Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back for the one hundred and seventy ninth time to The Groomer Next Door podcast. Well this week I am so happy to sit down with Tazz Latifi. She's the owner of Petropolis in NYC, she's a Facebook LIVE star, and one of the most knowledgeable peiople on nutrition.
 

TAZZ LATIFI'S STORY
 
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We think that continuing education is essential, which is why we offer seminars for your pet's health. These seminars give our customers the chance to speak to veterinarians, trainers, and groomers for professional tips in an easy and fun setting. No store in the city can provide pet owners with our level of expert scrutiny of pet nutrition, supplements, grooming products, and grooming services.

Learning from thousands of hours of conversation with veterinarians, our clients, and extensive professional education and certification, we deliver not only the healthiest products but also direct knowledge of how your pet's individual needs can best be met. Thousands of our clients have seen great nutrition bring pain relief, improved health, and new energy to their beloved pets. For additional information about our food consulting services please call us or go to www.petropolist.com.

 
 
RECALL ALERT

June 19, 2017 — United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc., is voluntarily expanding its recall of multiple rawhide dog chew products to include private label brands.

The recall was initiated due to possible chemical contamination and includes the affected brands and products below.

Original Recalled Brands

United Pet Group previously initiated a voluntary recall of its branded products on 6/10/17.

Click here for the original June 10, 2017 recall article published by The Dog Food Advisor.

 

What Caused the Recall?

The recall was initiated after United Pet Group identified that certain of its rawhide chew manufacturing facilities located in Mexico and Colombia, as well as one of its suppliers in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the manufacturing of rawhide chews.

The compound is an anti-microbial chemical that is approved for cleaning food processing equipment. But it has not been approved in the U.S. as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs.

United Pet Group received very limited reports of pet illness based on the volume of possibly affected rawhide chew products manufactured and distributed.

The primary complaint received from consumers was that the affected product had an unpleasant odor. Diarrhea and vomiting were also reported.

Exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds through direct ingestion may cause the following symptoms in dogs: reduced appetite and gastric irritation, including diarrhea and vomiting.

These symptoms may require treatment by a veterinarian depending on severity.

According to the company:

We take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously and we are continuing to investigate the cause of this problem.

We are implementing changes across the affected manufacturing facilities in order to prevent this problem from reoccurring in the future.

United Pet Group is also working with retailers to ensure that the affected products are no longer sold and removed from inventory.

Where Was It Sold?

The affected product was distributed nationwide from United Pet Group’s Edwardsville, Illinois distribution facility and was delivered to consumers through various retail establishments, including online outlets.

What Was Recalled?

All of the dog chew products included in the voluntary recall include an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 5/31/2020.

The expiration date can be located on the back of the package with the exception of the Enzadent and Dentahex products which are listed by UPC codes and specific expiration dates outlined below.

The private label products subject to the recall include:

Companion Brand

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Companion brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Distributed by FOODHOLD U.S.A., LLC LANDOVER, MD 20785 1-877-846-9946

Dentley’s

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Dentley’s brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Pacific Coast Distributing, Inc. 19601 N. 27th Ave. Phoenix, AZ USA 85027

Enzadent or Dentahex

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Enzadent/Dentahex brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with the below listed UPC codes printed on the back of the package and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2021 through 05/31/2022 are affected by this recall.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

ENZADENT CHIPS MED 30 CT
17030030181

ENZADENT CHIPS PETITE 30 CT
17030030167

ENZADENT CHIPS SM 30 CT
17030030174

ENZADENT CHIPS LG 30 CT
17030030198

DENTAHEX CHIPS PETITE 30 CT
17030030228

DENTAHEX CHIPS SM 30 CT
17030030235

DENTAHEX CHIPS MED 30 CT
17030030242

DENTAHEX CHIPS LG 30 CT
17030030259

Manufactured for Vetoquinol USA Inc. Ft. Worth, TX USA 76137

Essential Everyday

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Essential Everyday brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Distributed by SUPERVALU INC. EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 55344 USA

Exer-Hides

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Exer-Hides brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Distributed by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Bentonville, AR 72716

Good Lovin’ or Petco

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Good Lovin’ or Petco brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Distributed by: International Pet Supplies and Distribution, Inc. San Diego, CA 92121

Hill Country Fare

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Hill Country Fare brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Distributed by H-E-B San Antonio, TX 78204

Priority Pet

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Priority brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Distributed by Lucerne North America LLC
P.O. Box 99
Pleasanton, CA 94566-0009
866-578-4395

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased the products described above are urged to dispose of the product or return it directly to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they initially purchased the product for full refund.

