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RECALL: Nature’s Variety Instinct frozen raw dog food

RECALL: Nature's Variety Instinct raw frozen dog food

RECALL: Nature’s Variety Instinct raw frozen dog food

As reported by the Food and Drug Administration, Nature’s Variety is voluntarily recalling select formulas and lots of its Instinct Raw chicken-based frozen food for dogs due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella was detected in a sample of product tested by the FDA. No pet or human illnesses have been reported.

What is being recalled?

The affected products all have a Best By date of 4/27/16 and three varieties are affected:

  • UPC# 7 69949 61143 1 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 4 lb.
  • UPC# 7 69949 61144 8 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb.
  • UPC# 7 69949 61148 6 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb.

What do I do if I have recalled product?

Stop feeding the product immediately. Safely dispose of the product, and return proof of purchase from the package to the place of purchase for a refund.

What are the risks?

Pet food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria poses health risks to people handling the food, as well as to pets. Children, the elderly, and people with suppressed immune systems are particularly vulnerable. Symptoms in sick pets and people include vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. Pets often show no signs of illness but may still harbor the bacteria and transmit infection.

Concerns about your pet’s health?

Call or contact us online right away! Outside business hours, please contact the Dayton Care Center at (937) 428-0911 or Med Vet Dayton at (937) 293-2714.

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RECALL: Bravo Chicken dog and cat food

RECALL: Bravo Chicken dog and cat food

RECALL: Bravo Chicken dog and cat food

Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester Ct. is voluntarily recalling specific lots of several dog and cat food formulas, due to potential Salmonella contamination.

What products are affected?

  • Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – Chub
    • Item #21-102
    • 2 lb. (32 oz)
    • Best By 12-05-16
    • UPC 8 29546 21102 8
  • Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs – Patties
    • Item #21-401
    • 3 lb (48 oz.) bag
    • Best By 12-05-16
    • 8 29546 21401 2
  • Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs – Chub
    • Item #21-402
    • 2 lb (32 oz.) chub
    • Best By 12-05-16
    • 8 29546 21402 9
  • Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats -Patties
    • Item #21-508
    • 5 lb (80 oz.) bag
    • Best By 12-05-16
    • 8 29546 21508 8

Routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture found Salmonella contamination in the first formula above, and the company is recalling all formulas that were manufactured in the same facility on the same day as the affected product.

No pet or human illnesses associated with the products have been reported.

What should I do if I have recalled product?

Please stop using the affected product immediately, and safely dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

How does Salmonella affect people and animals?

Salmonella can cause serious illness or fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. Always use proper caution when handling raw foods.

Symptoms in pets are similar and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.

Concerns about your pet’s health?

Call or contact us online right away.

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Further reading

Visit the Bravo Pet Foods web site for more information about the recall.

RECALL: “I and Love and You” brand Dog Treats

I and Love and You of Boulder, CO has announced a voluntary recall of two lots of Cow-Boom! Strips Beef Gullet dog treats. The recalled lots have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. There have not been any reports of pet or human illnesses associated with the product.

What products are affected?

RECALL: "I and Love and You" dog treats

RECALL: “I and Love and You” dog treats

The recall affects Cow-Boom! Strips Beef Gullet dog treats in 2 oz packages with the following package information:

  • UPC: 8 18336 01134 4
  • Lot codes: 4T1 or 5T1
  • Best-by years: 2016 or 2017

What if I have the recalled product?

If you have purchased product affected by the recall, please stop using it immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a refund or replacement.

About Salmonella

Products contaminated with Salmonella bacteria pose health risks to pets, as well as people who handle the products.

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 product and has exhibited these symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

Healthy people handling the product contaminated by Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Although rare, Salmonella may 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 the product should contact their healthcare providers immediately.

Questions about your pet’s health?

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RECALL: Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe dog food

RECALL: Vital Essentials Beef Tripe frozen dog food

RECALL: Vital Essentials Beef Tripe frozen dog food

Vital Essentials has announced a voluntary recall of its Beef Tripe formula frozen raw dog food because of potential Listeria contamination. The product was distributed in multiple states including Ohio.

The recall is announced two days after a similar recall of Stella & Chewy’s raw frozen and freeze-dried products, also because of potential Listeria contamination.

What is being recalled?

