Dietary Supplement for Dogs is Recalled

On April 12, 2010 Response Products, Broken Bow, NE voluntarily recalled the product Cetyl M for Dogs due to a possible Salmonella contamination.  The possible contamination is from the hydrolyzed vegetable protein component provided by Basic Foods of Las Vegas, NV.   The FDA and Basic Foods of Las Vegas had detected Salmonella in Basic Food’s facility and had issued a recall on the vegetable beef flavoring, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, which are components of Cetyl M for Dogs.  Response Products has recalled all products that came from lot numbers 1210903 and 0128010 which can be found directly above the bar code on the label for Cetyl M for Dogs.  The believed to be affected Cetyl M for Dogs was distributed nation-wide in either 120 count bottles (shipped between 1/8/2010 -4/2/2010) or a 360 count bottle (shipped between 2/11/2010-4/2/2010).

Pets and people can be infected with Salmonella.  People who come in contact with the dry pet food or treats can get infected especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after handling.    If infected, the person would have some of the following symptoms; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever, and sometimes more severe symptoms.  If pets become infected they can become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting.  Some pets could experience decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.  Some pets can even be carriers while showing no symptoms and can infect other animals or humans.  If a person or pet is experiencing some of the above mentioned symptoms after handling the Cetyl M for Dogs, they should contact their physician or veterinarian.  Consumers may contact Response Products at 1-877-266-9757 with questions or concerns.

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.

FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Launches Twitter Account

The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) announced the opening of their Animal Health Twitter account. The CVM hopes to connect and keep in touch with interested parties through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to simple questions relating to  the CVM and animal health. The CVM Twitter account can be viewed at: http://twitter.com/FDAanimalhealth

Virbac Sponsors Pet Dental Health Campaign

As part of National Pet Dental Health Month, Virbac Animal Health launched “Clean Every Tooth Pet Home Dental Care” campaign to help educate owners about the importance of making their pet’s dental health part of a daily routine.  The campaign provides information and educational materials at CETdental.com is designed to support the annual National Pet Dental Health Month in February. With CET (Clean Every Tooth), Virbac hopes the prevention of dental disease will become as natural to pet owners as vaccinations and heartworm prevention.  Virbac supports a variety of pet home dental health programs with products like CETChews, Aquadent Drinking Water Additive, and brushing kits. National Pet Dental Health Month is sponsored by a number of commercial and industry organizations including Hill’s Pet Nutrition, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Dental Society.