questionshave you seen the propet recall?

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I don't know anything about Pro-Pet, maybe it is a regional thing. However, I do appreciate that you post notices of pet food recalls. There seems to be so many of them lately. Trying to keep my pets from eating harmful food/snacks is getting to be hard to do.

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@barnabee: Yeah, I have only been hit by one recall but it was a pain in the derriere. One thing to note, salmonella recalls are more about us than them. Dogs have a very short digestive tract and it's hard for salmonella bacteria to set up house before it gets expelled. Salmonella in dog food is most dangerous to pet owners, who are exposed to the bacteria when feeding and when cleaning up. Which is not to say that salmonella can't harm your dog, just that it's more likely to harm us than them.

There's a manufacturing plant in South Carolina that is the source of a lot of the recalls. I quit buying from one online store as they were sourcing food out of that plant. That's where my recalls were from.

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I am not familiar with the brand either, but thanks for the information.

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@moondrake: Hey, that's a great website! I've just spent the last hour reading about dog allergies. My poor dog, Maggie, has severe grass (no, not THAT kind) allergies/pollen, etc. They are no longer going away during the winter, so we've tried her on different kinds of dog food (in case it just happens to be a food allergy). For the last seven months, she has been on grain free. Unfortunately, this hasn't helped. She is now in a trial for a new kind of drug. I really hope this works, because we are running out of drugs/options.

Anyway, thanks for the info. I've signed up for the recall notices, too.

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@barnabee: I suggest also reading up on the difference between allergy and intolerance, they are commonly confused. I used that site and dogfoodanalysis.com extensively in my search for a food for Simba. He was a 5mos old rescue and I could not find a food he could hold down. He spent the first year I had him so sick all the time from tummy trouble that I literally had to stand with him at his dish and cajole him to eat, then he'd lose most of it. We were in intensive obedience training for the behavioral problems that had caused him to be surrendered, but he wouldn't take treats so we had to do it strictly on praise-punishment. By painful process of elimination I found he is intolerant of corn, wheat, chicken, and beef. I finally found Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream which is a salmon and sweet potato food and he has done great on it for 6 years. He also has seasonal allergies, when they get bad I give him Benedryl.

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@moondrake: Ha! Maggie, too, has been eating (for the last seven months) Taste of the Wild, Pacific Stream. But I really don't think Maggie's problem has to do with food. It's an allergy caused by grass, pollen and lots of other wonderful outdoor things that dogs just love, especially Border Collies. -sigh- She scratches, licks, rubs against things and her skin often turns from a healthy pink to a bright fuchsia because she is so itchy. She's just miserable because the drugs are no longer working. And we've had her on all kinds of drugs. They just aren't working anymore...

Wow, Taste of the Wild is not cheap dog food and a dog the size of Simba must cost you a small fortune.

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@barnabee: Great minds think alike! Yeah, it runs $1,000-$1,200 per year for his food. Plus he has to take two heartworm pills (100lbs and 40lbs). Those are his two big expenses, plus $650 a year for health insurance. I save on dog food by spending $1,000 at Christmas on gift cards and getting $200 in bonus gift cards. As a member of their mailing list I get a $20 off a $100 purchase coupon every couple of months. Two 30lb bags cost $110 and last 6 weeks. I buy them with a $20 off coupon using a gift card I got a 20% bonus on, which drops about 40% off the price.

He is a much admired dog and people often ask me how much he cost. I tell them the cost of buying a large or giant breed dog is only a tiny fraction of the cost of owning one. Which is why so many giant breed adolescent dogs end up in rescue. They get expensive to care for and too big to manage if the owner doesn't know how and they get dumped, hopefully before they are abused or neglected.