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Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella.

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella spp. Poly A contamination.


One of four products being recalled

All products tested negative by a third-party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.

No additional products are affected by this recall. The company has received no reports to date of illness in either people or animals associated with these products.

Salmonella can cause serious illness or fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. Always use proper caution when handling raw foods.

The following product is being voluntarily recalled because of the possible presence of Salmonella.

Product Item # Size Best Used by UPC
Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – Chub 21 – 102 2 lb (32 oz.) chub 12-05-16 829546211028

105 cases of this product were sold to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers in the US.

These products DID NOT test positive for Salmonella, but are also being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility on the same day as the product that tested positive.

Product Item # Size Best Used by UPC
Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs – Patties 21 – 401 3 lb (48 oz.) bag 12-05-16 829546214012
Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs – Chub 21 – 402 2 lb (32 oz.) chub 12-05-16 829546214029
Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – Patties 21 – 508 5 lb (80 oz.) bag 12-05-16 829546215088

These products were sold to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers in the US.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of this product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle).

To submit a claim, pet owners should return to the store where they bought the product.

To get a refund at the store where you bought the product: Customers should return to the store where they purchased the product and submit the Bravo Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website http://www.bravopetfoods.com/consumerrecall.html for a full refund or store credit. See Bravo Product Claim Form for details.

More information on the Bravo recall can also be found at www.bravopetfoods.com, or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (EST).

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The Natural Dog Company, Inc. of Windsor, CO, is recalling its 12oz bags of 12″ Tremenda Sticks pet chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonellacan affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.


Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The recalled 12″ Tremenda Sticks were distributed to retail stores in CA, CO, FL, IL, MO MT, NC, OH UT and WA.

The recalled product comes in a 12oz bag without a lot number or expiration date with UPC number: 851265004957. Products with new packaging, which includes both a lot number and expiration date but the same UPC are not affected by this recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after a Colorado Department of Agriculture inspection of the product revealed the presence of Salmonella in a sample taken from a 12oz package of 12″ Tremenda Sticks.

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 12oz packages of 12″ Tremenda Sticks should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-424-4602 – Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm MST.

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On July 10, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Nevada entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Bio Health Solutions LLC, of Las Vegas and its manager and co-owner, Mark Garrison, for selling RenAvast, an unapproved animal drug.

According to the complaint filed with the consent decree, the defendants have marketed RenAvast to treat diseases, including chronic renal failure, in cats and dogs. It is illegal to market new animal drugs without first requesting FDA pre-market review and obtaining legal marketing status. The FDA pre-market review process evaluates whether products are safe and effective for their intended use, can be consistently manufactured, and are truthfully and completely labeled.

The decree, filed on FDA’s behalf by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada, prevents Bio Health Solutions LLC and Garrison from introducing RenAvast and any other unapproved new animal drugs into interstate commerce. The firm would not be able to market the drug unless and until it obtains an approved new animal drug application or meets the requirements for an investigational new animal drug exemption.

“The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act’s new animal drug approval requirements provide important protections for consumers and their animals,” said Bernadette Dunham, D.V.M., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. “We believe consumers should be able to trust that the drug products they administer to their pets have been proven to be safe and effective.”

The FDA previously issued a Warning Letter to Garrison regarding Bio Health Solutions LLC’s marketing of RenAvast in August 2012.

Unapproved animal drugs are animal drugs that do not have legal marketing status. They have not been approved, conditionally approved, or indexed by the FDA. In addition, unapproved animal drugs may not meet the agency’s strict standards for safety and effectiveness and may not be properly manufactured or properly labeled. The FDA can take enforcement actions such as issuing Warning Letters to and seeking injunctions against companies that are in violation of the FD&C Act.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency is also responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an update today on its ongoing investigation into pet illnesses and deaths in animals that ate jerky pet treats. This update includes the latest information about complaints of illnesses, testing findings, and measures taken by the agency to identify the cause of the illnesses and deaths.

As of September 30, 2014, the FDA has received approximately 5,000 complaints of illness associated with consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, most of which involve products imported from China. The reports involve more than 5800 dogs, 25 cats, three people, and include more than 1,000 canine deaths.

These numbers include approximately 270 complaints received since the FDA’s last update in May 2014. This is a significant decrease from the previous period (October 2013 to May 2014), in which the FDA had received 1,800 complaints.

