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This truck is Texas bound. Not too bad for a last minute collection….I talked to some of our vendors on Tuesday at the 11th hour and got my delivery Wednesday (All free product). Plus about 250 lbs of World’s Best cat litter donated by World’s Best delivered by truck today. We also had some donations from customers including a couple bags of food, blankets,collars, leashes, bowls and beds.

** They were so excited at the drop-off site that they asked if I could set-up all of it for their photo shoot.

Special Thanks to WeruvaKOHA Pet FoodWorld’s Best Cat LitterWild Calling and earthbath for helping out on such short notice.

TRUTH ABOUT PET FOOD Saturday 4th June 2016

Pet Food Ingredients

Ignored Veterinary Medical Ethics

112MaggieThe next time a veterinarian suggests a prescription pet food that includes hideous ingredients…ask them about I(c) of the PVME. Consumers can now use Veterinary Medical Ethics to hold veterinarians accountable.

From the AVMA website is the “Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics”. The website states “All veterinarians are expected to adhere to a progressive code of ethical conduct known as the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).”

The first ‘Principle’ states “I. A veterinarian shall be influenced only by the welfare of the patient, the needs of the client, the safety of the public, and the need to uphold the public trust vested in the veterinary profession, and shall avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof.”

Here is the concerning part. Under Principle I. (quoted above) is the following “supporting annotation”: “Veterinarians shall not promote, sell, prescribe, dispense, or use secret remedies or any other product for which they do not know the ingredients.”

‘Veterinarians shall not promote, sell, prescribe any product for which they do not know the ingredients.’

Just one example. Purina ProPlan Veterinary Diets FortiFlora Probiotic Supplement is a very popular supplement sold by many veterinarians. The ingredients in this supplement are:

Animal digest, Enterococcus faecium, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), brewers dried yeast, Vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, beta-Carotene, salt, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite.

Do you think many veterinarians prescribing this supplement knows that Animal Digest (the first ingredient) is an ingredient that violates federal law? Do you think many veterinarians know the legal definition of Animal Digest allows it to be sourced from dead or diseased animals?

Do you think many veterinarians prescribing this supplement knows that FDA testing determined this ingredient “could include euthanized animals”?

‘For which they do not know the ingredients.’

Just a few ingredients common of prescription diets:

Poultry by-product meal: legal definition allows to be sourced from ground-alive poultry or dead/diseased poultry.

Animal fat: legal definition allows to be sourced from dead/diseased animals, another ingredient FDA testing determined“could include euthanized animals”.

Carrageenan: science after science after science links to gastrointestinal issues.

Do you think many veterinarians prescribing Rx pet foods know what poultry by products or animal fat is? Have they read the science on carrageenan?

It’s simple…most do not know.

The AVMA needs to remove Principle I(c) from their Veterinary Medical Ethics; don’t talk the talk unless you walk the walk.

Or the AVMA need to go back to school. The AVMA should attend AAFCO meetings – become a consistent attendee at AAFCO. If they truly wish to “be influenced only by the welfare of the patient, the needs of the client, the safety of the public”then I’ll expect to meet the AVMA representatives in August in Pittsburgh. We’ll see how serious they are about ‘knowing the ingredients for which they sell, promote, prescribe’.

#AVMAatAAFCO?

 

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
TruthaboutPetFood.com
Association for Truth in Pet Food

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Susan’s List of trusted pet foods.  Click Here

 

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Great Deal – Great Value

For a limited time, WAGS has OC Raw Lamb, OC Raw Rabbit and OC Raw Goat Sliders at an incredible price.  These one ounce sliders come in 4 pound bags and is a great way to add these proteins to your dog’s healthy diet.  We have a limited supply and these bags are sure to sell out fast.  Lamb is marked down to $22.99.   Rabbit and Goat are $29.99 each.

 

Vital Essentials Recall

Please feel free to call us at Wholesome Animal Grocery Store with any questions concerning this recall.  WAGS does not have any affected product in our store.

Vital Essentials

http://www.vitalessentialsraw.com/#!recall-notice/w0u37

January 15, 2016

Wisconsin Firm Voluntarily Recalls Limited Lot of Frozen Pet Food

Carnivore Meat Company is voluntarily recalling a single limited lot of Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entrée for Dogs. The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) selected and tested product as part of a national collection initiative, which was issued by the Center of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) on June 3, 2015. The FDA notified Carnivore Meat Company that one of the samples collected, tested positive for Salmonella, bacteria commonly associated with fresh and frozen poultry, in human and in pet products. There have been no customer complaints reported. No other product manufactured by Carnivore is involved in this voluntary recall. 

The single lot involved in this voluntary recall is:

Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entrée for Dogs, Net wt. 6 lbs.

UPC 33211 00807, Lot # 11475, Best by date 20161108 (11/08/16)

The “Best By” date code and lot # is located on the back of the package.
The affected product was distributed in CA, FL, GA, RI, TX and WA.