Testing by the Food and Drug Administration showed Listeria contamination in two batches of Vital Essentials Beef Tripe frozen raw dog food. The two recalled products are:

  • Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties, UPC 33211 00809, Lot # 10930, Best by date 20160210
  • Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets, UPC 33211 00904, Lot # 10719, Best by date 12022015

About Listeria

While the company’s announcement is downplaying the risk of Listeria bacteria to pets, handling Listeria-contaminated food also poses health risks to people, which the company did not mention in its announcement. 

Young or elderly people and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of fatal infection.

Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms like fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Symptoms in sick pets are similar.

What to do with recalled product

If you have purchased product affected by the recall, please stop using it immediately and carefully dispose of it. (The Maryland Department of Agriculture recommends disposing of affected product by wearing disposable gloves, placing product in double plastic bags, sealing it and throwing it away.)

Questions?

 

If you are concerned about the health of your pet, please Call us right away. Outside business hours, please call CARE Center of Dayton at (937) 428-0911 or MedVet Dayton at (937) 293-2714.

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RECALL: Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried and Frozen Cat and Dog Food

Stop sale: Stella & Chewy's Chicken Patties freeze-dried dog food

Stop sale: Stella & Chewy’s Chicken Patties freeze-dried dog food

Following the announcement two days ago of a Stop Sale on one variety of Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried dog food, the company has announced a voluntary recall of many varieties of freeze-dried and frozen dog and cat food.

They are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Listeria bacteria, or may have been exposed to other foods that are potentially contaminated.

From the Stella & Chewy’s web site, the complete list of recalled products is at the bottom of this post. If you have any of the affected products, please stop using them immediately and safely dispose of them.

During the previous stop sale announcement, the Maryland Department of Agriculture recommended disposing of affected product by wearing disposable gloves, placing product in double plastic bags, sealing it and throwing it away.

About Listeria

Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in pet food poses a health threat and is potentially fatal both to pets, and to humans who handle or come in contact with contaminated food. Young or elderly people and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of fatal infection.

Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms like fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Symptoms in sick pets are similar. If you are concerned about the health of your pet, please Call us right away. Outside business hours, please call CARE Center of Dayton at (937) 428-0911 or MedVet Dayton at (937) 293-2714.

No pet or human illnesses have been reported with Stella & Chewy’s products, but a sample of Stella & Chewy’s freeze dried dog food tested positive for Listeria bacteria in FDA testing. The company is recalling all products from that production lot, as well as other products that may have come into contact with the affected production lot.

Complete Recall List

Product Description/Size/UPC/Lot #/Use By Date

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

Questions?

Please Call or contact us online with concerns about your pet’s health.

For product questions, please contact the manufacturer of Stella & Chewy’s at  888-477-8977.

Stop sale on Stella & Chewy’s freeze dried chicken patties

Stop sale: Stella & Chewy's Chicken Patties freeze-dried dog food

Stop sale: Stella & Chewy’s Chicken Patties freeze-dried dog food

UPDATE: RECALL – Multiple varieties of Stella & Chewy’s frozen and freeze-dried food for dogs AND cats have now been voluntarily recalled. See this post for more information.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has issued a stop sale on Stella & Chewy’s brand freeze-dried chicken patties for dogs, due to the presence of Listeria bacteria in FDA testing.

The affected lot number is: 111-15. The bags will have a use by date of April 23, 2016.

UPDATE: This product, as well as many others, have now been voluntarily recalled. Click here for more information. 

From the Maryland Department of Agriculture web site:

Listeria is not only dangerous to dogs, it can also be deadly to small children, the elderly and those with auto immune disorders.  Consumers who have unopened bags of this dog food are urged to keep it sealed, away from people and to throw it away. Those who have opened bags of this dog food are urged to use disposable gloves, place them in double plastic bags, seal it and throw it away.

MDA has notified all distributors and a number of stores known to sell the product. The listeria was identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which is undertaking a surveillance of raw pet food. The FDA notified the state today.

Questions about your pet’s health? Please Call or contact us online!

Recall outside Ohio: Boulder Dog Food Co. Chicken Sprinkles

BDFCBoulder Dog Food Company has announced a recall of one lot code of Chicken Sprinkles food topper due to potential Salmonella contamination. The recall only affects a small amount of product sold in 3 other states (Colorado, Washington, and Maryland). We are sharing this information out of an abundance of caution, but we do not believe there is any cause for concern for pets in Ohio.

Please refer to the Food & Drug Administration web site for more information. Questions about your pet’s health? Call or contact us online anytime!

RECALL: Rachel Ray Nutrish wet cat food

The Food and Drug Administration is announcing a voluntary cat food recall.

