What to do if your bird is sick from recalled Mazuri feed

Dr. Scott Echols, an avian veterinarian, has been following the Mazuri pet food recalls very closely. The information he’s offering is intended for bird owners who are concerned their birds may be sick from eating the recalled food.

Please know that I understand how many of you are scared or at least concerned over the Mazuri recall. I am doing everything I can to understand the problem and get to the bottom of the issue. Please read this information thoroughly.

Moments ago, I got off the phone with Dr Liz Koutsos (PhD nutritionist with Mazuri). I am also waiting for return calls from other non-industry experts who may be able to add to our understanding of this problem. I will go over my conversation with Dr Koutsos (quick update on tested product) below, but first I need to address concerns about your birds:

IF YOU THINK YOUR BIRD IS SICK FROM EATING RECALLED MAZURI FOOD, READ THIS:
Send me a personal message or e-mail (this will be posted on http://www.avianstudios.com/ and facebook) with the following information:
- 1. Your name, address, e-mail and phone number
- 2. Your bird’s name, species, age and sex if known
- 3. If your bird is a female, please indicate if she has laid eggs, and if so when the last egg(s) was(were) laid and how many
- 4. Any abnormal signs your bird has displayed in the past 2 months (Part A)
- 5. Any abnormal signs (even if seemingly unrelated) your bird has displayed prior to 2 months ago- in other words, any prior medical problems (Part B)
- 6. Your bird’s current diet and prior diet over the past year (if different)- please be specific about treats, supplements, etc

Once I have your information, I will do my best to contact you within the next 1-2 days (depending on how many people respond).

REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE, IF YOUR BIRD IS SICK I WILL ASK YOU TO TAKE HIM/HER TO AN AVIAN VETERINARIAN. If you do not have an avian veterinarian, go to www.AAV.org to locate one. Otherwise, I will attempt to make a recommendation based on where you live. I can also consult with your veterinarian as to diagnostics and interpretation if needed. However, the first step is to talk with you.

If your bird is a vitamin D toxicity suspect (based on our conversation, a veterinarian exam and supporting labwork), then I will direct you to Dr Liz Koutsos for further discussion and to possibly go through a claims process. If your bird is not a vitamin D toxicity suspect, your costs will likely NOT be reimbursed by Mazuri. My consultation is at NO COST TO YOU OR YOUR VETERINARIAN.

Now a word about Dr Koutsos. . .I do not personally know Dr Koutsos. After talking with people who do know Dr Koutsos and after personally talking with her, I feel that she is deeply concerned about the Mazuri recall and wants to do everything possible to address the problem.

A word about my relationship with Mazuri. . .I have no personal or financial vested interest in Mazuri or its parent company. I have been asked to be a paid independent consultant to talk with people with primarily companion birds who have eaten recalled Mazuri bird foods. My goal is to attempt to determine if any birds have become sick from eating recalled food, guide appropriate therapy where indicated and act as a channel to Mazuri to report my findings. I am a practicing clinical avian specialist veterinarian and have extensive experience working with numerous companion, zoo/aviary, rehabilitation, endangered and wild bird species. I CANNOT MAKE A DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT PLAN THROUGH THE INTERNET OR VIA A PHONE CALL WITHOUT SEEING AN ANIMAL OR WORKING WITH A VETERINARIAN WHO HAS SEEN THE ANIMAL IN QUESTION.

This morning Dr Koutsos explained that test results for the 2 batches of recalled Mazuri Waterfowl maintenance have arrived. The April 17, 2012 recalled Mazuri Waterfowl Maintenance diet had 8500 IU vitamin D/kg of feed. This is roughly 3 times the normal formulation. The April 28, 2012 Mazuri Waterfowl Maintenance diet had 2360 IU vitamin D/kg of feed. This is on the lower end of the target range.

The published vitamin D toxicity ranges for poultry start at 40,000 IU/Kg of feed. No such values exist for any other birds. After checking the veterinary and published literature databases, I could find no reports of vitamin D toxicity in waterfowl and one questionable case of vitamin D toxicity (complicated by vitamin A toxicity) in a blue and gold macaw and Moluccan cockatoo.

This does not mean that vitamin D toxicity does not occur in birds, but that it is rare or difficult to identify. Also, we have little information as to how to diagnose and treat the problem when it does occur.

Again, if you feel your bird is suffering as a result of eating recalled Mazuri bird foods, please contact me with the information above and I will consult with you.

Sincerely,
M. Scott Echols, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Echols, Avian Studios, also has an active Facebook group – Nutrition for Pets – where he is posting information about the recalls.

See the Mazuri website or the FDA website for the long list of Mazuri foods being recalled. You can also download the July 20 release by PMI here.

 


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The Combination Approach To Feeding Your Golden Retriever




Although you can get commercial food for your Golden Retriever, the ideal way to feed is to use a combination approach of both commercial food and fresh people foods. Most commercial food is good for your Golden, although it lacks nutrients and vitamins that fresh food has. Vets will tell you that fresh food is good, providing you don’t overdo it. Golden Retrievers love fresh food as well, as they can smell it a mile away. If it smells good to them – they’ll want it.

