Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | March 14, 2017

Another Dog Food Recall

So far, in recent months, the pet food industry has experienced a flutter of voluntary pet food recalls.

Blue Buffalo has announced a voluntary market withdrawal of seventeen different varieties of its Blue Wilderness Trail Trays and its Blue Devine Delights due to possible quality issues with the foil seals on the tops of the cups.

 

Blue Buffalo has asked consumers who have purchased these products to stop feeding the affected products to pets, and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

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Products affected by this recall include:

 
BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Beef Grill
3.5 oz cup
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BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Chicken Grill
3.5 oz cup
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BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Turkey Grill
3.5 oz cup
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BLUE Divine Delights Filet Mignon Flavor in Gravy
3.5 oz cup
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BLUE Divine Delights New York Strip Flavor in Gravy
3.5 oz cup
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BLUE Divine Delights Prime Rib Flavor in Gravy
3.5 oz cup
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BLUE Divine Delights Pate Sausage, Egg and Cheese Flavor
3.5 oz cup
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BLUE Divine Delights Pate Steak and Egg Flavor
3.5 oz cup
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BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Duck Grill
3.5 oz cup
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BLUE Divine Delights Rotisserie Chicken Flavor in Gravy
3.5 oz cup
84024312041
BLUE Divine Delights Pate Filet Mignon Flavor
3.5 oz cup
84024312043
BLUE Divine Delights Pate Porterhouse Flavor
3.5 oz cup
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BLUE Divine Delights Pate Sausage, Egg and Cheese Flavor
3.5 oz cup
84024312059
BLUE Divine Delights Pate Steak and Egg Flavor
3.5 oz cup
84024312061
BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Duck Grill
3.5 oz cup
84024312071
BLUE Divine Delights Pate Roasted Turkey Flavor
3.5 oz cup
84024312053
BLUE Divine Delights Pate with Bacon, Egg and Cheese
3.5 oz cup
84024312057

 

Consumers are encouraged to contact Blue Buffalo with questions regarding this withdrawal at 877-870-7363.

 

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From the Best of Scottsdale, Pet Sitting & Dog Walking…

Tim Heise – The Scottsdale Pet Sitter & Dog Walker
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013, 2014 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-Th)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

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Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | November 8, 2016

ANOTHER Dog Food RECALL

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Another popular brand of dog food has been issued for recall…

Mars Petcare has announced a voluntary recall of its popular Cesar Filet Mignon Flavor wet dog food.  There is a potential choking risk due to small pieces of plastic which entered the food during production.

 

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Cesar Classic Filet Mignon is sold individually and also in flavor variety multipacks.

Mars Petcare encourages consumers who have purchased the affected food to discard item or return to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Product has a lot code printed on the side of the tray 631FKKC or 631GKKC and best before date that falls between 08/04/18 and 08/05/18.

The affected multipacks have the following codes:
632D14JC
633B24JC
634A14JC
634A24JC
634B14JC
634B24JC
634E14JC
635A24JC
635B14JC
636D24JC
636E14JC

Spread the word!

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From the Best of Scottsdale, Pet Sitting & Dog Walking…

Tim Heise – The Scottsdale Pet Sitter & Dog Walker
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013, 2014 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-Th)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbsolutePetCare
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Tim Heise

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If you’re anything like me, you are always looking for any way you can possibly make your dog’s life better.

Who doesn’t like pumpkin cookies?  You don’t even have to be a top pastry chef to make these delicious treats.

Here’s what I use and how I do it…

The most important ingredient…  Pure pumpkin puree.  Read the ingredient label on the can to make sure it is 100% PURE PUMPKIN, and NOT pumpkin spice.

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Ingredients:

One 15oz. can of pure pumpkin

3/4 Cup of Rice Cereal

1/2 Cup of Dry Powdered Milk

1/2 Cup of Creamy Peanut Butter (Xylitol Free) Optional

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300F.

Mix all ingredients together.

Shape the treats according to preference (I prefer a half-tablespoon of mix, roll into a small ball, flattened).  Place onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, or wax paper on a cookie sheet.  Cook for fifteen minutes, twenty minutes for more well done treats.

