Taurine toppers for cats and dogs

An important amino acid, taurine is vital to your cat or dog’s health. This article explains why, and offers recipes for tasty taurine toppers to add to your best friend’s meals.  

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Our dogs and cats need them for vision, digestion, heart health, and immune health. There are 22 amino acids — one of which is taurine. While taurine itself is not used for protein synthesis, it’s found in many of the body’s tissues — the nervous system, retinas, muscles, heart, and even the blood platelets — and is crucial to many metabolic processes. This means dogs and cats need sufficient taurine in their diets – cats especially must have it supplied in their food because their bodies can’t synthesize it on their own. While high quality pet foods usually contain adequate taurine, lower-end products may not. The healthy taurine toppers presented in this article will help ensure your cat or dog is getting enough of this important amino acid.

How taurine needs differ in dogs and cats

Cats: As mentioned above, a cat’s diet must be supplemented with taurine because their bodies have a limited ability to convert methionine and cysteine to taurine. They also lose taurine through the secretion of bile acids. Cats require daily dietary taurine to stay healthy, so it is essential that this amino acid is included in their diet. Research has found that if a cat does not get taurine for six weeks, he may develop an enlarged heart; after a long-term deficiency, retinal degeneration can occur and may even lead to permanent blindness.

Dogs: Unlike cats, dogs have the ability to synthesize taurine from methionine and cysteine.  However, as we have learned over time, especially with all the news about dilated cardiomyopathy in some breeds, even though they have the ability to synthesize taurine, some dogs need more taurine in their diets, either through a supplement or through the addition of certain whole foods, including organ meats like heart and liver, muscle meat like turkey (dark meat), beef, lamb, and seafood (e.g. krill, sardines, salmon, whitefish). For something really simple, add canned sardines (packed in spring water) to your dog or cat’s diet. Goat’s milk provides a little boost of taurine as well.

Have fun with the taurine topper recipes that follow. They are simple to prepare and will add an extra blast of flavor, as well as taurine, to your dog or cat’s diet!


Choose organic ingredients whenever possible.

Fish Cakes


1 lb ground whitefish (e.g. pollock, cod or salmon)

2 eggs*

1 carrot

1 teaspoon sea kelp

4 tablespoons oatmeal

1/4 cup first pressed olive oil

3/4 cup filtered water


Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine all ingredients, except the fish, in a food processor or blender. Turn out into a large mixing bowl, add fish, and combine thoroughly.

Lightly grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper. You can make large cakes for your dog by using an ice cream scoop; if you want smaller cakes for a cat or small dog, try using a fruit scoop, like those used for making melon balls. Place the cakes on the cookie sheet and flatten them with a fork.

Bake for approximately one hour. Remove fish cakes from the oven and cool completely before serving. These should be tored in the refrigerator or freezer.

*Eggs are another great way to add taurine to your animal’s diet.

Purrfect Poached Fish


1/4 lb fish (e.g. Ling cod, pollock, salmon

1/2 cup filtered water

2 teaspoons fresh parsley, minced, or 1 teaspoon dried parsley

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For cats, add 1 teaspoon fresh catnip or 1/2 teaspoon dried catnip


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, except the fish. Bring to a boil. As soon as bubbles appear on the surface, turn down to a low simmer. Add the fish to the broth and cook for 15 minutes. Cool before serving.

You’ve Gotta Have Heart


1 cup chopped raw heart (liver can also be used; e.g. use ½ cup heart and ½ cup liver.)

2 tablespoons filtered water or broth

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder


Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Gently sauté on medium heat. When all the “pink” is gone, the dish is done. Cool to room temperature before serving. This recipe takes less than five minutes to prepare. It can also be whirled in a food processor or blender and served as a sauce, or even served as a raw topper. 

Cat Call Sauce       


1 lb ground turkey

1 lb beef heart, sliced in small pieces

1/4 oz beef liver, sliced in small pieces

2 cups oatmeal

1/4 cup zucchini, chopped

6 cups filtered water


Combine all ingredients in a Crock-Pot or other slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for six to eight hours or on high for three to four hours.  If you don’t have a slow cooker, simply combine all the ingredients in a big pot, bring to a gentle boil, then turn down to simmer for two to three hours, stirring from time to time so the ingredients don’t stick to the bottom.

