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Recall of a Limited Quantity of Dogswell’s Nutrisca Dry Dog Food

Tuffy's Pet Foods, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of a Limited Quantity of Nutrisca Dry Dog Food Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Consumer:
1-888-559-8833

Media:
1-218-346-1879

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 11, 2015 – Perham, MN – Tuffy's Pet Foods, Inc. of Perham, MN is voluntarily recalling specific lots of 4 lb. bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Tuffy's manufactured the product for Nutrisca.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.  No Salmonella-related illnesses in people or animals have been reported to date in association with these products.

The recalled product was distributed in the 4 lb. bags nationwide to distributors, brokers, retail stores, and internet retailers. The recalled product is limited to Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food in 4 lb. bag sizes, bearing UPC Code "8 84244 12495 7" (found on lower back of the bag). Products included in the recall are identified by the below first 5 digits of the Lot Code (found on upper back of the bag) and "Best by Dates" (found on upper back of the bag). No other bag sizes or other Nutrisca dog food, cat food, biscuits/treats, supplements or other products, are affected by this announcement.

First five digits of Lot Codes:
4G29P, 4G31P, 4H01P, 4H04P, 4H05P, 4H06P

Best By Dates:
Jul 28 16, Jul 30 16, Jul 31 16, Aug 03 16, Aug 04 16, Aug 05 16

The recall was initiated after a routine sampling program by the Ohio Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in one 4 lb. bag of product. The company is coordinating this voluntary recall with the FDA, and is issuing the recall action out of an abundance of caution.

Consumers who purchased the 4 lb. bags of the dry dog food product subject to the voluntary recall (as identified above) should stop using the product, discard it in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle), and contact Nutrisca at the number below for further information.

For consumer information or questions regarding this voluntary recall, please contact Nutrisca at 1-888-559-8833.

Why Hire a Professional Dog Walker?

Hiring a professional dog walker can provide your dog and you with some great benefits.  Here are our top 5 reasons to consider hiring a daily dog walker.
 
 1.  Exercise – One of the most obvious reasons to hire a dog walker is exercise.  Dogs that receive lots of exercise are healthier & have less behavior issues related to boredom.  Regular walks provide stimulation & exercise that result in calmer behavior at home.
 
2.  Companionship – Dog walkers provide your dog with undivided attention during the day.  Who doesn’t love extra love & attention?!  Mid-day dog walks can also help with dogs that have separation anxiety.  Mid-day walks break up the amount of time your dog is alone & gives them something to look forward to. 
 
3.  Bathroom Breaks – Your dog will be happy to get outside for a potty break so they don’t have to “hold it” for 8 or more hours each day.  Young dogs & elderly dogs may not be able to go for long periods without a bathroom break so a mid-day walk is the perfect solution.
 
4.  Peace of Mind – Hiring a dog walker gives you the peace of mind that your dog is well taken care of when you aren’t at home. Do you have to work late?  Do you have errands to run after work?  When you know your dog has been walked & taken care of in the middle of the work day you can take care of these things guilt-free knowing your dog has been exercised & given lots of attention.  And you’ll come home to a happy dog!
 
5.  Time - Sometimes, consistent walks are difficult to fit into our schedules. With a regular dog walker, your dog still gets all of the exercise and attention they deserve, while you get back a great deal of time. Everyone wins!
 
We would love to help you and your dog get the benefits that daily dog walks can provide.  Contact us for more information or to get started today.  You can also check out some of our past blogs on dog walking here:

Dog Walking Etiquette - 8 Tips for a Better Dog Walk

Important Reasons to Always Obey Leash Laws

Decatur, Georgia Dog Parks

Oma’s Pride Recalls Purr Complete Feline Poultry Meal because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk












Oma’s Pride Recalls Purr Complete Feline Poultry Meal because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk
Contact
Consumer:
1-800-678-6627

Media:
Capri Frank 1-800-678-6627

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal was distributed nationwide through retail stores, distributors, and directly to consumers. Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal is sold frozen.  It is packaged in clear 12 oz. (UPC: 8 79384 00017 9) and 2 lb. (UPC: 8 79384 00018 6) plastic packaging under the Oma’s Pride brand as a poultry blend with code #1524.  It was manufactured on September 12, 2014 with a use by recommended date of September 12, 2015.  

There have been no illnesses reported to date.

