If you feed Beneful dog food or know someone that does, you need to watch this video.

 Watch the video below to learn more:



What’s your pets life worth? – A pet owners perspective on safely getting your pet through anesthesia.

This is a re-post of an article I wrote this summer on 8-9-2011,
it’s good information for every pet owner to know about.



I’m writing this article to pass on some information from the view point of an educated pet owner about procedures that require anesthesia, be it a dental cleaning or surgery for another reason. I wrote this as a guest blogger for a blog called VetTech as additional information to go along with an article entitled; “Before a Routine Surgery”(Vet Tech: Before a “Routine” Surgery). That article covers a number of these issues, from the view point of a Registered Veterinary Technician. I recently had 2 of my dogs into the vets for several procedures; a dental cleaning, removing teeth, including a slab fracture, and a neuter procedure.

My two dogs that went in for procedures were age 4 and age 7. The 4 year old dog had known problems with his liver function due to a liver condition known as MVD. Fortunately his blood test results the morning of the procedure were almost perfect, quite amazing considering most of his previous tests were 5x that. My vet personally discussed the case (of my 4 year old dog with the liver issue) and any potential for modification that may be necessary with board certified Internal medicine doctor and with the anesthesia department at the state University. Both of my dogs did extremely well and didn’t have a single complication, I believe at least in part thanks to good planing and being a well informed pet owner.

A bit of what I have to say will be redundant with the above mentioned article, but I feel it important to be complete. I feel that every pet owner should learn at least some basic information about anesthesia, as it is very likely your pet will need anesthesia at some point in their lives. Having healthy teeth is vital to your pets health and longevity. Unless you religiously have always brushed your pets teeth daily, I’d don’t care what kind of food or treat or chews you give them, the will need a dental at some point in time. Even dogs who’s teeth are brushed very will may end up needing professional dental work at some point in time as well. Injuries any other medical emergencies can also require the use of anesthesia, though here I am talking more about the type of procedure you have the ability to plan for, like dental work.

I strongly believe, just like everywhere else in life, with veterinary care, you generally get what you pay for. If you want top quality dog food it’s going to cost you money, if you want top quality veterinary care, it’s going to cost you more that what the humane society charges on discount neuter and spay day. This isn’t to say that you must go to the most expensive vet in town by any means, from personal experience, the most expensive clinic is not necessarily the best.

I’m convinced a large number of anesthesia deaths of domestic pets are preventable. I have no hard studies to back this up, it’s my opinion after many discussions with different vets and reading many hundreds of pages of studies, reports, blog posts and discussions. Most often I feel it is the owners unwillingness to spend money on preventive measures. Sometimes they really can’t afford it, and at other times, they just don’t understand how important these items are.

Some items that are generally sold as optional, but should not be;
1. Blood tests prior to the procedure to check for the proper function of vital organs.
2. An IV catheter, with fluids running before and after the procedure.
3. An ECG before and during the procedure.

It is in your animals best interest to elect to have all 3 of the above items preformed and I would not consider a procedure without them.

It is also critical that your veterinary office has the proper equipment for anesthesia and monitoring. Isoflourane or Servoflourane should be used for the maintenance of anesthesia. Injectable medication should be used to start (Induction) the process of anesthesia. They should not just use gas to sedate your pet (masking down), it exposes your animal and the staff to unnecessary risk and should only be used in emergency cases where no other option is available. There is no excuse for using it with a planed, elective procedure. I would also inquire about how monitoring during the procedure is accomplished, such as pulse, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation.

You should discuss who will be monitoring your pet, before, during and after the procedure. You also should clearly understand who is doing the procedure and what their qualifications are. Do not assume the vet will be doing the procedure, it is often not the case. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there are many qualified technicians out there who do dental work all day long and in fact will do a much better job than the vet who rarely if ever does them. It would be best to have 2 people present during the procedure at all times, ideally the vet or a dedicated anesthesia technician and the person performing the procedure. In the cause of my pets recent care; the technician was going the dental work and extractions and my vet was supervising the anesthetic.

