TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products, of Neptune, NJ is recalling one lot of its 1.69 oz. package of the Puppy Starter Kit dog chews, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Salmonella can affect animals ingesting the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated 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.
The recalled Puppy Starter Kit consists of one lot of dog chews that were distributed nationwide, to Canada, and through one domestic online mail order facility.
The product comes in a 1.69 oz. package marked with Lot #21935, UPC 0-18214-81291-3, located on the back of the package, and with an expiration date of 3/22/18 also stamped on the back of the package.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in one lot of 1.69 oz. packages of the Puppy Starter Kit.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
Consumers who have purchased 1.69 oz. packages of the Puppy Starter Kit from affected Lot 21935, UPC 0-18214-81291-3, Expiration date of 3/22/18, should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-273-7527, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Central time (after hours/weekends covered by third-party poison control center).
Original FDA recall notice
ALERT: FDA Warns Popular Topical Pain Medication Toxic to Pets
(Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM - Pet Health Network)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an official warning that topical pain medications containing flurbiprofen are dangerous to animals, even in tiny amounts. The warning was the result of several reports of household pets becoming ill or dying after the guardians used flurbiprofen topical pain relief formulations.
Flurbiprofen is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat arthritis, joint pain, muscular discomfort and other aches. It was originally marketed as Ansaid® (Pfizer), then Froben® (Abbott), and is now widely available in generic form. It is similar to ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®), naproxen (Naprosyn®), and other NSAIDs. Flurbiprofen is commonly added to pain relieving creams and lotions, and that may be how pets, especially cats, are being accidentally poisoned.
Pets and medications
Cats seem particularly sensitive to NSAIDs such as flurbiprofen. For years veterinarians have warned cat owners to avoid Tylenol (acetaminophen) and never give your dog or cat aspirin, ibuprofen, or other NSAIDs without consulting with your veterinarian first. Add flurbiprofen to that No-Try List.
Click here for the top 5 Cat Toxins.
Click here for the Top 10 Dog Toxins.
What prompted this warning?
The FDA revealed that the guardian of two cats sickened by flurbiprofen had recently used a pain-relieving cream on the neck and feet. The guardian did not recall the two cats eating, licking or otherwise directly contacting the cream. These two cats developed kidney failure and fortunately recovered with veterinary care.
Another household had three cats that became sick and died, despite aggressive veterinary care. The guardian had also used a flurbiprofen-containing product prior to the cats developing clinical signs. All three cats eventually died and had necropsies performed, confirming NSAID toxicity.
Clinical signs of flurbiprofen and NSAID toxicity are severe and abrupt. Many cats will progress to critical condition within 24 to 72 hours of NSAID exposure. Dogs may also be affected by flurbiprofen and NSAIDs, although they appear to be less sensitive to developing life-threatening toxicity.
What are the signs of NSAID poisoning?
Clinical Signs of Flurbiprofen and NSAID Toxicity in Cats and Dogs include:
Decreased appetite and reluctance to eat
If you use a topical pain relief product, it’s critical to keep these medications away from your dog or cat. If you apply a topical cream or lotion, avoid touching your pet for several hours and only after thoroughly washing. Be careful contacting couches, chairs and bedding with these preparations. Curious cats and dogs may lick residues and become poisoned. Cats may be affected by tiny amounts of flurbiprofen and there may be risk of continued exposure to tiny amounts over several days or weeks.
Veterinarians have been seeing an increase in inadvertent poisonings from topical medications over the past several years. Hormone and testosterone gels, cancer medications, nicotine patches, topical steroids and pain treatments have all been reported to cause accidental toxicity in pets. This latest FDA warning reminds us that as we seek convenience and relief for ourselves, there may be unintended consequences for our pets. Treat your pain, but remember even our most seemingly safe medications may be deadly to our furry family members.
10 Reasons to Add Coconut Oil to Your Dog's Diet
Coconut oil can have many health benefits for dogs -- for their skin, digestive, and immune systems; metabolic function; and even their bone and brain health!
(Julia Szabo - Dogster)
The top 10 reasons to add coconut oil to your dog's diet:
Chicago's Mystery Dog Virus Outbreak Identified as Asian Strain
(Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM - Pet Health)
The recent canine influenza outbreak in Chicago and the Midwest has been identified as a new viral strain from Asia. Veterinary researchers from Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have concluded that a respiratory virus found in China and South Korea, H3N2, is to blame for over 1,000 reported cases in the U.S. This is the first time the Asian virus has been documented in the U.S. H3N2 is not known to be contagious to humans, although cats may be at risk for contracting the respiratory infection1.