Ainsworth Pet Nutrition has recalled 5 varieties of Rachel Ray Nutrish brand wet cat food, and multi-packs that contain these flavors, because of potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D. There are have been 11 reports of illness associated with the product.

Which products are affected?

A total of 7 products are affected.

RECALL: Rachel Ray Nutrish wet cat food

RECALL: Rachel Ray Nutrish wet cat food

Single Packs

  • PAW LICKIN CHICKEN AND LIVER (2.8 oz) – UPC 0 71190 00703 2 – All Best By Dates through AUG 17 2015
  • OCEAN FISH AND CHICKEN CATCH-IATORIE (2.8 oz) – UPC 0 71190 00704 9 – All Best By Dates through DEC 1 2016
  • OCEAN FISH A LICIOUS (2.8 oz)  – UPC 0 71190 00705 6 – All Best By Dates through DEC 1 2016
  • TUNA PURRFECTION (2.8 oz) – UPC 0 71190 00706 3 – All Best By Dates through DEC 1 2016
  • LIP SMACKIN SARDINE AND MACKEREL (2.8 oz) – UPC 0 71190 00707 0 – All Best By Dates through DEC 1 2016
RECALL: Rachel Ray Nutrish wet cat food

RECALL: Rachel Ray Nutrish wet cat food

Multi Packs

  • CHICKEN LOVERS VARIETY PACK (12 count pack of 2.8 oz cups) – UPC 0 71190 00777 3 – All Best By Dates through DEC 1 2016
  • OCEAN LOVERS VARIETY PACK (12 count pack of 2.8 oz cups) – UPC 0 71190 00778 0 – All Best By Dates through DEC 1 2016

What are the symptoms?

Excessive Vitamin D intake can result in the following symptoms, usually 12-36 hours after ingestion: vomiting or diarrhea, increased thirst and urination, and muscle tremors or seizures.

Pets experiencing these symptoms should see a veterinarian immediately.

What if I have the recalled product?

Stop using the product immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

Questions about your pet’s health?

Call or contact us online anytime!

RECALL: Himalayan Ruff Roots Chews

RECALL: Himalayan Ruff Roots dog chews

RECALL: Himalayan Ruff Roots dog chews

Himalayan Corp., by way of PetSmart, has announced a recall of their Himalayan Ruff Roots natural chew toys because of possible metal contamination.

The recall affects all lot numbers of these products that were sold at PetSmart stores. The affected products are:

  • Himalayan Ruff Roots All Natural 4″ Sprout Dog Chew Toy – UPC 85301200439 – all lot codes
  • Himalayan Ruff Roots All Natural 5″ Stump Dog Chew Toy – UPC 85301200440 – all lot codes
  • Himalayan Ruff Roots All Natural 7″ Stalk Dog Chew Toy – UPC 85301200441 – all lot codes

If you have one of the recalled products, please stop using it immediately and return it to a PetSmart store for a refund.

For more information about the products: contact the Himalayan Corporation at 425-322-4295 or email info@himalayandogchew.com.

Questions about your pet’s health? Please Call or contact us online!

RECALL outside Ohio: OC Raw Frozen Dog Food

As reported on the Food & Drug Administration web site, OC Raw Dog has announced a voluntary recall of its Turkey & Produce Frozen Raw diet, due to potential salmonella contamination.

OC Raw Dog Food Recall

OC Raw has recalled 2,055 lbs. of its Turkey & Produce raw frozen diet

The recall affects 2,055 lbs. of the product that the manufacturer states were not distributed in Ohio, but to independent pet retailers in 4 other states. If you purchased this product in Ohio, we still suggest checking the lot number and expiration date.

How to tell if you have recalled product

Recalled product can be identified by the expiration date and lot numbers:

  • Use by date: 10/28/15
  • Lot number: 1511

About Salmonella

Salmonella poses health risks to both pets and people who come in contact with contaminated food. Humans can potentially be at risk even if pets show no sign of illness.

Symptoms of salmonella infection in dogs include lethargy, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and fever.

Symptoms in people include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever.

What to do with recalled product

Stop using recalled product immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a refund. The manufacturer requests that you e-mail a picture of the product and its lot code to Olivia@ocrawdog.com to help them track distribution of recalled product.

Further reading

Questions about your pet’s health?

Call or contact us online anytime!

RECALL: Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit

Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit

RECALL: Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit

TFH Publications, Inc., the maker of Nylabone, has announced a recall of one lot of the Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit product.

Routine testing found the presence of Salmonella bacteria in one lot of the product. Other Nylabone products, and other lot numbers of the Puppy Starter Kit product, are not affected.