Note: This recipe provides a week’s worth of food for a 9 lb cat. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil, or other oil of your choice, on your cat’s food just before serving.

Barking Fresh Stew


1 lb ground turkey

1/4 oz beef liver

2/3 cup whole brown rice, whole barley flakes, oatmeal, quinoa, or teff

1/2 cup green vegetables, chopped (e.g. broccoli, green beans, zucchini)

1 small red apple with skin, chopped with core and seeds removed; or 1/4 cup blueberries

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

4 cups filtered water


Combine all ingredients in a Crock-Pot or other slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for six to eight hours or on high for three to four hours.  If you don’t have a slow cooker, simply combine all the ingredients in a big pot, bring to a gentle boil, then turn down to simmer for two to three hours, stirring from time to time, so ingredients don’t stick to the bottom.

Note: This recipe can also be served raw. Simply leave out the grains or cook them up as a side dish or base for your raw ingredients.

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Understanding pet food labels

Ensuring that your dog or cat is eating a healthy diet involves more than just switching brands. It means being a pet food label detective, and learning how to understand ingredient lists and terminology.

If you’re like a lot of people these days, you want your dog or cat to eat a healthy diet. To succeed at choosing a safe, nutritious, quality food for your animal companion, however, you need to become adept at reading pet food labels and understanding some of the terminology manufacturers use in their ingredient lists. This article will get you on the right track.

Ingredient order and definitions – deciphering the facts

Always look at the back of a package of pet food for the full ingredient profile, listed in order of weight. Don’t rely on cursory lists of ingredients on the front, next to splashy photographs of fresh meat, fruits, and vegetables.

  1. Ideally, we want to see a specific meat, such as pork or beef, listed first. If it is, this means it has been weighed with the water still in it. This makes it heavier and brings it to the top of the list. However, the water is removed during processing, meaning there is a lower weight of actual meat-derived protein in the end product.
  2. By-products are non-rendered and include organs, fat, and entrails, but no hair, horns, teeth, or hooves. By-products can be healthy, but we don’t know the quality based on a label listing. Carnivores do need to ingest organs for good health.
  3. A meat “meal” means the tissue has been rendered. This process converts waste animal tissue (not human grade meat) into stable usable materials like yellow grease, choice white grease, bleachable fancy tallow, and a protein meal such as meat and bone meal, or pouy by-product meal. It contains no hair, hoof, hide, or extraneous materials. By definition, while up to 9% of the crude protein in the product may be pepsin indigestible, the product would be more protein-dense than its clean flesh counterpart weighed with water included.
  4. If a meat product is followed by more than one grain or starch, there may be more grain or starch than meat by weight, even though the meat is listed first. A common marketing trick is to list a grain, for example corn, broken down into corn gluten, corn starch, corn middlings, etc. This puts the corn versions below the meat source — unless you add them all together. This is called ingredient splitting.

    Corn is not a natural food for a carnivore diet. And unfortunately, American corn is contaminated with mold and aflatoxins, which are potentially carcinogenic. Most corn is GMO unless stated otherwise, which means it won’t die when fields are sprayed with glyphosate herbicide to kill the weeds. But the corn does incorporate the glyphosate into its cells. The cattle eat the corn, and the glyphosate becomes incorporated into the food web. Humans, livestock, and companion animals ingest the contaminated corn and/or the contaminated meat.

