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.

poodle dog treats

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 tries brushing his own teeth

We talked about the importance of brushing your poodles teeth in an earlier post. Here’s a video of a cute little poodle who seems bent on doing the job himself. I guess the owners just put a dab of toothpaste on the brush and let their little guy do the rest.


How important is brushing your poodle’s teeth?

One question I’ve been asked many times is how important is brushing your poodle’s teeth and how often should it be done? Actually, the answer is that you should be brushing your poodle’s and all of your dog’s teeth daily.


Lucy is very comfortable with being touched and having her teeth brushed

Dental care isn’t just for us humans, but it is an important part of a healthy regimen for canines too. Sure, dogs went without teeth brushing for thousands of years and in the wild, they do not have a toothbrush to use. But dogs also suffered the gum disease, loss of teeth and pain of not being able to clean their teeth properly.

The reasons for cleaning your poodle’s teeth are to prevent the tartar and plaque from building up, and to prevent gum disease and gingivitis. These things don’t just affect us, but they can affect our pets too.

Periodontal disease can show up as bad breath in your dog. It’s a sign that the mouth and the teeth and gums are not sufficiently clean, which can result in chronic infection that can bring about serious problems with the heart, liver and kidneys.

The good news is that brushing your dog’s teeth is really very easy. It’s not as involved as taking care of your own teeth. And, you don’t have to floss! It is best if you start your teeth brushing with your poodle when he or she is a puppy. But you can always begin to brush at any point. Here are some tips.

Start brushing gently and introduce the toothpaste first by letting your dog lick a little bit off of your finger. Some dog toothpastes taste good, like they are getting a treat. This will take the fear away, when you introduce the toothbrush next time.

Use a toothpaste specially made for dogs. Don’t use human toothpaste, as it can contain many ingredients such as fluoride and other chemicals that could be toxic to your pet.

There are some toothbrushes made just for dogs. The have to be very soft, which are even softer than a soft brush made for us humans. Talk to your veterinarian and pick one up from the vet’s office. Some people use a piece of gauze and wrap it around a finger and gently rub the teeth.

Try to lift up the the lips to expose the teeth and gums. Don’t pry open the jaw which can cause your pet to struggle and panic.

Don’t be discouraged if your dog doesn’t let you brush. Just try a little bit each day until it becomes easier. Don’t force your dog to allow you to brush it’s teeth if they really fight it. Start gradually and be a little persistent and you will probably find that eventually it becomes a routine that they may even come to enjoy.

Here is a good video about how to brush your dog’s teeth. It talks about all of the various issues you may have and how to deal with them.


Poodle hits the shops on two legs (Video)

I didn’t know for sure if this was real or not. This little poodle is obviously trained to walk on it’s hind legs. I would imagine that this may be considered abuse, but the dog doesn’t seem to mind. Watch the video.

What do you think? Is it too much or is it just too cute? I would not want my mini poodle doing this for such a long time, but she does like to jump up and stand on her hind legs for a treat now and then.


Are Your Poodle’s Toys Toxic Or Safe?

We all want our poodles and dogs to be able to have chew toys to play with and chew. At least that way, they will have something to chew on that’s not our favorite pair of slippers or shoes, or even the sofa.

But are your poodle’s toys toxic or safe? We have to take a very close look at what they are made of, read the labels, and avoid any toys made from toxic or dangerous materials and chemicals.

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Lucy, our mini poodle loves her sock monkey dog toy

A recent study done by Texas Tech University was done and some researchers discovered that many of the plastic bumper dog toys used in dog retriever training have some pretty toxic chemicals. There are BPAs or Bispenol-A and chemicals known as Phthalates. These are chemicals you do not want your dog or poodle to be absorbing into their system as they can pose serious health risks.


Toxicologist at the Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech Phillip Smith, who co-authored the study, was interested in how his own dogs were being affected by these toys. In an interview, Smith told Environmental Health News, “Some of the dogs are exposed to plastic bumpers from the time they are born until the day they die. We all want our pets to be healthy.”

Read more from the original article here


While it may not get rid of toxic materials, you might also consider keeping your poodle’s and dog’s toys clean.  Now and again, it’s a good idea to clean and disinfect your dog toys.  You can use a very small amount of bleach diluted in water and soak your dog toys in there.  Just make sure it’s thoroughly rinsed off and dried after your bleach-water rinsing.

Lucy, our Poodle, with one of her favorite dog toys

You can also just use hot water and some liquid hand soap or dish soap and also refer to any instructions on the toy before you clean it, just to be sure.

For a safer and greener approach to cleaning the plastic and squeaky toys, you can also soak the toys in a solution of warm water and white vinegar for 20 to 30 minutes.  Then you can use a brush and scrub away any dirt and grime.

For soft toys and cloth dog toys, http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ suggests that you wash them in cold water in the washing machine in a garment bag.  Just use a lot less soap than you would normally use for a small load of wash.  Using less soap is better, as a general rule.





