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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 4, 2015 – Ainsworth Pet Nutrition of Meadville, PA is voluntarily recalling five varieties of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® wet cat food, including Ocean Fish-a-licious, Lip Smackin’ Sardine & Mackerel, Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore, Tuna Purrfection, and certain lot codes of Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. Symptoms of excessive vitamin D consumption usually develop within 12-36 hours after ingestion and may include vomiting or diarrhea, increased thirst and urination, and muscle tremors or seizures. Any cat experiencing these symptoms should be taken to a veterinarian immediately.
Two variety packs that contain some of these recalled products (the Chicken Lovers Variety Pack, and the Ocean Lovers Variety Pack) will also be recalled. The recalled products are distributed nationwide. No other Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® products are affected by this recall.
The UPC code can be found on the bottom of the cup. The Best By code can be found on the side of the cup.
To date, there have been 11 reports of illness associated with these products.
After conducting a number of product tests, Ainsworth confirmed that the affected products have elevated levels of vitamin D. The high levels result from the natural levels of vitamin D that are found in some of the fish ingredients that were used in these specific formulas.
“At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition and Rachael Ray™ Nutrish®, the safety and quality of our products is our top priority,” says Jeff Watters, CEO. “For the time being, we recommend disposing of any of the affected wet cat varieties. Rest assured we have implemented additional operating procedures to prevent an issue like this from occurring in the future. We sincerely apologize to our loyal consumers everywhere.”
Ainsworth is working to ensure the removal of all affected products from store shelves. Retailers with affected products are asked to contact 888-943-4218 for additional information.
Summer is on our heels. A glorious time of year; however, out of all the seasons, summer can be the most frightening for our canines and felines. With the onset of fireworks and thunderstorms, our pets’ sensitivity to noise can be the cause of dangerous anxiety attacks.
The symptoms of an anxiety attack are obvious. Pets become nervous and unsettled. Heavy breathing or panting, pacing and even vomiting can occur. If these symptoms are not addressed, pets can become destructive to couches, backyard fences, their favorite toys and even to themselves. It’s entirely natural for them to attempt escape. Dr. Jane had a client in Florida with a German Shepherd that became so frightened one Fourth of July evening that he dove right through the front window! He was badly hurt and Dr. Jane had to treat him with several stitches and a tranquilizer.
Thousands of pets end up in animal shelters during the summer months, especially around Independence Day. In fact, shelters now refer to runaway canines as ‘Fourth of July Dogs.’ Sadly, many of these dogs and cats are never reunited with their owners due to insufficient or outdated identification.
We at Life’s Abundance want to help you to avoid any unnecessary pain or loss. Below are a few tips for helping your pet through these summer thunderstorms.
Some trainers recommend conditioning your pet to loud noises — desensitization, in other words. CD’s of fireworks and thunder are available to help condition your pet. Play it softly and gradually increase the volume while engaging in a pleasant game with your pet or giving a treat, such as Life’s Abundance Wholesome Hearts for Dogs or Natural Gourmet Cat Treats. This will help your pet associate the noise with pleasantries.
Even though this desensitization technique will teach your pet to respond in non-fearful ways to frightening stimuli, please understand that the noise of thunder generally comes with weather changes that your pet can easily sense, so don’t expect a 100% turn around.
Confine your pet to a safe place just before and during the storm/festivities. Where does your pet feel most safe? The closet, under the futon, in a cage, on your bed? Make this favorite space comfortable with water and dry food and soft music to help distract him or her from the noise.
Be sure that your pet can’t escape. It only takes one second for your cat to run through your legs and out the door. Keep all doors and windows closed and don’t open them when your pet is in the room. Just in case, make sure your pet is wearing a current I.D tag on its collar. Microchips and tattoos are also good options because they can never come off.
Contact your vet beforehand to discuss tranquilizer options. If you want to go natural, here are a few ways:
(a) one product is called Calms Forte, available at health food stores. This homeopathic product is 100% safe, even for infants. It will take the edge off of fear but not as much as a prescription tranquilizer.
(b) Valerian is an herb commonly used for dogs with fear. It tastes so bad that the chances of giving it to a cat are impossible.
(c) Dr. Jane also recommends trying warm milk with honey. It hits the sleep center in the brain and helps your pet to relax. Some vets recommend anti-histamines that have the side effect of sleep. Some pets are given tranquilizers or human anti-anxiety drugs like Elavil by their family vet.
Have you heard about the Thundershirt?
With its patent-pending design, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs, if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. Pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and is used to reliever anxiety.
Thundershirt is an excellent treatment for most types of dog anxiety and fear issues. For many anxieties, we recommend just putting on a Thundershirt and observing the results (No training!). You very well may see significant improvement for noise, crate, travel, barking and others with absolutely no training. Read more about Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment.
Have you heard of the PetZone Calm BioApp?
