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Exo Terra Introduces Day & Night LED

April 11, 2014

DayNightLEDPackaging In the wild, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates rely on the day/night cycle for proper lighting and comfortable temperatures. In captivity, they require the same natural transition from day to night – nocturnal animals especially need enough lighting during the night to hunt prey and seek mates. The new Exo Terra Day & Night LED from the Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp. offers an energy efficient fixture that switches from cool, bright day mode to dim, blue night mode.

A lack of natural day and night lighting can be detrimental for snakes, nocturnal geckos, frogs, newts, salamanders, spiders, scorpions and other terrarium dwellers without UVB requirements. When lights are turned out at night, the habitat may become too dark and disorienting, especially for nocturnal creatures. Standard bulbs can also become too hot for these pets during the summer months.

DayNightLEDThe Exo Terra Day & Night LED lamp includes a simple button that switches from bright daylight mode to dim night mode. Both settings are cool and energy efficient, so they won’t overheat pets – but instead allow for a natural nighttime temperature drop. The night setting produces a soft blue light that mimics natural moonlight. The shimmering night lighting allows owners to observe their pet’s nocturnal activities in an unobtrusive way – giving unique insight into the animal’s behavior. It’s perfect for nocturnal pets that hunt for prey outside of daylight hours.

This stylish black light fixture is built to suit all types of terrariums. It includes self-adhesive base support to help hold the light in place. The LED is built for a minimum heat output and maximum light output, so it consumes less energy and has a longer lifespan than standard incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs.

The new Exo Terra Day & Night LED is available in a Small 2-watt size with 14 white LEDs and 1 blue LED, or a Large, 3-watt size with 22 white LEDs and 2 blue LEDs.MSRPs for this fixture are $38.99 & $48.99 for Small and Large sizes, respectively. For more information, visit www.hagen.com or call 1-800-225-2700.

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Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rolf C. Hagen Inc., Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1955, Rolf C. Hagen, Inc. is a leading international manufacturer and distributor of pet products, pet food and pet supplies with facilities located throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

 

Cardinal Pet Care Employees Rally Around Co-Worker Following Philippines Typhoon

April 9, 2014

Cardinal logoFor a company like Cardinal Pet Care whose philosophy is “Devoted to Pets, People & the Planet,it’s only natural to help one of their own through a very difficult time. This was clearly demonstrated recently at Cardinal Pet Care and its sister company Westwood Laboratories. Employees of the Azusa-based pet products company banded together to lend emotional and financial support to fellow worker Brian Surpia, a native of the Philippines whose family was among the millions displaced by Typhoon Haiyan.

Although not as well known in the US as Hurricane Katrina or Sandy, Haiyan, with its 195-mile-per-hour winds was stronger and more destructive. The super storm slammed into the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Surpia, who is from the Philippines town of Tacloban, was understandably distraught about the fate of his family following the devastating storm. It was then that his “work family” stepped in.

Led by Cardinal Pet Care and Westwood Laboratories president and CEO Tony de Vos, Surpia’s fellow workers provided him with a strong network of emotional support. The Cardinal/Westwood family also paid living expenses for Surpia’s Filipino family, who lost their home and all their possessions in the storm.

“We can’t even imagine what these people endured and are continuing to endure,” said de Vos. “Our collective hearts go out to them. Those of us who work with Brian every day — who know him, appreciate him and regard him as part of our family — really wanted to do something to help.”

As friends of Surpia, the Cardinal/Westwood employees knew that he had to be back in the Philippines with his family. Company employees raised funds, which de Vos matched dollar for dollar, to provide Surpia with enough money to clear the debris from their property and buy all the building materials needed to help his family rebuild their home and their lives.

“As a company, we operate under the mission statement ‘Devoted To Pets, People and the Planet.’ This was an opportunity to put that principle into practice in way that is very personal for all of us at Cardinal Pet Care and Westwood Laboratories,” said de Vos. “This money will do a lot of good in helping Brian’s family rebuild their lives.

Since arriving in the Philippines, Surpia has been in contact with de Vos, describing conditions that remain almost intolerable months after the storm. “It’s really an incredible experience to the point where anyone will appreciate the little things available to us in the States,” he wrote in an email.

