This week on the podcast we're joined by an incredible author and blogger. She's an absolute pleassure to speak with, and I'm so honored to say M.K. Clinton is joining us this week.

Let's meet M.K. Clinton

My pen name is M. K. Clinton, but you can call me Melissa. I love writing about dogs and sharing ideas that help make it easier to be an awesome pet parent. I also love to laugh…a lot! But that’s not all. Are you looking for the newest products on the market? You are in the right place! Do you have questions about why your pup is doing what it’s doing? I can help. Maybe you are looking for great contests and discounts. No problem, I have you covered. If it has to do with dogs, we are Barking from the Bayou about it! We also feature the BFTB NETWoof News each Monday where our anchors fetch the best animal news around. The news team consists of Bentley the Basset Hound, Pierre the White West Highland Terrier and Paisley, our Weather Lab. It is a week’s worth of good animal stories, sports, and the U.S. weather forecast. Don’t worry about their reporting; they speak perfect English with a southern flair.   The best way to describe me is GRITS...Girl Raised In The South. I live in northwest Louisiana with my husband and our four-legged hairy child, Bentley, who is a human trapped in the body of a Bassett Hound. Our "granddog" Pierre, the Westie also lives with us. The two are best friends and have no plans on ever moving out on their own. Barking from the Bayou is a family affair with my husband doing the photography, the dogs offering their opinions and me writing it all down for you to enjoy. I’m also the author of The Returns, a hilarious dog adventure that takes place in New Orleans. The characters in my books are based on my pets’ personalities. I love writing the series because it provides me a chance to laugh with my pets that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. The Returns and The Returns 2 ~ Showstoppers are available on Amazon.com.

 

The Returns – November 11, 2013

What happens if you arrive at the Pearly Gates before your time? F.B.I Agent Bentley Clanton finds out the hard way as he is directed to a little-known area devoted to correcting glitches in the longevity system. The Returns Department specializes in finding appropriate bodies for “early arrivals” before sending them back to earth. It seemed an acceptable solution until Bentley realizes his new body includes long velvety ears, four stubby legs with giant paws, and a tail. Helping him adjust to life as a Basset Hound is his rookie Guardian Angel, along with three other canine Returns. Laugh along as a delightful Golden Retriever, a feisty Chihuahua, and Flamboyant Westie join Bentley to form an unlikely brotherhood of crime-fighting heroes. The Returns takes you on a fun-loving, junk food eating adventure through the exciting streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. *Selected as an Indie Book of the Day award winner **Read what others are saying about The Returns: “Hugely enjoyable, Very clever, and HIGHLY entertaining! It gives the term “good fun” a whole new twist!” L. Cooper – So, I Read This Book Today “A MUST read for dog lovers!” D. Feyen – More Than A Review “A book to keep you smiling from cover to cover! -Amazon Review “Best book I have read in ages. This would be a wonderful book to be made into a movie!” -Amazon Review The Returns is recommended for readers age 12 – 112! Cover by Holly Madison of Whimsical Graphix. Editing by Leiah Cooper of So, I Read This Book Today.

The Returns 2

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Episode 184 “NEON LITTER BY ULTRA PET”

August 5, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens, and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door. This week we discuss cat litter. For all you cat pet parents out there theirs so much we don't know about something our cats care about almost as much as they love food and sleep. Our guest Tom Atyeo .

 

Sick & Tired of Dusty, Smelly, Boring Cat Litter?

GET READY TO RAVE WITH NEON CAT LITTER!

  • Vibrant Fun Colors to Personalize Your Cat’s Litter Box
  1. Pink
  2. Green
  3. Orange
  4. Purple
  • More fun colors coming soon!
  • Absorbent Micro-sized Crystals are SOFT-on-PAWS
  • Easy-to-Scoop Clumps
  • Convenient Twice a week scooping
  • Dust-Free!
  • Amazing Odor Control! “Do you even have a cat living with you?”
  • 70% Lighter than clay litters

 

WHAT'S SILLICA

  • It is a naturally occurring mineral that is purified and processed into either granular or beaded form
  • Silica gel’s high surface area allows it to absorb water readily, making it useful as a desiccant (drying agent).
  • Silica gel is non-toxic, non-flammable, and non-reactive and stable with ordinary usage.
    Basically, it is a natural combination of water, sand and oxygen that is shaped into various sized beads.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

It is similar in feature to a sponge because it absorbs a lot of liquid and moisture. It is different than a sponge because it does not become soft or wet – silica gel keeps its shape and stays dry to the touch.

