FDA Issues Warning Letters to Manufacturers of Unapproved Levothyroxine Drugs for Hypothyroidism in Dogs

PEANUT BUTTER ALERT!!!
MANY BRANDS OF PEANUT BUTTER NOW CONTAIN XYLITOL WHICH EVEN IN SMALL DOSES WILL KILL YOUR DOG OR CAT!

http://www.northportlandvet.com/important-pet-health-news/is-peanut-butter-safe-for-dogs-please-beware-some-could-be-deadly/

http://www.pawprintpetblog.com/2015/06/12/dog-owners-beware-new-peanut-butter-brand-contains-deadly-xylitol/

CURRENT- Pet Products Recalls by FDA

IMPORTANT !!!!!!!

Christmas trees from Home Depot have
been sprayed with Ethylene Glycol
(substance found in antifreeze).
This have been verified by Home Depot.
Several cats have perished already from
chewing on the pine needles.
May kill dogs too.

On May 14, 2014, Bravo! LLC of Manchester, CT announced it is recalling some of its raw dog and cat foods due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria is a type of bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people or others with weakened immune systems. And it can also make your pet sick, too.

To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link:

Products Recalled

Safe Treats for Dogs and Cats
Written by Stacy Mantle
Thursday, 24 October 2013 18:46
This week, the FDA released a “progress report” on its investigation into jerky treats. The update is essentially that there is no progress and it’s still a “buyer beware” situation for anyone who feeds chicken, duck, turkey or sweet potato treats made from China to their pets.

You can read the full report here, but as of September 24, 2013, FDA has received more than 3000 complaints of illness related to consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, nearly all of which are imported from China. The reports involve more than 3600 dogs, 10 cats and include more than 580 deaths. And that’s just what has been reported...

This is why it’s so important to know where your pets treats are not only manufactured, but where the ingredients are sourced. We want to tell you about some safe treats for your pets that can be shared with either species and contains only ingredients guaranteed sourced from reputable suppliers, and manufactured in the good ole U S of A. Here are a few of our dogs and cats favorite treats from the top sources you can rely on.

Click this link for some safe treat suggestions

** WARNING **

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG OUTSIDE!! THERE ARE ABOUT 50 REASON NOT TO KEEP YOUR DOG OUTSIDE OR LEAVE YOUR PET IN THE YARD UNATTENDED. NOW THER IS YET ANOTHER:

Dogs Found Poisoned

On August 30, 2013, Purina PetCare Company announced it is recalling certain lots of its Purina One Beyond Dog Food due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link:

Purina One Beyond Dog Food Recall

On August 26, 2014, Mars Petcare US announced it is recalling specific lots of its Pedigree Dry Dog Food due to the possible presence of small metal fragments.

To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link:

Pedigree Dog Food Recall

Please be sure to share the news of this alert with other pet owners.

** IMPORTANT INFO-VALLEY FEVER **

JULY, 2013: Fluconazole & Itraconazole are now in substantially reduced production by the greedy pharmaceutical companies.
They have increased in price 10-fold or more which is currently believed to be a permanent increase.

Our veterinary associates are recommending that those in need of these and similar medications purchase a years' supply if able. This applies to both canines & humans in need. As of this writing, FRYS and Road Runner Pharmacies had the best prices.

HERE'S A COMPREHENSIVE, CHRONOLOGICAL ALL-IN-ONE-PLACE LIST OF DOG FOOD RECALLS

TREAT RECALL

Kasel Dog Treats Recall Expands to Include More Products and Retailers

Pedigree dog food recalled for choking risk

Mars Petcare has announced a recall of some varieties of Pedigree canned dog food because of a potential choking risk.

The recall affects only weight management varieties, was issued after the discovery of small pieces of blue plastic that entered the food during the production process.

The source of the plastic has been identified and resolved and while a few retailers have reported finding pieces of plastic, there have been no reports of choking or other health issues, the company said.

Consumers who have purchased affected product are urged to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange.

The affected product was distributed to retail customers throughout the United States.

Recalled Pet Food Only cans of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food varieties - Healthy Weight Premium Ground Entree in Meaty Juices, Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Beef and Liver Dinner with Meaty Juices, Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Chicker and Rice Dinner with Meaty Juices - with the production codes shown below are included in this voluntary recall. Each product will have a lot code printed on the end of the can that begins with 209, 210, 211 or 212 and a Best Before date that falls between 2/24/2014 and 3/23/2014.

Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-720-3335 or visit www.pedigree.com/update.

Please note that Arizona was NOT included in this foods' distribution locations

Kirkland

Canidae

SALMONELLA IN DOG FOOD

Truth About Pet Food

Others made in So Carolina plant:

Brands named in this recall now include:

  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
  • Country Value
  • Diamond
  • Diamond Naturals
  • Premium Edge
  • Professional
  • 4Health
  • Taste of the Wild
  • Kirkland Signature

  • WARNING ABOUT DOG TREATS

    "Ok everyone...THESE are among the chicken treats responsible for killing dogs or making them seriously ill. Vets everywhere are now warning everyone to stop giving your dogs these treats. They are slowly shutting down dog's kidneys and it is because of something they have in them, still as yet UNKNOWN. The fact that they don't know what the contaminant is, is why the FDA has not pulled these treats from stores. Do not buy ANY treats made in China, as that is where these contaminated, poisonous products are coming from.

    The FDA has recieved over 600 complaints on these....other brands are Canyon Creek Ranch and DOGSWELL...anyone feeding their dog chicken treats needs to look at the package carefully as the words "Made in China" can be very small...do not be fooled by the phrase "An American Company" they are using in large print!

    It's a huge issue and is still being investigated! Please click share and pass along - it could save a life!" ~cheryl

    ATTN: ALL OWNERS OF SEIZURE DOGS.. ...IMPORTANT WARNING

    We wanted to forward some information regarding an urge nt recall related to 32.4 mg Phenobarbital labeled product: Please see below for details and please share on your listserves.

    Forwarded message from the NCSU-CVM Pharmacist, Gigi Davidson:

    Please read below. Apparently Qualitest has mislabeled hydrocodone 10mg/acetaminophen 500mg tablets as phenobarbital 32.4mg tablets. Several adverse drug reactions have already been reported in dogs receiving the mislabeled drug (probably acetaminophen toxicity).

    The VTH pharmacy has not ever stocked Qualitest Phenobarbital 32mg tablets, but please inform any clients that have had prescriptions filled at other pharmacies for phenobarbital 30mg to contact their pharmacies to be certain that this mislabeled product was not dispensed.

    Unfortunately, no affected lot numbers have been reported yet.

    http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm246624.htm

    *FDA Advises Veterinarians of Recent Recall of Human Drug, Phenobarbitol*

    */Drug is Prescribed for Animals Extralabel/*

    March 10, 2011

    The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has become aware of a human drug recall for Phenobarbital tablets. Phenobarbital is prescribed by veterinarians as an extralabel use for treating seizures in animals.

    On February 5, 2011, Qualitest Pharmaceuticals voluntarily recalled several lots of Phenobarbital 32.4 mg and Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets 10 mg/500 mg due to a label mix-up between the two drug products. Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets were incorrectly labeled as Phenobarbital tablets 32.4 mg. As a re sult of this mix-up, pets may unintentionally be given Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen tablets instead of the intended drug, Phenobarbital.

    CVM has recently received 3 serious adverse event reports involving dogs treated with Phenobarbital tablets manufactured by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. One report cited two of the three affected lot numbers for the recalled product. The remaining two reports did not provide the lot numbers

    Julie Papay, Pharm.D.
    GlaxoSmithKline
    Safety Evaluation & Risk Management
    Global Clinical Safety & Pharmacovigilance RTP, NC
    (919) 483-0119
     

    ANOTHER PIG EAR RECALL--DON'T GIVE YOUR PET ANY PIGS EARS EVER!

    Bravo! is recalling its Bravo! Pig Ears Chews in the 50-count bulk box of oven-roasted pig ears because they could be contaminated with salmonella, the FDA said. So far the company hasn't received any reports of either pets or people being sickened from the chews. Included in the recall are the boxes of chews with the product code 75-121, Lot 12-06-10. The dog chews were sold on the East and West Coasts between January 1, 2011, and February 28, 2011. Consumers should return the chews to the store for a refund. Call the company at (866) 922-9222 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST.

    SPRING/SUMMER REMINDERS

    COCOA MULCH IS FATAL TO YOUR PETS!

    Snakes are out in full force We've received many reports of residential sightings

    on patios,along walking trails etc. The rain increased the bunny & rodent population and that's food for snakes. If you hike you must get your dog snake proofed, also known as snake avoidance training. It you have a view fence or chain link in desert areas, we strongly recommend snake fencing along the bottom 2-3 feet; available at your home improvement stores.