I like to have an idea of what is going on and exactly how busy they are when they are going to be working on my pet. Basically, I want to be reasonably sure that there is sufficient qualified staff present to deal with any emergency that might arise. In the case of my dogs, that was a very experienced veterinary technician and our veterinarian, with nearly 20 years of experience. I felt confident between the 2 of them that they would be able to deal with any situation that arose as well as anyone possibly could. In the case of the day that my 2 dogs went in, they were the only procedures of the day that were being done.

Some reports I’ve read have estimated anesthesia deaths in domestic pets to be as high as 1% or more, and that to me seems far high than it should be. With all the safeguards in place serious anesthesia complications, in my opinion should be rare. With good protocols for pre-testing, induction, as well as monitoring before and after, I don’t feel the risk should be anywhere near as high as I have read.

While I am sure it happens, I can’t recall reading a single report where all the proper precautions where taken and the animal still died from routine planed anesthesia. When I read of an animal that has died from anesthesia, there is almost always some critical element that was missed or a very horrible misjudgement; e.g. skipped blood tests, proceeded with standard anesthesia in the presence of abnormal labs, not enough staff, not well enough trained staff, no IV, improper monitoring.

The veterinarian or the staff may want to be able to contact you for a decision as to what to do if something goes wrong or in the case of dental work, to decide if teeth should be removed, repaired, etc. If you choose to have them call you during the procedure, it is very important to be reachable, as you do not want your pet under anesthesia any longer than necessary. I told my vet that he did not need to call me and that he should just take care of everything, I would only do this if you have a very clear understanding of your wishes with your vet. My vet very clearly understood that everything was to be done to properly care for and save my pets in an emergency. Also, the teeth that were cracked or bad needed to go, there was no point in having him call me to discuss, I just told him to extract any teeth that are bad now or likely to become problematic in the near future.

At the end of the day of my dogs procedure, I had the following done:
2 dogs in for dental cleanings, and polishings (they look amazingly good)
4 teeth extractions
1 dog was neutered
Both had all pre-op testing done including ECG.
Fully Monitored, during and after.
Nails quicked. (a good idea if their nails are too long)
Ears internally examined and cleaned. (strongly suggested on long haired dogs)
Injected pain meds; 3 days of metacam suspension.
A week of antibiotics. (due to the more extensive dental work and the nail quicking)

I also had a 3rd dog in for a ear exam and cleaning (no sedation) the same day, which did consume some of the time I was there. Between the drop off in the morning (I did help draw blood and put the cath in one of the dogs) and the pick up appointment, I spent over 2 hours at the vet clinic with the veterinarian or a tech that day. Our 2 dogs were the only surgical patients of the day. They were continuously monitored through recovery they both did great, not a single hint of a problem. So in addition to the above I consumed a large amount of the vets and the tech time, which you must take into consideration when looking at cost.

I was going to mentioned what this cost me to have these procedures done, but I decided against it. The reason being is that veterinary costs seem to vary greatly depending on where you live, so what is a fair price in my area may set an unrealistic expectation for you in your area. I don’t want your decision to be about price, I want it to be about quality and trust; knowing that your pet is coming back home with you. If you have read this far, chances are good your not just shopping for the best priced on the needed procedure.

I have some additional tips I would like to share; things that I feel strongly are important or things that I feel helped my dogs.

I strongly encourage you to get all of your questions answered prior to the procedure, not only by your vet, but with the vet tech that will be working on your dog(s) also. If your uncomfortable that they are too rushed or if they don’t give you answers your comfortable with, keep asking or look elsewhere, there are lots of vets, your pet only has one life.

A couple tips for the day of a procedure; Always inform them in writing of any medications or SUPPLEMENTS that your dog is on, even something as simple as fish oil and it can in some cases affect clotting time. If your dog was not fasted per there directions or your not sure if they were, TELL THEM, so the procedure can be delayed or they can prepare for any additional problems that may arise due to them eating.

