Pet Food Recalls – Natura Pet Products possibly contaminated with Salmonella. Click to see more

Article compliments of Oregon Veterinary Medical Association

Natura Pet Products Recalls Innova, Evo, California Natural, Healthwise, Karma and Mother Nature Dry Foods and Treats Due to Salmonella

Customer Service: (800) 224-6123

Web Site: www.NaturaPet.com

Natura Pet Products is voluntarily recalling specific lots of dry pet food and treats because it has 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.

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.

These products were packaged in a single production facility. During routine FDA testing, a single lot tested positive for the presence of Salmonella. There have been no reports of pet or human illness associated with this product. In an abundance of caution, Natura is voluntarily recalling all products with expiration dates prior to June 10, 20

The affected products are sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers, and online in the United States and Canada. No canned wet food is affected by this announcement.

The affected products are:

BRAND LOT CODE/UPC/SIZES; EXPIRATION
Innova Dry dog and cat food and biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
EVO dry dog, cat and ferret food and biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
California Natural dry dog and cat foods and biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
Healthwise dry dog and cat foods All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
Karma dry dog foods All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
Mother Nature biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014

Consumers who have purchased the specific dry pet foods listed should discard them.

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

 

 

Published: June 18, 2013;    Updated: June 18, 2013

Filed Under: Recalls Warnings

Author: Oregon Veterinary Medical Association

 

Dental Month

veterinarian Eugene OregonFebruary and March are traditionally Dental month - which went very well, so for the second year in a row we’ve decided to do it again in MAY.

What is Dental Month?     Well, it is a time period in which we try to increase awareness of pet’s dental needs AND WE OFFER 10% OFF! 10 % off the whole dental package. It also includes 10% off additional dental related procedures (if needed), such as extractions, dental radiographs, etc.

I should explain that we offer dental packages based on pet size. The packages include a number of things; hospitalization, intravenous catheter, fluids, anesthesia, anesthesia monitoring equipment, dental evaluation, dental cleaning with ultrasonic scaler, and dental polish.  These costs are easy to define and easy to provide.

Cats                                  $205

Dogs up to 20 lbs       $205

Dogs 21-50  lbs          $240

Dogs 51-75 lbs           $260

Dogs 76 and up          $280

 

 

Many pets have advanced dental disease that requires further time and effort to treat. We will do our best to give estimates ahead of time, but often it is hard to predict accurately what will be needed ahead of time.  Some extractions can be challenging and time consuming. In some cases dental radiographs and nerve blocks are necessary. These things affect cost as well but are harder to define and provide in a broad article. We can give estimates on an individual basis as part of your next exam, though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We do require that your pet have had an exam within the year before it is brought in for a dental. Examinations and face to face contact are important for mutual understanding and making sure your pet is healthy prior to any anesthetic procedure. We also offer pre-anesthetic bloodwork for pets under 7 years old and require it for pets over 7 years old.

 

 

Please visit our other featured articles discussing 1) dental disease in detail and 2) what to expect on the day of the procedure. After the procedure we will send home a tooth brushing kit and some instructions. Ask us if you have any questions on dental products. Look for the VOHS seal on products (Veterinary Oral Health Council) ensuring quality.

 

 

Special diet that holds together and scrapes teeth as the pet chews

 

 

 

 

 

Mouth wash with enzymes that degrade plaque

 

 

 

 

 

Treats that also hold together and scrape teeth as they chew

 

 

 

 

 

The above at home products are good, but nowhere near as effective as brushing.

Grain Free Diets! Are They Worthwhile!

 

Grain Free Pet Food Diets! Are they good?

In veterinary medicine, nutrition can play a key role in a pet’s overall health. We use a number of diet types to help us achieve good health depending on what the pet’s underlying problem is. Two common ailments that we address with diet are: Food Allergy Dermatitis and Digestive Upset. In this article I hope to touch on the strategies for treating these two conditions through nutrition, and tie in what role grain free diets play. Grain Free Diets are marketed aggressively, but their value is ambiguous. There may truly be value in them, but some skepticism is warranted.

 

 

For Food Allergy Dermatitis the strategy is first to diagnose if the pet truly has a Food Allergy. How we do this is by putting them on a very specific/ hypoallergenic diet for 6 plus weeks, with no treats, no anything – just the specific hypoallergenic diet. If their skin condition improves then we have evidence that there is an underlying Food Allergy Dermatitis.

The diet itself is a single novel protein source and a single novel carbohydrate source. By ‘novel‘ we mean using sources that are uncommon which the pet is unlikely to have ever been exposed to. Since the body has never been exposed to these sources, it is unlikely to have developed an allergy to it. We have a number of commercial hypoallergenic diets that we sell, the most common is Duck and Potato. The Duck is a protein source that most dogs have never been exposed to and Potato is a carbohydrate source that most dogs have never been exposed to. Some pet stores carry similar products and in some cases they are reasonably good, however the diets we carry have very specific ingredients that are never substituted and the machines that they are processed on are committed to only that line of food so that there can be no cross contamination.

