The modern world has no shortage of toxic substances. Sadly, many of us need only look as far as our collection of household cleaners to locate them. Not only are they potentially harmful to humans, the little bodies of our companion animals are especially susceptible to these noxious chemicals.
For their sake, we offer up a few simple guidelines to begin ridding your home of potentially detrimental chemicals. Make your home a safer place to live and read this consumer report now!
If you love animals and love to send eCards like I do, then you’re going to absolutely LOVE Sloppy Kiss Cards! I became hooked several years ago when a friend sent me a birthday ecard in which a Boxer dog was the star of this hilarious animation. To those of you who know me, you’ll know all about my passion and obsession for Boxers. My first thought was ‘how did she do this?’ Immediately I began my investigation and discovered that I could do this too, and not just using Boxers, but a huge selection of over 250+ breeds of dogs, cats and other pets! I was instantly in puppy heaven, putting it mildly!
Sloppy Kiss Cards is an animated ecard greeting service for pet lovers and pet businesses. Each ecard tells a story. You choose and name the dog, cat, horse, bird, fish or other pet that stars in your ecard. They offer over 250 pets to choose from when customizing your dog ecard, cat ecard or pet ecard.
If you can’t find a photo of your breed, you can upload your own photo. There are animated ecards for just about every holiday and occasion you can think of. The service works just like other ecard services where you can schedule your ecards ahead of time (or send immediately), track when they’ve been opened and even maintain your own easy-to-use address book for future sending. There is NO limit on how many ecards you can send…it is UNLIMITED!
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
You can sign-up for your Sloppy Kiss Cards FREE 30-Day Trial and start sending ecards immediately. If you enjoy the service after using it for 30 days, and want to keep it, it’s just a mere $13.95 a year…yes, ONE YEAR! I could go on and on about how much I love Sloppy Kiss Cards, but the only way you’re going to understand is to try it yourself, for FREE!
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“Ugh! I’ve been kissed by a dog! I have dog germs! Get hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some iodine!”—Lucy, after being licked by Snoopy in A Charlie Brown Christmas
Americans share their households with an estimated 140 million dogs and cats. For the truly pet-centric among us, these creatures are family members, plain and simple. In addition to delivering that most elusive unconditional love, pet ownership confers several health benefits—including lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels—and increased opportunities for exercise and socialization.
Lucy may have overreacted after being smooched by Snoopy, but dogs and cats can transmit disease to people, either directly through licks, bites, and scratches; indirectly by carrying other infection-laden critters like fleas and ticks into the human environment, or by shedding tiny infectious organisms into our environment through feces. As a group, these diseases are called zoonoses (ZOH-uh-NOE-sees).
Most of the diseases we pick up from dogs and cats arise from bacteria, single-celled and worm-like parasites, and one virus (rabies). People with compromised immune systems (such as those with AIDS or those taking drugs to ward off rejection after receiving an organ transplant) and kids are at the highest risk of becoming sick with such ailments.
The list of diseases transmissible from dogs and cats to people is quite long, but the risk of getting sick from such conditions is low—especially if you take a few simple precautions. Beware bites, scratches, and smooches
While it is more likely that you’ll receive germs causing human disease while shaking hands than when getting smooched by a dog, saliva from a cat or dog—delivered via an affectionate lick, an accidental or aggressive bite, or a defensive scratch—may contain organisms that can cause illness if they penetrate the skin or come in contact with the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, or eyes. The dog or cat that unknowingly transmits these germs usually shows no signs of illness. But once inside a human, these bacteria can cause skin infections, flu-like symptoms such as fever and chills, and more serious diseases such as meningitis.
The rabies virus is the most dangerous saliva-borne germ a cat or dog can bestow on a person. Thankfully, rabies in people is very rare in the U.S. (only 47 cases were reported between 1990 and 2005), and most of those cases are attributed to bites from wild animals such as bats and raccoons. One reason dogs and cats so rarely transmit rabies is our nation’s highly effective pet-vaccination programs.
A fastidious cat that cleans its paws with its abrasive tongue can transfer bacteria belonging to the bartonella family from its mouth to its claws. In such a case, a bite or a scratch can cause cat-scratch disease, which usually causes localized lymph node swelling near the injury site but can progressively affect the liver, eyes, or central nervous system.
Here are a few ways to avoid saliva-borne infections:
* Socialize your pets with people so they are less likely to bite and scratch.
* Thoroughly wash any bite or scratch wound with soap and water. Watch the area for swelling and redness. Puncture wounds should be seen by a doctor.
* Make sure your pets are vaccinated against rabies. This is a legal requirement in most states.
