Twin Cities Veterinarians
Preparing For Dog Flu
Story by Kate Raddatz, WCCO
Twin Cities veterinarians
say its only a matter of time before dog flu makes it way
At least 1,000 dogs have come down with canine influenza in Wisconsin,
Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana. Six of them died.
I think they should be concerned about it a little bit but
mostly just aware, Dr. Brek Perry, a veterinarian at Westgate
Pet Clinic in Minneapolis, said.
Westgate Pet Clinic got 60 doses of the canine flu vaccine last
Thursdayby Tuesday they were out. They ordered a new shipment
immediately to keep up with demand for the vaccine.
I havent gotten the vaccine, Sara Shaw, from
Minneapolis, said about her dog, Hawkeye. Gosh,
Im being a bad dog mom and I should go get it.
Still, veterinarians say the vaccine is given on a case-by-case
basis and isnt necessary for all dogs.
Dogs that go to dog parks, dogs that board, go to daycaresocial
dogs that go out quite a bit, Perry said.
Symptoms to look for include coughing or sneezing, fever, and
Shaw said she is avoiding dog parks until she can get her dog
to the vet to get the vaccine.
I want him to live forever so anything to keep him healthy,
and if I have to keep him from playing with other dogs, so be
it, she said.
If your dog has symptoms, keep him away from other dogs and call
Primal Pet Foods
has initiated a voluntary recall of their Feline Raw Frozen Turkey
Formula with a "Best By" date code of 060815 B22 because
this product may contain low levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1).
No other Primal Pet Foods products are affected.
Go to http://www.primalpetfoods.com/company/notification
for more information.
Lawsuit Claims Purina's
Beneful Is Poisoning, Killing Dogs
By Daniella Silva
A recent lawsuit filed against
Nestle Purina PetCare Company is claiming that one of the company's
most popular dog food brands contains toxins that are poisoning
and even killing people's pets.
The lawsuit, filed in California federal court earlier this month
by pet owner Frank Lucido, alleges that thousands of dogs have
become ill or died as a result of eating Beneful dry kibble dog
Lucido and his family owned three dogs a four-year-old
German Shepherd, an eight-year-old English Bulldog and an 11-year-old
Labrador and began feeding the pets Beneful exclusively
beginning in late December or early January, according to the
suit. Because of home renovations, the dogs were kept in three
By the end of January all three of the dogs became ill and the
English Bulldog eventually died, according to the suit. A post-mortem
examination revealed signs of internal bleeding in the dog's stomach
and lesions on his liver. Similar symptoms were found in Lucido's
German Shepherd, who became violently ill before the bulldog's
death. A veterinary exam of the dog also showed signs of internal
bleeding and liver malfunction "consistent with poisoning,"
the lawsuit said. Lucido's two remaining dogs remain in veterinary
care, his lawyer said.
"All three of them
weren't exposed to a singular condition," Jeffrey B. Cereghino,
a lawyer representing Lucido, told NBC News. "The one constant
they had was they were all eating the same dog food."
Lucido's story is similar to more than 3,000 complaints consumers
have made online of dogs becoming ill and in some cases dying
after eating Beneful kibble style dog foods, according to the
complaint. The consistent symptoms reported include stomach internal
bleeding, malfunction or failure of the liver, vomiting, diarrhea
and weight loss.
The lawsuit claims toxins in Beneful are to blame, listing propylene
glycol and mycotoxins as possibly harmful substances in the dog
While the suit alleges propylene glycol is a known animal toxin
and component of automotive antifreeze, Purina says on its website
that the type it uses is "an FDA-approved food additive that
is also in human foods like salad dressing and cake mix."
Mycotoxins are a group of
toxins produced by mold found in grains, a major ingredient in
Beneful. Mycotoxins pose a health risk to dogs and consumer complaints
on Beneful report symptoms consistent with mycotoxin poisoning,
according to the lawsuit. Cereghino said he and his team plan
to collect further data and perform testing of the products for
For full story, click
Beneful Dog Food Poisoning killing thousands of dogs
than 1,000 dog deaths may now be linked to toxic jerky treats
according to the Food and Drug Administration.
And the agency says since 2007, there have been almost 5,000 complaints
of pet illnesses related to the treats.
