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May 2009

Consumer Complaints About Canidae Pet Foods

Canidae issued this statement -

A statement from Canidae:

We apologize to all who have voiced their concerns with our new formulation. Canidae distributed letters to retailers, breeders, updated packaging, and provided in-store signage, however it appears that this message did not reach all of our customers.

The new formulation, with increased levels of meat protein, lowered carbohydrates, and an increased overall complex carbohydrate quality, provides the most nutritious, all natural, palatable products. Canidae never uses soy, corn, wheat, by-products, grain fractions, or fillers in our food.

If you believe your pet has experienced challenges related to the new formula we suggest feeding smaller portions multiple times a day. Adding warm water can decrease the chance of pets eating too quickly and not chewing thoroughly. It’s not unusual for pets to experience some digestive issues when transitioning, but if your problems persist, contact your veterinarian to rule out any underlying health concerns. For more tips, visit canidae.com/transitioningfromorig.html.

Due to increased commodity costs, we’ve changed our packaging sizes, reducing the overall weight by approximately 3-5 pounds per bag. The new sizes are more consistent with other brands and allow for easier handling.

We are committed to bringing quality products to pet owners and in June that commitment led us to Diamond’s manufacturing facility. Diamond facilities have rigorous quality control processes, utilizing a 141-point ingredient test protocol. All products are subject to a 10-point final product safety review and Canidae has also implemented hourly testing to confirm quality and product safety in our onsite laboratory. All Canidae products meet or exceed AAFCO nutrient profiles in USDA and FDA approved facilities.

At Canidae, we are committed to providing you and your pets the highest standard of excellence for product quality, palatability, and customer satisfaction. Please call 800-398-1600 or visit www.canidae.com to let us know what we can do to serve you better.

Canidae
Scott Whipple and John Gordon
Owners
PO Box 3610
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

Read the complete article here including consumer complaints


The Importance of Proactive Skin and Coat Care For Dogs & Cats

09-04-p3-RS Everybody knows that the cleaner the hair, the shinier and better looking it is.  Not only that, but bathing removes loose, dying skin cells in the first layer of the skin, allowing healthy, new layers to grow.  If you notice any excessive flaking, that’s an indication that skin cells are dying prematurely and are in need of additional nourishment and support. 

Personally, Dr Jane Bicks recommend that cats be bathed two to four times each year.  The life cycle of hair ends with shedding, and as the amount of hair shed increases, the more hairballs are likely to develop.  And when a lot of hair is shed in a short period of time, it can become trapped in the healthy hair.  This is exactly why a proactive hair and skin care routine can help to diminish the likelihood of hairballs. 

Not only is it important to bathe cats in an effort to prevent hairballs, there is evidence to suggest that bathing cats can actually help to reduce the severity of allergies in your family, too.  Research by the Cornell Feline Health Center showed that many people who suffer from cat allergies report fewer problems after their cats have been bathed.

Unless your dogs have problem skin, they should be bathed only about every two weeks.  Even though we think of our little dogs like our babies, they definitely don’t need daily baths.  If they are experiencing mild problems (dry skin, an excessively oily coat, noticeable odor, etc.), Dr Jane recommends that they receive an effective combination of the Revitalizing Shampoo and Bath Fresh Mist, bathing every few days and using the mist on the in-between days.  And these products are safe to use in combination with topical flea products, so you don’t have to worry about reapplying these treatments.

A good shampoo includes conditioners, which moisturize as the shampoo cleans.  Inexpensive shampoos often have harsh chemicals which, while providing a rich lather, frequently do not contain conditioners that contribute to a healthy coat and better skin. 

The formula for Revitalizing Shampoo was created specifically to help your pet’s coat be lustrous and healthy, all year long!  I formulated our shampoo with fruit extracts, due to their antioxidant properties.  The base itself is very mild, with a built-in conditioner.  This delightful formula includes organic herbs, to provide your sweet companion with the very finest in care products.  As soon as you apply Revitalizing Shampoo, the rosemary and sage begin to penetrate the hair shaft and rejuvenate the hair at the root.  Used for centuries to care for hair, rosemary is a natural antiseptic that leaves skin feeling tingly and invigorated.  Additionally, these organic herbs also help to stimulate the growth of new skin cells, resulting in healthier hair and a more luxurious and shiny coat.

Some over-the-counter shampoos indicate that you use a large amount of the product.  As a result, rinsing can take a very long time.  Sometimes pet parents, even after several minutes of rinsing, still feel residual soapiness in the coat and on the skin.  With a rich formula, Revitalizing Shampoo lathers quickly, generates loads of foamy bubbles, and takes only moments to rinse clean.  The fragrance is vibrantly fresh, with a pleasingly tropical mango scent – no overpowering perfumes like those used in some shampoos.  The aroma is just wonderful!

If you have a dog, you know that even when you bathe them, they can frequently have the same dirty smell the very next day.  Yech!  Our Revitalizing Shampoo has a special odor-control ingredient called Ordenone™, which effectively eliminates foul odors for four-to-five days.  With a proven safety record in many personal care products, Ordenone™ is a unique compound that traps odor-causing molecules odors and permanently encapsulates them.  When you rinse away the suds, you also rinse away the unpleasant odors.  In addition to eliminating everyday odors, Ordenone™ has no effect on the normal microbial processes of the skin, helping to ensure the health of your pet’s skin.

