Archive for Pet Owners & General Public

Pet food recall expanded due to vitamin D concerns

Three subsidiaries of Land O’Lakes have recalled feed products, including an expansion of the recent PMI Nutrition International recall, due to the potential for elevated vitamin D levels. All of the products involved in the recalls were manufactured at a feed plant in Richmond, Ind., between April 2, 2012, and May 8, 2012, and were distributed across the United States.

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Purina recalls animal foods with elevated vitamin D levels

Purina Feed issues a voluntary recall of certain Purina® feed products due to the potential for elevated vitamin D levels. Elevated vitamin D levels may be result in lack of interest in eating, weight loss, possible joint stiffness and even death. No complaints have been reported yet.

The products were distributed nationwide between April 2, 2012, and May 8, 2012. The affected product should not be used, and where applicable, be returned to the retail dealer.

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Feed Solutions issues recall on pet foods due to elevated vitamin D

Feed Solutions is voluntarily recalling certain varieties of feed products due to the potential for elevated vitamin D levels. While no customer complaints have been received to date, elevated vitamin D levels may cause death or otherwise be harmful to animals and fish if fed for extended periods, potentially resulting in lack of interest in eating, weight loss and possible joint stiffness.

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Nature’s Variety recalls dog food due to freshness issues

Nature’s Variety has voluntary recalled its Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs. The food itself is not contaminated, but some products are not remaining fresh for the full shelf life and an off-odor smell is developing.

The products impacted 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

Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange it for a different variety by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.

Contact Nature’s Variety at 888.519.7387 or online for more information.

OVMA affected by recent severe weather

As a result of the weekend’s severe weather, the OVMA office is without Internet access and air conditioning. As such, please be aware that we may be operating under shortened hours until these issues are resolved. Until then, we will have limited access to email but will do our best to respond in a timely fashion. If you need immediate assistance, you may contact  us by phone at 614.486.7253; if we are unavailable, please leave a message and we will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience as we work toward resolving these issues.

House approves wild & dangerous animal bill

The Ohio House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 310, the dangerous and wild animal bill, Tuesday afternoon by an 87-9 vote. The Senate subsequently concurred in House amendments in its session yesterday, sending the bill to Gov. Kasich for signature. The law will go into effect 90 days after being signed, and 60 days after that, owners of species of wild and dangerous animals and dangerous snakes will be required to register with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Wild & dangerous animal legislation passes through House committee

After incorporating several amendments, SB 310 passed out of House Agriculture Committee last night by a 17-4 vote (Boose, Buchy, Damschroder, and Hagan).

Amendments include:

  • Lower registration fees
  • Creating an wild animal emergency response commission
  • Allowing for municipal ordinances to adopt stricter regulations than the state
  • Prohibiting the ODA Director from adding additional animals to the list in the future without the approval of the Ohio General Assembly
  • Stipulating that owners of pygmy, white-tufted-ear, silvery and black penciled marmosets; squirrel monkeys; brown, white-faced, weeping and white-fronted capuchins; and lemurs must register their animal and abide by care guidelines. They would not be subject to fees or any other prohibitions or provisions of the bill including new ownership of the same.

The full House is expected to act on the bill next week, after which it will be sent to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

Diamond Pet dog food linked to human salmonella infections

Fifteen human cases of Salmonella Infantis have been reported from nine states, including two in Ohio. A number of these infections have been linked to multiple brands of dry dog food manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.

For more information on what to do if you suspect an animal has been infected with Salmonella, visit the CDC’s resource pages for veterinarians and pet owners.

Diamond Pet Foods issues third recall on dry dog food

Diamond Pet Foods has issued a voluntary recall of Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food and Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food. The company took this precautionary measure because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No dog illnesses have been reported.

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Diamond Pet Foods issues second dog food recall this month

Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling a second batch of dry dog food produced at the company’s South Carolina plant, which has since ceased production. The food may be contaminated with Salmonella, though no illnesses have yet been reported.

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