To date, no pet or human illnesses have been reported related to use of the product.

How to tell if you have recalled product

The recalled 1.69 oz packages have:

  • UPC 0 18214 81291 3
  • Lot #21935
  • Expiration date: 3/22/18

What to do with recalled product

Stop using recalled product immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a refund or replacement. (Note: Bigger Road does not sell Nylabone products.)

Why salmonella is a concern

Salmonella can potentially affect the health of people, as well as dogs. People can be at risk even if their pets do not show symptoms.

Symptoms in dogs include decreased appetite, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea (including bloody diarrhea) and vomiting. Symptoms in people include fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (including bloody diarrhea) .

Questions about your pet’s health? Call or contact us online anytime!

RECALL: Jump Your Bones cat and dog treats

RECALL: Jump Your Bones Roo Bites

RECALL: Jump Your Bones Roo Bites

Jump Your Bones, Inc. of Boca Raton, Florida is voluntarily recalling Jump Your Bones Roo Bites (Cubes) cat and dog treats because of potential Salmonella contamination. No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date.

The recalled treats were marketed for both cats and dogs, and distributed nationwide in 2.82 oz and 0.32 oz packages with UPC 63633010041. If you purchased these treats, please stop feeding them immediately and return them to place of purchase for a refund.

For further information about the recall please call (888) 249-6755 from Monday – Friday 9am – 5PM EST.

Questions about Salmonella or safe treats for dogs and cats? Call or contact us online!

 

RECALL: Barkworthies Chicken Vittles Dog Chews

RECALL: Barkworthies Chicken Vittles Dog Chews

RECALL: Barkworthies Chicken Vittles Dog Chews

Barkworthies of Richmond, VA is recalling select lots of Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews because they have 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.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on May 6th, 2014. The product can be identified by the Lot Code printed on the side of the plastic pouch. This product is being recalled as it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled product can be identified as follows:

BARKWORTHIES CHICKEN VITTLES

Lot Code: 1254T1
Size: 16 oz. Plastic Pouch
Best Used by Date: May 2016
UPC: 816807011510

To obtain a refund, return unused product to the place of purchase, accompanied by this Refund Claim Form.

Questions about Salmonella or safe treats for dogs? Call or contact us online us!

RECALL: PetSmart Simply Nourish dog treats

RECALLED: Simply Nourish Beef & Sweet Potato Treats

RECALLED: Simply Nourish Beef & Sweet Potato Treats

PetSmart and Loving Pets Corporation have announced a recall of 1 variety of Simply Nourish Brand dog treats due to potential mold growth.

The affected product (see image) is Simply Nourish Biscotti with Beef & Sweet Potatoes Dog Treats, with an expiration date of 2/16.

To receive a refund, return unused portions to any PetSmart store with a printout of this recall announcement.

If you have questions about the recall, contact Loving Pets Corporation at 1-866-599-7387. If you have questions about your pet’s health, please Call or contact us online.

#askbiggervet – September 11, 2014

In the first edition of #askbiggervet, we’re taking on how to dose flea, tick & heartworm preventionhow much to feed your cathow far is too far to run with your pup, and more!

What is the best way to give your pet a flea/heartworm pill?
Mike asked:

“What is the best way to give your pet a flea/heartworm pill?”

Good question Mike. We know how hard this can be! Most of these pills need to be given with food, so use that in your favor. Offer them their pill in a delicious treat, right before their meal, so they are hungry and eager to eat.

If the traditional pill pocket style treat doesn’t work we suggest hiding the pill in a bit of bread, cheese, peanut butter, or even a marshmallow! You can try cutting the pill in half or quarters and giving it in smaller bites if need be. You might try offering a treat without the pill first as a “decoy”.

If this still doesn’t work or your pet has dietary restrictions ask your veterinarian for other options.

How do you know how much to feed your cat a day?

Jenice asked:

“How do you know how much to feed your cat a day?”

Another great question. While you can certainly start with the recommendations on the bag or cans, many cats have other needs to consider.

We customize feeding plans that take into account your pet’s current weight, ideal weight, age, lifestyle, and what you prefer to feed. That way we can meet both the needs of you and your cat!

We can send you a custom feeding plan today – it’s free – or we can put one together at your next visit.

Does filtered water help with bladder crystals?

Deborah asked:

“My cat get crystals in his bladder, he is on CD Hill’s Prescription Diet Urinary Tract Health food. I have been told from a friend that the crystals form due to calcium in faucet water. Is this true and if so what water is best for him? Would a pur water filter hooked up to my faucet be something that would take out the calcium?”