Unless your willing to put a price limit on your dogs life; Please don’t decline any of the tests and don’t complain about prices; ever. Ask for costs, do what you can afford (which is hopefully all the suggested tests and precautions), discuss the costs, but don’t go into the vet and complain about how high the cost is for something. You do not want that vet to be thinking about a what a stingy customer you are while he is making decisions that will mean the life or death of your dog.

I strongly suggest you take the time in advance to have a good relationship with everyone in the vet office. Make friends with all of the vet staff, it’s quite helpful to be on a first name basis with all of them, even the office people. Stop by with some food / ice cream for everyone in the office on a hot summer afternoon once or twice a year (I do it a little more frequently, but I also need my vets services on a very regular basis), they will remember it.

You want these staff members to care about your dog and the results of any proceedure, not just do their job and run though the motions. I’m not saying they should be overly emotionally invested in your pet, just that I feel they are much more likely to go above and beyond if they know, respect and like you, than if your someone that just shows up every 4 years for a dental procedure.

The only problem with all of the things I mentioned and that I do is many people do not want or can’t pay for this level of care. I do not feel I could have gotten a higher level of care for my dogs anywhere, not at a university, specialty hospital or anywhere. My vet and the staff I know were far and away the best and safest option. As I mentioned, I consumed a huge amount of their time that day, and I do feel they were fairly compensated, I paid exactly what they ask, which I still feel was a good deal.

One more thing I will share with you; Though I felt a bit silly at first about them, I made special ID tags for each dog, in color, printed double side, laminated, with holes punched in the top, and I used hair ties to attach them to the dogs harness. The tag contained all the vital information about each dog, who they were, with a photo, and why they were there. It also had contact info and special directions for how to handle each dog. They all know me and my dogs at this clinic, so perhaps it was a bit excessive, but several techs at the clinic that day who saw them thought it was an excellent idea. They all stopped, even the vet and took the time to thoroughly read both sides of the tag and discuss. I’d highly recommend doing something similar if your doing is going in for an elective procedure, just to be sure there is no confusion.

I have some photos of the tags and my dog Vasco wearing the tag, when you see it, you will see how it made it virtually impossible to confuse the dog with another dog or do the wrong procedure on my dog.

Vasco (7 year old Male Shih Tzu) wearing tag:



Close up of the ID tags (front):

(click any image to view larger image)




I hope that some people will find this information helpful and that it will encourage you to take all the proper safety precautions prior to a surgical or dental procedure to ensure your dog makes a prompt, safe and healthy recovery.

Lastly; I want to state once again; if your not comfortable with your vet or vet tech for any reason, or if your not comfortable talking with your vet about these things; STOP and seek out a new vet.

We’re talking about your dogs life, if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. I don’t want to read about your dog dying, especially due to a error, lack of preparation or careless veterinarian. Pick up the phone book and start looking for a vet right now if your not comfortable with your current vet and their staff.

I know how scary it is to send your dog in for a procedure but when you prepare like this and take all the precautions, I feel like the chances of a good outcome are extremely high.

Best Regards;

Jamie Dolan

Vitality Science Products (full listing)

For our PawDogs Customers who are using Vitality Science products, the following in a complete listing of available products, including products grouped together in money saving packages.

Recall: Bailey’s Choice Pet Treats

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Press Release
October 31, 2013
Georgia pet treats recalled for potential health risk
Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgia’s consumers to the recall of particular packages of Bailey’s Choice dog treats. These products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and should be discarded.
Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats, LLC, of Waleska, Ga., is recalling packages of chicken treats in various sizes marked with lot number #132881 and expiration date Feb. 2014, along with five-ounce bags of chicken jerky with a lot number of “Jun 5 2013.”
Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors are in the process of checking retail stores and warehouses to make sure the recalled products have been removed from sale.
In an email to Bailey’s Choice distributors, company owner Roger Thomas said, “We are working hard to find the problem and will correct it immediately to ensure safe products for both human and our four legged friends.”
Dogs that have become infected by consuming treats contaminated with Salmonella may experience fever, lethargy, diarrhea or mucus in stool, vomiting, dehydration, weight loss or rapid heart rate. Pets experiencing these symptoms should be taken to a veterinarian immediately. This bacterial disease is zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted to humans.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea that may be bloody, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstance, infection can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses, such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis. The very young, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are most susceptible to foodborne illnesses. People experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
To date, no illnesses have been reported.
Consumers who purchased these products for their pets should immediately discard the product. Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats LLC will provide a full refund and can be reached at 770-881-0526, thomdo4570@gmail.com or online at www.baileyschoicetreats.com .
To view a comprehensive list of food and feed recalls affecting Georgia, please visit www.agr.georgia.gov/recalls.aspx . If this recall expands or additional details become available, the website will provide the most up-to-date information.

