WALTZ ANIMAL CLINIC
1300 Osage Drive
Madison, IN  47250
(812) 273-6668
Fax:  (812) 265-3614
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"Our best care for your best friend"
Our mission is to provide quality veterinary medicine and promote regular preventative care so that our patients may enjoy a lifetime of good health.
**PET HEALTH ALERTS**


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More treats pulled over unapproved antibiotics (01/29/2013)
Concerns about trace quantities of unapproved antibiotics have sparked a recall of additional dog treats. Hartz Mountain Corp. has issued a voluntary withdrawal of its Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkie Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken.   Read More ...
Antibiotic residue prompts recall of dog treats (01/11/2013)
Nestle Purina PetCare and Milo's Kitchen are recalling some dog treats because they might contain trace quantities of poultry antibiotics not approved by U.S. regulators. Purina's Waggin' Train treats and Canyon Creek Ranch treats, as well as Milo's Kitchen's Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers homestyle treats, are being recalled, but Milo's Kitchen noted there is no known threat to pet health. Both companies manufacture chicken jerky dog treats that are being investigated by the FDA after reports of dog illnesses and some deaths associated with such treats made in China, but Purina said there is no connection between the current recall and the FDA investigation  
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Damage from Sandy hampers WellPet dog food recall efforts (11/04/2012)
WellPet issued a voluntary recall of its Wellness Small Breed Adult Health dry dog food in 12-pound bags because moisture in the bags may precipitate fungal growth. The recall efforts have been hampered because the company's website servers in New Jersey were damaged by superstorm Sandy, but workers are fielding phone calls and answering e-mails.  KHOU-TV (Houston)/Animal Attraction blog (10/18)
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Frozen yogurt dog treat linked to possible salmonella contamination (10/20/2012)
TBD Brands is voluntarily recalling certain lots of its Yoghund Organic Banana & Peanut Butter frozen yogurt treats for dogs because the treats contain Sunland Inc. peanut butter that may be contaminated with salmonella. No cases of illnesses in pets or people have been reported to TBD Brands to date, but the company is recalling the products as a cautionary measure. KHOU-TV (Houston)/Animal Attraction blog (10/18)
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U.S.-made treats recalled over salmonella contamination (10/06/2012)
Kasel Associated Industries voluntarily issued a recall of its Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats due to possible salmonella contamination. These are American-made chicken jerky treats and have no connection to the jerky treats from China that have raised concerns over animal illnesses but have not been recalled. This is the company's second recall in two weeks due to salmonella contamination. NBC News/Vitals blog (10/4)
Breeder's Choice recalls dog food after positive salmonella test  (09/13/2012)
Breeder's Choice issued a voluntary recall of one batch of AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula because a sample from that batch was tested and found to be contaminated with salmonella. "Breeder's Choice Pet Foods has taken immediate action to remove the product from all applicable distribution centers and retail customers and is fully investigating the cause," a company statement said. Read more ...
Petco recalls radioactive food bowls and Catswell Treats recalled:  (09/13/2012)  Read more about it:
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Cat food recalled over propylene glycol contamination (08/02/2012)
Arthur Dogswell is voluntarily recalling 1,050 cartons of Catswell brand VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins due to possible propylene glycol contamination. Propylene glycol may lead to anemia and oxidative cell damage. The contaminant was identified during routine FDA testing.  
Cat food added to Diamond Pet Foods recall list  (05/25/2012)
Diamond Pet Foods has added cat food to its recall list due to possible salmonella contamination. The newly recalled products are Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula and Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula dry cat food. AnnArbor.com (Mich.)
Caution urged for certain people when handling dog food (05/17/2012)
In light of the recent Diamond Pet Foods recall, the AVMA is urging young children, elderly people and those with weak immune systems to avoid handling pet food because they are at increased risk for illness, said AVMA spokesman Michael San Filippo. The recalled products were sold in 16 states, and 16 illnesses have been linked to the dog food
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Second recall in less than a month for Diamond Pet Foods (05/01/2012)
Salmonella contamination of one bag of Diamond Pet Food's Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food has led the company to recall bags with four production codes. There have been no canine illnesses reported, but the company has a history of pet food contamination, including one event in 2005 in which dozens of U.S. dogs died after eating food contaminated with fungus. Production was suspended at the plant where the food was made after a separate recall this month.  ARTICLE NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Man sues Nestle Purina and Wal-Mart over dog treats from China (April 22, 2012)
Pet owner Dennis Adkins has filed a lawsuit against Nestle Purina and Wal-Mart following the death of his 9-year-old Pomeranian, Cleo, who became ill and died after eating one Waggin’ Train "Yam Good" chicken-wrapped treat per day over a three-day period. Adkins has also requested that a class be initiated for other owners whose pets were affected. The FDA has performed extensive testing of the treats and hasn't found any causative agent, but the agency has issued consumer warnings about the products since 2007. For more see the following link:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-19/nestle-unit-faces-dog-owner-lawsuit-over-allegedly-toxic-treats.html
Diamond Naturals dog food variety recalled (April 11, 2012)
Diamond Pet Foods says it is voluntarily recalling its Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food because the product may be contaminated with salmonella.  Click here to read more ...
Dog Power Dog Food Recall (April 4, 2012)
Aflatoxin concern
 Advanced Animal Nutrition recalled several lots of its dry Dog Power Dog Food due to aflatoxin levels above the acceptable limit.
 The company is the third to recall food due to aflatoxin in the past week, following recalls from Procter & Gamble and Cargill.
Click here to read more ...
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3 big brands may be tied to chicken jerky illness in dogs, FDA records show (March 22, 2012)
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Iams Dog Food Recall (December 9, 2011)
Recall: Iams dry dog food—unacceptable levels of the toxin Aflatoxin
Release from the Board of Animal Health 7-9-11
FOUR BATS in Indiana have tested positive for rabies in 2011
(July 11, 2011)

