Nature’s Variety Issues Voluntary Recall for Salmonella

A voluntary recall was issued by popular pet food brand Nature’s Variety on select lots of their Instinct Raw Chicken Formula dog food. The recall was announced after the company learned about a possible salmonella contamination from the FDA.

On a routine inspection, seven pounds of food tested positive for the deadly bacteria. So while the vast majority of Nature’s Variety food remains untainted and therefore still safe to consume, the following lots are being pulled off the shelves:

  • UPC# 769949611431 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 4 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611448 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611486 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb.; Best By 04/27/16

If you feed your dog the Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Chicken Formula, please check to see if any of the markings on your bag match with the aforementioned UPC codes or expiration date. If so, please dispose of the food quickly and safely, and stop feeding it to your dog immediately. Also, if you have been feeding your dog from one of the bags being pulled off the shelves, you might consider taking them to the vet to have them tested for salmonella.

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a bacteria that lives in food and can affect a number of species of animals, from cats and dogs to people. A salmonella infection manifests itself as such:

  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stool
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Decreased appetite
  • Abdominal pain

In some rare cases, Salmonella can cause the following complications in people:

  • Arterial infections
  • Endocarditis
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle pain
  • Eye irritation
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Threat Level

Low

No infections have been reported as a result of this contamination, and the fact that the recall was issued by the company and not the FDA supposes that this recall is largely preventative and is not of tremendous concern.

What should I do?

If you have any unused product that is listed above as contaminated, dispose of it immediately and keep an eye on your dog and your family for any of the aforementioned symptoms. If you detect any signs of Salmonella, contact a vet or doctor right away.

Alternatives

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Popular Dog and Cat Food Recalled for Listeria Contamination

Pets should always get a treat when they’ve been good, but it seems to undercut the message if the biscuit you give them makes them violently ill.

Yesterday, Stella & Chewy’s Dog or Cat Treats issued a voluntary recall on a number of their treats and foods due to a perceived risk of a listeria contamination.

What is Listeria?

Listeria is a family of bacteria that often infect food. The type that affects people and animals is L. monocytogenes, and is the cause of the listeriosis infection. This infection is the third leading cause of death as caused by a foodborne bacteria – even more than salmonella or botulism.

So, for everyone with a bag of Stella & Chewy’s Dog or Cat Treats in their cupboard, please do the following:

1) See if the bag you have is contaminated

Only certain lots are at risk of being contaminated. If you have one of the following, please continue reading. If not, you are fine to give them to your pet (provided they haven’t expired…).

To find the lot number, look next to the expiration date. These are the bags that are being pulled from shelves.

  • Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinner for Dogs /15oz/UPC: 186011000045/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/23/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinner for Dogs /15oz/UPC: 186011000045/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/26/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/29/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

  • Carnivore Crunch – Turkey Recipe/3.25oz/UPC: 186011001103/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016 and 5/4/2016

  • Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Dogs/4lb/UPC: 186011001394/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

  • Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Morsels for Dogs/4lb/UPC: 186011001387/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

  • Frozen Surf ‘N Turf Dinner Patties for Dogs/6lb/UPC: 186011000533/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

  • Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Patties for Dogs/6lb/UPC: 186011000120/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

  • Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Patties for Dogs/3lb/UPC: 186011000038/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 104-15 and Use By Date: 4/23/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 109-15 and Use By Date: 4/29/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers/18oz/UPC: 186011000229/Lot: 105-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers/18oz/UPC: 186011000229/Lot: 113-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers/9oz/UPC: 186011000205/Lot: 105-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

  • Carnivore Crunch – Chicken Recipe/3.25oz/UPC: 186011001080/Lot: 110-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinners for Dogs/15oz/UPC: 186011000045/Lot: 114-15 and Use By Date: 4/26/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Tummy Ticklin’ Turkey Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000663/Lot: 114-15 and Use By Date: 5/4/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Tummy Ticklin’ Turkey Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000663/Lot: 115-15 and Use By Date: 5/4/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Salmon & Chicken Dinner for Cats/12 oz/UPC: 186011000403/Lot: 107-15 and Use By Date: 4/23/2016

Do you have one of the treats listed above? Then you need to:

2) Dispose of it (or return it to the store if unopened)

If the bag you have of contaminated snacks is unopened, take it back to the store and exchange it for one that is clean. If the bag is open, dispose of it immediately by placing it in a bag and removing it from your home.

In the event that your dog or cat has eaten some of the snacks:

3) Take them to the vet

If your pet has eaten the infected snacks, there is a good chance they too are infected. Take them over to the vet to have them tested. If they are found to have listeriosis, follow your vets instructions and work to keep your pet comfortable.

Some healthy alternatives to Stella & Chewy’s are:

Dogswell Happy Hips Jerky Treats

One Earth Peanut Butter Treats

Wiskas Temptations Savoury Salmon Flavor

Halo Treats Liv-A-Littles Seafood Combo

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How to Teach the “Come” Command: Recall Training Dos and Don’ts

 


The “come” command is more than just a neat trick; it’s also important for your dog’s safety. If there is ever an emergency or if your dog ever wanders too far, the “come” command — when used appropriately — will get your dog back to you quickly and safely.

