Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | September 21, 2017

Exactly Why You Need a Professional

There’s been an unfortunate trend going around…

For some reason,  people have been trusting their dogs, one of the most important things in their life, to amateurs, instead of professionals.

We’ve all seen the flyers on the mailboxes, the ads posted on Craigslist, the starving college students desperate to earn quick cash, the young teenager in need of extra spending money…  The list just goes on and on, unfortunately.

 

Yes, there are billions of “able-bodies” in this world, some who even love dogs.  However, just because someone has an able body and comes pretty cheap, that is no reason to trust them to “care” for your dog.  Professional pet care companies have the experience, professionalism, bonding, insurance, and emergency first aid knowledge to provide you with Peace-of-Mind while we care for your pets.

I’ve been working in the Pet Care business for almost a decade now.  I honestly could not count the number of horror stories people have shared with me about how they trusted an amateur to pet sit or walk their dog.  That’s exactly why dog owners (pet parents) come to professional pet care companies like Absolute Pet Care LLC.  They’ve made that mistake, learned their harsh lesson and refuse to repeat it.

Whether it was the Washington State couple who hired the 17-year-old girl to stay at their house while they were away on vacation, who came home to find out the girl sold their dog on Craigslist and disappeared, or the woman who trusted her sister to care for her diabetic cat for the weekend, only to find out her sister had the wrong weekend on her calendar and never even stopped by, or the starving college student who was supposed to be walking the dog, but was so distracted by her text conversation, that the leash slipped out of her hand, letting the dog run out into the street and hit by a passing car…

I say it all the time, I beg and plead once more…  ONLY TRUST A PROFESSIONAL to care for your pets.

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When I wanted to become a professional dog walker here in Scottsdale, it was first because of my tremendous love of dogs.  I wanted to be with them, bond with them, love them, care for them, rub their bellies and feed them treats.  Yes, the desire and passion were there, but I understood that the education was not.  I had dogs most of my life.  I was already the “friend” who takes care of everyone’s dogs while they travel, so I had experience caring for pets in their own homes.  I was a volunteer at the Humane Society, so I had experience meeting dogs who were shy, frightened, anxious, timid, and a plethora of other personalities…  I’ve always had a true passion for bonding with dogs.  It’s my favorite thing in the world.  There is nothing like it.

I studied hard and worked through all of the certification courses for professional pet care, canine behavior, nutrition and pet CPR and First Aid.  Not just for my own experience and knowledge, but so I could also train many staff members as well.  We are a team of PROFESSIONALS.

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I’ve always taught our staff how important it is to bond with dogs.  It’s exactly how to become a dog’s best friend after just being introduced to them.  And there is a special way to do it as well.  Every dog is an individual, and you have to connect with that individual.  Discovering that connection is an incredible honor for me.  For a dog to instantly open up and want to be my best friend…  It’s too special for words to define.

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Anyway, before I get any more off the topic…  Allow me to explain my point.

Last week, I was out walking one of our dog walking clients, when I noticed something very off…  The dog kept stopping to pee.

That seems like a pretty normal thing to most people.  Many dogs are “markers” who want to cover scent with their own.  They may pee twenty times on a 20-30 minute walk.  This may seem normal for that one dog.  However, not THIS particular dog.

I’ve been walking this dog, three times per week for several years.  During our walk, she will stop to pee two or three times.  No more, no less.  That’s it!

On this walk, I noticed she stopped to pee three times before we even made it out of her yard.  And, yes, of course I keep count…  We professionals have to be the best at what we do.

By the time we arrived back to her home, she had stopped to pee 13 times in 20 minutes. Yes, THIRTEEN TIMES!  That is not normal for her.

I informed her mom, and we both agreed she needed a trip to the vet for an examination.  During an ultrasound, the vet found many crystals in her bladder and started treatment immediately.  We just saved her from having to endure the pain and cost of stones, infection, or even worse…

The incredibly relieved owner admitted she likely would never have noticed such a thing.

THAT is just another example of why you should ONLY trust a professional dog walker to care for your dogs.

 

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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 | September 12, 2017

Dog Treat Recall

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Due to the potential of Salmonella contamination, Loving Pets of Cranberry, NJ has issued a voluntary recall of specific dog treats.