The positive bats have been located in Posey, St. Joseph, Marion, and Elkhart counties.  One of the pets exposed was not current on its rabies vaccine, and now the owners are required to quarantine their dog for six months.  The state of Indiana still requires all dogs, cats and ferrets three months of age and older to be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed and accredited veterinarian.
Salmonella concerns prompt recall of cat food shipped to 3 states (June 30, 2011)
Nestlé Purina PetCare has announced a voluntary recall of certain bags of its Cat Chow Naturals and Friskies Grillers Blend dry cat food because of concern that the products might be tainted with salmonella. There have been no incidents associated with the recalled products, which were distributed in Oregon, Idaho and Colorado.Read More ...

The following alert was received from the Indiana Board of Animal health on July 18, 2013 (07/21/2013)

PET OWNERS should be advised of the problems that occur after pets have been exposed to blue-green algae. BOAH (Board of Animal Health) has already received one report this spring of a dog dying after swimming in a pond with the aquatic plant, which typically grows in stagnant bodies of water after long periods of hot weather. After pets swim in outdoor ponds or lakes (private or public), owners should bathe them to remove any possible algae that the animal(s) could ingest, causing illness and sudden death.
 
Eukanuba, Iams pet foods recalled amid possible salmonella contamination (08/19/2013)
Procter & Gamble voluntarily recalled some Eukanuba and Iams dry dog foods and Iams dry cat foods produced at one facility within a 10-day period because they may be contaminated with salmonella. There have been no reported illnesses from the products, but contaminated pet food puts animals and people at risk. If animals show signs of infection, including diarrhea, fever and vomiting, they should be examined and treated by a veterinarian.American City Business Journals/Cincinnati/Morning Call blog (8/15), WXIX-TV (Cincinnati) (8/14)
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The following alert was received from the Indiana Board of Animal health on July 18, 2013

PET OWNERS should be advised of the problems that occur after pets have been exposed to blue-green algae. BOAH (Board of Animal Health) has already received one report this spring of a dog dying after swimming in a pond with the aquatic plant, which typically grows in stagnant bodies of water after long periods of hot weather. After pets swim in outdoor ponds or lakes (private or public), owners should bathe them to remove any possible algae that the animal(s) could ingest, causing illness and sudden death.
Easter festivities pose hazards to pets
 
The FDA is reminding pet owners that Easter lilies, chocolate bunnies and other seasonal items aren't safe for pets. Veterinarian Melanie McLean says that even a small amount of Easter Lily pollen licked off the fur can cause problems for a cat, so owners who think their feline friend has been exposed should seek veterinary attention immediately. Dogs are less susceptible to Easter lilies, but lily of the valley is dangerous to canines. Seasonal chocolates are also a source of danger, particularly to dogs, who are more likely to sample chocolate bunnies. LiveScience.com (4/14), Food Poisoning Bulletin
INCIDENCE OF LYME DISEASE IN DOGS HIGH IN INDIANA (June 2014)
 
