Hello Pups and Kittens, welcome back for the hundred and sevinty fourth time to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This week we have Gary Tashjian (the founder) of Darwin's Natural Pet Products on the podcast. This episode is very important to us because we feel our Akita is going to benefit from a raw diet. But what about for your dogs or cats, will it benefit them too?


Our mission is to help you see a healthier and happier pet in 30 days.

The Story of Darwin’s

When my dog Max was ten years old, he started suffering from a crippling case of arthritis. I tried the traditional approaches of anti-inflammatory medicines and steroids, but nothing seemed to help. In desperate need for an answer, I turned to a holistic veterinarian, who suggested Max’s diet was worsening the problem.

He then recommended raw dog food, explaining how changing to a raw food diet would strengthen Max’s immune system and help his own body combat the arthritis. He gave me some articles describing how dogs’ digestive systems are designed for raw foods, and provided some recipes so I could make Max’s meals.

I carefully ground the raw meat and vegetables to make Max’s meals and was astounded by how much he improved on his new diet. In just 30 days he was acting more like a puppy than an old dog and he had regained his joyful attitude.

I then started my other dog, Casey, on the diet and saw that the chronic skin problems that have bothered him since puppyhood started clearing up. They eventually disappeared and never returned. I came to realize that the expression “you are what you eat” applies to our pets as well as ourselves.

I told everyone I knew with dogs how raw food transformed my dogs’ lives. But whenever I did, they almost always said the same thing “I get why it helps but I don’t have the time to cook for myself much less my dog.” It was then I decided to start Darwin’s in order to make it easy for pet owners to feed a nutritious high quality raw diet.

Max thrived on the food and lived another five years before finally succumbing to old age at fifteen. I attribute the last five healthy years of his life, and the companionship that we enjoyed together, to the raw food diet.

– Gary Tashjian, Darwin’s Founder

Our Name & Logo

We named our company after Charles Darwin, whose work to understand what created the diversity of life on earth embodied this approach of being “Inspired by Nature, Informed by Science.” We founded the company with a desire to understand our pets’ natural and instinctive diet, and combine the latest scientific knowledge about pet nutrition and all natural ingredients to provide the best meal options for your pets.


What Matters the Most

Darwin’s we believe that all pet owners should have the opportunity to feed their pets a healthy meal made from high quality ingredients. Our goal is to make feeding your pet fresh, healthy, quality raw meals convenient and affordable.

Our Natural Selections meals use only free-range, grass-fed beef, cage–free poultry and organic vegetables. All our meats are hormone free, steroid free and antibiotic free. We visit every farm that raises the animals we use in our meals to make sure they employ good farming practices and treat both their animals and employees with respect.


Unique Formulas for Dogs

Our all-raw dog food meals are complete and balanced. They are made of 75% real meat and 25% fresh vegetables with a small amount of nutrient mix containing important trace minerals from natural sources. There are no grains in any of our meals, since grains are difficult for dogs to digest and not necessary for balanced nutrition. Our moderate fat and low carbohydrate formula has a careful balance of Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids, and essential minerals from natural or organic compounds to exceed the guidelines of both AAFCO and the National Research Council for canine nutrition.


Unique Formulas for Cats

Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they have nutritional requirements that can only be met with a diet based almost entirely on animal tissue. Their bodies don’t produce the enzymes required to digest carbohydrates. That’s why our formula for cats contains 100% fresh meat with a small amount of nutrient mix containing important trace minerals from natural sources.

Our all-raw cat food meals are complete and balanced. The moderate fat formula has a balance of important Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids with added essential minerals from natural or organic compounds to exceed the guidelines of both AAFCO and the National Research Council for feline nutrition.


Our Products are Convenient and Affordable

Our home delivery service works on a flexible automatic order basis. You can tailor your order size to your pet’s individual needs and set a convenient delivery schedule. There is no contract or commitment. You can change or cancel your order at any time.

We believe your pet’s food should arrive to you as fresh as it arrived to us, so our meals will arrive at your door just a few weeks after we make them.

