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.

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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.


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.”

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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.





Home Cooked Meals For Your Poodle

We have all heard that old expression, “you are what you eat” and it is true, of course. It is also true about your dog too! Would Home Cooked Meals For Your Poodle really make a difference in your poodle’s health overall? The answer is a very big yes.

According to an article in webmd.com, about 50% of all dogs over the age of ten get some form of cancer and the rate of increase in dogs getting diabetes has risen about 30% from 2006 to 2010. Much of this has to do with dogs being overweight and this is preventable with changes in diet and dietary and food restrictions.

If you are looking to have the healthiest pet you can have, then Home Cooked Meals For Your Poodle is a big step in that direction. Here’s more on the subject from an article by Katie McCarthy from http://www.ledger-enquirer.com and it talks about making your dogs food and the health benefits of feeding your pet a superior diet of home made meals rather than most of the commercial brands of dog food available.

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This poodle wants some good home cooked food

Those of us who have four-legged furry friends often consider them a member of the family. We want to do whatever we can to make sure they are as healthy and happy as possible.

For Rick Woodford, that often means cooking for them. His venture into homemade dog food began when his dog Jackson was diagnosed with lymphoma. Jackson stopped eating his dog food and became lethargic. In an effort to get him to eat, Woodford began preparing home-cooked meals and noticed a marked improvement in Jackson’s energy and spirits.

Between chemotherapy and homemade food, Jackson lived beyond his original 9-12 month sentence. And Woodford started a new business, becoming known around his Portland-area home as “The Dog Food Dude.” His business, Dog Stew, was hurt by the recession, but Woodford’s passion was not — he recently released a dog food cookbook “Feed Your Best Friend Better: Easy, Nutritious Meals and Treats for Dogs.”

“When I helped my dog who was sick, I only wanted him to eat — I didn’t expect him to get better,” said Woodward during a recent phone interview, adding that he mostly feeds dogs who are sick with issues such as allergies, arthritis, cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

While he was compiling his cookbook, Woodford read pet food books written by veterinarians and had veterinarians approve the changes he made to recipes to ensure they were healthy for pets, as well as accessible to the humans preparing the food.

Woodford stressed that he wanted to make the recipes easy to follow, even though he’s heard plenty of people say how complicated it sounds.

“It’s easy once you start doing it,” he said. “I (also) don’t want people to think they have to cook everything for their dogs.”

Though he has one diabetic dog who eats only homemade diabetic food and one older dog with heart disease who also only eats homemade food, his other two dogs are fed a half-and-half diet of homemade food and store-bought kibble.

Woodford said the half-and-half diet combines the benefits of homemade food, plus the nutrients in packaged food.

“You’re not going to see the benefit (of homemade food) today, except that your dog will lick the bowl clean,” said Woodford. “But over time, the dog will be healthier.”

So, if you are looking to make Home Cooked Meals For Your Poodle, maltipoo, cockapoo or other breed of dog, you will be glad to know it will surely make a difference in your pets health in the long run. We make Lucy a homemade meal of chicken, vegetables and sometimes we add in a special local made raw meat formula for dogs. The live enzymes in the raw food are especially good for her. Not only does she love her food, we also know it’s helping her health in the long run, which we feel good about.

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Poodle Health And Nutrition

Every poodle owner wants the best for their animal companion and we wanted to share some important facts about Poodle Health And Nutrition with our dear friends and readers. In a recent article, veterinarian Michelle Delbeqc offers some tips to people on what are some of the most important concerns with regard to your pets health. Two of the key points she mentions are dental health and obesity. For more about this and other facts about Poodle Health And Nutrition, read more from the original article written by Anne Mazar about both the holistic and traditional veterinarian approaches to your poodles and pets health issues.

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Keeping your poodle healthy is a must

Michelle Delbecq, veterinarian at the Mendon Animal Clinic finds that the two biggest problems affecting the health of animals are obesity and dental disease. She explains, “Obesity causes and exacerbates many of the same issues in our pets as in huma. Musculoskeletal problems are very common – knee, back, and hip problems. Cats are at a much higher risk of developing diabetes. Brachycephalic breeds of dogs (pugs, bull dogs etc) have increased respiratory problems.” Keeping cats and dogs at their ideal weight and exercising is crucial and can save you money and visits to the vet. Dogs need exercise everyday.

“Dental disease causes pain and infection of tooth roots, gums and surrounding bone. It also can cause systemic problems – for example infection and inflammation of liver and kidneys,” say Delbecq. She suggests brushing or wiping their teeth daily. Certain chew toys and treats can also be beneficial. It will also greatly improve your pet’s breath. Visit the American Veterinary Dental College website for easy-to-use information on pet dental care www.avdc.org.

