Saturday, April 20, 2013

Vitae Bird Seed Recall

Merit Bird Company, LLC is recalling certain lots of bird seed because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Affected products include:

* Vitae Cockatiel with Sunflower 2lbs, (#2840081)
* Vitae Cockatiel with Sunflower 4lbs, (#2840090)
* Vitae Small Hookbill 4lbs, (#2840225)
* Vitae Small Hookbill 20lbs, (#2840234)
* Vitae Hookbill with Sunflower 4lbs, (#2840252)
* Vitae Large Hookbill 4lbs, (#2840279)

All were shipped between May 2012 to February 2013.

The company suggests that consumers with the above lots return them immediately to the place of purchase or Merit Bird Company for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-818-727-1655. Monday-Friday 9am-4pm, Pacific Standard Time.

Natura Recall Expands Again

Natura Pet Products is voluntarily expanding its March 29, 2013 recall of dry pet foods because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The expanded recall now includes ALL dry pet food products and treats with expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014.

Affected products include ALL DRY pet food products and treats (for dogs, cats, and ferrets) with expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014 for the following brands:

* Innova

* Karma
* California Natural

Includes all Sizes, UPC and Lot Codes

No canned wet food or biscuits are affected by this announcement.

For additional information, consumers may visit For a product replacement or refund call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM CST).

Friday, April 19, 2013

Breeder's Choice Recall

Breeder's Choice has issued a recall of Active Care Biscuits-Healthy Dog Treats due to the discover of mold in one of the lot's of dog treats.

The Affected Product Is:

Product Code/SKU/ Material #: BCP-080

UPC Code: 0130104895

Size: 24 oz.

Product Name: Active Care Biscuits-Healthy Dog Treats

Best Before Code: 19/Dec/2013

The press release from the manufacturer indicates the mold seems to have occurred due to varying dryer temperature settings for drying biscuits. This exposed the recalled product to excess moisture and has since been remedied.

Common symptoms associated with mold exposure include gastrointestinal issues such as loose stool. Pet owners who fed their pets the recalled biscuits should watch for symptoms that may develop.

For more information, call the Central Customer Care line at (866) 500-6286 or visit

Friday, April 12, 2013

Free Eye Exams for Service Dogs

In May, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists will host complimentary eye screenings for service dogs.

Board certified veterinary ophthalmologists in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will donate their time and services.

Service Dog groups include: therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, guide dogs, police dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, and detection dogs. Service Dogs must meet criteria listed on ACVO's website.

Registration for 2013 is now open.  For more information visit The ACVO Eye Exam Website

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Iverhart Plus Recall

Virbac has issued a recall of six lots of their Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewable heartworm preventative.

The recall was issued because these lots failed to meet stability specifications during the life of the product.

The lot numbers affected are:

Lot 120076 (Large 51-100 pounds)
Lot 120086 (Large 51-100 pounds)
Lot 120856 (Large 51-100 pounds)
Lot 120202 (Medium 26-50 pounds)
Lot 120196 (Small up to 25 pounds)
Lot 120844 (Small up to 25 pounds)

The recalled lots may not fully protect dogs from heartworm disease.

For questions or concerns about the Iverhart Plus recall, please contact Virbac Technical Services at 1-800-338-3659 ext. 3052.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Purina Care Pet Insurance Restructuring

Purina Care Pet Insurance is selling the policies of its 12,000 policyholders to its competitor PetHealth Inc.

Those of you who currently have a insurance policy with Purina Care or are thinking of buying a policy with Purina Care, call them to see how the restructuring will affect you. In particular, ask how the restructuring will affect you at renewal time.

Questions to ask include: Will you have the same medical and monetary coverage or will it be reduced? Will your premium go up?

(PetHealth,Inc. mentioned in the articles is the owner of 24 Pet Watch Pet insurance)

Bravo! Raw Food Diet Recall

Bravo! is recalling three of its raw diet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Products affected:

* 5 lb. Bravo! Chicken Balance frozen raw diet chubs (tubes) with "best used by" dates of 3_6_15 and 3_12_15 imprinted on the side of the plastic casing. Only 26 cases with the 3_6_15 date were distributed nationally and 36 cases with 3_12_15 date were distributed nationally.

* 2 lb. Bravo! Chicken Blend frozen raw diet chubs (tubes) with the "best used by" date of 3_21_15 imprinted on the side of the plastic casing. Only 67 cases with 3_21_15 date were distributed nationally.

* 5 lb. Bravo! Beef Blend Burgers bags with the "best used by" dates of 3_21_15 and 3_22_15 imprinted on the back panel of the plastic bag. Only 47 cases with the 3_21_15 date were distributed nationally and 55 cases with the 3_22_15 date were distributed nationally.

According to the company:

"This recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution, as while these products tested for pathogens by an independent third party prior to distribution, they were run on the same day or an adjacent day to a product that tested positive for pathogens."

This recall is an extension of the recall of 2 lb. Bravo! Chicken Blend frozen raw diet tubes (chubs) packaged on June 14, 2012. In that recall the Minnesota Department of Agriculture found Salmonella bacteria in routine sample tests.

Bravo! is allowing concerned pet owners to return unopened frozen tubes of food and patties to the store where purchased for a full refund. Pet owners should dispose of unopened product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle). Consumers who believe they have opened these products at home should just dispose of the product in a safe manner and contact the retailer where they purchased their product for a full refund.

For more information on the Bravo recall, please visit or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Barf World Recall

Barf World has issued a recall of three of its raw dog food products due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Products affected:

BARF LAMB PATTIES - Use By Date 07/27/13
BARF COMBO PATTIES - Use By Date 07/27/13
BARF COMBO PATTIES - (BULK) Use By Date 07/27/13

For more information on this recall visit and

 If you feel your pet has gotten sick after eating this food or any pet food:

1) See your veterinarian
2) Contact the FDA to report the adverse event.
3) Contact your State Department of Agriculture
4) Contact the Pet Food Manufacturer
5) Save the pet food and packaging as the FDA and State Department of Agriculture investigators may ask for it. Make sure you wash your hands well if you are touching the food. Make sure your pets cannot get to it.

Many adverse pet food events go unreported, causing contaminated foods to stay on store shelves longer than they should.