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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 philosophy of feeding dogs. Dr. Jane says " Dogs need fresh water, protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins. The most important requirement is water, which makes up 60 percent of a dog's weight. Proteins, fats and carbohydrates are necessary for energy; minerals are important for nerve conduction, muscle contraction, among other things; and vitamins are important to help your dog process biochemicals".

Dr. Jane also feels strongly that dogs need not only good quality foods, but also in the right proportions. Many of our pet food ingredients in the United States come from China with lower standards for growing, farming, and preparation.  Pet food companies are also not required to list everything in their ingredients the way human foods are.  Dogs need food that is well-balanced & scientifically formulated just for him or her.

"Well-balanced" means that for each ingredient in your dog's food, there are other ingredients that form chemical reactions to release the proper nutrition for your dog.  This is what you want!  This is what your dog wants! Dr. Jane believes every dog "deserves the goodness of a home-cooked meal".

There is a lot to learn about proper nutrition but as a rule of thumb when you are purchasing dog food, you need two things.

1. First, you need a food that has the quality of ingredients (and in the right proportions) that your dog needs. Nutrient excess and deficiencies can both cause problems.

2. Second, you need a company that you can trust.

Evaluate your current food against these criteria to make sure that you are giving your dog the proper nutrition.

There are a number of excellent products in the market.  If you are interest in improving the quality of what you feed your dog, take a look at Dr. Jane's formulas.   Dr. Jane's formulas are called Life's Abundance and
they have been in the market for many years.

Whatever you chose, it is vital that your dog eats a complete and balanced diet.  Make sure you are feeding your dog the best you can possibly feed.


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 a capsule). Fatty acids are microencapsulated for better absorption. Microencapsulation is an expensive, state-of-the-art process where oils/fats are made very small to promote better absorption in the intestines. This enables your pet to receive the full benefit of the oils. Oil is certified free of contaminates such as mercury & lead. Manufactured by a pharmaceutical plant that makes human products. This formula was tested on over 200 dogs in over 40 veterinary clinics and proven effective. This product has been sold for more than 7 to 8 years, and is non allergic.

Omega Fatty Acids: All oils are classified according to their chemical structure and their function in the body. Fish such as herring and salmon contain high amounts of Omega-3 oils, as do wild game. These oils are being studied intensively for their nutritional value throughout the body in humans, dogs and cats. Cornell Feline Health Center was one of the first to demonstrate the positive effects of Omega-3 oils in maintaining healthy skin and coat.

Dr Jane Bicks is the product formulator for Life's Abundance products


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 in some animals as well as in humans.

"As outlined in the Food Protection Plan, the FDA uses a risk-based approach to locate the areas of greatest risk for foods, and targets preventive controls and inspections to those areas, " said Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "The FDA's authority to issue an order requiring an emergency permit is an enforcement tool designed to prevent unsafe foods from reaching consumers.”

The FDA issues an "Order of Need for Emergency Permit” if the agency determines that a company fails to meet the regulatory requirements to process a product that does not present a health risk. For Evanger's to resume business, the company must document that corrective actions and processing procedures have been implemented to ensure that the finished product will not present a health hazard.

Botulism is a powerful toxin that affects the nervous system and can be fatal. The disease has been documented in dogs and cats. Signs of botulism in animals are progressive muscle paralysis, disturbed vision, difficulty in chewing and swallowing, and progressive weakness to the body. Death is usually due to paralysis of the heart or the muscles used in breathing.

In light of human botulism illnesses and recalls that occurred due to under-processed hot dog chili sauce, and potentially under-processed canned green beans, FDA has urged all LACF processors to review their operations and the apply scientific principals and regulations that have been established to provide a safe product.

While FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine has authority over animal feed and foods, CFSAN is responsible for regulating all human and animal LACF processing. The two centers are collaborating on this enforcement action.


