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:
- 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 EST. 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.
- May 05, 2017 Smallbatch Pets Inc. (of Portland, OR) is voluntarily recalling two lots of frozen 2-pound chicken blend for dogs and cats, brand name Smallbatch, because of the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected products are identified with the following manufacturing codes and Best-By Dates (on the back of packages): (1) Lot Code D032, UPC 7-0510597097-4, Best-By Date 2/1/2018, and (2) Lot Code E058, UPC 7-0510597097-4, Best-By Date 2/27/2018. 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, contact your veterinarian. The potentially affected lots of chicken blend were distributed to retail pet food stores in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington through pet food retailers and distributors. Two hundred eighty-two cases of this product were sold between February 1, 2017 and May 5, 2017. Consumers who have purchased the above lots of chicken blend are urged to stop feeding them to their dogs or cats and return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately. Smallbatch Pets Inc. apologizes for any inconvenience. For consumer questions, please call 888-507-2712, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST, or email us at [email protected]
- April 24, 2017 Party Animal (of West Hollywood, CA) is recalling 13-ounce cans of their Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best-by date July, 2019) and Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best-by date August, 2019). A customer presented samples of these products to a Texas A&M testing lab and their results were positive for pentobarbital. Party Animal tracked the two lot numbers of the food in question and determined that the food was manufactured and distributed in 2015. Out of an abundance of caution, these lots are being recalled nationwide. The company is working with their distributors and retailers to determine if any additional beef-flavored products manufactured during this 2015 production period remain on shelves and, if so, to retrieve them immediately. The safety of pets is and always will be the first priority of Party Animal. As pet parents themselves, the family owners sincerely regret the reports of the discomfort experienced by the pet who consumed this food.
- April 21, 2017 C.O. Truxton, Inc. (of Bellmawr, NJ) is voluntarily recalling lot 70952A of Phenobarbital 15 mg Tablets, USP because of a labeling error on declared strength. The product is indicated for use as a sedative or anticonvulsant and is packaged in 1,000-count bottles, with NDC 0463-6160-10, UPC 7-0463616010-6, and expiration date 11/17. The mislabeled product could expose the consumer or their pet(s) to potential overdosing that can cause severe intoxication which may lead to cardiogenic shock, renal failure, coma, or death. C.O. Truxton, Inc. is notifying all customers on record who purchased the affected product via US Mail and is arranging for full credit returns, replacements, etc. Consumers, distributors, and retailers who have the recalled product should stop using the product and return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact C.O. Truxton, Inc. by phone at 856-933-2333, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST. If you have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product, contact your physician or healthcare provider.
- March 20, 2017 EuroCan Manufacturing (of New Hamburg, ON, Canada) is voluntarily recalling Lot Number 84 of its individually shrink-wrapped 6-pack, 12-pack, and 25-pack bags of Barnsdale Farms®, HoundsTooth®, and Mac's Choice® Pig Ears because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products, and there is also risk to humans from handling contaminated pet 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. The pig ears were distributed throughout the United States and Canada. No illnesses of any kind have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased any of the Barnsdale Farms® Pig Ears should return the product to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, at 888-290-7606.
- March 17, 2017 Blue Buffalo Company (of Wilton, CT) is voluntarily recalling one production lot of BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain Recipe(TM) Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs. The recalled product has UPC 8-4024310115-3 and Best Buy Date June 7, 2019 (on the bottom of cans). It 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. If these symptoms occur, contact your veterinarian immediately. Affected products were distributed nationally through pet specialty and online retailers. Consumers who have purchased the product should dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for full refund. Those with questions may contact Blue Buffalo at 866-201-9072, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday, or by email at [email protected]
- March 17, 2017 WellPet (of Tewksbury, MA) has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited amount of one recipe of Canned Topper For Dogs as the product has the potential to contain elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormones. 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. The recalled product details include 13.2-ounce cans of Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs with Best-By Dates 02 FEB 19, 29 AUG 19, and 30 AUG 19 (on the bottom of cans). If your pet has consumed this product and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. Affected products were distributed at pet specialty retailers throughout North America and online. If you have the 13.2-ounce recipe with any of the three aforementioned best-by dates, please email WellPet at [email protected] or call 877-227-9587.
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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