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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mercury Retrograde ~ April 2017 ~ Hold On Tight!!


The planet Mercury rules all types of communication, and things are about to go haywire. The first full Mercury Retrograde of 2017 started April 9 and will last until May 3. As if things aren't already tough enough these days, the cosmos decided to make life even more difficult for you. While many planets have retrograde cycles (Jupiter is retrograde until June 9, for example), Mercury is likely the one you've heard the most about. This is because Mercury Retrograde has the ability to wreak havoc on everyone, no matter their astrological sign.
"This phenomenon is one of the few that affects everyone in a fairly uniform way, and its effects are always obvious," according to Susan Miller at Astrology Zone. "Once you begin to pay attention to how events in your life change during these phases, you will soon see how important it is to take note of them."
Some of the fun things you can look forward to during Mercury Retrograde include misunderstandings, mistakes, and disruptions related to listening, speaking, learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating, selling, buying, travel, shipping, and anything related to computers and phones.
"When this planet retrogrades, these areas tend to get scrambled or spin out of control," says Miller.
There is also a slight overlap between Venus and Mercury's retrograde periods. Venus Retrograde, which ends April 15, can cause you to be overly impulsive and trigger heightened feelings of love and desire that aren't necessarily real. During the six-day overlap, your impulses could be thwarted by communication meltdowns, which could be a blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it.
If you impulsively send a text to an ex-lover and it doesn't go through, that could be a good thing. But it also means you're at risk of sending that steamy Venus-Retrograde-induced text to the wrong person, like your boss. I'm exhausted just thinking about this.
Mercury Retrograde begins in stubborn Earth sign Taurus, which means life can become slower and more frustrating than usual. The astrology website Find Your Fate advises, "Be very practical about finding a solution and strictly adhere to limits of time or budget. Money often plays a big part of both the problem and the answer when Mercury is retrograde in earthy signs like Taurus."
Luckily, things will ease up when Mercury moves into Aries on April 20.
In 2017, Mercury retrogrades four times, beginning a new nine-year cycle, according to Find Your Fate. During this time, expect new people and new situations to enter your circle who can determine the direction of your life for the next nine-year period. While that might feel like a lot of pressure, because nine years seems like a long time, Mercury can bring about transformations in your life that you might not have envisioned, which can be a good thing.
For your best chance of having a smooth Mercury Retrograde, don’t make any important moves, sign any contracts, or launch any new endeavors. It's also not a good time to have any type of elective surgery because doctors are affected by the retrograde too.
It’s not that the people you are dealing with are necessarily duplicitous, it’s just that nobody can fully predict what conditions will be like later. If you start a new job, it won’t necessarily be the position you thought it was when you accepted it. If you are a manager, you will have difficulty choosing the right candidate for the job, so, if you can, hold off hiring anyone. If you buy a house, problems could crop up later that were completely unanticipated.
So what's the good news? Since Mercury Retrograde affects everyone, we're all in this crazy thing together and, thankfully, we don't have to go through it again until August!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Open Letter to Essential Oils Newbies!



Dear New or Future Member:

We’re so excited that you’ve decided to join us! We know that this will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. Why? Because Young Living essential oils have the power to elevate, motivate, and inspire. In this letter, we’ve put together a list of five ways they can transform your life.

You Will Smell Amazing!

“You have to tell me what perfume you’re wearing!” You’re going to hear this a lot.
You’ll chuckle to yourself because it’s not really perfume at all. It’s the pure scent of Mother Nature herself ~ Young Living Essential Oils.
People are going to want to know how you smell just like a blossoming orange grove or field of brilliant purple lavender, and you’ll tell them that it’s because that’s exactly where the aroma came from! It’s the smell of 100 percent pure essential oils, derived directly from fresh oranges or lavender.

You Will Inspire Greater Physical Wellness!

