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More brands have been added to the administration’s list of pet foods containing dangerous amounts of vitamin D

December 6, 2018

Veterinary Practice News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is adding another recall to its initial two, following an investigation that found elevated levels of vitamin D in a number of goods.

According to the FDA, this is a developing situation and additional recalls may be announced.

[Read the FDA’s statement here — including instructions for pet owners.]

New reports indicate the goods come from a manufacturer that makes products marketed under several different brand names.

The administration’s scientists are currently analyzing all information available to determine whether the illnesses are definitively connected to diet. Samples of some of the products were evaluated and test results indicated the food contained as much as approximately 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D.

Consuming food with high levels of vitamin D is potentially toxic to dogs, and in severe cases may lead to kidney failure and/or death. It can also cause vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss.

[Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian, recommends checking your pantry for these foods that the FDA has identified:]

  • Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food (4 lb., 15 lb., and 28 lb.)
  • Natural Life Pet Products Chicken and Potato Dry Dog Food (17.5 lb.)
  • Evolve Chicken and Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food (14 lb. and 28 lb.)
  • Sportsman’s Pride Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food (40 lb.)
  • Triumph Chicken and Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food (3.5 lb., 16 lb., and 30 lb.)
  • ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food (3 kg and 7.5 kg)
  • Lidl Orlando Grain-Free Chicken and Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food
    (#215662)
  • Kroger Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food (4 lb., 14 lb., and 24 lb.)
  • ELM Chicken and Chickpea Recipe (3 lb. and 28 lb.)
  • ELM K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe (40 lb.)
  • Nature’s Promise Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food (4 lb., 14 lb., and 28 lb.)
  • Nature’s Place Real Country Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food (5 lb. and 15 lb.)

If you have any of the affected foods, call the manufacturer’s phone number (listed on the packaging) and ask for instructions.

If you pet is experiencing signs of illness as mentioned above, contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency hospital.

This blog post condensed from an article published by Veterinary Practice News.

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Brrrrrrrrr…the Hampton Roads temperature roller coaster is about to take a dive, after delighting us with warm-ish weather recently. (Did you notice the bugs woke up and started flying about?)

Beginning tonight and continuing into next week, Norfolk and Virginia Beach are expected to experience temperatures below 40° F during the overnight hours. That’s pretty chilly, even with a coat on.

Make plans to bring your “outdoor” pets indoors overnight, so they can stay warm and healthy. Keep in mind that cold, dry air can irritate the lungs and worsen existing breathing problems in pets. 

Check here for more cold-weather pet safety tips.

Stay warm!

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We have good news for itchy pets in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and the rest of Hampton Roads: the local veterinary dermatology specialty practice has re-opened in our area.

Norfolk veterinarians, like Dr. Donald Miele at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, refer tough, tricky, stubborn, and unusual skin cases to the dermatologist for testing and treatment.

You may recall that the dermatology practice had its offices at BluePearl, a veterinary emergency hospital in Virginia Beach. Now, Dr. Marlene Pariser has opened Coastal Virginia Veterinary Dermatology [CVVD], offering the care our clients have come to know and trust, in a new location in Virginia Beach.

If you are a client of Little Creek Veterinary Clinic and you would like your pet evaluated by Dr. Pariser, please Contact Us to schedule a referral examination. Once your referral paperwork has been forwarded to CVVD, you will be able to schedule an appointment.

We look forward to partnering with you and with Coastal Virginia Veterinary Dermatology, to keep your pet comfortable, healthy, and happy for years to come.

Ready to schedule an appointment?  Contact Us online or call our office at 757-583-2619.

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Attention, Clients of Little Creek Veterinary Clinic:

Mid-month reminder emails have been sent, for pets that are due or past-due for a check-up and boosters.

If you are not seeing our emails in your Inbox, please check your Spam or Junk folder, as they may get routed there when we send notices to many clients at one time.

If you are not sure of your pet’s vaccine status, please Contact Us online or by phone (757-583-2619.)

A lot of changes can happen to your pet over the course of the year. Let’s work together to keep your pet happy and healthy!

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We’re ready for Halloween — are you?

Say “hello” to Brom Bones and his pet rat, Templeton.

Speaking of a reason to change your look: two old favorites on our shelf — Dermal Soothe spray and Oxyfresh Pet Oral Hygiene — have revamped their packaging and labels.

Here they are, so you’ll know what to look for:

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There are scarier things around Norfolk and Virginia Beach this Halloween than witches, ghouls, and ghosts.

Watch out for foxes, raccoons, bats, and skunks — common carriers of Rabies, a deadly virus that can be spread to animals and people. 

Check your pet’s Rabies vaccination status — if it’s due or past due, make an appointment today to update your pet’s Rabies vaccination — don’t wait!

[If your pet is a patient at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic,
be sure to Contact Us.] 

There is no cure for Rabies. And Rabies is always fatal. That is why preventing Rabies with a vaccination is one of the most important things you can do for your pet and your family — and it’s the law.

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At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we’re offering Trupanion’s FREE 30-day pet insurance certificate to benefit new dogs and cats between 8 weeks and 14 years old.

The catch is, you must activate the certificate within 24 hours of your pet’s examination at our clinic to get the free 30-day coverage. But don’t worry — Trupanion is available to you 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. So, even if you see us on a Saturday, you can activate your certificate on a Sunday.

Pets are always surprising their owners with their antics — unfortunately, some of those tricks can lead to a hospital stay. When that happens, you’ll be glad your pet was covered with veterinary pet insurance.

Trupanion’s 30-day pet insurance trial period lets you check out their service and even compare them to other pet insurance companies — all while acting as a safety-net as you shop for coverage during the trial period.

Want more benefits? How about:

  • No caps
  • No limits
  • No penalties for filing claims
  • No waiting periods (waived during trial period only)

[*Some restrictions apply. Available for pets between 8 weeks and 14 years of age. Certificate must be activated within 24 hours of the veterinary visit. Pre-existing conditions are exempt from coverage. Trial period lasts 30 days; coverage will be discontinued at that time unless pet owner arranges regular paid coverage. $250 deductible will apply to eligible claims filed during 30-day trial period. Complete details, including coverage & restrictions, available at www.Trupanion.com.]

We’ll do our best to offer the Trupanion certificate for all new patients, but feel free to ask us about it, too!

Questions? Contact Us today!

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This blog post is presented for informational purposes only, and is not an attempt to engage in commerce. Neither Dr. Miele, nor Little Creek Veterinary Clinic or its employees is responsible for any conflicts arising from the client relying on information contained in this article.
Although every effort has been made to ensure that the information presented here is accurate at the time of publishing, clients are urged to review all details made available by Trupanion before entering into any agreement.
The purchaser of veterinary pet insurance is responsible for verifying all pertinent information and is solely responsible for all costs associated with purchasing and using veterinary pet insurance.

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