The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development resulting in a positive test for Salmonella. Oma’s Pride has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Oma’s Pride Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm, at 1-800-678-6627.

10 Litter Box Tips for a Healthy & Happy Cat

Peeing outside the box is one of the most common litter box problems cat owners encounter.  By following these 10 litter box tips you can help to keep your cat's litter box problem-free. 
 
1.  Have at least one litter box per cat plus one.  This way no cat will be prevented from using a box because they are all occupied.
 
2.  Scoop the litter boxes each day.  Some cats are bothered by unsanitary conditions and will stop using their litter boxes if not scooped frequently enough.
 
3.  The litter box should be kept away from food & water bowls.  Cats don't like that smell too near their food and may not use the box.
 
4.  Place at least one litter box on each level of your house.  That way your cat has options if the primary box is blocked.  This is especially important if you have more than one cat.
 
5.  Place the litter box in a quiet, private area that is conveniently located (for the cat).  If the box is too hard to get to, especially for a kitten or an elderly cat, he just may not use it.
 
6.  Don’t use a hooded litter box.  Especially if you have a large cat who may not have enough room to turn around, scratch, etc.
 
7.  Replace the litter box once a year.  Over time, your cat’s claws and your scooper can make small grooves in the bottom and sides of your litter box. These grooves are harder to sterilize and can hold onto odor.
 
8.  If you use a brand of litter that is working, don’t change it.  Changing litter brands can upset cats and result in refusal to use the box.
 
9.  Empty the litter box & wash it once a week.  Scrub the box every time you change the litter. Use mild dish detergent to clean it, as products with ammonia or citrus oils can turn a cat off, and some cleaning products are toxic to cats.
 
10. Sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of the box before adding litter.  This will help absorb odors without bothering your cat if she’s sensitive to fragrance.  If you find the litter box odor offensive, your cat, with her keen sense of smell, probably finds it even more offensive. 
 
Following these tips should keep your cat happy & using the litter box.  If your cat begins to go to the bathroom outside the litter box, your first call should always be to your veterinarian. Many medical conditions can cause a change in a cat's litter box habits.

Are there any other tips that work for you?  We’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Dog Walking Etiquette - 8 Tips for a Better Dog Walk



1.  Know your dog.  Does your dog bark at or try to chase bicyclists? Does she go crazy at the sight of a uniformed delivery person?  Does she go nuts when you cross paths with a squirrel or other dog?  You can have a safer walk by calmly avoiding situations that could trigger your dog.

2.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Always walk with your head up and eyes forward, scanning the area.  Don’t walk while using headphones or talking on your cell phone.  This will help you to spot any possible dangers such as cars or off leash dogs.  

3.  Learn how to read other dogs/dog walkers.  Not everyone out there is in full control of their dogs, and the walkers who aren’t in control are also the ones most likely to cause some sort of incident, whether it’s jumping on or snapping at people, or getting loose.  With practice you can learn to tell whether an approaching walker is in control or not. Is their dog walking next to or just behind them, or is it lunging forward or pulling them off balance? How do they try to correct their dog? If they’re shouting, “No!” at their dog constantly, then they aren’t in control. If you can hear them coming before you can see them, then it’s probably best to cross the street or move up onto a lawn or driveway until they’ve passed.

4.  Don’t let your dog approach others without asking first.  This applies to dogs and people.  You won’t necessarily know whether their dogs are aggressive, or whether they’re afraid of dogs. You may have the friendliest dogs in the world, but that stranger walking toward you doesn’t know that, and you don’t know them or their dogs, either. 

5.  Make sure you have a sturdy, reliable leash and don’t use retractable leashes.  There are many safety concerns with retractable leashes & they offer little control over your dog in a dangerous situation.

6.  Always scoop your poop.  Keep plastic bags handy and never deposit a full bag into a neighbor’s trash can.  Not only is this good dog walking etiquette, it is also the law in most places.

7.  Be a considerate neighbor.  Don’t let your dog trample flower beds or urinate on delicate flowers, shrubs, gardens, trash cans, lawn decorations, etc.

8.  Always obey leash laws.  Earlier this year we wrote about the importance of this tip here: Important Reasons to Always Obey Leash Laws.

What are some situations you’ve run across on a walk where you or someone else did or did not follow these rules of dog walking etiquette? Let us know in the comments.