Peppermint Essential OilYou’re home after a long day at work, and your gym bag is casting an accusing look your way. At the same time, that carton of triple-chocolate-chunk ice cream is serenading you from the freezer. You feel yourself take a step toward creamy indulgence when you see a bottle of Peppermint staring serenely back at you from the corner of the kitchen. You walk over, remove the cap, and inhale deeply ~ your nose tingles, your senses awaken. You apply a few drops to your neck and temples and immediately feel a cool, tingling sensation on your skin. You feel awake, alive, and suddenly ready to tackle what you know you need to do.
You change directions, walking right past the freezer, grabbing that gym bag, and heading confidently out the door. Young Living essential oils strike again!
A gym bag just isn’t complete without your army of oils. A few drops of invigorating Peppermint can be just the thing you need to do that extra pull-up or run that extra mile. A few drops of Grapefruit Vitality™ can be the difference between drinking a couple sips of water or the entire bottle. Keep them handy for those moments when a little motivation could mean the difference between going the distance or giving up.

They Will Help Make Your House A Home!

Tangerine Essential OilEssential oils have a way of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. With just a few drops of Cinnamon BarkOrange, and Clove, a dark, cold winter night can turn into a festive, cozy evening. With natural home fragrances like this, you’ll find it easier to enjoy each day for the gift it is and spend more time cuddling and conversing than daydreaming of tropical beaches.
Essential oils can enhance even the most basic of daily rituals. Your little ones will love falling asleep to dreamy aromas like gentle Tangerine and enchanting Lavender. So when they bring home that crazy boyfriend or crash the car as teens, you can smell these oils and remember simpler days of story time, jammies, and butterfly kisses.
Make sure Young Living essential oils are a part of your family milestones and everyday activities, so with just a quick whiff, you can transport yourself back to your happiest, most magical memories.

They Will Spark Your Creativity!

With essential oils, the usage possibilities are virtually endless. There are always more applications to try out! You might start by adding a couple drops to your moisturizer, laundry, or household cleaner. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself in a sort of essential oil Nirvana, covered in coconut oil and candelilla (vegan beeswax), vigorously shaking bottles of Peppermint and Lavender over a mixing bowl ~ and you won’t be able to stop there! You’ll start making DIY essential oil body buttersmakeup setting spraydry shampoo, even Christmas ornaments! Not to mention all the ways you’ll use YL Vitality oils in the kitchen.
You’ll need to embrace the fact that essential oils will become a key part of your everyday life, and the more you use them, the more you’ll wonder how you ever got by without them.

You Will Find A Greater Connection With Nature!

Geranium Essential OilYoung Living essential oils are samples of the best that Mother Nature has to offer. In an increasingly fake and artificial world, they serve as a reminder of the pure and simple. As you use them in your life, your bond with nature will grow, along with your appreciation for the bounteous gifts it offers you.
Every time you reach for a bottle of Geranium over a synthetic perfume or use Orange Vitality instead of artificial orange flavoring, you’re supporting a world where man and nature live together in harmony, the way it was meant to be.
An old proverb says: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” You’ve just taken the first step toward a life filled with greater wellness, purpose, and abundance. Every person’s Young Living journey will look a little different, but there’s no doubt it will enhance your life. We are excited to see where this journey will take you!

Warmest regards,

Raven @ Holistic Pets & Peeps! 

(Independent YL Executive Leader ~ #1797711)


  


Essential Oils for Dog Allergies








Dogs are wonderful companions, and an important part of our families, which is why we only want the best for them when it comes to their good health.  Yet, there are times when a health condition arises where many of us prefer using a more natural, yet effective solution for our precious fur kids.  That being said, if traditional vet care is in their best interest, we would never recommend abandoning common sense just for the sake of taking the natural path.  There are excellent holistic vets who offer traditional AND holistic medicine combined, some of which even incorporating remedies such as essential oils.  

Our primary purpose at Holistic Pets & Peeps! is to educate you as to when certain essential oils may be used for specific issues your pet may be experiencing.  Therapeutic grade essential oils are incredibly powerful healing (and preventative) tools that are effective for the majority of dogs (and other animals), however, they may not work for every animal, and the information presented here is not meant as a "magic pill" or cure-all.  Not all essential oils are created equal, which is why we only recommend Young Living Essential Oils. Therefore, when we refer to any oil, we are referring to therapeutic grade essential oils by Young Living that are trusted and proven for over 20 years.