However, no illnesses, complaints, or injuries have been reported at this time.

 

What has been recalled:

  • Loving Pets Puffsters Snack Chips
    Item #5130 Cranberry and Chicken
    UPC 842982051300
    Lot 020319, 112918, 020219

 

  • Whole Hearted
    Item #2570314 Chicken and Apple Puff Treats
    UPC 800443220696
    Lot 121418, 121918, 122318, 010419, 010619, 010519

 

  • Loving Pets Barksters
    Item #5700 Sweet Potato and Chicken
    UPC 842982057005
    Lot # 021619

 

  • Loving Pets Barksters
    Item #5705 Brown Rice and Chicken
    UPC 842982057050
    Lot 021419
  • Loving Pets Puffsters Snack Chips
    Item #5110 Banana and Chicken
    UPC 842982051102
    Lot 112218, 112818, 112918, 013119

 

  • Loving Pets Puffsters Snack Chips
    Item #5120 Sweet Potato and Chicken
    UPC 842982051201
    Lot 112818, 020119
  • Loving Pets Puffsters Snack Chips
    Item #5100 Apple and Chicken
    UPC 842982051003
    Lot 051219, 112118, 112918, 012719, 012519, 013019

 

Please help 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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Posted by: absolutepetcareaz.com | September 5, 2017

Tips For Dog Owners Buying A New Home

There are many good reasons for moving.  Maybe you have a great job opportunity far away, or maybe you’re just looking for a change of scenery.  Buying a new home is never a walk in the park, but it can be very exciting.

But your dog doesn’t get that it can be exciting.  Dogs don’t understand moving; they won’t even know why you are packing up.  Instead, they can just get anxious and confused.  Thankfully, there are tips to help you move with your dog successfully, starting with what to look for in your new home. 



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What To Look For In Your New Home

Before you put down any money on a new place, you need to make sure that your dog is even welcome there.  Some communities put restrictions on dogs, as do counties and cities.  These are typically bans on breeds associated with violence, but a homeowner’s association could ban all pet dogs. And as The Balance explains, don’t ignore those association bylaws or you could be in a lot of trouble.

Once you’re clear that your dog is welcome there, Realtor.com recommends assessing the home layout next.  Of course, this includes making sure your home is big enough; a large, active dog will be miserable in a tiny apartment.  But you also want to see how the yard is (including any fence) and if the new home has stairs your dog cannot use.

Preparing Your Dog

You found the right place for both of you, and you’re getting closer to moving day.  Besides packing and hiring movers, you need to worry about your dog.  Packing and moving can be stressful for you both.  Before you start packing, make a plan to pack slowly and leave the dog’s stuff for last.  This way, your dog won’t worry about the sudden and drastic change to their home environment. (This also makes it easier on you.)

Acclimating To The New Place

You did it!

After a lot of work, you managed to get everything packed and moved into your new home.  Before you celebrate too much, you want to spend some time helping your dog acclimate to the new home.  You know why you moved, but your dog does not. Some tips for acclimating include:

  • As much as you can, stick to your dog’s normal schedule for walks, meals, and so on.
  • Start unpacking by taking out your dog’s bowls, toys, and belongings first.
  • Recreate your old home’s environment if you can. If your dog has food and water bowls in the kitchen, put them in the new kitchen.
  • Spend time doing what they love, such as walks, play, or cuddling.

 

Make The Move Successful

Buying a new place and moving in will always be stressful to some degree.  Remember that your dog depends on you to help feel safe, so you owe your furry friend some assistance.  Be careful when picking out your new home, pack slowly, and help your dog acclimate to the new space.  This way, your dog will come to love your new home as much as you do.

 

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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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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
84024312077
BLUE Divine Delights Filet Mignon Flavor in Gravy
3.5 oz cup
84024312035
BLUE Divine Delights New York Strip Flavor in Gravy
3.5 oz cup
84024312037
BLUE Divine Delights Prime Rib Flavor in Gravy
3.5 oz cup
84024312039
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 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
84024312045
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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbsolutePetCare
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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

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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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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
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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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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?

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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
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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

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