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April 2017 Pet of the Month – “SAMANTHA” Hasner

Calusa Veterinary Center would like to introduce our April 2017 “Pet of the Month”.

She is “SAMANTHA” Hasner.

14 ½ years ago we wanted a white Toy Poodle.  What came to our family was an apricot poodle that turned out to be white and 11.5 lbs!  Surely not Toy, but definitely, white! From that moment on, Samantha became the love of our lives!  I trained her every day while she was just a puppy and even taught her how to play a toy piano!  Sam went on to pass all the tests to become a Therapy Dog where she went to Nursing Homes and public schools,  always showing off her piano talents.  Right now  she is battling Cushings Disease and we owe it all to  Dr. Turkell, Dr. Knieriem, and the entire staff at  Calusa Veterinary Center for treating Samantha as their very own.

Congratulations to “SAMANTHA” and The Hasner Family for being voted Calusa’s April 2017 Pet of the Month!

March 2017 Pet of the Month – “GARGAMEL” Castro

Calusa Veterinary Center would like to introduce our March 2017 “Pet of the Month”.

He is “GARGAMEL” Castro.

Gargamel is the most adorable and loving dog. He is a Brazilian schnauzer that has been living in Florida for the past 4 years. He loves sunbathing and chasing lizards!

Gargamel is unique in every single aspect and he is the one and only in our house and hearts! 

Congratulations to “GARGAMEL” and The Castro Family for being voted Calusa’s March 2017 Pet of the Month!

Against The Grain Pet Food Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Pulled Beef Due to Potential Adulteration with Pentobarbital

Out of an abundance of caution, Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that was manufactured and distributed in 2015.

The 12 oz. Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that is being voluntarily recalled, due to the potential presence of pentobarbital, has an expiration date of December 2019, a lot number of 2415E01ATB12, and the second half of the UPC code is 80001 (which can be found on the back of the product label). 

Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand and coma.

Note: To-date, no complaints have been reported to Against the Grain for this single lot number nor any of Against the Grain’s pet foods, since the company was founded.

In 2015, this one lot of product was distributed to independent pet retail stores in Washington and Maryland, though it has been verified that this lot is no longer on any store shelves.  This voluntary recall only affects one specific lot of food.

Consumers may return any can with the aforementioned lot number, to their place of purchase and receive a full case of Against the Grain food for the inconvenience.  For any questions, customers may contact the company at 1-800-288-6796  between 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Central Time, Monday – Friday.

From the FDA: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm541692.htm

Blue Buffalo Company has issued a voluntary recall for specific lots of Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight.

From Blue Buffalo: http://bluebuffalo.com/about-us/whats-new-at-blue/bb-homestyle-recipe-letter/

Dear Pet Parents,

I am writing to inform you of a recent development concerning a very limited number of cans of one of our wet dog food diets.  Last week, we were notified by one of our suppliers of the possible presence of aluminum in one of our production runs.

My father, brother and I founded Blue Buffalo with the mission of bringing transparency to pet foods, and so, even though it is highly unlikely that you will have a product affected by this problem, we felt that we needed to voluntarily withdraw the product from retailers and let you know that we were doing this.

Below is the only Blue Buffalo diet impacted by this action:

Product Name

UPC

Best By Date

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables, 12.5 ounce can, dog food

 

8-40243-10017-0

 

August 3, 2019

The “Best By” date is on the bottom of the can.

No other Blue Buffalo products are involved, and we have not received any reports of illness or injury as a result of the problems giving rise to this recall.

If you have a can of this product, you can return it for a full refund at your local retailer. For more information, please call 866-800-2917.

Wellness Voluntarily Recalls Canned Cat Food 12.5 oz. Cans

Welcome to The WellPet Club

Here at WellPet we work hard every day to make sure our natural pet food is the best it can be. So when we were notified this week that a very small amount of our canned cat product may not have been manufactured to our high-quality standards, we decided to voluntarily recall it from retailers’ shelves.

