July 2, 2010

Feline’s Pride Cat Food Recall

Filed under: News — Dr. Amber Reed @ 7:39 pm

Recently, the FDA has issued a warning about Feline’s Pride cat food potentially being contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonella is a bacteria that can affect both humans and pets and handling foods that are contaminated with this bacteria can put your health at serious risk.  While children, the elderly, and individuals who are immune-compromised are particularly at risk, it is important to understand that Salmonella infection carries potentially life-threatening results for all humans.

Feline’s Pride is a popular raw cat food that is frozen but shipped to cat owners around the United States.  While there have been no reports of illness in humans or animals as a result of this potential contamination, the FDA has released a voluntary recall on all Feline’s Pride cat food purchased and shipped between June 10th and 17th, 2010.  More specifically, the recall is for Feline’s Pride Raw food with ground bone for cats and kittens.  The Natural Chicken Formula, sold in weights of 2.5 lbs was produced on June 10, 2010.

While the market for Feline’s Pride cat food is quite small, if you or your friends order the product for your cats you need to take special care.  If you choose not to recall the food, you should be careful to thoroughly wash your hands after handling this product.  It is always advisable to keep raw food products out of the reach of children, especially in the case where a recall has been ordered by the FDA.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include nausea, decreased appetite, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, and headache.  As mentioned, special populations like children and the elderly will be more at risk to develop the infection and they may also have more severe symptoms.  Pets suffering from Salmonella poisoning often suffer diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite, fever, and abdominal pain.

July 1, 2010

What is Pet Hospice Care?

Filed under: euthanasia — Dr. Amber Reed @ 7:34 pm

When our pets are sick, perhaps at the end of their life, it can be difficult to say goodbye.  While euthanasia is a common, humane solution that ensures your pet doesn’t suffer unnecessarily, hospice care is an alternative.  Hospice care for pets is fairly similar to hospice care for humans.  Pet hospices aim to relieve pain and provide comfort when your pet is at the end of his or her life.  Palliative care for pets allows you to spend more time with your beloved pet without subjecting them to undo discomfort.

Pet hospices provide a number of services to both the pet and the pet owner.  While giving your pet the necessary medical treatment, hospices can also help pet owners who are most often suffering from a great deal of stress.  Pet hospices help with care and euthanasia decisions and may even offer counseling services to help you cope with the loss of a pet.  By seeking support from a pet hospice you will get the assistance you need to come to terms with your pet’s illness and to make the right decisions for the comfort, health, and safety of your pet.

The main purpose of pet hospice care is to make sure your pet is always comfortable and hospices aim to balance the needs of the pet with the cares of the owner.  Because pet hospice staff is experienced with all kinds of pet illness as well as the grieving process that owners invariably endure, they can help you reach good decisions and accept the death of your pet.  Many veterinarian offices are already offering hospice care for pets and as this type of care becomes more popular, you’ll likely find more vets who provide hospices for pets.  Most importantly, hospices are there to support you and your pet so you never feel pressure to pursue a treatment, such as euthanasia, unless you are totally comfortable.

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