Favorite Holistic and Natural Health Care Sites for Dogs

A list of web sites that support Holistic and Natural health care for our pets.

Horizon Veterinary Services


Stephan Blake, DVM

Charles Loops DVM

Bob Rogers DVM





Flower Essences

Robert McDowell Herbalist







Dr. Becker Info:



Truth About Pet Food:




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Cleaners for cleaning up Pet Accidents

dog-markingEnzyme Cleaners
are the best type
of cleaner to use
on fabrics that
can’t be fully

(such as a couch or carpet). It is best to never use other cleaners on these fabrics if possible, as most regular cleaners stop enzyme cleaners from working well. If you have your whole carpet cleaned, you should have it rinsed well after cleaning.

When an animal has an accident on an area, saturate the area with enzyme cleaner. In many cases you may need to cover the area with plastic for a day so the enzyme cleaner stays wet and has time to work.

If an enzyme cleaner has time to work and isn’t disrupted by a cleaner that was left on the fabric, they are highly effective at eliminating urine odor.

If they don’t work for you the top two reasons are:

#1: There were other soap / detergents / cleaners on or soaked into the fabric that stopped the enzyme cleaner from working well. Solution: Do your best to thoroughly rinse and dry the item. Some items will have so much soap in them from previous cleaners that it is almost impossible to remove without destroying the item.

#2: Not enough enzyme cleaner was used or it was allowed to dry too soon. Solution: Make sure to saturate the entire area that was covered in urine and then cover the wet area with plastic for at least a day so the enzymes have time to work.

A couple of suggested enzyme cleaners from amazon and be seen below:

Honest Kitchen Recalled


SAN DIEGO – February 21, 2013 – The Honest Kitchen today announced that it is voluntarily recalling five lots of its Verve, Zeal and Thrive pet food products produced between August and November 2012 and sold nationwide in the US and Canada via retail stores, mail order and online after August 2012 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No other Honest Kitchen batches, production dates or products are affected.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

For Full Details, Click HERE.

Urgent; More Dog Food Recalls!


Kasel Associated Industries Recalls All Products Manufactured at its Denver, Colorado Facility from April 20, 2012 thru September 19, 2012 Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Contact: 800-218-4417

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 19, 2013 – Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling ALL PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED AT ITS DENVER, COLORADO FACILITY FROM APRIL 20, 2012 THRU SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 due to possible Salmonella contamination. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these symptoms after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian.

What dogs food is safe to feed? Click Here to listen to our PodCast with reputable Dog Food Companies.

The recalled Products of Dog Treats were distributed nationwide through various retailers from April 20th to September 19th.

Kasel Industries is recalling Boots & Barkley, BIXBI, Nature’s Deli, Colorado Naturals, Petco, and Best Bully Stick items. Lot numbers as shown in 1 Year Best By Date Table and 2 Year Best By Date Table, which are attached.

Kasel Industries has not received any reports of illnesses to date in connection with these products.

No other products made by Kasel Associated Industries are included in the recall. Specifically no products with best by dates after the specified ranges are included in the recall.

Consumers who have purchased any listed products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Kasel Associated Industries at (800) 218-4417 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.

What dogs food is safe to feed? Click Here to listen to our PodCast with reputable Dog Food Companies.