Though the chance of having affected product is remote, withdrawing these products is the right thing to do.

Keeping your trust in our brand is so important to us, and so we wanted to let you and our retailers know right away. Since the products may not have been made consistent with our quality assurance guidelines, we want to replace them. Our Quality team learned that a foreign material was found in non-WellPet products made in the same facility, and so we are taking this conservative step to ensure the well-being of cats and to put our consumers’ minds at ease.

The recipes are in 12.5 oz. cans with the following best by dates:

  Recipe Best By Date
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Chicken & Herring 08/04/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Chicken 08/03/2019 & 08/04/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Chicken & Lobster 08/04/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Turkey & Salmon 08/05/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Turkey 08/04/2019 & 08/05/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Beef & Chicken 08/05/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Beef & Salmon 08/05/2019

Please click here for how the best by date appears on your can.

If you have any of the 12.5 oz recipes with these best by dates, you may email us at info@wellpet.com or call us at 1-877-227-9587 and we’ll replace your product.

No other Wellness recipes that your pets currently enjoy are involved, so you can continue to feed your pets Wellness with full confidence.

WellPet has worked hard to earn the trust of pet parents, and we fully intend on maintaining that trust. As a parent of a yellow lab named Rommel, I understand the sense of responsibility we all share for our dogs and cats. Rest assured we are taking every action to ensure that our highest standards are being met, and product quality and safety will always be our top priority.

From Wellness: https://www.wellnesspetfood.com/update/

PRODUCT RECALL: Companion Canned Dog Food 13.2 oz (3 UPC’s)

Companion Dog Food with Chicken and Rice – 13.2 OZ
UPC: 68826707501
Codes: Best By 08/05/2019

Companion Dog Food with Chicken, Lamb and Rice – 13.2 OZ
UPC: 68826700360
Codes: Best By 08/05/2019

Companion Dog Food with Turkey and Bacon – 13.2 OZ
UPC: 68826700356
Codes: Best By 08/05/2019

Customers may return impacted product for a full refund. For additional information call 479-935-6145.

Recall information: This product with being recalled because it may contain for foreign material. To date, there have been no complaints associated with the product. This product is located in the Pet Aisle.

From Giant Food: https://giantfood.com/product-recalls/recall-details/?recallid=urn:uuid:6E45D798-BE04-735B-614EC383FFE971F3&page=1

Voluntary Recall of Grreat Choice Adult Canned Dog Food (13.2 oz. Chicken & Rice Classic Ground)

PetSmart has issued a voluntary recall of one production lot of Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food- with Chicken and Rice Classic Ground 13.2 oz. cans.

Product Name

UPC

Best By Date or Lot Code

Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food- With Chicken and Rice Classic Ground

7-3725726116-7

Best By
8/5/19
Lot 1759338

The Best By date is found on the bottom of the can.

Please stop feeding this product to your pet and bring any remaining cans affected by this recall to your nearest PetSmart for a full refund. We recommend the other varieties of Grreat Choice canned dog foods as alternate options until this product is once again available.

If you have questions about this voluntary recall, please contact PetSmart Customer Service at 1-888-839-9638.

From PetSmart Corporate: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=196265&p=factset80

Evanger’s Voluntarily Recalls Hunk of Beef Because Of Pentobarbital Exposure in one Batch of Food

Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus. Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.

The specifically-identified lot numbers (as detailed below) of cans of 12-oz Hunk of Beef being voluntarily recalled were distributed to retail locations and sold online in the following States: Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and were manufactured the week of June 6 – June 13, 2016.

Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, Evangers is voluntarily recalling Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured the same week, with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.

The subject recall affects 5 lots of food that were produced from its supplier’s lot of beef, which is specifically used for the Hunk of Beef product and no other products. To date, it has been reported that five dogs became ill and 1 of the five dogs passed away after consuming the product with lot number 1816E06HB13. Evanger’s is proactively issuing a recall voluntarily so as not to risk potential exposure to pentobarbital in the product.