If you are a consumer and have purchased a bag of Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties, net wt. 6 lbs., with the “Best By” date code of 20161108 (11/08/16) and lot # 11475, we ask that you please call 920-370-6542 Monday-Friday 9:00AM-4:00PM CST and someone will assist you in obtaining replacement or a full refund from your local retailer for your original purchase.  If your package has been opened, please dispose of the raw food in a safe manner by securing it in a covered trash receptacle.

Our Commitment to Quality

The company is fully committed to maintaining the highest quality standards in the pet food industry and ensuring the health and safety of pets. The firm’s quality control and quality assurance programs include, but are not limited to: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s), Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP’s), a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) program, regular lot segregation, and other industry best practices. The manufacturing facility also adheres to these specific quality measures:

  • FSSC 22,000 Certified (Global Food Safety Initiative)

  • Federally Inspected, USDA Certified Pet Food

  • EU Certified

  • Ingredients sourced from USDA inspected facilities in the United States

Consumer Questions

Representatives are available from Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 4:00PM CST at 920-370-6542.

Stella & Chewy’s Recall Notice!

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WAGS HAS NO RECALLED PRODUCT!!!

Stella & Chewy’s Voluntary Recall Notice

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at 12:18 pmDear Valued Customers:

On Thursday, December 10, Stella & Chewy’s was notified by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development that it had issued a stop sale order on Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs 8.5 oz. frozen bags, lot #165-15, “Use by 6-25-2016”, during routine surveillance because it tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

Since learning this news, we have been working quickly to review the situation to find answers to the important questions on our customers’ minds. As a precautionary measure, we are voluntarily recalling selected products from Lot # 165-15, as listed below.

Furthermore, while they have not tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, in an abundance of caution, we are also voluntarily recalling two additional products that may have been exposed to the affected lot, as listed below in the second chart.

The health and safety of our customers and their pets is always of the utmost importance to us. We are accountable for every product we make, and recognize that we have an important obligation to provide customers with the quality products they deserve and have come to expect from us over the years. Please see below for additional details about our recall actions and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Marie Moody
Chairman & Founder

 

QUESTIONS

What products and lot numbers are being voluntarily recalled by Stella & Chewy’s?

As a precautionary measure, we are voluntarily recalling selected products from Lot # 165-15 including:

Product Description Size UPC Lot # Use By Date
Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs 8.5 oz. 186011 001554 165-15 6/25/2016
Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs 4 lb. 186011 001370 165-15 6/25/2016 & 6/26/2016
Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Cats 1.25 lb. 186011 001455 165-15 6/25/2016

Moreover, in an abundance of caution, we are also recalling the following products which may have come into contact with the affected lot:

Product Description Size UPC Lot # Use By Date
Frozen Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels for Cats 1.25 lb. 186011 001448 160-15 7/2/2016
Frozen Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels for Cats 1.25 lb. 186011 001448 152-15 7/2/2016Stella & Chewy’s Voluntary Recall Notice

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at 12:18 pmDear Valued Customers:

On Thursday, December 10, Stella & Chewy’s was notified by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development that it had issued a stop sale order on Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs 8.5 oz. frozen bags, lot #165-15, “Use by 6-25-2016”, during routine surveillance because it tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

Since learning this news, we have been working quickly to review the situation to find answers to the important questions on our customers’ minds. As a precautionary measure, we are voluntarily recalling selected products from Lot # 165-15, as listed below.

Furthermore, while they have not tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, in an abundance of caution, we are also voluntarily recalling two additional products that may have been exposed to the affected lot, as listed below in the second chart.

The health and safety of our customers and their pets is always of the utmost importance to us. We are accountable for every product we make, and recognize that we have an important obligation to provide customers with the quality products they deserve and have come to expect from us over the years. Please see below for additional details about our recall actions and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Marie Moody
Chairman & Founder

 

QUESTIONS

What products and lot numbers are being voluntarily recalled by Stella & Chewy’s?

As a precautionary measure, we are voluntarily recalling selected products from Lot # 165-15 including:

Product Description Size UPC Lot # Use By Date
Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs 8.5 oz. 186011 001554 165-15 6/25/2016
Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs 4 lb. 186011 001370 165-15 6/25/2016 & 6/26/2016
Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Cats 1.25 lb. 186011 001455 165-15 6/25/2016

Moreover, in an abundance of caution, we are also recalling the following products which may have come into contact with the affected lot:

Product Description Size UPC Lot # Use By Date
Frozen Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels for Cats 1.25 lb. 186011 001448 160-15 7/2/2016
Frozen Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels for Cats 1.25 lb. 186011 001448 152-15 7/2/2016

 

WAGS recommends you read this

If your pet is on a “prescription diet” WAGS recommends the following:

It’s important to have a conversation with your Veterinarian and ask questions such as:  Why are you recommending this food for my pet?  Does my pet need to stay on this long term? Are there any other options that you recommend that are meat based, and not plant based proteins?

Alexi Polden investigates the hand that feeds the nation’s leading veterinary schools.

http://honisoit.com/…/vet-schools-in-bed-with-pet-food-com…/

A lecture slide used in Dobson's lectures at the University of Sydney.