    SAGO PALMS: We're seeing many being sold all over town now: EVERY PART OF THE SAGO PALM IS FATAL TO YOUR PETS. YES, THEY ARE PRETTY PLANTS, NO, DON'T BUY THEM!

    5 Deadliest Plants to Pets

    Awareness is key in preventing accidental plant poisonings in your pets. Check out this important information on the deadly plants to be careful about.

    SAGO PALMS (from the Cycad family)

    ALL PARTS OF THE SAGO PALM ARE CONSIDERED POISONOUS but the seeds, which are in the center of the plant, are considered most poisonous (as little as 2 seeds can poison a dog)


    What you’ve probably seen in your local
    nursery or home-improvement store

    Bonsai-type sold for indoors
     

    "The Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., is recalling certain packages of its Wilderness Chicken, Basics Salmon and Large Breed Adult Chicken dry dog foods sold under the "BLUE" brand which have the potential to contain excessive levels of Vitamin D.

    The product codes are posted at this site:

    While Vitamin D is a beneficial component of these foods, the Company believes that these products may have levels of Vitamin D that are beyond the formula specifications, and has therefore chosen to withdraw them.

    Dogs reacting to the higher levels of Vitamin D may show signs of lethargy or exhibit unusually frequent water consumption and urination. If your pet has consumed the recalled products and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. . . ."

    ". . . To date there have been 36 cases nationwide of dogs reported with symptoms consistent with elevated Vitamin D in their systems while feeding on these specific productions of the products. In all cases the symptoms have subsided upon discontinuing feeding these products, with no apparent long term health consequences.

    Blue Buffalo learned of this potential condition in its products when it received reports of dogs diagnosed with high Vitamin D levels while feeding on the products from these specified production runs. On further investigation it was learned that a sequencing error had occurred at the supplier of the dry ingredi ents for these products. Immediately before producing the ingredients for these specific production runs, the supplier had run a product for another customer that contained a more potent form of Vitamin D used in chicken feeds. It is now believed that there was some level of carry over of this Vitamin D product into the ingredients for the specific manufacturing runs of the BLUE products, thereby increasing the Vitamin D activity to unacceptable levels in the Blue ingredients."     Lora Evanston

    WARNING!!
    It's Colorado River Toad Season
    Along with the monsoon rains comes yet another potentially fatal danger to our dogs;
    Colorado River toads also known as the Sonoran Desert Toad
    These are the toads that when licked or eaten, bring severe reactions ranging from retching to death.
    Dogs are naturally attracted to Toads especially when in motion

    Exposure to a toad should be treated as an emergency...seek veterinary care immediately: What to do if your dog is exposed to a Toad!

    PRODUCTS HARMFUL TO CHILDREN & PETS ARE TESTED & POSTED ON THIS SITE:
    HealthyStuff.org

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nature's Variety has expanded its recall of chicken-flavored pet food because of concerns over salmonella.

    The Lincoln, Neb.-based company said Monday that the raw, frozen food is being recalled because it could be contaminated with salmonella.

    The recall includes three-pound packages of chicken medallions, six-pound packages of chicken patties and two-pound packages of chicken chubs.

    Initially, the company recalled only packages with a best-by date of Nov. 10, 2010. Now packages with best-by dates of Oct. 29 and Nov. 9, 2010, are also being recalled.

    Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Pets can also become ill if they consume the bacteria.

    On the Net: Nature's Variety

    FDA Health Alert for Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats Packaged and Distributed by Merrick Pet Care
    Thu, 14 Jan 2010 16:35:00 -0600

    The U. S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Merrick Beef Filet Squares for dogs distributed by Merrick Pet Care with a package date of “Best By 111911” because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

    ** IMPORTANT WARNING!!!**

    Some varieties of Iams canned cat food has been recalled by parent company Proctor & Gamble due to nutritional deficiencies. The June 9 recall affects all flavors of 3-ounce and 5.5-ounce Iams ProActive Health canned cat and kitten food with the date stamps of "09/2011" and "06/2012" on the bottom of the can.

    The food is deficient in vitamin B1 (thiamine). Symptoms of thiamine deficiency include decreased appetite, vomiting, and possible dizziness. Consumers have been directed to return affected food to stores for refunds and to seek veterinary medical attention for cats exhibiting symptoms of thiamine deficiency.

