April 28, 2017

Party Animal Recalls Dog Food for Pentobarbital

Another dog food is being recalled because of the potential presence of pentobarbital, an euthanasia drug. Party Animal is recalling some cans of their Cocolicious Beef & Turkey and Chicken & Beef dog food. A retailer in Texas told the company that their customer had presented samples of our 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019) and 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best by August 2019) to a testing lab, and that the results had tested positive for pentobarbital. The company tracked the lot numbers of those products and are recalling them. The company is having the products tested separately by an accredited independent laboratory and will get the results in 7 to 10 days. They … [Read more...]

FDA Alerts Pet Owners about Hyperthyroidism

The FDA is warning pet owners and veterinarians to the potential for hypothyroidism in their pets because some pet food and treats are made with livestock gullets that contain thyroid tissue and hormones. While hyperthyroidism is more common in cats, in dogs it is rare and is usually triggered by thyroid cancer. The symptoms of hyperthyroidism include excessive thirst and urination, weight loss, increased appetite, restlessness, hyperactivity, elevated heart rate, rapid and/or labored breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea. Continued exposure to excess thyroid hormones in these pet foods can cause damage to the heart and in some cases, death. The Center for Veterinary Medicine recently investigated cases of three dogs in different households that showed signs of this disease. Testing … [Read more...]

Barnsdale Farms Pig Ears Recalled for Salmonella

EuroCan Marketing is recalling one lot of Barnsdale Farms®, HoundsTooth®, and Mac's Choice® Pig Ears for pets because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This pathogenic bacteria can affect animals eating these products and can sicken people who handle the ears. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product. The recalled product is individually shrink-wrapped, 6-pack, 12-pack, and 25-pack bags of  Barnsdale Farms®, HoundsTooth®, and Mac's Choice® Pig Ears. They were sold throughout the United States and Canada. The lot number of the recalled product is 84. The potential for Salmonella contamination was noted after routine testing revealed the presence of the bacteria in the product. The company has suspended distribution while the FDA and the … [Read more...]

Wellpet Recalls Canned Topper for Dogs for Elevated Hormone

Wellpet is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of one canned topper dog food product because it may have elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone. WellPet has received no reports of any problems, but the FDA told WellPet three dogs have been affected. The recalled products are Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs in 13.2 ounce cans, with best by dates of 02 FEB 19, 29 AUG 19 and 30 AUG 19, located on the bottom of the can. Elevated levels of this hormone may affect a dog’s metabolism and can be associated with anxiousness, increased thirst, increased urinary output and weight loss. But with prolonged consumption, these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing. Symptoms should end when your pet is no … [Read more...]

Evanger’s Pet Food Recall Expands, Includes Another Product

The FDA has posted a notice on its page about the recalled Evanger's and Against the Grain canned dog foods, stating that on February 27, 2017, the FDA became aware that Evanger's Dog and Cat Food was notifying its distributors and retailers of a new product recall, and expanding the previous recall for Evanger's and Against the Grain products.   The products are potentially contaminated with pentobarbital, a drug used to euthanize animals. The FDA was unable to determine from records whether any other products were made from the beef in the recalled products. There were "significant concerns with conditions" at the Wheeling, Illinois and Markham, Illinois plants during an FDA inspection. The new recall is for Evanger's Braised Beef Chunks with Gravy. The previous recall … [Read more...]

FDA Tells Pet Owners Not to Feed Two Dog Foods

The FDA is advising pet owners not to feed their pets certain lots of Evander's Hunk of Beef or Against the Grain Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy canned dog foods after unopened cans from both brands were found to contain pentobarbital, a barbiturate. This drug is used in animal euthanasia. It should not be in pet food. The FDA was not able to determine from records whether any other Evanger's or Against the Grain products made with beef contained any of the beef used in the recalled products. In addition, the FDA inspected manufacturing facilities on February 14, 2017 and found "numerous significant concerns with conditions" at the company's Wheeling, Illinois and Markham, Illinois plants. The advisory states that "these are initial observations and do not represent a final … [Read more...]

Against the Grain Dog Food Recalled for Pentobarbital

Earlier this month we told you about a recall of dog food that was potentially contaminated with Penobarbital, which is used as a sedative and euthanasia drug. Now, another dog food is being recalled for the same issue. Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs. The product was manufactured and distributed in 2015, but the use by date is December 2019. Consumers may have this product in their homes. Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner, inability to stand, and coma. No pet illnesses have been reported to the company to date. The recalled product is Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs … [Read more...]

Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food Recalled for Metal Pieces

PetSmart is voluntarily recalling one production lot of its Grreat Choice® Adult Dog Food sold on PetSmart.com, Pet360.com, PetFoodDirect.com and in PetSmart retail stores nationwide. The product may be contaminated with metal pieces that could present a choking hazard to pets. No injuries have been reported to date. The recall was initiated after the manufacturer of the food received consumer complaints. PetSmart has not received any consumer complaints about this issue. The recalled product was sold between October 10, 2016 and February 7, 2017. It is Great Choice Adult Dog Food with Chicken & Rice Classic Ground, in 13.2 ounce cans. The UPC number is 7-3725726116-7 and the best by date is 8/5/19. The lot number is 1759338. If you purchased this product, do not feed it to your … [Read more...]

Evanger’s Recalls Dog Food for Pentobarbital

Evanger's Dog & Cat Food of Illinois is voluntarily recalling some lots of its Hunk of Beef product because it may be contamianted with Pentobarbital. The drug was found in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus. Pentobarbital is a barbiturate and is used as a sedative. It can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, and death. Five dogs have been sickened after eating this product, and one dog died after consuming the food with lot number 1816E06HB13. The lot numbers of the recalled product start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label. Five lots of food were produced from the company's supplier's lot of … [Read more...]

Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Frozen Pet Food for Listeria

Blue Ridge Beef is recalling one of its frozen pet food products because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Listeria can sick the animal eating the product and can sicken humans who come into contact with the product, or with a sick pet. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Turkey with bone for dogs, with lot number 103 mfd12716 and UPC number 854298001887. The product was sold at the retail level in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. What is strange is that the picture provided at the FDA website is for Beef pet food. We can only assume the Turkey with bone is in a similar package. If you purchased this product, do not feed it to your pet. Throw it away in a sealed or double … [Read more...]

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