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).

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Episode 170 “FOLLOW-UP ON APOLLO PEAK WINES”

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".

RECAP

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.

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Episode 169 “MERCY FOR ANIMALS”

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.

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

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.

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ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

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.

1 BILLION

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

90 COUNTRIES

impacted by MFA's corporate policy victories

30 MILLION

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

5 MILLION

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.

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Episode 168 :THE TWO CRAZY CAT LADIES”

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.

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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.

HOW TO CONTACT

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
      84024312035

 

    • BLUE Divine Delights New York Strip Flavor in Gravy
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312037

 

    • BLUE Divine Delights Prime Rib Flavor in Gravy
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312039

 

    • BLUE Divine Delights Rotisserie Chicken Flavor in Gravy
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312041

 

    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Filet Mignon Flavor
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312043

 

    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Porterhouse Flavor
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312045

 

    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Grilled Chicken Flavor
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312047

 

    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Top Sirloin Flavor
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312049

 

    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Angus Beef Flavor
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312051

 

    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Roasted Turkey Flavor
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312053

 

    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate with Bacon, Egg and Cheese
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312057

 

    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Sausage, Egg and Cheese Flavor
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312059

 

    • BLUE Divine Delights Pate Steak and Egg Flavor
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312061

 

    • BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Duck Grill
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312071

 

    • BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Beef Grill
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312073

 

    • BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Chicken Grill
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312075

 

    • BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Turkey Grill
      3.5 oz cup
      84024312077

 

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.

 

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Episode 166 “THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

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.

For over 100 years, BBB has helped people make smarter decisions and is evolving to meet fast changing marketplace needs.

  • BBB sets standards for ethical business behavior and monitors compliance. Almost 400,000 Accredited Businesses meet and commit to our high standards.
  • BBB helps consumers identify trustworthy businesses, and those that aren’t, through more than 4 million BBB Business Reviews.
  • BBB sets standards for and evaluates thousands of advertisements each year to ensure that people can trust what advertisers say.
  • BBB sets standards for and evaluates the practices of thousands of charities so that donors know where their money is going.
  • BBB coaches businesses on ethical behavior and how to build stronger, more trusting relationships with their customers.

BBB offers its national and local consumer services online and in person. Through our efforts, BBB helps millions of people each year.

The Council of Better Business Bureaus(CBBB) is the network hub for BBBs in the US and Canada. Like BBBs, CBBB is dedicated to fostering honest and responsive relationships between businesses and consumers -- instilling consumer confidence and advancing a trustworthy marketplace for all.

 

Our Vision:
An ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers trust each other.

Our Mission:
BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. We do this by:

  • Setting standards for marketplace trust
  • Encouraging and supporting best practices by engaging with and educating consumers and businesses
  • Celebrating marketplace role models
  • Calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior
  • Creating a community of trustworthy businesses and charities

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.

BBB ensures that high standards for trust are set and maintained. We exist so consumers and businesses alike have an unbiased source to guide them on matters of trust. We provide educational information and expert advice that is free of charge and easily accessible.

BBB Accreditation is an honor – and not every business is eligible. Businesses that meet our high standards are invited to join BBB. Businesses deemed to meet Accreditation Standards are presented to the BBB's Board (or designees) for review and acceptance as a BBB Accredited Business. To read more about our Accreditation Standards, click here.

All BBB accredited businesses have agreed to live up to our Standards for Trust,   a comprehensive set of best practices for how businesses should treat the public in a fair and honest manner. To review our Standards for Trust, click here.

BBB does not compare businesses against each other but rather evaluates businesses against our standards – and our standards clearly speak to the character and competence of an organization.

BBB is the resource to turn to for objective, unbiased information on businesses. Our network of BBBs allows us to monitor and take action on thousands of business issues affecting consumers at any given time.

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

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Episode 165 “SENATOR DAN BROWN”

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

Republican
District 16 – Camden, Crawford, Dent, Phelps, and Pulaski
View District Map (Google Maps)
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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

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RECALL REPORT

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.