Because of the sharp reduction in complaints, the FDA is tentatively planning to shift from a biannual routine reporting cycle to issuing annual updates. This shift in reporting cycles does not mean that the FDA is reducing its effort to investigate the cause of these illnesses: the agency continues to devote significant resources to its investigation, and will post non-routine updates if notable events occur.

Although it is impossible to determine in every case whether the events reported were in fact caused by eating jerky pet treats, the FDA continues to believe that there is an association between some of the reports and consumption of jerky pet treats.

The agency continues to caution pet owners that jerky pet treats are not required for a balanced diet, and encourage them to consult with their veterinarians, both prior to feeding treats and if they notice symptoms in their pets.

The FDA continues to devote significant resources to this investigation and to work with its Vet-LIRN partners to gather and analyze new information as it becomes available. If your pet has experienced signs of illness that you suspect is related to jerky pet treats, please report it to FDA. While FDA does not necessarily respond to every individual complaint submitted, each report is valuable and becomes part of the body of knowledge that helps to inform our investigation.

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Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, marks February as Pet Dental Health Month by reminding pet parents about the importance of regular dental care for their four-legged family members. In 2014, VPI policyholders spent more than $12.2 million on dental conditions and procedures, the fourth most common type of claim submitted to the company last year and an eight percent increase from the previous year.


Preventive oral care is not only necessary for pets, it’s a financially sound choice for pet owners. In 2014, the average claim amount for pet teeth cleaning was $171. In contrast, the average claim amount for treating dental-related disease was $212. Periodontal disease, a condition caused by residual food, bacteria and tartar that collect in the spaces between the gum and tooth, accounted for the most dental claims received by VPI last year— more than 26,800. Tooth infections, inclusive of cavities and abscesses, accounted for the second most common dental-related claims, totaling more than 14,200. Infections of the teeth are typically the result of untreated tooth decay, cracked or fractured teeth, or severe periodontal disease.

Poor dental care can also be linked to severe health issues and shorter lifespans in dogs and cats. The bacteria associated with tartar buildup and periodontal disease can contribute to heart, liver and kidney problems.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), an organization dedicated to advancing the science and art of veterinary medicine, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three. VPI encourages pet parents to have their pets’ oral health evaluated bi-annually by a veterinarian.

“Regular veterinary examinations are critical because they include an oral health and dental evaluation, just like when we go to the dentist,” says Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “To help off-set the costs of preventive oral care, VPI offer’s Everyday Care plans that help cover procedures like dental cleaning.  Your veterinarian may also recommend brushing your pets’ teeth between veterinary visits, with the goal of preventing a buildup of tartar along your pets’ gum line. Tartar can lead to inflammation or pain when the gums or mouth are touched, even during the simple process of eating.”

The AVMA’s list of signs that dental disease has already started in a dog or cat includes:

  • Red swollen gums or brownish-yellow tartar on teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Frequent pawing or rubbing at the face and/or mouth
  • Reluctance to eat – for example, picking it up and then spitting it out

Pet Dental Health Fast Facts:


  • Puppies have 28 temporary teeth that begin to show at about 3 to 4 weeks of age
  • They have 42 permanent teeth that generally grow in between 5 to 7 months of age
  • Periodontal disease is the most common dental issue among dogs


  • Kittens have 26 temporary teeth that begin to show at about 2 to 3 weeks of age
  • They have 30 permanent teeth that generally grow in by 5 to 6 months of age
  • Other dental issues that are common in cats include tooth resorption and ulcerative stomatitis

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Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETX), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the licensing, development and commercialization of innovative medications for companion animals, today announced positive results from its pivotal field study of AT-001 (Grapiprant), the company’s innovative drug for treating pain in dogs with osteoarthritis. In the study, dogs receiving AT-001 demonstrated improvements in pain assessment scores that were statistically significant compared to placebo (p<0.05) at a once-daily oral dose. Aratana expects to commence commercialization upon FDA approval, which Aratana anticipates in 2016.

The blinded, placebo-controlled, multi-center dose-ranging study of AT-001 enrolled 280 client-owned dogs with osteoarthritis. Dogs were randomized equally into one group treated with AT-001 and one group treated with placebo. Dogs were dosed for 28 days, and effectiveness was determined by a standard protocol utilizing a validated owner-assessed pain score.

Ernst Heinen, DVM, Ph.D., Head of Drug Evaluation and Development for Aratana Therapeutics, stated, “We are very pleased with these results, which gives us confidence in moving forward towards approval of this novel drug.”