We know affordability can be equally as important as convenience and nutrition when it comes to choosing your pet’s meals. Our ‘direct from the manufacturer to your door’ approach is designed to make our high quality food available to almost every pet owner.



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April 29, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens welcome back for the hundred and seventy third time to The Groomer Next Door. This week we have an elite Veteranarian, accomplished author, actress, and all around great lady. I am so happy to announce that Dr.Barbara Royal DVM is joining us this week on the podcast.



Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA, founder and owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, is an internationally-renowned pioneer in complementary medicine and physical rehabilitation. A passionate advocate of commonsense and cutting-edge approaches to optimal animal health, Dr. Royal provides a bridge between Western and Eastern medicine.

Dr. Royal has extensive experience in veterinary care, including zoo, marine, and wildlife animals, emergency medicine, pathology, conventional practices, nutrition, herbal remedies, physical rehabilitation techniques, and alternative treatments.  She is also an acupuncture expert for pets and exotic zoo creatures.  She is the go-to veterinarian for Oprah Winfrey.

A nationally-published author in numerous magazines and an international lecturer in her field, Dr. Royal is often featured in the media for her successful treatments of animals and groundbreaking work in veterinary medicine.  She lives in Winnetka, Illinois with her husband, two children, her cat, Arthur, and her dog, Darwin. Her first book, “The Royal Treatment:  A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets” was published September 2013.  After graduating with high honors from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine (1995), Dr. Royal’s early career was exclusively devoted to cultivating her expertise in state-of-the-art, modern veterinary treatments.  Her work with greyhounds, who are hypersensitive to many medications, led Dr. Royal to explore the most effective modalities in ancient traditions.  She completed training in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from IVAS, Advanced Western & Chinese Herbal Medicine through Tufts University, and studied Animal Physical Therapy and Healing Techniques at the University of Tennessee.  Her uniquely practical and open-minded approach, skill as a diagnostician, and compassion for animals is much acclaimed: she operated on a room-sized grouper named Bubba at the Chicago Shedd Aquarium; she reconstructed a woodchuck’s de-gloved feet at the Woodstock Illinois Animal Hospital; and, at the Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo she became the first veterinarian in the world to perform acupuncture on a zebra.

With her multi-faceted knowledge and her individually-tailored practice, Dr. Royal provides comprehensive care for her many patients.


Her Books

The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets

An integrative and revolutionary way to treat your animals, combining holistic and natural medicine with the best of modern science.

Dr. Barbara Royal is a passionate, dedicated, and innovative veterinarian with a unique approach to medicine. Her patients have included countless different species from German shepherds at her private practice, to baby owls in the wild, to zebras in the zoo. Her clients are the humans who live for their pets, much like she does. Her ability to lend a voice to sick or injured animals and carry out the best treatment for them is unmatched.

An expert diagnostician with a background in zoo and wildlife medicine, Dr. Royal has learned that adhering to the teachings of Western medicine is often not the best way to fully cure her patients. With the clinical experience to know when to use surgery, medications, and alternative methods, plus an observant and empathetic understanding of the evolutionary needs of her patients, she individually tailors the Royal Treatment to ensure that each pet (and owner!) lives as happily and healthfully as possible.

The knowledge she has gained from wild animals gives her valuable insight into the cat in your kitchen and the dog in your living room. Our pets have all evolved from wild species and adapted to domestic life in many ways, but their natural characteristics are genetically fixed. In order for our pets to meet their full health potential, we must be mindful of these natural nutritional, emotional, and physical needs. Applying common sense in this way, along with the support of medicine, nutrition, elements of Eastern medicine, and physical rehabilitation, fosters an animal’s natural inclination toward optimal health and immunity. There is no placebo effect in animal medicine, and Dr. Royal has seen amazing results with her integrative approach, time and time again.

A must-have for all pet owners, these pages shimmer with ingenious advice, insight, and scientific originality. But most of all, a veterinarian with heart comes through in every word. Dr. Royal empowers animal lovers to lift their pets into a realm of natural health and happiness that will be palpable from shiny coat to bouncy step.


