Tuesday June 18, 2013
Natura today announced that it's recalling all its pet foods and treats/biscuits with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014. The recall includes the brands EVO, Innova, HealthWise, California Natural, Mother Nature, and Karma.
This recall happened in response to an FDA test in April that showed salmonella in a product manufactured on April 3. Although there was only one positive test, the company is recalling the products mentioned above as a precautionary measure. The recall includes both cat and dog food and biscuits.
Visit the recall page on the Natura website for information on how to request a refund if you have these products. You can also call 800-224-6123 for more information.
View my complete list of dog food recalls here and cat food recalls here.
Sunday June 16, 2013
You've probably heard of Take Your Child to Work Day, but June 21 puts a different spin on things with Take Your Dog to Work Day. This holiday celebrates our canine companions and also encourages adoption by inspiring dogless co-workers who might find the pets irresistible and decide to add to their own families.
Well-known dog toy maker Kong recommends bringing some playthings if you bring your dog to your workplace. A toy will keep the dog busy and promote good behavior. Kong toys are particularly well suited to the task because you can add treats or stuff in tasty foods like peanut butter to keep your pet's attention for hours.
If you normally have to leave your dog at home all day while you work, attend school, or do something else that keeps you out for long hours, Kong toys are also great for preventing separation anxiety. Check out this article in which former Animal Planet "Good Dog U" host and current Busch Gardens animal keeper Jay Stutz recommends Kong toys as being his favorite option for soothing this problem.
Saturday June 15, 2013
The world was thrilled to learn about the birth of a seemingly healthy two-faced kitten in Oregon, then saddened by its death just days later. Duecy was rejected by the mom cat and died despite owner Stephanie Durkee's efforts to feed the kitten with an eye dropper.
Such kittens are rare but not unheard of. The condition happens often enough in animals to have a scientific name, diprosopus, although felines are often referred to as Janus cats.
Although the prognosis for Janus cats isn't good, one such feline, named Frank and Louie for his two distinct faces, is still alive after 12 years and is in the Guinness Book of World Records for his longevity.
If you've got a cat of your own, check out this list of 10 helpful videos for kitten and cat owners.
Monday June 10, 2013
Courteous dog owners pick up after their pooches, but what do you do if there's no garbage can nearby? An interesting product called The Fifth Paw gives you a way to handle the problem without actually handling the poop.
The Fifth Paw allows the bag to dangle on your leash until you get to a place where you can dispose of it properly. That leaves your hands free to control your dog and to handle things like cell phones and keys. You can see it below:
If you can't find this product in a store near you, it's available through the official website.