Steven St. Peter, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Aratana Therapeutics, added, “We believe AT-001 has the potential to be an important product in the well-established pain market. We look forward to continuing our dialogue with the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine regarding the AT-001 program.”

Aratana will discuss these results in more detail when the final study reports are available.

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At Christmas, the chocolate in your advent calendar can prove disastrous for your waistline, but fatal to your pets. But other foods can be equally dangerous, especially nuts and booze, and several ingredients that go to make up your Christmas Dinner and all the trimmings.

John Cousins BVSc, MRCVS, Director of VioVet, the online pet medications and pet food retailer, says the dangers are multiplied at Christmas when it becomes more difficult to monitor what your pets are eating: “Ingredients such as onions or garlic that go into turkey stuffing or raisins in the Christmas pudding and mince pies can make your pets seriously ill and must be avoided,” he says.

So this Wintertide, make sure your pets avoid the following Christmas treats:

  • Grapes and raisins contain a potent toxin that can damage the liver and kidneys of dogs and cats. Raisins are a key ingredient in mince pies and fruitcake, so make sure these are kept well away from your dog or cat.
  • Nuts and especially a toxin present in macadamia nuts can impede the function of a dog’s digestive, muscle and nervous systems, resulting in weakness and breathlessness, tremors and swollen legs.
  • Nutmeg is also a danger – a favourite ingredient of egg nog, if eaten by a dog, its nervous system will begin to suffer with potentially severe consequences.
  • Alcohol has a far stronger effect on dogs than humans, and even a drop of it or any other stimulant-type drink can cause disorientation, laboured breathing, and even death.
  • Peaches, plums and persimmons have been known to cause digestive complaints in dogs. The pips of these fruits are far more dangerous and pose a choking hazard, but also because of the toxins they contain.

John says that there are many other products and ingredients that can do harm, especially those that containXylitol, a sweetener found in sugared sweets and candy, some dietary foods and baked goods. If a dog consumes even a small amount it could be in serious trouble. His advice is therefore simple:

“Tempting though it is to give your dog or cat a treat from the table, my advice is don’t,” John concludes. “You could, quite literally, be killing with kindness.”

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Do you have questions about the foods, drugs, and other issues involving your pet?

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) may be able to answer them. FDA regulates animal drugs, animal food (including pet food), and medical devices for animals, and conducts research that helps shape regulatory decisions, among other activities.


Below are CVM’s answers to seven questions it often receives from consumers about their pets.

Q: How do I know if a drug I am giving my pet is FDA-approved?

A: Look at the drug’s label. All FDA-approved animal drugs have a New Animal Drug Application (NADA) number or, for generic animal drugs, an Abbreviated New Animal Drug Application (ANADA) number. Many drug manufacturers list the six-digit NADA or ANADA number and the statement, “Approved by FDA,” on the drug’s label, although they aren’t required to do so. If you don’t see the NADA or ANADA number on the label, most FDA-approved animal drugs are listed in Animal Drugs@FDA, a searchable online database. There is more detailed information on this subject on FDA’s web site.

Read more on the FDA web site.

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For the first time, a surgical team of world-class veterinarians performed an innovative brain surgery procedure last week known as transsphenoidal hypophysectomy, saving the life of a ten-year-old boxer named Anna suffering from an aggressive form of tumor growth. While such surgery is now becoming common for humans, it is truly groundbreaking for a canine.

American Dog Rescue Foundation

The Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pituitary Team poses for a photo with Boxer Anna, her guardian Sundays Hunt and American Dog Rescue Founder Arthur E. Benjamin Front Row: Anna (First TSH patient at WSU) Second Row (From left to right): Tina Owen, Arthur Benjamin, Sundays Hunt, Abby Thomson (4th year veterinary student) Third Row (From left to right): Tom Jukier (Neurology intern), Annie Chen-Allen, Linda Martin, Megan Bauer (4th year veterinary student) (PRNewsFoto/American Dog Rescue Foundation)

American Dog Rescue founder Arthur Benjamin provided the necessary resources for the operation after doctors determined that Anna was suffering from an aggressive form of Cushing’s Disease, a common condition in older dogs that occurs when a tumor grows near the pituitary gland, impacting adrenal gland functionality. This ground-breaking operation would not have been possible without ADR’s critical funding.

