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April 2008

Tips For Purchasing Dog Food

You have heard many times that your dog or cat's health starts with superior nutrition. To get you the best and most up-to-date information about feeding your dog, we turn to dog food expert - Dr. Jane Bicks. Dr. Jane is a highly respected and nationally recognized holistic veterinarian. She has extensively studied dog food and has formulated food for over 15 years. She has worked for several major manufacturers and is truly an expert. She knows the importance of quality of ingredients and nutrient balance. This is Dr. Jane's... Read more →

Omega 3 For Pets

Dear Dr. Jane: I have two dogs and one cat. I am very well aware of the benefits of essential fatty acids in their diet, but would like to know what sets your formula apart from the oils I buy at my local health food store? Dr Jane's Answer: Our Skin and Coat Formula for Dogs and Cats contains natural, wholesome skin & health support nutrients including fish oil (omega fatty acids) and vitamin E in a delicious roast beef flavor chewable (not in a liquid which goes rancid or... Read more →

FDA Orders Evanger's Dog & Cat Food to Obtain Emergency Operating Permit

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an order requiring that Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc., in Wheeling, Ill., obtain an emergency permit from the FDA before its canned pet food products enter interstate commerce. A recent inspection revealed significant deviations from prescribed documentation of processes, equipment, and recordkeeping in the production of the company's thermally processed low acid canned food (LACF) products. These problems could result in under-processed pet foods, which can allow the survival and growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium that causes botulism... Read more →

String of Illnesses Afflicts NUTRO-Fed Pets

A worrisome health trend among dogs and cats across the country has surfaced in the past few months. Scores of pets from California to South Carolina have experienced sudden and recurring bouts of diarrhea, vomiting, and other digestive problems. Through an examination of reports submitted by readers, has uncovered a common link among these pets: They all ate the same brand of food: NUTRO pet food. In all of the cases we've examined, the animals' conditions improved once their owners switched them to another brand of food. "I've been... Read more →

The Truth About Ash In Cat Food

Dear Dr. Jane: I want to purchase cat food but I need a food with no ash or low ash because my cat has urinary tract problems. The food I am presently feeding is low ash. Can I feed any of your Life's Abundance cat food formulas? Dr. Jane’s Answer: Ash content has been thought to create urinary tract problems in cats in the past. It is not true. It is twenty year old incorrect information that is still circulating. Ash is simply minerals that are left after something is... Read more →

Dog Thefts On The Rise According to AKC

The American Kennel Club® warned pet owners and breeders about an alarming rise in dog thefts in recent months and offered tips on keeping pets safe with an appearance on NBC’s Today Show earlier this month. From parking lots to pet stores and even backyards, more dogs are disappearing. In the first three months of 2008, the AKC has tracked more than 30 thefts from news and customer reports, versus only ten for all twelve months of 2007. Media reports have chronicled the escalation of these “dog-nappings” from all around... Read more →

Life's Abundance Great For Fussy Dogs

I've been a highly recommended Breeder of Show/Competition/Working dogs for over 30 years. The pet food recalls of 2007 shocked me, and scared me silly. I was feeding some of the big name "super premium" brands recalled, in my 100+ dog pet-resort/kennel. We are yet to tally our damages. I did about 2 weeks of research and consulted my vet, and decided that Life's Abundance was the best formula, had the best Vet in charge of the formula, and the freshest mode of rapid direct delivery available in the US.... Read more →

Slentrol - New Diet Drug Approved for Dogs

Is your hound round? Too much flab on your Lab? Is your husky, well, husky? A new drug may provide some help. The government approved the first drug for obese canines on Friday. Called Slentrol, the Pfizer Inc. drug is aimed at helping fat Fidos shed extra pounds. "This is a welcome addition to animal therapies, because dog obesity appears to be increasing," said Stephen Sundlof, director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the Food and Drug Administration. A dog that weighs 20 percent more than its ideal weight... Read more →

Fruits and Veggies: Fresh, Canned, or Frozen?