Deborah, while a water filter certainly won’t hurt, we don’t have any studies telling us it makes a difference in these cases. What we do have is lots of science behind how the prescription diets prevent cats from forming crystals.

However, because we want cats that form crystals to drink more water, our best suggestion is to offer the water he thinks tastes best! We find that many cats prefer a recirculating water fountain and recommend that owners try this to get their cats to drink more.

How far can my puppy run with me?

Jodi asked:

“Is 2 miles too long of a distance to jog with my 8 mos pit/lab mix puppy? She tolerates it well then still has energy to play at home, but I don’t want to harm her bones/growth?”

This is a really good question Jodi and we’re so happy that you’re including your sweet pup in your exercise routine!

When exercising outdoors with your dog you want to consider the same factors you would if you were exercising alone: temperature, hydration, paying attention to your body, and working up longer distances slowly.

The one additional thing you need to think about is the ground. Dogs can burn their paw pads on hot pavement, and if they aren’t used to running outside their pads may be tender and will need to toughen over time. Keep walks short or stick to the grass if the pavement is hot or they’re new at outdoor exercise.

You want to make sure they have the fitness and strength to handle the exercise. Most importantly, have fun and don’t forget to bring a baggie for potty break cleanups!

More #askbiggervet
  • #askbiggervet – October 15, 2014 (10/15/2014) - This edition of #askbiggervet is all about senior pets! Get answers to your questions about abnormal breathing, spaying older female dogs, and dental care for seniors!
  • #askbiggervet – September 24, 2014 (9/21/2014) - In this edition of #askbiggervet, we tackle itching, picky eaters and the importance of year-round heartworm prevention!
  • #askbiggervet – September 11, 2014 (9/11/2014) - In the first edition of #askbiggervet, we're taking on how to dose flea, tick & heartworm prevention, how much to feed your cat, how far is too far to run with your pup, and more!

RECALL EXPANDED to Ohio: Pedigree Dry Dog Food

 

Mars Petcare has expanded their recall of Pedigree dry dog food

Mars Petcare has expanded their recall of Pedigree dry dog food

As we reported last week, Mars Petcare recalled specific bags of Pedigree Adult dry dog food, sold at Dollar General stores in other states.

Mars has now expanded the recall to include 55lb. bags of food sold at Sam’s Club stores in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. The food is being recalled because the bags potentially contain foreign material – small, metal fragments – that could be harmful if ingested.

Added to the recall are 55 lb. bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition, with lot code 432E1KKM03 and a best-by date of 8/7/15. Food should be returned to the retailer for a refund.

Mars Petcare can be reached at 1-800-305-5206.

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Further reading: PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition Limited Recall Due to Metal Fragments (FDA.gov)

RECALL: Pedigree dry dog food – Ohio pet owners not affected

Mars Petcare has recalled 22 bags of Pedigree dry dog food

Mars Petcare has recalled 22 bags of Pedigree dry dog food

Mars Petcare has announced a recall of Pedigree dry dog food, affecting 22 bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food. The food was sold in Dollar General stores in 4 states, and Ohio pet owners are not impacted by the recall.

The bags are being recalled due to the possibility that they contain small metal fragments. The foreign material is not in the kibble itself, but could be hazardous if accidentally ingested.

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Further reading:

Bigger Road patients benefit from underwater treadmill

Underwater treadmill is gaining popularity for rehabilitation purposes, as well as for general fitness. We wanted to share videos of two of our patients, Maggie and Kylie, who have benefited from this therapy!

We refer clients to Carmen Kolz’s Canine Underwater Treadmill for treatment. When our Springboro location expands in early 2015, we will be able to offer this therapy to patients directly!

Maggie Burke


Maggie, a patient of Dr. Conan Crocker, had anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery in 2009 and 2010.  The underwater treadmill has allowed Maggie to maintain strength and mobility, and control her weight through low-impact exercise.

Kylie Richards


Kylie sees Dr. Crocker for a bilateral cruciate ligament rupture. Kylie began underwater treadmill therapy in June, 2014, with the goals of improved strength and mobility. While she may need surgery in the future, Kylie’s owners have noted a marked improvement since beginning treadmill therapy.
Please Call or contact us online to find out if underwater treadmill therapy can benefit your pet!

Feeding guidelines for pet weight management

Customized feeding plan

A feeding plan customized for your pet helps ensure weight loss success

If you have tried to help your pet lose weight in the past without success, you know it is not as easy as it appears. Pet weight loss is rarely so simple as switching to a weight management diet.