Here we’ll look at how to teach the “come” command as well as some dos and don’ts of recall training.

How to Teach the “Come” Command

What you’ll need:

When you should train:

  • Before you feed your dog — this will make whatever treat you offer especially enticing
  • Not after a walk — a dog who is tired may lose interest or fail to obey because they are worn out

Where you should train:

  • An outside area free of distractions, such as your yard or a quiet park
  • Change your location if the dog seems distracted. You can also change the location once your dog has started to learn the command. This will allow you to practice the command in new, unfamiliar, and challenging places.

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Training Steps:

  1. Attach the 10-foot training leash to your dog’s collar.
  2. Take them outside and let them go the length of the leash, sniffing and exploring while you hold firmly to the other end.
  3. After several minutes, use your noisemaker and shout “Come!” Keep using your noisemaker and shouting “Come!” until your dog returns to you.
  4. When your dog returns, offer immediate praise, a treat, and show excitement!
  5. Repeat until your dog can perform steps 3-4 successfully several times in a row.
  6. As your dog begins to understand the command, add distance with longer training leashes, by connecting multiple leashes together, or in a fenced-in yard. Eventually you should be able to phase out the noisemaker.

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Recall Training Dos and Don’ts

  • DON’T chase or try to catch a dog that does not “come” on command. Your dog will think you are playing a game, and this will unravel the training process
  • DON’T yell at or punish your dog for not coming. This will cause your dog to have a negative association with recall, and that’s the last thing you want.
  • DON’T call the dog repeatedly once they have started to understand the command. Only say it once. If the dog doesn’t obey, ignore them. This will teach your dog that the only way they will get a reward is if they obey it the first time.
  • DO end your training session on a positive note. Allow your dog to successfully “come” before you quit for the day.
  • DO reinforce the “come” command alongside other commands. For example, ask your dog to “sit,” “stay,” and then “come.”

Does your dog have good recall? Let us know how you trained them, and consider signing up for PetPlus, a benefit program for pet owners that provides member-only access to medications at wholesale prices, plus discounts on food, supplies, vet visits, boarding and more.

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RECALL ALERT: Hill’s Science Diet Recalls 62 Bags of Food

Hill’s Science Diet Has Recalled Dog Food

June 4 – Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. of Topeka, Kansas is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of their Hill’s Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed dry dog food due to a possible contamination with salmonella.

WHAT

The limited production, consisting of only 62 bags suspected of contamination, can be identified as such:

Product NameBag SizeSKU“Best Before” Date/ Production Code
Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed15.5 lbs.909708 2015 M094

 

The SKU number of Hill’s Science Diet can be found on both sides and the bottom of your bag.

WHY

The product was accidentally released to the public, even though it was deemed unfit for consumption

THREAT LEVEL

Low

Only 62 bags have been identified as contaminated, 17 of which have already been identified and collected.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If you have a bag of the aforementioned dog food, stop feeding it to your dog immediatly and contact Hill’s directly at 1-800-445-5777 to have them come and collect the contaminated product directly. Upon collection, Hill’s will issue a full refund. You should also consider seeking medical attention if you or your dog begin to exhibit symptoms of salmonella. To read more about salmonella, visit this page.

ALTERNATIVES:

Pets that are on Hill’s Science Diet might also like:

Natural Balance L.I.D. (Limited Ingredient Diet)

Wellness CORE Grain Free Ocean Diet

Solid Gold Just a Wee Bit Small Breed

DONT MISS ANY RECALLS

 

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RECALL ALERT: Possible Salmonella Contamination in Lamb Crunchys

May 29, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA. — Pet Center, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of the 3 oz bags of their Lamb Crunchys dehydrated dog treats due to a possible Salmonella contamination.

WHAT

Products subject to being recalled by Pet Center, Inc. can be identified by:

  • Code LAM-003

  • UPC# 727348200038

  • Dated 122015

WHY

Salmonella was detected by the State of Colorado, Department of Agriculture in a random sample. Salmonella presents a risk to both the pets eating the tainted product as well as the person handling it.

Pets or people infected with Salmonella may present these symptoms:

In rare cases, Salmonella can result in more serious complications in people, such as:

If you or your pet presents any of these symptoms, contact a doctor (or vet) immediately.

THREAT LEVEL

Low

As of now, no sickness has been reported, and the low distribution of this tainted batch (only found in CA, WI, CO, and WA) meaning that this recall has a limited pocket of risk. However, if you have any of the products in question, handle them with caution.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  • Return any unused product to the store in which it was purchased for a full refund (as per the instructions of Pet Center, Inc.)

  • Keep an eye out for symptoms of Salmonella (in you and your pet)

  • Contact Pet Center, Inc. with any additional questions at (800) 390-0575

ALTERNATIVES

Pets that enjoy Lamb Crunchys may also like:

DON’T MISS ANY RECALLS

 

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