Let cool, then enjoy!

Tim’s Tip:

Remember it is NOT the size of the treat which makes your dog happy, it is the experience of receiving the treat!

To avoid overfeeding your dog the extra calories, feel free to break up the treats into several treats for your dog.  Smaller treats = Less calories and a healthier dog.

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From the Best of Scottsdale, Pet Sitting & Dog Walking…

Tim Heise – The Scottsdale Pet Sitter & Dog Walker
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013, 2014 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-Th)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbsolutePetCare
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AbsolutePetCareAZ
Blog: https://absolutepetcare.wordpress.com/
Tim Heise

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Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | September 3, 2016

Considering Adding Another Dog to your Family? Read This

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Considering adding another dog to your family?

Most of us who have felt the unconditional love of a dog agree, the more the merrier.

So why not open our homes to even more dogs and collect all the love we can?  Well, that would be ideal.  However, not every dog loves the idea of sharing their love and attention with others.  Therefore, there are many things to consider when adding a new dog to your home.

All dogs are different.  They vary in size, age, breed, temperament, etc…  All of those are important factors when considering the addition of a new dog.

Age is a tremendous factor when adding a dog to your family.  If you already have a dog, you’ll want to add a dog who is similar in age to the dog you already have, or older is fine as well.

Why is this important?

Most people make the mistake of looking for a puppy.  Which is great if it is a life-saving issue.  If there is a puppy in need of a loving home, then by all means, take them.  That’s great because you are saving a life.  If that isn’t the case, you should look for an older dog to add.

When a dog has outgrown puppyhood, they no longer desire to be around puppies.  They are older, more relaxed, and do not want to be bothered with puppy energy and that behavior.  Most older dogs are miserable putting up with puppies bothering them, chewing on them, barking at them, constantly hounding them…  They just want to be left alone; which completely eliminates any desire for companionship with the puppy.  I’ve seen many dogs slip into a long-depressed state because they are so unhappy living with a new puppy.  So unless this is the matter of life or death, do not consider adding a puppy.  Look for a dog similar in age, with the same temperament and/or interests.

Older dogs make the best “new dogs.”

When you add an older dog to your family, the transition should be much easier on everyone.  Not only do you have less training to go through, but they are usually housebroken as well.  The new bonding experience is much easier when you don’t have to worry about potty training.

I’ve been involved in animal rescue most of my life.  I can honestly tell you…  Rescue dogs make the best dogs simply because of their gratitude.  Rescue dogs who get a chance with a new family are so grateful to you for bringing them home, they are happy to just love you forever.

We have many dog walking and pet sitting clients who simply head down to the pound or rescue shelter and adopt the oldest dog there.  That way the older dog can get a new, happy home to live out its last few years.  It’s a beautiful gesture which provides so much meaning and love to everyone involved.  Something to consider.

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Territory and Sharing…

Many dogs are territorial and are not open to the idea of sharing their toys, love, attention and family with others.  They may act out.  Maybe they become aggressive with the new addition, maybe they may become sad, depressed and reclusive.  Maybe they will act out by becoming destructive or start going potty inside the house.  These are all normal occurrences.

Here are a few tips to help:

Introduce the dogs in a neutral location.

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This will help the current dog feel less defensive, as they do not have to feel guarded for their territory or protective of their family and/or possessions.  It will also help the new dog feel less daunted of having to walk into a completely strange home, with so many things, people and scents to mentally digest at once.  The new dog can learn to sniff everyone out and warm up to its new family, a little at a time.

This introduction is typically done in multiple visits.  The first should be at a quiet park or recreational area.  The less distractions, the better.  If things go well, the next meeting can take place at another park or maybe even outside the new home.  It should take a little bonding period before actually bringing the new dog into its new home.  Remember, these baby steps are the key to help bonding a happy family together for years to come.

Once the new addition has arrived, it is very important to give the new dog its own personal space they can have as their own private area.  This is typically done with crate training.  I won’t get into this here (because crate training is another whole subject on its own, with much to learn).  Along with its crate, it will need its own clean feeding bowl, toys, water bowl, etc…  It’s extremely important to remember that every single dog is an individual and should be treated as such.  Give them the time, space and opportunity to learn who they are and show that to you.  You’ll see their personality, likes, and preferences come out.