  5. After the starches on a label, a fat is listed along with how it is preserved. Avoid animal fat preserved with BHA, BHT or ethoxyquin. These artificial preservatives have been shown to be carcinogenic; in fact, ethoxyquin is banned in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Look for mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E, and/or rosemary extract as preservatives.
  6. Avoid added sugars such as corn syrup, molasses, and beet sugar. These are not useful nutrients. They entice an animal to eat the food and become addicted to it. Why? So you keep purchasing it! Just because your dog or cat likes it, does not mean it is good for him.
  7. Salt should not be too high on the list, although this is often the case with commercial canned foods. Like sugar, salt is also addictive.
  8. If vitamins and minerals are added, look for those that are chelated, which improves absorption (they’ll be listed as a chelate or proteinate). However, do be aware that this chelation is not “natural” and often occurs by combining a mineral with soy proteinate, which is most assuredly GMO. Remember that GMO seeds result in crops laden with pesticides, allowing these chemicals to be incorporated into our animals’ (and our own) gut microflora. The best pet foods contain enough whole food sources of vitamins and minerals, so synthetic versions need not be added.
  9. Avoid canned foods that contain carrageenan as a thickener. This ingredient has been found to have a link to inflammatory bowel disease.
  10. Can liners may contain BPA, a known endocrine disruptor. Looks for companies that don’t use BPA in their cans.
  11. Some grocery store foods, many treats, and dental chews still contain dye. These artificial colorings can be carcinogenic. If a food contains dye (e.g. Red Dye 40), put it back on the shelf! Better ingredients can be utilized, such as blue-green algae, which also provides great antioxidant properties.
  12. Small amounts of the best, healthiest, and most expensive ingredients are usually last on the list! These look like real foods. You may see blueberries, cranberries, broccoli, dried kelp, hemp seed, and others. Some foods, like chicory root extract, are prebiotics that promote gut flora health. Prebiotics feed probiotics, the good bacteria in the gut. You may also see prebiotics listed on the label as inulin, which can come from chicory root. Be aware that added probiotics may not be as viable as those you add to the food yourself when serving it.

Taking control of what you’re feeding your dog or cat involves knowing what’s in the food you’re buying him. Learning something about how to read and understand pet food labels is an important step to ensuring that your animal companion is eating a diet that’s as safe and healthy as possible. 

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Easy Ways to Deal With Matted Dog Hair

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Matted dog hair is the worst! It’s ugly, dirty, sometimes painful, and once matted dog hair starts it can snowball out of control and become a health issue.

I used to babysit a brother-sister Blue Picardy Spaniel team. These regal dogs have luscious, wavy feathering on their legs, underside and tail. This breed is also a ball of energy! Add that glorious feathered coat after a long hike with running and romping through streams, and you have yourself some serious matted dog hair!

The kicker — the siblings’ folks were adamant that their fur could not be cut. I’d try to help by brushing them after our outdoor adventures, but I felt bad for the groomer when I’d drop them off and have to remind the staff, “No cutting!” Like magic, those two pups would come back with silky, mat-free feathers. How did those groomers deal with all that matted dog hair? Patience, the right tools, skill and help from vigilant dog parents.

Dog with crazy-messy hair blowing in the wind.
Dog with crazy-messy hair blowing in the wind. Photography ©cynoclub | Getty Images.

What You Must Know About Dealing With Matted Dog Hair

Here are some grooming tips for dealing with matted dog hair:

  1. First, train your dog to enjoy grooming so he’ll stand still long enough to get the mats out! Start brushing your pup when he is young, even if he doesn’t need it. Hand out praise and high-value treats so he can associate grooming with happy things.
  2. Pay close attention to areas that mat easily: behind the ears and legs, in the armpits, on the undercarriage and where his collar or halter rubs.
  3. Keep matted dog hair from forming. A detangler cream or spray helps prevent fur from getting clumped up and can be used before your pup jumps into a river or lake to make the post-swim brushout easier. Use only products specifically made for dogs.
  4. If your pup’s coat has gotten severely matted or hasn’t been cared for in a while, take a trip to the veterinarian. An uncared-for coat and extremely matted dog hair can cause skin irritation or infection that needs to be treated by a medical professional.
  5. To learn the best way to brush out your pup and kind of brush to use, talk to your groomer. Your groomer will be happy to share, as the better you are at daily grooming the easier her job is.
  6. Don’t ignore the paws. Hair that grows in between the pads can get matted. Keep that hair short. If you need a touch-up between professional grooming, then buy some dog clippers. They’re easier than scissors on your dog’s sensitive paw pads.
  7. Clippers are also useful to keep a pup’s rear end neat and clean. Between sitting and pooping, that area can get messy fast. A clean area around the anus is worth a little embarrassment between you and your dog.
  8. A good diet helps him have a healthy coat that’s less likely to mean matted dog hair. Look for omega-3 or fish oil in your pup’s food and supplements. Of course, consult a vet to learn the best amount to be giving your dog.
A dog with a grooming tool or brush.
How do pro groomers deal with matted dog hair? Photography by Laures/Thinkstock.

