Nature’s Variety Pet Food Recall

Nature’s Variety has recently recalled all of their raw frozen chicken products with “Best if used by” date on or before 2/5/2011.  This voluntary recall was made out of concern for Salmonella contamination.  The products included in this recall are as follows:

* Chicken Formula 3 lb medallions

* Chicken Formula 6 lb patties

* Chicken Formula 2 lb single chubs

* Chicken Formula 12 lb retail display case of chubs

* Organic Chicken Formula 3 lb medallions

* Organic Chicken Formula 6 lb patties

If you have purchased an affected product, you can return the unopened package to your local retail store.  If your package has been opened, discard it and bring your receipt back for a full refund or exchange for another variety.  Nature’s Variety now utilizes a new test and hold protocol to ensure all high pressure pasteurized raw frozen diets are not harmful.  Nature’s Variety is a small, independent pet food company that provides natural health solutions for your cat or dog through raw frozen diets.

Fleas Not Resistant to Leading Treatments

Some users of popular once-a-month flea control treatments question if fleas are developng a resistance to the treatments after seeing fleas persist on their pets.  Veterinarians are put in a difficult spot trying to decide whether there is actually a resistance or if it is due to improper application or the environment.  More often than not, the Veterinarian prescribes a new spot-on and the issue continues.  In a recent article in Veterinary Practice News, Michael Dryden, DVM, Ph.D., a professor of veterinary parasitology in Kansas State University’s Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology says, “I have investigated homes that by owner description sound like there could be a resistance problem but found, when I looked closer, there was always a reason for the failure.  None was ever resistance.”  Veterinarians need to take the time to educate clients about what to expect from these medications and how to properly use it.

“Sometimes clients are simply mistaken about their compliance.  One client swore she was doing everything as instructed, but when we asked her to come to the clinic to demonstrate her application technique, we found that she hadn’t opened the pipette.”   As seen by Jay Stewart, DVM, of the Companion Animal Parasite Council and the owner of Aumsville Animal Clinic in Aumsville, Oregon.  It is important to pay close attention to the results of spot-on insecticides in order to determine if ever a resistance does occur.  There are more than 400 North American flea species that can carry a plethora of diseases for pets and humans.  The leading topical flea treatments include Frontline Plus, Advantage, and K9 Advantix.

AAFP and AAHA Team Up on Cat Wellness Guidelines

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2007 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, while more cats than dogs are owned as pets, cats receive significantly less veterinary care.  Studies have shown there is an inability to recognize signs of illness or injury by cat owners and that an underlying concern of stress to the cat and its owner are deterrents to veterinary visits.  Cats don’t like going to the vet and so their owners take them less. The American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Animal Hospital Association have teamed up in an effort to promote appropriate wellness care for cats by setting Cat Wellness Guidelines for pet owners.  The guidelines are available at CatVets.com and AAHAnet.org.