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Recent Dog Food Recalls

Just expanded to Louisiana


Brands included in the recall are: (see below)*

Kirkland Signature products 

Natural Balance
– Canidae
– Chicken Soup For the Pet Lover’s Soul
– Country Value
– Diamond
– Diamond Naturals
– Premium Edge
– Professional
– 4Health
– Taste Of The Wild
– Wellness
– Apex
– Kaytee Fort-Diets

Solid Gold



Beef meal, cracked pearled barley, ground rice, peas, egg product, rice bran, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), fish meal, dried plain beet pulp, pea protein, millet, flaxseed, natural flavor, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.


Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Natural Balance Pet Foods Customer Service at (800) 829-4493 (8am – 5pm, PST). Consumers may also go to www.naturalbalanceinc.com for more information.

this is a people problem… the people who manufacture pet food should be held accountable…

“…The individuals became ill either through handling the tainted kibble or having contact with a dog that had eaten it. The outbreak has now spread across (more than) nine states…” (Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming and Canada).

“Although Diamond has claimed no dog illnesses have been linked to the outbreak, Food Safety News reports the claim may be leaving some pet owners with a false sense of security because state and federal agencies don’t track pet illnesses. So although no dog illnesses have been reported, that doesn’t mean no dog illnesses have occurred, it says.

“…Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain, according to the FDA. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.”

Contact your vet if your pet has these symptoms. 


*For the entire list of pet foods recalled, check out Two Little Cavaliers excellent blog post.

“…People infected with Salmonella should watch for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Diamond Pet Foods is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which has received a limited number of reports of salmonellosis, the illness caused by Salmonella.”


If you are not sure if your pet’s food has been recalled, check the production codes on the back of the bag, check on the company website and/or call the company.

Don’t know what to feed your pet? Fresh, homemade dog food is the best way to go. And one way to make sure your pet has all the nutritious ingredients they need, we recommend Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health.


1. Add Canine Health to boiling water.

2. Simmer for 8 minutes.

3. Let cool.

4. Add your choice of protein. (beef, chicken, turkey, soy, lentils, etc.)

5. Add your choice of oil. (Health and Shine, flax, borage, olive, hemp)

6. Watch a happy and healthy dog eat.

*Detailed instructions are included in every bag of Canine Health.

Compare this list with the list on your pet’s food…

INGREDIENTS:  (no wheat, corn, soy, natural flavor, ingredients that you cannot pronounce)  

Organic Brown Rice Flakes, Organic Kamut Flakes, Organic Spelt Flakes, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Barley Flakes, Organic Triticale Flakes, Sweet Potatoes*, Carrots*, Potatoes*, Zucchini*, Peas**, Green Beans*, Beets*, Broccoli*, Parsley Leaf, Lecithin Granules, Garlic Granules, Bee Pollen Granules, Nutritional Yeast Flakes, Alfalfa Leaf, Rose Hips*, Red Clover Blossums*, Oat Straw*, Flax Seed Meal*, Papaya Leaf*, Rosemary Leaf*, Dandelion Root*, Peppermint Leaf*, Ginger Root*, Spirulina*, Foenugreek*, Basil Leaf, Fennel Seed.

*Dehydrated **Freeze Dried


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Top 10 Reasons to Feed Your Dog Fresh Whole Food

Below are the Top Ten Reasons to Make the Switch for Your Pet: (from Dr. Harvey)…


1. Ability to control the quality of the ingredients
2. Increase longevity
3. Ability to avoid synthetic ingredients
4. Ability to avoid toxicity caused by preservatives
5. Avoid dyes and coloring agents
6. Maintain healthy weight-increase energy
7. Improved skin and coat
8. Avoid allergies
9.Improve dental health
10. Avoid common degenerative diseases (Arthritis, Kidney Disease, Cancer)

All of these benefits can be achieved with a minimum of effort and the results are so rewarding.

You CAN do this for your dog!

Dr. Harvey and I just had a conversation about this topic. I had told him that Cici was not wanting to eat her soup (raw dehydrated food) and I asked for his advice. He said over and over that it is best to make your own food, that way you know what your pet is eating.

His words:

Fresh is Best and Here’s why…

We think fresh is best. Would you want to eat boxed cereal or canned food as your daily diet? No, of course you wouldn’t. And we don’t think your companion wants to either. We know that fresh is best and our pre-mixes make fresh possible. Even with a busy schedule it is possible to make a fresh meal for your companion every day. You can also make enough for a few days and keep it in the refrigerator. Our foods will stay fresh for 2-3 days in the refrigerator and can be frozen for traveling or for a sitter.


Treats should be chemical-free and safe too. So many are filled with preservatives and tainted meat products. Check here for preservative-free, dye-free and healthy treats!

Power Patties, yum yum yum, Cici’s favorite treats !!!


just for laughs…

Another day, another blog hop, what do you know.   This Blog Hop is bought to you by Alfie’s Blog, Snoopy’s Dog Blog, My Brown Newfies and Luna, A Dog’s Life……. catch the code


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dessert for dogs

Cici is a certified chow hound and piglet.  And boy does she enjoy her treats, bones and cookies.