 Learn everything you need to know about taking care of your pet naturally, including:

• Functional nutrition and diet recipes

• Commercial pet food: recognizing the good, the bad, and the unhealthy

• How diet and protein levels specifically affect your pet’s health and behavior

• Judicious use of herbs and medicines

• How to detect if your pet is feeling pain and where

• Noninvasive, nonsurgical treatments for genetically flawed hips and other arthritic joints

• How to know if your pet is happy

• How to clean your dog’s, cat’s, or rabbit’s ears—the right way!

• Pet supplements explained

• Which vaccines to give or not give your pet

• Evolutionary insights into your pet’s behavior

• Getting your new puppy off to a perfect start

• How acupuncture works

• Geriatric wellness and end-of-life care

. . . and more

Keirtan's Song

Keirtan grew up in a large family, poor in material wealth, but rich spiritually inside with a strong trust in God that took her on an extraodinary journey throughout her life. Astral travelling to the outer universe to seek help for her beloved earth and eventually finding "Hosanna" and channelling directly from him; when she asks him about Creation from the beginning, this is what he showed her: Keirtan was shown down a vortex and here at the base was one atom, as a person on the earth you would not be able to see this with the naked eye, Here in the presence of "Hosanna" anything is possible. In the universe there are millions upon millions of atomsThe energy vortex heated the atom to a trillion degree's, it exploded and a white light filled the vortex, the vortex expanded to light the dark that sat on its own from the beginning, "Day Light" was born.Atoms have always been in the whole of the universe that is "Hosanna" collectively, as the atoms come together "Hosanna's" thought expanded and so on.The Earth was developed from outer space with atoms that expanded over millions of years."Hosanna" has through his own expansion individualised him self and that expansion individualised us."All Life is expansion of Hosanna."




April 22, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens, welcome back to The Groomer Next Door podcast. This week we have an amazing guest on this week. We love to bring responsible, reliable, and reputable people onto the podcast. This week is no different. Let me introduce you all to JOSHUA BARNES Vice President of www.K9Cuisine.com your one stop shop for ALL your pet product needs.

A Little About Us

We are proud to say that K9Cuisine has been around for almost a decade now! We were one of the first online pet supply stores that focused specifically on providing the highest quality Natural, Holistic, and Organic pet food and treats for all of our four legged pals!

As pet owners ourselves, we understand fully that our pet’s health is just as important as our own. Simple buying the cheapest kibble on the market doesn’t cut it for our furry family members. As such we have partnered with the best manufactures of pet food and supplies to offer you a wide selection of healthy and high quality pet food and treats.

Do you have a picky eater? Not a problem, our selection of dog and cat food includes a wide variety of flavors and formulations designed to accommodate all different tastes and diet restrictions. We are sure that you will find what you are looking for, but if for some reason you can’t, just let us know! We welcome feedback and ideas for brands and products to add to the website and will try our best to source them for you at the lowest prices possible!

We welcome you to our website and hope you are able to find all of the products and information that you need for your four-legged friends!


Party Animal Dog Food Recall of April 2017

April 17, 2017 — Party Animal, Inc. has announced it is recalling specific lots of two varieties of its Cocolicious canned dog foods because they have each tested positive for the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital.
What’s Being Recalled?

The following products are affected by the recall:

Cocolicious Beef and Turkey
Size: 12 ounce cans
Lot Number: 0136E15204 04
Best By Date: July 2019


Cocolicious Chicken and Beef
Size: 12 ounce cans
Lot Number: 0134E15 237 13
Best By Date: August 2019

What Caused the Recall?

According to a statement posted on the company’s website and its Facebook page:

The safety of pets is and always will be our first priority. We sincerely regret the reports of the discomfort experienced by the pet who consumed this food.

As pet parents ourselves, we take this matter seriously.

On April 13, a retailer in Texas notified us that their customer had presented samples of our Cocolicious Beef and Turkey Lot #0136E15204 04 and Cocolicious Chicken and Beef Lot #0134E15 237 13 to a testing lab, and that the results had tested positive for pentobarbital.

