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FDA Finds Harmful Bacteria In Some Raw Pet Food Samples

This is a short post today.  I will link to the article.  It is an interesting read.  Take the time to read and comment on the article on the site if you wish.  Draw your own conclusions and see where you stand with this issue.

Here is the article.

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Overweight Cats (Or Pets In General)

Obesity doesn’t just affect us humans, our furry friends can also be affected.  This article that my vet shared with me is very useful and helpful in fighting those extra pounds that our pets may have:

Rather than provide wholesome nutrition in the form of species appropriate, meat-based food, the pet food industry continues to load our pets up with genetically modified corn and soy grown in depleted, toxic soil; massive amounts of fiber; and artificial enhancers (colorings, flavorings, texturizers, the list goes on and on!). Pet food always has been and remains a product of human food processing leftovers. Given what most people eat these days, this is NOT a good thing!

So…of course our pets are fat! They are starving to death on their “complete and balanced” food. When junk food is left out all the time, our pets will continue to eat, desperately searching for the fundamental nutrients that just aren’t there. Pet food companies know how to make foods that will keep our pets alive in some semblance of “normal” — but their normal is nothing like the optimal health our pets can have if they’re fed real, honest-to-goodness FOOD!

I was walking with a friend this afternoon, and we were talking about health in general, and how for us, exercise, sleep, and good nutrition are the three legs of the stool upon which our whole lives are built. This certainly goes for our pets, too. When will we wake up and see what has been done–to us and to our pets–by Big Agribusiness, Big Pharma, and all the rest that are out for their own gain, at our expense.

If you want to make a stand against the big-money interests and for our pets, please join us at Pet Parents Action Group, an international advocacy group that is educating people about the dangers of over-vaccination and commercial pet food. There is power in knowledge, and in numbers! Do this for your pet and for yourself!

For more information on nutrition, please browse our Nutrition Category. And definitely read our article on Vaccination before you let your veterinarian give your pet another shot!

For another view of this topic, please read this article.

Source: littlebigcat.com

Top 10 Questions Asked Of Dog Veterinarians

As pet parents, we all care about the well-being of our dogs.  Many times we ask questions to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our pets healthy.  Many vets were contacted, and these were the most common questions that were asked:

What is the best way to make sure my dog is receiving the best nutrition?

By reading labels on your dog food and giving them a healthy diet with plenty of protein , some fats and very little if any, fillers (corn, wheat, gluten, etc)., and by giving them healthy treats you will be providing your dog with the best nutrition possible.

 
My dog seems to have trouble rising in the morning (or they are limping) what could this be?

Many times as dogs grow older, they will need to be checked for hip dysplasia, or arthritis.  If this is an issue, there are many medications that can help an elderly dog.

What I suggest, since Sasha is a lab mix, they seem to be likely to develop hip dysplasia, so I opt to give her supplements for healthy, strong bones, and to keep the cartilage strong.  I use Cosequin Plus, but there are many alternatives on that page.  I figure I want to keep her as happy and healthy as long as possible, so I am going to do what it takes to keep her that way,

For more questions that are asked and the answers, click here.

Dog Food Reviews – Cat Food Reviews What Food Is Best?

After the recent recalls of Pedigree dog food and the long battle with Diamond dog food, I have recently taken a second look at what I am feeding Isis and Sasha.  Could I do better in feeding them something healthier?

Well, one place to check out is the Dog Food Reviews.  This gives a comprehensive list and breaks down the ingredients of each dog food and lets you know if you are basically feeding your dog junk food, or if you are giving them the nutrients they need to stay healthy.  The better the food we feed our furbabies, the healthier they will be and the better lives they will live.  All you have to do is type in the name of the food you are feeding your dog into the search bar on the site, and it will give you the link to the review and how many stars the food receives.  1 star is horrible and five stars is rated best food to give your dogs.  You can check out dry dog food and wet dog food as well as raw food, if you feed your dog a raw food diet.

This is the same with cats.  If we feed them junkfood, they will produce junk, thus not being healthy and leaving them (as well as dogs) susceptible to many health conditions, shorter lives, and who knows what else.

There are a few cat food review websites.  This one takes ingredients and discusses all types of food for cats.

This one has a rating for well known cat food, wet and dry, that cats can eat.