Mr. Benjamin, a well-known and successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, spends his time between Salt Lake CityDallas, and Boca Raton. He is a leader in these cities and nationally in numerous non-profits that support animal rights and the welfare of homeless pets, breast cancer and the education of inner-city kids.

“Finding innovative ways to prolong the lives of animals with improvements in their quality of life is important to me,” said Mr. Benjamin. “This operation is a ground-breaking procedure that will serve to help thousands of animals suffering from Cushing’s Disease.”

Dr. Tina Owen of Washington State University Vet Hospital said this particular surgery was really a challenge but very successful.

“This is a surgery performed to remove a tumor from the pituitary fossa usually originating from the pituitary gland,” Dr. Owen explained. “The pituitary fossa is approached through the mouth via an incision in the soft palate to gain access to the basisphenoid bone and pituitary fossa.  This surgery is technically challenging and post-operative recovery requires extremely close monitoring.”

This surgery was the only remaining option to prolong Anna’s life. Poodles, Boston Terriers, Dachshunds, and Boxers have the highest incidence of the disease. The success of Anna’s surgical approach brings new hope for dogs throughout the world plagued with this life-threatening ailment.

“It was the joint efforts of Internist Melissa Tucker (Utah Veterinary Center), renowned Oncologist Nick Bacon (University of Florida Veterinary College, Gainesville) and the Texas A&M team that identified and did their due diligence to find a solution to the unique and complex issues Anna faced,” ADR Founder Arthur E. Benjaminsaid. “Together, this group of experts located and concurred upon Dr. Owen’s surgical operation over other more traditional approaches, leading to a successful outcome that otherwise was impossible for Anna. We owe them and the Washington State University Veterinary Team a debt money alone cannot repay. It takes a village to make this kind of an impact for dogs worldwide.”

Sundays HuntAnna’s guardian and Utah State Director of The Humane Society of the United States, expressed her appreciation to ADR.

“It’s my privilege to both see Anna ‘fixed’ and to be part of the future of medicine here at WSU,” Hunt said.

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Tis the season for gift giving, but there is never a good time of year to give a puppy as a surprise present.  The American Kennel Club (AKC®) reminds those considering giving a puppy as a gift to think twice.

“A dog is a serious commitment, and you should never surprise someone with a puppy they aren’t ready to keep for a lifetime,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “A dog needs to suit your lifestyle, and it’s important to consider the energy level, size, coat and temperament of a puppy – as well as your own readiness – before you make a decision.”

Consider wrapping dog supplies such as a leash or bowl to symbolize the gift of a puppy to come – this will give the recipient time to do their research and prepare for the commitment.

During their critical first weeks at home, puppies require a great deal of time, love, and attention. Therefore, every prospective owner should carefully consider their schedule and circumstances before bringing a new pet into their home. This is especially true during the holidays when parties, travel, or out-of-town visitors might adversely affect your ability to give a new puppy all the attention he or she deserves. If your holidays will be hectic, wait until after the hustle and bustle.

The AKC also reminds dog owners of the following tips to keep their four-legged friends safe and happy this holiday season:

– Holiday Dangers Facing Dogs & Puppies – 

  • Avoid using food such as popcorn or cranberry strands as holiday decorations. If eaten, they can cause blockages, which can require surgery to remove. Puppies are notorious chewers when young and will look to get anything they can.
  • Place ornaments, tinsel, glass bulbs, and things that sparkle and catch your dog’s eye higher up on your tree where he can’t reach them. Ornaments can cause major problems for your dog or puppy if ingested.
  • Poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe can be poisonous to pets, so keep them out of your dog’s reach.
  • If you have a real Christmas tree, make sure your dog doesn’t swallow the pine needles or drink the tree water which can cause stomach irritation, or contain poisonous plant food. Try putting a gate around the tree to keep your dog away, or consider getting an artificial tree.
  • Puppies like to chew and explore, and exposed wires from holiday lights pose a threat to your curious little friend – if he chews on them, he could be electrocuted. Tape indoor wires to the wall and outdoor wires to the side of the house where your dog can’t reach them.
  • Be careful with candles around your house, as a wagging tail can knock them over and cause serious burns or even start a house fire.
  • Common holiday foods such as chocolate, butter, turkey skin, fat, and candy can make your dog very ill. Take care to keep these foods out of reach.

For more information on responsible dog ownership, visit the AKC at www.akc.org.

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