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Recommended Care For Our Pets

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 8:55 PM


NUTRITION

Make sure your furry "family member" has a food that suits their nutritional needs. Try to buy natural pet food for your family member; not only will she/he appreciate it,they will have a shiner coat, more energy, be happier etc. Feeding them table scraps - no matter how cute they are when they beg - is not a good idea since people food often has minerals and items in it that can be harmful to our feline and canine friends.


EXERCISE

If you have a dog take them on walks. It will give you and her/him exercise. This also acts as bonding time between you and them, allowing you to be come closer together.


HYGIENE

Give your "family member" a bath at least once every few weeks. If you have a cat go to your local vet and have them give them a bath so you avoid the scratches. There are also special shampoos (even ones that don't use water) that you can use on your pet. All they require are a washcloth and a loving hand. Brushing your cat often feels like a they are getting a good scratch, so this can be a great way to follow up their bath time.


VET VISITS

Just like you have to go to the doctor for regular check-ups to make sure you are healthy, be sure to bring your friend to the vet for a check-up as well. Since they can't talk, sometimes it takes an expert look to find out if they are well or not.


BONDING

Go to a dog park with your dog, play frisbee, ball or whatever gets them moving. If you have a cat, go to your local pet store and get him/her a cat toy. I have found that both dogs and cats love the laser lights. Let them know you love them, and they will be sure to love you back, plus give it a treat sometimes, they will love you if you do that.





Hurricane Tips for Keeping Pets Safe

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 9:35 PM


HURRICANE TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR PETS SAFE! Courtesy of PetFinder.com

If you live in areas where you can be affected by a Mother Nature disaster

please read below.


1) If you need to evacuate, PLEASE TAKE YOUR ANIMALS WITH YOU!

HAVE A PLAN, MEMORIZE IT AND STICK TO IT.

DO A SIMULATED EMERGENCY DRILL WITH YOUR FAMILY AND PETS. PICK A

LEADER, FOLLOW THE LEADER AND DO NOT ARGUE WITH THE LEADER.

KNOW SEVERAL PLACES OF EXIT.

DO NOT ENCLOSE YOURSELF AND YOUR PETS TO THE POINT THAT YOU

CANNOT GET OUT.


2) In the event that you cannot take the animal where you are going, please make

arrangements to board your animal in a safe and reputable boarding facility or vet office

INLAND.


3) If you are going to a shelter with your animal please make sure you call you veterinarian

before hand so you can get a copy of your pets vet records and proof of vaccinations.

Most shelters will NOT take your pet, if the pet doesn't have at least a rabies shot.

Also, at shelters that accept pets, they are many other pets besides yours, so it is

IMPERATIVE that your pet(s) is up to date on shots,

This way she// he will be protected from diseases.

Don't wait until the last minute to give your pets their vaccinations as vaccinations can

take up to 2 weeks to take up to 2 weeks to be effective.


4) If you are packing for you, please park for your pets as well, you don't need to take the

cat tree or the dog house, but please pack a few familiar things for your pet(s) that has the

smell of his house. Specially if you go to a shelter.

Taking a few toys to entertain the pet is a must, perhaps a familiar blanket will be good

too. Rescue Remedy to relieve stress will be a good idea to have in hand.

You can pick up Rescue Remedy at any health food store, is a natural stress reliever with

no side effects, it can be use as need itl and it works great (DO NOT get the Rescue Remedy

pills, those can be toxic)


Please don't just take your pet in a carrier specially if is a cat, cats do not like change as

they are creatures of habit, going to a shelter can be very stressful for the cat, having family

scents such as a piece of dirty clothing with your smell or a blanket will somewhat make the

cat feel a bit more relax.


Animal Poison Control Center

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 9:30 PM

24/7 Animal Poison Control Center

800-213-6680


Did your dog or cat just eat something poisonous? Call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680 for help immediately! The sooner a dog poisoning or cat poisoning is diagnosed, the easier, less expensive, and safer it is for your pet to get treated!


What to do if your dog or cat is poisoned:

•Remove your pet from the area.

•Check to make sure your pet is safe: breathing and acting normally.

•Do NOT give any home antidotes.

•Do NOT induce vomiting without consulting a vet or Pet Poison Helpline.

•Call Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680.

•If veterinary attention is necessary, contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic immediately.


2013 Pet Food Recalls

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 9:20 PM


2013 Recalls and Safety Alerts - found at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

November 27, 2013 Cargill Conducts Voluntary Recall of Select Nutrena® NatureWise® Meatbird and Chick Starter Feed 1

November 04, 2013 Bailey's Choice Recalls Chicken Treats Because of Possible Salmonella Contamination 2

September 04, 2013 Hubbard Feeds Inc. Announces an Expanded Voluntary Recall of Hubbard Life Homestead FastGrow Poultry Feed in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois Due to Elevated Calcium 3

August 30, 2013 Nestle Purina Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken and Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk 4

August 26, 2013 Goldenfeast® Inc. Recalls Bird Food Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination from Parsley 5

August 14, 2013 P&G Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Dry Pet Food Due to Possible Health Risk 6

July 02, 2013 Hubbard Feeds Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall in Indiana and Michigan Due to Potentially Elevated Calcium and Phosphorus in Medicated Poultry Feed 7

June 18, 2013 Natura Pet Issues Voluntary Recall of Specialized Dry Pet Foods Due to a Possible Health Risk 8

June 12, 2013 Hartz Mountain Corporation is Voluntarily Recalling One Specific Lot of 1.2 oz. Size of Wardley Betta Fish Food Due to Possible Health Risk 9