Once saturated with water, the silica gel can be regenerated by heating it to 120 °C (250 °F) for two hours.

 

 

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Episode 183 “DISCUSSING DR. HARVEY’S with WENDY COHEN”

July 29, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens this week we're so lucky to share the next 80 minutes with an amazing women. We have the pleassure of talking with the President/CEO of Dr. Harvey's. Here's xome information about Dr Harvey's

As a pioneer and the very first companion animal food producer in the ultra-natural and all-natural category of pet food, the team at Dr. Harvey’s has dedicated itself over the past three decades to a powerful vision: helping guardians give their companion animals a better, healthier, happier, longer and more fulfilling life.

And to bring that special vision to life, we produce the finest all-natural foods, treats, herbal supplements and herbal grooming aids for dogs, cats and birds. We proudly follow the principles of a fresh, organic, holistic, natural and top quality nutrition – which means our products contain absolutely no added chemicals, no preservatives, and no synthetic additives or coloring agents. We believe that companion animals should be fed fresh whole foods and proteins, and that “health begins in the kitchen!”

Quite simply, our healthy products give companion animals the nutrition they need to achieve optimal health, avoid the ailments caused by processed “pet foods,” maintain a strong immune system, and increase their lifespan.

And just as valuably, our wholesome products give guardians the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they’re doing the “right thing” for their beloved companion animal, and playing an active role in their enhanced health and longer life.


Other key features that define us as a company include:

  • We use only the highest quality products with no processed ingredients of any kind.
  • Our food helps lower our customer’s veterinarian bills.
  • We produce all of our products right here in the United States.
  • Our foods have helped companion animals dramatically recover from conditions such as skin allergies, cancer, kidney and liver problems, chronic digestive issues, IBS, chronic diarrhea, bad breath and more.
  • We’re a family owned and operated, and never lose sight of our vision.
  • We’ve helped 1000’s of companion animals reclaim and maintain vibrant health.
  • We never compromise on quality – period!
  • We offer the very best customer service.
  • We love and care about your companion animal in the same way that you do!
 

About Dr. Harvey's

Dr. Harvey’s Healthy Formulations makes fine health food & safe all-natural care products for companion animals. We believe your Dogs, Cats, Birds, and Horses deserve the very best. Our products include all natural foods, chemical free grooming essentials, nutritious treats and chews, and essential vitamins and supplements to keep your animal companions healthy and happy.

When you choose Dr. Harvey’s you and your companion animal benefit from 30+ years of research and experience that has made countless pets live long and happy lives eating all natural, whole foods. We’re always ready to answer your questions and all of our products are made here in the USA.


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Episode 182 ” KETOPET’S PRESIDENT DANIEL ORREGO “

July 22, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This is episode 182 with Daniel Orrego. This is going to be an instant classic because Daniel is intellegent, he's doing amazing work, and you're going to learn so much. With that said let's learn a bot about KetoPet.

Daniel Orrego, President, KPS

Pursuing a metabolic approach to addressing cancer using nutrition as a central pillar for disease intervention, offers a tremendous benefit, in that it does no harm. In collaboration with Veterinarians, Oncologists and Research Scientists, we continue to validate the anti-cancer effects of nutritional ketosis

Human-Grade Cancer Therapy for Dogs

Right now, on a 53-acre plot of land outside Austin, Texas, we at KetoPet Sanctuary (KPS) are doing something incredible. This isn’t your typical canine rescue facility. KPS goes out of its way to rescue dogs with incurable, terminal cancer. Our goal isn’t to provide hospice-like treatment for terminal dogs – of course we care for and love the animals, but instead of writing off the canine companions to their fate, we at KPS provide groundbreaking cancer therapy. We’ve been doing this since October of 2014 and the results are astounding. Plus, we guarantee each dog will have a loving forever home, for life.

Our Protocol

At KPS, we feed dogs a high-fat, adequate protein, and low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet for all of our canines while they are at the facility. Most nutritional protocols rely on faith, lacking objective metrics from which the diet can be analyzed. However, unlike other diets, the ketogenic diet is one type of nutritional protocol that can be assessed by examining blood glucose and ketone levels. By definition, a ketogenic diet is any diet that produces ketones, so we use blood metrics to determine the efficacy of the diet.

