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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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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Can a tick change color depending on the color of the dogs fur color?

Question by Luv2no is in the house: Can a tick change color depending on the color of the dogs fur color?
I went to the vet today with my Aunt and the doctor brought out a white tick, and stated that she had never see a white tick before. The receptionest then said that she had pulled many ticks of different colors off her dog, which had many colors in its fur. I then made a statement about ticks changing colors and the vet wasn’t even sure.

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Answer by Lady M
No they are not color change. They do come in different types which can be different colors, the white was a genetic mutation, white in the wild would not last long its too easily seen by predators.

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Petco recalls stainless steel bowls due to radioactive material

Petco recalls stainless steel bowlsPetco is recalling some of their food bowls due to radioactive material.

SKU 1047493
9.25” diameter; 3.75 cup capacity

SKU 1386956
9” diameter; 3.5 cup capacity

SKU 1047477
9” diameter; 7 cup capacity

Petco has determined that one of its foreign suppliers used stainless steel mistakenly containing small quantities of Cobalt-60 when fabricating certain orders of certain SKUs/models of stainless steel pet food bowls. Cobalt-60 is a radioactive material commonly used in industrial gauging equipment and other uses.

We don’t know for certain how it got into our product, but we believe it came from scrap metal that had some Cobalt-60 accidentally mixed in. The affected products were found to emit low levels of radiation.

The Cobalt-60 levels in the affected products are far below State and Federal regulatory limits. All of the expert testing conducted on these products to date indicates that there is no health risk to the public, to our associates or to pets.

To our knowledge, the affected products were limited to two cargo containers that entered the United States in late May and early June. We’ve also determined that the affected products pose no health risk, and were and are safe to be handled by our associates.

The issue was discovered by Customs and Border Protection agents during a routine import screening of one of the containers. That container was held at the port and never reached Petco. The second container had previously cleared Customs and reached Petco’s distribution network.

Upon learning of this issue following the delivery of the affected products to our distribution centers, we promptly retained experts to examine the potentially affected products, and those experts determined that the SKUs examined were safe for handling.

Out of concern that products from the second container reached our stores, we removed from our store shelves and from our website all products from the supplier that produced the bowls.

We have confirmed that the vast majority of all of the affected products remain at Petco distribution centers, are quarantined outside and never reached our stores.

We also confirmed that very few affected items were actually sold to consumers. We are working to contact those customers to inform them of the situation and to retrieve those particular bowls.

Petco has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a number of state governments, and is in the process of notifying other appropriate states as we continue to collect and verify information.

The Illinois state government did its own testing and issued a news release stating that “a person would have to hold one of the bowls against their chest for roughly six and a half days to receive a dose of radiation equivalent to a single chest X-ray,” and that “these bowls do not pose an immediate health risk.”

Petco tested other stainless steel pet products it carries from other suppliers and found no similar issues. The supplier that produced the affected products has told us that it has already instituted special screening procedures. We are in the process of reviewing those procedures ourselves, and we have put a hold on future shipments until this issue is resolved.

Customers who purchased these products between the dates of May 31 and June 20, 2012, should bring it to their local Petco store for a full refund. If you have any questions, please call Petco Customer Service at 877-738-6742.

SKU numbers can be found on labels inside and on the bottom of the bowls.

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Some Facts about the Boston “Bull” Terrier Dog

The Boston terrier is a well-muscled and compact breed. This is not really surprising since the Boston terrier was first bred by people who wanted to use them in dog fights. Now some people may read all sorts of implications from such a violent past. Some people might think that the Boston terrier dog would make a bad pet because of its aggressive nature. However, you should know that as a pet, the Boston terrier can actually be pretty mild mannered.

The temperament of the Boston terrier can be described as enthusiastic as it often loves to play. Most people comment that the Boston terrier actually has a great sense of humor. Another characteristic that people find delightful with this breed is the fact that they are intelligent and are very much easily trained. This fact is also enhanced by the dog’s natural curiosity and love for learning.

Of course, people who own pets know the importance of training. Having a well-behaved pet increases the enjoyment for you both. Having a well-behaved pet means that you can have more fun with that pet.

One thing that owners have noticed with a Boston terrier is the fact that it can be very sensitive to the tone of a person’s voice. This may be described as a sort of emotion detector. Because of this sensitivity to the tone, a Boston terrier will be able to respond to how you are feeling when you are talking. This means, however, that you need to take care when training your dog. You need to make sure that anger and frustration do not find their way into your voice.

They also make excellent watchdogs as they do not bark indiscriminately. This means that you won’t wake up in the middle of the night because your Boston terrier saw a butterfly. There are some cases, though, when a Boston terrier will not bark at all.

Regarding the living conditions, Boston terriers can do well enough without a yard as long as they get regular exercise. This means that they are suitable for apartment living. However, you should also know that they are very sensitive to the extremes of weather. This means that you should keep it in a place that’s neither too hot nor too cold.

Unlike other terrier breeds, the Boston terrier is an average shedder. This means that you should be wary of keeping it indoors as it can shed fur over your floor. We all know how much of a fiasco that can be.

Bostons have a variety of common health problems. They easily get overheated when they are pushed too hard. As said before, they can also be sensitive to extreme weather and any weather that’s too hot or too cold can leave them with breathing difficulties. Skin tumors and heart tumors are very common with this breed. So you need to bring the dog to a vet regularly.

Another disorder you should watch out for is a skull defect. If a Boston terrier is badly bred, it often develops a bone defect that prevents the brain from growing. This, naturally, will lead to a retarded dog.

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