Now, on to the very complicated subject of dog allergies.  Many pet parents tend to just assume that whatever they are feeding their dog is causing him or her to have allergies. Unfortunately, it is not that simple.  We will concur that there are far too many substandard pet products on the market today with questionable ingredients, so we do recommend that pet parents educate themselves as to what they are feeding their pets.  Pet food, treats, supplements and pet care products is a subject that requires an entire article unto itself, however, we are happy to offer our recommendations upon request.





Just like people, dogs come in all shapes and sizes, which is why we are addressing essential oils and dosing guidelines right away.  Please consider these approximate sizes of dogs when determining the use of essential oils, and remember, when in doubt, start slowly (less is better when introducing EOs) and gradually increase the dosage once you have determined that your dog (or other animal) is responding well to treatment with essential oils.


Small Dogs ~ 1 - 20 Pounds (0 - 9 kg)
Medium Dogs ~ 20 - 50 Pounds (9 - 22 kg)
Large Dogs ~ 50 - 100 Pounds (23-45 kg)
X-Large Dogs ~ 100+ Pounds (45+ kg)


Dog allergies often require a full holistic health consultation, as well as expensive in-depth blood work to fully evaluate the underlying cause (or causes) of the allergies themselves. And yes, diet can be one of the culprits, depending on what you are feeding your dog. (For a great selection of premium holistic pet food & products, please CLICK HERE!)

Another huge culprit is household cleaners, air fresheners, sprays and other toxic items that are in your pet's face (and under their feet) every single day!  If you want to see the world from their vantage point, we encourage you to get down on your hands and knees and imagine being bombarded with these things at their eye and smell level day after day. Whatever you clean with, freshen with, spray around the house is absorbed by your pets through their eyes, nose, skin, mouth and paw pads.

Changing household cleaners, first-aid, and other personal care products to Young Living products not only eliminates harmful chemicals but provides more exposure to beneficial therapeutic essential oils on a daily basis . . . . for your pets and for your entire family!








Treatment recommendations for battling allergies (other than switching to a natural / holistic diet) are as follows:

~ Diffuse:  Clove, Thieves, or Lavender.
~ Antihistamine Oils to be Applied Orally, Topically, and / or Diffused:  Melissa, Ocotea,  Basil, Lavender
~ Anti-Inflammatory (steroid alternative):  Raindrop Technique
~ Nutritional Supplements:  Allerzyme, NingXia Red, Omega Blue, Sulfurzyme, Life 5
~ Other:  Animal Scents Shampoo, Thieves Household Cleaner (Cleaning & Bathing)


Secondary Recommendations:  

~ Polyzyme, Mightyzyme, Detoxzyme, Digest + Cleanse, Inner Defense


Additional Recommendations:

~ Give an Allerzyme digestive enzyme with every meal.  For Large Dogs ~ 2 or more capsules may be necessary.

~ Give NingXia Red with 1-2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil added.  This may be given straight or mixed in with food.


Should you wish to get started with your own oils and products, we recommend that you enroll as a wholesale member in Young Living by purchasing the Premium Starter Kit, which gives you the Everyday Oils, a bonus oil called Stress Away, a Home Diffuser, as well as samples to try or share. This is an excellent investment in your health, as well as the health of your animals. 

You also have the option of joining as a Retail Member, as opposed to a Wholesale Member, so it is completely up to you. There are also options for monthly Essential Rewards orders, which earn you points that you can spend on additional products, as well as promotional items every month that you can earn for free, just by shopping for what you already need. 

Please ask us for additional information, or you may learn more by logging on to:

www.HolisticOilsForPetsAndPeeps.com  (then click on the Contact Me page for more info)

Thank you for joining us on this wonderfully holistic journey. We are truly grateful to have you here with us and look forward to helping you any way we can! ♥



Monday, April 3, 2017

April's Amazing PV Promo from Young Living




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Monday, March 20, 2017

Wellpet Recalls Wellness 95% Beef Topper For Dogs 13.2 Ounce Cans



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 17, 2017 - WellPet has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited amount of one canned topper product due to potential elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone.
Recalled Product Details:
  • Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs – 13.2 oz
  • Best-By Dates of 02 FEB 19, 29 AUG 19 and 30 AUG 19, located on the bottom of the can