The majority of those illnesses were of gastrointestinal or liver
disease and about a third were linked to kidney and urinary disease.
"It's something I worry about in general just because it seems
to keep recalling dog foods," said dog owner Colin Fisher.
"They don't know what's in them."
In fact, not even the FDA is sure of what exactly is sickening the
They say a common thread in the reported illnesses is that the pets
ate a chicken or duck jerky treat, or a jerky-wrapped treat.
And most of the questionable treats came from China.
Several brands voluntarily pulled their jerkys last year but complaints
Dr. Jonathan Levine, an associate veterinarian at Blue Pearl says
owners should always check the labels of whatever they feed their
"Always be aware of what you're buying and where it's coming
from," Dr. Levine says.
But even that is not foolproof.
The FDA says products that
are stamped 'Made in the USA' could still contain ingredients
sourced from China or other countries.
Dogs may have specific signs of sickness including vomiting, diarrhea
Levine says if your dog has any of those symptoms contact your
vet right way.
Another dog owner we spoke to, Miriam Bouchma, says after reading
about the toxic treats, she's stopped feeding store bought jerky
to her dog Baily altogether.
"I've started making my treat at home in terms of the jerky
strips, it's not that hard to do" she said.
more: 1,000 dog deaths linked to 'toxic jerky treats' - KMSP-TV
This articles original publication date was August 15th, 2013.
Proctor & Gamble has
issued a press release regarding a voluntary recall they are performing
on select Iams and Eukanuba dry dog & cat foods,
due to a possibility of Salmonella contamination. Fortunately,
according to P&G, there have not yet been any reports of illness
due this contamination.
Please review the list to
ensure that your dogs food is not affected! If your food
is on this list, please visit the original press
release for more information on what to do.
more here for the affected list of food for cats and/or dogs.
October 23, 2013
Jerky treat mystery:
Nearly 600 pets dead; still no source, FDA says
Nearly 600 pets have died
and more than 3,600 have been sickened in an ongoing, mysterious
outbreak of illnesses tied to jerky treats made in China, federal
animal health officials said Tuesday.
Most of the cases have been
in dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes although 10 cats
have been sickened, too after eating chicken, duck and
sweet potato jerky treats. The pace of the reported illnesses
appears to have slowed, but federal Food and Drug Administration
officials are now seeking extra help from veterinarians and pet
owners in solving the ongoing puzzle.
To date, testing for
contaminants in jerky treats has not revealed a cause for the
illnesses, Martine Hartogensis, a deputy director for the
FDAs Center for Veterinary Medicine, said in the new report.
Despite these warnings, we have continued to receive reports
of illnesses in both cats and dogs.
The new numbers are up from
some 500 deaths and 3,200 illnesses tallied in January, but the
rate of reports has fallen sharply since then, mostly because
two of the largest sellers of pet jerky treats announced recalls
tied to the presence of unapproved antibiotic residue detected
in the products.
For more info, click
January 9, 2013
Milo's Kitchen® today
announced that it is voluntarily recalling its Chicken Jerky and
Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats from retailer shelves nationally.
No other Milo's Kitchen® products are affected.
On Monday, New York State's
Department of Agriculture informed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) and the Company that trace amounts of residual antibiotics
had been found in several lots of Milo's Kitchen® Chicken
Jerky. After consultation with the New York Department of Agriculture
and FDA, the company decided to voluntarily recall Milo's Kitchen®
Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers, which are both sourced from
the same chicken suppliers.
For more information on
the recall, click
For more information on both recalls, click
here and here.
announced a nationwide recall of more than 40 popular brands of
pet food. The contaminated productsincluding well-known
brands like Iams, Eukanuba, Purina and Science Dietwere
causing severe, and often fatal, kidney problems in dogs and cats.
Nearly 180 brands of wet and dry food were eventually added to
the recall list, provoking a tense period of uncertainty for pets,
pet parents and animal welfare professionals.
For more information
on the recall, click
If you think your animal has been affected by this recall, click
been quite a few dog on dog attacks at the dog park located in
Battle Creek Park. There have been some dogs with some severe
an eye on your pet.
you ever notice when you blow in a dogs face he gets mad at you? But when you
take him in a car he sticks his head out the window."