Archive for the ‘Products & Services for Cats & Dogs’ Category

Procter & Gamble Feeling Effects From Pet Food Recall

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007


Procter & Gamble, the company that makes Iams and Eukanuba, admits they have been greatly affected by the massive pet food recalls.

“Unfortunately, even though those wet and semi-moist products are a small, less than 10% of our product line, we frankly got hit pretty hard,” P&G Chairman-CEO A.G. Lafley said on a conference call.

Market share for Iams’ wet pet food sector has dropped to 1.1% in the four weeks ended July 14 from 3.9% in the four-week period before the recalls.

Even P&G’s shares in the dry pet food market have also been down since the recall. The shares are running one to one and a half share points lower since the four weeks ended February 24, the last period unaffected by the pet food recalls.

The losses combine to more than $20 million in sales since the recalls and around $70 million in annual sales if this continues.

Source: Advertising Age

(Thanks Gail)

NEW RECALL: Red Flannel Dry Dog Food Recalled By Mars Petcare

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Red FlannelMars Petcare is recalling the 50-pound variety of its Red Flannel-brand Large Breed Adult Formula Dry Dog Food due to salmonella risk. The Red Flannel dog food recall specifically covers only Pennsylvania. The salmonella risk applies to cats, dog as well as to humans.

A vague warning regarding salmonella was issued last week without the mention of Red Flannel dog food. We covered the dog and cat food salmonella warning on August 14th.

According to Mars Petcare, only three bags of Red Flannel dog food had been sold in Reedsville, PA and Richlandtown, PA. Only one bag has yet to be returned.

Full press release is below.

(Related News: Krasdale Gravy brand dog food was also recalled due to salmonella risk.)


NEW RECALL: Krasdale Gravy Dog Food Recalled By Mars Petcare

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Krasdale Gravy dry dog food sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania has been recalled by Mars Petcare.

The Krasdale Gravy brand dry dog food is being recalled because of a potential Salmonella contamination, which can cause serious infections in dogs and cats.

Here is the recalled Krasdale Gravy pet food information:

Product: Krasdale Gravy dry dog food
Size: 5 pound bag
UPC Code: 7513062596
Best By Date: July 16 & 17, 2008
Best By Date Location: Back of bag
Affected Stores: Various stores located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Full press release below.

(Related News: Red Flannel brand dog food was also recalled due to salmonella risk.)


Melamine Found In Wal-Mart Bestros Chicken Jerky Strips For Dogs

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Bestros Chicken Jerky StripsThe Associated Press is reporting that tests of two Chinese brands of dog food treats sold at Wal-Mart stores found traces of melamine.

Wal-Mart pulled two China-made dog treats from their shelves: Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Bestros Trading on July 26 due to customer’s complaints about pets becoming ill from eating the treats.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Deisha Galberth said 17 sets of tests done on the products found melamine.

“There were very small amounts of melamine found,” Galberth said. “The amounts were so small the laboratory recommended more testing.”

Galberth added that she couldn’t say at this point if the amount of melamine found would be enough to sicken or kill a pet that ate the tainted products.

She further added that Wal-Mart would expand its testing of the chicken jerky strips to see if tests find melamine in the product.

As of now, no formal recall has been issued.

(Pictured: Bag of Bestros Chicken Jerky Strips purchased from K-Mart)


Dog Having A Bad Fur Day? Get Her A Canine Wig

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Dog Wig

Is your dog tired of being a blonde and wants to try being a brunette? Or is your dog a punk rocker and just wants a pink mohawk? Maybe your dog wants to look like one of the Beatles?

Well, your dog can have it all with canine wigs. Not only can you change the color and style of your hair, but now your dog can join in the trend.

Hollywood hair legend and wigmaker to the stars, Ruth Regina, has jumped over to the doggie hair side. In her experience, she has donned Judy Garland, Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon with her creations. Now, her company, Wiggles Dog Wigs, is making toupees and extensions for all dogs ranging from Great Danes to Yorkie terriers.

Regina said: “This is the dog’s day. When I saw dogs in tiaras and opera clothes and workout clothes and jewelry being carried around in $7,000 alligator bags and Chanels, I said, ‘Oh, why not a wig for a dog?’”

This canine wigmaker mostly makes wigs that evoke old Hollywood glam. She has “Shirley Temple” ringlets and “The Penny”. She even has Donald Trump’s comb-over. The wigs range from $24.95 to $29.95.


Getting Down and Dirty with Cat Litter

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Cat LitterThe other day I got an e-mail from Emily, our stalwart editor and unsurpassed pet newshound, asking if I would be interested in doing a piece on what is being touted as the latest advance in cat litter.

Since I’m just coming off a minor victory of my own in the field of cat hygiene (a prototype cat litter pan for an extremely large and senior cat), I thought it fitting that I should tackle the assignment. She sent me the contact information for the PR firm that’s handling this new super-litter, and I in turn contacted their representative with a few questions and a request for an evaluation sample. I’ll have more information on this product soon.

