We LOVE cats and dogs! Northern Kentucky Pet Sitters provides the highest standard of quality pet sitting, dog walking, dog training, and (USDA Certified) pet transportation services.
PATTI'S PET SITTING SERVICE, LLC knows that you're busy. WE CAN HELP YOU. Our advice is free. Our fees are moderate. Our results are highly satisfactory.
Meet the Owner: Patti Sheehan retired from Delta Air Lines after accruing the benefits of more than 29 years of professional customer service and employee relations experience in the airline industry. She was the proud recipient of 15 prestigious sales and customer service awards during her distinguished career. One of Patti's proximate and longtime personal goals motivated her to open a pet-sitting business. Using a blend of essential knowledge, specialized skills, and humane values and practices, the Ludlow, Kentucky resident now takes care of cats and dogs. She is on her ongoing mission to provide the highest standard of quality pet sitting, dog walking, dog training, and pet transportation services at cost-effective prices.
Patti is affiliated with Professional United Pet Sitters LLC (PUPS), the world's premier organization for professional dog walking and pet sitting businesses, and the veterinarian accredited International Vet Transport Association for Animals (IVETAA). She is registered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a certified ground transporter for pet relocation and transportation. Patti has also completed requisite training and proficiency requirements for Pet First Aid and emergency care procedures with the American Red Cross.
ATTENTION! PET PRODUCTS RECALL
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sends out notices about voluntary and involuntary pet food recalls. Check the FDA's Web site (at http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/RecallsWithdrawals/default.htm) regularly for information about current safety alerts and recalls.
Q. My pet may have eaten some contaminated food or ingested a poisonous substance. What action(s) should I take?
A. Call your veterinarian or an emergency veterinary clinic immediately. If you don't succeed in reaching these contacts, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's 24-hour Hotline at (888) 426-4435. A consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.
Q. Given specific product recalls lately, I am thinking about feeding a raw meat diet to my dog. What are the benefits and risks? Karen Peak, a pet expert and author, provides important information below when she discusses such a plan.
A. One of the benefits with a raw meat diet is you know exactly what is going into the animal. However, a drawback is you also can end up with a malnourished pet! Good nutrition is far more than feeding your animal enough to keep it from getting too thin. Cats, for example, are far more carnivorous than dogs. The type of raw diet you would use for a cat would not give a dog what it needs. According to Give Your Dog a Bone by Dr. [Ian] Billinghurst, a raw diet for a dog consists of 60% raw meaty bones. The other 40% is a variety of foods to balance: green vegetables, eggs, milk, and organ meats (liver, heart, kidneys, etc.).
Feeding a raw diet is far more than hitting your local grocery store and tossing hamburger or chicken your pet's way! Proper nutrition involves knowing what your pet needs to be healthiest in regards to protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, various vitamins and minerals, etc. Deficiencies in any of these categories can lead to serious problems down the road. For example, if a cat lacks taurine, he can end up with vision problems. Some breeds of dogs are prone to bladder stones and some stones may have a protein-related basis. Too much protein can be bad for these dogs. If you wish to properly feed a raw diet, you need to take the time to understand the intricacies of animal nutrition based on species.
Recent Recalls and Alerts:
- June 23, 2017 ADM Animal Nutrition™ (of Quincy, IL), a Division of Archer Daniels Midland Company, is recalling 50-pound bags of Rough-N-Ready 14 BT cattle feed, product #54787BHB24, because the product contains elevated levels of monensin beyond the recommended dosage, which could be harmful to cattle. At elevated levels, monensin can be toxic to cattle and can cause colic-like symptoms, hypokalemia, myoglobinuria, chronic cardiovascular issues, and possible death. There is one lot number involved in this recall--Lot #2WS01717--which can be found at the bottom of the label. The product was distributed between January 19, 2017 and February 2, 2017, and it could have been purchased directly from ADM Animal Nutrition or through one of three distributors: Midwest Fertilizer, Inc. in Iola, Kansas; CW Feeds in Wichita, Kansas; and Northtown Ace in Mountain Grove, Missouri. ADM Animal Nutrition received reports from two customers claiming this feed may have resulted in death loss on their respective farms. The company immediately began investigating and initiated the recall upon receiving confirmation that the feed contained elevated levels of monensin due to a temporary breakdown in the packaging process. This has now been corrected. Customers who have purchased the recalled feed should immediately stop using it and return it to their distributor or directly to ADM Animal Nutrition for a full refund. Please direct any customer inquiries to 800-217-2007, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM CDT.