We have requested those results.

When we were notified, we immediately tracked the lot numbers of the food in question and determined that the food had been manufactured and distributed in 2015.

We then contacted the two probable retailers that had sold the customer the food and asked them to isolate all remaining cans from these lots.

We also requested that the retailers send all of the cans from those lots to us so that we can forward them on to an accredited independent laboratory for independent testing.

We expect to receive the receive the results in 7 to 10 days.

We first saw the formal report from the lab at Texas A&M regarding the customer’s samples, today, April 17.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are retrieving the remainder of these two lots nationwide.

We are working with our distributors and retailers to determine if any additional beef-flavored products manufactured during this 2015 production period remain on shelves and, if so, to retrieve them from shelves, immediately, as well.

What to Do?

Consumers with questions may contact the company by phone at 855-727-8926 or by email at info@partyanimalpetfood.com.

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.



April 16, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and let me be the first to wish you a Happy Easter. This week we have our very 1st International Edpisode. I'm so happy to introduce our guest this week. He's a Superhero, but doesn't wear a cape. But he has a shield and an amazing sidekick. Let me introduce you to "CST. MURRAY BURKE of the Edmonton Police Services" to this weeks podcast. Here's some amazing facts about the Edmonton Police Services.The Edmonton Police Service Canine Unit was officially formed in 1967 by Val Vallevand. Presently there are 14 handler and dog teams and two Sergeants who are stationed at one of the finest kennel facilities in North America. The 14 dogs currently in the unit are all general purpose police dogs, of which three are cross trained for narcotic detection.

Members of the Canine Unit provide the citizens of Edmonton with 24 hours a day, seven days a week service. The teams respond to calls that involve tracking, criminal apprehension, area / building searches, evidence searches and narcotic / explosive detection.

The Edmonton Police Service Canine Unit has a long and proud history with members and their dedicated partners committed to taking a “Bite out of Crime” in Edmonton. You can read about the unit's history in our Legacy of Heroes: Day of the Dog Squad Comic.

To become a member of the Canine Unit, Constables must have a minimum of five years on the job. During that time Constables who have an interest in becoming a dog handler begin training with the unit on their time off. They train as quarries, or what you might call potential bad guys.

To gain entry into the unit, members must take a Puppy Imprinter course and then apply to be a puppy handler. If accepted, an eight week old puppy is assigned to them. While raising this puppy, the member still works their regular duties at their assigned job.  Depending on vacancies, the member may enter the Dog Master course and begin working in the Canine unit once the puppy reaches 18 - 24 months of age.

They learn to lay tracks, take dog bites and hide in the most difficult and uncomfortable places. Quarries with enough seniority may then apply to be puppy holders of potential police service dogs. Due to the high standards set within the unit, only the most qualified and dedicated applicants and dogs are accepted. When the puppy reaches one to one and a half years old, the dog and handler enter into an extensive training period.

During training, the teams learn to become proficient in the areas of tracking, criminal apprehension, searching, obedience and agility.  Presently, Police Service Dogs and their handlers can remain in the unit for up to seven years, which are considered the most productive years of a police dogs life. The primary function of the Canine Unit is to provide support to the Patrol Officers on the street. The teams respond to any or all crimes in progress where suspects are fleeing on foot or possibly hiding. The unit has expanded its services and also uses trained Narcotic Detection and Explosive Detection dogs. 



Canine Trading Cards

The Edmonton Police Service's Canine Unit is letting you take their dogs home with these Canine Trading Cards!

Each month from February 2017 to September 2017, EPS will release two new Canine cards at each EPS station (Northeast, Downtown, West, Southeast, Southwest, and Calder Community Station).

Collect them all!


Legacy of Heroes Comic Book

What do an Olympic athlete, the Kings of England, and a World War One flying ace, have in common?

They all played a role in the history of the Edmonton Police Service.

Now, the EPS is telling their stories in Legacy of Heroes, a digital comic book available on the Service’s website.

