Simply Nourish dog treats recalled

PetSmart has announced that Loving Pets Corp is voluntarily recalling specific lots of Simply Nourish Biscotti with Beef and Sweet Potatoes Dog Treats due to the potential of mold growth.

For more information, visit www.dogfoodadvisor.com or call the Loving Pets Corporation at 866-599-7387.

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Siamese-lookalike cat missing in Dover area

Monk, a tan and dark brown cat with light blue eyes, is lost in the Crone Road area, about 2 miles north of Dover, PA. His person said he looks like a Siamese and is very friendly. Monk was wearing a collar and a tag with contact information on it when he went missing. He was last seen Thursday morning (Oct. 2). If you see Monk, call Ginny at 717-318-7711.

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Kong Aussie Sticks dog treats recalled because of possible mold contamination

kong-aussie-sticks-beef-sent-by-jakks-180 On September 25, JAKKS Pacific recalled its Kong Aussie Sticks dog treats from PetSmart because of possible contamination with mold.

Products being recalled are Item 75559 and Item 75560, with “Best before” dates of 1/30/16 and 1/31/16.

According to an email from JAKKS Pacific to Dog Food Advisor, the “product can be returned to PetSmart for a full refund.”

Customers may contact JAKKS Pacific at 877-875-2557 or Kong at 303-216-2626.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area or by visiting www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Bravo recalls dog and cat food because of Salmonella risk

Bravo is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. 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.

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.
The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on November 14, 2013 to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) printed on the side of the plastic tube.

1) These products are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! TURKEY BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS
Product Number: 31-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546311025
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Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211028
Keep Frozen

2) These products are being recalled out of an abundance of caution because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility or on the same day as products that tested positive.
Premium Turkey Formula BRAVO Balance RAW DIET
Product Number: 31-405
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546314057
Keep Frozen
Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-105
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211059
Keep Frozen

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two lots of product. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.

In addition to the voluntary recall of the above products, Bravo has chosen to voluntarily withdraw the following poultry products from the marketplace to provide its customers with the certainty of safety: all sizes of Bravo Chicken Blend(s), Bravo Turkey Blend(s), Bravo Balance Chicken Balance and Bravo Balance Premium Turkey Formula frozen raw diet products with best used by dates between June 20, 2016, and September 18, 2016. This is being done out of an abundance of caution. None of these products are known to have tested positive for the presence of pathogens. This market withdrawal has NOT been requested by the FDA, but is being done voluntarily by Bravo.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of this product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle). Customers who have purchased the recalled pet food can return to the store where purchased and submit the Product Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website, www.bravorawdiet.com, for a full refund or store credit.

More information on the Bravo recall can also be found at www.bravorawdiet.com/bravonews.html or call toll free (866) 922-9222; or visit the FDA website at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm416452.htm.

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2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Bored? Looking for something to do? Check out YDR Pets' events listing.

Looking for something to do? Check out YDR Pets’ events listing.

Looking for something to do? Check out our listing of pet-related events. To add animal-related events to this listing, e-mail rose@ydr.com:

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Light a candle Thursday in honor of pets who died without homes

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The Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting campaign takes place Thursday, Sept. 25, worldwide.

Helen Woodward Animal Center, in partnership with Blue Buffalo and Embrace Pet Insurance, is uniting with animal lovers and animal welfare organizations worldwide to light candles in memory of the millions of pets who lost their lives over the past year without the benefit of a loving home, and draw attention to the fact that millions more are still in need of permanent homes.

Community members are invited to attend a candle-lighting ceremony at their local shelter, or assist with organizing one; light a virtual candle online at www.remembermethursday.org; change their Facebook profile pictures to the Remember Me Thursday icon all day on Sept. 25; and spread the word about Remember Me Thursday on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels using #LIGHTFORPETS.

For a list of participating organizations or to register your group, visit www.animalcenter.org.

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Farewell to a friend: What to expect when it’s time to say goodbye to your pet

During his final moments, Smokey, a 16-year-old German shepherd, was surrounded by his family  --  Melissa and Ron Weitkamp, their 12-year-old daughter, Destiny, and their 21-year-old son, Dylan, as well as the family's other two German shepherds and one of the cats. Smokey was euthanized at home when his health deteriorated to the point where he was unable to stand and walk without help, and unable to control his bladder.

During his final moments, Smokey, a 16-year-old German shepherd, was surrounded by his family — Melissa and Ron Weitkamp, their 12-year-old daughter, Destiny, and their 21-year-old son, Dylan, as well as the family’s other two German shepherds and one of the cats. Smokey was euthanized at home when his health deteriorated to the point where he was unable to stand and walk without help, and unable to control his bladder.