Professional Groomers on Dealing With Matted Dog Hair

1. Deana Mazurkiewicz IGMS, NCMG, IFMS President, Intellectual Groomers Association and Master Stylist at Pawsh By Deana in Zephyrhills, Florida. facebook.com/intgroome

  1. Never bathe your dog if he has mats or tangled hair. Water acts as a sponge and only makes them tighter.
  2. Use corn starch to help loosen matted dog hair. Rub some into the mat to help loosen, then brush out.
  3. Don’t assume that conditioner will remove or loosen mats. They must be brushed and combed out thoroughly before the bath.
  4. NEVER try to cut out matted dog hair. The mats may be tighter than you think or have the skin caught up in them, and you can easily cut your pet.

2. Windmere Kennels, St. Charles, Michigan; facebook.com/Windmerekennels

  1. Brush! Dogs like Poodles and Goldendoodles that are considered non-shedding don’t shed the dead hair on their own, they need help by brushing a minimum of twice a week with a good slicker brush.
  2. Regular visits to a professional groomer is a must to stave off matted dog hair! Every six to eight weeks is recommended.
  3. Mats begin at the base and not at the top of the hair. While your dog might look to be mat free, get your fingers down into the nape of the hair to feel for any tangles and snarls. Catching a potential mat before it happens makes removing it much easier.
  4. Do research on your breed’s specific needs for proper grooming. Depending on your breed, the coat or hair will require different practices to keep it healthy and vibrant.

3. Vanessa Hoyt, Groomer Girls Pet Salon, Lawrenceville Georgia. Facebook.com/groomergirlspetsalon

  1. Always work on small sections, from the ends of the hair working your way up to the skin.
  2. Always use a good conditioner. Dematting can cause major breakage even if done correctly.
  3. Always use cooler warm water as a quick rinse as the last thing you do in the tub. This will help seal the hair shafts. Warmer water leaves them open, making the hair prone to breakage and damage. Broken and damaged hair tangles quicker.
  4. Always use a finishing conditioning spray.

Top photograph: ©Tierfotoagentur | Alamy Stock Photo.

Originally published on March 27, 2018.

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CBD 2.0

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A lot of the world has actually changed given that 2019, when Dogster initially reported on CBD oil being used for family pets with an award-winning short article. We have a new president, we’re living in a pandemic and CBD items for family pets have actually evolved. Several specialists and makers share what’s altered in the CBD world since then to capture you up with what that indicates for our furry good friends.

“With CBD being such a brand-new area in basic, we’re still discovering more each day,” states Steve Ball, CEO of Zesty Paws (zestypaws.com) based in Orlando, Florida. “According to Packaged Fact’s newest supplements report, CBD is the fastest growing pattern in both human beings and family pets. Personal experiences, stories and successes have actually been key to the natural development of the CBD space. As family pet parents check out CBD, they share those personal stories with loved ones, which is naturally growing the space, encouraging other animal parents to try them.”

Jon Neveloff, partner with King Kanine (kingkanine.com) in Fort Lauderdale sees the same cause and effect. “As the general public has actually found out more about the human uses for CBD, it has dripped down to the pet side of the market. National chain stores like Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppes and Walgreens have their CBD items plainly showed. This has developed much more awareness and recognition even if they don’t utilize the items themselves.”

And potentially on the horizon? “The market appears to be moving more toward various kinds of cannabinoids that are readily available,” Jon states. “Another pattern, if you can call it that, is over the past couple of years it’s ended up being more obvious that CBD topicals are extremely beneficial for family pets. Just like people, family pets have CBD2 receptors in their skin that enables absorption and anti-inflammatory reaction when applied.”

Dr. Angie Krause with Boulder Holistic Vet in Boulder, Colorado, has actually discovered an update, too. “There is new proof that CBD might be finest offered with a small fatty meal.”

Casts, Topicals and Treats

What hasn’t changed considering that the creation of CBD products is that they come in various dispersal methods. Many CBD items for pet dogs fall under one of three classifications: casts, topicals and deals with, which can be chews or crunchy.

Tinctures are sold as an oil that remains in a bottle with an eyedropper for dosing,” describes Joey DiFrancesco, CEO and founder of LolaHemp (lolahemp.com) in New York City. “It is typically made from hemp extraction oil combined with a carrier oil so that it is focused for exact dosing. It is frequently the most low-cost way to purchase CBD for pets when you compute the per mg of CBD prices.” CBD tinctures can be contributed to food or offered orally straight in the pet dog’s mouth.