We also control the dogs’ calories to get their bodyfat levels to where we want them to be. In addition to the diet, we use state-of-the-art diagnostics for validation for the state of cancer. We spare no expense and use the diagnostic tools that physicians use to examine humans. This allows us to see where the tumor sites are, what the glucose uptake is in the cancer cells, and how effectively our protocol is reversing cancer. PET/CT scans give us a very strong indicator of these metrics, and we have very tight tracks on the status of cancer in each dog.

Our Sanctuary

Our facility is located in Georgetown, Texas, which is located 27 miles north of downtown Austin. We have a huge, 53-acre plot of land with an outdoor dog park, built-in miniature water park, and an inside play and living area that includes a big-screen TV with surround sound.

 

  • Ketogenic Diet

    High fat, low carbohydrate, and adequate protein diet

  • Metabolic Conditioning (METCON)

    strenuous physical exercise

  • PET/CT Scanning

    Diagnostic nuclear imagery at 0, 60, and 120 days

  • World-class Care

    Daily monitoring by in-house veterinarians and veterinary technicians

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

    Dogs are treated with HBOT therapy, which has been shown to successfully reduce the size of tumors.

 

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Episode 181 “BRANDON ZAVALA RETURNS”

July 8, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens, Welcome back to The Groomer Next Door. This week Brandon Zavala (Founder of Apollo Peak Pet Beverages) returns to the podcast. We have a lot of catching up to do. We have to discuss Shark Tank, the growth of Apollo Peak Pet Beverages, and much more. For anyone unfamilur with Apollo Peak here's alittle bit of information.

Our Story

Apollo Peak, Inc. was developed to create fine snack beverages that we like to call Cat Wine and Dog Wine for our feline and canine friends. We are animal lovers just like you, and our story is a long and fun one, to which we've shared some of our memories here. We currently strive to make a product that not only satisfies your pet's interest, but is safe and non-harmful to your special friends. 
Our "pet wine" creation started like any other radical idea...a product designed to help bridge the social divide between humans and their pets. Our initial thoughts were, "Why not share a drink with our canine and feline friends?  We spend so much time with them that they are slowly becoming humans too, right?" In doing this, we wanted to make sure we make a product derived from all organic and natural ingredients. It's been a difficult ride, but that has stayed true to this day and we will always keep to our promise to make a quality and fun product that we would give our own pets at home. Hence, we coined Made with Love on our bottles.

Cat Wine and Dog Wine has became our passion as we continue to innovate and create more and more unique flavors designed for all types of cats and dogs. We invite you to follow our journey on social media and help our pet community grow together.

 

The CharDOGnay

The finest canine snack wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The CharDOGnay is a canine snack wine designed to delight and fancy up your canine friends.
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Chamomile Extract, Organic Yellow Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid


 

The Malbark

BLACK LABEL SERIES
 
The finest canine vintage wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The Malbark is a Dog Wine designed to delight and excite your canine friends while also helping freshen breath.
 
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Peppermint Extract, Organic Red Beets, Organic Anise Seed, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The ZinfanTail

The finest canine snack wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The ZinfanTail is a canine snack wine designed to delight and fancy up your canine friends. The ingredients in The ZinfanTail contains peppermint that may be beneficial in freshening your pooches breath.
 
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Peppermint Extract, Organic Red Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The Doggy Mary

Introducing The Doggy Mary, an exquisite dog beverage for the party animal at heart. The Doggy Mary is a blend of peppermint extract and natural bacon flavoring - for a mix that will brighten the heart of your pup on Sunday brunch. We've also included Vitamin E to help brighten their coat after a long weekend of doggy shenanigans.
 
Ingredients Include: 
Water, Organic Peppermint Extract, Organic Red Beets, Natural Bacon Flavoring, Vitamin E Oil, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The White Kittendel

The finest and only feline snack wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The White Kittendel is a light rose style catwine designed to delight even the most picky of cats. Over time, this product ages slightly from a pinkish style to a light pink and white wine - holding the zest of the ingredients with a wonderfully gorgeous white color.
 
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Catnip, Valerian Root, Organic Yellow Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The Pinot Meow

The finest feline snack wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The Pinot Meow is a feline snack wine designed to delight even the most picky of cats.
 
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Catnip, Organic Red Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The Moscato

The finest and only feline snack wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The Moscato is a feline snack wine designed to delight even the most picky of cats.
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Catnip, Organic Yellow Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The Meowtini

The finest and only feline snack cocktail beverage available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The Meowtini is a pink style cat beverage made with valerian root and designed to delight and satisfy the most fascinating cats around. 
Ingredients include:
Water, Valerian Root, Organic Yellow Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid.
 
