Purina PetCare Gets FDA Warning

FDA issued a warning to Purina PetCare after their inspection from September 15, 2014 through October 1, 2014.

This is not a pet food recall but it is something pet owners should be aware of because some are probably feeding the food that could be in question down the road. You can read the warning from the FDA here  ===>  Warning Letter 

This warning letter was for the Purina plant 1157 in South Whitehall Township in Allentown, PA.

This letter does not provide lot numbers of the products that were involved just names listed below:

All of these products are canned/moist foods.

Alpo Prime Cuts with Beef
Alpo Chop House Originals Filet Mignon
Alpo Chop House Originals roasted Chicken
Friskies Mariner’s Catch
Friskies Mixed Grill
Friskies Gravy Sensations with Turkey and Giblets
Friskies Supreme Supper
Friskies Indoor Chicken
Friskies Salmon Dinner
Mighty Dog Chicken Egg & Bacon Country Platter
Mighty Dog Chop House Originals Filet Mignon
Mighty Dog Lamb and Rice
ProPlan Senior Beef and Rice Entree

 
Pay close attention to your pets health if you are feeding any of the above products. If you did see something that is unusual in your pets health call you vet and also report your finding to the FDA here==> http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm

 
To You and Your Pets Health,

Alice

 

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Diabetes In Cats

Diabetes in cats or (Feline Diabetes mellitus) sorry to say is common in older cats, and is especially common in cats that are fed dry food diets. There was a study in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery  in 2006, that reported a high-protein, low-carb diets are as or more effective than insulin at causing remission of diabetes in cats. Now to me, changing your cats diet would be something to consider. I am no vet by any means or a nutritionist but since most dry cat food is high in carbs and deficient in high-quality protein, it makes sense that a lifetime of eating kibble could cause diabetes in middle-aged and older cats.

If your cat is showing any of these signs you should have him/her checked out by your vet for feline diabetes.

Signs to look for:

  • Thirstier than usual
  • Urinating frequently
  • Hungry all the time but is also losing weight
  • Unusually sweet-smelling breath
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dehydration
  • Poor coat condition
  • Urinary tract infections

Diabetes mellitus is the result of not enough insulin that is being released from the pancreas, or there can be an abnormal release of insulin together with an inadequate response of the body’s cells to the insulin. So no matter how much your cat may eat he/she will lose weight.

If diagnosed early it possible to get the blood glucose levels under control and put your cat’s diabetes in remission. That means they might not need to be on insulin or other kinds of medications. On the other hand, if not knowing that your cat has been diabetic for a long period of time the insulin that is being released from the pancreas or has an irregular release of insulin together with an inadequate response of their bodies cells could mean that their pancreas just may be worn out and unable to secrete insulin. There are insulin injections that can control glucose levels and there are also oral hypoglycemia medications which some cats may do better with, so ask your veterinarian about that.

It is also important that cats with diabetes needs to have the right nutrition and being on the “recommend commercial” or “prescription” diets for diabetic cats that a lot of veterinarians prescribe is unfortunate. These foods on average contain a small amount of rendered protein and a large amount of fiber and carbs. When a cats diet is deficient of protein it forces their body to metabolize their muscles, which then leads to muscle loss.

  • The sad part is that a lot of cats are just getting commercial cat food and not even high quality food at that, so if that is what you are doing at least try adding some canned cat food that is grain and potato free. You want to cut down on the carbohydrates like, corn, wheat, rice, and in particular, soy as much as possible. Dogs and cats don’t need carbohydrates, yet if you read the pet foods labels you will see that they are full of grains or other starches because they are cheap filler ingredients.
  • Bottom line to help prevent diabetes in your cat provide a  balanced, species-appropriate diet. Okay let’s face it a lot of the pet food companies are not really creating a nourishing diet for pets despite what you see in their TV commercials. Their focal point is on making money, unfortunately that is at your pet’s expense. A lot of pet foods on the market contain unsuitable ingredients such as rendered, low-quality protein, corn, soy, wheat and rice. These ingredients can contribute to inflammation, diabetes, obesity, and other diseases such as cancer and kidney failure in pets.

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Press Release Pulled on Pet Food

The largest press release services in the U.S. has pulled a press release from the Internet about the pet food testing results after a complaint from industry. Do you think it has anything to do with Big Pet Food companies not wanting the results to be public?

Thanks to Susan Thixton for getting this information out, who works day and night on trying to keep our pets safe and healthy.

To see more on this you can visit here ==> Press Release pulled from Internet

Here is the Press Release that was pulled: ==>Pulled Press Release

Let’s help her spread the word that what she found was true, “What was found in this testing is horrifying – serious risks to pets and to pet food consumers. Pet food consumers deserve to know about these results – no matter if industry is not happy about what we found – and are trying to stop us.” Thanks Susan for all you do.

To You and Your Pets Health,

Alice

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FTC DISCLOSURE: You can assume that in some cases I have a marketing connection to a brand, topic or product mentioned in this message or on this page and may be compensated if you are to purchase from an affiliate link. You should always perform due diligence before purchasing goods or services from anyone – online or offline. Also in most cases what I write is based on my own opinion and experiences.