Poodle, Dog Food Recall Alert – Nature’s Variety INSTINCT® Raw Organic Chicken Formula

Nature’s Variety announced that they have done a voluntary recall of one batch of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This recall is being done due to pieces of clear plastic that were found in some bags.  This posed a potential choking risk to pets. According to sources, the source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved.

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The following statement comes from Nature’s Variety’s own website.

Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of one batch of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This action is being taken because pieces of clear plastic may be found in some bags and could cause a potential choking risk to pets. The source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved.

The affected product is strictly limited to a single batch of Organic Chicken Formula with the “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This includes:

• UPC# 7 69949 60137 1 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3 lbs. bag
• UPC# 7 69949 70137 8 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27 lbs. case
• UPC# 7 69949 60127 2 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag
• UPC# 7 69949 70127 9 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case

The “Best if Used By” date is located on the back of the package below the “Contact Us” section. The affected product was distributed through retail stores and internet sales in the United States and Canada. No other products were impacted.

Read more on this at their website here


If you have purchased any of the Nature’s Variety Original Chicken Formula medallions with a “Best if used by” date of 10/4/13, you can return the unused portion for a refund or exchange by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.


Poodle owner alert – Publix food stores recall their store brand of dog treats

Publix is issuing a recall of their store brand of dog treats due to a possible contamination of antibiotic residue.  Chicken Tender Dog Chew Treats are being recalled in all stores.

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Lucy enjoys a tasty and healthy dog treat


The product was sold in Publix grocery stores in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. The product was sold in a 3.5-oz. bag, and bears a UPC of 41415-18527.

“As part of our commitment to food safety, including that of our four-legged family members, potentially impacted product has been removed from all store shelves,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “To date, there have been no reported cases of pet illness. Consumers who have purchased the product in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund.”


The above statement may be found here


There have not been any reports of illness so far.

Customers who have purchased this product may return them for a full refund.


Poodle Owners – Priority Total Care Bull Strips Recalled

If you have a poodle or any other breed of dog, beware of the recent dog treat recall.  There has been a news alert that warns us to avoid Priority Total Care Bull Strips recalled for Salmonella contamination.

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Make sure your poodle treats are safe to eat!

Those bully sticks, as they are most commonly known as, are the chewy, twisty sticks that dogs can’t get enough of.  Lucy gets one every few days, since she not only loves them, they keep her from chewing our socks, couch and whatever else she might get into.

But Carolina Prime Pet, Inc. has just announced a voluntary recall of their all natural bullsticks in a 5-count package.  The contamination was made public when  the Colorado Department of Agriculture discovered that this product was contaminated with Salmonella.  You could say it was a voluntary recall, but they were busted, plain and simple.

The reason for the recall

This lot of product has yielded a positive test for Salmonella when tested by the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture. Carolina Prime Pet is not aware of any reported cases of illness related to this product.
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.
The problem with Salmonella

Healthy people infected with 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.

The rest of the article may be found here.
This product is sold in over a dozen states and any use of this product should be discontinued immediately and you should return the treats to the store where you purchased them from for a refund.  Or, you should just get rid of them and make sure that you wash your hands and any pet bowls thoroughly after handling this product and it’s packaging.

If you have any questions and want to contact the company directly here is their contact information:

Carolina Prime Pet Inc. at 1-888-370-2360. (Mon-Fri. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST)


What To Feed Your Poodle

What To Feed Your Poodle is one of the most important questions you can ask about raising and caring for your pet.  Diet and nutrition plays a huge role in your poodle or dog’s health, overall.  What and how you feed your pup can make a big difference in it’s health over time.  There are many kinds of dog foods out on the market and so many of them are inferior.  A lot of brands have added coloring, dyes, chemicals, preservatives and meat by-products.  Dogs need adequate protein, but too much protein can be very taxing on a dog’s liver, kidneys and other organs.

dog treats for a poodle

Always look for the healthiest treats for your poodle

If you use a commercial brand of dog food, make sure it is a high quality food and has vitamins, minerals, and a good source of protein.  Don’t get commercial dog food with added preservatives, chemicals and artificial ingredients.  If you cannot pronounce half of the ingredients, chances are that you would not want your dog eating it.

Many people have either switched to a raw diet for their canine companions or have started cooking home made meals for their dogs.  The raw diet has proved to be an excellent choice for many dog owners and their pets.  Raw meat contains a high amount of water, and so the dog gets the benefits of natural hydration.  A lot of the moisture requirements comes from the raw food the dog eats.  Raw food is not processed like most other foods and is much more bioavailable and easier to digest and absorb.

