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

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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


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.


3rd Anniversary 2007 Pet Food Recalls: Remembering the victims

March 16, 2010

 

http://bit.ly/ItchmoForumsPetFoodRecallMemorial

http://bit.ly/Twitter3rdAnniv2007PetFoodRecall-RememberingTheVictims


Update: FDA Alerts Pet Owners to Voluntary Recall of Premium Edge Cat Food

October 20, 2009

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm187218.htm
October 20, 2009

http://www.diamondpet.com/_includes/thumbnail.php?gd=2&src=../formula_images/th_1170385975.jpeg&maxw=95

FDA is providing the following information from Premium Edge Pet Foods to alert pet owners of a voluntary recall of certain cat foods manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods for Premium Edge. The affected brands were found to contain an inadequate level of thiamine, which may cause clinical signs of thiamine deficiency in cats eating this food. FDA is working on this situation and will provide additional information as it becomes available. If your veterinarian diagnoses that your cat has become ill from consuming the affected pet food, please ask your veterinarian to file a report with FDA.

Diamond Pet Foods has issued a voluntary recall on the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult cat food and Premium Edge Hairball cat food: RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb. The date of manufacture is May 28, 2009. All retail outlets shipped the above lots were contacted, asking them to pull the product from the store shelves. The retailers were also asked to contact their customers via email or telephone requesting them to check the date code of the food. However, if you or anyone you know has these date codes of Premium Edge cat food, please return them to your retailer.

Symptoms displayed by an affected cat will be neurological in nature. Symptoms may include wobbly walking or muscle weakness, paralysis of the hindlimbs, seizures, ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, and abnormal eye movement called nystagmus. Any cats fed these date codes that display these symptoms should be immediately taken to a veterinarian.

The company tested the product and found no contaminants in the cat food; however the cat foods were deficient in thiamine. Diamond tracked the vitamin premix lot number that was utilized in these particular cat foods and have performed testing on another lot of Premium Edge cat food that used the same vitamin premix, and it was not deficient in thiamine. No other neurological signs have been reported on any other product manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.

To contact Premium Edge Pet Foods, please call 800-977-8797 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm central time, Monday through Friday.

How to Report a Pet Food Complaint

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm
Contact Us
240-276-9300
240-276-9115 FAX
Issued by: FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine

Communications Staff, HFV-12
7519 Standish Place
Rockville, MD 20855


National Feral Cat Day, October 16

October 16, 2009

October 16th is recognized as National Feral Cat Day, a day set aside to help feral cats.

Most of us have probably caught a fleeting glimpse of a feral cat now and again, a feline shape just on the edge of darkness. Do we just ignore them and hurry on with our busy lives, or do we try to help them to survive?

Many, many volunteers do work behind the scenes on a daily basis to maintain feral cat colonies, seeing they are trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and returned to their living areas.  But that is only the beginning.  These volunteers also commit to seeing feral cats have food, water, and shelter from harsh weather on a daily basis.  That is quite a commitment.  TNR groups are unsung heroes in my mind, and deserve our gratitude not only on this day, but every day.

See Alley Cat Allies’ website for information on how you can help feral cats, their rescuers, and celebrate National Feral Cat Day.

http://www.alleycat.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=388

This page has links to activities in many states. See if your state is listed and how you can get involved.

NFCD Calendar of Events

http://www.alleycat.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=481


Premium Edge Cat Food Withdrawal/Possible Thiamine Deficient Premix

October 2, 2009

Rumors were swirling yesterday via Twitter regarding “possible” problems with a cat food called Premium Edge.  Those rumors reported that a Dr. Hubbard from Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital in Rochester, NY, was looking for any other vets who might be treating cats with neurological symptoms who had eaten certain lots/dates of Premium Edge Finky Adult and Hairball products.

http://stoneridgevethosp.com/  (585) 227-4990

Susan Thixton reports that she has contacted Diamond Pet Food (manufacturer of Premium Edge) and confirmed that certain lots are being withdrawn from retail outlets.

Please see Susan’s blog for further details, including affected date codes. 

http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/458/1/Premium-Edge-Cat-Food-Voluntary-Withdrawal/Page1.html

If you have been feeding your cats this the affected lots/dates of this product, please contact your vet, particularly if your cats are exhibiting decreased appetite followed by neurological symptoms.  Also, please contact your Dr. Hubbard and Diamond Pet Food.  http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/

Discussion in Itchmo Forums.   http://itchmoforums.com/your-problems-with-pet-food/premium-edge-cat-food-voluntary-recall-t9328.0.html;msg138589;topicseen#msg138589