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, ConsumerAffairs.com 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 feeding my chocolate Lab, Indy, NUTRO for almost four years," said Laura F. of Las Vegas, Nevada. "He's always been happy, healthy, and big. Recently I switched him to NUTRO (Natural Choice) Lite at my vet's request. Three weeks ago, he started vomiting uncontrollably."

Laura said her veterinarian initially thought Indy had pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas. The vet prescribed some medication and Indy's condition gradually improved.

"Now, three weeks later, he started vomiting again," she said, adding she continued to feed her dog NUTRO. "He's now lost about 8 pounds in three weeks and is weak and lethargic.

"The vet believes -- as do I -- that it is the food," she said.

Laura switched brands of dog food and Indy's health improved. After a while, Laura tried mixing in the NUTRO with the new food. But that turned out to be a bad idea.

"The vomiting started again," Laura said. "I also noticed that he only ate about half his food and was actually dropping the NUTRO out and trying to only eat the Science Diet. I think even my dog knows there is something wrong with the NUTRO food.

"I will never feed any of my pets NUTRO again."

Similar stories

We've heard similar stories and sentiment from scores of pet owners nationwide -- many of whom are loyal NUTRO customers. We've also heard from a pet store employee, who noticed these same digestive problems with her clients' pets that ate NUTRO products.

A pet owner in South Carolina told us that she found foreign objects in her last few bags of NUTRO foods.

And a disabled woman in California said all these pets' health problems have given her a horrible sense of déjà vu. Her service dog, she said, experienced these same digestive problems a few years ago – after eating NUTRO food.

"I would not venture to give any pet one nugget of NUTRO food after what my dog went through," said Maggie D. of San Francisco.

But scores of pet owners who've contacted us are convinced that something is now wrong with NUTRO's food.

They're pet owners like Lynn C. of Cabot, Arkansas.

"I've used NUTRO for years and never had any problems," she told us. "But my 10-year-old border collie, Boo, became sick six weeks ago. He was lethargic, lost weight, and when evaluated by a veterinarian, his liver enzymes were critical. They were elevated…off the chart. My vet said we've got to do something.  "She put him on antibiotics and a strong amino acid, but he continued to deteriorate." A week into Boo's treatment, a co-worker told Lynn about problems she'd read about regarding NUTRO's pet food. "I had never dreamed it could be the food," she said. "I'm feeding all four of my dogs the food, so why all of the sudden would it affect Boo? The other three are still thriving. But they're younger—and he's the smallest dog."  Lynn did some digging and found the complaints filed by pet owners on ConsumerAffairs.com. "I was shocked at the information that I found on NUTRO," she said. "I faxed pages and pages of this information to my veterinarian, who became alarmed and told me to stop feeding him the NUTRO." Within days, Boo's condition improved. "He started acting like he felt better," Lynn said. "It's amazing. He wasn't responding until I took him off the NUTRO food. Within a week, he had regained two pounds, and after two weeks, his liver enzymes were still high, but improving. "I cannot explain why this happened all of the sudden since Boo has been eating this food for years. But I know my dog and I know it was the food."

Another pet owner in the small town of Cabot, Arkansas, who shows Westies, said her dogs experienced the same problems with NUTRO's food.

"I started using NUTRO Natural Choice for my show dogs last fall," said Judy Y., who has fed dogs NUTRO on and off for years. "With the last two bags my dogs started to lose weight and their stools were extremely soft. One litter had constant diarrhea. They were losing weight, their coats were not in the condition they should be. And after they ate, they would suck up water like they hadn't had any all day. "The only dog I wasn't having problems with was the old dog that can only eat raw meat, no dog food at all." Judy also noticed that one of her puppies wasn't growing. "She was growing fine until I put her on NUTRO," Judy said. "And then it was like she just stopped growing. She looked like she had been starved and her coat looked real bad." Judy's vet examined the dogs -- and their stools -- and didn't find any problems. "So I said the heck with the commercial dog food and I started feeding all my dogs raw food," Judy said. "They've all bounced back. They have all gained weight and their hair is growing again." The only exception is the puppy that had growth problems. "My puppy is 10 months old now and her growth seems to be stunted," Judy said. "I have never had this happen in the 40 years I have been showing and breeding dogs. I'm not sure this show quality puppy will now get big enough to show or breed. It is so heart breaking to see such a good quality dog not live up to her potential because of a dog food."