Any switching of food should always be done very gradually.  Whether you are switching to raw or just another brand of wet or dry food, the first time you switch a dog’s food you should mix in about 10 percent new food.  The next several days, go from 10% to 25% and then 50% by the 3rd day.  Then make it about 75% new food to old and then about 90% before finally switching 100% of the food to the new brand.

Dog treats are a part of practically every dog’s diet and for training purposes.  Lately, there have been a tremendous number of dog food recalls and many batches of chicken jerky and other treats have been affected.  Many products on the market today are imported from China and even some of the recalled pet food products have been produced in the US.  It is almost impossible to keep up with all of the products on the market today, and samples are collected from all over the US by the FDA, which tests for Salmonella, pesticides, antibiotics and other contaminants.

Two of the biggest offenders have been Waggin Train and Canyon Creek Ranch, both produced by the Nesltle Purina company.  Both are made in China.  As of May, 2012, around 900 complaints have been logged by the FDA from pet owners complaining that their dogs became sick or even died after eating contaminated dog treats.  Aside from chicken jerky and other dog treats, many brands of dog food made and distributed by Diamond were recalled this year.   You can see a list of many of the brands that were recalled by clicking here.

We have tried to keep up with the voluntary recalls and to alert our readers to all the brands which are affected.  If you do notice that your poodle or dog has any signs of sickness and you suspect it could have something to do with the dog treats you have been giving your pet, discontinue the use of them immediately.  From the FDA’s own website, here are some warning signs and symptoms to be aware of.

FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products:
•    decreased appetite;
•    decreased activity;
•    vomiting;
•    diarrhea, sometimes with blood;
•    increased water consumption; and/or
•    increased urination.
If the dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi-like syndrome (increased glucose).

Read more from the FDA’s website by clicking here


What to feed your poodle is a very personal choice and it will vary from household to household and from person to person.  It is not so much a question of what is the best food for a poodle, as it is, what is the best food for my poodle.  Since diet is such an important part of your pet’s health, it pays to use care in your choices of what to feed your precious four legged friend.

For a great book on Natural food for Dogs and feeding your dog the best food possible, I recommend Rick Woodford’s book “Feed your best friend better” which you can grab over at Amazon.com.


Poodle owners beware of the AvoDerm Dog Food Recall

Poodle owners beware of the AvoDerm Dog Food Recall.  As of September 12, Breeder’s Choice Pet Food of Irwindale, CA has announced a voluntary recall of one of its products due to possible Salmonella bacterial contamination.  The recall involves a particular batch of the Natural Lamb and Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula.

AvoDerm lamb and rice adult dog food has been recalled

The Irwindale-based company said the product being recalled is the 26 lb.-sized AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula with the “best before” dates of Aug. 28, 2013; Aug. 29, 2013 and Aug. 30, 2013.

Breeder’s Choice said it is issuing the recall notification because a sample of the manufacturing batch tested positive for salmonella. No human or pet illnesses have been reported so far, it said.

Above statement from this page

Salmonella poses serious health risks to both your pets and to yourself.  Anyone who has handled contaminated dog food is at risk for possible contamination and sickness.  Discontinue use of this product immediately.

If you wish to report a complaint of any FDA regulated dog food or pet food, you may visit http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.


Poodle owners beware of a recent dog food recall

Poodle owners beware of a recent dog food recall.  This one is as recent as August 24th and it is a recall of a dry kibble formula made by Bil-Jac foods of Medina Ohio.

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The voluntary recall is the first by this company, which is currently testing it’s product for the presence of mold toxins.  They have stated that they will reveal more information as soon as it becomes available.

According to a company spokesperson, the withdrawal includes only the 6 pound package of its Bil-Jac Adult Select Formula dry dog food with a lot code of 1792-02 and a Best By date of 27 December 2013.
The products in question are currently being tested for the presence of mold toxins and the company has assured us they will share more information as it becomes available.

The above statement was from http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/bil-jac-dog-food-recall/

Be sure to discontinue any use of this dog food immediately and pay close attention to your dog to be sure it doesn’t show signs of illness.
For more information on other recent dog food recalls, we encourage you to visit http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recalls/ where they have a long list of all of the types of food and brands that have been taken off the shelves.