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Episode 164 “VET CBD”

February 12, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back for hundred and sixty fourth time to The Groomer Next Door Podcast.This week we have an amazing guest on the podcast. How much do you know about canabus? We're not talking about getting high, we're talking about a natural medicine to help your pets.

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Kate Scott
Chief Operating Officer

Kate Scott graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Veterinary Medical Technology from Wilson University and is a Registered Veterinary Technician.  She has worked in emergency and critical care medicine for over ten years, both in nursing and in management.

During her time in the veterinary world, Kate saw many pets experience undesirable side effects from common medications. Her passion is educating pet owners about the many therapeutic benefits that VETCBD could provide to their beloved animals.

Kate enjoys cooking, running, and exploring with her husband, son, and dog.

 

We are a California-based company founded by a veterinarian passionate about bringing premium quality, non-psychoactive cannabis to dogs and cats. Animals can now benefit from medical-grade cannabis.
 

                            What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

  • Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 80 cannabinoid extracts from the cannabis plant.
  • It is non-psychoactive and does not produce a “high.”
  • It is a natural, plant-based compound and is non-toxic.
  • CBD shows promise in its use for conditions such as seizures, pain, anxiety, cancer, and more. Learn more by visiting our blog.

 

VETCBD Product Details

  • Veterinarian-formulated for pets.
  • No “high”. Non-psychoactive.
  • All natural product, sourced from the full flower. We use the same high-quality cannabis grown for human consumption.
  • Olive oil based, PET SAFE, nothing added (like sugar, alcohol, or solvents) that isn’t necessary, all ingredients are human/medical grade. 
  • Lab tested for quality, safety, and efficacy.
  • Suggested Uses:
    • Pain (ex. arthritis)
    • Anxiety (ex. separation, loud noise, travel, crowds, etc.)
    • Inflammation
    • Nausea
    • Loss of Appetite
    • Seizures
  • Get a free bottle when you send a testimonial via email or social media!
  • May take up to 24 – 48 hours to see results. Start dosing on the low side of dosing chart and adjust accordingly.
  • Apply VETCBD oil directly into mouth via syringe provided or apply to food

 

**Always consult a veterinarian before using VETCBD on your pets. The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.**

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#RECALL_REPORT

February 8, 2017 — Giant Food Stores has issued a voluntary recall for specific lots of Companion Canned Dog Food due to possible metal contamination.

What’s Recalled?

Recalled products include:

  • Companion Dog Food with Chicken and Rice
  • 13.2 ounce can
  • UPC: 68826707501
  • Codes: Best By 08/05/2019
  • Companion Dog Food with Chicken, Lamb and Rice
  • 13.2 ounce can
  • UPC: 68826700360
  • Codes: Best By 08/05/2019
  • Companion Dog Food with Turkey and Bacon
  • 13.2 ounce
  • UPC: 68826700356
  • Codes: Best By 08/05/2019

 

 

February 8, 2017 — PetSmart has issued a voluntary recall of one production lot of Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food with Chicken and Rice Classic Ground due to possible metal contamination.1

What’s Recalled?

The recalled product includes:

  • Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food with Chicken and Rice Classic Ground
  • Size: 13.2 ounce cans
  • UPC: 7-3725726116-7
  • Best By Date: 8/5/19
  • Lot Code: 1759338
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Episode 163 “MISSOURI ALLIANCE FOR ANIMAL LEGISLATION”

February 5, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens, welcome back for the hundred and sixty third time to The Groomer Next Door. This week we're joined by an amazing guest who fights the endless fight to help give a voice to the voiceess.

 

Let's learn about the Alliance?

The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, founded in 1990, is a non-profit organization lobbying full time to bring positive change for animals through the legislative process.  Our efforts are combined with the actions of concerned individuals, other groups, organizations and agencies interested in the enactment and protection of Missouri’s animal welfare laws.

Our goals include increasing public awareness regarding the plight of animals, addressing problems with appropriate legislation, and providing information to the proper authorities to ensure enforcement of the laws.   As the only organized animal welfare lobbying group in Missouri, the Alliance is dedicated to furthering animal welfare issues by achieving these goals.

