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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chicken Jerky Treats For Your Poodle

The story in the news recently concerning dog treats has had a lot of people concerned due to recalls because of tainted ingredients from China.  Waggin’ Train and other brands of chicken jerky treats were found to contain salmonella and were on the recall list.  With that on so many dog owners minds, one has to ask are there any safe and healthy Chicken Jerky Treats For Your Poodle?

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Chicken Jerky treats shouldn't make your poodle sick

A lot of people make home cooked meals for their dogs and a lot of people also bake their dogs cookies and treats, but a chicken jerky treat is a little more complicated to make at home.  But with so much bad wheat gluten and other ingredients that come from China and other countries where there is no regulation on dog food production, where can you get safe and healthy jerky treats that are made from higher quality ingredients that don’t come from China?  A company called Grove Naturals has the answer and has come up with a top notch brand of Chicken Jerky Treats For Your Poodle.

Corn, wheat, preservatives, soy, and gluten are some of the most common ingredients found in today’s dog food and dog treats. And, most of today’s dog treats are even made overseas in countries such as China and Indonesia with little or no health inspection. Unfortunately, many of our furry friends are allergic to these ingredients, including my little Abbey Rose (Min. Schnauzer). So, finding a holistic dog treat or dog treat manufacturer that doesn’t have ANY one of these ingredients is hard to find and almost impossible.

Fortunately for us and our fur babies, Grove Naturals had this same problem over three years ago and created a product that provided a solution. Founded and operated by two sisters and a best friend: Tina, Mia and Kathy, their mission is to provide homemade dog treats made with USDA grade ingredients (food that humans can eat) that are hand packaged for quality assurance . They are also 100% free from wheat, soy, preservatives, artificial flavors and gluten. And, the best part- they’re DELICIOUS! My little Abbey Rose eats Grove Natural’s chicken jerky on a daily basis and never has any allergic reactions!

What encouraged Tina, Kathy and Mia to start such a venture? Well, it all started when they were volunteering for a local dog rescue and they met Diku. Diku was a puppy mill survivor when he was only a little baby and was very sick. For months he was brought to local rescue events only to be disappointed that he was never chosen as the puppy to go to a loving family. So, after months of seeing Diku’s face with sadness and lost love, they decided to adopt him. (Because of their strong love for rescue- 20% of their proceeds go to local rescues).

Ever since adopting Diku, Tina, Kathy and Mia were on a mission to find the one dog treat that didn’t upset his allergies and that he actually enjoyed. They noticed that Diku really loved dog jerky, however, everything on the market had all kinds of ingredients that would upset his allergies and were made overseas.

And so it began! Friends, neighbors, and fellow dog lovers, begged the two sisters and best friend to start producing and selling their finely made chicken jerky.

 

So don’t stop giving your dog a tasty reward.  Now you can find a decent brand of Chicken Jerky Treats For Your Poodle that he or she will love and they won’t make them sick.  Dogs have allergies too and these treats are fine for such dogs, too.  I like that the owners of the company also donate 20% of their proceeds to shelters and local rescue groups.

 

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