- June 16, 2017 United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. (of Blacksburg, VA), is voluntarily expanding its recall of multiple brands of packages of rawhide dog chew products to include their retail partners' private label brands. The private label product brands subject to the recall are Companion, Dentley's, Enzadent or Dentahex, Essential Everyday, Exer-Hides, Good Lovin' or Petco, Hill Country Fare, and Priority Pet. Consumers who have purchased these dog chew products are urged to dispose of the products or return them directly to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they were initially purchased for a full refund. You may also contact the United Pet Group consumer affairs team at 855-215-4962 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 11:00 PM EDT for a refund.
- June 16, 2017 Vitakraft Sun Seed Inc. (of Weston, OH) is voluntarily recalling certain Sunseed Parrot Fruit & Vegetable diet and Sunseed SunSations Rabbit Food due to a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Listeria monocytogenes are present in the gut of birds and rabbits. Household pets such as birds and rabbits carry a risk to humans. Even if the birds and rabbits do not appear to be sick after consuming foods containing Listeria monocytogenes, they can become carriers of Listeria monocytogenes and transfer Listeria monocytogenes to the environment. Vitakraft Sun Seed was notified on June 14, 2017 by its supplier of dried apples that the ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Although there has been no reported evidence of direct contamination of the dried apples, our supplier has initiated the recall. To date there have been no reports of any illness. The following products are being recalled: SS Parrot Frt/Veg 25# (Lot #104082), SS Sunsations Rabbit Food 3.5lb 6/C (Lot #104246), MJR Parrot Food 4LB 6/CA (Lot #103980), MJR Parrot Food 4LB 6/CA (Lot #103981), ALT Small Animal Apple Slices 1oz 24/CA (Lot #103435), ALT Small Animal Apple Slices 1oz 24/CA (Lot #103118), NG Guinea Pig Entrée 4lb 6/C (Lot #103440), NG Guinea Pig Entrée 4lb 6/C (Lot #104434), NG Guinea Pig Entrée 4lb 6/C (Lot #103439), NG Rabbit Entrée 4lb 6/C (Lot #104436), NG Rabbit Entrée 4lb 6/C (Lot #103442), NG Rabbit Entrée 4lb 6/C (Lot #103444), NG Rabbit Entrée 4lb 6/C (Lot #103443), DFS Premium Blend Macaw 5lb 5/C (Lot #104094), DFS Premium Blend Macaw 5lb 5/C (Lot #103741), and DFS Premium Blend Macaw 5lb 5/C (Lot #103876). These products were sold in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Retailers and distributors who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves. Consumers who have purchased these products may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. "The health and happiness of our customers and their animal companions is always our top priority. Although there has been no evidence of contamination in our products, we are initiating this voluntary recall as a precautionary measure," said Brent Weinmann, President and CEO of Vitakraft Sun Seed. Customers who have further questions are welcome to contact Customer Service at 800-221-6175, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM EDT.
- June 14, 2017 Loving Pets (of Cranbury, NJ) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of air-puffed dog treats because of the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The Loving Pets Barksters™ lot numbers are Item #5700 Sweet Potato and Chicken (UPC 8-4298205700-5, Lot #021619) and Item #5705 Brown Rice and Chicken (UPC 8-4298205705-0, Lot #021419). The Loving Pets Puffsters™ Snack Chips lot numbers are Item #5100 Apple and Chicken (UPC 8-4298205100-3, Lot #051219, #112118, #112918, #012719, #012519, #013019), Item #5110 Banana and Chicken (UPC 8-4298205110-2, Lot #112218, #112818, #112918, #013119), Item #5120 Sweet Potato and Chicken (UPC 8-4298205120-1, Lot #112818, #020119), and Item #5130 Cranberry and Chicken (UPC 8-4298205130-0, Lot #020319, #112918, #020219). The Whole Hearted™ lot numbers are Item #2570314 Chicken and Apple Puff Treats (UPC 8-0044322069-6, Lot #121418, #121918, #122318, #010419, #010619, #010519). 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. 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. To ensure the safety of its products, Loving Pets decided to be extra cautious and recall a wider range of lot numbers (noted above) so that no possible contaminated product is available on the market. Consumers may return any bag of treats with any of the aforementioned lot numbers to the retailer where the product was originally purchased. For additional information, please visit www.LovingPetsProducts.com or call 866-599-PETS (7387).