One of the greatest things about sharing your home with dogs is the fact that they are not just dogs, they are family members.  Each dog will bring many things to your home: their love, character, energy, preferences and their personalities.  Give them the time, attention, training, and love to thrive.

 

Tim Heise – The Scottsdale Pet Sitter & Dog Walker
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013, 2014 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-Th)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbsolutePetCare
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Blog: https://absolutepetcare.wordpress.com/
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Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | June 9, 2016

Another Dog Food Recall… This Time, By a Major Label

Hopefully we can reach people before it’s too late…

Blue Buffalo Company has announced it is recalling a select lot of its Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula.

This is a voluntary recall due to the presence of moisture and mold.  Recalled is the Fish and Sweet Potato recipe with a best by date: April 11th, 2017.  This is for the 30lb. bags with batch data: AH 2A 12:08-14:00.

Customers can return the affected product to the place of purchase or contact Blue Buffalo Customer Service at 855-201-4331 between 8 am and 5 pm ET, Monday through Friday.

Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | October 22, 2015

Important Warning for Dogs Eating Peanut Butter

It is very common for pet parents to feed their dog(s) peanut butter.  Most of us do it as a special treat or reward for taking medication.  Until recently, most of us just assumed it could be dangerous because of the high amounts of sugar and calories.  However, there is now a new danger to consider, Xylitol.

Xylitol is a sweetener used in foods as a sugar substitute.  It has been growing in popularity in the food industry over the years because it is being recommended by doctors for patients with diabetes.  We can now find it as an additive in things from sugar-free gum to daily foods many of us consume regularly.  Although Xylitol appears to be perfectly safe for humans, it is extremely dangerous to dogs, often fatal, even in very small quantities.

Just how deadly can xylitol be?  Just this past spring in Wisconsin, a two year old golden retriever got into its mom’s purse to find a pack of Ice Breakers gum containing xylitol.  The dog suffered sever liver damage to the point it had to be put down the next day.
Ingestion of as little as 0.1 gram (g) of xylitol per kilogram (kg) of body weight (0.1 g/kg) can cause a rapid and dangerous drop in a dog’s blood sugar (a condition called “hypoglycemia”). Hypoglycemia can show as staggering, appearing disoriented, collapse, weakness, and seizures.

Just slightly more than that, approx. 0.5 g/kg xylitol ingestion, can lead to debilitating, and sadly often deadly, destruction of a dog’s liver cells.

Symptoms of xylitol toxicity usually develop within 15-30 minutes after consumption.  Some signs include:

Vomiting, Tremors, Seizures, Weakness, Depression/Lethargy, Difficulty walking or standing, or coma.

Here are a few of the peanut butters containing Xylitol:  Go Nuts, Co., Hank’s Protein Plus Peanut Butter, Krush Nutrition, Nuts ‘N More, and P28.

It is always important to read the ingredient label on anything you would consider feeding your dog.  There are many things humans can consume which may be dangerous for them.  That being said, not everything intended for them may be healthy either.  For example, many commercialized dry dog foods, treats, rawhide chews, etc., can be dangerous to their health.  I encourage all pet parents to research and stay informed on the common dangers their dogs could consume.  For example, there are many dog food/treats recalls issued every single year.  How would you expect to find out if there were a recall on your pets’ food?

Thank you for caring!

Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013, 2014 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-Th)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbsolutePetCare
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AbsolutePetCareAZ
Blog: https://absolutepetcare.wordpress.com/
Tim Heise

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Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | October 2, 2015

Dog Treat Recall – From the Scottsdale Dog Walker

“Good ‘n’ Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks” has been voluntarily recalled due to a possible Salmonella contamination.

Salix Animal Health LLC, is recalling the product packaged in a 2.8 ounce bag stamped on the back side with:

Lot # AO15010
Expiration date of 03/2018
UPC code 0 91093 82247 1

This product has been sold at:
Dollar General Stores
Dollar Tree Stores

Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | May 17, 2015

ANOTHER Dog Food RECALL

Attention, all of our fellow dog lovers:

On May 15th,  the FDA announced there has been a dog food recall.