There are likewise CBD topicals for pets particularly developed for the skin. “They are often developed to include other useful ingredients to help relieve and heal the skin,” Joey states. “The finest topicals utilize natural active ingredients and a full-spectrum CBD oil.”

The majority of CBD pet item companies have a complete line of items offered as tinctures, topicals or treats. Here are some samples of each of these classifications:

King Kalm CBD with Copaiba & Krill Oil and DHA $ 109.99; kingkanine.com Balance Hard Chews (pumpkin flavor)$ 24; treatibles.com * Never provide CBD or hemp products for people to your family pet, as human items can include ingredients poisonous to animals. Lastly, there are the deals with. CBD treats for dogs provide benefit because each reward has

a specific dosage, which will differ by manufacturer, Joey states, who includes that they are also a great option when traveling.

The ideal one for Fido How do you understand which is best? It may take some testing on your part with your own pet. The method of administration should be tailored to the private animal depending upon condition, weight, required dose and the product used, to name a few things, according to Dr. Joseph K. Rosentel, veterinarian and vice president of product development and supply chain at Pet Releaf (petreleaf.com), based in Littleton, Colorado.

“Chews may not be very useful for small patients needing a tiny dose or economical for a giant pet requiring a large dosage. On the other hand, a finicky small dog may not allow administration of a liquid straight into the mouth although it is the best option for exact dosing, and a concentrated extract may be an exceptional affordable choice for a large canine,” he states.

“While all types are equally helpful, we do find that CBD oil administered straight into the mouth offers the fastest results for a lot of family pets,” discusses Jodi Ziskin, director of communications with Treatibles (treatibles.com) in Nashville, Tennessee. “That’s since the oil takes in into the blood stream by capillaries in the cheek, gums and under the tongue. Chews, chewables and oils mixed with food enter the stomach, go through the digestion process and are soaked up into the bloodstream through the digestive system. It takes a bit longer for the advantages to be experienced.”

Jodi likewise states customer interest in these products has actually driven some modifications. “The excellent news is that family pet parents have become rather well-informed about CBD, are asking excellent concerns and looking for more choices. Lots of companies have developed new items including additional oil dropper bottles with a variety of milligram counts, intro-size product packaging so pets can discover what they like and more.

When it pertains to CBD oil for your pet dog, here’s something that hasn’t changed– do not share your product with your pet dog. “Pet owners ought to never ever give CBD or hemp products made for people to their animals,” Joey warns. “Not just can these products contain dangerous amounts of THC, they can likewise contain potentially lethal active ingredients, such as xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is safe for individuals however deadly to canines.”

What’s In A Name

As a fast introduction, here are some of the various terms commonly used with CBD and what they suggest.

“Dogs, along with humans, have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is comprised of receptors on cell membranes that might control a range of processes and homeostasis,” Steve states. “The ECS has cannabinoid receptors and CBD binds to those receptors and may help those processes.”

According to Dr. Rosentel, “CBD hemp oil, typically extracted from the stalks, flowers and leaves of the hemp plant, has lots of cannabinoids (natural substances) that are only found in the cannabis plant family. CBD originating from hemp plants (and not cannabis hybrids) are very high in CBD and exceptionally low in the most wellknown cannabinoid, THC. For this reason, CBD hemp oil allows you to get all the health benefits of the hemp plant without also having the psychedelic results of THC. Some business only utilize hemp seeds, which are much cheaper, in their products. Hemp seeds do not consist of any CBD at all. Hemp seeds are an exceptional source of protein and Omega 3, 6 and 9 but do not hold the wide variety of healthy cannabinoids found in the plant itself.”

© CasarsaGuru|Getty Images Joey says that “CBD isolate products are made by very first refining the compound CBD into a pure isolated crystalline type. All of the other compounds discovered in hemp are removed away. Then this pure type of CBD is added back into a product. On the other hand, full-spectrum CBD products are used an extract that maintains the numerous substances(cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, etc. )that are discovered in hemp. Some research has shown, and lots of industry professionals agree, that full-spectrum oils might have much better recovery properties, as the micronutrient discovered in entire plant extracts seem to support each other in synergistic methods.” This phenomenon has actually been dubbed by marijuana scientists as “the Entourage Effect,” he states.