If you have these products, please contact the United Pet Group consumer affairs team at 1-855-215-4962 between the hours of 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time for a refund.

Consumers with questions may call the consumer affairs team at the number listed above.

For press inquiries, please contact Meg Rowley at 985-237-9786, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

The expansion of this voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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Episode 178 “PAWS WITH A CAUSE”

June 17, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door. This week we have so much going on it's a crime we don't charge for this. We have a "NEW" foster kitty, we have more coming next week, we have dog food recalls, and we have an amazing guest on the podcast. Let's meet our guest.

 

PAWS FOR A CAUSE MISSION STATEMENT

Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog Teams through education and advocacy.

VISION STATEMENT

Embracing innovation to address the aging population and to strengthen families living with disabilities.

 

CORE VALUES

As we strive to fulfill our mission, these Core Values guide us:

TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE

A transformational change engages the heart and the mind. It unleashes the power of teamwork to achieve our deepest goals. It is life-altering in profound, positive ways. It is the essence of “making a difference.”

We believe we can be a catalyst of such change in the lives of our stakeholders and our community. We believe it is the natural outcome of our mission work.

LEADERSHIP

We believe in doing what’s right. We believe in leading by example.

We take an active role in the broader Assistance Dog industry, and seek opportunities to share our expertise for the benefit of all its members.

EXCELLENCE

We believe that “good enough” is just a starting point. We strive to exceed our industry’s standards and our stakeholders’ expectations. We believe our stakeholders deserve nothing less than our best work.

We invest in talent. We believe in challenging each other to greater achievements. We encourage the sharing of ideas, and believe creativity can overcome obstacles.

TEAMWORK

We believe that we are stronger together than we are alone. We believe the most successful Assistance Dog teams are built through collaborative effort.

We recognize that teams are comprised of individuals working together toward a common goal. We believe all our stakeholders are our teammates, and we seek opportunities to engage them. As teammates, we treat each other with care and hold each other accountable.

We believe EVERYONE has the ability to make a positive contribution.

STEWARDSHIP

We believe we have a duty and strive to use our resources wisely. We use our history and experience to plan with care for our sustainable future.

CELEBRATION

We are mindful of life’s preciousness. We believe in cheering each other’s accomplishments and honoring milestones. We believe in the power of laughter and of puppy breath.

 

ASSISTANCE DOGS

An Assistance Dog helps someone with a disability complete essential tasks so they can increase independence and improve their quality of life. By helping open doors, pick up objects, pull a wheelchair or alert them to sounds, barriers are broken down. The Assistance Dog acts as a constant companion and makes a person more approachable, allowing them to gain confidence while bringing peace of mind to their loved ones.

Paws With A Cause doesn’t limit itself to specific disabilities, but breeds and custom-trains Assistance Dogs for people with physical disabilities, hearing loss, seizures and autism. PAWS trains the following types of Assistance Dogs:

 

Recall "ALERT"

 

Loving Pets Dog Treats Recall | June 2017

June 14, 2017 — Loving Pets of Cranbury, NJ is voluntarily recalling a limited number of dog treats because of the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the 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 signs 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 these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What’s Recalled?

The recalled products and lot numbers include:

    • 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 #5100 Apple and Chicken
      UPC 842982051003
      Lot 051219, 112118, 112918, 012719, 012519, 013019

 

    • 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 #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

No illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported.

What Caused the Recall?

According to the company:

The possible Salmonella contamination was due to a single finished ingredient that was supplied to Loving Pets from a USA based supplier.

This possible contamination was discovered by Loving Pets’ internal quality assurance team and was identified through the company’s standard quality control testing procedures and internal food safety program.

Loving Pets produces its treats in small batches, in order to offer the highest quality and control in safety.

To ensure the safety of its products, Loving Pets decided to be extra cautious and recall a wider range of lot numbers (noted above) so that no possible contaminated product is available on the market.