    Keep updated on pet-food recalls at: www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls

    Other Reasons to Avoid Iams
    This is not the first time the company has been involved in a recall. Some Iams products also were part of the 2007 recall of melamine-contaminated pet foods.

    In addition, Iams used a contract animal-testing laboratory that was investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and subsequently fined for dozens of violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Although the company stopped using that contractor, it still keeps hundreds of dogs and cats in laboratory environments to do nutritional studies and also conducts invasive experiments on other types of animals.

    More Responsible Pet-Food Companies
    There are numerous companies that have better track records. Here are a few that deserve a closer look:

    Azmira - Based locally in Tucson, this holistic animal-care company distributes its pet food and other products in stores throughout the country. There are two Holistic Animal Care Shoppes locations in town at 7334 E. Broadway east of Kolb and 6336 N. Oracle in the Bed, Bath & Beyond Plaza.

    Halo - In 2008, the Ellen DeGeneres became part-owner of the 20-year-old natural pet-care company. Earlier this year, the company unveiled its "Stamps to the Rescue Campaign" featuring dogs and cats for adoption on a sheet of first-class stamps and the company's plans to donate 1 million meals to shelter pets.

    Newman's Own Organics - The Newman's Own line of pet foods are USDA certified organic. The company, founded by actor Paul Newman, has made donations to Best Friends Animal Society and other animal-related charities.

    Say "No" to Animal Testing

    The following companies do not test on animals according to IamsCruelty.com and have not been involved in any recalls according to FDA.gov:

    Ami, Amoré Pet Services, Inc., Animal Food Services, Artemis Pet Food, Azmira Holistic Animal Care, Bone Vivant, Inc., Boston Baked Bonz, Bravo Raw Diet, Burns Pet Health, Inc., CaniSource, CountryPet Pet Food, Dr. Harvey's, Dynamite Marketing, Inc., Eagle Pack Pet Foods, Evanger's Dog and Cat Food Co., Inc., Evolution Diet, Inc., Feline's Pride, Fromm Family Foods, Great Life Performance Pet Products, GreenTripe.Com, Halo, Purely for Pets, Happy Dog Food, Harbingers of a New Age, Holistic Blend, The Honest Kitchen, Know Better Dog Food, KosherPets, Inc., Kumpi Pet Foods, Mark and Chappell, Max & Ruffy's, Newman's Own Organics, Nutri-Vet, Oma's Pride, Onesta Organics, Inc., Pet Chef Express,PetGuard, Pied Piper Pet & Wildlife, PoshNosh Inc., Raw Advantage, Inc., Sauder Feeds, Inc., Sojourner Farms, Solid Gold, Stella & Chewy's LLC, Timberwolf Organics, Inc., V-dogfood LLC, Veterinary Nutritional Formula, Want A Cookie?, Weruva, and Wow-Bow Distributors Ltd.

    Pet Promise Brand Discontinued
    You may notice one popular natural pet food missing from this list: Pet Promise. That's because it is no longer being made (although there might be a few already-stocked bags/cans of product remaining on store shelves you could grab). Earlier this year, parent company Nestle/Purina discontinued production of its Pet Promise line of dog and cat food.


    10/14/2009 11:23 AM

    The following batches of Wysong Canine Diets MaintenanceT and SeniorT have shown above acceptable moisture levels and may contain mold.

    Wysong MaintenanceT: lot #: 090617
    Wysong MaintenanceT: lot #: 090624
    Wysong MaintenanceT: lot #: 090706
    Wysong MaintenanceT: lot #: 090720
    Wysong SeniorT: lot #: 090623

    Wysong is asking that if you have received any of these Wysong products to please not feed them, and contact Wysong for product replacement at Wysong@Wysong.net. Alternatively, product may be returned to the retailer where it was purchased.

