Jerky Treats from China… Beware!

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For the last year or so, there has been a lot of debate about these Jerky treats imported from China. About a year ago, I saw a case of this myself. I had a dog who was only 2 years old who was having blood work consistent with kidney disease. We took the dog off these treats and it miraculously was cured of kidney disease. THAT WAS THE ONLY TREATMENT. I cannot believe these treats are still on the shelves.

Now, it has been learned, the treats contain DEET and amantadine. The treats have still not been pulled off the shelves although Petco claims they are going to stop selling them. We will see. Here is a link to a veterinary website with more information as well as a link to a News source.

http://www.vin.com/members/news/default.aspx?pId=210&id=6295069

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/05/contaminated-jerky-pet-treats-linked-to-at-least-1-000-canine-deaths-many-more-illnesses-103320.html

Please, whether they recall these treats or not,  I DO NOT recommend giving them to your pets. There are several brands affected.

  • According to media reports based on FDA information gained through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests, the three most commonly affected products are Waggin’ Train (a product of Nestle Purina PetCare), Canyon Creek Ranch (a product of Nestle Purina PetCare) and Milo’s Kitchen (a product of Del Monte Corp.).
  • The FDA’s alert has been expanded to include chicken jerky treats, duck jerky treats and sweet potato jerky treats.

Karen R Pearson, DVM

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National Pet Week

This is National Pet Week! In 1981, the American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA) began this week to celebrate the bond between us and our pets.

We, as pet owners, need to remember our pets rely on us for EVERYTHING. Not just food, water and shelter. Most of all, we need to take care of their health needs.  Dogs and cats are natural predators and naturally hide any symptoms of pain or illness. It is up to us to take them for annual check -ups and if they are older, twice a year check ups. As we all know, pets do not live as long as humans, but what many people do not understand is that this means they age that much faster than us too.  Six months between check ups, a lot can change.

To help celebrate National Pet Week, the AVMA is recommending people show the world what is unique and different about their pets by changing their Facebook profile picture to a picture of their pet(s)

 

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New Anti-itch Drug is Scarce

So, I am pretty darn bummed. I wanted to use this blog to let everyone know about an awesome new drug available for your itchy dogs. This year is turning into a late blooming allergy season. However, we were just told the product is on back order and we may not get it until 2015! What a tease!622216-Apoquel

Apoquel is a new drug which was just released by Pfizer to help control severe itching.  In all their studies and with the few patients we have been able to use this on, there has been minimal to no side effects. No drowsiness like the anti-histamines. No excessive drinking and peeing  like with the steroids. Even long term use has not shown to cause any side effects with the liver or kidneys.  Now, this is a new drug so we have to wait and see, but it is looking really promising.

The problem… We can’t get it.  So as I promised in my last blog, here is the information on the new product but it is a big let down because I won’t be able to get it to you. As SOON as we do, you will be the first to know!

Karen R Pearson, DVM