Home Made Dog Treats For Your Poodle

How does some tasty Home Made Dog Treats For Your Poodle sound to you and to your pooch?  There is a huge trend towards people making their own dog treats for their pets and it seems to be working out very well.

poodle getting a dog treat

Your poodle will surely appreciate a home made dog treat like this one

 Home Made Dog Treats For Your Poodle

The huge number of pet food recalls that have made the news have scared a lot of people away from such treats as chicken jerky and other doggy snacks that were contaminated by salmonella.  It has caused a great deal of pet owners to carefully consider what they are going to feed their poodles and other dogs.  Dog treats are a part of any dog training and are also a great way to reward our animal companions for just being great pets, which they are, every day.

People all over are even getting into the doggy treat game as a real business and it’s become a cottage industry.  Dozens of new companies are springing up all over the world starting out right at home in the family kitchen.  Here’s one story that appeared in wickedlocal.com about a family dog that inspired a home made dog treat business.

“Forrest” was adopted from Louisiana by Paul and Susan Allen in 2005 and became a family companion and friend to their two sons Andrew and Christopher when presented to Andrew as a birthday gift.

Forrest was the inspiration for JULU, short for Just Luv’em, a collection of pet treats and skin care products created, marketed and sold by the family.

“I love to cook and be creative,” said Susan. “(Making the products) was a fun way to make Forrest healthy, natural treats. He is our biggest fan! He hopes that all pets enjoy them as much as he does because he is very jealous when we load up the car and drive off without him.”

If you want to try to make some tasty Home Made Dog Treats For Your Poodle, here’s a video from youtube that has an easy recipe you can try for yourself.  I’m sure your poodle will love you for it.

If you want the easy way to learn to make great homemade dog treats for your poodle, or other dog, here’s the best selling book in Amazon on great dog treat recipes. Just click on the link below to get a copy of this today.


Pet food recall alert for all Poodle owners

Here’s another Pet food recall alert for all Poodle owners and owners of other dogs.  Nature’s Variety has done a voluntary recall of it’s Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for dogs due to an “off odor” from the food.  They say it has not been contaminated in any way, but it is not keeping fresh within the limits of expected shelf life.

nature's variety pet foodThe CEO of Nature’s Variety issued the following statement regarding the recall:

“At Nature’s Variety, we make every effort to ensure that all of our products meet the highest quality standards. We’ve found that some bags of Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs have an off-odor smell. To be sure that our consumers only receive the freshest and highest quality product possible, we have decided to voluntarily recall all Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs from the marketplace.”

Read from the original source here

If you want to know which brands have been recalled, they are listed below:

  • UPC# 7 69949 60420 4 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 5 lb
  • UPC# 7 69949 60425 9 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 15 lb
  • UPC# 7 69949 60430 3 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 30 lb
  • UPC# 7 69949 60432 7 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 3 oz sample

That is the latest news we have on the Pet food recall alert for all Poodle owners.  We will do our best to keep you up to date on any new recalls and let you know of any other brands of dog food that are affected.





Can you can feed a poodle a vegetarian diet?

With all of the controversy in the dog food world and so many dog food recalls these days, have you ever asked can you can feed a poodle a vegetarian diet?

Maybe you have heard about Bramble, a 27-year-old border collie whose vegan diet of rice, lentils, and organic vegetables.  She is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest living dog in 2002.  Yes, you can feed and make your own vegan and vegetarian meals for your poodle.  Gary Null, who is a best-selling author, nutritionist and expert in the field of natural health, writes that dogs (including poodles) can do very well living on a vegan diet.  His book “Natural Pet Care” has some recipes which have foods like yams, oatmeal and honey and grated carrots as some of the ingredients included in them.

Can you can feed a poodle a vegetarian diet?

Livinggreenmag.com had this to say, when it comes to the question of giving your poodle or dog a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Some people wonder if it’s “unnatural” to omit meat from the diet of a dog.  Wild dogs are scavengers; a dog is, by genus, metabolically classified as a carnivore.

However, they are omnivores—which means you can safely raise your dog on a vegan diet.

In any case, if you are feeding your dog commercial dog food, then you could be jeopardizing your furry pal’s health. Pet food often contains animal by-products deemed by U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors as “unfit for human consumption.” This includes the flesh of animals who fall into one of the categories of the four D’s—dead, dying, diseased or disabled.

Original article may be found here


Those are pretty strong words in the last paragraph, but I cannot argue with them.  I don’t mean to insult any meat eaters out there, and I am not a vegetarian, myself.  But I do know that the vegan diet and lifestyle is a very healthy one, and probably better than a diet which includes a lot of meat, dairy and animal fats.