Similar tales

Scores of other pet owners echo these concerns. Consider some of their pets' recent experiences with NUTRO:

Michele T. of Northridge, California: "I've been feeding my dogs NUTRO Natural Choice Senior kibble for years. Lately, the last few months, they've both had very upset tummies and very unusual and loose stools."

Rachel B. of Indianapolis, Indiana: "I have a three-year-old Poodle who I got from a rescue (group), and he's been on NUTRO Max since I've had him. Within the last few months, he has had quite a few digestive problems that his vet has not been able to figure out thus far. He has not been eating like he normal does and his stools have been incredible sporadic -- soft then hard, then soft then bloody. His appetite has been pretty bad. He'll wait to eat until he's starving because he doesn't want to eat the food. He's drinking water like he's been in the desert, and coughing and dry heaving a lot. He repeatedly tests negative for stomach parasites and we have been uncertain what the problem was until I received an e-mail about NUTRO foods from the shelter he came from. I know I will be weaning him off NUTRO immediately!"

Kelly M. of Moyock, North Carolina: "I switched my dogs to NUTRO Natural Choice Large Breed chicken and rice, thinking I was improving the quality of their food. They loved it! Unfortunately, a few days after I began feeding the new food, which I converted by mixing in increasing quantities over a week long period, both of my dogs -- a Great Dane and a Dane/Blue Tick mix -- developed watery bowels and lots of digestive activity. We took the Dane to the vet, because he exhibited symptoms first, and they performed a fecal test for both parasites and Giardia. Both were negative. When the other dog began having the same symptoms, I began to suspect the food. I placed a call to NUTRO yesterday and spoke to a customer service representative. She said they had never heard of any dogs having problems like the ones I described. And then, the next day, I found your Web site and saw the numerous complaints. I am not pleased."

Lin D. of Fresno, California: "I have three miniature pinschers and it (the NUTRO food) has affected all of them same way – diarrhea, throwing up, loose stools or totally water stools. They have eaten this food for four years and never had any problems until this last bag. The thing that was interesting is when I opened the last bag and scooped out the food, it was more grainy than normal. My eight-pound girl, she's a wolf and eats everything, she kind of backed away from the food and I had to coerce her to eat. I have taken my dogs off NUTRO and they are doing fine. I also called NUTRO and spoke to a representative in consumer service. She, too, said she had not heard of any problems with the food. She is blaming the shipping and storing of the food – she kind of giggled when she said it. I won't go back to that food. My dogs are much too precious to me and I am extremely fortunate I didn't lose them to a bad bag of food."

Jacki G. of Dornsife, Pennsylvania: "I recently purchased a 40 pound bag of NUTRO Natural Lamb and Rice small bites for my Weimer. We've been very happy until this last bag (dated 10 may 2009,13:38 2 a x 4 j p). Our dogs were throwing up, diarrhea as well as the usual allergy reactions. I figured they had gotten into something they shouldn't have, so I fed them brown rice and boiled ground beef to allow their bellies to settle down. The dogs got better. I resumed feeding NUTRO, with the same results. I figured the bag was somehow tainted with corn (which the Weimer is allergic to), causing the intestinal and other reactions. I purchased another food. Symptoms immediately subsided. I was determined not to waste a 40 pound bag of dog food, so I tried to mix it 50/50 with the good food. Bad Idea! Immediate return of symptoms. I called the company to report my dismay. After a 25 minute wait I spoke to a very uninterested woman, who told be to take the food back to the store for a new bag or a refund. I was shocked there was not more alarm that their food wasn't properly manufactured. I was frustrated and dumbfounded at this lack of customer service. I then Googled to see if there was anything going on with other folks. Wow, am I surprised – and a little scared that I tried so long to get my Zippo to eat this food."

