Diamond Pet Foods has withdrawn from distribution the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat: RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb. The calls from pet owners or veterinarians regarding this issue have been centered in the Rochester, NY area. All retail outlets shipped the above lots were contacted, asking them to pull the product from the store shelves. The retailers were also asked to contact their customers via email or telephone requesting them to check the date code of the food. However, if you or anyone you know has these date codes of Premium Edge cat food, please return them to your retailer.
Symptoms displayed by an affected cat will be neurological in nature. Any cats fed these date codes that display these symptoms should be immediately taken to a veterinarian.
Product testing proved no contaminants were discovered in the cat food; however the cat foods were deficient in thiamine. Diamond tracked the vitamin premix lot number that was utilized in these particular cat foods and have performed testing on another lot of Premium Edge cat food that used the same vitamin premix, and it was not deficient in thiamine. No other neurological signs have been reported on any other product manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.
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Susan Thixton reports that she has contacted Diamond Pet Food (manufacturer of Premium Edge) and confirmed that certain lots are being withdrawn from retail outlets.
See Susan?s blog for further details, including affected date codes.
If you have been feeding your cats this product and particular lots/dates and your cats are exhibiting decreased appetite followed by neurological symptoms, please contact your vet, Dr. Hubbard, and Diamond Pet Food. http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/
Here is a press release dated April 1 on Menu Foods website:
Menu Foods Income Fund (TSX: MEW.UN) announced that the parties to the Pet Food Multi-District Litigation (including Menu Foods) today advised the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey that their mediation has produced a comprehensive, cross-border agreement in principle between the parties, addressing all major terms of settlement.
The settlement in principle is subject to several conditions, including the approval of certain other parties, the execution of a definitive settlement agreement and review and approval of the U.S. District Court and the Canadian courts. The parties advised the court that they are confident that a definitive settlement agreement can be reached.
The definitive terms of settlement, together with a motion for preliminary approval thereof, are scheduled to be filed with the U.S. District Court on May 1, 2008, with the hearing scheduled to occur at 11:00 a.m. on May 14, 2008. The scheduling for Canadian court approval has not yet been determined, but is expected to occur in a similar time frame.
The settlement amount will be funded by the defendants, including Menu Foods and its product liability insurer. Menu Foods estimate for recall costs remains unchanged at Cdn.$55 million. Pet owners with potential claims should not contact Menu Foods regarding the agreement in principle. If and when a definitive settlement agreement and claims process have been finalized and approved, the administrator of the settlement fund will give notice to pet owners with details on the procedure for making claims on the settlement fund.
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Just in case you were wondering, we can put your mind at rest: Yes, Snoopy is a dog.
We have official confirmation of that via the Peanuts Twitter account. On Thursday, Peanuts sent out a tweet to put nervous fans' minds at rest and said unambiguously: "We can confirm, Snoopy IS a dog."
Normally, this wouldn't be an issue, but this has been kind of a weird week. The Internet ran completely amok over the official statement by Sanrio that Hello Kitty is not a cat. If that can be true, what can we be certain of?
So, it's not unreasonable for Peanuts fans to be a little bit concerned. Just this morning, there was anxious (if somewhat tongue-in-cheek) discussion about the topic on Snoopy's Facebook page, even though the official word had gone out via Twitter.
On the other hand, I wouldn't blame anyone for questioning non-doggy nature. In some ways, it's easier to understand than Sanrio's claim that Hello Kitty is not a cat. At least one of the characters within the strip took a while to get it: For years, the character Peppermint Patty didn't understand that Snoopy was a dog. She referred to him as "That funny-looking kid with the big nose," and thought that his dog house was a guest cottage. It was only in 1974 (eight years after she made her debut) that her friend Marcie forced her to face up to the facts.
Also consider this: Snoopy seems to have a more active interior life than any of the other characters in Peanuts: He's a novelist, a World War I flying ace, a doctor, a lawyer, a beatnik, and whatever else he wants to be. According to the rules of reality, he's more human than dog.
But the reality in Peanuts, as in other comic strips, is cartoon reality rather than the reality that we know. The boundaries of species, identity, and the very laws of nature are rubbery and unpredictable. Maybe that's why I fell in love with comics so early as a kid. Actual reality was rigid, unforgiving, and dull, and I particularly identified with Snoopy's flights of fancy.
But no matter what we think about how Snoopy compares to real-life Beagles, he and everyone around him (except for Peppermint Patty of course) was very clear about the fact that he was a Beagle. He was born and grew up at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, and had several brothers and sisters who were also Beagles. In our hearts, I think that most of us knew that Snoopy was a dog, and he would continue to be so no matter what the official Peanuts people said.