In taking a look at all these options, and since Wellness food for dogs was recalled, we have switched Sasha to Orjen food.  It is one of the best out there and the ingredients and nutrients are what she needs.  I do not want to feed her something that is junkfood, or that could potentially kill her.  Let’s hope that all these recalls get straightened out soon, so that we don;’t have to keep switching.  Remember, if you do switch your dog to a different food, do it gradually, 1/4 of the new food to 3/4 of the old food, then progress to half new food, half old food, then 3/4 new food to 1/4 old food, until you are feeding 100% new food.

I hope this has helped those who are looking for a new food to feed their pets after these recalls, or if you are looking for a more nutritious meal for your fur baby.

Immune System and Aging in Cats

We all want our pets to live long and healthy lives.  Sometimes we end up with pets who are sickly even when we first bring them home.

There are many ways to help fight the aging process and to help ensure that our cats health continues to improve and keep our kitties young.

Many thing such as: clean water, playtime, de-stressing, good food, will all help with the anti-aging process.

 

To read up on this information and to help protect their immune system, here is a great article.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

A friend of mine recently had to make the agonizing decision to put one of her cats down.  When I asked her what happened, she said her 18 year old cat was suffering from FIP.

Not being completely up on what this disease is, I found an article about it and read about it.  What a horrible, sad and just…devastating disease.

It is so important to take your cat to the vet the minute they start showing any symptoms of the disease (poor appetite, failure to thrive (in kittens), weight loss, ratty-looking fur, eye problems, fever, anemia, lethargy, jaundice, neurological symptoms).

Please read the article and if your cat exhibits any of these symptoms, get them to a vet.  It is especially important to watch for these symptoms if your cat is elderly, or if they are a baby.  It is less common in middle aged cats.

Hopefully if this information can help one cat, we can also help their parent not have to go through what my friend did.

Pet Nutrition – Audio Interview

Here is a great audio interview with Dr. Celeste Yarnall, who has been into pet health and nutrition for over 40 years and has raised 11 generations of tonkonese cats.  The interview is wonderful in learning about raw food diet and proper health care for your pets.  It is well worth a listen.

 

Here is a link for the article before the audio interview.

Here is the link for the interview.  Enjoy!

 

Recipe Friday – Doggie Yum Yums and Kitty Treats

It’s Friday again-TGIF! So it’s time for Recipe Friday!  I have two great recipes for your dog or cat that they are sure to love.  Remember, these are treats so they should be fed sparingly and in moderation.  I try to make my treats last for about a month at a time.  These are easy to make and fun to get the whole family in on the fun making them.  Little ones can help out as well 🙂

First up are treats that I call Doggie Yum Yums, they didn”t have a name when I found the recipe, so I just used this name:

  • ½ cup instant potatoes (the 100% real potatoes kind)
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 beaten egg.
  • Mix all wet ingredients.
  • Mix all dry ingredients.
  • Mix it all together.
  • Knead the dough until well blended.
  • Roll out to ¼ inch thick.
  • Cut into bars, squares or use a cookie cutter.
  • Bake at 300(f) for 45 minutes, then turn off the oven and let the cookies sit in there until the oven is cool. They should be completely dried and crunchy.

If your dog is allergic to eggs, you can leave them out in this recipe, as the potatoes will bind the ingredients together.

These gluten-free recipes all can be changed for variety.

  • ½ cup of any kind of cheese can be added.
  • ¼ cup of parsely adds a green flavor and tons of vitamin C.
  • ½ cup grated vegetables of almost any kind except corn.
  • Carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, beets with the greens, turnips, eggplant, etc.

And don’t forget fruit! Dogs love fruit, too, just don’t give it to them with seeds, as some fruit seeds contain a natural cyanide. Also don’t give them grapes or raisins.

  • ½ cup pears, chopped
  • ½ cup peaches, chopped
  • ½ cup melon

Sasha LOVES them with pears as a variation.  Again, she gets one a day after doing several tricks for them.

Now for the Kitty Treats:

1 Can of Salmon or Minced Turkey (about 210 g)

1/2 Cup mashed, cooked pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling but 100% pumpkin)

1 teaspoon Cold Pressed Oil

1 teaspoon Kelp

Mix together and roll into tiny cat bite-size balls.  These can be used as Christmas treats for your cat.

I find you can keep them for longer if you refrigerate them in a Tupperware container.  If they start smelling bad, please throw them out.  If you want to make a smaller batch, halve the whole recipe.

I hope your fur babies enjoy these treats!