 

The Meowmosa

Introducing The Meowmosa, an exquisite cat beverage for the party animal at heart. The Meowmosa is a blend of lemongrass extract and salmon oil - for a mix that will brighten the heart of your kitty on Sunday brunch. We've also included Vitamin E to help brighten their coat after a long weekend of kitty shenanigans.
Ingredients include: 
Water, Lemongrass, Organic Yellow Beets, Salmon Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The Catbernet

Black Label Series
The finest cat wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The Catbernet is a cat wine designed to delight your holiday kitty, while also helping freshen that holiday breath.
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Catnip, Peppermint, Organic Red Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

Premium Cat Wine Glass with White Kittendel

Premium Cat Wine Glass with Pinot Meow

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Premium Cat Wine Glass with Catbernet

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Episode 180 “SUSAN THIXTON”

July 1, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back fro the one hundred and eighith time to The Groomer Next Door. This week we have the amazing Susan Thixton (adovcate, writter, and all around intellegent lady). Two weeks ago Susan Thixton and Dr, Becker went to Washington DC to speak abbout transparency on the labels of pet food. I'm attaching an article below from her website http://truthaboutpetfood.com/

 

And if you're interested in helping her pursuit to uncover the truth for all of us pet parents you can visit http://associationfortruthinpetfood.com/join-us/

We had Significant Success in Washington DC

With a great deal of work to go, I am thrilled to report to consumers that our trip to Washington DC was not in vain. We achieved a significant agreement from FDA to work with consumer advocates for transparency in pet food. Is it feed or is it food? Hopefully soon the pet food label will tell you.

Our team was…Dr. Karen Becker, a pet owning lawyer, and myself. None of us had gone to Senator’s offices before, the three of us had never before worked together. We had a monumental task in front of us. The three of us were ‘all in’. We were focused, we each brought different things to the table. Though it is sort of bragging…I have to say – we were an awesome team.

Day 1 – June 21, 2017 – was meetings with Senator Richard Durbin’s (Illinois) office at 11 AM, meetings with Senator Pat Roberts (Kansas) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (Michigan) office – both members of the Senate Agriculture Committee – at 2 PM.

We weren’t nervous, but we felt the pressure of what was at stake. Walking down the hallways of the Hart Senate Office Building to Senator Durbin’s office was exciting. We arrive in Senator Durbin’s office and wait for our meeting. Soon we were escorted to a conference room where we met with Kevin Lefeber, Senator Durbin’s legislative advisor. We shared consumers concerns of pet food – starting with laws written (in part) by Senator Durbin back in 2007 (after the 2007 recall) requiring FDA to update pet food ingredients and labels. We told him FDA is almost 8 years past deadline. We explained that most pet foods are ‘feed’ and contain feed quality ingredients but marketed to consumers as food. We explained that laws within the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act are openly ignored by FDA and each State Department of Agriculture. And we explained how consumers are left in the dark – not knowing exactly what they are buying because pet food ingredient definitions are corporately owned, not public information as in human food.

We all added to the conversation and we were flawless (sorry to brag again, but I’m just that proud of us). But…there was no solution offered. Sincere concern, but no solution.

Next meeting went about the same. We met with Dr. Chelsey Shivley DVM – an AVMA fellow for Senator Debbie Stabenow and Chelsie Keys on Senator Pat Roberts staff. Again we were escorted into a conference room and again your team did an awesome job addressing the serious issues pet food consumers face. Awesome minus one moment when my frustration for a resolve caused me to go off focus for a bit…but…the rest of the team got me back on track quickly. Dr. Chelsey Shivley and Chelsie Keys took pages and pages of notes – they listened attentively. During this meeting we specifically asked for a resolve – we asked for pet foods that do not meet the requirements of food law to be labeled as feed. Their suggestion was to start this discussion with FDA and to have more consumers write their Representatives in Congress about these same issues.

We left feeling a bit deflated but we quickly realized this is how the ‘system’ works. One step at a time. Our first step was to make these three significant members of Congress aware of the problems pet food consumers face – that was a success. We made them very aware of the problems.

The next day – June 22 – was our meeting with FDA. We arrived at the offices of FDA, but it was not the FDA headquarters as you see in pictures. It was in an office park, 3rd floor. Again we were taken to a conference room and were promptly joined by Dr. Dan McChesney, Charlotte Conway, LeeAnne Palmer, and a couple more FDA representatives. Arrangements had been made in advance for Nikki – the owner of the pug Talula that died from eating pentobarbital contaminated Evanger’s Pet Food – to be on a conference call for the meeting. Nikki was the foundation for our request that things must change – no more pets should die.