We know there are many important considerations for successful weight management, and we are here to help! The nutrition tools we provide to clients give a feeding plan tailored to each pet’s specific needs, to help ensure successful weight loss and maintenance. Ask about it at your next appointment!

Questions? Call or contact us online anytime!

All diets are different!

There is no standard nutritional profile for foods labeled “Light,” “Weight Management,” or “Healthy Weight.” These diets are all over the map in terms of calorie, fat, and protein content.

Some diets labeled for weight management have drastically reduced calories, while others actually have higher caloric density than most regular diets! 

Some diets labeled for weight management have drastically reduced calories, while others actually have higher caloric density than most regular diets!

It is easy to under- or over-feed if you are not familiar with the diet you are using and your pet’s individual energy requirements.

Another consideration: when your pet’s caloric intake is reduced in order to promote weight management, protein and nutrient intake is reduced accordingly. Some diets, particularly those not formulated for weight management, may not provide your pet with sufficient protein and other nutrients to support good health.

If your pet requires significant calorie reduction, special care must be taken to select a diet that will still provide sufficient protein and other nutrients. We can help with this! Please Call or contact us online.

All pets are different!

Your pet’s energy requirements are not the same as every other pet with the same body weight! Medical conditions, body condition, and predisposition to obesity vary among pets, and this can have a significant impact on the degree of calorie reduction your pet requires in order to lose weight, or to maintain a healthy weight.

If you are struggling with managing your pet’s weight, a thorough examination by your veterinarian can help. Regular laboratory testing will also uncover medical conditions that affect weight and may require a different approach to weight management.

Watch those treats!

Most commercial treats are high in calories, are meant only for occasional feeding, and are not appropriate for weight management…

Many people are shocked when they learn how many calories their pet takes in each day from treats alone. Most commercial treats are high in calories, are meant only for occasional feeding, and are not appropriate for weight management in the quantity a pet typically receives.

Consider replacing your pet’s regular treats with training-style treats, many of which are low in calories (3-5 kcals per treat) but have a potent scent and flavor.

Some of the healthy human foods you eat also make great low-cal pet treats. Carrots, green beans, blueberries, and many other fruits and vegetables are highly palatable to pets and add minimal calories to the diet. Learn about these super “people” foods for pets!

Super "people" foods for pets

Learn about super “people” foods for pets!

(Note: Avoid avocados, grapes, raisins, fruits and vegetables with seeds or pits, or anything else not specifically listed as pet-friendly. Call or contact us online anytime with questions about human foods for your pets.)

Shut the door!

If you are a multiple-pet family… it is essential that pets be fed separately.

If you are a multiple-pet family, helping one pet to lose weight becomes even more challenging. However, it is essential that pets be fed separately. A pet with free access to other pets’ food or treats will not lose weight.

Putting it all together

Bigger Road has developed a comprehensive set of nutrition tools to help our clients and patients manage weight successfully. A solid weight management plan that supports your pet’s best overall health will be highly individualized. It is also important to monitor changes in your pet’s weight and body condition, and adjust the plan accordingly.

That’s why we encourage you to discuss concerns about your pet’s weight with your veterinarian, and talk to us regularly about your pet’s progress. Call or contact us online any time. We are here to help!

Hill’s recalls 62 bags of dog food – Ohio pet owners not affected

Hill’s reports that the product was distributed only to California, Nevada, and Hawaii.

 On June 2nd, 2014, Hill’s announced a recall of 62 bags of Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed dog food, in 15.5 lb. bags.

The food was recalled because of potential salmonella contamination. Hill’s reports that the product was distributed only to California, Nevada, and Hawaii, and that Hill’s has already contacted everyone who was affected.

Hill's dog food recall

Hill’s has recalled 62 bags of Adult Small & Toy Breed dog food

For more information, please see this Hill’s press release about the recall.

Questions about your pet’s food? Call or contact us online anytime!

Bigger Road is at SICSA’s Lift Your Leg!

Make sure to stop by Bigger Road’s booth at Lift Your Leg Run/Walk for Strays, on Saturday, June 7th, 2014! We will be promoting our Healthy Pet Project, a program exclusively for Bigger Road clients that includes nutrition and fitness counseling from certified counselors.

