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.

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.

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