    Mars Petcare US Issues Voluntary Recall of Everson, PA Plant Dry Pet Food Product due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm

    THE BEST PLACE TO CHECK FOR CURRENT INFO REGARDING RECALLS ON PET PRODUCTS AND PET FOODS ARE:

    http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html

    &

    itchmo.com

    Pet Food Recall - Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food - Paw Nation

    FDA LIST OF ALL DOG FOOD RECALLS

    March 21, 2008
    NUTRO DOG FOOD WARNING!!
    IMPORTANT

    ANTIFREEZE KILLS JAKE, JOEY & NARI

    THIS WEEK'S ADDITION:
    September 19, 2007

    Bravo! Issues Nationwide Recall of Select Poultry Products for Dogs and Cats
    and www.bravorawdiet.com

    Bravo Original Formula Chicken Blend frozen raw food
    Bravo Original Formula Turkey Blend frozen raw food
    Bravo Basic Formula Finely Ground Chicken frozen raw food

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --Vernon, CT -- Sept. 18, 2007--- Bravo! announces a voluntary recall of select tubes of three of its poultry products for cats and dogs.

    Other Recent Warnings or General Info:

    OK, we all know about tylenol, grapes, raisins, chocolate, toxic plants - all the stuff that can be potentially dangerous to our pets. This one just came from a personal friend in CT. Read it and heed it! We would rather waste 10 minutes of your time and have you read this than have any pet be harmed. From George Anderson: On Sunday night John & I had to put down our beloved Chocolate Lab mix, Tara, as she suddenly for no apparent reason started to have seizures and then became comatose. It was not until the next evening during a conversation with our own vet that I mentioned to her that I found a empty container of Xylitol breath mints in the back yard which she had chewed into and eaten all the mints, our vet gasped and said that Xylitol is deadly for animals. Apparently, it causes their blood sugar level to drop rapidly, they become hypoglycemic, liver failure and various other symptoms among which were the ones I just mentioned. She told us that they have been seeing this over the past year when Xylitol started showing up in our foods, it was in Europe before this.

    It is a sugar substitute: it is in toothpaste, it is used for cooking. One dog died after eating 4 cupcakes that had icing on them containing Xylitol.

    COCOA MULCH - Sold by Home Depot, Garden Supply Stores and Target

    Snopes   ~   Critter Crusader

    CAUTION! XYLITOL IN TIC TACS & RESCUE REMEDY

    Watch the Video: 17 Plants that Poison Pets Lilies, chrysanthemum, sago palm…did you know that these popular plants can poison your pet? In honor of National Poison Prevention Week this March 15-21, ASPCA toxicologists put together a video featuring 17 of the most common poisonous plants. Check it out now—it could save your pet's life!

    PetSmart Voluntarily Recalls Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits (January 20)
    Tue, 20 Jan 2009 17:39:00 -0600

    PetSmart is voluntarily recalling seven of its Grreat Choice Dog Biscuit products that contain peanut paste made by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA is the focus of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into potential salmonella contamination of peanut butter and paste made at its Blakely, Georgia facility.

    DANGEROUS TOYS AND TREATS

    On Sunday, June 22, 2008 my 10-year old lab mix, Chai, sustained a severe injury from a product that the company:

    Four Paws Inc, produces. The toy I'm referencing is the pimple ball with bell. (Item #20227-001, UPC Code 0 4566320227 9)

    While chewing on the toy, a vacuum was created and it effectively sucked his tongue into the hole in the ball. From speaking with my vet, this likely occurred because there is not a second hole in the ball preventing the vacuum effect from happening. I became aware of this when Chai approached a friend at my home whimpering with the ball in his mouth. She tried to remove the ball, but the tongue had swollen and could not be released.


    On June 26, 2008 Chai had his tongue amputated.

    This is a dangerous dog toy. The blog tells the first person's story and there is a link to another dog at a vet website with photos with the same ball stuck on its tongue. It's a common toy sold in many stores. http://www.thechaistory.blogspot.com/

    Real Ham Bone Made by Dynamic Pet Products of Washington, Missouri, Purchased at Walmart, Killed My Dog

    In Loving Memory of Trace I hope we can save others from such a senseless death.

    The label says it is made with '100% Food Grade Ingredients' and it isn't made from China. I thought that meant that this would make a good treat for my dogs. Boy was I wrong. Trace, my dog, enjoyed chewing on this bone. It did not splinter or anything, in fact there is quite a large piece of it still left. Then in the evening she started vomiting. She spent the next day at a veterinarian's office where she was diagnosed with a blockage of the colon. That night she endured a 4 hour surgery at Brandon Veterinary Specialists where the vet picked out small round pellets of the bone, up to the size of about a b-b. The next morning she was moved to Florida Veterinary Specialist critical care unit Again in the evening she had another 2 hour surgery, because the blockage had caused poison in her body. She passed away at 4:30 the next afternoon

    Alerting everyone to a dangerous toy called a
    Busy Buddy made by Premier
    It is a kong-TYPE toy, dumbell in shape of hard rubber with holes in either end of the dumbell to put treats into.