Try making a couple of recipes at a time and adding it as a treat or snack.  Maybe throw a vegan dish in once a week as a replacement for the usual dinner for your pup.  I’m sure if it’s made from tasty fresh ingredients, that your dog will eat it happily.  After all, your dog may be a little tired of eating the same old thing in day in day out, so a change might be refreshing.

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This dog loves a healthy vegan treat now and then


Getting started with your poodle’s or dog’s vegan diet the right way starts with a little background and education on the subject and here’s a very good video of just how to get started.  It covers quite a bit of the basics, including what kinds of ingredients you will want to use and the nutritional requirements of dogs that need to be satisfied.

Be sure to like this post and share it with others who might also like to know that there are healthy alternatives to a diet of commercial dog food and that vegan dog food is actually really good for your dog.




What is the best dog food for your poodle?

It is difficult to know just what is the best dog food for your poodle, when there are so many brands and so many choices of dog food.  Every brand says that their brand is better than all of the others.  Some have very few ingredients and others have dozens of ingredients, including a multitude of supplements, vitamins, amino acids, nutrients, mixed tocopherols and so on.

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Oh, no, not this dog food again!

Recently on a visit to my sister in law, Lucy began munching away at their dog’s food bowl.  She is usually a very picky eater for a poodle, so I asked about what kind of dog food they were giving to their dog.  It was the “freedom” style of grain free food from the Blue Buffalo brand.  The ingredients looked great and had no grains in their recipe.  It was full of sweet potatoes, carrots, blueberries and cranberries.  She gobbled it up.  But when we decided to give it a try and switch her from her regular grain free dry food to this one, she developed a whopper of an allergy.  She scratched and scratched herself silly until we had to call the vet to find out what to do.  Finally it became clear it was the food.  As good as this food might be, all of those dozens of ingredients made it impossible to isolate which one was the culprit and made her skin itchy, to the point of scratching non-stop for days.

When we switched to the old food, she went back to normal and stopped scratching after just a few days off of the food.  So you have to be careful with certain brands and it really depends on allergies as well as nutritional needs.  Many of the brands have good food and some are better than others.  But be aware that if there are too many ingredients and supplements in food, that more is not always better.

What is the best dog food for your poodle?

Grain free is good.  Dogs are not meant to eat wheat and corn and oats and other grains.  Meat and vegetables are what they need for nutritional requirements.  Some poodles do better with wet food and some with dry or both.  Lucy happens to be a little picky, but she likes the dry kibble.

We raised her as a puppy on raw meat, especially made for dogs.  Our veterinarian has a brand that they make in-house that is made with tripe and is very high grade raw food for dogs.  She turns her nose at it most days.  We tried other brands of raw and sometimes she loves it and sometimes she could care less and go without eating.

Then there are the numerous dog food recalls that have been in the news so much lately.  Tons of reports of salmonella poisoning have been in the news lately, mostly from dog food made at the Diamond Food company.  Initially, there was a voluntary recall of certain brands of their dog food, including a few varieties of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul formulas with best-by dates of January 27 or 28, 2013.  To date, there are over 40 varieties of dog food included in a massive dog food recall.

Here is a list of dog food recalls and dates associated with the various brands included in the recall from dogfoodadvisor.com