About Lift Your Leg

SICSA's Lift Your Leg

Lift Your Leg – June 7, 2014

SICSA’s Lift Your Leg Run and Walk for Strays helps thousands of animals annually by raising critical funding for their care and adoption. Each year, over 700 people join together and raise money, run and walk in support of companion animals. Participants can choose between the 10K, 5K, and a fun 1-mile course.

Learn more about Lift Your Leg!

About Bigger Road and the Healthy Pet Project

Since 1976, Bigger Road Veterinary Clinic has provided care for pets and their parents in

Healthy Pet Project

The Healthy Pet Project is exclusively for Bigger Road Clients

Kettering, OH. In 2009, we opened a second location in Springboro, allowing us to help even more pets in the Dayton area.

Bigger Road’s mission is the help pets live the longest, healthiest, happiest lives possible. We know that this is best achieved through whole life care – not just quality medical care, but also attending to a pet’s nutrition, behavior, and lifestyle needs.

The Healthy Pet Project was designed to provide this whole life care and strengthen the bond between people and their pets. Certified coaches work with clients and their pets to develop a solid nutrition plan and a schedule of activities to improve or maintain overall fitness. Fun group activities bring clients and pets together to share their successes and stay motivated.

Along with regular preventive care, the guidance provided by our coaches helps ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy. We are happy to answer questions about the Healthy Pet Project by e-mail (nutrition@biggervet.com) or on our web site (http://www.biggervet.com/), or call us anytime at (937) 435-3262.

A novel idea: about novel protein and grain-free foods

You may have read about novel protein foods… You may also have been introduced to them as “limited ingredient” or “hypoallergenic” diets.

You may have read about novel protein foods online, heard about them at the pet store, or even been recommended one in the clinic. (You may also have been introduced to them as “limited ingredient” or “hypoallergenic” diets.)

What exactly is a “novel protein” food, and why are novel protein and/or grain-free diets recommended for some pets? Read on for the answers.

Allergies vs. food sensitivities

Some pets experience skin or gastrointestinal issues with certain pet foods. In the case of allergies, the pet’s immune system mistakes a food ingredient for something harmful and reacts against it. The most common result is skin issues: rashes, excessive itching, scratching or licking, and hot spots.

Iams Vet Formula novel protein

Novel protein diets can resolve skin & coat issues as well as gastrointestinal symptoms in some pets

Of course, not all skin issues are caused by food allergies! Your vet can help you determine the cause of your pet’s skin issues and develop a treatment plan.

Food sensitivities or intolerances are the inability of the pet’s digestive system to digest the food. This may be due to particular ingredients in the food, the quality of those ingredients, or the way the food is processed. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, vomiting, and diarrhea are common with food sensitivities.

Again, food sensitivities are not the only cause of gastrointestinal issues. Your pet’s doctor can help you get to the bottom of tummy troubles.

Diet solutions

Although allergies and food sensitivities have different causes and symptoms, many hypoallergenic diets are designed to provide relief from both.

There is no set definition of a “novel protein,” but the less common its use in pet foods, the more preferred. Venison, duck, kangaroo, and rabbit are examples of novel protein sources.

For suspected allergies or sensitivities, it is not always known which specific ingredient or ingredients trigger the reaction. Often the first step is to try a diet that excludes the most common pet food ingredients.

This is where grain-free and novel protein diets come in. A novel protein is a protein source (typically from an animal, but not always) that is not commonly found in pet foods, and ideally that your pet has never been exposed to before.

There is no set definition of a “novel protein,” but the less common its use in pet foods, the more preferred. Venison, duck, kangaroo, and rabbit are examples of novel protein sources. Some ingredients like lamb, which used to be uncommon in pet foods but are now very common, may not be as effective in treating food allergies or sensitivities.

Limited ingredient diets

Not all diets with novel proteins are suitable for treating allergies or food sensitivities. 

Not all diets with novel proteins are suitable for treating allergies or food sensitivities. It is important that the food have only novel protein sources – and ideally, only one. For example, a food that is advertised as “Duck formula,” but that also contains chicken, may not be appropriate.

Many novel protein diets are also grain-free and/or use a single carbohydrate source, to further restrict the ingredient list and increase the likelihood of success with the food. Some novel protein or grain-free diets are also formulated for easier digestion.

Therapeutic diets

Although many pets will see good results with over-the-counter limited ingredient diets, there are therapeutic (prescription) diets that can provide more immediate or complete relief from symptoms.

Therapeutic diets offer the most restriction of ingredients and are often used when trying to determine the type of allergy. This often starts with a trial phase, where the food is most restricted, before ingredients can be added back in as tolerated.

