare kidney disease.    To read about Fanconi syndrome click here 

Veterinarians continue to send in letters of deaths reported to be from any of the possible diseases above and has given the FDA the opportunity to perform necropsies on at least 26 dogs. Half of which were not related to the consumption of pet jerky  treats and half of the 26 were not able to be ruled out as the possibility of jerky treats being involved.

The FDA has partnered up with the Center for Disease Control which tracks human illness and is asking their expertise in collaborating on case studies of sick dogs.
Studies are still ongoing and will be made public when results are completed.

Studies  in 2012 showed that there were low levels of  antibiotics in the tested jerky treats. Testing was done by the New York State Department of Markets and Agriculture (NYSDAM).   Testing of the China treats also showed the presence of the drug Amantadine (an antiviral drug for humans) in some of the chicken treat samples. This drug was  used as an extra label drug for dogs for pain control but the FDA began to prohibit its use in  chickens back in 2006.  However  it is not believed to be a cause in illness or death of the pets.

To see use of the drug  Amantadine dogs click here  

The FDA continues to caution pet owners regarding giving these treats. If you have given your pet any of these treats and illness/death occurred please contact your veterinarian as well as report it to the FDA as each report is very valuable to the investigation.

To report to the FDA click here

I'm giving a  4 paws up to the FDA for continuing this investigation and keeping the public informed!

Update 5/24/ 14  I just saw on the news the other day that PetSmart  will be removing all China made jerky treats from their shelves by March 2015.  I am not familiar with the process of pulling something from a chain store so forgive my ignorance , by why wait to complete this after a year? Why not just pull them off now so there are  none left on the shelves for people to buy? I have to wonder  where the jerky treats from China that they sell today will be?
PetCo however is pulling the treats and they hope to have them trashed by the end of the year.

Where's the problem here? Why can't you just take them off the shelves and dump them in the garbage or send them back to China for a refund?  Though I can understand it may take time for China to refund them their money I  don't understand   why American Consumers have to wait six months or more for them to be completely off the shelves.  I am a fairly trusting person, but I think they may still be trying to make a profit off of them. If it were a major Human Health concern (which secondary  it is )  the product would be off  the shelf that day of recall.      

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dog and Cat food Recall 5-15-14








May 14 ,2014FDA announces Bravo Manchester CT is recalling dog and cat food due to the potential of contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.  This is dangerous to dogs and people and can be fatal in young children.

At the below link link you will find lot numbers and symptoms of of this in  pets and  people.


You  can find questions and answers about Listeriosis  here