Archive for March, 2009

Pet Foods Sold By Veterinarians May Not Be the Best But Part of the Worst

We take the position that we try and give you the best information and leave it to our intelligent readers to weigh and measure the information to make informed decisions.

We would rather not speak negatively about any particular product or products unless to not do so would really be a disservice. You remember what your mother said:  “if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all”.

Over time we have received comments like “I feed (XYZ) that I get at the vet”. The implication being those brands and others sold by veterinarians are premium, top-of-the-line foods. You know some of them by name — Royal Canin, Purina Veterinary and Science Diet to name just a few. Well, not everything is as you would assume.

You Probably Aren’t Getting the Quality You Think You Are

If you need the help and convenience of commercial pet foods, become well versed in the art of decoding dog and/or cat food ingredient labels so you know that the nutritional value matches and hopefully surpasses the marketing hype employed.

NEWS FLASH

These so-called “premium” pet foods contain cheap, low quality, less digestible protein of poor quality and ingredients that are no different than you’ll find in the discount brands at your grocery store!  Ingredients such as chicken by-product meal. What is chicken by-product meal you might ask? It consists of the leftovers in meat processing that are unfit for humans to consume including head, necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, intestines, and anything else that is part of the chicken EXCEPT clean meat. Couple that with the fact that many of these manufacturers give you a large amount of their protein from grain or grain by-product which includes corn gluten meal and brewer’s rice.

Meat should be listed first before any grains in a pet food. Grains should be whole or whole ground as in rice, oats, barley, millet, etc. Wheat and corn are common allergens and are mostly avoided in what is considered quality natural pet foods.

The high grain content of many pet foods for both dogs and cats is one of the main contributors to the growing obesity problem and increase in allergies in our pets, as most pets do not do well on high-carbohydrate foods.

Despite thousands of years of evolution and domestication, the digestive system of our four-legged companions has remained the same. Dogs and cats are designed by nature to eat protein from meat sources, not grain.

It’s one thing to give a dog or cat a pet food that will allow it to grow and stay alive. However, like with humans, it’s quite another to find the perfect balance to improve immune function, cognition, behavior and prevent cancer. You want organic, you want natural, you want the best natural food for your pet

If you’re still buying commercial dog food, you probably aren’t feeding your dog what it needs and deserves unless it’s equal to one of the recommended brands.

To feed a premium dog food, homemade or raw dog food diet is an important issue. The ultimate aim is to feed a healthy dog food. For your dog’s health and longevity, you might seriously consider a raw food diet. Take the time today to devote yourself to that task of finding a healthy dog food diet routine.

For more information on Nutrition for your pet, Click our links listed below:

Dog Nutrition

What’s Really In Dog Food?

Do You Know What Healthy Dog Food Really Is?

Natural Pet Food Is What?

How, What And Why Of Raw Food In Dog And Cat Diets

Raw Foods For Our Pets Mean Natural Good Health

Antioxidants Are Important For Your Dog’s Health

Fish Oil For Dogs And Cats Doggone Purrfect!

Probiotics For Dogs

Helpful Hypoallergenic Pet Food for Allergic Dogs

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What Kind of Person Would Feel This Way?

A situation arose that generated some strong feelings about what and how I feel about people and I would be very interested to know how you feel about it as well.

A good friend expressed an interest in doing something professionally with another individual and requested that I allow myself to be casually introduced and to talk with this person to get a read on what I thought about her to the best that a first impression and brief conversation can offer.

My friend knew that I have had a lot of experience and have developed a pretty good instinct about sizing up people and situations, and I agreed to do my best.

One of the human resource interviewing tools that I have always used is to talk about interests and pets. What I quickly learned about this person is that she dislikes and even hates dogs.

Now, do not get me wrong, although that is something like a screech of chalk on an old-fashioned blackboard or aluminum foil in the teeth for me to hear, I realize there are times there could be good reason for such a feeling.

My reply on hearing such an unpleasant declaration was “I am not shocked when someone says that but would you mind telling me why”?

I was hoping the reason was something on a level I could understand such as a bad personal experience resulting in fear.

What I heard in the way of an explanation was very far from something I could feel compassion and understanding for. The reason was…”Their barking at times can lead one to distraction and they make unsanitary messes on the city streets”.

I responded with a reply that went something like…“WE all have voices and barking is one of the ways dogs express themselves to communicate feelings and warnings. I am sure there are a few people you can think of that can also drive one to distraction but you do not hate them, and if there are unsanitary messes on the sidewalk, THAT is the fault of the dog’s guardian and not the dog”. I knew my comments were a waste of time and breath but I already had all I needed to know.

I, like many others, take close to our belief two quotes attributed to Roger Caras, animal-rights activist who served as president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from 1991 to 1999.

“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.”

And…“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”

If you are reading this you are one of those that already know how enriched our lives become when they are shared with pets who offer appreciation for what we give them along with unconditional love and respect.

I do not have the opinion that you must love dogs or animals, although I personally would think better of you if you do, but I have trouble trusting or identifying with a person who, without fear as a cause, uses the word hate towards such a life form of innocence.

Most people who share or have shared a life with a dog or cat have developed a skill that is vital in my opinion when it comes to getting along with others, and many people are lacking IT in today’s world. I call it the “E” quotient; EMPATHY for others. Yes, there are exceptions to everything but pet owners are often as a general rule a pretty kind and giving group of people.