May 15, 2013 Rural King Recalls Deer Corn Because of Possible Health Risk 10

May 02, 2013 Bimeda Inc. on Behalf of Manufacturer Bimeda-MTC Animal Health Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Sterile Solutions Due to Concerns Regarding Sterility and Possible Health Risk 11

April 19, 2013 Natura Pet Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk 12

April 18, 2013 Merit Bird Company, LLS Recalls Vitae Because of Possible Health Risk 13

April 10, 2013 Cargill’s Animal Nutrition Business Conducts Voluntary Recall of Lamb Feed 14

April 03, 2013 Bravo! Issues a Voluntary Recall for Three Raw Frozen Food Diet for Dogs and Cats Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk 15

March 29, 2013 Natura Pet Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk 16

March 18, 2013 Natura Pet Issues Voluntary Recall of Specialized Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk 17

March 13, 2013 Bravo! Recalls 2 lb Tubes of Chicken Blend-Raw Frozen Food Diet for Dogs and Cats (One Lot Code) Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk 18

March 10, 2013 Premium Edge, Diamond Naturals and 4health Dry Cat Food Formulas Voluntarily Recalled Due to Possibility of Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1) 19

March 07, 2013 Diggin’ Your Dog Recalls Strippin' Chicks Pet Treats Distributed in Colorado and Nevada Due to Possible Salmonella Hazard 20

March 07, 2013 Steve’s Real Food Recalls Turducken Canine Recipe Patties Because of Possible Health Risk 21

March 06, 2013 Jones Natural Chews Co Recalls Woofers Dog Treats Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk 22

March 05, 2013 Cargill’s animal nutrition business conducts voluntary recall of select mineral product used in ruminant feed 23

February 27, 2013 United Pet Group Inc., Voluntarily Withdraws "Ultra Blend Gourmet Food for Parakeets," "eCotrition Grains & Greens Nutritional Supplement for Parakeets," "eCotrition Grains & Greens Nutritional Supplement for Canaries and Finches," and "eCotrition Grains & Greens Nutritional Supplement for Cockatiels" Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination 24

February 22, 2013 Hy-Vee Issues Voluntary Recall of Certain Dog Food Products 25

February 21, 2013 Kasel Associates Industries Recalling Certain Pet Treats Due to Salmonella Contamination 26

February 21, 2013 The Honest Kitchen® Voluntarily Recalls Limited Lots Of Verve®, Zeal®And Thrive® Products Due To Possible Health Risk 27

February 20, 2013 Nutri-Vet, LLC Recalls Nutri-Vet and Nutripet Chicken Jerky Products Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk 28

February 19, 2013 Kaytee Recalls Bird Treats and Greens Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination from Parsley Flakes 29

February 19, 2013 Kasel Associated Industries Recalls All Products Manufactured at its Denver, Colorado Facility from April 20, 2012 thru September 19, 2012 Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk 30

February 15, 2013 Nature's Variety Issues Voluntarily Recall of One Batch of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula for Dogs & Cats Due to Possible Health Risk 31

January 28, 2013 The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs 32

January 09, 2013 Milo’s Kitchen® Voluntarily Recalls Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers Home-style Dog Treats 33


Ketogenic Diet to Treat Canine Cancer

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

KETOGENIC DIET TO TREAT CANINE CANCER - Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM

There is increasing talk about a 'new' diet in people that is showing impressive results in treating cancer in people, and it may help with our pets. The diet specifically eliminates carbohydrates, replacing them with healthy fats and protein. As in NO kibble to be fed to your dogs or cats.

The underlying science of this is based on research which shows cancer cells thrive on sugar (glucose), and as the primary source of glucose is carbohydrates, eliminating these kills the cancer cells.

This is not a new concept in that the Canine Cancer Diet by Dr Greg Oglivy also dramatically lowers carbohydrates- this diet though is unique in the amount of fat.

Dr. Dominic D'Agostino is an assistant professor at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

He claims that a low-carb, high-fat, calorie-restricted ketogenic diet literally starves cancer cells.

In an interview on the examiner he said: "We've found that diet therapy can be effective in prolonging survival in mice with aggressive metastatic cancer,"

These same anti-cancer properties have also been observed in human cancer patients and reported in published studies. The cancer-fighting ketogenic diet "formula" is roughly 75% fat, 23% protein, and 2% carbs.

Dr D'Agostina notes that it is the underlying inflammation from these high carbohydrate diets that promotes cancer, but also other diseases such as diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer's.

Currently there is a research group called Ketopet which presently formulates ketogenic diets for dogs and cats with cancer as part of the "Pet Cancer Trial" Their website is at petcancertrial.com

In researching this article, I have yet to find a published dog or cat ketogenic diet.

But in formulating it you are attempting to increase the fat ( up to 75%), maintain the protein levels ( at 25%) and eliminate the carbohydrates.

Here is some of what the diet would include.

1 cup of ground beef, fish or poultry, spiced with turmeric, salt substitute

Cook the protein in olive oil or coconut oil

1 cup of cottage cheese or ricotta cheese

Flax seed 1 teaspoon per 10lbs

Flax oil or fish oil- you want a dose equivalent to 1000mg of EFA/10lbs

A HUMAN daily vitamin-mineral supplement (one dose for animals over 20 pounds, ½ dose for animals under 20 lbs)

A calcium carbonate source - about 250 mg per 15 pounds of body weight

The above recipe would make enough food to feed a 40lb dog for 1 day ( 1 cup in the AM, 1 cup in the PM)