2 Year Best By Date
UPC Lot/Best By Date
085239043165 Boots&Barkley American Beef Bully Stick 12″ 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
085239403495 Boots&Barkley American Smoked Beef Femur Bone 3″ 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
085239043103 Boots&Barkley American Flossie 6-8″ 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
085239403440 Boots&Barkley American Pig Ear Strips 8oz 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
085239043202 Boots&Barkley American Chicken Stuffed Beef Femur Bone 6″ 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
085239043110 Boots&Barkley American Braided Bully Stick 5″ 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
085239043325 Boots&Barkley American Chicken Jerky 16oz 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
085239043400 Boots&Barkley American Chicken Jerky 8oz 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
490830400086 Boots&Barkley American Variety Pack 32oz 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
647263899196 Boots&Barkley American Beef Ribs 2ct 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
647263899172 Boots&Barkley American  Beef Knuckle 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
647263899158 Boots&Barkley American Pig Ears 12ct 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
647263899189 Boots&Barkley American Beef Bully Sticks 6ct 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
647263899165 Boots&Barkley American Pork Femur 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN
681131857246 Roasted Pig Ear Dog Treats 28oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
800443092903 25 PK Natural Pig Ears 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
800443092910 12 PK Natural Pig Ears 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
800443092927 12 PK Smoked Pig Ears 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
800443092934 7 PK Natural Pig Ears 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
800443092941 7 PK Smoked Pig Ears 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263800291 16oz Chicken Chips 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263900151 16oz Salmon Jerky 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263800178 4oz Chicken Jerky 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263510176 4oz Lamb Jerky 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263900175 4 oz Salmon Jerky 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263801175 4oz Beef Jerky 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263800291 16oz Chicken Jerky 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
647263700157 16oz Pork Jerky 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018021 BIXBI Skin & Coat Beef Liver Jerky 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018045 BIXBI Skin & Coat Lamb Jerky 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018007 BIXBI Skin & Coat Chicken Breast Jerky Treats 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018069 BIXBI Skin & Coat Pork Jerky 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018144 BIXBI Hip And Joint Pork Jerky 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018120 BIXBI Hip And Joint Lamb Jerky 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018083 BIXBI Hip And Joint Chicken Breast Jerky 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
091037018106 BIXBI Hip And Joint Beef Liver Jerky 5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Bulk TDBBS, Inc Buffalo Hearts Sliced 3 lbs 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Bulk TDBBS, Inc Knee Caps 25 Ct 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Unknown TDBBS, Inc Pork Jerky Strips 16oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Unknown TDBBS, Inc Chicken Jerky 16oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Unknown TDBBS, Inc Turkey Cubes 4.5oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Bulk TDBBS, Inc Pig Snouts 25ct 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Bulk TDBBS, Inc Beef Lobster Tails 1ct 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Unknown TDBBS, Inc Turkey Jerky Sticks 6ct 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Unknown TDBBS, Inc Hearts of Lamb 4oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN
Unknown TDBBS, Inc Lamb Jerky 4oz 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN


1 Year Best By Date
UPC Lot/Best By Date
647263800215 Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky 3lbs 04202013 DEN-10032013 DEN
647263800208 Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky 2.5lbs 04202013 DEN-10032013 DEN

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Nature’s Variety Recalls Organic Chicken



Your pet’s health and safety is our top priority, so we want to let you know that today we are voluntarily recalling one batch of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula because pieces of clear plastic were found in some bags with the “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. No other batches or products were affected. The source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved. There have been no reports of harm to dogs or cats. If you have one of the affected products, please return it to your local retailer for a refund or exchange. For more information please visit our website (http://www.naturesvariety.com/news/60) or call us directly at 1.888.519.7387.

Additional Details:

Quality Announcement



Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of one batch of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This action is being taken because pieces of clear plastic may be found in some bags and could cause a potential choking risk to pets. The source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved.

The affected product is strictly limited to a single batch of Organic Chicken Formula with the “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This includes:

• UPC# 7 69949 60137 1 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3 lbs. bag
• UPC# 7 69949 70137 8 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27 lbs. case
• UPC# 7 69949 60127 2 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag
• UPC# 7 69949 70127 9 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case

The “Best if Used By” date is located on the back of the package below the “Contact Us” section. The affected product was distributed through retail stores and internet sales in the United States and Canada. No other products were impacted.

Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving a consumer complaint. The source of the issue was identified and resolved. To date, there have been no reports of harm to dogs or cats.

Reed Howlett, CEO of Nature’s Variety, stated, “At Nature’s Variety we take quality and safety very seriously. We believe that under all circumstances, the health and safety of pets comes first.”

Consumers feeding the affected product should discontinue use and monitor their pet’s health, and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns. Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.

Consumers with additional questions can call the Nature’s Variety Consumer Relations team at 1.888.519.7387 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. Or, click here to email us directly.

For media inquiries, please contact Jeff Dezen at JDPR by phone (864.233.3776, ext. 11) or email (jeffd@jdpr.com).

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz ® Chicken Chews ™ and Hartz ® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs


The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz ® Chicken Chews ™ and Hartz ® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 25, 2013 — The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs in the United States because they contain trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue.

We are taking this action after recent Hartz testing found trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue in samples of Hartz® Chicken Chews™ and Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken products. Even though two-thirds of the products we tested did not contain antibiotic residues, we would rather be overly cautious by voluntarily withdrawing these products from the market.

These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other countries, including European Union member states, but are not among those approved in the U.S. Based on the FDA’s review of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) results, there is no evidence that raises health concerns, and these results are highly unlikely to be related to the reports of illnesses FDA has received related to jerky pet treats.

Immediately upon learning of this finding, Hartz contacted the FDA to share our test results and execute a nationwide voluntary withdrawal. There have been no known illnesses to date associated with the consumption of these products.

“Upon learning about the nationwide voluntary withdrawal of several other brands of chicken jerky products through media reports, Hartz acted immediately to begin additional testing to determine if the same unapproved antibiotic residues were present in our products,” said Sean McNear, Sr. Director of Quality and Regulatory at Hartz Mountain.

There is no indication that the trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue are linked to the FDA’s ongoing investigation of chicken jerky products produced in China. The trace amounts of antibiotic residue do not pose a health or pet safety risk.

No other Hartz products are affected by this withdrawal.

If you have these products contact the Hartz Consumer Affairs team (24 hours/day 7 days/week) at 1-800-275-1414 for a refund.


Shih Tzu Grooming Supplies (Clippers & Blades)

Supplies for Grooming a Shih Tzu:

Using a Laube Speed Feed battery powered trimmer (good for smaller areas):

This is the main clippers I use for grooming our Shih Tzu:andis
Purchase here: –> http://pawdogs.com/s/andis-acg2

I will use a 10 blade if I need to cut them really short, this is shorter than most people ever want to cut the body (easily cuts off all but the worst mats):

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Purchase here: –> http://pawdogs.com/s/andis-10

This is a 7 Finish Cut Blade:

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Purchase here: –> http://pawdogs.com/s/andis-7fc


This is a 4 Finish Cut Blade; most people will want to use between a 4 and 7 for their Shih Tzu for a short “puppy cut” style. Most people likely will want closer to a 4, the smaller the number, the longer it leaves the hair. However, leaving the hair longer also means there is more of a combing action that takes place when your clipping, so the dog needs to be combed out and free of knots and mats to use a blade that leaves the coat longer (like a 4 or 7).

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Purchase here: –> http://pawdogs.com/s/andis-4fc

This is a spray coolant / lubricant, you don’t really want to breathe this stuff, but can be very handy. Even well maintained blades on a fast clipper will warm up and you have to cool them down so you don’t burn the dog. You can stop and wait, switch blades or you can use some of this stuff. I go outside or in a different room to use it.

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Purchase here: –> http://pawdogs.com/s/kool-lube

This is blade oil; everyone with a clipper needs some of this;

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Purchase here: –> http://pawdogs.com/s/blade-lube

Blade wash works very well, like nothing else. It cleans much better than cool lube. I’ve soaked my blades in this and seen them work like new again afterwards;

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Purchase here: –> http://pawdogs.com/s/blade-wash