To be honest, I haven’t given advances in cat litter much thought over the years. My cat litter buying habits haven’t undergone any radical changes since the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. So I figured it would be good to do some background research before digging into this cat litter story.

It’s difficult for me to process the idea that cat litter was invented. The father of modern litter was Edward Lowe, an industrial absorbents salesman from St. Paul, Minnesota.

The story is that back in the winter of 1947, a neighbor of his was looking for sand to fill up the cat box. Sand was a popular filler for the cat boxes of the day, but the forward-thinking Lowe sent her away with a few pounds of clay instead. The neighbor was enthralled with its absorbent properties, and “Kitty Litter” was born. In 1964, Edward Lowe Industries launched “Tidy Cat”. That’s the brand I grew up using.


FDA Investigating Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips In Dogs’ Deaths

Monday, August 20th, 2007


Kate Collins is not the only pet owner that claims a dog died from eating Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips bought from a Wal-Mart.

Sherri Shelton, an Indiana pet owner, had to put her 7-year-old dog down after she ate Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips last month. (Shelton actually contacted Itchmo about the article and her situation.)

Shelton’s dog, Sheba, started acting strangely after a visit to the veterinarian in early July. Just a few days after seeing the veterinarian, this soft-coated wheaten terrier became violently ill.

Shelton said that Sheba’s blood work was completely normal and fine when she had her last check-up at the veterinarian.

On July 24, Shelton took her dog to an animal clinic. She was told that Sheba had kidney problems, and they gave her antibiotics and an IV. Three days later, Sheba suffered toxic renal failure, and Shelton had to make the hard decision to put her beloved dog to sleep.

Wanting to find out why her dog suddenly died, Shelton immediately thought of the two bags of Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips. This former health inspector had been feeding both Sheba, and Sheba’s puppy, two-year-old Kali, these dog treats bought at Wal-Mart.

Shelton began researching on the Internet, called Wal-Mart, and spoke to a representative at Bestro’s parent company in China. She started to believe that there was something wrong with Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips.


Driving Miss Doggie In Her Furrari Dog Bed

Thursday, August 16th, 2007


Car lovin’ canine? Dog who loves going for drives?

Dogs seem to have an even more complicated relationship with cars than humans do. Some pooches love to ride in them, many more long to chase them, and the sound of a slamming car door sends many mutts into a tizzy.

Whether you’re headed on a road trip with Rover or just dreaming of the open road, both you and your canine companion are sure to get a kick out of the Red Furrari Dog Bed.

Fast asleep? This plush red doggie bed is ideal for dogs who dream of racing, but who can’t (legally) put the pedal to the metal. Also available are the Furcedes plush bed and the Woodie Pet Bed for the pup who knows when the surf’s up.

(Thanks, Jeff!)

Orbee-Tuff Dog Toys — Something To Chew On

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007


Does your dog need more fruits and vegetables in his diet? Or does your canine friend just love them so much that she can’t get enough of them?

Planet Dog has expanded their Orbee-Tuff dog chew toy line to include fruits and vegetables to give your dog a dose of vitamins. There is the Orbee-Tuff Strawberry with Treat Spot, Orbee-Tuff Artichoke with Treat Spot, and Orbee-Tuff Eggplant with Treat Spot.

All three are made of non-toxic, recyclable rubber, and rinses clean. This chew toy is durable, peppermint scented (so don’t expect the strawberry to smell like a strawberry), buoyant, and is made in the USA. They all received a 4 out of 5 on the Chew-o-Meter rating scale.

The Orbee-Tuff Strawberry (3” high) is priced at $9.95, the Orbee-Tuff Artichoke (3.75″ high) is $11.95, and the Orbee-Tuff Eggplant (5.75″ high) is $13.95.

You can also put your dog’s favorite treat inside. After playing with these fruits and vegetables, your dog will begin to like eating them!

Introducing Two Product Review Sites For Cats And Dogs

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Dog and a cat snuggle up

We would like to introduce two new product review sites in the Itchmo Pets Network:

As their names suggest, the sites are filled with great reviews for dog and cat products. Unlike other review sites, it’s not just one person’s opinion. We’ve scoured the web for the best written user reviews and product information for a wide range of products for dogs and cats. Each product review contains a variety of different perspectives and criticisms (if they exist) to give you an accurate picture of what the pet parent community thinks.

We will continue to add more reviews to the list of products and we hope to see your reviews as well. If you’d like to see your product reviewed, contact us at


P.S. Thank you to our beta testers in the ItchmoForums.

Pennsylvania Issues Salmonella Warning On Dog And Cat Food

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Pet Food

As the Pennsylvania Department of Health investigates human cases of infection with an uncommon type of Salmonella, possibly connected to dry dog food, state Health Secretary Dr. Calvin B. Johnson reminded pet owners of steps they should take to prevent illness when handling pet food and pet treats.

