We have just been notified that BRAVO! (Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT) has issued a nationwide recall on select lots of Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella.
We will be reviewing our inventory of these products at Green Acres Kennel Shop and will be contacting customers with a record in our POS systems that have purchased these products.
The recall was initiated after routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella contamination.
The following product is being voluntarily recalled because of the possible presence of Salmonella.
||Best Used by Date
|Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – Chub
||2 lb (32 oz.) chub
105 cases of this product were sold to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers in the US.
The following products DID NOT test positive for Salmonella, but are also being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility on the same day as the product that tested positive.
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|Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs – Patties
||3 lb (48 oz.) bag
|Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs – Chub
||2 lb (32 oz.) chub
|Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats -Patties
||5 lb (80 oz.) bag
These products were sold to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers in the US
All products tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.
No additional products are affected by this recall. The company has received no reports to date of illness in either people or animals associated with these products.
Salmonella can cause serious illness or fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. Always use proper caution when handling raw foods.
If your dog gets anxious and nervous at the sound of fireworks, start planning now on how you will keep them safe and how you will minimize their anxiety. If you live in an area where others set off fireworks, have a conversation with those people now. Politely explain how distressing fireworks are to your pets. Ask them to either refrain from using fireworks or to at least keep their use to a minimum, at times you are not home. If you cannot reach an agreement, make sure you have the phone number of the local authorities on speed dial and do not hesitate to make a complaint. Talk to your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medications you may use to help your pet. Over the counter products such as Bach Rescue Remedy, ComfortZone Dog Appeasing Pheromone, endocannabinoid based products specifically for pets and certain essential oils, such as Lavender, may also be helpful.
According to the American Humane Association:
- 10 million pets get lost every year. This is more than the population of New York City.
- Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% are returned to their owner.
- Without proper ID or micro-chipping, 90% of lost pets never return home.
- A third of pets will get lost in their lifetime.
- An estimated 2 million pets are stolen each year.
To prevent your dog from becoming lost on the 4th of July:
- Keep your dog on leash unless they are inside or in a fenced yard.
- If you have guests in your home, make sure everyone is careful so as not to accidentally let the dog out.
- Do NOT take your dog to the fireworks. They are not going to enjoy the experience and may become frightened and run off.
- If you choose to use fireworks at your home or camp, or if you have neighbors that do so, make sure that your dog is inside, preferably in a room where they will not hear or see the fireworks.
To give your pet the best chance of being returned to you:
- Please make sure that your dog is either micro-chipped or wearing a collar with a current, readable and legible ID tag.
- If your dog is micro-chipped, make sure that the chip registry has your current contact information.
- Keep a current photo of your pet that you can use on a “Lost Pet” poster if your pet goes missing. Make sure it’s a good photo that clearly shows any identifying characteristics of your dog.
- Maintain a list of phone numbers for your local animal control organization, police department, animal shelter(s), and pet related businesses so that you can notify them if your pet is lost and ask them to put up the “Lost Pet” poster that you create.
- If your dog is micro-chipped, contact the chip registry if they go missing. Many registries will help disseminate information about your missing dog on social media to aid in recovery.
- If you live in Maine, contact Maine Lost Dog Recovery via their Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/MaineLostDogRecovery ) as they can be very helpful in assisting you in getting the word out about your lost dog.
- If you are traveling with your pet, provide your pet with a temporary ID tag that provides local contact information for wherever you are staying.
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