The lesson? Dogs, cats, and children look and act very different in cartoon reality than in our reality. Sometimes that's a good thing, but as an adult, I think I'd rather visit cartoon reality than live there. Reality can still be unforgiving, and even brutal, but I find it a lot less dull than I used to.
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It?s the time of year when children go back to school, and many dogs get the blues because they miss their playmates. Unfortunately, these feelings can play out in the form of separation anxiety, and your house and your furniture can suffer from the effects of your overly anxious dog. Doggy daycare could be a good way to provide your dog some relief from boredom and separation anxiety.
However, not all dogs are cut out for a group environment. Good candidates for doggy daycare are healthy, spayed or neutered and well-socialized dogs who ?enjoy other dogs and seek interaction with them at every opportunity,? according to the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). And younger dogs seem to adjust better to the daycare environment than older dogs. As much as I would love to take my dog, an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix, I believe her introverted personality would not be a good match. But if your dog is a social butterfly, read on to see if doggy daycare is a good option for the two of you.
Many daycares conduct an initial behavior assessment to determine how a dog behaves around other dogs and people. You will also want to assess the daycare to decide whether it?s a fit for your dog. Look at how the playgroups are structured. Dogs should be grouped by size, and the safest number of dogs in a group is no more than 10. Dogs also need times for rest between play sessions.
There aren?t any national standards for canine daycare facilities; however, the ASPCA says a good rule-of-thumb for staffing is one employee per 10 to 15 dogs. The staff should be well-versed in handling dogs and managing canine behavior. The ASPCA recommends dog parents ask details about the facility?s dog handling and training methods, such as, ?What would you do if another dog keeps bothering my dog?? and ?What would you do if my dog barks too much?? in order to get a better idea how they would handle situations.
Check out the facility. Is it clean? Visit the daycare more than once to get a more accurate picture of what?s normal. The facility should be cleaned once or twice a day with adequate ventilation, and there shouldn?t be any lingering odor. Also, is the space large enough? Overcrowding can lead to aggression with most animal species. The ASPCA recommends a play area be 75 to 100 square feet per dog.
Ask about the daycare?s vaccination policies and flea-prevention plan. Most veterinarians recommend puppies have at least two rounds of their vaccination series before going into daycare. Most veterinarians also recommend that dogs who go to daycare facilities get vaccinated for Bordetella (aka kennel cough) at least one week in advance. Ask about the daycare?s protocol in the event of emergency illness or injury. Does someone on staff know how to administer first aid? Will your dog be taken to a veterinarian or emergency hospital if necessary?
If you decide your dog might be a good fit for daycare, you should visit the facility a couple of times and observe how your dog interacts with the others before leaving him or her for an extended period of time. And pay attention to how your dog seems when you pick him or her up from daycare. Does she seem stressed? A fearful or anxious dog will pant, have his ears and tail tucked down, and might have a wide-eyed look. For more information, read about a dog?s body language here.
Do you take your dog to daycare? Tell us your experience in the comments!
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While surfing Netflix a few months back, I came across the 1982 movie Blade Runner and realized that it's set in the year 2019 -- five years from now. While it now seems prophetic in its depiction of employment opportunities and the economy, it seems pretty clear that five years from now I will not have a flying car, and sentient androids will not run around the city. The Jetsons was set in the 2060s, so there's a slight chance that we all might have robot maids by then, but by that point, I'll probably be too old to appreciate how cool the future is.
The possibility of making robot dogs before then looks a little more likely, especially after an announcement earlier this week. Scientists from Swansea University in the U.K. believe they've figured out how sheepdogs round up sheep, and that they've developed a mathematical model that could be used to automate the process.
It wouldn't apply only to sheep if it works out; the team says that the same algorithm could be applied to crowd control or cleaning up oil spills.
According to the scientists, it turns out that the dogs don't focus on the sheep themselves. Instead, they see the gaps between the sheep, and try to close them by herding the animals together. Once the sheep are in one big crowd, they can be driven forward to wherever the shepherd and the dog want.
"What's so interesting about this is how simple the rules are," Dr. Andrew King said in an interview with the BBC. "At the beginning we had lots of different ideas. We started out looking from a bird's-eye view, but then we realized we needed to see what the dog sees. It sees white, fluffy things. If there are gaps between them or the gaps get bigger, the dog needs to bring them together."
The sheep gather into one group because of something called the "selfish herd theory," according to King: "One of the things that sheep are really good at is responding to a threat by working with their neighbors. It's the selfish herd theory: Put something between the threat and you. Individuals try to minimize the chance of anything happening to them, so they move towards the center of a group."