This is a sentiment shared by everyone at Cardinal and Westwood. “When something like this happens to the family of someone you know, it reminds you of what’s really important in life,” said de Vos. “I could not be prouder of the way our Cardinal/Westwood family rallied around one of its own during a very trying time.”

KONG Glide ‘n Seek Keeps Cats Energized and Engaged

March 27, 2014

Looking for a cat toy that will keep your cat energized and engaged? Check out KONG‘s new Glide ‘n Seek. It’s a great toy for playful cats and just won “Best In Show for Cats” at the Global Pet Expo trade show. Learn more below.

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New KONG Glide ‘n Seek Keeps Cats Energized and Engaged

GOLDEN, Colo. – Sometimes it takes awhile for even the most innovative new products to be noticed, but KONG’s new Glide ‘n Seek cat toy received instant recognition at this year’s Global Pet Expo (GPE). Unlike most cat toys, the Glide ‘n Seek is a puzzle toy designed to stimulate feline minds and bodies. It didn’t take long for this unique concept to win over fans, as the Glide ‘n Seek was honored with the “Best in Show for Cats” award at the pet industry’s largest trade show.

GlideNSeekWhat makes this product different is exceptional design. To create exciting and challenging movement, KONG used futuristic magnetic levitation technology in the Glide ‘n Seek toy. The toy’s interior feathers (prey) dance around unpredictably, stimulating the feline instinct to chase and capture. Since the feathers are housed inside the toy and move continuously, they hold a cat’s attention and can’t be removed. The game doesn’t end until pet parents turn the Glide ‘n Seek off.

The reach-inside design has another purpose, too. The feather attachments are made to stay within the play area, so they can’t get lost under couches, behind desks or other kitty hiding places. It provides the kind of long-lasting fun that the KONG Company prides itself on.

Despite the innovative work put in to ensure the Glide ‘n Seek’s success, the company has been pleasantly surprised by the buzz it received at its introductory show. Glide ‘n Seek was recognized on Dr. Marty Becker’s list of Favorite Finds from Global Pet Expo. “We need to not only feed cat’s bodies but their minds as well. This product is a wonderful enrichment tool to recreate the ‘hunt’ in the home,” said Dr. Becker, who clearly appreciated finding a toy as stimulating to the cat’s brain as their body.

This type of enrichment is important for cats, especially since a lack of entertainment can have destructive consequences in the home. A plethora of puzzle toys have been built for dogs, but this area is often overlooked for our feline counterparts. The Glide ‘n Seek actually plays with cats, offering the same type of unpredictable movement that their pet parent would provide with a wand toy. It’s perfect for keeping furry friends active and out of trouble by occupying their minds.GlideNSeek2

KONG founder Joe Markham is thrilled with the attention this new toy is getting around the pet industry – including recognition as the New Products Showcase Winner at Global Pet Expo for Best In Show – Cats. “We’re excited by the accolades the Glide ‘n Seek has already received, especially when that praise comes from trusted industry experts like Dr. Marty Becker, the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA),” said Markham.

The Glide ‘N Seek includes 2 AA batteries to bring its magnetic levitation technology to life; it’s ready to play as soon as pet parents get it home. The case measures H x W x D as 13.5″ x 20.8″ x 25.5”, offering ample play space for multiple-cat households without taking up much room.

Cat owners can fulfill the hunting instincts of their feline friends with KONG’s award winning new play space for cats – the acclaimed Glide ‘n Seek. For more information, contact sarah.taillon@KONGcompany.com or visit http://www.KONGcompany.com.

KONG Helps Cats Celebrate National Cat Health Month

February 13, 2014

Cats have been beloved by pet parents long before the advent of viral videos. To help pet parents celebrate National Cat Health Month this February, KONG makes a variety of products with feline care in mind – including KONG ZoomGroom, KONG’s line of Natural scratchers, toys and catnip, and KONG Soft Moist Cat Treats.

Our feline friends are generally considered hardy, independent pets, but it’s still important to provide healthy treats, regular grooming and natural toys that stimulate play. It’s not always easy to spot health problems, since kitties often give only subtle signs of illness. Pet parents should make those vet checkups a priority and stay updated on shots.