“Each issue is based on a true story taken from our archives,” says EPS Digital Media Unit supervisor, Michael James.

“Legacy of Heroes is a way for us to share stories of heroism with the community at large,” James says.  “And who doesn’t like comic books?”

Printed copies are also available through EPS Divisional Stations and Police Information Check Section (14315 – 118 Avenue Nexus Business Park).



April 8, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back for the 170th time to The Groomer Next Door podcast. This week we're doing something we've NEVER done before. But I'm so happy for this company and wanted to give everyone an update. Apollo Peak Wines was on the podcast back on episode 157, and on Friday April 7th, 2017 Brandon Zavala was on ABC hit tv show "Shark Tank".


First into the tank is Brandon Zavala of Apollo Peak, seeking $100,000 for 10 percent equity.Apollo Peak allows pet parents to share a drink with their furry friend. Their pet-friendly wines are non-alcoholic, contain organic herbs and are made from fresh beets. They offer both dog and cat beverages, which include names such as The White Kittendel, The Pinot Meow, The Meowgarita, TheCharDOGnay and The Doggy Mary. Prices range from $4.95 to $12.95. According to their website, its “creation started like any other radical idea…a product designed to help bridge the social divide between humans and their pets.”

 Kevin O’Leary questions why the cat is not drinking its wine and Robert O’Leary questions whether it’s more of a gimmick. He assures the sharks that they have since moved on from a gimmick and have since expanded to dog beverages. In the last three months, they have done $192,000 in sales. He saw pet beverages as a unique niche.

O’Leary, the wine guy, is worried about the price. Mark Cuban says he does not want to be in the pet beverage industry and goes out, followed by Lori Greiner. Robert Herjavec likes the idea but doesn’t see it as sustainable, so goes out. O’Leary points out that cats can be very finicky but offers $100,000 for 33.3 percent. Daymond John then jumps in with an offer of $100,000 for 25 percent. He counters 15 percent for either O’Leary or John, and they both meet at 20 percent. He accepts O’Leary’s offer.



April 1, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door. This week I am honored to have a great Organization that's giving a voice for the animals on farms accross America, Canada, and Mexico.Without further ado let me introduce you to "ARI SOLOMON (VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS)" for MERCY FOR ANIMALS.



Ari Solomon, Mercy for Animals

Ari Solomon serves as the director of communications at Mercy For Animals, a national non-profit farmed animal protection organization. Ari has appeared widely on national television and radio to discuss a range of subjects from veganism to civil rights, including appearances on CNN, Reuters TV, NPR, and HuffPost Live. Ari’s YouTube videos on animal rights and veganism have also become viral sensations, including Sh*t Vegans Say, with over 1 million views.



Inspiring Compassion. Ending Cruelty.

Mercy For Animals is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies.

Imagine a world free of cruelty, a world in which we nurture our bodies, minds, and spirits with wholesome, healthy food that is kind to animals and sustainable for our planet. MFA believes that world is possible. In fact, it is inevitable if we work together to elevate humanity to its fullest potential.

Our Approach

We are on the frontlines fighting to protect farmed animals. From factory farms to corporate boardrooms, courts of justice to courts of public opinion, Mercy For Animals is there to speak up against cruelty and for compassion.

Our Success

Our programs are sparing millions of lives and reducing the suffering of animals around the globe.


animals spared annually from cruel cages, mutilation, or slaughter while conscious


impacted by MFA's corporate policy victories


animals freed from cruel cages annually thanks to new laws promoted by MFA and partner organizations*


animals spared from misery annually thanks to people inspired by MFA to reduce or eliminate meat, egg, and dairy consumption

Your Money at Work

Nearly 76 cents of every dollar spent by Mercy For Animals goes directly to programs that save animals. The remainder is used to grow MFA’s size and capacity so we can help even more animals in the future.





March 25, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens, and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcats. This week I am so happy to announce my two favorite cat ladies joined us this week. Jae and Adrienne are YouTube stars, informative and entertaining bloggers, and have the best ALL NATURAL cat product line around. It's with great pleassure I get to announce The Two Crazy Cat Ladies will be joining us this week. Let's get to know more about Jae and Adrienne.