Nikki spoke to FDA from the heart, a recently broken heart due to her loss of Talula. FDA was a bit uncomfortable. FDA asked us ‘What are you here for?’ We told them we are tired, consumers are tired. We told them we are tired and completely worn out worrying about the safety of pet food. We told them we cannot fathom how FDA can enable industry to profit from selling adulterated, illegal pet foods – misleading consumers. We told them we want transparency in pet food, we want law enforced.

And then FDA said…Ok, what do you suggest? Our suggestion was label all pet foods that do not meet food law as “feed” – “dog feed” and “cat feed”. Lots of details have to be worked out, but…FDA found this suggestion acceptable. Dr. Karen Becker spoke up and asked if it would be possible for a grading system for pet food – similar to the grading system USDA uses for meat. (Meat suppliers have the option to pay an additional fee to USDA to ‘grade’ meat as Prime, or Choice, or Grade A. The higher grade meats are in turn sold as a more expensive, higher quality product.) Again, lots of details have to be worked out but…FDA was very open to this suggestion as well.

We then asked about a time frame – when could the feed/food system be implemented, when could a pet food grading system be implemented? At this we received some push back. FDA would not commit to a time frame, and this we could not accept. We pushed again asking FDA how these changes in pet food could be moved along quickly. They suggested it go through the AAFCO process and agreed to introduce the idea to AAFCO at the next meeting in August (less than 2 months from now).

This is significant – we have law to back us up – we have law to push through these changes. We have the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act behind us to facilitate this change in pet food. Current law states “In prescribing a definition and standard of identity for any food or class of food in which optional ingredients are permitted, the Secretary shall, for the purpose of promoting honesty and fair dealing in the interest of consumers, designate the optional ingredients which shall be named on the label.” 

Feed grade pet food ingredients ARE “optional ingredients” permitted by each State and FDA. Most certainly, “for the purpose of promoting honesty and fair dealing in the interest of consumers” these optional ‘feed’ ingredients should be named on the pet food label. Law is on our side.

FDA asked us to put our requests in writing and submit them to the agency as an addendum to the Citizen Petition that we filed with FDA in October 2016. Needless to say, we have much work to do in a short time frame. Your team will complete the write ups and submit to FDA within the next couple of weeks.

There is much work ahead of us, including assistance from consumers in the near future to get this pushed through. I suspect some in pet food will be in support of these transparency changes, but I suspect the most powerful, most influential pet food manufacturers will be adamantly opposed. If we receive any push back from industry – consumers will know exactly which pet food companies are not willing to be transparent with consumers, which pet food companies have secrets to hide.

Again – law is on our side, we are ready for whatever opposition they put in front of us. And also remember, FDA felt these were good changes – we will continue to work with FDA to keep this on track.

We – all pet food consumers and all pet food advocates – succeeded in Washington DC. Your voices were heard. More news on the progress of this will be shared soon. Get ready to write emails, sign a petition, and/or make a few phone calls. Together we will achieve improved transparency in pet food – we’ve finally seen the light at the end of the tunnel!

A big thank you to Senator’s Durbin, Roberts and Stabenow for your time and your attention to the plight of pet food consumers. A big thank you to FDA for your willingness to meet with us and your willingness to work on true transparency for pet food consumers.

And a big, big, big thank you to Dr. Karen Becker and our ‘lawyer friend’. You were both awesome! I’m so proud of us all.

Go ahead…imagine it. Imagine walking into a pet food store and seeing clearly on the label pet feed or pet food. It IS going to happen. Consumers deserve to know what they are buying. Using Federal law we are going to make that happen. Soon.

 

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
TruthaboutPetFood.com
Association for Truth in Pet Food

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Episode 179 “TAZZ LATIFI”

June 24, 2017
Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back for the one hundred and seventy ninth time to The Groomer Next Door podcast. Well this week I am so happy to sit down with Tazz Latifi. She's the owner of Petropolis in NYC, she's a Facebook LIVE star, and one of the most knowledgeable peiople on nutrition.
 

