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Creamy Mocha Protein Shake

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 3/4 cups coffee - cold & strong
  • 2 packets Splenda - or more
  • 1/8 teaspoon coffee extract - optional
  • 3 scoops Designer Whey Protein Powder, Chocolate
  • 6 ice cubes - or more

In a blender container, add the cream cheese, cream & water; blend till creamy.
Add the protein powder, sweetener, cold coffee, extract & blend thoroughly.
Add ice cubes one at a time until the shake is nice & thick.

Divide into 2 servings. Each serving:7.6 carbs , 31.5 grams Protein

*Any flavor of protein powder can be used but use water instead of the cold coffee.You may have to adjust carb counts.

Dr. Jane Bicks Tips for Washing Our Pets

Dear Dr. Jane: Can you give me some tips on the best way to bathe my dog please?

Dr. Jane's Answer: Sure! Here are some great tips for washing our pets.

1. Don't wash your pet outside unless you've found a way to get warm water out there. Cold water is not as enjoyable to pets as it is to us.

2. Don't use the bathtub. It can hurt your back and it's hard for your pet to get a grip. Instead, use the shower or the laundry room sink. The bigger the sink, the better.

3. Put towels on the floor before washing, because the floor will get soaked and you may slip.

4. If you're in fact using the sink or shower, put a rubber mat in it.

5. Use treat-giving to teach your dog to stay in the sink and to behave properly. This may not work with a cat

6. Use an eye ointment in your pet's eyes to protect them from the suds. If soap gets in the eyes, you can use a human eye rinse

7. Make sure their coats get really wet, especially water breeds that are meant to repel water and those with thick coats. A nice wet coat also helps the shampoo to lather up more luxuriantly. Use a curry brush in a circular motion to work the shampoo and exfoliate the skin

8. When washing, don't go above the neck to prevent the ear canal from becoming an actual ear canal…. full of water. If you really want to wash the head, use a moist wash cloth only. Remember to wash under the tail, which is a widely forgotten area

9. Avoid using a hair dryer, which can burn or irritate your pet. Use a towel for drying… that is, after your pet does its instinctual, infamous water-shake

10. Remember to take your time. Make sure you carve out meaningful time on a weekend to do this bonding activity with your pet. Have a radio on with some soothing music to calm both of you down, and talk gently. If you are erratic and rushing, your pet will feel it

And One More Important Life's Abundance Tip: When it comes to washing your pet, you shouldn't use baby shampoo or human shampoo. Different types of shampoos are formulated for specific skin types. Instead, you should use a shampoo formulated especially for dogs and cats, like Life's Abundance Revitalizing Shampoo for dogs and cats

What You Need To Know About Pets & Hot Weather

Today marks the official start of summer—and although many parts of the country got a preview last week of the hot weather to come, we’d like to remind you that dogs and cats can suffer from the same problems that humans do—overheating, dehydration and even sunburn—when the mercury rises. By taking these simple precautions from ASPCA experts, you can keep your animal companions happy and healthy:

- When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog stand on hot asphalt. His or her body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.

- Good grooming can stave off summer skin problems, especially for dogs with heavy coats. Shaving the hair to a one-inch length—never down to the skin, please, which robs Rover of protection from the sun—helps prevent overheating. Cats should be brushed often.

- Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.

- Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle—overheating can be fatal! Even with the windows open, a parked automobile can quickly become a furnace. Parking in the shade offers little protection, as the sun constantly shifts during the day.

- Stay alert for signs of overheating in pets. These include excessive panting and drooling and mild weakness, along with an elevated body temperature. Please take a few moments to read our complete list of Hot Weather Tips—it just might save your pet’s life! Article compliments of ASPCA

FDA Requests Seizure of Animal Food Products at PETCO Distribution Center

Today, at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Marshals seized various animal food products stored under unsanitary conditions at the PETCO Animal Supplies Distribution Center located in Joliet, Ill., pursuant to a warrant issued by the United States District Court in Chicago.

U.S. Marshals seized all FDA-regulated animal food susceptible to rodent and pest contamination. The seized products violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because it was alleged in a case filed by the United States Attorney that they were being held under unsanitary conditions. (The Act uses the term "insanitary" to describe such conditions).

During an FDA inspection of a PETCO distribution center in April, widespread and active rodent and bird infestation was found. The FDA inspected the facility again in May and found continuing and widespread infestation.

"We simply will not allow a company to store foods under filthy and unsanitary conditions that occur as a direct result of the company's failure to adequately control and prevent pests in its facility," said Margaret O'K. Glavin, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "Consumers expect that such safeguards will be in place not only for human food, but for pet food as well."