With regards to diet, animals need to be fed food that will fill their dietary requirements, not yours. If you are feeding commercial food to your pet, Delbecq says to make sure it is labeled, “feeding trial tested using the guidelines of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) to be nutritionally complete.” Meeting the standard of AAFCO is not as thorough as the trial tested AAFCO approval. Delbecq warns, “… There is a lot of competition in the pet food market, which comes with much hype and misinformation.”

When it comes to Poodle Health And Nutrition, it can be confusing. There are hundreds of brands and types of dog food and many companies competing for your business. I prefer to avoid most, if not almost all of the commercial brands of food for my poodle and combine a home-made recipe of vegetables, some rice and cooked chicken. We also feed Lucy, our poodle, some raw food as well.

If you ever really want to learn more about the best kind of dog food and what to avoid, check out Dog Food Secrets! You will be shocked and amazed at some of the information, and how you can extend the life of your poodle by avoiding certain kinds of foods and feeding it the right food.

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Gourmet Organic Dog Food For Your Poodle

Instead of boring old dry kibble in your dog’s food bowl, try a new brand of healthy Gourmet Organic Dog Food For Your Poodle. Here’s a great story about taking your passion and turning it into a business. A woman who was a designer quite her job and became devoted to creating healthier food for her dog, Zoe, who had a skin condition. In her quest for a better meal for her pup, she decided to put the high grade, organic dog food on the market and now her brand of Gourmet Organic Dog Food For Your Poodle or other dog breed, is now in 22 stores in and around the Brooklyn, NY area.

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Give Your Poodle A Healthy Treat

It all started with Zoe, a pit bull, her rash and hot spots.

Nancy Liao, who lives in Park Slope and was a designer for the cosmetic company Fresh, was frustrated that her pup, who she refers to as “the beast,” was still covered with a skin rash after visits to the veterinarian, rounds of antibiotics, shampoo and other medicines.

During yet another trip to the vet, the doctor said that Zoe’s skin aliment might have something to do with her diet, which has been Kibble dry food for her entire life.

Liao devoured books on canine nutrition, like Dr. Pitcairn’s “Natural Health for Dogs” and other resources. She soon formulated recipes for a well-balanced meal and made Zoe a bowl full of human-grade chicken with sweet potatoes, millet and peas. The skin rash went away and she never gave the beast Kibble again.

“Once you see the benefits from your dog doing well on high-quality food, you just can’t go back,” Liao said during an interview in her shared commercial kitchen in Sunset Park.

This is a great story for two reasons. First of all, I love to hear a real story about someone following their passion and having it lead to a successful business. Secondly, so many more people are getting more concerned about feeding their poodles and pets higher quality and better grade dog food, that it has become a huge and growing business for those who do a good job and get involved. If you are looking for a good choice of Gourmet Organic Dog Food For Your Poodle or other kind of dog breed, I would safely say there are more tempting choices available than ever before. I wish Nancy Liao all the success in the world with her business and her organic dog food products.

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Grain Free Pet Food For Your Poodle

Fortunately for pet owners and poodle owners alike, there are a wider variety of choices for your dog and we now know that it is better to serve up a quality brand of Grain Free Pet Food For Your Poodle. Since your poodle does better from a meat based diet rather than a plant based diet, it is in your pet’s best interest to get a dog food that is grain free.

What is in that bag of kibble you are getting? The label might be nice to look at or the brand may be a familiar big name brand, but what’s inside? If one of the first ingredients does not say beef or chicken and instead it says something like meat by-products or meat-meal, put it back on the shelf. Let’s start to take a closer look at the ingredients of the food we are giving to our dogs and make sure you are getting a Grain Free Pet Food For Your Poodle.

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It is easy to run into the supermarket and grab a bag of dog food; filling a bowl with kibble every morning becomes a mindless act. But Bark_n_Purr manager Sandy Schultz urges pet owners to take a closer look at the nutrition label of the pet food they are buying. Schultz said pet owners may be unknowingly feeding their pets food laden with ingredients such as recycled transfat grease and old grains covered in mold.

“What you feed your pet directly affects their health, longevity and temperament,” Schultz said.
According to Schultz, the first item listed on the dog or cat food should be a named meat meal, such as rabbit, chicken or lamb. Meal refers to meat in which the moisture is removed.

“If you just see ‘meat meal’ on the ingredient list, that is the lowest grade protein you can buy,” Schultz said. “But if it says ‘lamb meal,’ it is actually specifying which animal it came from, which means it’s higher grade.”

Schultz said that pet owners should analyze the protein and fat levels in the pet food they are buying. She said the protein level should be 22 percent or higher for dogs and 34 percent or higher for cats. But Schultz warns customers to be wary of proteins that come from plants.

