On October 8, 2010 Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd, recalled certain dry dog food products due to the possibility of harmfully high levels of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is healthy for dogs in small amounts but in high doses may cause dogs to become lethargic, consume an abnormally large amount of water and increase urination. The affected products, Blue Wilderness Chicken, Basics Salmon and Large Breed Adult Chicken dry dog foods, were distributed nationwide to pet specialty stores like vetdepot. If your pet consumed one of the recalled products and is exhibiting symptoms of a Vitamin D overdose, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. If you purchased any of the named products please contact the place of purchase for a full refund; you may also call Blue Buffalo Company with any questions or concerns at 1-877-523-9114.
For centuries it’s been common to treat your dog to a left over bone from dinner. According to the Food and Drug Administration this can be very harmful to your pet and your wallet. “Some people think it’s safe to give dogs large bones, like those from a ham or a roast,” says Carmela Stamper, D.V.M., a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA. In April of this year the FDA came out with the top 10 reasons not to give your dog a bone.
Some reasons to avoid bones are as follows; broken teeth, mouth injuries, choking, intestinal blockage, rectal bleeding and infections such as Peritonitis, which is a difficult to treat bacterial infection in the abdomen. Should any of these symptoms occur you will need to make a visit to your veterinarian which can be costly. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to dispose of bones directly after a meal and to further take the trash outside to keep your dog from getting into it.
Your four legged friend still deserves a treat though. There are many treat options available, click here to check out VetDepots selection. Possible treats for your dog are giving them Kong Toys instead of a bone. In addition to Kong Toys, healthy chew products like C.E.T. Chews can often keep them happy and entertained as long as a big bone would and are safer too!
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