Dog Stands Vigil In Traffic Over Dead Companion

Dogs are just amazing creatures.  It’s no wonder so many of us choose to share our lives with them.  Recently in China, a male dog stayed with his dead female dog friend for over 6 hours after she was hit by a car.  He licked & nudged her and even lay down next to her even though they were in traffic.  Heartbreaking.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen dogs behave this way.  There is the black lab in California who stayed with her dead companion, the pair of dogs who stayed together in Japan after the tsunami, a dog in Chile who hauled it’s mortally injured friend off a very busy highway, and the New York dog who protected his mom after she had been hit by a car.

News Bites: Diamond Dog Food, Wardley Tropical Flake Fish Food, Chicken Jerky Pt.II

Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice is being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.  Salmonella is dangerous for people and dogs. The affected product is Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice:

  1. 6lb,  DLR0101D3XALW,  Best Before 04 Jan 2013
  2. 20lb,  DLR0101C31XAG,  Best Before 03 Jan 2013
  3. 40lb,  DLR0101C31XMF,  Best Before 03 Jan 2013
  4. 40lb,  DLR0101C31XAG,  Best Before 03 Jan 2013
  5. 40lb,  DLR0101D32XMS,  Best Before 04 Jan 2013
What you need to know about Salmonella

Salmonella can cause serious illness in cats and dogs and cross-contamination to humans is possible resulting in serious illness.

If you have any product being recalled, stop feeding it to your dog and discard it.  For further information or to obtain a product refund,  call Diamond Foods at 800-442-0402 or visit


Hartz is recalling Wardley Advanced Nutrition Perfect Protein Tropical Flake Fish Food also due to possible salmonella contamination.  The affected products is:

  • 1oz. containers,  UPC Code 0-43324-00591-7
    • lot PP34911
    • lot PP34912
    • lot PP35011
    • lot PP35012
What you need to know about Salmonella

Salmonella can cause serious illness in humans.  I couldn’t find anything on whether fish can get salmonellosis.

If you have product included in the recall, stop feeding it to your fish and discard it.  Consumers can contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 (24 hours/day 7 days/week) with any questions they may have and to obtain reimbursement for purchased product.



FDA inspectors are visiting plants in China the produce chicken jerky looking for links to the over 600 chicken jerky related illnesses & deaths reported to the FDA by pet owners and veterinarians.  A concrete reason for the illnesses & deaths hasn’t so far been discovered, but 3 brands have been implicated according to internal FDA documents.  The FDA has yet to an announce a recall.

Those brands are:

  • Waggin’ Train chicken jerky treats or tenders made by Nestle Purina PetCare
  • Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky treats or tenders made by Nestle Purina PetCare
  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats made by the Del Monte Corp

FDA Issues Warning For Chicken Jerky


The FDA has issued a warning about the possible danger of feeding pets chicken jerky from China. This follows Australia recalling Chinese chicken jerky. Australia recalled KraMar Supa Naturals Chicken Breast Strips after it was link to dogs falling ill.  If this issue with chicken jerky sounds familiar, it’s because this is a repeat of  the same problem a year ago.

The FDA warns that feeding your dog chicken jerky from China may result in illness and sometimes death.   Signs of illness include:

  • decreased appetite
  • decreased activity
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea (sometimes with blood)
  • increased water consumption
  • increased urination

If your dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding them chicken jerky.  If any of the symptoms above are severe or last more than 24 hours, get your dog to a vet immediately to check for kidney failure and Fanconi syndrome.  Scientists don’t yet know what is causing transient Fanconi syndrome in affected dogs.

Fanconi syndrome is more commonly seen as a genetic disease found in Basenjis affecting the kidneys. The cases of Fanconi syndrome linked to jerky treats are acquired not inherited.