“We breed our genetics in home from seed to bottle to make sure consistency in each bottle with our proprietary hemp stress being cultivar particular,” states Elisha Lehrhoff, head of research study and toxicologist with HempMy Pet (hempmypet.com) in Longmont, Colorado. “Cultivar specificity combines the same profile of terpenes, cannabinoids and flavonoids to guarantee your pet will experience the entourage effect with every dosage.”

Difficulties For Vets

If you’ve asked your veterinarian about some of these terms, along with recommendations, you may have gotten some unclear answers that aren’t her fault. Lots of vets undergo legal restrictions.

“It is essential to understand that veterinarians are limited by state licensure laws,” Joey says. “In addition, there are issues with liability for veterinarians who would not be covered by insurance coverage in cases where CBD items are recommended. This remains an obstacle for many veterinarians who are motivated by the research on CBD in pets, but yet still unable to suggest the products due to fear of loss of licensure.”

Jodi includes that only 2 states– California and Michigan– permit veterinarians to go over CBD with pet moms and dads. “We are confident this list will grow significantly over the next couple of years,” she states.

© Jasmina007|Getty Images”The AVMA does not approve of hemp utilization because marijuana is considered a schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act,” Elisha says. “This leaves veterinarians in a sticky scenario, as owners have the ability to pick from a large variety of hemp items for their animals with or without their veterinarians’ approval. Numerous veterinarians are turning to research studies to discover the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of hemp in animals. Veterinarians wish to become the No. 1 source for consumers relating to hemp product intake in animals but must be offered with educational tools from the AVMA, FDA and clinical research study in order to attain that goal.”

Whether your 2021 goals consist of trying CBD for your pet or just discovering more about it, there are many tools at your disposal. As with any supplement for your family pet, research and see what works for you both. You may just find a brand-new way to assist your pet feel better. And that’s something to celebrate every year.

5 Factors To Look For:

As with any product classification, there are quality CBD products and those that are less so. As Dr. Angie Krause mentions, “The increase in the number of manufacturers suggests that CBD is more widely available in several supply chains. Nevertheless, not all growing and extraction processes are produced equal.”

Experts for this article shared their leading five suggestions on what buyers need to look for to get the best CBD for their canines.

  1. Ensure the item is third-party checked and can provide the consumer a certificate of analysis to prove that. This COA needs to validate the absence of chemical and pesticide residue. This is typically shared through a QR code on the label to follow state guidelines.
  2. Look for a 100% human-grade product.
  3. Was the product grown in the United States? Hemp is like any other botanical and gets a lot from the soil in which it is grown, so non-U.S. sourced hemp might be high in heavy metals.
  4. Verify the hemp was naturally grown which each batch has a certificate of analysis.
  5. Search for the NASC logo. The National Animal Supplement Council has specific requirements in location for animal products including hemp, consisting of needed labeling requirements.

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Meow Mix recalls dry food due to possible salmonella contamination

Two great deals of 30LB Meow Mix items that might contain salmonella have actually been recalled.

The J.M. Smucker Co. just recently recalled two great deals of Meow Mix Dry Cat Food due to prospective Salmonella contamination. While the business has actually not gotten any reports of disease or unfavorable reactions, animal moms and dads need to right away stop feeding the foods to their pets and deal with it. The affected 30-lb. Bags were sold at Walmart stores in IL, MO, NE, NM, OK, UT, WI and WY.

To find out if you have actually acquired the bags being recalled, check the bottom of the back of the bag for the lot code to see if it matches the code in the table listed below:

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Salmonella can affect felines if they consume a product contaminated with Salmonella germs. The salmonella bacteria infection is known as salmonellosis, and can spread to people from managing infected products, specifically if they have actually not washed their hands after having contact with contaminated items. Salmonellosis can impact cats in a range of seriousness, in some cases they may be asymptomatic, but negative signs may consist of fever, lethargy, diarrhea and vomiting.

If your cat has actually consumed this remembered item and knowledgeable salmonellosis symptoms, contact your veterinarian instantly. Animal moms and dads who have concerns or wish to report negative reactions should call 1-888-569-6728, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm or go to meowmix.com/contact-us.

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