About Our Guest

We are here to help everyone embrace their inner Crazy Cat Lady! Maybe you are already well aware that you’re a crazy Cat Lady – or maybe you resist this honorable title… it’s even possible that you may not consider yourself crazy about cats at all – and that’s fine… we know you just haven’t met the right cat yet…

In truth, Jae and I both resisted this illustrious title… at first. While we each enjoyed happy childhoods with various cat companions, and shared a genuine love for all animals, we didn’t consciously aspire to become the Two Crazy Cat Ladies… it just happened. Little by little – cat by cat – until we finally just acknowledged the facts… We are the proudest, most passionate Two Crazy Cat Ladies you’ll ever meet. (Hoarders don’t count… we’re not clinically crazy.)

Along with our pride and passion, we also offer a solid foundation in nutritional knowledge. Jae has spent the last 10 years of her life as an executive with Nzymes.com – a small pet supplement company. Her experience, knowledge and research have made an undeniable impact in the lives of countless pets and pet parents… not to mention on the health and happiness of our own babies. While Nzymes focus is primarily on dog health, we saw first hand how important these nutritional fundamentals are for cats as well and felt it was time to bring the very best of our experience and knowledge to the community that is so close to our hearts.

Jae will tell you that I’m a little crazier than her… and I’ll give her that. I rescued Scotch (named for the tape – not the drink) while she was still in high school… he was dumped in the parking lot where I worked more than 18 years ago. I found Mama on a river bank in Tennessee 6 months later. In fact, her real name was Cleo – but I was young, broke and stupid – not realizing that Scotch and Cleo would fall in love and make 5 babies before her first birthday… you can read that story here… suffice to say – She has been Mama ever since.

In the fourteen years since Jae and I met, we have shared the joy of welcoming Mr. Bittles (found injured under a pile of pallets), Oliver Twist (a stray who insisted on adopting us) and Pooh Bear (hands down the most bi-polar, difficult and irresistible of all our rescues). We have committed to being the best guardians we can be to these precious little lives… and we want to share all we know, both personally and professionally, with all of you. Together, we can ensure the safety, health and happiness of all our crazy cats.


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Pet Food Recall

March 20, 2017 — EuroCan Manufacturing is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Barnsdale Farms, HoundsTooth and Mac’s Choice pig ears because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

What’s Being Recalled?

The recalled pig ears were distributed throughout the U.S.A. and Canada.

The products were packaged as individually shrink-wrapped, 6-pack, 12-pack and 25-pack bags under the following brands:

  • Barnsdale Farms
  • Barnsdale Farms Select
  • Houndstooth
  • Mac’s Choice

The recalled products are from Lot 84.

No illnesses of any kind have been reported to date.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a 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 provider.

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, be sure to contact your veterinarian.

About the Recall

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing revealed the presence of Salmonella in the product.

The company has suspended distribution of the product while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased any of the affected Barnsdale Farms pig ears should return the product to the place of purchase for a refund.

Those with questions may contact the company Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM ET Time at 888-290-7606.

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.


Episode 167 “MY PET DMV TAGS”

March 11, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door podcast. This week we're extremely excited because our guest Mike (the creator of MY PET DMV tags) will be on the show. These pet tags are a must have for all pet parents, and because Mike is so generous he's offering all of our listeners 50% off their purchase by using promo code "GROOMER" at checkkout. Just visit http://www.mypetdmv.com/ and create your very own pet tag.

About Our Guest

Each Pet ID License comes with (1) large wallet sized Personal Pet ID Tag that looks similar to an actual Driver’s License and (3) smaller versions for $19.95. Each card is printed on a fade resistant plastic card with a 100% lifetime replacement guarantee. As a bonus we provide FREE SHIPPING on ALL ORDERS.

Our Pet IDs and Dog Collar tags can be put on your key chain, on your Pet’s collar, or keep as a spare Pet ID in your wallet. Design online in under 5 minutes, order prints in 24 hours. All across the nation pets and their owners are rushing to MyPetDMV.com to get their personalized Pet ID License Tag!

