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4 Tips to keep your pets safe this Easter

Easter is a great holiday for the whole family, including your furry companions, here are some tips on how to keep your pet safe this Easter.

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Easter candy

Chocolate, marshmallows, and jelly beans are Easter classics, but should be kept out of reach from pets. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is found in many “sugar-free” candies and baked good, and it is highly toxic to pets especially dogs. All sugar products should be kept away from pets as they can be potentially hazardous for your pet by raising glucose levels, upsetting their stomachs and candy wrappings are equally as detrimental. Theobromine is a chemical found in most chocolate and is poisonous to pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested any candy, chocolate or candy wrappings contact your veterinarian.

Easter eggs (plastic and real)

Eggs are part of almost everyone’s Easter traditions, especially the egg hunt. Whether real or plastic be sure to keep track of the number of eggs you use in the hunt to make sure they are all accounted for when the festivities are over. Boiled eggs can cause an upset stomach and constipation in your pet, especially if the eat the shells as well. If a dog consumes an egg whole surgery may be needed to keep it from blocking the intestinal tract.

Plastic eggs pose as serious risk as well, mainly because if consumed they can’t be digested. While it may be possible for it to pass through the digestive system, it can also get stuck and cause damage requiring surgery.

Synthetic grass

Easter grass, like holiday tinsel, can be tempting to pets and dangerous if ingested causing intestinal trouble. The long, thin strings can cause “intussusception”, a bunching-up of the intestines, which requires surgery.

 

Easter lilies

Lilies are very popular around Easter, however every part of the lily is highly toxic to pets especially cats. Easter lilies and other lilies can be toxic to cats, causing kidney failure and death. All parts of the lily can be toxic, and eating just one leaf can result in severe poisoning. If you think your cat has eaten a lily, contact your vet immediately.

Dog Food & Treat Recalls!

Please note, Louiso’s does not carry any of these treats listed in the recalls.  We are sharing for the safety of our customers pets.

Nutro CHEWY Treats with Real Apples

MARS Petcare has issued a voluntary recall of select lots of its Nutro dog treats due to potential mold.

What’s Recalled?

The following product is affected by this recall event:

  • Nutro CHEWY Treats with Real Apples
    Size: 4OZ
    UPC: 7910511344
    Lot Codes beginning with the following numbers and regardless of the Best By date:
    4 50
    5 02
    5 03
    5 05
 If you have questions about this voluntary recall, customers are invited to call Nutro Customer Service at 800-833-5330.

Stella and Chewy’s Dog and Cat Food Recall of December 2015

Stella and Chewy’s of Oak Creek, Wisconsin,has announced it is voluntarily recalling four of its products sold in the U.S. and Canada due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

The recall affects a total of 990 cases — 964 cases in the U.S. and 26 cases in Canada.

What’s Recalled?

As a precautionary measure, Stella and Chewy’s is voluntarily recalling selected products from Lot # 165-15, which includes:

  • Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs
    Size: 8.5 ounce
    UPC: 186011 001554
    Lot #: 165-15
    Use By Date: 6/25/2016
  • Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs
    Size: 4 pounds
    UPC: 186011 001370
    Lot #: 165-15
    Use By Date: 6/25/2016 & 6/26/2016
  • Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Cats
    Size: 1.25 pounds
    UPC: 186011 001455
    Lot #: 165-15
    Use By Date: 6/25/2016

While the following products have not tested positive for Listeria, the company is also recalling the following products which may have come into contact with the affected lot:

  • Frozen Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels for Cats
    Size: 1.25 pounds
    UPC: 186011 001448
    Lot #: 160-15
    Use By Date: 7/2/2016
  • Frozen Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels for Cats
    Size: 1.25 pounds
    UPC: 186011 001448
    Lot #: 152-15
    Use By Date: 7/2/2016

Retailers and consumers can find the full product recall list and additional information on the company’s website.

For additional recall information visit, http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recalls/

Safely exercising your pets in the summer heat

Our Ohio summer is here, hot and humid.  We’ve been pretty lucky with our summer heat (minus all the rain!).  Keeping your pets active and comfortable in the summer heat is important.

Besides trying to keep your pet cool inside in the air conditioning, I’ve pulled together some helpful tips and a few yummy cool treat recipes to help keep your pooches cool!

DO….

Take your dog to the lake or stream for a swim. (On leash for safety)

Go on walks or hikes in the early mornings or late in the day.

Take shorter walks or hikes, find shaded trails or locations to walk.  Your dog won’t need much exercise when they are hot.

Make sure you have plenty of water for your dog and you.

Get your dog’s hair cut shorter in the summer, if their coat allows.

Use sunscreen on your dog if he has very short hair.

DON’T….

Leave your pet in your car; it’s like an oven even for a few minutes

Walk or run on pavement – its very hot on their pads.

Cool Summer Treats….

Homemade Dog Ice Cream

Frozen Kong Treats

Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Treats

For more hot weather treats, check out our Dog Treat board.

Dog Food Recalls | July 2015

Lucky for us and you our customers, these are not products we sell but feel its important to share with our customers!

If you have not subscribed to get Dog Food Recall alerts, I would recommend subscribing to our blog, as we will be keeping the recalls updated along with other helpful information for pets, livestock, gardening.etc.

I and Love and You Dog Treats \ Recalled

Vital Essentials Dog Food \ Recalled

Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food \ Recalled

Boulder Dog Food \ Recalled

We care about your pets just like our own!

– The Louiso Family

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