All Evanger’s suppliers of meat products are USDA approved. This beef supplier provides us with beef chunks from cows that are slaughtered in a USDA facility. We continue to investigate how this substance entered our raw material supply.

Because we source from suppliers of meat products that are USDA approved, and no other products have had any reported problems, we are not extending the recall to other supplier lots. This is the first recall for Evanger’s in its 82 years of manufacturing. Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, if consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, he or she should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday – Friday.

From the FDA: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm539900.htm#recall-photos

 

February 2017 ER Pet of the Month – “KINLEY” Saraniti

Calusa Veterinary Center would like to introduce our February 2017 “ER Pet of the Month”.

She is “KINLEY” Saraniti.

Kinley Saraniti is a ten month old Golden Doodle from Moss Creek Golden Doodles!  She is a vivacious, energetic puppy who views the world as her personal playground!  She loves bananas, running and being with her family!  Her favorite thing to do in the morning is jump on her human sisters bed to wake her up!  Kinley survived a very harrowing incident with a rope toy in December and showed an inexplicable will to survive despite her critical condition.  Our family, together with the entire team  at Calusa Veterinary Center, fought for her and she fought to return to us!  The Calusa ER staff kept our primary veterinarian, West Boca Veterinary Center, updated on Kinley’s progress. She is a wonderful addition to our family and we would not be complete without her!  We love our Kinley-girl! 

Congratulations to “KINLEY” and The Saraniti Family for being voted Calusa’s February 2017 ER Pet of the Month!

FDA Warns of Illnesses and Deaths in Pets Exposed to Prescription topical (human) cancer treatment: Fluorouracil

January 18, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners, veterinarians, health care providers and pharmacists that pets are at risk of illness and death when exposed to the topical cancer medication Fluorouracil Cream USP 5% (5-FU.) intended for use in people. Fluorouracil may also be marketed under the brand names Carac, Effudex and Fluoroplex. People using this medication should use care when applying and storing the medication if they are also in a household with pets, as even very small amounts could be dangerous to these animals.

The FDA has received reports of five dogs that became ill and died after accidentally ingesting the topical cream. In one case, two dogs began playing with a tube of Fluorouracil and one punctured the tube before their owner could retrieve it. Within 2 hours, the dog that punctured the tube began vomiting, experienced seizures, and died 12 hours later. In a separate case, a dog located his owner’s tube of Fluorouracil and ingested its contents. The owner realized the dog had ingested the medication and rushed him to the veterinarian. The veterinarian attempted treatment, but the dog’s condition declined over three days and he was ultimately euthanized.

Although the FDA has not to date received any reports involving cats, they are also expected to be extremely sensitive to Fluorouracil cream. If an owner applies Fluorouracil cream to an afflicted area and touches their cat, the cat may accidentally ingest the medication when grooming itself and suffer adverse events.

The FDA recommends that people who use Fluorouracil take care to prevent their pets from accidentally ingesting the medication.

  • Store all medications safely out of the reach of pets.
  • Safely discard or clean any cloth or applicator that may retain medication and avoid leaving any residues of the medication on hands, clothing, carpeting or furniture.
  • Consult your health care provider on whether it is appropriate to cover the treated area.
  • If you are using topical medications containing Fluorouracil and your pet becomes exposed, consult a veterinarian immediately.
  • If your pet shows signs such as vomiting, seizing or other illness, seek immediate veterinary care for your pet and be sure to provide the details of the exposure.

Veterinarians who have patients who show signs such as vomiting, seizing or other illness should ask whether anyone in the household has used topical chemotherapy containing Fluorouracil.

Health care providers who prescribe topical cancer medications containing Fluorouracil and pharmacists who fill these prescriptions should advise patients with pets to take care to prevent exposure of the pet to the medication.

Pet owners and veterinarians can also report any adverse events to the FDA, by following the link to the Form FDA 1932a.
 

 

Contact FDA

240-402-7002
240-276-9115 FAX
Issued by: FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine

7519 Standish Place, HFV-1

Rockville, MD 20855