Two Cute Poodles Playing Piano – A Video

I thought this video might give some people a laugh. Here’s two cute poodles playing piano – or are they? Well, they actually are not playing. One is even suited up for the concert wearing a little shirt collar and tie.
Anyway, it is a cute video and for a moment it sounds like some heavy jazz piano being played by two adorable poodles.

I hope this gave you a smile or a laugh or two. I know I got a kick out of it! One of the poodles looks like it’s actually reading the music.
Did you enjoy this video? What did you think?


In China and Korea, your poodle or dog would be eaten

Each and every day, poodles and dogs of all kinds are slaughtered for food and it is absolutely barbaric. It’s not just that they are killed, but they are brutally killed and even tortured. It is believed by these cultures that if the dogs are terrified, the rush of adrenaline will cause the meat to taste better.
If you dare, watch this video on the dog meat trade in Korea. Perhaps it will raise awareness so that we can be a voice for these animals and help to put a stop to this by changing the laws regarding the treatment of dogs in China and Korea.

The United States has it’s share of problems and we are not perfect as a society either. However, I am glad that we don’t view dogs and poodles and cats as dispensable items to be put on the chopping block for someone’s dinner.
Please share this with other poodle and dog owners and dog lovers. People should be aware of what is going on, even if it is disturbing.


Adorable Toy Poodle-Bichon Mix Puppy (A Video)

This is just too cute for words. Here’s a short little clip of someone’s little toy poodle-bichon frise mix puppy. How can you not resist this little powder puff of a pup?

This should be a contender for the cutest poodle-mix puppy contest, if there was one. I hope that this brightened your day a little bit if you needed a little cheering up. Who doesn’t, right?!


Picture Perfect Poodles – How to take better photos of your poodle

We love our pets and most of us love to look at and take pictures of our beloved furry family members.  Here are some ideas and tips on how to take better photos of your poodle or dog.

First of all, set aside a special time and place for your photos.  It doesn’t do any good if you try to take the photos when it’s hectic at home and you have guests or kids running around.  The dog will be distracted and it will be very tough to get him or her to sit quietly and pose nicely for you.

After a walk or when your pup is just sitting quietly on the couch or the bed could be a great time to just go in the other room, grab your camera and begin your photo shoot.  When your poodle or your dog is quiet and resting, you can usually get a good picture since your pooch will be restful and in a low key state.

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This was taken of Lucy, my poodle, without using the flash

Try to have good ambient lighting in the room if not natural sunlight so you will not have to use flash.  Flash is great for certain things, but when you take shots of your poodle, especially close up photos, the eyes will almost always be red.  To avoid the red-eye, just use a setting on your camera that will not set off the flash.

Sometimes, just starting by gently petting your dog will calm him or her down and allow you to create a mood of calm.  Then, with the camera right there next to you, you can just grab it and go right into taking a few shots in between petting.

Sometimes, it might be tricky to get his or her attention, so have an easy trick in mind and a few treats stowed away in your back pocket.  Do the trick once or twice and treat after the trick.  Then, try to do the trick again and while your poodle is waiting for the next treat or the next reward, you can usually get a good picture while your dog is patiently waiting at attention for that dog treat.

Timing is important, of course.  Often, a great pose will present itself but the dog will turn it’s head suddenly and all is lost.  Just try again and pretty soon your timing will become better and you will get that great shot!


Dog Treat Recall Alert For Poodle Owners

We regret to announce a Dog Treat Recall Alert For Poodle Owners.  Poodle and dog owners need to be aware of the FDA recall of dog treats contaminated with mold.  These treats were sold at PetSmart stores throughout the US in 35 states.

This particular recall has been applied to 7.5 oz. bags of DogCandy brand products, including Holiday Hound Cake and Blueberry Hound Cake.  The products have the potential to become moldy.

DogCandy Treats Recalled

DogCandy brand dog treats recalled due to possible mold contamination

Here is more on the latest dog treat recall from roxborough.patch.com.

The FDA reports that the recall applies to a single production run and packed in a 7.5 ounce paw print bag marked with a best by date of 08-2015. The “best by” date can be found on the ingredient label on the back of the package just above the UPC bar code.
•    The UPC for the Blueberry Hound Cake is: 692614010058.
•    The UPC for the Holiday Hound Cake is: 692614010041.
Mold was found on several cakes after they were delivered to the stores.  Under investigation the company discovered that the cakes contained higher moisture content due to the product being packaged while still warm. The company has taken every precaution and implemented new additional procedures to correct the issue.

Read more from the original post here

If you have purchased any of these products, you can return the package to your nearest PetSmart store and get a refund.  Otherwise, you can send the remains to the following address:
Claudia’s Canine Cuisine®
100 Four Paws Lane,
Maumelle, Arkansas 72113

You can indicate that you would like a replacement product.  Shipping costs will be reimbursed by the company.

If you have other questions, you may contact someone at Claudia’s Canine Cuisine during regular business hours.  They are available Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. by calling 1-501-851-0002 or email  info@claudiascaninecuisine.com