Most commercial foods will offer your Golden great sources of protein and vitamins, although fresh food contains far more essential sources. Chicken and meat for instance, have far more protein and minerals than any type of commercial dog food. Fish is another great choice, as it contains a lot of the protein your dog needs to maintain a healthy brain.

All dogs are well within the capacity of staying healthy, although you need to provide them with the minerals they need. Each dog is an individual, meaning that you can’t continue to feed him the same food on a daily basis. Golden Retrievers love people food, and they also love variety. What they need one day may vary the next, so you should always mix it up a bit and give them something different each day.

To be on the safe side, you should give your Golden a little bit of everything. This way, he will get everything he needs with his diet. When you design the diet for your growing Golden Retriever, you should always make sure to include animal protein. This is very important for your Golden, as he has to have it. Without animal protein, your dog will find himself literally struggling to stay healthy.

To keep your Golden Retriever healthy, it is very important that he gets quality nutrition. Although quality nutrition is very important, you should never him eat so much that he gains weight too fast. If you monitor his diet and know exactly what you are feeding him, he should remain in his weight class. Sometimes this can be hard to help though, especially if your Golden starts to develop allergies to a certain type of food.

If you ever have any questions regarding the diet of your Golden Retriever, you shouldn’t hesitate to ask your vet. Your vet could make some recommendations for you, even tell you the best type of commercial food for your dog. Depending on his individual needs, what he requires may be totally different than what another dog needs. As long as you keep your dog on a healthy diet and make sure he gets the food he needs – he should grow to be a healthy dog with plenty of energy.


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How to completely get rid of ticks from my dog?

Question by : How to completely get rid of ticks from my dog?
Every 2-3 weeks I find new ticks on my peck’s body. Today I found a “mother” tick which was little bigger than normal ticks. And when I took a tissue paper to take it out, I saw that its not there(lol seems like an intelligent tick). How can I completely get rid of these ticks? What is the best cure which won’t be bad for my dog’s health?

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Answer by Nik
What we use for my dog is a liquid that u put on the back of her neck that dries and then the ticks hate it and u put it on every other month or so- we got it at our vet I can’t remember what it is called but it works!

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Major Concerns with a Border Terrier



If you want to have a small but sturdy pet dog, then the Border terrier might be for you. This pet is no delicate lapdog. The Border terrier pet dog is full of fun for the whole family.

Before getting a Border terrier pet dog, however, you might want to consider some of the major concerns regarding the breed. This will help you weigh the pros against the cons and will let you reach a decision that would be best for you. Here are some concerns regarding Border terrier pet dogs:

1) Temperament – when people talk about terriers, they all comment on the same behavior using different words. Some people say that their dogs are feisty. Some say that their dogs are stubborn. Some people would prefer to use the word impulsive. The point is, they all describe the same behavior. A terrier is inherently dynamic in its behavior. It is part of what makes a terrier, a terrier.

The temperament of the Border terrier pet dog may be quite surprising, if not outright shocking for most people because of its size. For such a small dog, a Border terrier pet dog sure packs a lot of energy.

2) Aggression – Border terrier pet dogs are not really as aggressive as other breeds. However, its instincts as a terrier would still urge it to run after anything smaller than it. This means that if you own a cat or even a pet rabbit, you cannot have a Border terrier pet dog. This also means that you cannot trust a Border terrier pet dog out of its leash. If it even sees something running, it will take off, leaving you yelling uselessly. This, of course, can cause accidents to happen. In order to make sure that your Border terrier pet dog does not get hit by a car, you need to keep that pet on a leash outside.

3) Escape – it is recommended by many experts that Border terrier pet dogs should be kept in a fenced-in yard to let it have some roaming space while making sure that it is safe. However, you should know that Border terrier pet dogs are clever escape artists. Even if a Border terrier pet dog is within a closed in fence, you should try to keep an eye on it.

4) The noise – Border terrier pet dogs will bark at practically anything that catches their attention. Because of this, you need to properly train them to bark only when needed. You should also be quick to stop them if they are barking inappropriately.

For this reason, you should not really get a Border terrier pet dog if you live with very close neighbors and if you work during the day. An unsupervised Border terrier pet dog is sure to keep barking all day long. This, of course, may draw complaints from your neighbors.

5) Independent thinking – what people love about Border terrier pet dogs is the fact that they can learn very quickly. This is because of their inherent curiosity and toughness. However, the same qualities that make them prize-winners can also make them very stubborn when they want to. You have to be consistent with your commands and show the Border terrier pet dog that you mean what you say. In doing so, you will be training the Border terrier pet dog properly.


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Merrick Pet Care Recalls

Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is recalling all lots of its 10 oz “Beef Filet Squares” for Dogs and “Texas Hold’ems” pet treats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella  can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling the treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.

The “Beef Filet Squares” & “Texas Hold’ems” were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the US. These individuals have been notified and have activated their recall procedures.