In addition to veterinary visits, here are some products from KONG made just to keep cats happy and healthy year-round:

The KONG ZoomGroom is a massage and grooming brush all in one adorably cat-shaped brush.  Soft, rubber bristles gently remove loose hair, conditioning the skin and preventing hairballs.  The gentle massaging action is ideal for relaxing cats, especially in stressful situations like veterinary visits.KONGZoomGroom

The KONG Naturals lines include cat scratchers, toys and catnip, all made with eco-friendly, renewable resources.

  • Satisfy cats’ natural scratching instincts and encourage appropriate behavior with KONG Naturals Cat Scratchers.  These reversible scratch pads can simply be recycled after use.

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  • KONG now provides a full line of Naturals Cat Toys, for endless ecologically responsible playtime.  From balls and fish to cute mice, each whimsical toy is made with dyes and materials from natural, renewable resources.

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  • KONG Naturals Premium Catnip is a top-quality, North American grown product.  KONG’s premium leaf and flower cut leaves fewer stems and seeds, instead providing more of the essential oils that cause a playful reaction in cats.  It can be used as a treat or to fill catnip toys.

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KONG Soft Moist Cat Treats are tasty rewards that pet parents can feel great about giving to their furry friends.  White fish and chicken or duck and chicken are the first two ingredients and provide irresistible flavor and healthy protein.  They’re made with only eight nutritious ingredients, including cranberries and blueberries for urinary tract health and natural antioxidant protection.  To prevent allergies they include no wheat, corn or soy and are made with only natural preservatives and colorants.KONGMoistCatTreatsFrequent exercise, healthful treats, proper grooming and regular scratching are all essential for feline fitness.  KONG products can provide for all of these needs and encourage a long, healthy life for cats everywhere.

For more information, contact Sarah Taillon at KONG at sarah.taillon@KONGcompany.com or visit http://www.KONGcompany.com.

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About KONG Company

KONG Company is the premier global provider of interactive toys and other products for dogs and cats. The company’s namesake KONG Classic is widely regarded as the “World’s Best Dog Toy” and is recommended by veterinarians, trainers and behaviorists more than any other toy. With a persistent commitment to innovation, the company continues to regularly introduce unique, high-quality dog and cat products. KONG also makes it a top priority to give back to the pet community. KONG was founded in 1976 and is based in Golden, Colorado. For more information, visit KONGcompany.com or facebook.com/KONGCompany.

Celebrate Pet Dental Health Month with KONG

February 12, 2014

Proper dental care is essential to canine health, but until recently, oral hygiene was largely overlooked in animal care. It wasn’t until the 1980s and 90s that dentistry became a specialty in veterinary medicine. Up until then, almost no products were devoted to dog dental care–”doggie breath” was accepted as a fact of life, rather than a possible symptom of an underlying oral health issue. Fortunately, awareness of pet dental health has come a long way in recent years.

Today, most veterinary practices offer dental services, and innovators like the KONG Company have introduced a variety of products designed to promote healthy teeth, while also entertaining and rewarding dogs.  Although great progress has been made in raising awareness of pet dental health, there still is much work to be done, which is why the KONG Company supports February as Pet Dental Health Month.

Dog dental care is more than cosmetic–it’s the key to preventing infections that can lead to heart, lung, liver and kidney disease.  To help protect pets, KONG offers these dental treats and toys:

    KONG Classic toys are the original multitasking solution for dogs. Not only do they help prevent separation anxiety, destructive chewing, boredom and other behavioral issues, KONG toys have multiple dental benefits. As a dog chews on a KONG, their teeth sink into the hollow rubber, cleansing the neck of the teeth and stimulating gum tissue. Chewing helps relieve teething pain in puppies and keeps adult dogs’ jaws strong, which is why the original KONG comes in rubber formulas designed for puppies, average chewers, power chewers and seniors.

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KONG Dental Rubber toys are built with Patented Denta-Ridges™, special grooves designed to clean teeth and soothe gums as dogs chew. They’re made with durable KONG Classic rubber – the perfect texture for safely scraping food and plaque buildup from doggie teeth as pets gnaw. KONG Dental Rubber Toys are available in various interesting shapes and sizes to provide the right fit for long-lasting play in any size dog or puppy mouth.

