March 15th is Petfinder’s Adopt the Internet Day

March 15, 2011

 

Petfinder Adopt-the-Internet Day

Help Petfinder Adopt the Internet! 

What It’s All About
In honor of our 15th birthday, Petfinder is asking people everywhere to pledge to spread the word online about adoptable pets today, March 15, 2011.

For starters, post a link and/or photo  here on Itchmo Forums Blog or on your blog/site/facebook/twitter to an adoptable pet from your local shelter or Petfinder.

Go to link for more information.

http://www.petfinder.com/info/adopt-the-internet?utm_source=adopt-the-internet&utm_medium=adopt-the-internet&utm_campaign=adopt-the-internet


4 years: Is pet food any safer than it was in 2007?

March 13, 2011

Four year anniversary 0f Melamine Pet Food Recalls 2007-2011

http://tinyurl.com/4YearPetFoodRecallAniv


Wellness Canned Cat Food Recall/Some Lots With Inadequate Thiamine Levels

March 1, 2011

Recall — Firm Press Release

 

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

 

Wellpet LLC Voluntarily Recalls Certain Lots Of Canned Cat Food

 

Contact:
Media:
Claire Burke
Hunter PR
212-679-6600

Consumer:
877-227-9587
www.wellnesspetfood.com 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 28, 2011 – WellPet LLC announced today it has voluntarily recalled certain lots of Wellness® canned cat food.

While recent laboratory testing found that most lots of Wellness canned cat food that were tested contain sufficient amounts of thiamine (also known as Vitamin B1), some of the lots listed below might contain less than adequate levels of thiamine. However, out of an abundance of caution, WellPet has decided to recall all of the lots listed below.

Cats fed only the affected lots for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurologic signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. If your cat has consumed the recalled lots and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:

Wellness Canned Cat Food (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13;

Wellness Canned Cat Food Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with 10NOV13 or 17NOV13 best buy dates.

Consumers who still have cans of cat food from these lots should stop feeding them to their cats and call us at (877) 227-9587 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm Eastern Time. Consumers with further questions should visit our website at www.wellnesspetfood.com2 or call us at this same number.

WellPet discovered the lower thiamine levels during independent testing conducted together with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to a single, isolated consumer complaint received by the FDA. Although WellPet has received no other reports concerning thiamine in its products, WellPet has taken additional steps with the manufacturer to ensure that this does not happen again.

“As a pet parent myself, I’m concerned for the health and welfare of all pets, and as a company we are committed to delivering the most nutritious natural pet food,” said Tim Callahan, chief executive officer of WellPet, the maker of Wellness products. “Even though the chance of a cat developing a thiamine deficiency is extremely remote, we are voluntarily recalling all of these lots of our canned cat food as an extra precaution.”

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Photo: Product Labels5

Recalled Product Photos Are Also Available on FDA’s Flickr Photostream.6

 Discussion at Itchmo Forums http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/wellness-canned-cat-food-recall-t12641.0.html;msg194364#msg194364


Help For Pets In Need

December 23, 2010

 

About a year ago, we started a special section at Itchmo Forums called Pets In Need. We had some lists with where to get help with pet food and vet care, but it was in December of last year that we created a place where this information could be found according to state (US). The Pets In Need section continued to grow, with information like how to get a pet wheelchair free, how to save on prescription medications, and so on. We got curious about how many people had visited us for that information in a year’s time. The count was 161,672 when we checked it December 22. This just includes those looking for either food or vet information in the US and Canada. To all those who visited us, we hope you were able to find the help you needed; we will continue adding to our Pets In Need section whenever new sources of help are available.

Author: Menusux

Thank you, Menusux, for all your hard work and dedication to helping Pets In Need.

http://itchmoforums.com/help-for-pets-in-need-b91.0/


Kroger Announces Pet Food Recall, November 17, 2010

December 18, 2010

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/kroger-recalls-catdog-food-aflatoxin-t12353.0.html;msg189665#msg189665

Kroger has announced recall of certain cat, kitten, and dog  foods —

From the Kroger site:

“Reason: The products may be contaminated with aflatoxin which can cause serious illness and even death to pets if consumed.”

http://www.kroger.com/services/Pages/recall_information.aspx

PET PRIDE CAT FOOD, 18 LB , PET PRIDE TASTY BLEND POULTRY &SEAFOOD CAT FOOD, 3.5 LB , PET PRIDE CAT FOOD, 3.5 LB , PET PRIDE KITTEN FORMULA FOOD, 3.5 LB , KROGER VALUE CAT FOOD, 3 LB  , KROGER VALUE CHUNK DOG FOOD, 50 LB , OLD YELLER CHUNK DOG FOOD, 50 LB , PET PRIDE TASTY BLEND POULTRY &SEAFOOD, 18 LB , KROGER VALUE CHUNK DOG FOOD, 15 LB , OLD YELLER CHUNK DOG FOOD, 22 LB 

Also, see for further details on stores, states, and product dates.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/kroger-recalls-pet-foods-due-to-possible-health-risk-112125284.html


Blue Buffalo Issues Dog Food Recall

October 8, 2010

Blue Buffalo has issued a recall of several lots and flavors of dog food, due to excessive vitamin D that caused illness in at least sixteen dogs.

FDA recall notice:
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm228986.htm&gt

Link to MSU study that uncovered the problem:
http://animalhealth.msu.edu/Misc/WEBCD.GEN.REF.026.pdf

What Blue Buffalo has to say:
http://bluebuffalo.com/news/vitamin-d-voluntary-recall.shtml

Kudos to the concerned vets who submitted the dogs’ blood samples to MSU, and to MSU for figuring out the problem!

Symptoms of vitamin D toxicity in dogs include increased thirst, increased urination, loss of appetite, weight loss, and higher than normal levels of nitrogen-containing compounds, such as BUN, in the blood. If your dog has been eating Blue Buffalo foods on the recall list, please see your vet.


Merrick Recalls ALL Lots of Beef Squares/Hold Ems-Salmonella

August 13, 2010

 

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/merrick-recalls-all-lots-of-beef-squareshold-emssalmonella-t11674.0.html