For more information go to:  http://www.lymeinfo.com/index.html
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Toddler battles salmonella infection tied to dog food recall (July 21, 2014)
Two-year-old Amy Hall contracted salmonella in 2012, when she was about a week old, after her family's dogs became carriers of the bacteria through eating salmonella-tainted dog food. The food was produced at the Gaston, S.C., Diamond Pet Foods plant linked to scores of infections in dogs and humans. Amy's parents say they were unaware of a recall issued in April 2012. Amy will suffer with the infection for years to come, according to doctors. Read more ...
Rabid bats prompt warnings for Grand Canyon tourists (07/28/2014)
Grand Canyon National Park officials are asking anyone who has had contact with bats in the park to seek medical evaluation. Two bats in the park tested positive for rabies recently. One was found dead, but the other bat was observed crawling on an unidentified woman for at least 10 minutes while a crowd gathered. Read More ...
Dog Treat Recalled Due to Possible Mold (10/01/2014)
JAKKS Pacific has recalled Kong Aussie Sticks dog treats because the snacks may be tainted with mold. The company distributed the product to PetSmart stores Read More ...
Bravo Pet Foods Recalled Following Positive Salmonella Test (10/01/2014)
Pet food manufacturer Bravo has issued recalls of four of its dog and cat food brands containing turkey and chicken because Nebraska health officials found salmonella in some samples. The bacteria can cause gastrointestinal symptoms in pets and people. The products were distributed nationwide. The Oregonian (Portland). Read More ...
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FDA issues warning letter to pet food manufacturer (01/16/2015)
The FDA recently warned the Nestle Purina PetCare about six violations identified during an FDA inspection of a pet food plant in South Whitehall Township, Pa. The FDA considered the violations to be significant and in at least some cases connected to food preparation and packaging, but a company spokesman said the violations refer to administrative and record-keeping oversights. Several pet food lines are potentially affected. Full Article Listing products:
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/parkland/mc-purina-pet-food-fda-20150114-story.html
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Dog Food Recall Alert! Blue Buffalo (June 5, 2016)
May 31, 2016 — Blue Buffalo Company of Wilton, Connecticut, has confirmed that it is voluntarily recalling a limited batch of its Life Protection Formula Dog Food product due to the presence of excessive moisture and moldRead More ...
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Jerky treats continue to be linked to pet sickness  (06/20/2016)

Pet owners and veterinarians are still reporting cases of canine illness associated with jerky-type pet treats; however, reports have decreased, according to the FDA. There have been 6,200 canine illnesses and more than 1,100 deaths reported to the FDA, along with about two dozen feline illnesses associated with pet treats containing chicken, duck or sweet potatoes, most imported from China. In the last quarter of 2014 through the end of 2015, only 200 cases were reported. The reported signs of illness are sometimes similar to those seen in dogs with Fanconi-like syndrome.

FDA Issues Alert Over Thyroid-Hormone Contamination in Dog Food  (03/31/2017)

The FDA issued an alert to dog owners to watch for signs of hyperthyroidism, which can be fatal, in dogs that have eaten Blue Buffalo or WellPet foods. The Center for Veterinary Medicine investigated three canine cases of possible hyperthyroidism, finding elevated thyroid hormone levels in each case that returned to normal after a change in diet.  Read More ...

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CANINE INFLUENZA (06/20/2017)

Several states are reporting an outbreak of Canine Influenza including confirmed cases as nearby as Louisville, KY.  Canine Influenza can cause severe illness and in rare cases, death. It is a relatively new virus to our country, so most dogs have no immunity against either of the 2 strains of this virus unless they have been appropriately vaccinated. We therefore urge pet owners to have their dogs vaccinated against Canine Influenza if their dogs travel, visit kennels, dog parks, groomers, dog shows or have any close contact with other dogs (i.e. walks along the river/neighborhood streets or through the fence contact with neighbor dogs). At Waltz Animal Clinic, our Canine Influenza vaccine contains both strains of this virus which will provide your pet the best protection possible against this disease. If your dog is at risk for exposure to this disease and is not currently vaccinated, please call us at 812-273-6668 for an appointment.  For Detailed Information about Canine Influenza please visit this link: 

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