Since January 2006, Pennsylvania has identified 21 individuals with illness caused by a specific strain of Salmonella serotype Schwarzengrund. Many of the illnesses linked to this strain involve infants and young children, who are especially vulnerable to Salmonella infections. Most of the cases have occurred in households with pets or where people are in close contact with pets, but there is no evidence that any human consumed pet food.

“While the department is working very closely with federal investigators to identify a specific cause and source for these illnesses, it is important that pet owners understand and follow steps to prevent Salmonella infection from occurring,” Dr. Johnson said.


Cerenia: Medication To Prevent Dog Vomiting Due To Motion Sickness

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Dog in car

Does your dog love car rides but gets queasy whenever he steps in a moving vehicle? And then you end up cleaning his breakfast from the back seat of the car?

Pfizer Animal Health has created Cerenia, a daily tablet that prevents canine vomiting from motion sickness. This FDA approved medication became available starting July 30 and is recommended for dogs 16 weeks or older.

Cerenia works by blocking a receptor in the brain stem that receives signals from the rest of the body to vomit. It can be used to treat vomiting in dogs caused by motion sickness or medical problems, such as gastroenteritis or renal disease.

Dr. Brenda McClelland, a veterinarian and co-owner of an animal clinic in Fort Collins, Texas, says that when an adult dog gets sick, pants or drools excessively in a moving vehicle, it is important to observe the dog to see if it’s truly motion sickness.

McClelland says that true motion sickness is the result of an inner ear problem. When dogs start drooling or getting queasy even before they get in the car, it may be more of an anxiety problem instead of motion sickness. A dog may be anxious if they are not used to riding in a car or has had a bad experience.

A veterinarian with Pfizer Animal Health said that Cerenia has a success rate of up to 93%. But the medication will not treat a dog’s anxiety if that is the reason they are vomiting.


Natural Balance Publishes Dog And Cat Food Testing Results

Monday, August 13th, 2007

NB Laboratories staffIn a bid to regain consumer confidence after the massive pet food recalls, Natural Balance will allow consumers to look up test results on all batches of their dog and cat food on their website. The new service was unveiled Sunday. (Lab staff pictured at right.)

Consumers will be able to go to the Natural Balance website, select a dog or cat food formula and enter the expiration date code to see the test results. When we talked with Natural Balance last week, the test results were being uploaded and not every batch was available. Each batch is indicated by the Best By date printed on the packaging.

Currently, the Los Angeles-area based company tests for melamine, cyanuric acid, aflatoxin and vomitoxin at their in-house lab and through Midwest Laboratories. The test result indicates whether that batch showed positive or negative for each of the four toxins. The test results we saw only showed no toxins detected, so we don’t know what a positive toxin finding will look like.


Dog Gets Air Conditioner In Dog House

Monday, August 13th, 2007

MacWhenever it’s hot outside, all that your dog probably wants to do is stay in an air conditioned room and lay on the cold floor. One dog got his dream come true.

Mac, a rottweiler and labrador mix, has his own dog house. It used to be a playhouse, but his owner, Ira Goodwin, converted it to a storage room and dog house for Mac.

With temperatures reaching above 100 degrees in Greensboro, North Carolina, Goodwin decided to put air conditioning in Mac’s dog house. He told his wife that he was going to put air conditioning in the dog house, and his wife asked “you’re going to do what?”

Having central air in their house, Goodwin took an old window unit from their home and put it in Mac’s house. He also took out some of the carpet in the dog house, so Mac can lay on the floor instead of the carpet.

Goodwin said that some of his neighbors and even his wife thinks that he is crazy for going to such great lengths for his dog and keeping him cool. His wife said that they didn’t even have air conditioning in their own house when they were younger. But, she does understand Goodwin’s love for his dog and all of the things that he will do for Mac.

Don’t worry, Mac also stays warm during the winter time. For those cold months, he has a radiator with an automatic thermostat.

Source: WFMY News

Natural Balance Answers Back To Pet Food Lawsuit

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Natural BalanceYesterday, we posted a story about a San Francisco lawyer filing a class action lawsuit against Binzhou Futian Biological Technology, a Chinese company that allegedly provided contaminated ingredients in pet food that resulted in massive dog and cat food recalls. The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of a woman whose cat died after eating Natural Balance cat food.

Natural Balance was also named as one of the defendants in the lawsuit.

Natural Balance’s president, Joey Herrick, is firing back against the lawsuit. He is surprised by the lawsuit because he said that the company has paid all claims of people whose pets died or were sickened by tainted food.

Herrick also said the company has paid out more than $100,000 dollars so far to nearly 200 pet owners including all their vet bills or the cost to replace the pet. In one specific incident, he paid $14,000 to a dog owner to cover medical care that saved its life. Herrick added that he won’t pay for anguish of losing a pet.

The class action lawsuit seeks damages up to $5 million dollars on behalf of pet owners whose animals ate contaminated food and it also asks financial compensation for mental anguish for loss of a pet.


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