- June 10, 2017 United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. (of Blacksburg, VA), is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of packages of rawhide dog chew products because of possible chemical contamination. The recall was initiated after United Pet Group identified that certain of its rawhide chew manufacturing facilities located in Mexico and Colombia, as well as one of its suppliers in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the manufacturing of rawhide chews. The compound is an anti-microbial chemical that is approved for cleaning food processing equipment, but it has not been approved in the U.S. as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs. The product brands subject to the recall are American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, and Healthy Hide (including Healthy Hide -- Good -n- Fun and Healthy Hide -- Good -n- Fit). This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide. Only products with lot codes listed on the back of packages that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall. This includes all package sizes and/or weights. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to dispose of the products or return them directly to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they were initially purchased for a full refund. We take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously, and we are continuing to investigate the cause of this problem. We are implementing changes across the targeted manufacturing facilities in order to prevent this problem from recurring in the future. United Pet Group is also working with retailers to ensure that the affected products are no longer sold and removed from inventory. You may also contact the United Pet Group consumer affairs team at 855-215-4962 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 11:00 PM EDT for a refund.
- May 08, 2017 C.O. Truxton, Inc. (of Bellmawr, NJ) is issuing a voluntary nationwide recall of Amitriptyline HCL Tablets, USP 50 mg and Phenobarbital Tablets, USP 15 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg, 100 mg because of a potential label mix-up error. Out of an abundance of caution, C.O. Truxton, Inc. is expanding the April 21, 2017 voluntary recall to include all products that were repackaged into a Truxton Incorporated label. The company is notifying all customers on record who purchased the recalled products under Truxton Incorporated label/NDC via US Mail with a recall letter and recall response form. C.O. Truxton, Inc. is arranging for full credit returns, replacements, etc. of all recalled products. Consumers, distributors, and retailers who have the recalled products should stop using them immediately and return the products to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact C.O. Truxton, Inc. at 800-257-7704, Monday to Friday, between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EDT. Consumers should contact their physician, healthcare provider, or veterinarian if they have experienced any problem(s) that may be related to taking or administering these drug products.
REMINDER: Tag Your Companion Animals
Make sure your pet wears a collar with an ID tag, rabies vaccination tag, and city license. Include a contact name, address, and daytime and evening phone number. Consider providing a phone number for an alternate contact like a neighbor or family member, in case you can't be reached. And don't forget to update your pet's tags when you move. Also consider microchipping your pet to increase the likelihood that you and he will be reunited if he is ever lost. This announcement is presented by courtesy of American Humane.
Take the American Humane Pledge: I believe in kindness and compassion for all animals, and that all animals are entitled to humane treatment. I will celebrate 100 years of "Be Kind to Animals Week®" all year round by doing four simple things to help our animal friends:
- I will seek out eggs, meat, and dairy products [from animals] that are humanely raised, [and use] American Humane Certified™ products, helping to ensure the welfare of 10 billion farm animals.
- I will learn about conservation efforts, and I will teach my family about wild animals and the need to protect them by visiting parks, accredited zoos, and aquariums.
- I will look for films featuring American Humane Association's "No Animals Were Harmed®" end credit, ensuring the safety of hundreds of thousands of animal stars each year.
- If I choose to adopt or rescue a pet, I will do so from an animal shelter, saving the life of one of the 6-8 million animals who end up abandoned each year.
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