Thursday, September 2, 2010


due to inactivity on this, one of my lesser used blogs, and also due to the existance of the awesome website "The TRUTH about Pet Food," created and maintained by a pet-lover passionately committed to the cause of the health of all pets, I have decided to just go ahead and shut this blog down. As some of you may know, I have waaaay too many of them anyway, plus I am confident that if you go to Sue's blog and sign up to be included on her automatic emails, that she will keep you well informed and up to date on not only the latest pet food recalls, but as to other pet-care related products and pet related issues as well. 

If there is any infomation you would like to copy and save from this blog, I suggest you get to it as I intend to take it down probably in a week or so.
Thanks for reading me here.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Natural Balance Dry Dog Food Recall

Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food recall. Best by date of
June 17, 2011.

PACOIMA, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc., of
Pacoima, CA, announces a voluntary recall of Natural Balance Sweet Potato &
Chicken Dry Dog Food with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, in 5-lb. and
28-lb. bags because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall notification is being
issued out of an abundance of caution based on an isolated instance in which
a product sample with a "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, had a positive
result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration. This product was originally manufactured on December
17, 2009, and is the only Natural Balance product being recalled.

Salmonella can affect animals and there is a risk to humans from handling
contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food can become infected
with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands
after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. This product was
manufactured on December 17, 2009.

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.

Recalled products were only distributed in pet specialty stores in the
states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho,
Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,
Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota,
Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The only product affected by the recall is the Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry
Dog Food with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, product information as


Consumers who have purchased Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog
formula with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, are urged to return it to
the place of purchase for a full refund. A separate letter and instructions
will be forwarded to all relevant Natural Balance customers. For additional
information, please contact Natural Balance Pet Foods Customer Service at
(800) 829-4493 (8am - 5pm, PDT) or by visiting

Monday, February 1, 2010

AVMA trying to prevent Investigation

The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) has reportedly taken legal actions against Vin News; attempting to prevent an investigation of AVMA’s accreditation program for vet schools.

Click on title above for more on this story, then be sure to check out more news on Sue Thrixtons wonderful site - THRUTH ABOUT PET FOOD - and suscribe to her online newsletter.

Blame it on the Lousy Pet Food
To the tune of Blame it on the Bossa Nova

Petsumer Report Review of the Month
February 2010 Petsumer Report reviews Performatrin Ultra Pet Food, 7 cat foods, 10 dog foods, 3 dog treats.

February Adopt an Un-informed Pet Owner Month
We’ve all been there. Some where along the way, one pet owner explained to you the differences in pet food. The education they shared with you probably added years to your pets’ life. So, let’s go looking for them; the un-informed pet owners. Let’s make a February a month of searching for newbies; helping them to add years to their pets’ life.

New Study shows just how confusing Weight Loss Pet Food Is
The Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association recently published the results of diet/weight loss pet food study. Drs. Deborah Linder DVM and Lisa Freeman DVM took a close look at weight loss pet food; their results shine a bright light on more misgivings of pet food.

Some of you might remember ‘meeting’ Dr. Cathy Alinovi, DVM this past summer. She’s one of those one-in-a-million veterinarians that stood up to pet food ( Lucky us, Dr. Cathy will now be contributing articles to Here’s her first article…(more info on Dr. Cathy to come later)…

Shedding is Not Normal
By Dr. Catherine Alinovi, DVM
When the fur flies and the fuzz bunnies are taking over control of the carpet, floors, furniture and clothes, you should ask yourself one simple question: Is shedding normal? The answer is NO. Which begs the question: Can I fix it?

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Truth about Pet Food
Petsumer Report

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