  • Diamond Issues Yet Another Dog Food Recall (5/18/2012)
  • Solid Gold Dog Food Recall (5/8/2012)
  • Apex Dog Food Recall (5/7/2012)
  • Diamond Dog Food Recall Summary (5/6/2012)
  • Canidae Dog Food Recall (5/5/2012)
  • Wellness Dog Food Recall (5/5/2012)
  • Natural Balance Dog Food Recall (5/5/2012)
  • Kirkland Dog Food Recall (5/5/2012)
  • Diamond Dog Food Recall Expands Again (5/4/2012)
  • Diamond Dog Food Recall Widens (4/30/2012)
  • Diamond Dog Food Recall Expanded (4/26/2012)
  • Diamond Dog Food Recall (4/6/2012)
  • Petrus Dog Food Recall (12/28/2011)
  • Arrow Brand Dog Food Recall (12/12/2011)
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition Recalls Dog Food (12/9/2011)
  • Two Dog Food Brands Recalled by Cargill (12/7/2011)
  • Iams Recalls Puppy Food (12/6/2011)
  • Iams Pet Food Recall Mysteriously Removed by Retailer (11/27/2011)
  • FDA Issues Dog Treats Warning (11/18/2011)
  • Recalled Soy Possibly Linked to Dog Food (10/7/2011)
  • Merrick Recalls Dog Treats (8/9/2011)
  • Bravo Recalls Pig Ears Dog Chews for Salmonella (6/1/2011)
  • PrimeTime and KC Beefhide Pig Ears Recalled (5/18/2011)
  • Diggers Natural Treats Recalled for Salmonella (5/18/2011)
  • Pig Ears Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella (5/4/2011)
  • Jones Natural Chews Pig Ears Recall (3/9/2011)
  • Merrick Pet Treats Recalled for Salmonella (1/30/2011)
  • Kroger Dog Food Recalled for Aflatoxin (12/19/2010)
  • Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recall (10/8/2010)
  • Hartz Naturals Real Beef Dog Treats Recall (9/5/2010)
  • Merrick Expands Dog Treats Recall (8/16/2010)
  • Merrick Expands Recall of Dog Treats (8/4/2010)
  • Eukanuba and Iams Dog Food Recall (8/1/2010)
  • Merrick Dog Treats Recall (7/6/2010)
  • Pro-Pet Vitamin Recall Expanded (7/5/2010)
  • Pro-Pet Vitamin Supplement Recall (6/23/2010)
  • Natural Balance Dog Food Recall 2010 (6/19/2010)
  • Nature’s Variety Dog Food Recall Expanded (3/9/2010)
  • Nature’s Variety Dog Food Recall (2/14/2010)
  • Merrick Dog Treats Recalled for Salmonella (1/15/2010)
  • Pet Carousel Dog Treats Recalled (12/10/2009)
  • PetsMart Updates Salmonella Recall (11/10/2009)
  • FDA Recalls Pet Carousel Treats (11/6/2009)
  • PetsMart Recalls Dentley’s Beef Hooves (11/5/2009)
  • Wysong Dog Food Recall Expanded (11/4/2009)
  • Wysong Dog Food Recall (10/13/2009)
  • Nutro Dog Food Recall (10/4/2009)

Read more from the original story here

This is a massive list of dog food brands that have been recalled.  It is alarming and downright disturbing that this many types of food out on the market could be tainted and harmful.  There have been numerous cases of humans getting sick from just handling the food.  Some people have even ended up hospitalized for sickness due to handling the dog food.


Here is the link to the FDA’s own report on the deplorable conditions of the Diamond Pet Food Company.

Get the FDA report here


Here’s some savory advice from webmd on the subject of choosing the right dog food for your poodle.


2. What is dog food made of?
Dog food ingredients vary, depending on the manufacturer and the brand, but most meet standards set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Those standards cover protein, which supplies necessary amino acids; fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
Depending on the manufacturer, the food could contain protein from animal and/or plant sources, grains or other types of carbohydrates, fat, moisture, vitamins, and minerals. The FDA is responsible for ensuring that pet foods are safe and labeled appropriately.
3. How do I choose a high-quality dog food?
Check the label first for the AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement, which indicates the food provides complete and balanced nutrition. It should also include the life stage for which the food is appropriate. Life stages include growth (appropriate for puppies), adult maintenance, gestation/lactation, senior (appropriate for older dogs), and “all life stages.” A food labeled for all life stages can be used throughout a dog’s life, from weaning through adulthood.
When choosing a food, look for one that fits your pet’s flavor preferences, lifestyle, medical conditions, and environment, says Susan Wynn, DVM, AHG, a nutritionist for Georgia Veterinary Specialists in the Atlanta area and a clinical resident in small animal nutrition with the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.
Use the food for six to eight weeks to see how it affects your dog, says Wakshlag, who accepts some research funding from a major pet food manufacturer. Good signs: A shiny coat and a pet that looks healthy. If the dog is producing a large volume of stools or develops diarrhea, he may have problems digesting a food. If a dog has skin, ear, joint, or other problems, try another food to see if there’s a connection, Wynn says.

Original article may be found here


For sure, when it comes to discovering what is the best dog food for your poodle, it may be a little of trial and error.  The trouble is, there is no one right answer.  The magic happens when it’s a good quality brand of food, that your dog will like to eat, and that your poodle will not be allergic to.  Even the best of foods can cause allergic reactions like it did with our Lucy.  Just be cautious and check the latest recall list to make sure you are not buying any of the brands of foods that made the recall list.  Always check for the ones with the buy-before dates that have been named in the list of pet foods that were recalled.