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Pet foods containing peanut butter being recalled

The Verde Valley Humane Society “Pet of the Week” is “Millie,” a beautiful hound mix. Millie is approximately 4 to 5 years old and really wants a new home. She has become quite vocal about being in a kennel. You can tell that she is very accustomed to having a yard with many things to scout out. Millie is good with other animals and loves people. Please stop in and meet this sweet little lady.  Her adoption fee has been discounted by $20.

The Verde Valley Humane Society “Pet of the Week” is “Millie,” a beautiful hound mix. Millie is approximately 4 to 5 years old and really wants a new home. She has become quite vocal about being in a kennel. You can tell that she is very accustomed to having a yard with many things to scout out. Millie is good with other animals and loves people. Please stop in and meet this sweet little lady. Her adoption fee has been discounted by $20.

Once again as pet owners, we have to check contents even closer when we are feeding or treating our dogs.

It seems that we are always dealing with some type of contamination in our pet foods, doesn't it?

The recent peanut butter scare was identified only in foods for human consumption at one point.

Now the FDA is informing pet owners that the recall needs to include some of our pet food products.

Peanut butter in various forms is desirable to both pets and people. Its fatty taste is desirable to humans and animals.

I'd like to share a press release that I received from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

It may be of concern to you since so many people of the Verde Valley visit PetSmart and various other pet stores.

Recall-Firm Press Release

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties.

FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

PetSmart Voluntarily Recalls

Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits

PetSmart is voluntarily recalling seven of its Grreat Choice Dog Biscuit products that contain peanut paste made by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA).

PCA is the focus of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into salmonella contamination of peanut butter and paste made at its Blakely, Ga., facility.

Although PetSmart is not aware of any reported cases of illness related to these products, it has removed these products from its store shelves and website and is conducting the recall as a precautionary measure.

The recalled products include only the following types of Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits sold between Aug. 21, 2008 and Jan. 19, 2009:

• Small Assorted 32 oz.

• Small/Medium Assorted 4 #

• Small/Medium Assorted 8 #

• Small Medium Assorted 10#

• Large Assorted 8#

• Extra Large Assorted 8#

• Peanut Butter 4#

Customers who purchased the recalled dog biscuit products should discontinue use immediately and can return the product to any PetSmart store for a complete refund or exchange.

Customers can visit www.petsmartfacts.com for more information or contact PetSmart Customer Service at 1-888-839-9638. No other products or flavors are included in this recall.

If you go to the listed website it will provide you with all of the UPC Codes for each of these products.

The good news is that the FDA says it hasn't received any reports of illness related to pet food products. Let's hope it stays like that too.

If you are wondering what to watch for you need to know that Salmonella in pets presents itself in various forms.

Your pet may show signs of the infection by having a fever, bloody diarrhea, diarrhea, acting lethargic and vomiting.

Other animals may only show a lack of appetite, abdominal pain and a fever. Even well animals can be carriers and infect other animals and human beings.

There are many other illnesses that present themselves in the same manner. You know your pet better than anyone, so watch for anything abnormal to appear.

When the Salmonella organism is present in a human, it can cause serious problems. It can cause fatal infections in elderly people, young children or someone with a compromised immune system.

To be safe make sure you wash your hand good with hot water and soap before and after touching pet food treats or food.

Wash pet food bowl, buckets and utensils after each use.

It's always important to keep your pet's area clean and free of urine and feces.

We never know when a product is going to be contaminated, so it's important to use good hygiene at all times. I'd rather be safe now than sorry later.

The Verde Valley Humane Society has received a grant for spay/neuter assistance for the animals of the Verde Valley.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties and live in any of the areas that VVHS covers, please stop in the shelter located at 1502 W. Mingus and fill out your form for assistance.

This assistance can be used at the vet of your choice or at any of our low cost spay/neuter clinics.

If you have already made an appointment for one of our clinics, it's not too late to receive help. Stop in the shelter and you also can qualify.

Have you donated to our $10. Crusade yet this year? The money collected is going toward our new facility. Let's make 2009 for the animals.

The amount of your donation doesn't have to be large to help make a difference. Our $10 Crusade proves that.

The money we have received on our Crusade has increased to approximately $25,000. Any donation of any size is much appreciated by everyone at VVHS.

Our funds continue to grow as you can see by looking at our progress thermometer located on our website vvhs.net.

Please send your donation to P.O. Box 1429 Cottonwood, AZ 86326. You can also stop in the shelter and make your donation in person.

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