The distribution center in Joliet, Ill., provides pet food products and supplies to PETCO retail stores in 16 states including Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

FDA has no reports of pet illness or death associated with consumption of animal food distributed by PETCO, and does not have evidence that the food is unsafe for animals. However, the seized products were in permeable packages and held under conditions that could affect the food's integrity and quality.

As a precaution, consumers who have handled products originating from the PETCO distribution center should thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap. Any surfaces that came in contact with the packages should be washed as well. Consumers are further advised as a precaution to thoroughly wash products sold in cans and glass containers from PETCO in the 16 affected states.

If a pet has become ill after eating these food products, pet owners should contact their veterinarian and report illnesses to FDA state consumer complaint coordinators.

Engage Organic Stain Pen

This remarkable color safe stain removing pen is biodegradable and "works on the spot"! As a PRE-WASH treatment it removes such stains as food stains, oil, make-up, blood, coffee, wine, grass, pet stains, and grease stains. Every home should have one, or carry one in your purse for life's little emergencies!

When applying Engage Organic Stain Pen on clothing,  add a little water to activate the cleaning agents. Allow the item to dry, then toss it in with your regular wash using our Engage® Organic Laundry Concentrate.
A small amount of water will activate the cleaning agents and allowing it to dry will ensure that the cleaning  agents have fully completed their ability to remove the stain. Some stains are more difficult than others, so If the entire stain is not removed, repeat the process. (You can also add a bit of Engage® All Purpose Cleaner for quicker results. Be sure to test the material for color fastness before using on a large area.)

Support for a healthy prostate

Prostate health can be positively affected by several foods and herbs. The herbs synergistically work together to help promote health in the reproductive and urinary organs, and enhance the body’s response to stress.

4Life Transfer Factor MalePro is an exclusive Targeted Transfer Factor product, formulated to provide comprehensive endocrine system support for men. 4Life Transfer Factor MalePro works by promoting healthy prostate function as well as health in the reproductive and urinary organs.

4Life Transfer Factor MalePro combines the immune-supporting benefits of Targeted Transfer Factor technology with clinically proven saw palmetto, lycopene, soy isoflavones and additional herbs and antioxidants that many researchers support as being an essential part of optimum prostate health.

What Causes Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease?

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) has many causes, few of  them dietary:

1. Cats need to drink more water. Studies have shown that cats simply don't drink enough water. I suggest that you give your cat fresh water in a ceramic dish rather than plastic or stainless steel. Cat fountains generally increase water intake because cats enjoy them. Since canned food provides water and nutrition I recommend feeding your cat canned food at least once daily. Instinctive Choice canned cat food provides excellent concentrated nutrition with a great taste. It includes an herb that holistic veterinarians recommend for a healthy urinary tract.

2. Cat food, dry or canned should produce a urinary pH of 6.6 – 6.8. Life's Abundance Cat Food and Instinctive Choice Canned Cat Food produce the proper urinary pH for a healthy urinary tract.

3. Stress can cause FLUTD. Stressful events include moving, keeping the cat alone for longer times, or adding another pet or person to the family.

4. Allergies can cause FLUTD. Veterinarians find that some cats will have urinary tract issues the same time every year.

5. Ash, and magnesium levels are NO longer thought to be primary causes of FLUTD.

Gum Problems and Heart Disease Linked

After conducting several researches, researchers have found that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from heart disease as those without gum disease. Gum disease is most commonly caused by harmful bacteria that live in excess accumulation of a thin film of material on your exposed tooth surfaces called dental plaque. These nasty bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream, attaching to fatty plaques in the heart blood vessels and contributing to clot formation. Blood clots can obstruct normal blood flow and may lead to heart attacks. 

Good oral hygiene that fights bacteria is the best prevention against gum disease and heart disease. You can help prevent gum disease and possibly heart disease by keeping the plaque and bacterial populations in your mouth low.

If You Suffer from Gum Disease, Gingivitis, Bleeding Gums or Bad Breath than try OraMd. OraMD® is the first all natural, highly effective dental care product created for total teeth and gum health, as well as overall dental hygiene.Everyone is looking for the symptom, cure, and treatment for gum disease, gingivitis, bleeding gums and bad breath because no one wants to loose their teeth. OraMD® tackles the problems associated with periodontal disease, gingivitis and receding gums and is also an extremely effective chronic bad breath product. Because the ingredients are natural enemies of bacteria, OraMD® cleans your mouth and stops halitosis ( bad breath ) in it's tracks.