Many veterinary diets are also processed differently than over-the-counter foods. They contain hydrolyzed proteins that bypass the allergic or gastrointestinal response that a pet would normally have to the food.

Your pet’s doctor can help you decide if a therapeutic diet is appropriate for your pet.

So what food should you buy?

We can provide you with a list of appropriate foods for your pet, with information about ingredients, price, where to buy, and even what the package looks like.

We are happy to recommend novel protein and limited ingredient foods for clients. We can provide you with a list of appropriate foods for your pet, with information about ingredients, price, where to buy, and even what the package looks like. Ask about it at your next appointment!

Questions about nutrition? Call or e-mail (nutrition@biggervet.com) anytime!

It’s allergy season! We can help with pet allergies.

Those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies are certainly feeling them right now! Our pets can also suffer from environmental, food, and contact allergies. Excessive scratching, licking, or hot spots are all signs to watch out for, but isolating and treating allergies in your pet is very difficult to do on your own.

PetsMatterDuring your visit, make sure you tell us about any  unusual behavior or symptoms, so we can identify the problem and help your pet feel better. Call or contact us online anytime with questions or concerns.

Also check out this article from PetsMatter for more information on pet allergies.

P&G announces sale of Iams pet food business

Iams Veterinary FormulasYou may have already seen the news: Procter & Gamble has announced the sale of Iams, Eukanuba, and other pet food brands to Mars, Inc. (Mars currently owns Royal Canin, Nutro, and numerous other pet food brands.)

What does the Iams sale mean for you and your pet?

For now, nothing is changing, so don’t worry! We will be in frequent communication with both P&G and Mars…

If you currently feed a P&G or Mars brand (including the Iams Veterinary Diets and Royal Canin Veterinary Diets carried at Bigger Road) you may be wondering how this will affect you.

For now, nothing is changing, so don’t worry! We will be in frequent communication with both Procter & Gamble and Mars, and will reach out to clients with any new information as we receive it.

Questions about your pet’s diet? Call or contact us online!

Further reading: P&G sells Iams, Eukanuba, Natura for $2.9B

Simplify your pet’s nutrition!

We get it: pet nutrition is confusing! Did you know that Bigger Road offers exclusive nutritional tools for clients that make it simple? Read all about it here, and ask us at your next appointment!

Feeding Plans

Customized feeding plan

Customized feeding plan

If your pet needs to slim down a bit, is an overweight-prone breed, or you are just confused by your pet food labels, you will love our customized Feeding Plans.

This is a guide made just for you and your pet – his weight, his goals, and the food and treats he likes. You will know how much to feed and how much to treat, without scrutinizing food labels.

Post it on the fridge and everyone in the house will know exactly what to do to keep your pet on track!

Food Recommendations

Not sure what you should be feeding? The hundreds of choices at the pet store certainly

Customized food recommendations

Customized food recommendations

don’t make it easy, but we have you covered. Based on your pet’s needs and your preferences, we can provide you with a list of recommended foods. We tell you:

  • Where to find them
  • How much you’ll pay
  • What the packages look like
  • Why they’re good choices for your pet

Don’t go into the maze of food aisles at the pet store without a map!

We’re here to help!

Questions about pet nutrition? Call or e-mail us (nutrition@biggervet.com) today!

Alert: Jerky Treats for Pets

In January 2014, two brands of jerky treats for pets that had previously been withdrawn from sale were reintroduced. This renewed concerns among pet owners and veterinarians about commercial jerky treats.

There are still many unanswered questions about commercial jerky treats for pets. Until more is known, Bigger Road advises pet owners to find alternative treats for rewarding their furry friends.

The brands, Canyon Creek Ranch (owned by Nestle Purina) and Milo’s Kitchen (owned by Del Monte Foods Corp.), were voluntarily withdrawn, after independent testing found trace amounts of unapproved antibiotics in the jerky products.

Although believed to be unrelated to reports of adverse health effects associated with commercial jerky treats, the antibiotics are not approved for use in the United States.

Reports of pet illness and death associated with commercial jerky treats have seen circulating since 2007 – mostly, but not exclusively, attached to products manufactured in China.

To date, a causal link between jerky treats and reports of illness has not been established, and ongoing independent product testing has not identified any contaminants in the products that would cause the reported symptoms. Product withdrawals due to unapproved antibiotics or possible salmonella contamination are not believed to be responsible for the symptoms being reported.

There are still many unanswered questions about commercial jerky treats for pets. Until more is known, Bigger Road advises pet owners use alternative treats to reward their furry friends.

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