FDA Health Alert: Do Not Use Certain Beef Dog Treats Distributed by Merrick Pet Care

The FDA Thursday warned consumers not to use Merrick Beef Filet Squares with a package date of “Best By 11/19/11,” because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The treats for dogs were distributed nationwide through retail stores and the Internet.

No illnesses associated with the treats have as yet been reported, but the FDA is advising people not to handle the or feed them to pets. Routine testing in December detected Salmonella. Another inspection found deficiencies in the packaging and manufacturing of the product.

The affected Merrick Beef Filet Squares were packaged in a 10-ounce green, red and tan resealable plastic bag. The “best by” date is imprinted on the top portion of the bag, which is torn off when the bag is opened. The FDA recommends that consumers who are unable to determine the “best by” date discontinue use of the product.

Consumers can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food and pet treat products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in their area. For consumer inquiries, phone 888-INFO-FDA. Please see this page for additional information on the warning and Salmonella.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, or “Chessies,” are medium to large-sized working dogs with sturdy, athletic builds. These dogs are known for their intelligence, loyalty and strong desire to work. Though the Chessie was bred to be a hard-working retriever, the breed also makes a wonderful companion for the right owner. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is known as one of the hardest working retrievers and an excellent protector. The breed is also intensely loyal to its family. While happy, playful and energetic, this is no Labrador Retriever. Yet the Chessie is sometimes mistakenly considered a close relative of the Lab. This does not mean they are any less wonderful, but if you are expecting a “happy-go-lucky” dog that is kid-friendly and highly affectionate, you are not looking for a Chessie.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever originated in the area for which it was named. The breed was developed from two Newfoundland puppies that ended up in Maryland after a ship coming from Canada wrecked in 1807. Over time, the Newfies were bred with local retrievers as well as Flat-Coat and Curly-Coated Retrievers and English Otter Hounds. The Chessie was developed to retrieve ducks in the Chesapeake Bay’s rough, icy water.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was registered by the AKC in 1878. The American Chesapeake Club, was founded in 1918. Chessies are still known today as excellent workers, but also loyal companions.

Many people think the Chessie is a variation or close relative of the Labrador Retriever. It is quite important to know that this is not the case. Both breeds are loyal, happy, playful and energetic retrievers, and both have Newfoundlands as ancestors, but the similarities tend to stop there. The Chessie is more the strong, silent type. This is also a dog with an instinct to protect loved ones. This breed will bond closely with its family, but may seem neutral around other people and dogs. The Chessie is also a strong-willed dog that may have its own agenda. This breed needs structure, discipline and a solid foundation of obedience training. In addition, Chessies need plenty of exercise, and thrive in environments where they have jobs to do. The use of a good dog training collar will be a big help instilling proper training in your Chessie


55-80 pounds


brown, deadgrass, sedge or ash

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

The Chessie has a double coat that contains unique protective oils, making the coat highly water-resistant. The top coat is thick and coarse, while the undercoat is woolly. The Chessie sheds at a moderately high rate year round, but will blow its coat (shed excessively) seasonally. Routine basic grooming is important in order to keep the coat healthy and reduce shedding.

The is not the right breed for everyone, but in the right home will make an excellent companion. With proper training and socialization, the breed can get along with children, but a home with older kids will be a better fit. The Chessie will be your exercise partner, loyal guardian, diligent worker, reliable retriever and all-around top-notch family member.

Could this be the breed for you? While Chessies are not right for everyone, they make wonderful companions in the right homes (where all of their needs are met). That means plenty of training, lots of exercise and, ideally, a job to do. If you decide the Chessie is a good fit for you, you’ll find that the breed is a delightful addition to your home.  Are you the proud owner of a Chessie? Tell us all about it.

Train Your Dog Fast With Innotek Dog Training Collars

Innotek IUT-300 series shock collarsToday, we are learning more and more about training hunting dogs using the relatively new technology called electronic dog training collars. These collars have changed the way that working dogs are trained, especially hunting dogs.

One of the most significant values of the electronic training collar is that it allows full interaction between the trainer and the dog and can even be used remotely while your dog is doing his work.  Let us evaluate how these collars work and why they are so effective.

Electronic training collars consist of two parts: transmitters and receivers.  The transmitter is the hand-held unit and is controlled by the trainer while the receiver is worn on the dog’s collar.  Correcting a dog at home, in the field hunting, or during a show—is done by sending a signal from the trainer’s transmitter that sends a light static correction to the dog through the collar.  These corrections are light and do not harm the dog, but they do distract the dog, which corrects bad behavior.    This quickly increases the training pace.

When you are searching for an effective electronic training collar for your dog, you want one that is reliable and safe.  Innotek Pet Products is the premier electronic dog training collar supplier.  Whether you need a backyard system that allows you to train more than one dog or you want a simple system to train your pet at home, Innotek has a product that will meet your needs.

In addition to the high quality, Innotek products offer long-term durability.  Innotek Ultra Smart Training Collars also offer a variety of options including 15 levels of stimulation, allow for multiple dogs to be trained and options to use sound as well as electronic reminders for your dog.

Innotek UltraSmart training collars provide the best value through the IUT 300 series.  This system is ideal for those who need to train two dogs at once and at a distance.  These collars have a range of up to 300 yards.

Thanks to the IUT300 collar, you can enjoy unique features like self-diagnosis, electronic fit testing, battery strength indicator, built-in receivers, as well as lithium-ion technology which is not available in other collars. With up to nine levels of stimulation, this training collar is one of most function collars out there for trainers looking to train with sound reminder or electronic stimulation.

Extra-long probes for long-haired dogs are also available as well as lanyards, test lights, and instructional DVDs.  Innotek is committed to ensuring that you and your dog get the most from their products when training.

PetSafe Aquires Pet Porte Technology

Radio Systems Corp., the manufacturer of the PetSafe Brand, has aquired the rights to the Pet Porte Smart Flap from U.K.-based Pet Porte Ltd.

The Pet Porte operates by responding to microchips in dogs and cats, thus keeping unwanted animals from gaining entry to the house.  The pet door also has a night mode setting which allows owners to prevent their pet from leaving the house after a designated time while still allowing an outside pet to enter the house.

For the time being, the company plans to keep production at Pt Porte Ltd.’s facility on the English Channel island of Guernsey. PetSafe expects to be able to sell the product in North America in the second half of 2010. The Pet Porte is currently available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a native of Switzerland, where its ancestors can be traced back over 2,000 years. The Bernese Mountain Dog was named for its region of origin, the Canton of Berne.

Known for centuries as hard-working farm dogs, they kept watch over property, drove small herds of cattle, and hauled carts. They were also the farmers’ loyal and valued companions. The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large and lovable dog breed that thrives upon the companionship of people. In the late 1800s, as the need for farm dogs decreased, enthusiasts were able to preserve the breed. The Bernese Mountain Dog was first brought to the US in 1926 and was recognized by the AKC in 1937. Affectionately called “Berners,” this working breed has a solid history as a Swiss farm dog and farmers’ companion. Today’s Berner is known as more of a companion than anything else, but the breed is well-suited to obedience trials, cart-hauling competitions and conformation.

Some of the best traits of the Berner are it’s gentle nature and ability to get along with children and other animals. This loyal breed is protective without being aggressive and playful without being too rough. Like most large-breed dogs, the Berner’s life expectancy is short at 6-8 years. However, this does not keep enthusiasts from continuing to love the breed. Instead, they work hard to promote veterinary medical research and to breed quality dogs with a goal to avoid hereditary diseases.


70-115 pounds


Tri-color (black, rust and white)