Pet Food Recall

Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats
Robert Abady Dog Food Co. is recalling a small amount of dry cat food because of potential salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported Tuesday.

The recalled Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats is made with chicken meal and menhaden fish meal. The food was packaged in 2-, 5- and 15-pound corrugated boxes stamped with lot number 14029/21 on the top of the box.

Routine testing of one batch revealed the presence of salmonella. No illnesses among cats or pet owners have been traced to the food, the FDA stated.

Symptoms of salmonella poisoning in pets include lethargy, diarrhea, fever and vomiting. People who handle contaminated pet products may exhibit similar symptoms.

Anyone who bought the recalled food may return it to the store for a refund. The Poughkeepsie, N.Y., company is fielding questions about the recall at 845-473-1900 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday.

A positive salmonella test forced Abady to recall two frozen dog foods in June 2013. Recalled were 3-pound bags of Abady Frozen High Stress/High Performance Dog Food and Abady Frozen Growth Formula for Puppies of the Large & Giant Breed.

A loving farewell… Happy Trails Max Niemiec

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Dear Dr. McIntyre,
We are terribly saddened to inform you that on this past Thursday we lost our beloved Max. He passed peacefully at home in my arms. While we knew his diagnosis was grim we were hoping for more time and we are eternally grateful for the almost 17 years of love and laughter our beautiful boy gave to us. He had stopped eating and drinking a few days before and we knew there was nothing we could do but make him comfortable. He was incredibly strong even in his final days. In fact, our Max who peed on anything and everything that didn’t move and thanks to you stopped doing that, would let us know if he needed to use the litterbox, and we gladly obliged. Towards the end Freddie Willie, and Mika stayed by him, watching waiting, almost like they were paying their respects. It was beautiful and incredibly sad at the same time. We all miss him terribly! Freddie seems the most affected at the moment. He seems to be looking for him everywhere. He gos from bouts of hard playing to staring off into nothing. We will get him through this with help from our girls and hopefully we will get our crazy Freddie back soon. We also wanted to thank you for your hard work and dedication to our furry family. We know you love them almost as much as we do. We look forward to seeing you next year for their next exam and for many years after that. I thought I would send you my favorite picture of Max in healthier days. That’s how we want to always remember him.
Sincerely Mary Niemiec

Yes, Indeed, I’m a Walkin’

IMG_3586Not that I am ready to pack away my snow blower and tempt fate, but this week made me a believer that Spring might be near. A few wonderful things this week…
My children are learning to ski in Denver and staying with their grandfather.
My husband, the dogs, and I are in Naperville.
Recycling was today and I purged a cardboard box of old journals (some I actually read).
I ran 9 miles at SPRINGBROOK PRAIRIE on Sunday with my twins in preparation for a spring half-marathon. Then returned for another 5.5 mile loop today. Running is like therapy and thank goodness for dry trails. Running has also been known to put me IN therapy which brings me to my last wonderful thing.
I walked my dogs three times this week! We’ve logged about 8 miles which is 7.9 miles more than we have walked together this entire winter. Because today was garbage day, I didn’t have to carry my steaming poop bags more than a few houses. Thank god for small favors.
My not so wonderful realization: Leo is indeed fat. I’ve taken a few “before” photos which I hope will be motivating and not discouraging. Because he is on a retractable leash (gasp), I had the pleasure of his ample rear in my view for 45 minutes today. Boo hiss. Had we been better trained, he would have walked politely beside me and I might not have appreciated his girth.
My pants are also incredibly tight. It is no secret that I strongly dislike the cold and we’ve had plenty. Not just cold, but bone-numbing, school-closing, car-stalling, frigid temperatures. No more. Spring is MY time for resolutions and I resolve to practice what I preach and get going. I will try to visit one new local trail each week in addition to some hustling around the ‘hood. My dog’s “weight problem” actually belongs to me; only I can exercise him and only I control his daily calorie intake. I’ve got some new Asics, a hat and gloves if needed, a few leashes, baggies, and time (for now).
The amazing thing about walking is that is free, my dogs ALWAYS want to go with me, I have lots to think about thus lots to write about post-stroll, it is a great way to connect with family and friends, nature and the seasons unfold right before your very eyes, and it is healthy physically, not just mentally! I’m sure you have lots of reasons you think walking is great.
Walking pet peeve: invisible fences. I am sure I have offended some of you, but I don’t appreciate seeing a snarling, barking 10 pound ferocious Chihuahua hurtling a top speed toward me or my dogs, not knowing if this is the occasion they decide to go for it and break past their “barrier” to latch on to my ankle. Guess what happens when your dog in its invisible cage has a hungry coyote come into their yard. It’s like a pig in a blanket for a hungry coyote that this season is in a negative energy balance situation. They are now utilizing muscle mass for energy, having long ago used up fat stores. Yum. This year, I resolve to keep a list of all dogs and their residences who make a neighborhood jaunt a terrifying experience for me and my pets. What to do with this list remains to be seen. For now, it just makes me feel better having it.

Aside from the afore-mentioned baggies, it is a good idea to make sure you and your pet are visible by wearing light-reflective clothing and using a leash that is also visible. Clip on lights are available in human arm-band form or for your dog’s collar. Apply flea and tick preventative and/or start your oral parasite preventatives. Bring pepper spray as a safety back-up should you need to protect yourself or your pets, a high-pitched whistle, super-awesome training treats, a cell phone, a harness or head collar depending on the anatomy of your pet, and mosquito repellant for yourself. Always do a parasite check at the end of every adventure and if you need a drink of water, your pet does too. There are lots of portable options to keep your family hydrated including collapsible bowls and bottles as well as hydration packs that can be worn on your back. Please stay off of newly planted areas and avoid fertilizers, sprays, and spring blooming bulbs which can be toxic to your pet’s health.
I brought music on my walk and while I was thinking/zoning-out/listening, Leo, who can move fast when he wants to, tried to grab a stale poppy-seed hot dog bun that had fallen out of the trash! Fair warning.
A few ideas for our next blogs…
Dog Parks. Are they all fun and games?
Learn about the breeds! Each week will feature a new cat or dog breed and welcome your pictures and stories.
Happy Trails!
Dr. Lisa McIntyre