Leigh P. of Olmsted Falls, Ohio: "After years on NUTRO, both my cats started vomiting almost daily. I did plenty of research, feeling that I should switch their food. I will never feed commercial brands like this again. My cats are now on a raw BARF diet, which they were designed to eat, and they are thriving and healthy. My Persian cat, who lost fur four years ago from an illness, is now fluffy again after just 1 month on raw. Don't feed NUTRO or commercial brands. Now I feel guilty for donating this poison to my animal shelter."

Click Here to read the entire article from Lisa Wade McCormick, ConsumerAffairs.Com

When feeding a dog food, you need to ask yourself - Do You Really Know What's In Your Pet's Food?  Also, take the time to read your pet food label and question ingredients.  Learn more about comparing pet food ingredients and what you should be looking for.  If you call your pet food company can you actually speak with the manufacturer of their products?  Dr Jane Bicks, the product formulator for HealthyPetNet's product line welcomes consumer questions.  She hosts a Thursday evening conference call.  If you have a specific question about HealthyPetNet products that you would personally like to ask Dr Jane than please email us for the call info.


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 burned. What causes urinary tract problems is generally because the food that an animal is on does not promote the proper PH of the urine. It is also caused by the general nature of cats to not drink enough water. Even if you put several dishes of water all over the house, they simply will not usually get enough.

This is why, for optimum health, I suggests giving a cat wet and dry food daily. Cats in nature obtain most of the water they need from the meat and stomach contents of their prey. This is why I developed the Instinctive Choice Canned Cat Food. It is designed to mimic a wild diet. It contains what I coin as biological water. It also has 3% less water (but ample enough for good health) so that more meat protein can be put in the can.

The water comes from broth so that it contains more nutrition. Most wet cat foods add tap water only. It contains 36% protein. If you will look on the ingredient list on the Instinctive Choice, you will see that I use couch grass. This is an extremely beneficial herb for the health of the urinary tract. It is one of the best things that anyone could feed their cat. If you have ever noticed, a cat that is kept indoors will eat grass when it is let out. They do this because it is necessary for their health. This is why couch grass is added to our cat food.

If anyone is feeding their cat food that contains a lot of grains, they are doing their cat no good, even if it has a low ash content. Food like this promotes the incorrect Ph.

Important: Our Instinctive Choice Premium Canned Cat Food is meant to be fed with our Life’s Abundance dry formula for cats, not alone.


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 the country. Incidents have included armed robbers entering a breeder’s home, tiny puppies being stuffed into purses at pet stores and most recently, purebred pets being snatched from cars in parking lots and even shelters.

“The value of pets in people’s lives has been on the rise for a long time and now we are seeing thieves trying to capitalize on this. Whether they seek to resell the dog, collect a ransom or breed the dogs and sell their offspring, thieves seem to be attuned to the increased financial and emotional value pets have in our lives,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Losing a treasured family pet is devastating to the owner.”

“Criminals look for weaknesses and exploit them. They know pets can’t protect themselves, so that means owners need to be alert,” said Lt. John Kerwick, a law enforcement K-9 handler and the President of the U.S. Police Canine Association, Region 7. “Be wary of anyone who approaches you and asks too many questions about your dog or where you live. This is a red flag that they may be out to snatch your pet.”

Peterson added that “These ‘dog-nappers’ are misguided and naïve. They’re stealing living beings, not jewelry that can be pawned. Plus, it’s unlikely that they can sell the dogs for high prices without proper registration papers, and these inept criminals are not realistically going to collect a ransom. Caring for a dog -- and especially breeding -- is a time consuming endeavor that requires a lot of knowledge. Thieves will find themselves with a frightened and confused animal that needs a lot of care.”