 

 

For Digestive Upset we use a couple of different strategies : hypoallergenic, bland, high fiber, and (possibly) grain free. The hypoallergenic diet is just like above, a single novel protein source and a single novel carbohydrate source. We have the pet fed this as an exclusive dietary trial hoping to see improvement in the digestive problem.

Bland food is another strategy we use for digestive upset. With this diet we are not trying to provide a hypoallergenic food – we are merely feeding food that is very easy for the gastrointestinal system to digest. We are not worried about the protein and carbohydrate sources, just whether the ingredients are easy to digest. Chicken and rice are commonly used, but diets commonly have corn, beef, etc in them too.

Hi Fiber food can be beneficial for certain digestive diseases. Again, in this circumstance, we are less concerned about the protein and carbohydrate sources and more concerned about the fiber level and how digestible the fiber is.

 

Now then, where do Grain Free Diets fit into all of this?

Gluten free diets have become a very useful tool for treating human problems. Some people have true  Celiac Disease and their gastrointestinal system reacts badly to gluten, so they cannot have it. Some people have sensitivities to gluten and their gastrointestinal system simply functions better without it. In our little group here at Q Street Animal Hospital we have 4 out of 11 that are on gluten free diets. It is a genuine dietary issue for humans, so it is reasonable to think that it is a dietary issue for our pets. Do pet’s benefit from gluten free diets??? = The ‘verdict is still out’. There is not widely accepted information to support this. I believe many pet foods are loosely associating ‘grain free’ with ‘gluten free’, and they genuinely are similar in many respects. SO, there may truly be benefits from using a grain free diet in pets. Some pet’s may digest it easier and have improved overall conditions. BUT, it’s a bit vague.

  1. CLEARLY, ‘grain free’ diets are not hypoallergenic diets (because they do not use single novel carbohydrate and protein sources)
  2. NOT so clearly, are they bland and easy to digest?  They vary, and that is not their focus.
  3. NOT so clearly, are they high in digestible fiber?  They vary, and that is not their focus.
  4. Vaguely – some individual patients may genuinely benefit from a grain free diet, especially when we consider how much (somewhat similar) gluten free diets help people.

 

There can genuinely be some value in Grain Free Diets, but it is a little vague. The value in it is more borrowed from the value that gluten free diets provide for people. More than anything it is a marketing tool. Many people have embraced the idea of Grain Free Diets and I don’t want to discourage them, but I do want them to seek solid information and to be skeptical!

PS – I have not specifically addressed cats! In general terms all the same things apply, but their diets are much more hotly debated and rightfully so = they are true carnivores (eat meat) whereas dogs are omnivores (eat lots of stuff). Maybe we can do a whole article on that some time in the future.

At Home Dog Neuter Attempt

At the beginning of November a Pit Bull mix was abandoned in front of Safeway. A good Samaritan saw that the dog needed help and rescued him. The dog is young (around a year old) and very sweet. We are calling him “Buddy”. He was not only lucky to be rescued because he was abandoned but because he also had a gaping wound where his scrotum should be and he needed medical care. We were able to provide corrective surgery, treat with antibiotics, and he is now happily healing. This wonderful lady that rescued him is caring for him, but cannot keep him. She is working with Luvabull Rescue group to find him a home. He is young, healthy, and very friendly – so we believe he will find a good home soon.

 

 

The reason I’m writing about this (not just because it seems to have a happy ending) is that there is an educational opportunity here. The previous owner of Buddy tried to neuter him using a technique called ‘Banding’. Banding is a routinely done method for neutering livestock, mainly young sheep and cattle. The tight rubber band restricts circulation causing the scrotum and testicles to shrivel and eventually just fall off with little complication. Unfortunately sometimes it occurs to people that if it works on sheep and cattle, why not on a dog! So we’ve seen a few cases like this over the years and I’ve spoken to colleagues in the profession that have seen numerous cases as well. The problem is that it doesn’t work on dogs. They’re anatomy is different enough such that instead of cutting off circulation, the band just cuts into the skin creating a large wound. Dog’s lick the wound and inadvertently perpetuate infection. So . . .  it’s a mess!

 

 

We just want to pass the word and try to educate people that ‘Banding’ is not an acceptable way to neuter dogs. From a legal standpoint it is considered animal abuse. There are readily available avenues for neutering in our community. We perform many surgeries including neutering, we use safe anesthetic protocols, sterile surgical technique, plus pre and post operative pain control. We do our best to provide this at a discounted service to encourage spaying and neutering for the sake of reducing pet over-population problems. Even though we do our best to keep costs down, understandably they can be a limitation for some people. We are fortunate to have two low cost spay and neuter clinics in our area, Willamette Animal Guild and Eugene Spay and Neuter Clinic. So, people have numerous options.