Consumers who have purchased 10 ounce packages of “Beef Filet Squares for Dogs” & “Texas Hold’ems” are urged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-664-7387 M-F 8:00 – 5:00 CDT

 

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Purina recalls poultry feed due to insufficient vitamin D

Purina is recalling some of their Purina and DuMOR poultry feeds because of they don’t contain enough vitamin D.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 26, 2012 – Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC has initiated a voluntary recall of certain varieties of poultry feed products with the specific lot codes listed below, due to the lack of added vitamin D in these products. Inadequate levels of vitamin D in a bird’s diet for greater than 2-3 weeks may cause bone weakness, fractures or joint problems, and potentially death, if birds are not exposed to direct sunlight daily. Birds living outdoors may not experience symptoms due to the formation of natural vitamin D that occurs within the bird’s body with exposure to a minimum of 30 minutes of direct sunlight daily.

To date, there have been no reported animal illnesses involving the products below being recalled. The absence of added vitamin D in these products occurred as a result of a formulation software conversion.

“We are working diligently with retailers and distributors to notify customers about this issue and, as a precautionary measure, we urge customers to not feed their flocks these products,” said Dave Hoogmoed, Chief Operating Officer. “Instead, please return them to the point of purchase for a refund and replacement feed. We deeply regret the concern and inconvenience this is causing.”

The affected products were manufactured between May 23 and July 20, 2012, at the Milford, Indiana, Nashville, Tennessee and St. Joseph, Missouri feed plants, and distributed nationwide under the Purina and DuMOR brand names listed below. All products manufactured after July 20 include added vitamin D in their formulation.

The brands being recalled include PURINA® HONOR® SHOW CHOW® and DUMOR® SHOW POULTRY. See the FDA recall release for more information, including lot numbers: Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC Announces Voluntary Recall Of Certain Poultry Feeds Due To Lack Of Added Vitamin D. You’ll also find information about the recall on the Purina website.

 


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SCABIES?????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

Question by Give Someone A Hug Today: SCABIES?????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
I am a total clean-freak… I drive my husband nuts about how much I clean. Well, to make a long story short, we just literally started our two preschoolers (ages 3 and 4) in daycare. Two weeks into it, our daughter comes home with small itchy red bumps on her “booty” and as days went by, it became much worse and even spread up her back and down her legs. We then took her in to see a doctor and he said that he thinks it may be scabies!!!!!!

When the doctor explained what this was, I freaked!!!!! Our son, who attends the same daycare is fine and even sleeps right next to our daughter.

The doctor gave us some cream to put on her and said that the cream should kill the scabies.

My question is, how did she get this (daycare doesn’t know) and why hasn’t our son gotten this who sleeps right next to her and attends the same daycare??

It’s been 2 weeks now and she is still itching a bloody bottom. Can this really be scabies???

Also, can you actually SEE Scabies if you look closely (like lice?)

Thanks for any help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Answer by PhuQue
next to impossible for people sleeping together / next to each other not to get scabies . all your clothing and bedding needs to be dry cleaned , boiled …. the cream should have taken care of your daughters problem in about 24 hrs, not considering re-infestation ..but it sounds like it might be an allergy of some kind.

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Dog Poop Bags: Why You Need Dog Poop Bags

Dog Poop Bags: Why You Need Dog Poop Bags

If you have dogs that don’t just lie around your house you might be in need of dog poop bags.  If you are taking your dogs to a public park and walking them you will need to have disposable bags to pick up their fecal matter so that you can dispose of it properly.  If you do not dispose of it yourself someone might step in your dog’s poop, or perhaps even worse, you could potentially get ticketed for littering.  It’s so easy to just buy cost effective dog poop bags that it is not worth that risk.

Dog poop bags are not only an effective way to pick up dog poop, they are also biodegradable – which means you are doing a service to the environment by using them.  Some people choose to opt for regular plastic bags instead, but this is a less efficient way of picking up your dog’s poop.  Also, plastic bags cannot be flushed down a toilet but biodegradable dog poop bags can – this is a major advantage if you do not want to mix your dog’s waste with your other trash.  Just flush the dog poop down the toilet in its biodegradable bag and you are all finished, it is a very simple process.

You can buy biodegradable dog poop bags in large quantities in order to save money and so that you don’t have to buy them very frequently.  The can be ordered online or purchased at grocery stores as well as at specialty dog stores.  They are typically quite inexpensive.

Also, it is not particularly difficult to pick up feces and put them in dog poop bags without making a mess.  By opening the bag and putting your hand around the outside you can actually pick up the poop and wrap the bag around it without actually touching the poop, which will keep the entire process sanitary and more pleasant.  Your park may even have a dog poop disposal system so that you can dump the dog poop without taking it back to your home.

Obviously if you own dogs and enjoy taking them out to public parks on a regular basis, dog poop bags are important for you to buy and use.  They aren’t expensive or difficult to use, and now you know that there are even a variety of ways in which you can dispose of them which are simple and environmentally safe.

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A Guide to Choosing the Right Kind of Natural Dog Food for Your Dog

Dog owners all over the world have begun to learn that there are quite a few benefits to feeding their beloved canine companions food made from all natural ingredients. Their dogs have become healthier and happier as well as leading a longer life, which is something that delights the owners. When researching the different companies that produce all natural dog food, you will find that the most well-known ones have been in the business of keeping dogs healthy from the inside out for years.
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