Petzone Calm Bio App is a drug-free alternative to combat travel, thunderstorm and fireworks anxiety, eating disorders and emotional disorders in pets. Safe for all animals of all ages. Patches adhere to your pet’s collar, and keep them calm 24/7, long before the first rumble or thunder or even before you get home from work.
Do not punish your pet for being afraid. It’s not your pet’s fault and you will only cause him or her to be more fearful. Overall, pets suffering from noise anxiety can be helped through proper planning, prevention and loving reassurance from their owners. Pay attention to the level of anxiety your pet has (it can vary vastly) and work with your vet to determine the best treatment method possible. If your pet is not responding to anything you do, ask for a veterinarian behaviorist or a PhD in animal psychology. Don’t give up.
A Hialeah, Florida police officer is on paid administrative leave while an investigation into the death of two police K9 dogs in his care is underway.
Jimmy, a 7-year old Bloodhound that searched for missing children and adults, and Hector, a 4-year old Belgian Malinois that chased and apprehended suspects, both died after being trapped inside their handler’s patrol car for at least 6 hours in the sweltering Florida heat.
After working the night shift along with the dogs, Officer Nelson Enriquez, a 13-year veteran of the Hialeah Police Department, parked his patrol car, a Ford Explorer SUV, in front of his Davie, Florida home mid-morning on Wednesday. He went inside, forgetting that the dogs were still in the SUV.
The dogs were found more than 6 hours later, at around 7pm. Outside temperatures in Davie that day were in the mid to upper-80’s, making the temperature inside the vehicle well into the 100’s. Both dogs were dead, most likely from heat exhaustion, an excrutiatingly horrific way to die.
“Davie Police are the lead investigating agency, and with the Broward State Attorney’s Office will make the final determination whether this was an accident or if this was any sort of abuse or negligence,” Hialeah Police Sgt. Carl Zogby explained to The Sun Sentinel.
Zogby also said that Officer Enriquez is extremely distraught. The officer, his wife, and their two young children considered the dogs part of their family. Both dogs lived inside the home with the Enriquez family.
Police in both Davie, where the deaths occurred, and in Hialeah, where Officer Enriquez was employed are investigating.
“We’re investigating this just like any other animal crime,” Davie Police Sgt. Pablo Castaneda said.
After police determine exactly what happened, they will determine whether any charges should be filed. And, they will put measures in place to prevent something like this ever happening again.
Many grain free pet foods on the market today use tapioca as an ingredient, and for very good reason. Tapioca is used as the starch source to bind together all the other ingredients for the final product consistency and form. All commercially prepared dry pet foods must contain a form of starch or the final product will be a bunch of crumbs. Compare this to adding bread crumbs to meatloaf…the bread crumbs are binding the remaining ingredients together so a loaf shape can be formed.
Is Tapioca Healthy?
Yes, the carbohydrate is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds. These include a very low level of saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. It is also a rich source of dietary fiber, “good” cholesterol, and protein. Furthermore, tapioca contains members of the vitamin B-complex, including pantothenic acid, folate, and B6, as well as iron, manganese, calcium, copper, and selenium. Besides, if you’ve ever had tapioca pudding, your taste buds will never forget it…in a good way, of course!
Where does Tapioca Come From?
Tapioca comes from the starch extracted from the cassava root, which is native to Africa and South America.
Is Your Grain Free Pet Food Made in the USA?
With all the buzz and rightful reasons to want to feed a grain free pet food to your dog and cat that is made in the USA, it’s important to check the ingredients on your pet’s food bag. Many pet food companies claim their grain free formulas are made in the USA; however, if you look close enough at the ingredients and you see tapioca listed, the company you are trusting with your pet’s nutrition is not being truthful. What else could they be hiding?
For a company to claim their grain free dog and cat food formulas are made in the USA, ALL ingredients MUST be USA-sourced ingredients. Since tapioca is NOT from the United States, the company cannot say their grain free pet food formulas are Made in the USA.
Call to Action – We Need your Help
To increase pet consumer awareness, we are in the process of compiling a list of all grain free pet food brands using tapioca as a starch source, stating these formulas are Made in the USA. If your grain free pet food is made in the USA and tapioca is one of the ingredients, please list the brand name, formula name and where you purchased this pet food in the comments below.
If you’re not using one of these formulas and know the brands that do, please list this in the comments. It’s important that pet parents know the truth about the food they are feeding their pets.
So What is a Grain Free Pet Food Made in the USA Without Tapioca?
Many companies are using peas and sweet potatoes as the starch source to bind ingredients. Life’s Abundance is such a company, and since all ingredients are US sourced, we can say that Life’s Abundance Grain Free Dog and Cat Food formulas are truly Made in the USA. Our ingredients are of the highest quality, prepared in small batches to ensure freshness, guaranteed health-promoting probiotics, holistic veterinarian formulated and from a company NEVER on a RECALL List!
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