    Someone gave this toy with treats in it to her 7-month old pup, and after five minutes saw him scrabbling around on the floor. She went to take it from him and found him to have his tongue trapped in the hole by the vacuum it had caused.

    His tougue wouldn't come out and was swelling up and causing him to choke. She couldn't cut it off as the rubber was too thick and, of course, he was panicking as was she. She had to rush him to the emergency vet to have him sedated while the vet cut him free.

    He is now home safe but with a very bruised and badly-bitten tongue where he was biting, trying to free himself. The actual Kong toys are fine as they have a second hole in the other end so a vacuum isn't caused inside, but because each end of this Premier Busy Buddy toy was solid in the middle they aren't safe.

    Just a warning to anyone who may have this particular toy or anything similar that can create a vacuum.

    Preliminary Animal Health Notification
    December 19, 2008

    FDA Continues To Receive Complaints about Chicken Jerky Products for Dogs and Cautions Consumers

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to caution consumers of a potential association between the development of illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky products also described as chicken tenders, strips or treats. FDA continues to receive complaints of dogs experiencing illness that their owners or veterinarians associate with consumption of chicken jerky products. The chicken jerky products are imported to the U.S. from China. FDA issued a cautionary warning to consumers in September 2007.

    Australian news organizations report the University of Sydney is also investigating an association between illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky in Australia. At least one firm in Australia has recalled their chicken jerky product and the recall notification stated the chicken jerky product was manufactured in China.

    FDA believes the continued trend of consumer complaints coupled with the information obtained from Australia warrants an additional reminder and animal health notification.

    Chicken jerky products should not be substituted for a balanced diet and are intended to be used occasionally and in small quantities. Owners of small dogs must be especially careful to limit the amount of these products.

    FDA, in addition to several veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the U.S, is working to determine why these products are associated with illness in dogs. To date, scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses. FDA has conducted extensive chemical and microbial testing but has not identified any contaminant.

    FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs which may occur within hours to days of feeding the product: decreased appetite, although some may continue to consume the treats to the exclusion of other foods; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; and increased water consumption and/or increased urination. If the dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). Although most dogs appear to recover, some reports to the FDA have involved dogs that have died.

    The FDA continues to actively investigate the problem. Many of the illnesses reported may be the result of causes other than eating chicken jerky. Veterinarians and consumers alike should report cases of animal illness associated with pet foods to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html in their state.

    We have suffered a terrible, terrible tragedy last Wed. Two, beloved Cavaliers of mine, Haley and Zoe both ate potpourri from a decorative basket in my Living room.

    Within hours, they were vomiting it, convulsing and going into total body rigidity and shock. We took them to the after hours clinic, they had no idea what it could be and wouldn't listen to me about them vomiting potpourri at home and how I had such concerns about the toxic effects of it. They treated symptoms.

    We transferred them to our day vet. He also wouldn't listen to me about the potpourri theory. He said they had "strychnine" poisoning symptoms. I kept telling him that the potpourri was Made In India, sold by a company in California and sold at my local WalMart. My heart told me that it was the culprit of their condition.

    They declined rapidly throughout the day and we transferred them back to the after hours clinic for a second night. At midnight, I made the agonizing decision to put them to sleep. Haley was in constant seizures that wouldn't stop, fluid was filling up in her lungs, body temp was dropping on both of them, Zoe was lying almost lifeless on the table, struggling with every breath she took.. Every muscle was completely rigid, you couldn't even move her.

    I have devoted the last couple of days (now that I can get out of bed and function) to researching my concerns with the potpourri and have since found out I was right....... .....there is a lab in England that has case studies on toxic potpourri from India!! The toxin....strychnine , which in it's (sic) commercial source, comes from a certain tree grown in India. I am completely heartbroken over this.

    Please be aware of the potential toxins in any and all stuff like this in our homes. I would've never guessed this could happen but when I saw them both "playing" in the potpourri and then after about two hours saw the symptoms of a poisoning, I just put two and two together. Hug your babies, Love them and always take lots of photos along the way...it helps later on, trust me.

    Karen Cantner, Heartland Kennels, Evansville , Indiana USA

    We hope you find this information helpful