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KONG Dental Chews are designed to be as beneficial to teeth as they are tempting to dogs. These all-natural chews fight plaque and tarter buildup, inhibiting bacterial growth to reduce chances of gum disease. The vitamin-enriched formula is made only with healthy, human-grade ingredients. Designed to fit into a KONG, they’re available in three sizes and three delicious flavors–chicken, fresh breath and calcium—and are all made in the US with natural preservatives.

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Pet parents can get a jump start on their dog’s oral health this National Pet Dental Health Month with help from KONG Dental products. KONG Dental Chews are delectable and nutritious, and the uniquely stimulating KONG Classic and Dental rubber toys will keep furry friends happily occupied for hours.

For more information, contact Sarah Taillon at KONG at sarah.taillon@KONGcompany.com or visit http://www.KONGcompany.com.

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About KONG Company
KONG Company is the premier global provider of interactive toys and other products for dogs and cats. The company’s namesake KONG Classic is widely regarded as the “World’s Best Dog Toy” and is recommended by veterinarians, trainers and behaviorists more than any other toy. With a persistent commitment to innovation, the company continues to regularly introduce unique, high-quality dog and cat products. KONG also makes it a top priority to give back to the pet community. KONG was founded in 1976 and is based in Golden, Colorado. For more information, visit KONGcompany.com or facebook.com/KONGCompany.

RECALL ALERT: Pro-Pet LLC Dry Dog and Cat Foods Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

February 6, 2014

warning-sign1Information taken directly from fda.gov

Pro-Pet LLC Recalls a Limited Number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Contact
Consumer:
1-888-765-4190

Media:
419-394-3374
800-780-0874

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 5, 2014 – Pro-Pet LLC, St. Marys, Ohio, has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods for possible Salmonella contamination. A single field test indicated products manufactured during a two day period, on a single production line may have the potential for Salmonella contamination. Pro-Pet LLC is voluntarily recalling the potentially impacted products made during this timeframe. There have been no reports of illness related to this product to date.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Product Best By Lot Code UPC Number
40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 1219033878
40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033878
18 lb Hubbard Life Cat Stars Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033873
40 lb Hubbard Life Maintenance Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 1219033875
15 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407721
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407713
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 7065407713
20 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780103
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780104
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 1A 2351780104

These products were distributed through select retailers, distributors and on-line consumer purchases in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia

No other products/lot numbers are affected by this recall.

Customers should immediately discontinue use of any impacted product and contact Pro-Pet at 1-888-765-4190 for disposition.

For more information on the recall, customers can contact the customer service line for Pro-Pet at 1-888-765-4190. Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm CT.

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Please note:  Handling Salmonella can be dangerous to pets and humans. Please review these Food Handling instructions to properly handle and dispose of contaminated items.

Pro-Pet LLC Recalls a Limited Number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

RECALL ALERT: PMI Nutrition Recalls Red Flannel Cat Food Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

January 27, 2014

warning-sign1information taken directly from fda.gov

PMI Nutrition, LLC Recalls Red Flannel® Cat Food Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Contact:
Consumer:
(800) 332-4738

Media:
Rebecca Lentz
(651) 375-5949

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 25, 2014 – PMI Nutrition, LLC (PMI), Arden Hills, Minn., has initiated a voluntary recall of its 20 lb. bags of Red Flannel® Cat Formula cat food for possible Salmonella contamination. There have been no reports of illness related to this product to date. This recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution after routine testing by the FDA Detroit District Office identified possible Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Red Flannel® Cat Food was manufactured by a third-party manufacturer for PMI. The product was sold through dealers to customers distributed in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

The lot number is printed on the lower back side of the bag in a white box on the right-hand side. The lot number will be preceded by a time stamp that will be unique to each bag. (Example 14:32) The lot number and best-by date impacted by this recall are as follows:

Best by 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A (lot number)

The UPC code for the recalled product is: 7 42869 00058 5.

No other products/lot numbers are affected by this recall.

Customers should immediately discontinue use of and return impacted product to their dealer for a full refund or replacement. We continue to work with impacted dealers and distributors to trace the bags.

For more information on the recall, customers can contact the customer service line for PMI products at 1-800-332-4738. Customer service representatives will be available Sunday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST and Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.

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Please note:  Handling Salmonella can be dangerous to pets and humans. Please review these Food Handling instructions to properly handle and dispose of contaminated items.

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