“Animals don’t handle proteins from plants as well as meats,” Schultz said. “Eating these proteins tends to cause upset stomachs for pets.”

Advertising and theater junior Kate Griffiths recently decided to feed her Australian shepherd, Scout, a more protein and fat-rich diet because he was experiencing stomach problems.

“Given what I’ve read about pet food, I want to feed him grain-free [food] because dogs don’t need carbohydrates,” Griffiths said. “Feeding him food enriched with grains is like if I eat fast food: I feel gross and tired. But if I eat healthily and cook for myself, I have energy.”

Praising the powers of a grain-free diet, Schultz said that carbohydrates inhibit a dog’s ability to use stored fat for energy. Schultz said cats do not produce the enzyme needed to digest carbohydrates, and thus cats will grow fatter because their body is designed not to feel full until they have eaten enough meat.

Ultimately Schultz believes raw pet food diets are the healthiest choice for owners. A raw diet emphasizes raw meat, vegetables, bones and fruit. Schultz said that though a raw diet is more expensive, the positive effects of the diet directly lead to a lower veterinarian bill. According to Schultz, pets who consume a raw diets have better muscle tone, higher activity levels, reduced shedding, reduced solid waste output and shinier coats.

The benefits of a Grain Free Pet Food For Your Poodle will be huge when compared to feeding poor quality commercial dog food to your poodle. You will have a healthier more energetic dog and he or she will live longer as well.

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What Is The Best Dog Food For Your Poodle

Today, with more choices than ever when it comes to dog food, you probably find yourself asking the question What Is The Best Dog Food For Your Poodle? That’s understandable, considering all of the dog food choices among the many types and many different brands of dog food. And not every dog breed is the same, and they require different nutritional needs, as well as individual tastes. Some poodles are very picky and will only eat the foods that appeal to them.

Here’s a brief excerpt from an article about today’s dog food brands and types of food available to help you decide on What Is The Best Dog Food For Your Poodle.


What Type Of Dog Food Is The Best For This Poodle?

(MNN.com) — Dogs don’t exactly have discriminating tastes. Many will even eat their own poop. What dogs do have working in their favor is a multibillion-dollar pet food industry vying for a place in their food bowls. The ever-growing list of options — all natural, holistic, organic, human-grade — can cause plenty of consternation among pet owners. Here are a few tips to help identify the best food option for your pets:

Read the label

Avoid falling for fancy descriptions that promise holistic or human-grade ingredients and focus instead on brands labeled “complete and balanced” by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). This organization sets guidelines that help ensure pet food has been formulated to cover basic nutritional needs. You will find this label on many of the tried and true brands that have long occupied pet food shelves at your local grocery store.

“These are companies that have done the research — hundreds of pages of studies — proving the quality of their food,” says Dr. Annie Price, owner of Ormewood Animal Hospital in Atlanta. “With a lot of over-the-counter, high-end food, there is no research to back what they claim as true. That’s not to say it’s not good food; we just have to be careful.”

To help dog lovers navigate the food aisle, Dr. Jennifer Coates, a Colorado-based veterinarian and pet nutrition blogger with PetMD.com, worked with Hill’s Science Diet pet food company to create an interactive nutrition guide called “MyBowl.” Like the food pyramid, MyBowl breaks down the percentage of carbohydrates (50 percent), fats and oils (25 percent), and proteins (25 percent) dogs need as part of a complete and balanced diet.

“In the past you just grabbed whatever was on the shelf, and that’s not the case anymore,” Coates says. “Choice isn’t always a good thing; it does make for more confusion.”

When it comes to proteins, Coates tells clients to look for a predominance of food that sounds like what they would want to eat. Ingredients are listed based on quantity, so look for high-quality proteins to be listed among the first few items. Price adds that pet owners should buy food based on the appropriate life stage, particularly during those puppy years, and seek formulas specifically made for your breed.

“If you buy puppy food that has not been broken down into breed sizes, you can have problems,” Price warns. “A German shepherd does not grow the same as a toy poodle. Large and giant breed dogs are prone to juvenile skeletal cartilage issues that we can prevent by having them on a proper diet.”

The same rule applies to senior formulas. Pet food companies have upped their game by offering formulations with fewer calories and supplements such as fish oil to support joint health.

Just try to pay attention to labels and also try to pick a brand that has integrity with regards to the quality of the ingredients and make sure they do not use too many meat by-products or get ingredients from China. There have been too many dog food scares and pet food recalls lately so there’s reason for concern. So, I hope this post will help a little bit as far as Today, with more choices than ever when it comes to dog food, you probably find yourself asking the question What Is The Best Dog Food For Your Poodle?

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