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Also: Watch the two-part video

“Well, today is the day” read the email at the top of my in-box one morning in July. The email was from Melissa Weitkamp of Chanceford Township, and I had been expecting and dreading it. She was letting me know it was time for her family to say goodbye to their 16-year-old German shepherd, Smokey, whose health had deteriorated to the point where he was falling and was not able to get up, and he had lost control of his bladder. Weitkamp had made the difficult decision to have Smokey euthanized, and the vet, Dr. Elizabeth Carney, was coming to the house that day to end his suffering. Dr. Carney specializes in at-home euthanasia.

Weitkamp and Carney had contacted me about a week earlier to ask if I would be present for the procedure when they decided it was time. They had inited me to do a video and write about the process, in hopes of helping other families who might be considering in-home euthanasia for their pets.

When I arrived, Smokey was lying on a blanket on the living room floor, breathing heavily, his front legs splayed out to the sides. He was surrounded by Melissa and Ron Weitkamp, their 21-year-old son, Dylan, and their 12-year-old daughter, Destiny. The family’s other dogs, 5-year-old German shepherd brothers Phantom and Shadow, were also in attendance, staying close to Smokey most of the time. One of the family’s cats, Buttercup, was sitting on the sofa next to the blanket, offering comfort to Destiny. The family’s parrots were in the next room and were quiet for the most part, which I’m told is unusual for them. If you watch the video, you will hear them a few times.

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Farewell to a Friend: Videos of an at-home euthanasia

These videos show a veterinarian performing euthanasia at home for the Weitkamp family’s 16-year-old German shepherd, Smokey.

I separated the video into two parts, primarily so that those who don’t want to watch the injection of the euthanasia drug can watch just the first part. Also, there were some technical difficulties with the camera in the first part, and I switched to a different camera for the second part, so it seemed a natural place to split the video.

Part 1 shows Dr. Carney, the veterinarian, explaining the process to the family and administering the first injection — a sedative and pain med. The family then spends some time with Smokey while they wait for the injection to make Smokey drowsy.

Part 2 shows Dr. Carney administering the euthanasia drug to end Smokey’s suffering. It also shows Smokey’s body being placed on a stretcher for transport to the crematory.

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Readers share memories of final moments with pets

There are many options available for end-of-life care for pets, and it’s best to make those decisions ahead of time. That way, when the time comes, you’ll know what you want to do, rather than trying to decide while going through emotional upheaval.

I asked readers how they handled the final hours or days of their pets’ lives. Here’s what they had to say:

Saw your blog on the YDR Facebook feed. This is something that really hit home for me as my husband and I had to put down our 9 year old black lab, Diva, just a short 9 days ago. Needless to say it was one of the most difficult experiences of my life.

Diva

Diva

Diva was a wonderful dog and one of the most loving dogs I’ve ever had, with a personality to match her name. She was not blessed with great health however. We nearly lost her 5 years ago when my husband got home and let her outside and she collapsed in the yard. As we soon discovered, she had Addison’s Disease, which caused her to not handle stress well. Some tablets daily helped with that. About 2-3 years ago, she developed a mass on her rear end, which ruptured and she had to have surgery. As we found out she had developed a stage 3 mass cell tumor. We were encouraged that the doctor was fairly confident they got all of it, however we were warned that this kind of cancer can come back and when it does, it will come back hard.

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Veterinarians explain euthanasia process

I asked several area veterinarians how they handle euthanasia at their practices, and found the process can vary in several ways. Following are summaries of their answers.

Dr. Kevin Schmidt of Patton Veterinary Hospital wrote the following via Facebook:

“We understand how sensitive of a time the euthanasia process of a loved pet can be for clients and try to make it as easy as possible for the owners.

“We have a dedicated exam room we call the comfort room with comfortable chairs and large dog beds. There is a poem, The Rainbow Bridge, hanging on the wall that has helped a lot of clients feel comfortable with their decision for euthanasia.

“We ask that the owners schedule an appointment for the euthanasia (if it is something that can be planned) so we can dedicate time to them. We try to schedule the euthanasia at the end of an appointment block or end of night so there are as few people as possible in the hospital. We will have the owners sign the release form and pay for the services before the euthanasia is performed. We generally will do this in the comfort room so the clients aren’t in the lobby upset. An announcement is made over the intercom, “Angel to Treatment”, after this so that the staff know a euthanasia is in process and to keep conversations down and avoid laughter and vacuuming.

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