The AKC offers the following advice to prevent your “best friend” from being a target of a crime:

At Home

  • Don’t let your dog off-leash – Keeping your dog close to you reduces the likelihood it will wander off and catch the attention of thieves. A Saint Bernard that had wandered away from his owner in Nebraska was snatched up right off the road.
  • Don’t leave your dog unattended in your yard – Dogs left outdoors when no one is home for long periods of time can be potential targets, especially if you live in a rural area and the fenced-in yard or dog runs are visible from the street.
  • Keep purchase price to yourself – If strangers approach you to admire your dog during walks, don’t answer questions about how much the dog cost or give details about where you live.
  • Breeders need to be aware of home visits by potential puppy buyers  Criminals posing as would be “puppy buyers” have visited breeder homes to snatch dogs, while other homes have been burglarized when the owner was away. From Yorkies in Los Angeles to Bulldogs in Connecticut, thieves have targeted young puppies of these highly coveted breeds.

On the Road

  • Never leave your dog in an unattended car, even if it’s locked  Even if you are gone for only a moment, an unlocked car is an invitation for trouble. Also leaving expensive items in the car such as a GPS unit or laptop will only invite thieves to break and possibly allow the dog to escape.
  • Don’t tie your dog outside a store – This popular practice among city dwelling dog owners can be a recipe for disaster. Reports have surfaced of such thefts in Manhattan. If you need to go shopping, patronize only dog-friendly retailers or leave the dog at home.
  • Be vigilant when entering or leaving establishments or venues catering to dogs such as grooming salons, veterinarians, doggie day care or hotels Be aware of your surroundings, such as slow moving vehicles, or people watching you and your dog. Carry pepper spray as a precaution and, if possible, don’t walk alone late at night or stay in a well lit area. 

Recovery

  • Protect your dog with microchip identification – Collars and tags can be removed so make sure you have permanent ID with a microchip. Keep contact information current with your recovery service provider. Several pets have been recovered because of alert people scanning and discovering microchips. For more information and to enroll your pet in a 24 hour recovery service visit www.akccar.org.
  • If you suspect your dog has been stolen – Immediately call the police / animal controlin the area your pet was last seen.
  • Have fliers with a recent photo ready to go if your dog goes missing – Keep a photo of your dog in your wallet or on an easily accessible web account so that you can distribute immediately if your pet goes missing.

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.

I considered cooking for all the dogs, but even if I could get the mineral and vitamin, protein, fat and carbohydrate balances correct, I realized that the buyers of my puppies might not be able to do the same. I needed a consistently available super premium brand, to use, and be able to recommend.

I immediately bought over 2000 lbs of "Life's Abundance" and saw immediate stool improvement. The dogs and puppies jumped on the new food, like it was tri-tip, even a 3 month old 1 lb. chihuahua who'd just been rushed to the vet ... She shunned the vets liquid complete food he prescribed and ate soaked "Life's Abundance" like it was steak as soon as she came around, and completely recovered. Now I feel safe and confident that my dogs and precious puppies are on the very best. I wish I could stop worrying that less than deadly amounts of exposure to toxins in the pet store brands, might cause us … other damages, but I'm so glad there was a healthy, wholesome, holistic, alternative, direct sales brand.

Thank you Life's Abundance for making "Life's Abundance" available to American pets, so the owners who cherish them can feel at peace, knowing that we're feeding the best.

Dawn, Stevinson, CA


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 is considered obese. That takes in about 5 percent of the nearly 62 million dogs in the United States. An additional 20 percent to 30 percent are considered overweight.

The liquid drug appears to reduce the amount of fat a dog can absorb. It also seems to trigger a feeling of satiety or fullness, according to the FDA.

The prescription drug also can produce some unfortunate side effects, including loose stools, diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy and loss of appetite.

And it's not for dog owners. The FDA discourages the drug's use in humans and lists a litany of side effects should anyone ignore that advice. Nor is Slentrol, also called dirlotapide, for use in cats.

Instead of resorting to drugs, reduce your dogs eating and give them some exercise and this will help them lose weight. Remember your dog can not tell you what this drug is actually doing to them. As you read above, the side effects are not worth it. Do them a favor - feed them a natural diet dog food and get some exercise.  A simple short walk a day and getting your dog on a natural weight loss food will keep both of you healthier!

