Hamilton Veterinary Hospital
Posted July 1 2019.
FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Updated June 27, 2019
In July 2018, the FDA announced that it had begun investigating reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods, many labeled as "grain-free," which contained a high proportion of peas, lentils, other legume seeds (pulses), and/or potatoes in various forms (whole, flour, protein, etc.) as main ingredients (listed within the first 10 ingredients in the ingredient list, before vitamins and minerals). Many of these case reports included breeds of dogs not previously known to have a genetic predisposition to the disease. The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN), a collaboration of government and veterinary diagnostic laboratories, continue to investigate this potential association. Based on the data collected and analyzed thus far, the agency believes that the potential association between diet and DCM in dogs is a complex scientific issue that may involve multiple factors.
We understand the concern that pet owners have about these reports: the illnesses can be severe, even fatal, and many cases report eating “grain-free” labeled pet food. The FDA is using a range of science-based investigative tools as it strives to learn more about this emergence of DCM and its potential link to certain diets or ingredients.
Following an update in February 2019 that covered investigative activities through November 30, 2018, this is the FDA’s third public report on the status of this investigation. For complete article click here.
Posted Nov 11, 2017
Posted June 15, 2017
United Pet Group Recalls Multiple Brands of Rawhide Chews.
United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc., is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products due to chemical contamination. For more information click on hi-lighted link. Other links click here.
Posted March 6, 2017
Evanger’s Pet Food and Against the Grain Voluntarily Recalls Additional Products Out of Abundance of Caution due to Potential Adulteration with Pentobarbital. Link: http://bit.ly/2lxEZQL
Posted Dec 15, 2016
Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Pet Food for Possible Listeria and Salmonella.
Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling two of its frozen pet food products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Animals and people can get sick; animals from eating the product, and people from handling the product or petting sick animals. Two complaints have been associated with these products; one complaint of two kittens getting sick and one complaint of a puppy dying.
Testing by the FDA of one of the chubs revealed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The press release states, “There is no direct evidence linking these unfortunate instances to contaminated product.”
The recalled products are sold in 2 pound chubs. The first is Beef for dogs, with lot number mfd ga8516 and UPC number 8542980011009. The second is Kitten grind with lot number mfd ga81216 and UPC number 854298001016. The products were distributed to retail stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Arizona, and Texas.
If you purchased these products, do not feed them to your pet. Throw them away in a sealed container or take them back to the state of purchase for a refund. Wash your hands well after handling these products.
Then clean out your freezer or refrigerator with a mild bleach solution, since freezing does not kill Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. And that bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures.
If your animal has been ill after eating this product, take her to the veterinarian. And remember that animals who have eaten contaminated food can shed the bacteria in their feces and that can get on their coats. Wash your hands well with soap and water after coming into contact with your pet.
Then monitor yourself for the next 70 days for the symptoms of Listeria food poisoning. Those symptoms include high fever, stiff neck, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Also watch for Salmonella food poisoning. Those symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. If you do get sick, see your doctor.
Posted Oct 12,2016
Franklin, Tennessee – Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of CESAR® Classics Filet Mignon Flavor product due to a potential choking risk from hard white pieces of plastic which entered the food during the production process. Click here for more information.
Posted May 13, 2016
Posted Nov 27, 2015
Blue Buffalo Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bones Due to Potential Salmonella Health Risk. For more information click here.
Posted Nov 09, 2015
Posted Nov 9, 2015
Blue Kitty Cat Treats Recalled for Propylene Glycol
Blue Buffalo Company is recalling Blue Kitty Yums Chicken Recipe Cat Treats that may contain low levels of propylene glycol which can cause illness in cats. One illness has been reported. Click here to read more.
Posted Oct 28, 2015
Posted Aug 11, 2015
Northwest Farm Food Cooperative Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Raw Cat Food Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — August 10, 2015 — Burlington, WA — Northwest Farm Food Cooperative of Burlington, WA, is voluntarily recalling frozen raw Cat Food with the code Jul12015B due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Info click here.
Posted July 6, 2015
Stella & Chewy’s Voluntary U.S. Recall Notice
On Thursday, Stella & Chewy’s was notified by the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) that it issued a stop sale order on a single lot of Chewy’s Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner Patties for Dogs, 15 oz. bags (Lot # 111-15) because MDA detected Listeria monocytogenes in the product. There were no reported pet or human illnesses associated with this recall. 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 all products from Lot # 111-15 which are listed below. More info.
Posted June 22,2015
Chicken Sprinkles Dog Food Recalled for Salmonella
Chicken Sprinkles dog food is being recalled for Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it.
