Kroger Co. Pet Food Recall

Kroger Co. has recalled certain packages of pet food due to a possible contamination of Aflatoxin.  Aflatoxin is a poisonous byproduct from the growth of fungus on common crops such as corn. Aflaxtoxin poisoning can cause liver damage and can be lethal. Symptoms of poisoning due to Aflatoxin include lethargy, loss of appetite, discoloration of eyes or gums, and diarrhea.  If your pet is experiencing these symptoms, contact their veterinarian immediately.

According to the FDA, the Kroger grocery store chain is recalling the following pet foods:

•Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128.

•Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071357.

•Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088152.

•Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074580.

•Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071903.

•Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074566.

•Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074563.

•Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000018.

•Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071559.

•Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code:1111000108.

Affected Kroger stores include those locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. For a full list of stores and pet foods affected by the recall, visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm237459.htm

Holiday Gifts for your Furry Family Members

Christmas is just around the corner and a new poll indicates that many canine and feline family members are likely to find something under the tree this year. The Associated Press recently conducted a poll that reported that approximately 53% of pet owners are planning to purchase something for their animals this holiday season. Spoiling your pet rotten over the holidays with the latest fashionable doggy sweater or crystal encrusted collar is certainly enjoyable, but purchasing a more beneficial gift this holiday is also something to consider.

Treats and toys are a great way to spoil and reward your pup this holiday season, but some have more benefits than others when it comes to the health of your pet. Retailers like vetdepot have a wide selection of products for your pet. There are a lot of treats available that are both tasty and contribute to the health of your pet’s teeth, coat, joints, or overall health. Greenies dental treats or CET Chews are both great choices for giving the gift of clean teeth and a yummy snack to your pet.

It’s also the time of year to remember those that are less fortunate, including our four-legged friends. Be thankful for the lovable companion you have and maybe give the gift of a small donation to a local animal shelter to help those furry creatures not lucky enough to have a loving family. Pet food, blankets, or monetary donations are almost always warmly welcomed at most shelters.

Happy Holidays to you and your pet!

Winter Weather: Tips for Helping your Pet Cope with the Chill

It’s that time of year; time to turn up the heat and break out those blankets. As the chilly winter weather sets in, it’s important to keep your pets safe and warm too. Here are a few cold weather tips for your canine and feline family members:

Bring Pets Indoors: If at all possible, it’s best to keep all pets indoors during the winter months. If your dog must stay outside, make sure that he has access to warm shelter. Also, make sure that any outdoor water bowels aren’t frozen so that pets have easy access to water at all times.

Beware of Antifreeze: You may be tempted to use antifreeze to protect your car from freezing temperatures, but this substance is lethal for dogs and cats. Antifreeze is sweet tasting for animals, which might entice your pet to lick up any spills. Ingestion of antifreeze is extremely dangerous and can be deadly without prompt and aggressive medical treatment.

Be Aware of Cold Weather Arthritis Pain: Dogs with arthritis may experience an increase in pain during the winter. Cold weather aggravates arthritis, making your pup more uncomfortable. If you notice any changes in your dog’s ability to move around, contact your pet’s veterinarian, they may suggest pet meds from retailers like http://www.vetdepot.com to help.

Never Leave your Pet in a Parked Car: Cars act as refrigerators during the winter months, making them extremely unsafe for animals. When the temperature drops, your pet could freeze to death if left in a car.

Stay Active: It’s easy for both people and pets to get a little lazy during the winter, so don’t forget those doggy walks. Year-round activity is key to keeping your pet at a healthy weight. But don’t forget to wipe off your pup’s paws after walks to avoid bleeding due to encrusted ice.

By keeping these few tips in mind, you and your four-legged friend can snuggle up safely all winter long.

U.S. Hotels have gone to the Dogs: Pet-Friendly Lodging on the Rise

Pet owners are no longer forced to choose between leaving their precious companions at a boarding facility or burdening their family members and friends with watching Fido while away on vacay. Increasingly, more hotels are accommodating their pet loving patrons by declaring their lodging to be pet-friendly.

According to BringFido.com, pet-friendly lodging has nearly doubled in the past five years.  However, the definition of “pet-friendly” varies from establishment to establishment. Pet-friendly lodging on the lower end of the price spectrum usually just means that your pooch is allowed to snooze on the floor. But as the price per night increases into the upscale, pets are spoiled with everything from treats to spa services.  Whatever the price point of the pet-friendly hotel you choose, the major perk for pet owners is that their beloved companions are now able to accompany them on any of their out-of-town adventures.

Before you get too excited about the lodging industry’s new-found love for furry creatures, be aware that much of the time pets are only allowed to stay with an additional chunk of change. Some hotels charge an additional fee per night, while others charge a cleaning fee to allow for the extra scrubbing a room might need after a few nights of housing your canine or feline companion.

Reducing your Pet’s Carbon Pawprint

 There are countless things people can do to reduce the environmental footprint they leave. From hybrid cars, to reusable shopping bags, to energy saving appliances- more and more people are making ecofriendly choices. But what about our pets? 

 Here are a few environmentally friendly choices we can make for our furry friends:

•When choosing dishes for your pet, ditch the plastic and go for stainless steel or ceramic. These dishes are easier to clean AND easier on the environment.

•Groom green at home! There are a lot of organic and natural based shampoos and grooming products available for pet owners. Save money on costly grooming appointments and wash your pup with these eco-friendly products at home.

•Use natural cleaning products when cleaning up your lovable companion’s not-so-lovable messes. These products are easier on the environment and keep your pet and family from inhaling toxic fumes.

•Lastly, the overpopulation of companion animals is a big drain on resources, not to mention a sad truth for the millions of dogs and cats out there without homes. Choosing to adopt a pet instead of buying helps an animal already in need and discourages over-breeding. Additionally, choosing to spay or neuter your pet helps keep population down.