 

 

In Buddy’s case we feel that he’s had the best possible outcome (not that more dogs should be abandoned at Safeway!).  A great deal of credit goes to our good Samaritan who rescued him, is fostering him, authorized us to do corrective surgery, and is coordinating with Luvabull to find him a home. We are glad to have played a roll in his happy outcome (anticipating that it will continue to be a happy outcome!). If you would like to contact Luvabull, their information is = http://luvabulladoptions-com.webs.com/

Rescue Group Pets That We’ve Helped With : Photos and Excerpts

We work with a number of shelter organizations and rescue groups in the area : most notably West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue, Luv-A-Bull and Luv-A-Little, Lane County Animal Service, Greenhill Humane Society, and Willamette Animal Guild. The following are photos and excerpts on rescue pets that we have helped with.


 

Meet Tyler, a young – soon to be neutered – male cat. A little skittish, but sweet. With a little time and a loving home, he’s going to be a great cat/ friend for somebody. He came to us for general health care and will be available for adoption through West Coast Cat and Dog rescue.

 

 

 

 

This is Myconos, an approximately 2 year old neutered male cat that came to us from West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue group. Very nice cat, ready to be adopted.

 


 


One of our team members, Brandy, has been fostering a pregnant cat (Daphne). These adorable kittens were born just last week. Brandy’s daughter named them, MacKenzie, Melissa, Kristina, Autumn, and Stacey (wonder where she got those names?) Daphne and the kittens are West Coast Cat and Dog Rescue pets. They will be open to adoption through ‘West Coast’ soon!
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Meet Beau! He is a LuvABull rescue dog. He is incredibly sweet! He visited us to get some radiographs done. Everything checked out good! He has some stiffness issues that are vague. We (Q Street and LuvABull) are still in the process of trying to figure out why he has musculo-skeletal pain and stiffness.
 

 

 

 

 

 

West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue took in 5 cats from a hoarding situation. We got to know (and care for) 4 of them; Curacoa Meow, Kitty St. Kitts, Oahu 2, and Maui. They are all sweet. The two that are pictured are Curacao Meow and Kitty St. Kitts (coolest names ever).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Whitney. She is a Lane County Animal Shelter Cat. Whitney just had surgery to remove cancer from her ear tips. White cats are prone to sunburn and subsequent skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma). Fortunately, most case respond well to having the cancerous area removed. She is sweet and should heal quickly, THEN, she’ll be looking for a new home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Peaches 2. This is kind of a funny picture, don’t be fooled she’s not hissing – she was very well behaved. Just caught her in a funny pose. She is from West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue group. We provided basic service care for her, getting her ready to be adopted. She is looking for a home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet So Shai. She is a shy yet very sweet dog being cared for by Luv-A-Bull / Luv-A-Little rescue group. She stayed with us for a day and had a combined procedure in which we spayed her and performed some corrective work on her teeth (extracted baby teeth that had never fallen out and were causing periodontal disease around the canine teeth). If she isn’t already spoken for, she’ll be looking for a home too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are some kittens in foster care with West Coast Dog and Cat rescue. They are young and very sweet (barely hold still for a picture). They are healthy and in a couple months they’ll be looking for a good home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Peabody. He is a very friendly cat that was at Lane County Animal Service and is now in the care of West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue group. He was visiting us to evaluate his eye condition = Entropion (lower eyelids roll in and the hair rubs the eye). He is a good candidate for corrective surgery and will likely have it done soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Cookie. A young poodle from our friends at the rescue group Luv-A-Bull / Luv-A-Little that needed some dental work. Very sweet dog that after a little visit here has all healthy teeth (extracted a few incisors and cleaned all the rest).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Hugo. He’s a rescue kitty from West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue. He has a scarred right eye which is stable. He has a scarred right ear too, it was so damaged that the ear canal was completely occluded and predisposed to constant ear infections. We did a surgery called a Lateral Ear Wall Resection to open up the ear canal and relieve the underlying predisposition to ear infections. He’s been a great patient and we look forward to seeing how he looks as it heals (it looks a bit rough right now – so our picture is of his “good side”!). Hopefully we’ll get to take a follow up picture in a couple weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Truman. He is a rescue kitty from West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue. We provided some basic veterinary care for him today. He has a healing abscess on his right cheek, he was recently neutered, and is FIV positive. He was a fighter, now he’s a “lover” (and needs a home).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Luna. She visited us today for some basic veterinary care. She is from the rescue group = West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue. She needs a home and is very sweet. She is deaf and has some special needs