Three best-by date codes of one recipe have the potential to contain elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone. Elevated levels may affect a dog’s metabolism and can be associated with anxiousness, increased thirst, increased urinary output and weight loss. However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing. Although multiple studies indicate that, for the vast majority of pets, symptoms are reversible once the pet stops eating product with elevated thyroid hormone, if your pet has consumed this product and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
The recipe is a mixer or topper and is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only; the likelihood of a dog being affected is remote. Even though the chance of a dog being affected is unlikely, WellPet is voluntarily recalling this recipe with these three best-by dates. No other Wellness products are affected. Affected products were distributed at pet specialty retailers throughout North America and online.
Although the WellPet Consumer Affairs team has received no reports of any health problems to date as a result of feeding this recipe, the FDA advised WellPet of three dogs that were affected. WellPet immediately initiated an investigation, and based on follow-up research, decided to recall the lots in question. The dogs are now fully recovered and doing well.
“Please know that safeguarding the health and wellbeing of pets is of the utmost importance to us,” said Camelle Kent, chief executive officer of WellPet, the maker of Wellness products. “We fully intend on maintaining the trust you have placed in us to keep your pets healthy and happy, and are removing this product as part of our ongoing commitment to quality and food safety.”
If you have any of the 13.2 oz recipe with these three best-by dates, please email WellPet at wecare@wellpet.com or call 1-877-227-9587. For more information, please visit WellPet’s website for a letter from the CEO.
  • Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs – 13.2 oz, Can UPC: 0 76344 89450 6


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Blue Buffalo Recalls One Lot of BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food For Adult Dogs


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 17, 2017 – Wilton, CT – Blue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling one production lot of BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain RecipeTM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs, as the product has the potential to contain elevated levels of naturally- occurring beef thyroid hormones.

Dogs ingesting high levels of beef thyroid hormones may exhibit symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate and restlessness. These symptoms may resolve when the use of the impacted food is discontinued. However, with prolonged consumption, these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing. Should these symptoms occur, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Although the Blue Buffalo Customer Care Resource Team has not received any reports of dogs exhibiting these symptoms from consuming this product, the FDA advised Blue Buffalo of a single consumer who reported symptoms in one dog. Blue Buffalo immediately began an investigation. After working with the FDA, Blue Buffalo decided it would be prudent to recall the one production lot in question. The one dog was also being fed non-Blue Buffalo food and has fully recovered.The voluntary recall is limited to one production lot of the following product:



Affected products were distributed nationally through pet specialty and on-line retailers.
No other Blue Buffalo products are impacted by this issue.

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If your pet has consumed the product listed above and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please discontinue feeding and contact your veterinarian. Consumers who have purchased the product subject to this recall should dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for full refund.Consumers with questions may contact Blue Buffalo at 866-201-9072 from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday, or by email at CustomerCare@bluebuffalo.com for more information.


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Do Pets Have Psychic Abilities?


Have you ever wondered whether or not your companion animal has psychic abilities? While some might scoff at the idea, many are convinced that this is certainly the case.  

Over the years, I’ve heard many stories of animals exhibiting behaviors that seem as though they might fall within this realm of experience. For example, did you know that during the massive tsunami in December of 2004, scores of elephants in Sri Lanka, Sumatra and Thailand moved to higher ground before the destructive waves struck land? There were even reports of buffalo grazing by the beach in Thailand who lifted their heads in unison, stared out to sea and then stampeded up into the hills. Most, if not all of the villagers who followed the lead of these animals were saved. How did these elephants and buffalos know what was coming? Did they pick up on slight tremors that seismologists themselves were not able to detect? If so, why was it only the animals in low-lying coastal areas who exhibited strange behavior and not the rest of the animals in Southeast Asia?

As a lifelong Empath, Intuitive, Clairsentient, and Claircognizant, I am acutely aware that animals do indeed have a "sixth sense", if you will, not to mention that animals lack ego, which usually serves to keep humans stuck in unbelief of such things.  I have witnessed many examples for myself during natural disasters, cases of lost pets, living with my own pets, as well as through my Animal Reiki practice.

There are many other documented incidences of animals sensing earthquakes all over the world. No one really knows how they sense an earthquake, although theories abound, from sensing vibrations, noticing changes in the Earth’s electromagnetic field or smelling released subterranean gasses. Some of these theories could also explain why dogs ‘freak out’ before avalanches, but what about human-made catastrophes? During World War II, families in Britain and Germany relied on their pets’ behavior to warn them of impending air raids while the enemy planes were still hundreds of miles away! Just how did these pets know what was looming in their immediate futures?









