United Pet Group, Inc. announced on July 2, 2010 that they were expanding their recall to include dog and cat products due to possible salmonella contamination.  Specific lot #s of Pro-Pet branded products, Excel products, and private label pet supplements have all been included in this announcement.

According to VPN:

“Laboratory testing has revealed that some lots of these products may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the company. The company said it is recalling additional products out of “an abundance of caution.”

The affected products are in tablet and powdered form and were sold nationally at various retailers, including Petco and Doctors Foster and Smith, United Pet Group reported.

The affected products carry expiration dates from “01/2013” through “06/2013.” Products with expirations dates before “01/2013” or after “06/2013” are not included in the recall.

The company had issued a voluntary recall in late June of all unexpired lots of its Pro-Pet Adult Daily Vitamin tablets for dogs. At that time, the company reported that one lot of the vitamin product was contaminated with salmonella.”

Go HERE (.pdf) to read the press release and current list of recalled products from United Pet Group.


On June 2, 2010 Merrick issued a RECALL due to possible Salmonella contamination on 86 cases of their Beef Filet Squares 10-oz packages, that have been shipped nationwide.  This recall pertains to specific LOT #10084TL7 with the expiration date of March 24, 2012.

Pets showing signs of Salmonella poisoning may exhibit lethargy and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.  Dog owners are urged to contact their veterinarian if their pet has consumed the recalled product and is exhibiting these symptoms.

And according to Veterinary Practice News (which I was completely not aware of)…

Merrick recalled 10-ounce packages of its Beef Filet Squares with a different lot number for the same reason in January. In this new case, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had collected a sample of the Beef Filet Squares, lot number 10084TL7, from a retail store. The sample tested positive for salmonella, the company reported.

I’d stay away from these treats until they get this sorted out.

For contact info, and to read the released statement from the company, go HERE.

We’ll keep you updated on this one.


On June 18th, the President of Natural Balance® Pet Foods, Inc. sent out a letter stating they were voluntarily recalling their 5lb and 28lb bags of Sweet Potato and Chicken Dry dog food with the “Best By” date of  June 17, 2011.

If you have one of these bags, return it to the store purchased for a full refund.

You can read the official letter on the Natural Balance® Website HERE.


Read the statement for immediate release HERE.

We know we’re an ALL DOG blog around here, but many of our readers have kitties, so we felt this very important to share here.  We recently posted about registering for IAMS coupons HERE, and after reading the release, no other food (including dog food) is affected and involved in this recall.  This is for North America only.

Keep an eye on your kitty if you have recently fed IAMS, and notice any of the symptoms listed.  Call your veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.

We’d like to personally thank, Woodmar Animal Clinic (Bubbs’ Veterinarian), for posting this.  We love you guys!

Ellen DeGeneres has done it again!

We love Ellen and everything that she is doing, and has done in the name of animals as she continues to express her devoted support for animal adoption and supporting rescues.  This time she’s teamed up with U.S. Postmaster General, John E. Potter, to release some one-of-a-kind postage stamps that feature dogs and cats who have been successfully adopted into loving homes, and they’re about to be released to the public at the end of April!

The program, Stamps To The Rescue, was unveiled on her show this month and if successful, will hopefully bring awareness to the importance of animal adoption and rescue.  If you’d like to make sure that you get your paws on some of these sticky cuties, you can pre-order them ahead of time to ensure you get some!  You bet we are!  We’re stockin’ up!

Go HERE to pre-order and see the furry faces that will soon be adorning your mail!

The stamps will be available to order for 1 year, and you know that year will fly by.  They always do, so be sure to get some to last you awhile!

Thanks, Ellen and Postmaster General, Potter!

I was going through some emails this morning and came across one from Nature’s Variety® that stated that they are recalling some of their food on March 8th.  They recalled all their Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula products with a ‘Best If Used By’ date of 2/5/11 out of precaution, their Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with the ‘Best If Used By’ dates of 10/29/10 and 11/9/10 due to the possibility of Salmonella contamination.  :(

This does not include any of the Chicken Formulas that have a ‘Best If Used By’ date AFTER 2/5/11.

For a list of the products affected, and those that are not, go HERE (.pdf) to have any of your questions answered, contact information if you have any additional questions, and what you should do if you think you may have given your pet the affected food.  You can also go HERE to read the press release.

If you give your dog (or cat) Nature’s Variety®, they are also offering some coupons for your future purchase.  You can print them directly from this post and cut them out!

Thanks, Nature’s Variety® for caring about our pets and announcing the recall promptly to avoid any serious harm to our furry family members.  And giving us some coupons to compensate!


The Nevada Humane Society is in DESPERATE need for pet food for the Pet Food Assistance Program!

On a daily basis, the animals at the shelter consume about 100 pounds of dry cat food and 70 cans.  The dogs eat nearly double this amount.  Due to the large number of people out of work, the demands on the Pet Food Assistance Program are greater than ever.

“We are critically low on pet food for the pet food assistance program,” said Bonney Brown, Executive Director for Nevada Humane Society. “We have very little dog food available to give out to people who need food for their pets and we completely ran out of cat food yesterday. It is heartbreaking to have to turn people away.”

In addition to dry food for dogs and cats for the Pet Food Assistance program, Nevada Humane Society can use canned and dry food for the animals at the shelter, as well as kitten food and formula for foster homes that care for kittens.

Tax deductible donations of dog and cat food may be delivered daily, between 11:00 am and 6:30 pm, to the Nevada Humane Society shelter at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno, between Rock Blvd. and Mira Loma Ave. On Saturdays the shelter opens an hour earlier at 10:00 am.


If you live in the area, or near the state, please help them out.  I know that economic times are not that great right now, but animals don’t understand why they’ve gotten a little less food than yesterday, and why they are even in a cage day in and day out.  If you can’t adopt, volunteering some of your time, fostering, or picking up a cheap bag of food while you’re at the store picking up some stuff for your own dog and dropping it off can mean the world to these animals and the people who spend their days taking care of them.

Let’s help the Nevada Humane Society out!


I know that I’m a little…well, actually a LOT late….in reporting this and the little cutie is probably almost fully recovered by now, but I couldn’t help but doing a little post for all of you who may have not heard about it!  It’s pretty miraculous.

Then 12-weeks old, Smokey the Chihuahua survived an “accident” involving a fairly large BBQ fork.  Now, how this happened I have no idea, and honestly I don’t truly believe the story, that it was an “accident”, but who knows maybe it is.

Supposedly, the BBQ fork broke off while being used and flew through the air and imbedded in the skull of the young pup.  Smokey then ran off into the woods for two days and hid until his owners found him.  They then rushed Smokey to the emergency vet where surgery had to be performed to remove the fork.

To read the article and view photos, and an x-ray of this crazy “accident” go HERE and HERE.

Be sure that no children are present as it may be traumatizing.

I’m so glad that little Smokey is doing well and alive!  He is one lucky pup!


We’ve just been notified by VCA that if you’re a pet owner that has been affected by the California wildfires, VCA Animal Hospitals is offering FREE boarding for the pets of families who have been forced to evacuate and will be offered for as long as the fires persist.  They recommend that you call ahead of time to make sure they have availability for your pet.

To find a VCA Animal Hospital nearest to you, go HERE.

Thank you so much VCA for being there to help these families during their time of need.

Please keep these families and their pets in your prayers and thoughts.