The product, recalled by Boulder Dog Food Company, was sold in 3 oz packages with a “Best By” date of “05/04/16”, a Lot Number of “998”, and a UPC Code of 899883001231. It was sold in Colorado, Washington and Maryland.
May 18, 2015
OC Raw Dog Recalls Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 15, 2015 — Ranch Santa Margarita, CA — OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is voluntarily recalling 2055 lbs. of Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. An organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products Recalls Puppy Starter Kit Due To Possible Salmonella Health Risk.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 22, 2015 - TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products, of Neptune, NJ is recalling one lot of its 1.69 oz. package of the Puppy Starter Kit dog chews, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals ingesting the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Dec 31, 2014
Jump Your Bones, Inc. Recalls Roo Bites (Cubes) Pet Treats Because of Possible Salmonella Contamination.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 31, 2014 – Jump Your Bones, Inc. of Boca Raton, Florida is voluntarily recalling Jump Your Bones brand name Roo Bites (Cubes) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date
Oct 13, 2014
Week of Oct 13, 2014 We will have limited hours for Tuesday 8am to 5pm, Closed Wed and Thurs of this week. Please call ahead to see if we are open. 609-888-3400
Please pass along this information to friends and family.
Staff of HVH
Bravo Recalls Select Chicken and Turkey Pet Foods Because of PossibleSalmonella Health Risk
FDA Issues Warning Letters for Unapproved Tear Stain Removers Used in Dogs and Cats
For more information click on the link below:
PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition Limited Recall Due to Metal Fragments
May 22, 2014
Petco To Stop Selling Chinese Pet Treats After Dog Deaths:
The Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC RECALLS "Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats" BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK.
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March 3, 2014
Well, the snow storm didn't happen the way the weather man predicted. We have decided to delayed opening to 12 noon. Please call ahead for the up to date information.
Due to predicted severe weather conditions and low temps, we will be closed. We will re-open on Tuesday Mach 4 at 8am. Please be safe and warm and don't let our furry friends stay out to long. If in case of emergency please call NorthStar Vets at 609-259-8300 or Cares at 215-750-7884 or VSEC at 215-750-2774
Feb 14, 2014 Happy Valentines Day! Due to severe weather conditions we will have a 2 hour delay in opening (10 AM). Please call ahead. If you have an appointment and wish to cancel please call 609-888-3400 to re-schedule. Be safe.
Feb 13, 2014
We are closed for today. Check back on the situation for tomorrow. Be safe!
Feb 12, 2014
We hate saying this, But, Here we go again. As it stands now we don't know what we will be doing tomorrow or Friday for that matter. It really depends on how this storm tracks and what the amount of snow/sleet/rain/snow we receive. If you have an appointment for tomorrow afternoon, please call ahead to see if we are open or if we have power. If there is no answer then we don't have power. Keep checking back for up dates. As always there is a list of emergency hospital below. Keep warm and safe. Staff of HVH.
Feb 4, 2014
Due to the icing conditions we will have a delayed opening until 9am.
Here something new. Ice Storm, we are expecting snow and ice over night. To our clients who have an appointment for tomorrow, please call ahead to see if we have a delayed opening or closing. Call 609-888-3400. Also check back here for up dates. Be safe, would rather have snow than ice!
Feb 3, 2014 Another storm, another closing. Due to severe weather condition we will be closed today. We will re-open tomorrow at 8am. If in case of emergency please call NorthStar Vets at 609-259-8300 or Cares at 215-750-7884 or VSEC at 215-750-2774.
Jan 21, 2014
Well!!!! Here we go again! We will be closing today at 2 PM. Maybe sooner depending on how this intensifies. Call ahead at 609-888-3400. With the predictions of 12 inches or more we have decided to cancel tomorrows appointments. If everything goes well we will be in on Thursday at 8am. If in case of emergency please call NorthStar Vets at 609-259-8300 or Cares at 215-750-7884 or VSEC at 215-750-2774.
Jan 2, 2014
Update: The hospital will be closed today. We will reopen on Sat Jan 4,2014 at 8 am. Please go to our referral tab for 24 hour emergency hospitals.
Due to poor weather conditions projected for tomorrow Jan 3,2014 we may be closed. Please check back periodically for updates. Also, we will be posting updates on our Facebook site and on our answering service.
Due to poor conditions from the ice storm we will be opening at 10:00 am today Monday 12/9/13. Please call us if there is any questions or request after this time.
Abady frozen pet food recalled because of Salmonella.