                             MyPetDMV is the nations #1 choice for Custom Pet ID tags!

We have been featured on TV, Newspapers, and Radio. Design your custom ID in under 5 minutes and we’ll have it shipped tomorrow.

Pet Food Recall

March 2, 2017 — Blue Buffalo has issued a voluntary market withdrawal of 17 varieties of its Blue Divine Delights and Blue Wilderness Trail Trays due to quality issues with the foil seals on the top of the cups.

No other Blue Buffalo products (including any variety of Divine Delights not listed below) are impacted by this issue.

The company is not aware of any dogs becoming ill from these products.

What’s Recalled?

The following products are affected by the recall:

    • BLUE Divine Delights Filet Mignon Flavor in Gravy
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Divine Delights New York Strip Flavor in Gravy
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Divine Delights Prime Rib Flavor in Gravy
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Divine Delights Rotisserie Chicken Flavor in Gravy
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Filet Mignon Flavor
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Porterhouse Flavor
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Grilled Chicken Flavor
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Top Sirloin Flavor
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Angus Beef Flavor
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Roasted Turkey Flavor
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate with Bacon, Egg and Cheese
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Sausage, Egg and Cheese Flavor
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Steak and Egg Flavor
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Duck Grill
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Beef Grill
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Chicken Grill
      3.5 oz cup


    • BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Turkey Grill
      3.5 oz cup


What to Do?

Blue Buffalo has asked consumers to stop feeding the affected product to pets and bring any remaining cups affected by the withdrawal to their place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions about this market withdrawal are invited to contact Blue Buffalo at 877-870-7363.




February 25, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door. This week we have an intelegent and experianced member of the Kansas City Better Business Bureau on the podcast. Our goal this week is to prevent at least one person from being scammed by a fake breeder.



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About Our Guest

BBB helps people find and recommend businesses, brands, and charities they can trust.

People today are overwhelmed with choices – and often unsure about where to find verified, unbiased information. There are more than 30 million businesses in North America alone; and hundreds of thousands of sites around the world where people shop online. There are thousands of free and subscription websites that offer a range of information, including reviews, reports, directories, listings, and gripe sites. BBB is the one place you can find it all.

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BBB sees trust as a function of two primary factors – integrity and performance. Integrity includes respect, ethics and intent. Performance speaks to a business’s track record of delivering results in accordance with BBB standards and/or addressing customer concerns in a timely, satisfactory manner.

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BBB is your key adviser, most reliable evaluator and most objective expert on the topic of trust in the marketplace.



February 18, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back for hundred and sixty fifth time to The Groomer Next Door. This week is a milestone episode for us. Since the inception of the Podcast it's been the goal to have Senator Dan Brown on the podcast, He's a well respected member of the community and the Missouri Senate. This man  speaks for the voiceless daily, and we are honored to have the oppertunity to have him on the podcast. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
About Our Guest

Senator Dan Brown

District 16 – Camden, Crawford, Dent, Phelps, and Pulaski
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Senator Dan Brown was sworn into office of the Missouri Senate in January of 2011, representing the 16th Senatorial District of Missouri. Previously he served in the Missouri House of Representatives representing the 149th District.

In addition to his legislative duties, Senator Brown has practiced veterinary medicine for over 30 years in the Rolla area and has served on the Missouri Veterinary Licensing Board.

Senator Brown attends the First Christian Church in Rolla. He is a member of the following organizations: American Veterinary Medical Association; Missouri Veterinary Medical Association; Missouri Farmers Association (MFA); Missouri Farm Bureau; Mid-Missouri Energy (Charter Member); Paseo Biofuel (Charter Member); Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce; Quail Forever; and a Lifetime Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Senator Brown is a graduate of Houston High School and received a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University Of Missouri College Of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia, MO.

Born on December 22, 1950 in Solo, MO, Senator Brown currently resides in Rolla with his wife Kathy. They have two children, Danette Sherrell and Justin Brown.

