November 19, 2012
Keep your pet happy during the holidays, Maryland SPCA experts say, by following some basic tips when it comes to holiday feasting: *Let them eat turkey: Only give pets well cooked and boneless portions of the bird though. *Don't let them overdo it: Too much feasting can upset pets' stomachs or lead to pancreatitis. *Skip the herbs: Sage and other herbs can also upset pets' stomachs and even cause central nervous system depression. *Instead of offering pets people food, give them Nylabones or chew bones.
November 13, 2012
Giving my cat a pill is a difficult, sometimes bloody, endeavor. How do I make this easier on both of us? Giving cats pills is not an easy task, especially if you need to do it on a daily, long-term basis. Here are some of the techniques that can be useful: Use a pill gun or an applicator to drop the pill in the back of the throat, then gently rub on the throat. And you can follow with some water to help in moving the pill along by using a teaspoon or a syringe.
October 12, 2012
Ice cream and granola bars are the latest products to be linked to widespread manufacturer recalls of some peanut butters and other nut products that started last month. In the past week, at least five manufacturers have recalled peanut butter flavored ice cream products. In each case, the peanut butter used in the product was supplied either directly or indirectly by Sunland Inc., which has issued a national recall of some of its products because of possible Salmonella contamination.
October 9, 2012
Giant Food has removed Talenti chocolate peanut butter cup gelato from its shelves after the manufacturer recalled the product, citing the possibility of salmonella contamination in the peanut butter. Giant said Monday the recall includes all sell-by dates for the gelato, UPC 18685200094, 16 ounces. The Landover-based grocer, the largest supermarket chain in the Baltimore area, said it has received no reports of illnesses associated with the product. Customers who bought the gelato should throw it away and bring a receipt to Giant for a refund.
September 24, 2012
Two additional nut butter products have been added to a list of Trader Joe's products consumers should not eat because they have been linked to a Salmonella outbreak. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene advised consumers Friday not to consume or purchase Trader Joe's brand Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt, manufactured by Sunland Inc. Monday Sunland also voluntarily recalled Trader Joe's Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy and Salted and Trader Joe's Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy & Salted. The outbreak has sickened 29 people in 18 states, including a child in Maryland who was not hospitalized and has recovered.
August 26, 2012
Given how quickly dogs learn by food reward, how long does it take them to recognize the sound of Tiki's Playhouse doggie ice-cream truck? Probably with one sample, since the possibilities include tantalizing banana, blueberry, molasses and peanut butter in various tasty combinations, plus fruit cups, soft biscuits, dental bones and nice cold water. “They're actually pretty good!” says Kelvin Abrams, 42, owner of both the truck and Tiki's Playhouse Doggie Day Care in Glenelg, as he acknowledges giving the cool canine treats a try himself.