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Bravo! Issues Nationwide Recall of Pet Food for Dogs & Cats

May 20, 2014

Bravo! Pet Foods

On May 14, 2014, Bravo! Pet Food issued a nationwide recall on multiple products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Symptoms of Listeria infection in people and pets may include, but are not limited to, nausea, headache and diarrhea. Pet, but no human illness, has been reported to Bravo. If you suspect you or your pet are suffering from Listeria infection please seek medical help immediately.


These products are being recalled because they may have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! BEEF BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
All 2lb., 5lb., and 10lb. tubes
Product Numbers: 52-102, 52-105, 52-110
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier
 

BRAVO! BALANCE PREMIUM TURKEY FORMULA (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
3 lb. box with (12) 4oz. burgers
Product Number: 31-401
Best Used By Dates: 1/07/16 and 2/11/16
 

These products are being recalled out of an abundance of caution because while they did not test positive for pathogens, they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility or on the same day as products that did test positive.

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! LAMB BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
All 2lb., 5lb., and 10lb. tubes
Product Numbers: 42-102, 42-105, 42-110
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier
 

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! LAMB BASIC FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
2lb. tubes
Product Number: 42-202
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier
 

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! BEEF & BEEF HEART FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand)
5lb. tubes
Product Number: 53-130
Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier
 

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! 100% PURE & NATURAL PREMIUM GRASS-FED BUFFALO FOR DOGS AND CATS (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
NET WT 2LBS (32 OZ) .91KG (Tubes)
Product Number: 72-222
Best Used By Date: 1/7/16
 

BRAVO! TURKEY BALANCE FORMULA (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
NET WT 2 LBS (32 OZ) .09KG, Chub (tube)
Product Number: 31-402
Best Used By Dates: 1/7/16 and 2/11/16
 

NET WT 5 LBS (80 OZ) 2.3KG, Chub (tube)
Product Number: 31-405
Best Used By Dates: 1/7/16 and 2/11/16
 

PRODUCT: RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! LAMB BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, CT)
5 LBS (80 OZ) 2.3KG, Chub (tube)
Product Number: 42-105
Best Used By Date: 2/11/16
 

If you purchased any of the recalled product please return it to any of our stores for a full refund even if you purchased it from another retailer. We are happy to assist you in finding a replacement food for your pet.

For further information please read Bravo's full recall notice or call them at (866) 922-9222.Click to add text, images, and other content

Innova, California Natural, Evo, and Healthwise Dry Food Recall Due to a Possible Health Risk

Natura Pet Foods, the manufacturer of Innova, California Natural, Evo, and Healthwise, has issued a recall on all formulas and sizes of their dry foods and treats with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014 due to possible Salmonella contamination. There have been no reports of pet or human illness associated with this product.

Salmonella can affect both animals and humans. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic, have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, vomiting, decreased appetite and/or abdominal pain. If you have concerns, please contact your health care provider or veterinarian.

If you are currently feeding a Natura product, immediately discontinue feeding it and return it to any of our stores for a refund or exchange. Our associates are happy to assist you in finding another food that best meets the needs of your pet. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but feel it is the safest course of action at this time.

For more information, please visit www.naturapet.com/recall or contact Natura by calling (800) 224-6123.

Pet Food Express
500 85th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94621

Dog Heat Stroke Symptoms, Treatment – Signs of an Overheated Pet

In hot weather, pets can suffer heat stroke or hyperthermia. Learn how to help an overheated dog and the symptoms of heat stroke in dogs.

In dogs, heat stroke is a potentially deadly condition that occurs when the pet's body overheats. Heat stroke, also known as hyperthermia, is among the most serious hot weather dangers for dogs and cats alike.

According to Dr. Michael Levine, DVM, there are many situations and factors that can lead to an overheated dog, including:

  • A walk in hot weather;
  • Sitting in a hot car (even if the windows are rolled down or if the car is parked in the shade);
  • Sitting outside in the heat;
  • Muzzling during warm or hot weather; and
  • Running or playing during warm weather.

Breed also plays a factor. Brachycephalic dog breeds like the Pug, English Bulldog and Boston Terrier are more prone to heat stroke. Dogs with short snouts are less effective at cooling their body with panting, so brachycephalic breeds overheat faster and they develop heat stroke faster than their long-snouted counterparts like the Pharaoh Hound, Doberman Pinscher and Greyhound. Double-coated dog breeds like the Siberian Husky, Pomeranian and Pekingese are also more prone to heat stroke.

Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stroke in Dogs

A dog's normal temperature is between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. A dog with heat stroke (mild to moderate) will have a body temperature between 104.0 to 106.0 degrees. If a dog's temperature rises above 106.0 degrees, severe heat stroke is diagnosed.

Heat stroke symptoms can vary, depending on the degree of overheating. In a minor case of hyperthermia, the dog may have dark red gums (also described as "brick red gums") and he may seem a bit "out of it" or depressed. Dogs with severe heat stroke will also exhibit pale gums, seizure, loss of consciousness and other symptoms associated with shock. In a case of severe heat stroke, vomiting blood and bleeding is not uncommon

Symptoms of heat stroke in dogs can include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Brick red gums (seen in mild or moderate heat stroke cases)
  • Pale gums (seen in severe hyperthermia cases)
  • Dry gums
  • Sticky, thick saliva
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Stumbling and poor coordination
  • Collapse or an inability/refusal to walk
  • Vomiting (sometimes, with blood)
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizure or tremors
  • Loss of consciousness and coma

If untreated, the dog with heat stroke will go into shock, fall into a coma and death will occur shortly thereafter.