No one in their right mind intentionally touches or ingests dog or cat poop, but people can nevertheless expose themselves to several nasty disease-causing agents from it via contaminated soil or water. These include salmonella, a bacteria that humans more commonly get from contaminated food, and giardia, a single-celled parasite that can cause severe diarrhea.
Also, the eggs of intestinal worms—including roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms—are commonly shed in animal feces, and people who accidentally ingest them can get become ill. Only the tapeworm can develop into an adult parasite in the human intestine, but the other worms in immature form can migrate to the skin, eyes, and other organs.
As if that weren’t enough, cat feces can carry a microscopic parasite (Toxoplasma gondii) that causes enlarged lymph nodes. Infected people usually don’t show symptoms, unless they have a weak immune system. Most important, women infected with toxoplasma during pregnancy can transmit the parasite to their developing fetus.
Here are a few precautions to take:
* Make sure your pet gets an annual veterinary physical
* If your pet develops diarrhea, treat it promptly.
* Wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning up dog or cat feces and after gardening or exposure to soil that may harbor canine or feline fecal matter.
* If you’re pregnant, have someone else clean out Felix’s litter box.
Freeloading fleas and ticks
The fleas and ticks that get a free ride and feed on domestic dogs and cats can also feed on humans, though they prefer hairier mammals. During feeding, those insects can transmit the germs that cause Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis (characterized by fever and headache), the malaria-like infection known as babesiosis, and even plague, most human cases of which occur in the Southwest U.S.
Follow these tips to stay insect free:
* Use a veterinary-recommended flea- and tick-prevention product on your pet.
* Check your pets for fleas and ticks regularly, even if they are on a preventive.
* If your home is flea-infested, treat the indoor environment as well as the pet.
* If you find a tick on your pet or yourself, remove it promptly and wash your hands afterward.
The bottom line with pets, people, and disease is this: Practice good hand washing and other common-sense personal hygiene measures, and give your pets good veterinary care. That will further reduce the already low risk of getting an unwanted ailment courtesy of your “best friend.”
Stella & Chewy’s Dog Food Recalled After Listeria Found
NEW YORK — Pet food maker Stella & Chewy’s is recalling some of its products because a routine test found Listeria in a sample of its chicken freeze-dried dinner patties for dogs.
Listeria can cause serious illness and even death in children, the frail and the elderly. Healthy people may suffer flu-like symptoms, such as high fever, headache, nausea and diarrhea.
The Milwaukee-based company said there have been no reported pet or human illnesses.
A complete list of recalled products can be found on the pet food company’s website.
Consumers can look at the lot numbers and UPC codes on their pet food to determine if it’s part of the recall. If they do have pet food that is part of the recall, they can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund, or they should dispose of it.
Fourth of July celebrations are here. But it’s not all fun and games, especially for our canine companions. The explosive booms and whistles of fireworks, the lingering smell of pyrotechnics, it’s more than some dogs can handle without experiencing extreme fear. But what is a pet parent to do? How can you protect your companion animal from this annual event?
Fortunately, Dr. Sarah has dedicated this month’s episode of Pet Talk to exactly this topic! Learn how to prepare and protect your fur kids from the sounds of ‘bombs bursting in air’. If you want to be ready before the holiday revelry begins, watch the latest episode of Pet Talk now and get lots more valuable tips!
Don’t let China host the 2019 World Dog Show unless it stops Yulin’s dog-meat festivals!
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the major federation of kennel clubs, hosts the World Dog Show every year. 10,000 dogs enter the competition, which has been called the “world’s most important dog show.”
10,000 is also the number of dogs eaten each year at the Yulin dog-meat eating festival in China – where FCI is planning to host the 2019 World Dog Show.
As long as the government of China has not stopped the horrific Yulin Dog Meat Eating Festival, it is not acceptable that the largest worldwide dog organization will support and arrange its biggest annual dog competition in such a country.
Other petition targets are the Chinese authorities. With this petition, we want to send your opinion to the government and the dog organization FCI. We will not support and participate in the WDS2019 as long as China accepts the Yulin Dog Meat Eating Festival, and therefore we ask FCI to move the WDS2019 to another country with a more humane view on animal welfare until China stop this horrible tradition.
HOW TO MAKE TURMERIC 2000% STRONGER WITH A HOMEMADE PASTE TO HELP SMASH CANCER & ARTHRITIS! By Pet Nutrition Blogger, Rodney Habib
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It is estimated that 5% of cancer is genetic and 95% is a result of lifestyle and environmental factors. Over 6 million (and growing) dogs die from cancer each year! More than 1 in 2 dogs and 1 in 3 cats are diagnosed with cancer.
A new turmeric study reveals that one of the world’s most extensively researched herbs has the ability to selectively target and destroy cancer stem cells, while having little to no toxicity on normal stem cells.