The current Midwest influenza outbreak was originally thought to be the result of H3N8 or canine influenza virus (CIV), a highly transmissible canine respiratory virus first identified in racing greyhounds in 2004. The new Asian strain, H3N2, was first identified in 2006. Since then, H3N2 has been widely circulating in certain areas of China and South Korea. There is currently no vaccine for H3N2, although a vaccine for H3N8 is available. There is no evidence that the H3N8 vaccine will provide protection for the new H3N2 strain.
What are the symptoms of H3N2?
Clinical signs associated with Asian H3N2 are similar to H3N8:
How did the new strain of canine influenza (H3N2) get to America?
At this time we don’t know how the new strain of canine influenza arrived in the U.S. It is suspected that a dog harboring the virus was imported, although a patient zero has yet to be identified. Because this is a relatively new infection, we don’t fully understand its transmission and pathogenicity. Based on other similar viruses, the incubation period is probably 2 to 3 days. Clinical signs last 5 to 7 days and an infected animal may be contagious for 10 to 14 days after clinical signs develop.
How can you protect your dog from this strain of canine influenza (H3N2)?
If your dog exhibits any signs of respiratory illness, notify your veterinarian at once. Because this infection appears to be highly contagious, avoid contact with other dogs. When canine influenza virus was first recognized, veterinarians took great efforts to isolate any dogs with fevers, coughing and nasal discharge from other pets. It is critical not to take a sick dog or cat to the veterinarian without informing the practice beforehand. Chances are your pet will be immediately escorted to a separate area and handled with proper infectious disease protocols.
If you live in an area known to have a canine influenza outbreak, minimize contact with other dogs. Dog parks, lakes or beaches, kennels and doggie daycare services need to be carefully supervised if you choose to take your dog. In these areas it’s advised to vaccinate against H3N8 because both viruses are still circulating and we don’t know what, if any, cross-protection the vaccine may provide. There is no vaccine for cats.
This new strain appears to be more easily transmitted and may be shed for a longer period than H3N8. That may account for how widespread and quickly the Asian H3N2 outbreak has been so far. The fact that cats can also contract and potentially spread the virus makes it even more troubling. In general, be exceptionally cautious if your dog or cat develops a fever, coughing or nasal discharge.
Here are five key steps to help prevent the spread of H3N2 influenza:
This is an important animal influenza outbreak that needs to be closely monitored by all pet guardians. There are many questions we don’t have answers to at this time. Viruses can mutate quickly and recommendations change dramatically in little time. Take precautions with other dogs, wash your hands/bathe your dog frequently and contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet develops any signs of illness.
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
FAR Better than Tomato Juice as a Skunk Rinse...
(Dr Becker - Healthy Pets)
Today I want to give you my skunk rinse recipe, and here's hoping you never have to use it!
If, heaven forbid, your dog or cat is ever sprayed by a skunk, you should have this recipe on hand. The sooner you apply the solution to your pet's fur, the sooner he'll get relief and smell better.
Skunk Rinse Recipe
Tomato juice isn't nearly as effective as this recipe, and it's easy to follow.
In a pail mix:
Wear dishwashing or other household gloves if you like during the whole de-skunking process.
Don't wet down your pet. Apply the mixture to your pet's dry coat from the collar back toward the tail. Don't pour it near the eyes because the hydrogen peroxide solution can burn them.
Lather the mixture into your pet's coat and skin. Rub the solution around for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate.
If the front of your pet is as stinky as the back, use a sponge to apply the solution to your pet's chin, cheeks, forehead and ears, being very careful not to go near the eyes. When you rinse the head area, tilt your pet's chin upward so the solution does not run down into the eyes, instead allow the water to run back off his neck.
Do a complete rinse once the smell starts to decrease, then repeat the entire process again.
You may need to repeat the lather and rinse process up to three times, but it's a very effective method for removing the skunk smell from your pet.
Make sure to completely rinse the solution off your pet. Your final rinse should be very thorough.
You can't prepare this solution ahead of time and store it – it won't be effective when you need it. It must be made fresh, right before you apply it to your pet. So it pays to make sure you have all the ingredients ahead of time!