You already know to eat at least five servings each of fruits and vegetables. But does it matter how these goodies make it to your plate? Fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the produce aisle are usually best, as long as you're eating them soon after picking. Sometimes though, it's not always possible to purchase produce when it's fresh off the farm. Seasonal changes will also affect which type of produce we purchase, since fresh fruits and vegetables often are quite expensive. If you can't afford to purchase all your... Read more →

Fish Oil Decreases Inflammation

A study at the University of Michigan confirms that fish oil consumption can reduce cellular inflammation. Researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, published a study demonstrating that increased fish oil consumption and decreased vegetable oil consumption curbed the body’s overproduction of prostanoids. Prostanoids are valuable chemicals, as they help regulate blood pressure and reduce allergic reactions. But when prostanoids are produced excessively, it leads to inflammation of organ and other bodily tissues. This inflammation can cause redness, pain and, in some cases, visible swelling. Many believe that cellular... Read more →

Calcium & Bone Health

Every day, your body removes and replaces small amounts of calcium from your bones. This process is called remodeling. In fact, most of an adult skeleton is replaced about every 10 years. However, if your body removes more calcium than it replaces, then your bones will become weaker and have a greater chance of breaking. Your skeleton is a mineral storehouse for calcium and phosphorus. If these nutrients are in short supply, the regulating hormones take them out of the bone and send them to other systems of the body,... Read more →

Antioxidant Health Bars For Dogs

Formulated by Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM. “If you are going to give treats to your dog, why not choose an all-natural alternative with nutrients that support a healthy immune system. Among other nutrients, each Antioxidant Bar contains 10 I.U.’s of vitamin E, widely recognized as an important antioxidant source. Your dog deserves the best.” Dogs just can’t resist the delicious peanut butter and cheese in Antioxidant Health Bars. Each bar is supremely satisfying and packed with great nutrition... Stabilized Rice Bran A whole food that has over 70 phytonutrients and... Read more →

Strengthen Your Pet's Immune System

This month I would like to touch on the immune system because it is very important to your companion animal’s health and longevity. You probably know that a strong immune system is essential, but what is it and how does it work? The immune system is made up of a complex and integrated arrangement of organs, tissues, white blood cells and antibodies. The system works by protecting the body from potentially harmful bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins and parasites … fighting disease, infections and various pathogens. Although I could go on... Read more →

Savory Turkey Jerky Bites

INGREDIENTS 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened 1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided 2 cans (8 oz. each) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls 2 pkg. Turkey Jerky chopped into small pieces (BBQ Turkey Jerky tastes great) 1 cup chopped red pepper 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley Makes: 32 servings, 1 piece each PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Mix cream cheese and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. SEPARATE crescent rolls into 8 rectangles; press perforations together to seal. Spread 3 Tbsp. cream... Read more →

The Effects Of Proper Hydration on Your Health

75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%. One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a U-Washington study. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back, and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. A mere... Read more →

Natural Canned Cat Food

Tired of commercial canned cat foods that offer little nutritional value? Now you can buy Instinctive Choice Natural Canned Cat Food! Instinctive Choice is premium canned food that is scientifically formulated to provide your cat with a meal that is similar in nutrition and moisture to how a feline would feed in the wild. It is a protein rich food, which contains organic chicken, turkey, chicken liver and shrimp. Why should you choose Instinctive Choice for your cat? It’s not only what’s in Instinctive Choice that makes it the ultimate... Read more →

Can Dogs & Cats Take Fish Oil?

Yes, Dogs & Cats Benefit From Fish Oil! In research studies, fish oil has shown positive benefits in helping pets with disease. Fatty acids are among the most commonly used nutritional supplements used in treating dogs and cats. Fortunately, they have been used successfully long enough that most conventional veterinarians include their usage in the treatment of at least some diseases. Though some pet diets may include Omega-3 fatty acids, virtually none include satisfactory amounts of the most important Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Many pet foods contain primarily... Read more →

FDA Recommends Not Giving Children Under 6 Cold Medicine

Many parents are concerned about the recent FDA recommendation that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines not be given to children under 6 years of age because of a lack of effectiveness and potential for side effects. With this recent news in mind, a team of researchers from the Penn State College of Medicine decided to put nature to the test. They tested the effectiveness of three different approaches for children who were having trouble sleeping due to a cough. The children in the study were given either no treatment at... Read more →