She has been sampling some great dessert treats and cookies for dogs handmade by Puptrition and wolfing them down. The nice thing is that they are all wheat-free treats and have some veggies hidden inside for my veg-free dog. The treats are made with non wheat flours, too. Wheat, corn and soy are common allergens for dogs. Fresh eggs, banana, sweet potatoes and carrots are used in the recipes along with unsweetened applesauce. Dogs digestive systems are very different from ours so all of that is taken into consideration in the making of these treats.


Cici just loves the different items from carob brownies for dogs, carob chip cookies, and these yummy bone shaped crackerlike peanut butter bones.  Carob unlike chocolate is safe for dogs to eat.

Ingredients:  Oat Flour, Brown Rice and/or Rye Flour, Flaxseed Meal, Applesauce, Peanut butter, Egg, Olive Oil

Sheri Felten also makes dog meals with fresh meat, chicken and turkey.

Check out the website at: www.puptrition4dogs.com, or email: sheri@puptrition4dogs.com.


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teaching old companies about real food..


cici recently sampled Purina’s One Beyond dog food. She is a champion chow hound and ate it right up. This morning, she has a tummy upset due to gobbling down a bone too fast, I think.

if the public relations is not just a green washing gimmick to gain new customers who insist upon feeding their dogs real food, I applaud Purina for offering this alternative to the other stuff that they sell. What would be really kind is if they got rid of the garbage and were committed to feeding animals real food. Too much to ask?

The ingredients listed on the bag were way too small for me to read and I could not even see how much or little to give to cici but now I am confused… on one website the One Beyond website linked below, it says that the food is crafted without corn and wheat… but nowhere can you find a list of ingredients. At another website of Purina’s, as I suspected here they are… I cannot recommend any pet food with by-products, wheat, corn or any kind of meal… no matter if you put it in a ‘sustainable’ package. cici has a sensitive tummy and cannot digest any of those, so maybe her tummy upset is due to this ‘food.’

Purina One Ingredients: Chicken (natural source of glucosamine), corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal (natural source of glucosamine), brown rice, oat meal, whole grain corn, whole grain wheat, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), dried beet pulp, calcium phosphate, natural flavor, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, salt, soybean oil, canola oil, malted barley flour, dried sweet potatoes, dried spinach, choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), garlic oil, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.

Purina is donating to shelter pets. Last year, the Purina ONE brand donated more than 1,200,000 pounds of food to pets in shelters… that’s great but how about making real dog food, for starters?


pardon my skepticism but so many times, big companies like this appear to be something that they are not. The food’s ingredients are chicken first ingredient and some veggies and fruits along with corn, by products and wheat. To throw the crap in with the good stuff is deceptive. Unlike raw food company’s products, or organic company products, Purina One is not what it says it is.

Lately, cici has been eating either Paul Newman’s, Organix or Pinnacle, grain free foods whenever possible, and is going to be trying a couple of new organic foods that do not have any corn, wheat, soy or by products.  If small companies can serve up good, clean food so can companies like Purina.

Paul Newman ingredients: (compare)


Natural Chicken – Raised without growth hormones and antibiotics and fed only a 100% natural, all-vegetable diet, the chicken meat provides amino acids essential for muscles, hormones, enzymes, antibodies and structural and protective tissues.

Natural Chicken Meal – Defined by Association American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) as being “ground or otherwise reduced in particle size”, meal serves as a concentrated source of amino acids that is low in ash (minerals), moisture and fat.

Chicken Fat – Highly palatable source of essential fatty acids.

Organic* Soy Meal – A concentrated source of low-fat, bio-available protein.  There is no evidence to indicate that dogs or cats are allergic to soy or that it causes bloat or other digestive disturbances in animals.

Organic* Brown Rice -Grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, these whole grains supply complex carbohydrates for sustained energy and B vitamins and beneficial fiber to maintain a healthy digestive tract and promote normal stools.  The healthful oils in rice bran contain important phytonutrients, including heart-healthy oryzanols.

Organic* Barley – Grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, these whole grains provide vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B6, biotin, complex carbohydrates, tocotrienols (a potent antioxidant) and beneficial fibers.

Organic* Peas – Grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, these legumes supply complex carbohydrates, vitamin A and c, iron and beneficial fiber to support digestive function… pets like the taste of peas.

Organic* Flax Seed Meal – A rich source of linoleic and omega-3 fatty acids as well as essential amino acids.  Flax is a good source of magnesium, phosphorous and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, thiamin and manganese.  It also contains vitamins including B group and E.  Flax is a recommended source for lignans, an important phytonutrient with powerful antioxidant properties.

Organic* Oats – Grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, these whole grains supply B-complex vitamins, fiber and complex carbohydrates to help maintain healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Organic* Carrots – Provide vitamins A and C, powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and support healthy vision, and the important phytonutrient beta-carotene.

Organic* Sorghum – A good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, calcium and other important micronutrients, including iron. (Sorghum is an important cereal crop whereas molasses is made from sugar beet or cane).