The Alliance concentrates its efforts on state legislation by drafting and submitting legislation and then tracking its progress through the Missouri General Assembly.  We then educate legislators regarding the issues surrounding legislation, and support or oppose additional animal related legislation proposed by others.

The Missouri Legislature is in session each year from January through mid-May.  During that time we attend and testify before committee hearings, provide supporting documentation, meet with legislators and issue action alerts to our supporters for their help.  We also sponsor Humane Day at the Capitol.   This event draws representatives from animal shelters and humane organizations as well as concerned citizens from across the state to meet and lobby their state legislators.    

 

RECALL REPORT

February 3, 2017 — Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company, Inc. of Wheeling, Illinois, is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product due to potential contamination with the deadly drug, pentobarbital.

Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance or nausea — or in extreme cases, death.

 

What’s Being Recalled?

Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, the company is recalling all related Hunk of Beef products manufactured the week of June 6 through June 13, 2016.

The affected lots numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020.

The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.

Where Was the Product Sold?

The affected products were sold both online and also distributed to retail locations only in the following states:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

About the Recall

The recall affects 5 lots of food that were produced from its supplier’s lot of beef, which is specifically used for the Hunk of Beef product and no other products.

To date, five dogs reportedly became ill. And one of the five dogs died after consuming the product with lot number 1816E06HB13.

Evanger’s is proactively issuing a recall so as not to risk potential exposure to pentobarbital in the product.

According to Evanger’s, all suppliers of meat products are USDA approved.

The insists the beef supplier provides the company with beef chunks from cows that are slaughtered in a USDA facility.

Evanger’s continues to investigate how the contaminant entered its raw material supply.

Because it sources its meat products from suppliers that are USDA approved and since no other products have reported any problems, the company is not extending the recall to other supplier lots.

According to Evanger’s, this is the first recall event for the company in its 82 years of manufacturing.

What to Do?

Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, consumers are asked to return recalled product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 847-537-0102 between 10 AM and 5 PM Central Time,
Monday through Friday.

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.

Get Dog Food Recall Alerts by Email

Get free dog food recall alerts sent to you by email. Subscribe to The Dog Food Advisor’s emergency recall notification system.

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Episode 162 “PETCHATZ”

January 29, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back for the hundred and sixty second time to The Groomer Next Door. This week we have a very special guest joining us on the podcast this week. He's apart of the best pet tech on the market right now. A true innovation in conversation with our furbabies. Without further ado please welcome JOE MEYERS.

 

The PetChatz® Difference

https://petchatz.com/

Just like your pet is more than just a pet, PetChatz is more than just a great pet camera.  PetChatz was born out of the love we have for our pets, the desire to give them a better quality of life, and the understanding that our own lives are better with them in it. So, Why PetChatz? Let us explain…

 
Happy = You being there – from anywhere

Happy = You being there – from anywhere

What makes a pet happy?  Knowing their owner (or parent or mom or dad) is with them when times are tough and when times are good.  With PetChatz you can engage with each one of your pet’s senses – maximizing their pleasure centers and excitement at being “with you” even if it is virtually.  The PetChatz pet camera has it all – from two-way audio and video to dispensing treats and diffusing calming scents to letting them call you or play a game (with healthy, nutritious treats as a reward), PetChatz is the only complete interaction and engagement system on the market made specifically for pets.  You really can have it all – with PetChatz!

Secure = Peace of Mind that your pet is safe

Secure = Peace of Mind that your pet is safe

At PetChatz – we focus on security and safety (sort of like music – country and western).  We have built the PetChatz unit out of high quality materials in a shape designed to eliminate the worry about chewing (no corners = no place to get a grip).  Our functionality also allows you to monitor your pet and your home while the pet camera is in Silent Mode – for an extra layer of security for you and for your best friend.  This benefit helps create peace of mind and peace of mind helps create a better overall quality of life for everyone in your household. Welcome to the future!

Healthy = Natural, nutritious and delicious

Healthy = Natural, nutritious and delicious

Quality Ingredients
From a “meat first” approach through to natural ingredients plus no grains, fillers or corn, PetChatz Treatz® are among the highest quality products available in the market today.  You can feel good about rewarding your best friend – they deserve it!