OC Raw Dog Food of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA has recalled its OC Raw Turkey and Produce Raw Frozen Canine formula because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The formulas being recalled are the 6.5lb. Doggie Dozen patties, and 5lb. bulk bags with the lot number 1511 with a ‘USE BY’ date of 10/8/15.

Please share this to as many as possible to help spread the word.

Thank you for caring!

Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013, 2014 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-Th)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbsolutePetCare
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AbsolutePetCareAZ
Blog: https://absolutepetcare.wordpress.com/
Tim Heise

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Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | April 27, 2015

Dog Chew Recall

Nylabone is recalling one of its Puppy Starter Kit dog chews because they could possibly be contaminated with Salmonella.

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The lot being recalled was distributed nationwide, to Canada, and was even available through online ordering.

The recalled product comes in a 1.69 ounce package marked with Lot #21935 and UPC 0-18214-81291-3 and with an expiration date of 3/22/18.

As of the press release date of 4/22/15, no illnesses had been reported.  However through random testing of the products, the presence of salmonella had been detected.

Please help spread the word!  Share on every social media platform possible.  We don’t want any puppies to get sick.

Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013, 2014 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-Th)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbsolutePetCare
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AbsolutePetCareAZ
Blog: https://absolutepetcare.wordpress.com/
Tim Heise

Tim Heise

Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | November 24, 2014

Professional Pet Sitter Q&A blog series – Got Questions? We Have Answers

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Over the years, I have been bombarded with questions regarding the wonderful world of pet sitting.  Which is a great thing!  People want to know all kinds of things about what we do, how we handle certain situations, etc.  So I have decided to a Q&A blog series about all of it.

To start, I will share a question that recently showed up on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AbsolutePetCareAZ).

‘Dear APC, any advice for a pet owner with a 10 month old chocolate lab who’s about to have a baby in a couple of months?’

My response:

‘This is a pretty important situation.

A ten month old lab is still very young (3 years of puppyhood). They are still learning how to live in a human’s world. The dog will still need a daily amount of exercise (to burn off their naturally anxious energy), but most importantly, a tremendous amount of attention. Dogs (puppies especially) are very sensitive and mentally fragile. Also, dogs are creatures of habit, they HATE change of any kind. If they feel the slightest amount of neglect, they may develop separation anxiety, which can result in everything from destructive behavior to resorting back to relieving themselves in the house, and needing to be potty trained all over again. Most likely the owner(s) will require help to get the dog out for daily walks (yes, even if they are home during this time). Labs have a tremendous amount of natural energy. If they do not work off that energy through walking, running or playtime, that energy will transition into anxiety, which is where the real behavior problems start to develop. Keep them walked, tired, and their days as consistent as possible. If the dog doesn’t get what it needs, the entire household will suffer because of it. It is tremendously beneficial for dogs to bond with someone outside of the immediate household as well. If they have a dogwalker who comes over to visit only them, they will create a bond with someone they know they can depend on and love on outside of the home. It’s great for their mental health (think of a kid having a best friend who comes over to play with them. It’s the same thing. Very important for their confidence and emotional well being).

Also important to note, because I see and hear plenty of this with new mothers…  DO NOT take walks with both the dog, and the baby in the stroller! That is very dangerous (and unfortunately common). When a dog (large labs especially) sees any trigger like a rabbit, cat, other dog, etc. its instinct is likely to chase it immediately. This is when strollers get pulled over, mothers dragged to the ground, dogs get loose and run away, etc. These incidents are extremely common and all preventable. Just some important advice.’

I’m curious to know, what are some ideas you would share on this topic?  Do you disagree with any of my advice?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for caring!

Tim Heise
– Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care LLC – Best of Scottsdale 2013 – Pet Sitting
Scottsdale, AZ
480 560-3753 (Office Hours 9am – 5pm M-F)
Tim@AbsolutePetCareAZ.com
http://www.AbsolutePetCareAZ.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbsolutePetCare
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AbsolutePetCareAZ
Blog: https://absolutepetcare.wordpress.com/
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