Fresh Parsley – Serves as an intestinal calmative and aids in nutrient absorption and elimination of gastric odors leading to “doggie breath”. Good source of vitamins C and A, iron and calcium.

Kelp – A good source of essential vitamins and minerals (including iodine).

Taurine – an essential amino acid for cats that supports cardiovascular and neurological function. Now thought to be important in maintaining heart function in certain breeds of dogs, including Cocker spaniels and Golden retrievers.

*Organically certified by USDA-National Organics Program.

Here’s some more info about the best dry dog foods, although I don’t agree with all of what this says either. It is a concern that P&G has bought Evo and Innova, really good brands of dog food, although pricey.


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How long will your dog live?

This is an interesting test to take to see how long your dog will live… It said 13 years for Cici but one or two of the questions was not correct (I saw in the results they thought she’s underweight while the vet said that she’s slightly overweight), they said that 15 years is normal for her breed, but they did not have a place to put that she is part Dalmatian and pit, just a place to say that she is a mixed breed and then you pick out a photo, which did not seem very accurate… so the variables were off a bit… still there is some interesting info… makes you think about how you are taking care of your dog.


the real question is how long will I live sleeping with a dog who breathes into my face all night like last night… she does not have bad breath like many dogs but who wants a dog breathing into your face day or night? she snuggles against me real tight and sticks her nose into my face then wiggles against me, digging her paws into my side and face… I like to cuddle but this is absurd… I turn my back on her and then she breathes (somehow) into my back…

right now, she is sitting by the fire, enjoying the ambiance, and it’s really cold outside…

Anyway, I think good dog food is key to health and vitality for humans and our K9 companions. I need dog food and would like to try the raw food from Honest Kitchen when I can… it’s $29 for 4 lbs, makes 17 lbs… and it is gluten-free, low carbohydrate dog food. I try not to feed her any wheat and give her yogurt for the probiotics…

Ingredients: Hormone-free Chicken, Organic Quinoa, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Parsley, Organic Kelp, Rosemary, Vitamins and Minerals…

it’s called Thrive:(v.) Flourish, Bloom, Blossom, Be Radiant, Picture of Health


this is a homemade dog food recipe that I found …

Dr. Michael Fox’s Homemade ‘Natural’
Dietary Supplement for Dogs
2 cups uncooked whole grain rice (or barley, rolled oats, or pasta noodles)

Pinch of salt

1 T. vegetable oil (flax seed oil* or safflower oil)

1 T. wheat germ

1 T. cider vinegar

1 t. brewer’s yeast

1 t. calcium carbonate/citrate/ or lactate

1 t. dried kelp 

1 lb. lean hamburger, or ground lamb, mutton, or one whole chicken or half of a small turkey.

Combine all above ingredients. Add water to cover ingredients, simmer, stir, and add more water as needed until cooked. De-bone chicken parts and do not feed cooked bones since they can splinter and cause internal injury. The recipe should be thick to be molded into patties (add oat bran or meal to help thicken).  Mix well into the stew while it is still very hot, a cup full of raw, grated carrots, sweet potato or yam. Serve 1 cup full of this recipe for a 30 lb. dog with the rest of his/her rations, and freeze the rest into patties and store in the freezer.

Serve thawed, or frozen to gnaw on outdoors in hot weather. For variation, you can use cottage cheese, plus well-cooked lentils, chick peas (garbanzo beans), lima beans or other pulses, or a dozen eggs as meat alternatives. Don’t forget, lightly cooked, or if organically certified, raw calf and beef liver, heart and kidneys are good sources of animal protein and other essential nutrients. All pet food ingredients, ideally, should be organically certified. (Note: some dogs are allergic or hypersensitive to some foods, especially soy, beef, eggs, wheat and dairy products.).

T = Tablespoon
t = teaspoon

* Add flax seed oil after the cooked food has cooled down to room temperature.

*** Also give the dog a daily multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplement, such as Pfizer’s Pet Tabs, or a good quality human  ‘one –a day’ supplement equivalent, crushed up in the food, calculating one half of the human daily dose for a 50 lb dog.



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the way to a dog’s heart is through its stomach…


belly rubs


puppy chow aka food, treats and scraps (here is a cool site with info about feeding dogs a homemade diet, how to, recipes, etc)



tummy scratches, here’s how:



head and tummy massages


blowing air tummy kisses aka raspberries on the tum tum 


hiccup holds (press hand against tummy until hiccups stop) 


grass and feather tickles


pummels and squeezes


belly flops in the pool

sunshine on my tummy makes me happy  





sleeping on my belly makes me silly…

dog beer (yes, folks, there is a company that makes beer for dogs) kind of bubbly all the way down, cici prefers the taste of toilet water in the morning (aaaaahhhh)…

raw bones and chews are the best for jelly bellies of all breeds…

give your dog a belly laugh…

exercise, run that sweet soft squishy tummy into shape

this looks like the cutest place sleeping in a dog house… sigh, if we ever get to Idaho…


can you think of any other tummy treats that dogs love?


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