Lastly, watch the amount of treats you give your dog.  By giving them high calorie treats you are sabatoging their weight.  While you may not think that 5 or 6 treats a day add up, they do - especially if your dog is smaller.  A great weight loss dog treat is Wholesome Hearts Low Fat Dog Treat.


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 fruits and vegetables fresh, try canned and frozen.

Frozen produce is nutritionally comparable to fresh but canned produce does lose some vitamins and minerals during the heating process. However, the canned versions of at least three vegetables are actually higher in healthful phytochemicals than their fresh versions: Corn, carrots, and tomatoes all benefit from the canning process.

Another benefit of frozen and canned produce: They have a longer shelf life, so you can keep them on hand for quick additions to meals.

If you do purchase more canned or frozen produce, make sure the label says they contain no added salt and sugars. (Remember "heavy syrup"?)

Bottom line: It's more important to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day than it is to worry about how they made it to your plate.


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 inflammation is a major cause of multiple illnesses and disease states.

Researchers are hopeful that these findings will lead to new, more effective anti-inflammatory drugs, as current treatments are frequently accompanied by many side effects.

Sealogix Omega-3 is an ultra-concentrated, ultra-refined fish oil, awarded an  IFOS 5-Star Rating for purity, quality and concentration. With hundreds of scientific studies substantiating the positive health benefits of Omega-3's, fish oil is the smart choice for people who wish to lead healthier lives. We use state-of-the-art processing to remove impurities and provide you with a fish oil supplement that is safe and effective. Due to its superior quality and high concentration of nutrients, Sealogix is an exceptional value compared to other market brands


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, weakening the bone.

Ultralogix supplement provides the nutrients you need to support healthy bones. Osteo Essentials is specifically formulated to help make bones (including your teeth) strong and healthy. This supplement features seven different types of calcium and is fortified with bone-strengthening minerals.

Osteo Essentials has all the necessary nutrients to help protect your bones against brittleness and deterioration. With seven different types of calcium, this formula is fortified with Vitamin D, Magnesium and other bone-strengthening minerals that are difficult to obtain from diet alone. Additionally, the calcium is chelated (i.e., wrapped in amino acids) to ensure maximum absorption into the bloodstream. While all minerals have at least minute traces of lead, Osteo Essentials is created in accordance with the strictest pharmaceutical-grade standards, making it virtually lead-free for your safety. This Ultralogix supplement is formulated for males and females aged 13 and up.


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 adds significantly to the overall antioxidant value of each bar.

Flax Seed Meal and Oil
One of the richest sources of alpha-linoleic acid, one of the types of fatty acids in the omega-3 family, which are considered super-unsaturated fats.

Cranberries
A whole food high in natural antioxidants that support healthy urinary tract functioning. The colorful cranberry is truly a health-promoting fruit for humans and our companion animals.  Research conducted over the last several years has validated what Native Americans knew all along about this remarkable berry.  The cranberry is rich in flavonoids and vitamin C, important antioxidants that help to strengthen the immune system.  Additionally, this berry contains nutrients called proanthocyanidins, which also support a healthy immune system and contribute to a healthy urinary system.  The amazing cranberry is a little fruit that packs a big nutritional punch.

Whole Food Antioxidants
The natural nutritional goodness of apples, carrots and spinach.

• Proudly made in the USA with all-natural, human-quality American ingredients.
• Contains no corn, wheat, wheat gluten, soy or soy gluten.
• No chemical preservatives, artificial colors or artificial flavors.

Read More About Antioxidant Health Bars For Dogs


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 and on talking about this highly complex system, I would like to highlight two vital aspects of the immune system: antioxidants and the G.A.L.T.

Antioxidants are the most commonly discussed nutrients in relation to the immune system because they protect the body by destroying harmful substances known as free radicals.  Free radicals are formed inside the body as a by-product of metabolism and also in response to environmental elements, like exposure to ultraviolet light, air pollution, etc.  In order to support healthy immune function, it is vital that your pet gets enough antioxidants to disarm harmful free radicals.