Legislative Service:
Elected to the Senate: 2010, 2014
House of Representatives: 2008 – 2010

Committee Membership:
Appropriations, Chairman
General Laws
Veterans and Military Affairs
Joint Committee on Legislative Research
Joint Committee on Life Sciences
Joint Committee on Public Assistance
Missouri Veterans Commission


February 13, 2017Blue Buffalo Company has issued a voluntary recall for specific lots of Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight due to possible aluminum metal contamination.

What’s Recalled?

The recalled product includes:

  • Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables
  • 12.5 ounce can
  • UPC: 8-40243-10017-0
  • Codes: Best By 08/03/2019

The “Best By” date is on the bottom of the can.

No other Blue Buffalo products are involved. The company has not received any reports of illness or injury as a result of the problems giving rise to this recall.

What to Do?

Customers are invited to return the impacted product to your local retailer for a full refund. For additional information, call 866-800-2917.

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.


February 17, 2017 — The Food and Drug Administration is advising pet owners not to feed their dogs certain lots of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef or Against the Grain Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy canned dog foods after they were found to contain pentobarbital.

Pentobarbital is a drug that’s used in animal euthanasia and should not be found in pet food. The drug’s presence in these products as detected by the FDA renders them adulterated.

Related Recall History

The Dog Food Advisor has previously announced each of these dog food recall events:


Actual FDA Bulletin

The FDA was unable to determine from available records whether any other Evanger’s or Against the Grain products made with beef contain any of the beef that went into the recalled products.

Additionally, the agency concluded an inspection of the manufacturing facilities on February 14, 2017, and noted numerous significant concerns with conditions found at both the Wheeling, IL and Markham, IL plants.

These are initial observations and do not represent a final agency determination regarding the firm.

Following discussions with the FDA, Evanger’s initiated a voluntary recall on February 3, 2017, of certain lots of its 12-ounce Hunk of Beef canned dog food: 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, all with an expiration date of June 2020.

In the course of the investigation, the FDA tested two cans of Against the Grain brand canned Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy dog food manufactured in the same facilities as Evanger’s products and using beef from the same supplier: these samples also tested positive for pentobarbital.

On February 9, 2017, after conversations with the FDA, Against the Grain voluntarily recalled lot 2415E01ATB12 BEST DEC 2019 of this product.

The company issued a public notice about its recall on February 13, 2017. To date, the FDA is not aware of any pet illnesses associated with the Against the Grain product.

The FDA began investigating Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company Inc. when it learned about five dogs in a single household that suffered acute neurological symptoms shortly after eating the product.

One dog was euthanized after secondary complications, and three others recovered after receiving veterinary care. One of the dogs treated remains on seizure medication, and the fifth dog that ate the least amount of food recovered with time.

The stomach contents of the deceased dog and an open can of the product were tested by an FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network lab, and unopened cans of the product from the pet owner and retailer that sold the products (from the same production lot), were tested by FDA’s lab.

All of the samples tested positive for pentobarbital.

In its recent press release announcing a limited product recall, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. stated that the beef for its Hunk of Beef product came from a “USDA approved” supplier.

However, the FDA reviewed a bill of lading from Evanger’s supplier of “Inedible Hand Deboned Beef – For Pet Food Use Only. Not Fit For Human Consumption” and determined that the supplier’s facility does not have a grant of inspection from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The meat products from this supplier do not bear the USDA inspection mark and would not be considered human grade.

USDA-FSIS regulates slaughter of animals for human consumption only.

Testing by USDA-FSIS of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef confirmed that the meat used in the product was bovine (beef).

The investigation by the FDA is ongoing and includes examination of the suppliers of beef to Evanger’s and Against the Grain to determine a possible cause for the presence of pentobarbital.

The FDA is also coordinating with the USDA to address any possible areas of shared jurisdiction at the suppliers.

Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand, coma and death.

Consumers who notice these symptoms in their pets should consult their veterinarian.

Consumers with cans of product subject to the facilities’ voluntary recalls should refer to the firms’ respective press releases for information about returning the product.