IMPORTANT RECALL ON BLUE BUFFALO CAT TREATS

November 12th, 2015

Blue Buffalo recalls cat treats due to possible propylene glycol contamination

Affected product distributed nationwide in the United States and Canada.
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Nov 09, 2015
By dvm360.com staff

Blue Buffalo Co. is voluntarily recalling a small production of Blue Kitty Yums Chicken Recipe Cat Treats that could contain low levels of propylene glycol, which is not permitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in cat food, according to a company release. Cats who have ingested high doses of propylene glycol may exhibit signs of depression and may experience a loss of coordination, muscle twitching, excessive urination and thirst.

The affected product was distributed nationwide in the United States and Canada through pet specialty stores and e-commerce. It is packaged in a 2-oz plastic standup pouch and is limited to the code dates listed below, according to the release.

Blue Kitty Yums Tasty Chicken Recipe, UPC: 859610007820—best if used by April 24, 2016.
Blue Kitty Yums Tasty Chicken Recipe, UPC: 859610007820—best if used by July 24, 2016.

No other Blue pet foods or treats are involved in this recall. The FDA tested product in response to a singular complaint and found propylene glycol in one bag of cat treats in the impacted lot. Out of caution the company is recalling all treats manufactured in the same lot as the subject bag, the release states.

Consumers who have purchased the product being recalled can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or contact Blue Buffalo with questions by calling 888-667-1508, or emailing bluebuffalo5883@stericyle.com.

DEADLY FELINE VIRUS

August 27th, 2012

“Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods.  Cats have never forgotten this.” – anonymous

So as not to neglect my feline friends and fans, I wish to address an important topic regarding cats’ health…Feline Leukemia Virus.

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is an incurable viral disease that is spread via direct contact between cats.  The virus is shed in most body secretions and excretions such as saliva, urine, feces, milk, and reproductive fluids.  However, it is believed that direct contact with these fluids is necessary for transmission of the virus.  This means it is transmitted via such acts as fighting and coitus.  It can also cross the placenta so an infected queen can pass it on to her kittens before they are even born.

 Exposed cats can develop one of three possible reactions to the leukemia virus.  1.  They can fight it off and be uninfected.  2.  They can develop a transient infection.  Also called a latent infection or a subclinical infection.  These cats usually show no signs of infection but can shed the virus and test positive for the disease at times.  These cats usually recover and eventually develop an immunity to the disease.  3.  They can develop a persistent infection.  This occurs in about 1/3 of all exposed cats.  These cats are often “poor-doers.”  Due to their weakened immune system, they are more susceptible to secondary infection.  Most of these cats will die from leukemia or its complications within a few years of exposure.

 Signs of Feline Leukemia Viral Disease can be some or all of the following: anemia, immunosuppression (making them susceptible to other diseases), neoplasia, enteritis, reproductive problems, and eye disorders.

 Tests are available that can detect FeLV in blood, bone marrow, saliva, and tears.  Most veterinary hospitals use a blood test that is quite accurate at detecting a cat’s leukemia status.  These tests are relatively simple and inexpensive.  Results are produced within minutes.

 Unfortunately there is no cure for FeLV.  The best your veterinarian can do is lend supportive care during outbreaks of disease.  This may involve antibiotics, IV fluids, and/or nutritional support.

 The best defense against this disease is prevention and control.  It is important to identify those cats at high risk of infection.  These are cats from multi-cat households, strays, new kittens, and outdoor cats.    All new cats introduced into a household should be tested for FeLV, especially if they are stray or from an unknown background. After testing, all cats should be vaccinated against FeLV.  The vaccine is very good at protecting cats.  Vaccination is most important for outdoor cats who may come in contact with other unvaccinated cats.  Finally, restrict cat’s roaming to decrease chance of exposure to this deadly disease.  The safest way to do this is to make your cat an indoor cat if at all possible.

Until next time, keep your tail in the air and your nose in the breeze…and take care of my feline friends!