That is my opinion. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Jay

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Non-toxic flea and tick solutions for your dogs and pets

It’s always Flea Season, but before the most active seasons arrive, for the sake of our pets, we must be ready.

It’s much less difficult to keep fleas away than to deal with an infestation, so spare your family and pet a great deal of misery with the right strategy and the right weapons from nature’s arsenal. No one method is totally effective, and there are pros and cons to every product.

You wouldn’t put toxic substances on yourself, don’t put them on your pet.

Use non-toxic natural flea protection solutions. That means no flea powders, sprays, collars, shampoos, and dips that are toxic and harmful to your pet; including the newer products that are given by pill or applied to a spot on the skin.

Despite the manufacturers’ claims of safety, they do not offer natural flea protection, and many problems, some quite serious, have been observed with these products. Many popularly used products contain ingredients such as carbaryl (Sevin), a nerve-paralyzing chemical that can cause a host of side effects, DDVP (dimethyl dichlorovinyl phosphate), methylcarbamate, rotenone, pyrethrins, and piperonyl butoxide. Piperonyl butoxide is used as a booster in most of the new pyrethrum products. It is associated with liver disorders.

DDVP is the chemical found in the majority of plastic flea collars. DDVP numbs an insect’s nervous system and, although your dog cannot speak, the chemical can have the same effect on your pet. Flea products containing d-Limonene or citrus oils are considerably safer than those listed above, but some have significant toxicity potential. Why risk the health of your pet?

Our mission is to create a safe, effective defense with a three-sided approach.

(1) Create a defense against fleas for the pet
(2) Treat the yard to make it inhospitable for fleas
(3) Treat the house to make it inhospitable for fleas

The three-sided approach is necessary for effective prevention from infestation or re-infestation.

Good Natural Nutrition is the Best Defense Against Parasites and Disease

It can not be emphasized strongly enough. The absolute best natural flea protection solution is to reduce your pet’s susceptibility to parasites by improving its health by building a strong, healthy immune system. The healthier your pet is, the less attractive it is to fleas. Parasites and fleas in particular are attracted to weak, unhealthy or young animals whose immune system is not functioning well. Diet plays a vital role.

Raw diets seem to be the most effective. However, at the very least, if you are not already please start feeding a natural food diet without chemical preservatives or colorings or meat by-products. Saying “premium” on the label with a big corporate name means basically nothing. (Click Here) to see what true natural high-quality, commercial food is all about.

A natural diet, either home made or a quality commercial one, along with a quality supplement, is an important weapon for protection against parasites and to promote good health and longevity. If you have not joined the many satisfied pet parents who have tried and are using Dr. Jones’ supplement, we urge you to at least investigate it. It offers exceptional quality at a very good price, and very good service. (Click Here)

Grooming, Washing, Vacuuming

onp-shampooAfter good nutrition, natural flea protection requires grooming and washing as the two best ways of getting rid of fleas and to keep them off your pet. If possible, and if it is not upsetting to your dog, vacuum the fur if your dog allows you. It would also be a good idea to place the cut-off end of a flea collar or moth balls/crystals in your vacuum cleaner bag to kill any vacuumed fleas. Use a natural professional-quality, non-toxic flea repellant shampoo and conditioner. (Click Here) for a quality Shampoo and Conditioner that fits the bill, made with 70% organic ingredients, neem oil and other natural ingredients to help repel fleas and ticks, and leaves the fur as soft and silky as the best top-shelf groomer products do.

Don’t use a chemical flea shampoo that leaves a petrochemical residue on the dog’s skin that is absorbed through the body, or when the pet licks itself, it gets an oral dose of a toxic chemical. Don’t use human shampoo. Your dog’s skin is a different pH than people’s so human hair products may be drying and irritating.

A natural insect repellent

onp-herbal-defense-sprayYou can add to your defense approach a natural insect repellent spray that contains essential oils to keep away insects. Contains no DEET or other pesticides, safe for dogs and cats, can even be used with puppies and kittens too young for other flea remedies. It uses lemongrass, citronella, neem oil, catnip, and other natural herbal extracts to keep away every variety of annoying insect pests. Most people and pets don’t mind the herbal-citrus scent, but insects definitely do! Spraying your dog and even your pant legs before your daily walk or hike will deter ticks and reduce your risk of picking up disease-carrying parasites. (Click Here)

Rid Fleas and Pests with Borates And Diatomaceous Earth

If you’ve eaten anything made with flour, you’ve eaten DE. NOT the DE sold for pool filters that are chemically treated. DE is used in commercial grain storage as natural, poison-free insect control. Borates and diatomaceous earth can be used almost anywhere around the home, yard or animal housing and are natural, ecologically-sound defenses, safe for people, pets and the environment, against flea termites, carpenter ants, roaches, fleas and a host of other pest infestations. Borates and/or DE can be used for prevention, either before you get a flea problem or immediately after, by sprinkling on the carpet, furniture, etc., as well as be used directly by working it into the pet’s fur. It will dry out and kill flea eggs.

(Click Here) for many Natural flea control products that are safe for your home and your pets: repellants, sprays, squeeze-ons, shampoo and powder along with flea prevention kits that contain all the products needed to be successful in keeping your pets and home free from pests. And, do read the reviews.

A good overall bug preventative program, along with excellent hygiene in the house and attention to the yard, will prevent nasty flea and tick problems!

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