Pet Food Recall: Over 40 Varieties Affected

Mars Petcare is recalling over 40 brands of its pet food due to salmonella contamination. Last month, California and Nevada recalled pet food made by Mars Petcare.  The Mars press release says the recall only affects 31 states in the U.S.  Only?! They are recalling all dry pet food products made in Everson, Pa. between Feb. 18 and July 29.

These are the brands affected by the recall.  Be sure to check the chart on the Mars Petcare website to see which varieties and lots are included.

  • Country Acres
  • Doggy Bag
  • Members Mark
  • Ol’ Roy
  • Paws & Claws
  • Pedigree
  • Pet Pride
  • PMI Nutrition
  • Red Flannel
  • Retriever
  • Sam’s Club Natural
  • Special Kitty
  • Wegman’s Bruiser
  • Wegmans’ Buju & Ziggie

Here is good information on the symptoms & treatment of salmonellosis in dogs & cats. The FDA has information on how to safely handle salmonella contaminated pet food. The Center for Disease has a very informative page on salmonellosis in humans.

Even More Alternatives To Elizabethan Collars

I get lots of visitors to the site who are trying to find alternatives to traditional elizabethan collars (also known as e-collars, cone collars , or lampshade collars).  We had our own miserable time using an e-collar. So here are two more I’ve come across in my own research.  Clearly your dog or cat doesn’t have to suffer in a big, bulky, plastic e-collar.  I recommend planning ahead and have one of these alternatives on hand.

The Trimline Collar is a flexible, lightweight collar that is held in place with a drawstring.  I’m not sure how well this will hold up to repeated uses by a dog though.

Trimline Collar

The Comfy Cone is a soft collar that can be folded down if need be and is held in place by your dog’s collar.  It’s made of a 1/2 inch of foam sandwiched between durable fabric and it has reflective tape for night time use.

Comfy Cone

Be sure to checkout the other alternatives to the traditional elizabethan collar that we’ve found.