Fruits, vegetables and grasses are full of powerful antioxidants.  Actually, I believe that Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food was one of the first brands to include antioxidants from whole foods.  Dogs and cats need antioxidants from a wide variety of foods, including squash, zucchini, rice germ, flax seed meal, herbs, liver, and natural vitamin E.  You can give your dog apples, pears and other fruits.  Fresh veggies work well for dogs and occasionally for cats.  I have a cat that carries raw string beans in her mouth and howls as though it is something important, and eventually eats most of it.

Another critical part of the immune system is found in the intestines or the Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (G.A.L.T.), which communicates with the immune cells located throughout the body.  In some respects, the G.A.L.T. is the first line of defense in the body.  That’s why Life’s Abundance foods and other HealthyPetNet products contain a special fiber and mix of friendly bacteria to support intestinal health.

We all want the very best for our beloved animals.  We should feel fortunate to live in a time when breakthroughs in medical research help us to help them live longer and happier lives.  Thanks to the solid research we now have regarding immune and GI health, we are pleased to bring you a truly superior line of food, treat and supplement products for your companion animals.  To better health for all dogs and cats!


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 cheese mixture onto each rectangle; top with Turkey Jerky, red pepper and parsley. Fold long end of dough up over filling to center; fold up again to enclose remaining filling. Cut each

into 4 equal size squares. Place seam sides down on baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

BAKE 13 to 15 min. or until golden brown.


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 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory,trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.


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 canned cat food, it’s what’s not.

What's not in Instinctive Choice Natural Canned Cat Food. Instinctive Choice does not contain fruits like apples, vegetables like carrots or grains like corn. Although carbohydrates like these are used in dry foods to form the nuggets, they are not necessary in canned foods. Instinctive Choice gives you the ability to feed your cat closer to how a feline would feed in the wild.

Instinctive Choice Natural Canned Cat Food does NOT contain gluten or fillers, nor does it contain by-products, any type of chemical preservatives or artificial flavors, flavor enhancers or food colorings.

What is in Instinctive Choice Natural Canned Cat Food. Instinctive Choice contains fresh, highly digestible, human-quality proteins from organic chicken, turkey, chicken liver and shrimp. Instinctive Choice contains nutrient rich water or “biological water,” which contains nutritional components found in meats and chicken broth. This allows your cat to obtain moisture closer to the way a cat in the wild would get it.

Instinctive Choice Natural Canned Cat Food also contains added omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, chelated minerals, taurine, l-carnitine, vitamin E and a superior blend of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to help contribute to a healthy daily diet.

Instinctive Choice Natural Canned Cat Food has a savory taste that your kitten or cat will love. The organic chicken, turkey, succulent shrimp and chicken liver are cooked in a delicious broth that is seasoned with a little bit of rosemary.


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 Omega-6 fatty acids from vegetable oils resulting in a highly unbalanced ratio of Omega-6s to Omega-3s. Research has shown that a ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 of 5:1 to 10:1 is optimal for dogs and cats and therefore supplementing with a high quality Omega-3 fish oil supports pet health.

Omega 3 oils support heart, vision and joint health, provide important nutrients for proper immune function, and nourish the skin and coat. First suggested for use in treating allergies in pets, they are now advocated in cases of kidney disease, elevated cholesterol, and arthritis as well. Veterinarians are discovering that fatty acids can be valuable for a variety of conditions. Fish oil supplementation may be helpful for pets with inflammatory diseases including allergies, arthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, and cancers. Pets with any type of inflammatory disease may benefit from fish oil supplementation. In general, more severe disease requires doses higher than those commonly recommended.