Great News for Susan’s Jada!

Jada had surgery today and her toe was amputated. She has had an issue with this toe (first thought to be a toenail partially ripped out) since June but it has gotten worse and after ozone treatment and an x-Ray, the only way to relieve her pain. This may be cancer in her toe but we won’t know until a biopsy is done. As most of you know she was diagnosed with liver cancer in Jan. 2015, I was told by many vets that there is a good chance I would lose her during surgery due to the anesthesia if the toe was surgically removed. I researched several alternative options but my gut wasn’t convinced that these would help my baby girl. It made me sick seeing her in pain everyday.

Yesterday I made a call to Gold Coast Mobile Vet and spoke to Dr. Saria, she told me that there are several options of anesthesia available that would help keep Jada comfortable if she did have to remove her toe. So we booked an appointment.

I took Jada in this morning to have Dr. Saria look at her toe and she agreed that it should be surgically removed. She had a plan in place for everything and told me her recommendations for anesthesia and why. Anesthesia is risky and she explained that there was still a risk for her. I felt comfort when I saw she was wearing horseshoe earrings. The circle was complete we all had our lucky horseshoes on!

Jada did great and the vet said it was a “clean surgery”. The toe will be sent off for biopsy to determine if it was cancer or not (I’ll know on 3 weeks). Dr. Saria also mentioned that I should do another ultrasound of her liver because her blood test shows some good numbers. This could possibly mean that the cancer is gone (this would be amazing!) especially because I didn’t choose chemo or surgery, only holistic and supplements. Fingers crossed this is the case. She came out of anesthesia well and although groggy and bandaged up we got her in the car and headed home. She is home resting but positive thoughts and prayers are needed to ensure she has a speedy recovery.

 Please feel free to share this story.  More updates on Jada to follow

CAUTION!!!

WAGS had a visit this morning from a concerned customer who had been advised by their veterinarian to put their dog on Hill’s Science Diet R/D to lose weight.   The dog didn’t like the product and the cost was high for what it really is.  Here are the listed ingredients.  A customer recently referred to these types of diets as “Monsanto Food”.RD

Ingredients

Whole Grain Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Powdered Cellulose, Soybean Meal, Soybean Mill Run, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Pork Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Lactic Acid, Caramel color, Pork Fat, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Iodized Salt, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Calcium Carbonate, minerals (Manganese Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, L-Carnitine, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Natural Flavors , Beta-Carotene

 

If you went to YOUR doctor and he “prescribed” a diet containing these ingredients, I am sure you would be looking for a new doctor.  Yet we accept this less than desirable advice from our veterinarians.

I would argue that the dog is much better off eating a proper MEAT based, grain free food.  Although the calorie content of the R/D is lower, the feeding requirements are much higher and those calories are coming from plant based ingredients that are not easily digested by the dog.  By simply feeding the proper amount for the weight the dog SHOULD be at, the dog will slowly and safely lose the necessary weight.  Make certain that you are not following up with a bunch of biscuits, but instead a highly digestible and usable meat treat.

Here at WAGS we have a variety of great choices that will enable a dog, when fed proper amounts, to lose the weight safely and steadily.

 

Bravo Recall – Click for details

Bravo

Recall Information for Retailers and Distributors

Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella.

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella contamination.

The following product is being voluntarily recalled because of the possible presence of Salmonella.

Product Item # Size Best Used by Date UPC
Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – Chub 21-102 2 lb  (32 oz.) chub 12-05-16 829546211028

105 cases of this product were sold to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers in the US.

The following products DID NOT test positive for Salmonella, but are also being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility on the same day as the product that tested positive.

Product Item # Size Best Used by Date UPC
Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs – Patties 21-401 3 lb (48 oz.) bag 12-05-16 829546214012
Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs – Chub 21-402 2 lb (32 oz.) chub 12-05-16 829546214029
Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats -Patties 21-508 5 lb (80 oz.) bag 12-05-16 829546215088

These products were sold to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers in the US

All products tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.

No additional products are affected by this recall. The company has received no reports to date of illness in either people or animals associated with these products.

Salmonella can cause serious illness or fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. Always use proper caution when handling raw foods.

 

Click here – For the Recall Press Release

Click here – For Retailer Claim Form and Instructions

Click here – For Distributor Claim Forms and Instructions

Click here – Recall Claim Form for Pet Owners and Instructions

Click here – For FAQs About this Recall and Salmonella

Testimonials

On 8/1/16, we drove 1 1/4 hrs from Western Ma to make some purchases & hope to see Susan, Kenny`s assistant & dog trainer. Susan spent well over an hour giving us pointers on how to manage our 5 month old PWD, Brewster. She was so helpful & between her & Kenny ( Wags owner ) we had some good laughs & very pleasant experience. We will be heading back from time to time for supplies & would highly recommend this store for your pet needs. And for Susan, we would highly recommend employing her for any training issues you have. She was wonderful. Thank you again, Susan!

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