The Robert Abady Dog and Cat Food Corp. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., voluntarily recalled two products June 20 after a positive Salmonella test conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Three-pound bags of Abady Frozen High Stress/High Performance Dog Food and Abady Frozen Growth Formula for Puppies of the Large and Giant Breed have been pulled from retail outlets. For more information, contact the company at (845) 473-1900.
Woofers Dog Treats Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk:
Ones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, IL is recalling 245 boxes of Woofers (beef patties) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. For more infromation:
Bravo! Recalls 2 lb Tubes of Chicken Blend-Raw Frozen Food Diet for Dogs and Cats (One Lot Code) Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk.
Jan 30, 2013
The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz ® Chicken Chews ™ and Hartz ® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 25, 2013 — The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs in the United States because they contain trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue.
We are taking this action after recent Hartz testing found trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue in samples of Hartz® Chicken Chews™ and Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken products. Even though two-thirds of the products we tested did not contain antibiotic residues, we would rather be overly cautious by voluntarily withdrawing these products from the market.
These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other countries, including European Union member states, but are not among those approved in the U.S. Based on the FDA’s review of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) results, there is no evidence that raises health concerns, and these results are highly unlikely to be related to the reports of illnesses FDA has received related to jerky pet treats.
Immediately upon learning of this finding, Hartz contacted the FDA to share our test results and execute a nationwide voluntary withdrawal. There have been no known illnesses to date associated with the consumption of these products.
“Upon learning about the nationwide voluntary withdrawal of several other brands of chicken jerky products through media reports, Hartz acted immediately to begin additional testing to determine if the same unapproved antibiotic residues were present in our products,” said Sean McNear, Sr. Director of Quality and Regulatory at Hartz Mountain.
There is no indication that the trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue are linked to the FDA's ongoing investigation of chicken jerky products produced in China. The trace amounts of antibiotic residue do not pose a health or pet safety risk.
No other Hartz products are affected by this withdrawal.
If you have these products contact the Hartz Consumer Affairs team (24 hours/day 7 days/week) at 1-800-275-1414 for a refund.
Jan 11, 2013
Milo’s Kitchen® Voluntarily Recalls Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers Home-style Dog Treats. For more information click on link below.
Jan 10, 2013
2 pet food makers issue recall, By the Associated Press
Claudia’s Canine Cuisine® Voluntarily Recalls it’s Dogcandy® Brand of Holiday Hound Cake (7.5 Oz.) and Blueberry Hound Cake (7.5 Oz) Manufactured for, Distributed, and Sold in Approximately 130 Petsmart Stores Because of The Possibility of Mold.
Dec 9, 2012
Watch out for these holiday threats to your pets!
Helpful hints on keeping your pet safe and healthy during the holiday season. Presented by NorthStar Vets and owner Dr. Dan Stobie. Link for tips is below.
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 4, 2012
For detailed information pertaining to this Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts message, please click the link at the beginning of this bulletin.
Sept 11, 2012 FDA
Breeder's Choice Pet Food Recalls AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 11, 2012 - Breeder’s Choice Pet Food is recalling a single manufacturing batch of Breeder's Choice AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula due to possible contamination with Salmonella. The product affected by this recall is identified below and has the following "Best Before" dates:
Product Code/SKU/ Material # UPC Code Size Product Name/Description Best Before Code (day/month/yr)
1000065074 0 5290702043 8 26 lb. AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula 28 Aug 2013
29 Aug 2013
30 Aug 2013
Product and product lots that do not appear on the list above are not subject to this recall.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
No human or pet illnesses have been reported to-date. The recall notification is being issued based on a single manufacturing batch wherein a sample with the "Best Before" dates of August 28, 29 and 30, 2012 had a positive result for salmonella. The AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula product was originally manufactured on August 29, 2012 and distributed on August 30 and 31, 2012. Salmonella testing was conducted by Silliker, Inc. (Southern California Laboratory). Breeder's Choice Pet Foods has taken immediate action to remove the product from all applicable distribution centers and retail customers, and is fully investigating the cause.
Recalled products were distributed to retailers and distributors in the states of California, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Virginia, and Washington.
Consumers who have purchased the AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula product with the above-referenced "Best Before" dates are urged to contact Breeder's Choice Customer Service representatives.
A letter and instructions have been forwarded to all Breeder’s Choice Pet Food customers. Breeder’s Choice Customer Service representatives and company veterinarians are responding to inquires through the 1-866-500-6286 phone number and will answer any questions regarding pets that have been fed the product. Pet owners can also visit the Breeder’s Choice Pet Food website for more information http://www.avoderm.com/1.