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Feline’s Pride expands cat food recall

Feline’s Pride has extended an earlier recall of their Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due to Salmonella. Here’s the release that appears on the FDA website:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 15, 2010 – Buffalo, NY – Feline’s Pride is expanding its July 1, 2010 voluntary recall of Feline’s Pride Raw food with ground bone for cats and kittens, Natural Chicken Formula, Net Wt. 2.5 lbs. (1.13 kg., 40 oz.) produced on 6/10/10 to include the product produced on 6/21/10, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. People handling raw pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the raw pet food or any surfaces exposed to the product.

When consumed by humans, Salmonella can cause an infection, salmonellosis. The symptoms of salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, minimal diarrhea, fever, and headache. Certain vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems, are particularly susceptible to acquiring salmonellosis from such pet food products and may experience more severe symptoms.

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 product is packaged in uncoded plastic containers and sold frozen to private consumers nationwide. Once thawed, the pet food has a shelf life of about 1 week. The firm manufactures the pet food by an as-ordered basis. This expansion of the recall affects those orders placed and shipped from June 21 through June 26, 2010 (produced on 6/21/10).

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Consumers with questions should contact the company at (716) 580-3096, Monday -Friday from 10 am – 4 pm EDT.

The complete recall can be found on the FDA website: Feline’s Pride Expands Nationwide Recall of its Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due to Salmonella Contamination.

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Keep pets safe during the holidays

0121509petspNew York loves a party! And this time of the year seems to be a constant party in some ways – with all of the holiday decorations, the food, and constant coming & going of friends and family. In the midst of it all though, as pet owners, it’s our responsibility to keep our pets safe.

According to Holiday Dangers to Pets, an article provided by Pawprints and Purrs Inc., each year, thousands of pets are seriously injured and/or become ill during the holiday season.

Animals are drawn to music, twinkling lights, decorations and food, which may be hazardous to their health.

“We tend to enjoy lots of rich, fatty foods during the holidays,” said Army Capt. Marion A. Alston, officer in charge, Camp Pendleton Veterinary Treatment Facility.

Avoid feeding pets human food. There are many holiday goodies that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis, he said.

“Food with bone fragments is especially dangerous,” Alston said. “Bones that have sharp points can perforate the animal’s stomach or intestines and cause potentially fatal illness.  Even without sharp edges, bones can become lodged in the digestive tract and require surgical removal”

Along with keeping holidays treats out of reach of the furry family member, pet owners should heed caution to several holiday plants that can also be harmful to animals if nibbled or eaten.

Some of these plants include holly, mistletoe, lilies and pine, said Alston.

While decking the halls with boughs of holly and other holiday décor, there are some things to keep in mind that could help create a safe environment for the family companion.

Some simple guidelines as outlines by Americanhumane.org include placing candles on high shelves, putting tinsel, ribbon and garland out of reach and anchoring Christmas Trees to the ceiling with a string to prevent it from falling over.

Read the rest of Keeping pets safe for the holidays.

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Does your pet have health insurance?

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Health insurance for pets is becoming more mainstream. As this article in the Wall Street Journal reports, people are spending more money to keep their cats, dogs, and other pets healthy. Investing in pet health insurance can help offset the cost of illnesses as well as routine pet care.

The cost of medical care for pets is rising as fast as it is for humans, and that’s helping to spur sales of pet insurance.

Pet owners are able to choose from a rapidly growing array of policies, featuring everything from high-deductible designs to coverage of alternative-medicine treatments like acupuncture. Some pet policies focus on accidents and illness, while others include wellness checkups and shots. And some things that traditionally weren’t included in pet insurance, such as hereditary conditions, are now paid for under many plans.

Consumers need to be careful, since many pet policies can be as confusing as coverage you buy for yourself. Pet insurance often places strict limits on how much it will pay for particular procedures. And policies can have tricky designs that can leave consumers with big out-of-pocket bills for their animals. Premiums vary from around $10 a month to $75 a month, depending on factors including the richness of the plan, your location and your animal’s breed and age.

This year, pet owners are expected to spend around $12.2 billion for veterinary care, up from $11.1 billion last year and $8.2 billion five years ago, according to the American Pet Products Association. Complex procedures widely used for people, including chemotherapy and dialysis, are now available for pets, and the potential cost of treating certain illnesses has spiked as a result.

Read the rest of Polly Want an Insurance Policy? from the Wall Street Journal.

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Are guinea pigs the newest fad pet to own?

guinea-pigThanks to Disney’s new movie, G-Force, guinea pigs may be the next fad pet to own.

After the debut of popular movies including “Marley & Me” and “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”, public demand has skyrocketed for the movie’s pet stars. Then, sadly, after a few months, countless said “it” pets are surrendered to shelters because they don’t automatically act like the well-trained actors of the silver screen.

The new Disney movie “G-Force,” which opened last week, stars a squad of specially trained, computer-generated guinea pig spies. Some guinea pig rescue groups have already posted pleas to parents to “just say no” when their young children beg for a furry little rodent of their own. It’s a common misconception that guinea pigs make good starter pets; in reality they are simply too fragile for young children.

Read the rest of Guinea pigs: the next “it” pet? at SFGate.com

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