First Aid for a Dog With Heat Stroke

In many cases, the pet's veterinarian will recommend on-site cooling for a dog with heat stroke, as many will not survive a trip to the veterinary clinic. It's vital to contact the veterinarian to describe the pet's condition; the vet will then make a recommendation: immediately rush the hyperthermic dog to the the clinic or cool the animal prior to transport.

The following steps should be performed to cool dogs with heat stroke:

  1. Move the dog out of the sun and heat; ideally, the dog should be moved to an indoor, air conditioned location.
  2. Fill a tub with a few inches of cool water.
  3. Pour room temperature water over the dog's entire body.
  4. Aim a fan at the dog (if a fan is unavailable, fan the dog manually with a magazine or similar item)
  5. Offer a bowl of cold water for drinking.

While administering first aid to an overheated dog, it's important to avoid rapid cooling as this may shock the animal's already fragile system. Never use ice or cold water to cool the dog's body. Owners should never place a hyperthermic dog in a pool; he may be too weak to swim and the pet will be at risk of drowning due to the intense panting that accompanies heat stroke. Also, a dog should never be forced to drink water; this can lead to choking or aspiration (inhaling fluid into the lungs.)

Heat Stroke Treatment Care After Cooling a Hyperthermic Dog

During the cooling process, the dog's temperature should be taken (rectally) every five minutes. Once the dog's body temperature has been lowered to 103.0, he should be transported to the veterinarian's office. If a thermometer is not available, Dr. Levine recommends cooling the dog until panting has subsided to the point where the dog is able to drink water for short periods of time. (Initially, the dog will be unable to drink due to severe, incessant panting.) At this point, it is generally safe to transport the pet to the veterinary clinic for treatment.

"Always call the veterinary clinic to let the staff know you're en route with a dog with heat stroke. This gives the vet's staff an opportunity to set up and prepare for the patient; this way, we can begin administering treatment immediately," Dr. Levine recommended.

According to Dr. Levine, heat stroke in dogs is a medical emergency. Even after the pet has been cooled, he may suffer from complications related to shock and dehydration, along with blood clotting problems and organ problems like kidney failure and heart arrhythmia.

In dogs, heat stroke incidents can trigger a potentially deadly series of events; those problems continue, even once the dog's body is cooled. Therefore, a trip to the veterinary clinic is vital. An overheated dog may require emergency lifesaving measures, vital sign monitoring, IV fluids, oxygen therapy and blood tests to diagnose organ failure or clotting problems.

The summer heat poses many dangers to pets. In addition to heat stroke, dogs may sustain paw pad burns, foot blisters and other injuries while walking on hot pavement. To learn more, read Dog Paw Pad Injuries in Summer Heat.

Sources:

Interview with Dr. Michael Levine, DVM on May 30, 2010.
Read more at Suite101: Dog Heat Stroke Symptoms, Treatment – Signs of an Overheated Pet | Suite101.com http://suite101.com/article/dog-heat-stroke-symptoms-treatment--signs-of-an-overheated-pet-a257027#ixzz21S98u9nU

Treats made in China linked to dog deaths

March 1, 2012 (http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/chinese-pet-treats-linked-900-dog-deaths-illnesses/story?id=16414600)

Do you know where your dog's treats were made? If the back of the bag reads "Made in China," beware.Treats that could be dangerous for your dog are still being sold on store shelves nationwide.

In mid-February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced their intention to complete further testing of Chinese chicken jerky treats linked to dog illnesses and deaths.

The chicken jerky treats, all made in China, have been linked to hundreds of reported pet deaths since 2010, and the number of dogs affected as risen sharply; since the FDA initiated their official warning against the treats in November, 2011, nearly 500 reports of toxicity resulting in illness or death were issued with the FDA. The incidences are widespread, with owners across the country filing reports.

Stories of families losing dogs as a result of these tainted treats are as tragic as they are baffling. In some cases, owners reported feeding their dogs as little as half of a treat before the dogs fell ill.

Many of the dogs ingesting the tainted treats are coming down with a "Fanconi-like" syndrome. After eating one or more of these chicken jerky treats, a dog's kidneys could become compromised. The kidneys then leak dangerous amounts of glucose and electrolytes into the dog's urine. In serious cases, the dog will go into complete renal failure.

Symptoms to look for include excessive thirst, a lack of energy, frequent urination, a lack of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. Owners who believe their dog may be affected by tainted treats should seek immediate veterinary care.

 

Humans Contracting Salmonella from Dog Food

dogMany people treat their dogs like members of the family. But what are pet owners to do when that family member's food spreads Salmonella?

According to NPR's The Salt, people are getting Salmonella from dog food. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that 22 people in 13 states (and Canada) have gotten Salmonella as a result of a dog food recall.  Certain brands such as Diamond Pet Food's "Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul" and "Country Value" were included in the recall that began in May.

Since the CDC has to assume that people do not share in daily dog food meals with their pets, there had to be another explanation. The organization found that owners are getting sick from touching the tainted dog food, playing with an infected dog, or getting up close and personal with their dog's feces.

The CDC further explained that the germs are transmitted via, "the fecal oral route." Therefore the infection can be spread from the stool or the mouth and can be passed from species to species. Even more alarming is the fact that Salmonella can last in pet stool for four to six weeks after the initial infection.

Unfortunately, toddlers are the most likely to contract Salmonella from dog food. A study in the journal of Pediatrics in 2010 found that half of the people sickened by an unusual Salmonella strain were children younger than two. Additionally, the current outbreak caused by dog food has seen patients ranging from younger than one to patients in their 80s.

The CDC has some helpful tips for staying Salmonella-free. Wash hands after feeding or giving pets treats and immediately after cleaning up after them. It is also important to wash hands after handling a pet. This is not the first time pets have been in the center of a Salmonella outbreak. Turtles were also once found to be the culprit.

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