Natural Treatment For Cat That Scratches & Bites

Q. "What can I do about my cat's behavior? When I try to put him in his travel crate, he bites and scratches most of the time."

A. We recommend that you try our Aggression Formula™. This remedy contains a unique combination of specially selected herbal and homeopathic ingredients well known for their ability to encourage peaceful attitudes.

These ingredients are supportive for both dogs and cats. Especially aimed at pets that tend to vocalize and physically vent their frustrations, Aggression Formula helps to treat the problem of aggression in easily agitated or socially inept pets, and allows your pet to relax.

Aggression Formula can be used regularly for the highly-strung animal or as needed to support instinctual behavior triggered by changes in environment, and discourage common physical signs of irritation as well as reduce biting, scratching and aggression in animals.

For further info, please go to:

Aggression Formula

Answer compliments of the Pet Alive Team

Premarin, Prempro & Provera Lawsuit

A federal jury on Thursday ordered Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Upjohn Co. to pay more than $27 million to a Little Rock, Ark., woman who got breast cancer after taking hormone replacement therapy.

The jury on Thursday ruled that Donna Scroggin, who sued the companies in 2004, should receive $19.3 million from Wyeth and $7.7 million from Upjohn Co. in punitive damages. Jurors last month ruled in favor of Scroggin and said that Wyeth inadequately warned her that its drugs Premarin and Prempro carried an increased risk of breast cancer. The lawsuit also named Upjohn Co., the maker of Provera.

The jury ruled last month that Scroggin receive $2.75 million in compensatory damages.

Both drugs remain on the market and carry the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and both continue to be prescribed annually to hundreds of thousands of women to alleviate symptoms of menopause.

Read the entire article here

Please consider natural alternative menopause treatments.  Here are some natural remedies to support balanced hormones and menstrual cycles premenstrually and during menopause - The complete menopause and premenstrual program, Femalite, MellowPause or Dong Quai

Life's Abundance Natural Dog or Cat Food Sample

Try Life's Abundance Dog or Cat Food

The Life's Abundance Dog Food Sample Pack includes -

  • Life's Abundance Premium Dog Food
  • Antioxidant Bar Treat
  • The Life's Abundance Cat Food Sample Pack includes-

    • Instinctive Choice Premium Canned Cat Food
    • Life's Abundance Premium Dry Cat Food
    • Purrfectly Natural Gourmet Treat - Hairball Formula

    Life’s Abundance Premium Health Dog Food is made with select ingredients, including high-quality chicken and catfish meals, whole grains, nutritious vegetables and fruits, omega fatty acids and much more. We never use corn or wheat products and we never use artificial flavors or colors.

    Life’s Abundance Premium Health Cat Food is made with select ingredients, including a delectable blend of high quality chicken, catfish and turkey meals, wholesome grains, omega fatty acids and much more. We never use corn or wheat products, and we never use artificial flavors or colors.

    Instinctive Choice Premium Canned Food is formulated to provide your cat with a meal that is similar in nutrition and moisture to how a feline would feed in the wild. Instinct is king with cats and they will purr over this protein rich food, which contains organic chicken, turkey, chicken liver and shrimp. We also added a little bit of grass, which contains many nutrients that help support a healthy urinary tract.

    Try Life's Abundance Dog or Cat Food

    Timberwolf Organics Dog Food Recall

    Timberwolf Organics announced this recall on their Dakota Bison and Ocean Blue Dog Foods.

    Due to recent reports from some customers, we have ordered that two formulas from three specific dates be pulled from the shelves. These are:

    Dakota Bison with 'best by date' of 12 Feb 2009
    Ocean Blue with 'best by date' of 20 Feb 2009
    Ocean Blue with best by date' of 8 March 2009

    The reported symptoms include dogs refusing to eat, diarrhea or vomiting. While the problem is inconsistent (not every dog eating food from those dates/bag show the symptoms and not every bag), to err on the side of caution have decided to pull the formulas produced with the above dates. Initial testing has come back negative for problems and further testing is pending results.

    As soon as the cause of this reported problem is determined procedures will be put into place to ensure that an event like this cannot happen again. Please be assured that no other formulas and Ocean Blue and Dakota Bison with dates other than ones listed above are not affected.

    If you do have a bag with those dates please contact the retailer you purchased it from for an exchange or credit. If you purchased it directly from us please give us a call or email us at, or you can download the Customer Complaint Form below and fax it to 866.796.8814.