Good luck … and I hope you never have to use my skunk rinse recipe!
Chicken jerky treats made in US tied to dog illness for first time
(April 3, 2015 by SDogSpot Author - Seattle Dog Spot)
Spring Garden Safety for Pets
Protect Pets From Budding Danger
Beautiful gardens are in popular demand, especially with the focus on enjoyment versus looks. Before you plant any seeds, however, it's important to remember that some of the plants that make our gardens and yards beautiful can make our animal companions sick or worse.
Eating poisonous plants is one of the most common ways that many pets, especially dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles and tortoises, ingest toxic substances. And since there are few effective treatments for toxic plant ingestion, a small mistake in the garden can be catastrophic to your pet and your family.
Plants That Are Reported To Be Toxic to Dogs, Cats or Rabbits
Fertilizers and Pesticides
Finally, no garden would be complete without fertilizers and weed killers. Though these products can make your plants healthier, they can injure (even kill) your pets.
Choose pet-safe options for substances like snail bait and weed and feed products, or go organic and try planting flowers like Mexican marigold, which naturally repel insects without harming animals. When all else fails, check the label and ask a gardening professional. If there's a doubt about the product's safety for your pet, don't use it!
Before you decide to forego flowers and plants and instead use artificial flowers, consider that some pets might find silk flowers just as tasty. A curious puppy or kitten with a sweet tooth for silk flowers can lead to intestinal blockage. Most will at least act as an emetic, which means your pet will vomit soon after eating. Other plants can lead to kidney or liver failure, seizures, or even death.
In order to protect your pet from possible poisoning, it's important to make sure you keep known poisonous plants and toxic items out of reach, watch for plants and toxic items that have been chewed on, keep an eye on your pet for symptoms of poisoning, and take your pet — along with a sample of the plant/toxic item — with you to your veterinarian immediately if you suspect a poisonous item has been consumed.
For additonal information on toxic plants, please visit the Pet HealthZone Pet Toxins & Poisons center.
Tips to help prevent tear stains...
**Puppies usually have more 'Tears' around teething time**
1. Give Filtered/Bottled/cooled boiled water to drink (instead of tap water)
2. Feed a good quality Dog food ... (some wet dog foods can cause staining)
3. Add a teaspoon of Natural Live Bio Yoghurt to each meal.
4. Clean face/eyes at least once a day with non perfumed wipes
5. Stainless steel/Ceramic bowls are best (no plastic)
6. Add Apple Cider Vinegar to food or water (see link on miscellaneous page)
7. Herbal pet Supplies :https://www.facebook.com/groups/370396733030723/?fref=ts
EPIPTHOREA EYE CREAM - to unblock lower ducts that cause tear staining, to encourage upper lid to produce tears if suffering from dry eyes, to releive symptons of cherry eye, also can be used to apply to the tear stains, massage into stain every day, a good all round cream to sooth eye problems £15 for a 150ml , 250ml £22
8. Dog's Stuff Kleen Face9. Spa Lavish Blueberry Facial Scrub for Dogs
This mild yet concentrated, lightly foaming facial cleanser soothes and balances. It has natural exfoliating activity and is slightly hydrating. The refreshing blend of vanilla and blueberry effectively removes dirt and tear stains, and will not sting eyes. Great for all skin types and pets of all ages.
9. Eye Envy
10. Coconut Oil - not all coconut oil is the same. to obtain best results, it needs to be USDA-organic 100% virgin coconut oil. There are a few different brands out available, however some use the Cocotherapy brand.
12. A Veterinary Guide to Tear Stains (www.leospetcare.com)
Angel Eyes (an antibiotic, use as last resort)
If the dog is not a show dog being actively shown, it is not recommended to use antibiotics to keep it tear stain free. Long term antibiotic use is not dangerous per se, but if given in too small of doses to kill bacteria, it can create bacteria that is resistant to that antibiotic. It also will affect intenstinal flora and good bacteria, therefore you can get digestive upsets. If you are going to use it, I would recommend a probiotic to help keep the gut colonized with good bacteria as well. If you want other options without antibiotics, there are some out there, from topicals applied daily, and some people have had success with adding apple cider vinegar to water.
FDA Issues Warning Letters for Unapproved Tear Stain Removers Used in Dogs and Cats
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