We’ve all heard stories of lost dogs and cats who’ve traveled hundreds of miles to return home. Even more common are accounts of pets who seem to know when their people are coming home. Pet parents have told me that they just have to ‘think’ about their sleeping dog or cat and their companion animal will immediately awake and stare as if to ask, “Did you want something?” What can possibly explain such occurrences? Do our pets and other animals have abilities that allow them to tune into our own brainwaves or even see into the future; i.e., are they‘psychic’? Or, are they just more sensitive than humans to factors and changes (visual, magnetic, aural, etc.) too subtle for humans to detect?

The fact is, there’s no clear answer … it’s definitely an ongoing debate, usually with devoted pet parents and ‘psychically gifted’ on one side, and skeptics and most scientists on the other. In the past, scientists have not provided satisfactory answers about what non-human animals know, much less how they manage ‘miraculous’ behaviors (e.g., how every bird in a flock is able to turn on a dime simultaneously and change course in unison). With actions so incredible they are impossible (and unproductive) to ignore, even by-the-book scientists have begun to examine new perspectives in animal kingdom consciousness.

Veterinarian Allan Schoen, DVM, wrote in Kindred Spirits that humans and other animals share an intimate connection. Schoen thinks that pets can read our moods, understand our needs, and can even communicate with us on a level that transcends body language. ESP researcher Dr. J.B. Rhine thoroughly documented the travels of a cat named Sugar, who was left behind in California when his family moved away to Oklahoma. Fourteen months later, Sugar showed up at his family’s home in Oklahoma, having undertaken an extraordinary 1,500 mile trip to a place he had never been before. And biologist Rupert Sheldrake, author of Dogs That Know When Their Owner is Coming Home, has published many papers concerning the perceptive abilities of telepathy and premonition in non-human animals.

In fact, several researchers believe there is a conscious connection between humans and their companion animals, referred to as ‘non-local mind’, which is not limited by locality, making it possible for humans and animals to affect each other even when miles apart. This is certainly true about the emotional bond between ourselves and our four-footers, so perhaps it is not so ‘far out’ to think they enjoy a mental connection that seems to defy explanation. Personally, I think it is possible that we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the incredible conscious abilities of animals.

I certainly believe!  What about you? Where do you fall in this debate? Have you ever experienced a psychic connection with your companion animal?




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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Essential Oils for Fish





If you are looking for a wonderful way to expose your fish to essential oils but were told that you cannot do this safely, here is how to implement them into your aquarium or pond to rid them of fungus, bacteria, viruses, and other health concerns.  You should only use essential oils in a glass aquarium and avoid plastic components as much as you possibly can.  Many essential oils have been used for fish, however, the most commonly used oils are Purification, Lemon, and Peppermint.  We highly recommend beginning with these three oils, then only implementing other oils when needed.  

The best way to get started is with a toothpick dip into the oil you wish to use, then dip the toothpick into the water.  This will enable you to gradually build the concentration of how much oil you are adding to the water. It is not uncommon to use 2-5 drops of oil per 10-gallon aquarium, once you build up the concentration levels.  Even with larger areas of water, such as ponds, remarkable results are often seen with merely a few drops or as much as 10-20 drops for a large pond.  Fish are often seen ingesting the droplets of oil from the water's surface, which is absolutely fine when they choose to do so. 









Essential oils can also be added to a separate water supply first, for example, 1 drop per 4 cups of water in an empty, clean container (such as an empty NingXia Red bottle).  This water can them be used to fill a fish bowl or to add to the existing fish tank or pond environment.  

Purification oil is generally our first recommendation as a broad spectrum blend that is effective against bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses.  There is no documentation of using the Raindrop Technique on fish, therefore, this method is NOT recommended.


Treatment Recommendations:

Add a toothpick dip of Purification to your glass aquarium.  Refresh the treatment as needed. Some fish may need treatments on a weekly basis, others may even need daily treatments. Gradually increase the amount of oil being added to their water.