TAZZ LATIFI'S STORY
 
We deliver EVERYWHERE in Manhattan.
Petropolis is downtown NYC's best pet supply /nutrition center and grooming salon. We take care of all of your pet's needs! We feature beautiful bedding, dishes, and bowls to match your home decor (custom orders are available). We also have a very large selection of vitamins, herbs, and homeopathic products. We have a huge selection of accessories and toys for all your pets needs.

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

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

 
 
RECALL ALERT

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

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

Original Recalled Brands

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

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

 

What Caused the Recall?

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to the company:

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

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

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

Where Was It Sold?

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

What Was Recalled?

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

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

The private label products subject to the recall include:

Companion Brand

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

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

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

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

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

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

Dentley’s

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

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

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

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

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

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

Enzadent or Dentahex

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

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

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

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

ENZADENT CHIPS MED 30 CT
17030030181

ENZADENT CHIPS PETITE 30 CT
17030030167

ENZADENT CHIPS SM 30 CT
17030030174

ENZADENT CHIPS LG 30 CT
17030030198

DENTAHEX CHIPS PETITE 30 CT
17030030228

DENTAHEX CHIPS SM 30 CT
17030030235

DENTAHEX CHIPS MED 30 CT
17030030242

DENTAHEX CHIPS LG 30 CT
17030030259

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

Essential Everyday

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

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

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

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

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

Distributed by SUPERVALU INC. EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 55344 USA

Exer-Hides

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

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

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

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

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

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

Good Lovin’ or Petco

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

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

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

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

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

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

Hill Country Fare

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

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

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

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

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

Priority Pet

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

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

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

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

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

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

What to Do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Episode 178 “PAWS WITH A CAUSE”

June 17, 2017

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

 

PAWS FOR A CAUSE MISSION STATEMENT

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

VISION STATEMENT

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

 

CORE VALUES

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

TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE

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

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

LEADERSHIP

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

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

EXCELLENCE

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

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

TEAMWORK

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

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

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

STEWARDSHIP

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

CELEBRATION

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

 

ASSISTANCE DOGS

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

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

 

Recall "ALERT"

 

Loving Pets Dog Treats Recall | June 2017

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

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What’s Recalled?

The recalled products and lot numbers include:

    • Loving Pets Barksters
      Item #5700 Sweet Potato and Chicken
      UPC 842982057005
      Lot # 021619

 

    • Loving Pets Barksters
      Item #5705 Brown Rice and Chicken
      UPC 842982057050
      Lot 021419

 

    • Loving Pets Puffsters Snack Chips
      Item #5100 Apple and Chicken
      UPC 842982051003
      Lot 051219, 112118, 112918, 012719, 012519, 013019

 

    • Loving Pets Puffsters Snack Chips
      Item #5110 Banana and Chicken
      UPC 842982051102
      Lot 112218, 112818, 112918, 013119

 

    • Loving Pets Puffsters Snack Chips
      Item #5120 Sweet Potato and Chicken
      UPC 842982051201
      Lot 112818, 020119

 

    • Loving Pets Puffsters Snack Chips
      Item #5130 Cranberry and Chicken
      UPC 842982051300
      Lot 020319, 112918, 020219

 

  • Whole Hearted
    Item #2570314 Chicken and Apple Puff Treats
    UPC 800443220696
    Lot 121418, 121918, 122318, 010419, 010619, 010519

No illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported.

What Caused the Recall?

According to the company:

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

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

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

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

What to Do?

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

United Pet Group Recalls Multiple Brands of Rawhide Chews

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

What’s Recalled?

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

American Beefhide

Digest-eeze

Healthy Hide Chews

Good-n-Fun Chews

What Caused the Recall?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where Were the Products Sold?

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

Expiration Dates

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

The products subject to the recall are described below.

American Beefhide

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

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

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

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

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

Digest-eeze

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Hide

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

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

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

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

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

What to Do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Episode 177 “WHEEL OF FORTUNE RANCH

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

http://www.wheeloffortuneranch.com/

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

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ALICE SINGS!
By Donna Penley

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

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

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

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

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

Now, how did that child learn that song when she doesn’t speak a thing?
I don’t know -- but she did it.  And, it makes all my work worthwhile --
WHEN LITTLE ALICE SINGS!
 
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Episode 176 “JOHN REDSHAW VOL.4″

May 28, 2017

Hello Pupds and Kittens and Welcome back for the hundred and sevinty sixth time to The Groomer Next Door podcast. This week is all centered around Rolla, Missouri. John Redshaw from the Rolla Animal Shelter will be stopping by. We also have a major announcement to make.

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