Mar 092018


Redbarn Dog Treats RecallRedbarn Pet Products LLC of Long Beach, CA, is now expanding the Feb. 9 recall of dog treats because they could be contaminated with SalmonellaThe recall is of particular public health concern because of the potential hazard to both human and animal health.

Pet owners are urged to discontinue use of the product. Consumers who purchased the product with the affected lot code are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions can call Redbarn: 800-775-3849.

Mar 082018

Tucker's Recall

Raw Basics LLC, with its Tucker’s branded, raw, frozen pork-bison pet food, is recalling this product after Nebraska officials found a sample to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Seek medical attention immediately if you or your pet is experiencing adverse reactions from handling or eating this product.

I’m posting the recalls to bring attention to the false sense of comfort and safety people have around processed pet foods.

Yesterday I was in conversation with two people regarding their pet’s food.  One makes fresh dog food from human grade ingredients.  The second person said “no way!”

One dog has dull eyes, excess weight, sluggish energy and “loves her Bil Jac and wolfs it down”.

Yet as the conversation continued it was noted that the dog with the home-made diet is in radiant health- gorgeous coat and skin, bright eyes, white teeth, nicely muscled, alert, fit, and happy.  This dad shared he resisted making the home-made for a year and now that he does make it says it isn’t that difficult and the benefits are significant and far outweigh his previous reasons to avoid.  It’s easy to see why in the radiant health and well being of the dog.  Plus previous health problems are no longer present – teeth in need of vet cleaning, impacted anal glands, irritated skin, dry, dull coat. Plus you don’t see all the benefits internally that affect the health and longevity of your beloved pet.

I encourage everyone to review your pet’s food and ask yourself if a change would be a good idea. I’m putting together a webinar in the near future to provide an overview of homemade and answer your questions on making the change.  Keep an eye open for the invitation.


Feb 282018

Recently the FDA has been alerting of dog food recalls for concerns because of potential pentobarbital contamination and of possible Salmonella contamination.Kibbles 'n Bits logo

You’ll want to pay close attention to these recalls for your family’s safety – people and pets.

Independent tests found low levels of pentobarbital (used to euthanize animals) in samples of Gravy Train canned dog food, manufactured by Smuckers. The FDA said the level is “unlikely to pose a health risk for pets.”

However, any level of pentobarbital in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. An investigation is underway.

Smuckers provided a list of 27 dog food products to food safety news although the FDA list has only 18 in their list. Smuckers has begun a business-to-business removal of certain products.

The FDA lists the products to not feed your pet original from 2016 through today. It is not clear what specific products are included so I recommend you research your dog food and lot number and do not feed to your pets if on the recall. If you have been feeding recalled food and your pet is ill, seek veterinary care immediately.
Included brand names of Kibbles ‘N Bits, Skippy, Ol’ Roy, and Gravy Train.

Two additional pet food recalls are:
Carnivore Meat Company’s “Vital Essentials” and TruDog “Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight”.Both of these recalls resulted from tests indicating Salmonella contamination. The potential hazard is for humans and pets.

Use Care
Do take care when feeding your pet to use proper hand washing and area cleaning as preventative measures against disease. This includes treats as well.

Make Better Choices
I encourage feeding your pet human grade food. Your pets of course prefer fresh, unprocessed foods and enjoy much better health for it. Some people think it is more expensive however we are finding a healthy dog with a great diet saves money over the long run. Many regular pet procedures are not needed and result in significant savings.

I’m happy to find more people crossing over and loving how their pets respond enthusiastically to the new diet and quickly show marked health improvements. We will be offering more information on this in the near future so stay tuned.