Fish oil is very effective in some pets with allergies and skin disease. It is easy to administer (via gel caps or liquid) and can reduce the amount of corticosteroid or antihistamine needed to control itching. Most pets take either form well. For pets that are difficult to "pill," the liquid form is quite popular. Owners of dogs and cats 20 pounds and under find the liquid form more cost effective than the large bottle of fatty acid capsules that we prescribe. The response is variable in other diseases (such as kidney disease) but fish oil appears effective in research studies. In pets with some types of cancer, fish oil has slowed down the growth and spread of the cancer. While more studies are needed on other types of cancer, the general recommendation is to add fish oil to the diets of all pets with cancer.

As with other supplements, the use of fatty acids often allows doctors to lower the dosages of drugs such as corticosteroids or antihistamines. Choosing a high quality Omega-3 fish oil supplement with exceptional purity and freshness, as well as, high levels of Omega-3s is key to supporting pet health.

How Quickly Will My Pet Benefit From Omega 3 Supplements?

While the pet begins benefiting quickly, you may not notice a difference for 3-4 months. The pet's body will change from the inside out—first the individual cells, then tissues, then organs. Gradually you'll notice the coat and skin become more radiant. When you see this, you'll know the internal organs, including the kidneys, liver, heart, and brain, are also experiencing more radiant health.

Because fats are an expensive component of pet foods, many commercial foods do not contain high levels, especially of the Omega 3 fatty acids. Most pets benefit from fatty acid supplements. We recommend SeaLogix Ultra Refined Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil

Fish Oil Purity

We have no one but ourselves to blame for the toxic contaminants found in fish oil. These toxins include mercury (from the burning of coal), PCBs (used in electrical insulation), and dioxins (the active ingredient in defoliants used in the Vietnam War). Although production of PCBs and dioxins has long been banned, they rarely break down and thus accumulate in the marine food chain that ends with fish. These toxins are known carcinogens and neurotoxins. In fact, the levels in the Eskimo population, who consume large amounts of fatty fish rich in EPA and EPA, are well above the safety standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO), and recent studies indicate that they are approaching the upper limits of safety in the Japanese population.

Here lies the dilemma - how to remove these toxins to obtain all the tremendous health benefits of EPA and DHA. The solution was the development of a new manufacturing process for producing ultra refined EPA/DHA concentrates.

Buyer Beware!
If you or someone you know is using a fish oil that is not tested by an independent laboratory for concentration, purity and stability, it's buyer beware. Ask the manufacturer of that fish oil what it is trying to hide. It's one thing to print pharmaceutical-grade on a label, it's quite another to actually make a truly "pharmaceutical grade ultra refined" fish oil.

Fish Oil Liquid Or Capsules For My Pets, Which One Should I Choose?

Dogs and cats are extremely smart! Think of it this way...after a few days of trying to jam the capsule down your pet's throat, you may find yourself chasing him/her around the house! It's a lot easier if you make it "treat time!" We recommend putting liquid Fish Oil in cream cheese, peanut butter, cottage cheese or anything that your pet likes. Your furry friend will never know it's there and you're giving your animal a healthy treat!


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 all, a little bit of buckwheat honey or dextromethorphan (DM), the chemical cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cold medicines.  The children receiving the honey or DM took it about 30 minutes before bedtime.

The research team found that honey was more effective in reducing the severity and frequency of nighttime cough compared with DM or no treatment at all. Honey also allowed the children to sleep better.  The findings are published in the December, 2007, issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

According to the study's lead researcher, Dr. Ian Paul, Penn State's director of pediatric clinical research: "Honey provided the greatest relief of symptoms compared with the other treatments.  With honey, parents now have a safe and effective alternative to use for children over age 1 that have cough and cold symptoms".  Some of the children were hyperactive for a short time after being given the honey, Dr. Paul said. However, children who received honey slept better and so did their parents, he noted.

Paul cautioned that honey should never be given to children younger than 1, because of the rare risk of infantile botulism. In addition, he noted, cough medicines that mention "honey" on the label actually contain artificial honey flavor not real honey.

Honey has been used for centuries to treat upper respiratory infection symptoms such as cough. In addition, honey has antioxidant and antimicrobial effects, and also soothes the back of the throat.

Once again, science has proven that food really can be your medicine.