Unique Formulation
Does your dog eat your cat’s food? Is your cat a finicky eater? PetChatz Treatz are uniquely formulated to be safe and nutritious for both dogs and cats.  This means no matter which one of your furry buddies is being engaged, the treats are safe and good for them.

Comfort = your voice, scent and face, plus a reward!

Comfort

Scent
The sense of smell for pets is one of the two dominant senses. Calm, reassurance and comfort can all come from familiar smells. With PetChatz Scentz®, you can create this connection with our Calming Formula.  Each call will diffuse this scent – making your PetChatz a safe haven at any time. Plus – our formula is specifically made to be safe for dogs and cats.

Voice
Sound – dogs and cats hear much better than humans (cats hear ultrasonic) making sound a key part of their lives.  What makes their lives better, however, is the sound of your voice.  With PetChatz, you can hear them but more importantly they can hear you.  You can comfort them, engage with them and make their day better by simply talking – from anywhere.

Sight
We continue to learn new things about how our pets see. Dogs can see colors – but more muted than humans. Cats are low light experts (dogs are not far behind).  They recognize your face – especially when you move and stand out in contrast to your background. With PetChatz, not only can you see how they are doing but they can see you and feel connected with our two-way video pet camera.

Reward
With any pet interaction, rewards teach proper behavior and recognize a job well done. The key to a reward system that revolves around food is being able to provide the rewards “guilt free”. PetChatz is the only pet camera treat dispenser that has the proper size and nutritional balance in treats as part of the overall system.  So go ahead – reward away when you can’t be there in person!

Fun = Maximum quality of life for you and your pet

Fun = Maximum quality of life for you and your pet

Let’s face it, having pets is a lot of fun.  We get memories, loyalty, and the purest expression of unconditional love you may ever find.  When you walk in at the end of a long day (or anytime you may be gone) your furry friends are so happy to see you! What if you could be there for them even when you can’t be home?  What would you see? What if you could interact remotely, calm them, encourage them, engage with them and even set up play time (with rewards) so their day gets a little brighter? Even better, what if they could call you and let you know they needed to pay their love forward? Now, what if you could record those memories for posterity? PetChatz (and PawCall®) – the revolutionary pet camera that makes all of this possible.

PetChatz has focused on local sourcing as much as possible. From our Midwest assembled PetChatz and PawCall® to our Minnesota made PetChatz Treatz®, we remain committed to bringing good jobs back to the USA.

Made in the USA – What does this mean today?

Years ago, Made in the USA was a source of pride for our country – product quality was high, jobs were plentiful and the future looked great. Then, the offshoring process began for many manufactured goods we used in our everyday lives.  This drove down prices – but US job losses increased and quality expectations began to fall.  Today, there are quite a few smaller business (and some larger ones as well) seeking to “onshore” more production – using parts from the best quality manufacturers in our new global marketplace, they seek to create good manufacturing jobs in the United States.  PetChatz is one of those companies – from our nutritious treats made in Minnesota to our PetChatz HD unit (and PawCall) assembled at a plant in Southern Minnesota to our engineering – most of which is done in the Upper Midwest as well – our goal is to keep as many high paying jobs inside the borders of this great country.

 

Take a look inside PetChatz HD

The only complete sensory experience for your pet!

  1. Low-light HD camera
    High-quality HD video for a full experience
  2. Motion detector
    Keep track of them to ensure they are safe
  3. Sound detector
    Unusual noises? Get alerted via email
  4. Pet-safe microphone
    Specially engineered to pick up dog sounds
  5. Full-color LCD display
    Make your pet smile when they see your face
  6. Full-frequency speaker
    Designed so your dog or cat can hear every whisper
  7. Treat release
    A patented system to deliver one treat at a time to your dog or cat
  8. Pet-safe scent release
    Soothing scents help relieve your dog’s anxiety
  9. Compatible with PawCall
    PawCall allows your pet to call you and play games when you’re away
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