This means that, unlike chemotherapy which will destroy regular healthy cells, turmeric will only go after cancer cells in you and your pets!
The only problem is with using turmeric to smash cancer or to heal inflammation like arthritis is its low bioavailability when eaten on its own.
You see, approximately 5% of the spice turmeric is composed of the active compound curcumin and this is the stuff that gives turmeric its power. Then, to top it all off, turmeric root is poorly absorbed across the G.I. tract and is rapidly cleared from the blood.
If pets or people are given turmeric root, within an hour, there’s a little tiny bit that actually makes its way into their blood stream. The reason for this is because the liver is actively trying to get rid of it! So, while a ton of pet owners may be giving their pets turmeric, most are seeing little to no results.
FEAR NOT! THERE IS A SOLUTION!
There’s an easy-to-make recipe that will actually make turmeric root powder, and its power-punching curcumin, over 2000% more readily available to your pet’s body!
The solution? An old Ayurvedic recipe called Turmeric Paste (aka Golden Paste) that has been prepared in India for thousands of years!
“How is it prepared in India? With fat and black pepper. Amazing how they could figure that out without double blind trials. (Though maybe it just tastes good, and it’s merely coincidence?)” -Michael Greger, M.D
A source of fresh ground black pepper and a healthy fat can turn this solo herb, turmeric, into a super powerful rock band!
According to research, about 5% of black pepper by weight is comprised of a compound called piperine, which enhances the bioavailability of Turmeric.
Australian Vet, Dr. Doug English, advises to add freshly ground peppercorns (piperine) to your mixture of turmeric root, piperine will increase intestinal absorption allowing time for the curcumin to be taken up into the blood stream.
“By taking just a quarter teaspoon’s worth of black pepper, you see curcumin (turmeric root) levels skyrocket. The same amount of curcumin consumed, but the bioavailability shoots up 2000%. Even just a little pinch of pepper—1/20th of a teaspoon—can significantly boost levels.” -Michael Greger, M.D
Not only can adding fresh ground pepper make turmeric more bioavailable but piperine in black pepper can trigger TRPV1 (transient receptor potential vanilloid type-1) in the body. This triggering can reduce pain!
Ok, so why the coconut oil?
According to research: “Another way to boost the absorption of curcumin is to consume it in the whole food, turmeric root (fresh or dried as a powder) because natural oils found in turmeric root and turmeric powder can enhance the bioavailability of curcumin seven to eight fold. When eaten with fat, curcumin can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system thereby in part bypassing the liver.”
You can use good clean organic fats like olive oil, fish oil or, my favorite, coconut oil!
– ½ cup of organic turmeric root powder
– 1 cup of clean spring or filtered water (may need more)
– 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper (fresh is always best because of the piperine levels)
– ¼ cup organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil (you can also use olive oil)
Here’s how easy it is: just mix the turmeric root powder with the 1 cup of water in a pan or pot, you may need to add more water if needed. Stir the mixture on medium/low heat and in about 7 to 10 minutes, it should form a thick paste. (If your paste looks runny, just add a bit more turmeric and heat it for another couple of minutes.)
Once turned into a paste, add the fresh cracked pepper and coconut oil, and then stir it up!
Once cool, place the paste in a mason jar and store it in your fridge. The paste should last for about 2 weeks.
Add ¼ tsp of paste per 10 lbs of body weight to your pet’s diet.
With tick season is full force all over the country and many parts of the world, many of us have become accustomed to checking our pets for ticks thoroughly from head to toe when we’re done playing outside. One of the last places we would ever think to check (aside from under their tails) is inside their mouths. Let’s all add this to our list of bodily places to check for ticks! Pets CAN and DO get Lyme Disease, just like us humans!
Animal protection groups are pressing for strict new pet food labeling restrictions as part of a long overdue federal rule now in the works.
But the producers of U.S. –made cat chow and dog kibble are raising concerns that looming labeling regulations for its products will too closely resemble nutrition information required on the food people eat.
The Food and Drug Administration regulations, due out in the coming months, fulfill a mandate from 2007 legislation requiring updated nutritional and ingredient information on pet food.
Advocacy groups are calling upon the FDA to issue tough standards for ingredients.
“Pet food should be prohibited from having ingredients taken from 4D bins,” said Kathy Guillermo, a senior vice president at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA.) “This is the term that refers to where they place the bodies of animals that are dead, dying and diseased.”
The parts of cattle, chicken, turkeys and other animals that have been rejected for human consumption and thrown into these bins, Guillermo said are commonly ground up and used in pet food products.
The group also said it wants FDA to set standards that force manufacturers to issue recalls if a product has been linked to an illness or death in a number of animals.