Other Recommended Oils (in alphabetical order):


Single Oils ~ Frankincense, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Palo Santo, Peppermint, Tangerine


Oil Blends ~ Citrus Fresh, Purification


Supplements & Products ~ Thieves Household Cleaner






Should you wish to get started with your own oils and products, we recommend that you enroll as a wholesale member in Young Living by purchasing the Premium Starter Kit, which gives you the Everyday Oils, a bonus oil called Stress Away, a Home Diffuser, as well as samples to try or share. This is an excellent investment in your health, as well as the health of your animals. 

You also have the option of joining as a Retail Member, as opposed to a Wholesale Member, so it is completely up to you. There are also options for monthly Essential Rewards orders, which earn you points that you can spend on additional products, as well as promotional items every month that you can earn for free, just by shopping for what you already need. 

Please ask us for additional information, or you may learn more by logging on to:



Thank you for joining me on this amazing holistic journey. I am truly grateful to have you here with me and look forward to helping you any way I can!   ♥


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Evanger’s Pet Food and Against the Grain Recalls Additional Products



For Immediate Release ~ March 3, 2017


Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food is voluntarily expanding its recall of Hunk of Beef and is also recalling Evanger’s Braised Beef and Against the Grain’s Pulled Beef Products due to potential adulteration with pentobarbital.  Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand, coma and death. Consumers who notice these symptoms in their pets should consult their veterinarian.
The expansion of the company’s February 3rd recall of five production lots of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef canned dog food and its February 14th recall of one production lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef canned dog food is being  'out of an abundance of caution'.
Evanger’s first advised the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of its intention to expand the product recall on February 20, 2017, and announced the planned recall in a letter to its distributors and retailers on February 28, 2017.
The 12 oz. cans of dog foods that are being voluntarily recalled have the following barcodes.  The numbers listed below are the second half of the barcode, which can be found on the back of the product label:

  • Evanger’s: Hunk of Beef: 20109
  • Evanger’s: Braised Beef: 20107
  • Against the Grain: Pulled Beef: 80001

The three products being voluntarily recalled were manufactured between December 2015 and January 2017, and have expiration dates of December 2019 through January 2021.  These products were distributed online and through independent boutique pet stores nationwide.
This voluntary recall affects only Hand Packed Beef Products, which is a unique method in which large chunks of meat are manually placed into the can by hand, not machine. 
Consumers may return any can of the aforementioned products to their place of purchase for a full refund for the inconvenience.  For any questions, customers may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday.
Distributors and online retailers were previously notified of this voluntary recall on February 27th.

The FDA  initiated an investigation of Evanger’s manufacturing facilities early last January after receiving word that a dog had died and four other dogs had been sickened after ingesting food from a can of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef.
Lab testing revealed the presence of pentobarbital, a euthanasia agent, in the stomach contents of the dead dog, in the remnants of food from the opened can, and in food from unopened cans of the same production lot of Hunk of Beef obtained from the owner of the dogs and from the retailer. Additional lab testing carried out by FDA detected pentobarbital in a can of Against the Grain Pulled Beef canned dog food.
Against the Grain Pulled Beef is manufactured by Evanger’s.
In an advisory to consumers, released on February 17 and updated on March 3, FDA reported that a bill of lading from Evanger’s supplier, which the pet food manufacturer had claimed was “USDA approved”, referred to “Inedible Hand Deboned Beef – For Pet Food Use Only. Not Fit For Human Consumption.”
Investigation of a certificate number displayed on the bill of lading determined that it referred to an export certification number that had been issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS). The certification, according to a spokesperson with USDA-APHIS, had expired in the mid-2000s.
The FDA has received ten additional complaints from consumers who believe their dogs have been affected adversely after consuming by Evanger’s Hunk of Beef dog food. Five of the complaints mention symptoms that are consistent with possible pentobarbital poisoning. The agency is following up on four of the complaints, which provided veterinary and product lot number identification.
The FDA continues to encourage consumers to report problems with Evanger’s products through the Safety Reporting Portal or by contacting a Consumer Complaint Coordinator. 
Additional information is available on the FDA web page, How to Report a Pet Food Complaint.
Contact:
Consumers:  Evanger’s Pet Foods ~  847-537-0102
Media:  Evanger’s Pet Foods ~  847-537-0102


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