What to Do?

Consumers may return any bag of treats with any of the relevant lot numbers to the retailer where the product was originally purchased.

For additional information, please visit www.LovingPetsProducts.com or call 866-599-PETS (7387).

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

 

 

United Pet Group Recalls Multiple Brands of Rawhide Chews

June 10, 2017 — United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc., is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products due to chemical contamination.

What’s Recalled?

Click the links below for complete lot identification information and associated product images for each recalled item.

American Beefhide

Digest-eeze

Healthy Hide Chews

Good-n-Fun Chews

What Caused the Recall?

The recall was initiated after United Pet Group realized that specific rawhide chew manufacturing facilities in Mexico and Colombia, as well as one of its suppliers in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the manufacturing of rawhide chews.

The compound is an anti-microbial chemical that is approved for cleaning food processing equipment. But it has not been approved in the U.S. as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs.

United Pet Group received very limited reports of pet illness based on the volume of possibly affected rawhide chew products manufactured and distributed.

The primary complaint received from consumers was that the affected product had an unpleasant odor. Diarrhea and vomiting were also reported.

Exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds through direct ingestion may cause the following symptoms in dogs: reduced appetite, and gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting.

These symptoms may require treatment by a veterinarian depending on severity.

Where Were the Products Sold?

The affected product was distributed nationwide from United Pet Group’s Edwardsville, Illinois, distribution facility and was delivered to consumers through various retail establishments including online outlets.

Expiration Dates

All of the dog chew products included in the voluntary recall identify an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 located on the back of the package.

The products subject to the recall are described below.

American Beefhide

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the American Beefhide brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Manufactured by:
Salix Animal Health, LLC
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Digest-eeze

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Digest-eeze brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB, and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Manufactured by:
Salix Animal Health, LLC
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Healthy Hide

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Healthy Hide brand, Healthy Hide Good-n-Fit brand, and Healthy Hide Good-n-Fun brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands, Inc.
3001 Commerce St. Blacksburg, VA 24060
800-645-5154

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased the products described above are urged to dispose of the product or return it directly to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they initially purchased the product for full refund.

We take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously and we are continuing to investigate the cause of this problem. We are implementing changes across the affected manufacturing facilities in order to prevent this problem from reoccurring in the future. United Pet Group is also working with retailers to ensure that the affected products are no longer sold and removed from inventory.

If you have these products, please contact the United Pet Group consumer affairs team at 1-855-215-4962 between the hours of 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time for a refund.

Consumers with questions may call the consumer affairs team at the number listed above.

For press inquiries, please contact Meg Rowley at 985-237-9786, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

This voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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Episode 177 “WHEEL OF FORTUNE RANCH

June 10, 2017
 
Hello Pups and Kittens, welcome back to The Groomer Next Door podcast. This week we return to the microphone after a short absence because The Groomer Next Door Pet Salon opened two weeks ago. We've been playing catch up with all of our grooming pups. But now we can turn the mics back on and have a great conversation with Donna Penley (Owner of the Wheel of Fortune Ranch).
 
They're in need of an accountant or attorney to help with Pro Bono to attain Nonprofit status. If you know someone who specializes in this or maybe you're that someone please contact Keith at
 
316 350 5841

http://www.wheeloffortuneranch.com/

https://www.facebook.com/WheelOfFortuneRanch/

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ALICE SINGS!
By Donna Penley

There aren’t many things in this old world that make my heart take wing;
But it does when a little girl named Alice decides to sing.

Oh, she isn’t a tutored singer, and most times she sings off-key,
But when that little blue-eyed blond sings, it means the world to me!!

She comes to me in a yellow bus, with mute kids just like she;
Their thoughts have all turned inward.  No words to set them free.

I lead the horse, reins in my hand, another coach walks by her side --
And Alice sits up straight, throws her head back and opens her mouth wide
AND ALICE SINGS

One day the other coach named Bob asked, “What’s she singin’?  I don’t understand.            ”
I said, “Listen very carefully, it’s ‘I’m An Old Cowhand’.”

Now, how did that child learn that song when she doesn’t speak a thing?
I don’t know -- but she did it.  And, it makes all my work worthwhile --
WHEN LITTLE ALICE SINGS!
 
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