Dog and cat food manufacturers can remove products from the market voluntarily, by FDA request or by FDA order now. But advocates want triggers that require a company to initiate a recall after a certain number of animals are sickened or die after eating a certain type of pet food.
Cathleen Enright, president and CEO of the Pet Food Institute, said she was confused by the request.
“FDA has that authority,” she said. “Are all those who are mandating a recall wishing to put that food safety authority into the hands of industry? It’s a question.”
The Washington, D.C.-based industry group, which represents 98 percent of dog and cat food manufacturers with 22 members, supports the FDA’s plan to issue federal labeling standards, but said the agency should avoid using human food labels as a model in it’s rulemaking.
“Currently if you look on packages for human food there’s a serving size, but that doesn’t translate when you are talking about a dog,” she said.
In food for humans, the protein, fat and vitamin content of a product are listed by a percentage of a balanced diet. On dog and cat food labels now, Enright said nutrients are listed by percentages based on minimum and maximum levels.
Each state is responsible for regulating the labels on pet food sold in their states. The laws are drafted based on model legislation from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
Stan Cook, chair of AAFCO’s pet food committee, said a federal standard for labels could have a positive effect by simplifying the regulatory efforts of the states depending on what’s proposed. But cited industry worries that making them too similar to packaging in human food would only add to confusion because what people need for a complete and balanced diet and what dogs need for a complete and balanced diet are different.
“Some consumers want pet food labels to more closely resemble human food labels,” he said in an email response to questions. “Many in the regulatory arena are concerned that making the labels appear the same as a human food label is a food safety issue.”
Animal protection advocates are also calling for a ban on food coloring since cats and dogs aren’t affected by the color of their food.
Enright said food coloring is an issue of personal preference, and should not be banned.
“We need to ensure that all ingredients are acceptable for pet food,” she said “If it’s not a safety issue or health issue or nutrition issue it’s approved.”
The FDA is scheduled to issue the regulations by September. They can’t come soon enough for groups calling for tighter restrictions.
“We know the wheels of the government turn very slowly and when animals are involved even slower, but it’s unfortunate it has taken since 2007 to get this rolling,” Guillermo said. “I think it has been mostly left to the industry to decide what is adequate and what is proper and that’s why this is a good idea to have a federal regulation to make sure it’s consistent across the board.”
Apple Cider Vinegar has many great health benefits for people and pets, including defense against fleas.
Many dogs frequently suffer from insect bites, especially the more active breeds that spend a lot of time outdoors. Although flea and tick bites can be uncomfortable, it gets much worse if your dog develops an allergic reaction to the bite. Of course, when this happens, we want to help our pet get relief as quickly as possible. Rather than resorting to the harsh chemicals often found in commercial flea preventatives, here are a few simple and natural methods of pest control that you might like to try.
Prevent Parasites From Entering Your Home
After taking your dog for a walk or run, carefully go over his entire coat with a brush or comb to remove any fleas or ticks that he may have picked up outside. Another way of controlling the flea population in the immediate area around your home is by treating your yard with nematodes – microscopic worms that naturally feed on flea larvae.
Simple Solutions Using Handy Household Products
Because it can be difficult to eradicate fleas and ticks entirely you may also want to consider an all-natural insecticide and bathing with a flea shampoo. Although you can purchase such commercial products online or from your local pet store, why not consider making them yourself from common household ingredients! Natural homemade remedies have been around for years and are gaining more and more popularity now as people choose to stay away from products containing harsh chemicals and dyes. Your pet will love you for it!
a) Mix one teaspoon of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (be sure it has the “mother”) with your pet’s water. This will help make his skin less palatable to fleas and ticks.
b) Create your own natural flea spray. Steep sliced lemon and sprigs of fresh rosemary in hot water – feel free to add a few drops of essential oil to scent the spray and improve its efficacy. Note that this spray is safe to use on household surfaces including your dog’s bed and of course on the dog himself!
Why not try your own homemade allergy shampoo?
c) Homemade Allergy Relief Shampoo (no chemicals, dyes and perfumes here!)
Combine 1 cup of prepared oatmeal with a quart of warm water in a blender.
Stir in 1 cup of baking soda or apple cider vinegar (we like apple cider vinegar the best) and then add 1-2 teaspoons of all natural liquid dish soap. The baking soda or apple cider vinegar will help to combat odor and the dish soap will clean your dog’s fur. You can add 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil which will sooth and repair your dog’s damaged skin while the oatmeal acts as a moisturizer. Note: If you don’t have jojoba oil handy you can use another essential oil or even olive oil will work.
As always, we recommend you consult your veterinarian as your particular situation may not be exactly suited to the recommendations given here, and may conflict with advice given by your vet.
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