The hows and whys are fascinating, but not quite as interesting as the technological possibilities and the implied questions. The press and the scientists have talked about how this development might ultimately put Border Collies out of work, replaced by 'droid dogs. That, of course, begs the question: What kind of robot dogs would we get from such an algorithm? Would they be plucky and loyal, ready to defend us from invading hordes of space aliens like K-9 on Doctor Who? Or would they be more like the machines in Terminator and The Matrix, destined to run amok and slaughter the human race, enslaving the few survivors?
Neither the BBC nor the Telegraph consider these questions, but when designing robot dogs -- or any other robot -- they're important to consider. What do you think? Could machines replace sheepdogs, and if so, would that bee a good thing?
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On Wednesday (Aug. 27) Mars Petcare US announced a recall of 22 bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the presence of a ?foreign material.?
That foreign material is small metal fragments, which may have gotten in there during some production mishap -- the company isn?t quite sure. It has shut down the production line in that facility to investigate.
Mars says the metal is not embedded in the food, but is loose in the bags, and says it ?may present a risk if consumed.?
The 22 15-pound bags were shipped to 12 Dollar General stores in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana, and they were sold between Aug. 18 and Aug. 25. The company has not received any reports of illness. Customers are encouraged to return the bags for a full refund.
Affected bags have the following information:
Lot code: 432C1KKM03
UPC code: 23100 10944
Best Before date: 8/5/15
Pet owners can call 1-800-305-5206 or visit www.pedigree.com/update for more info.
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The CEO of a large catering company has put himself and his firm in a lot of trouble after a video showing him kicking a dog and yanking it into the air by the leash has surfaced.
Des Hague is the CEO of Centerplate, which contracts with large venues including sports arenas to provide food services. Centerplate appears to be a potential rival to Aramark, the firm that dominates the market. But the video showing Hague kicking and pulling the dog may threaten Centerplate's steady climb, or at least delay it for a while.
The video, believed to be from July, shows Hague in the elevator of an apartment building in downtown Vancouver. He has a Doberman Pinscher on a leash, and as soon as the elevator doors close behind him, Hague begins to kick the dog repeatedly, then uses the leash to yank the dog into the air. Someone emailed the video to the British Columbia SPCA, which has taken the dog into custody and started an investigation into the incident.
The video exacted immediate consequences for Hague and the company. GlobalNews reported that people going into Vancouver's BC Place stadium for a football game said they wouldn't buy any food during the game and that the stadium should break off its contract with Centerplate.
"To see that fellow pull that dog and do that to that animal was an absolute disgrace," said one fan, John Kinney. "And it goes further than that -- the company that that gentleman worked for that's a black eye to everybody. That's a black eye to his friends and that's a black eye to society. Cruelty to animals is absolutely unacceptable. I'm not buying anything that this guy sells here -- it's a disgrace."
Hague has already tried to handle the problem with an apology issued through his attorney.
"I take full responsibility for my actions," Hague said. "This incident is completely and utterly out of character, and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed. Under the circumstances of the evening in question, a minor frustration with a friend's pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response. Unfortunately, I acted inappropriately, and I am deeply sorry for that and am very grateful that no harm was caused to the animal. I have reached out to the SPCA and have personally apologized to the dog's owner. At this time, I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them."
A lot of Hague's problems -- and by extension, those of Centerplate -- can be seen in that official apology. First, there's the problem of apologizing through his attorney, rather than stepping forward and trying to take personal responsibility. It seems like a very bureaucratic form of morality, and the bland, generic nature of the apology only strengthens the impression of someone who's going through the motions for the sake of the public.
Naturally, the company has tried to distance itself from the whole issue by putting out a statement that basically says it's all Hague's problem. "This is a personal matter involving Des Hague," the statement said. "Centerplate in no way condones the mistreatment of animals and since learning about the situation late Friday night ha[s] reached out to local authorities to better understand the facts and circumstances related to the incident. As this is an ongoing review, we cannot comment further at this time."
Nonetheless, as CEO, Des Hague is the public face of the company, and people identify him with Centerplate's corporate culture and ethics. Fortune Magazine quotes crisis management expert Steve Paskoff on the issue, and he sums up what a lot of other people are thinking: "My immediate reaction to this news was, this is a guy who will kick and drag a friend's dog -- what else is there to say about him? And if he treats defenseless dogs this way, how is he treating people? Is Centerplate going to be comfortable saying he represents our values, which state [on its website] that the company is 'a positive force in our communities?'"
Hague has deleted his Twitter account since the video came to light, but people continue to talk about the incident, using the hashtag #DesHague. Many of them ask variations of Paskoff's questions. Some speak in much harsher terms, demanding that he be fired. A few examples:
It's hard to imagine anyone wanting Hague for a friend, neighbor, or employer at this point. What do you think? Should Centerplate hold their CEO responsible for his behavior at home? Can he continue as CEO? And what does this say about them as a company?
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