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alert cocoa mulchEvanger's Dog Food

Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger's Dog Food is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef. Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.

The product was manufactured during the week of June 6 - June 13, 2016, with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.

If consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, he or she should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday.



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alert cocoa mulchCocoa Mulch

Even if you don't have a pet, please pass this to those who do.

Cocoa Mulch can be deadly to dogs and cats. Cocoa Mulch is sold by Target, Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores.

Cocoa Mulch contains a lethal ingredient called Theobromine as well as caffeine. Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker’s chocolate, which is toxic to dogs and cats. Because of its sweet smell it will attract dogs. So a word of caution; be sure to check what you and/or your gardeners are using in your gardens.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's web site, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.  Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey’s, and they claim that 'It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it.'

For the full article go to the Snopes website at:

alert smokingYour pets will be happier if you give up cigarettes

By Leslie Kawamoto, Advertiser Staff Writer

Excerpt from the Honolulu Advertiser

Secondhand smoke has been associated with heart disease, lung disease and cancer in humans. What about pets?

Kathleen Koga, youth education coordinator from the state Department of Health, has done considerable research about how secondhand smoke affects pets.

Cats, fastidious groomers, ingest smoke particles by licking their fur. In a Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine study, cats were found to be prone to oral cancer called squamous-cell carcinoma, and those who live with smokers are three times more likely to develop lymphomas - cancer of the lymph nodes - the most common type of feline cancer. The ingested carcinogens get into the cat's bloodstream and are filtered through the lymph glands.

Long-nosed dogs, when exposed to secondhand smoke, are at greater risk for nasal cancer, while short-nosed dogs often get lung cancer. Sadly, dogs with nasal cancer do not live more than a year.

In 2001 Colorado State University study, toxins from cigarette smoke were found in urine samples of dogs.

If you don't want to quit for your own health, then do it for your pets.

For more information about the Great American Smoke Out event at UH, go to

Animal lover Leslie Kawamoto has been with the Advertiser for 18 years, or 126 in dog years.