Unfortunately, both dogs and cats can have problems with matting fur.  And often, washing them will only aggravate the problem, making the mats tighter and harder to deal with.  Using scissors to cut the mat can be dangerous, and therefore I don’t think they are a good way to get rid of mats.  This is exactly why I created Bath Fresh Mist … simply spray this coat conditioner onto the mat and carefully comb it out.  It takes a little bit of patience, but it’s better for your lovable companion.

Bath Fresh Mist is made with the same fruit extracts and has the same odor-fighting molecule as the 09-04-p3-BFM Revitalizing Shampoo.  This spray-on coat conditioner and skin nourisher is an excellent in-between bath solution, keeping your dog or cat smelling fresh.  Additionally, it’s effective at removing kinks, which helps to prevent mats.  This lovely scented product is an easy and effective way to keep coats lustrous and smelling great.

And remember, both of these products are safe to use in combination with topical flea products, so you don’t have to worry about reapplying those treatments. 

Give your sweet companion a healthy helping of relief this spring, and all year long, with the skin and coat combination of Revitalizing Shampoo and Bath Fresh Mist!  

Revitalizing Shampoo

Pamper your precious pet with an infusion of certified-organic herbal extracts, pure plant botanicals and natural fruit extracts.  This Revitalizing Shampoo naturally untangles, nourishes and conditions coats, leaving them soft and pleasantly fragrant.  Moisture-activated absorbers neutralize even the strongest of pet odors.  The luxurious lather cleanses without stripping natural oils.  After use, the coat retains the delicate aroma of our unique blend of natural fruit extracts.  Natural antioxidants from organic rosemary and sage help prevent damage from changes in the weather and other environmental factors.

• Certified-Organic Rosemary & Sage
• Essences of Mango & Kiwi
• Grapefruit, Lemon & Palm Kernel Oils
• Coconut

Bath Fresh Mist

Our rich and potent conditioning mist is naturally infused with a harmonizing blend of certified-organic herbal extracts, pure plant botanicals and natural fruit extracts, all of which helps to untangle hair and eliminate mats.  And, Bath Fresh Mist is enhanced with moisture-activated odor absorbers that actually eliminate odors rather than just covering them up.  With every application, you’ll be nourishing the coat, helping to make it strong, healthy and vibrant.   The perfect finish to a bath or a great between-bath freshener, this formula can also be used when you brush your pets – they will love the attention!

• Certified-Organic Rosemary & Sage
• Essences of Mango & Kiwi
• Grapefruit & Lemon Oils
• Aloe Vera


Dog & Cat Shedding & Healthy Coats

09-04-p1a The splendor of summer is right around the bend.  We are approaching the season when children, freed from studies, populate the neighborhood, friends and families hold cook-outs, and we find ourselves preoccupied with the health our pet’s coats. 

There’s a reason for our annual fixation.  Dogs usually begin to lose their winter coats in early spring, when it is gradually replaced by a shorter, lighter coat suited to the summer months.  The amount of shedding varies widely from breed to breed.  For example, the pet parents of German Shepherds will groan about the amount of shedding all year long, while those of us with poodles rarely have to get out the broom or vacuum, even with the arrival of summer. 

While we’ve seen that growth cycles can be affected by mood, hormones, and nutrition, changes primarily occur due to fluctuations in the amount of daylight and temperature. 

The length of daylight hours is believed to have a greater impact on the shedding cycle than temperature, which is why all pets shed during particular times of the year.  Even artificial indoor lighting can have an effect, especially on companion animals who stay primarily indoors.

And companion animals experience big differences in temperature when leaving and entering your home, which is most extreme in the summer and winter months.  These differences induce a constant state of change, setting up conditions that lead to increased shedding throughout the year. 

And an unhealthy coat can have negative impacts on pet parents, too, in the form of allergies.  Contrary to popular belief, hair is not the culprit of allergies in humans, but rather dander and proteins in the oil produced by glands in the skin. 

For all of the hair support systems to function properly, they require a variety of nutrients, including fatty acids, minerals and vitamins.  Additionally, a healthy coat requires a great deal of protein.  Almost 95% of the protein that’s ingested is used by the body to support hair production and maintenance.  Fortunately, nutritious foods like Life’s Abundance and Instinctive Choice provide the protein content necessary to supply your pet’s body with the protein necessary to help maintain a healthy coat.

Just as it is important to feed a high-quality, nutrient-dense food, it is also advisable to give your companion animals a balanced supplement that provides the additional nutritional support necessary to achieve the utmost in a healthy coat and skin. 

Life's Abundance Skin & Coat Formula is a unique formula that provides a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.  These oils are certified-free of contaminants and are microencapsulated to increase absorption, so your pet receives the full nutritional benefit.  Additionally, Skin & Coat Formula contains vitamins A, D, and E, all of which are necessary for the maintenance of healthy skin and a glossy coat.  To ensure the highest product quality, Skin & Coat is manufactured in a human pharmaceutical plant.  And, it has a delicious roast beef flavor that both cats and dogs love.

No matter the season, Life's Abundance Skin & Coat Formula can help to make your pet’s coat healthy, glossy and beautiful – and keep it that way, all year long.


Nutro Products Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Range of Dry Cat Food Products

Press Release From http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/nutro05_09.html

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Franklin, Tennessee (May 21, 2009) -- Today, Nutro Products announced a voluntary recall of select varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010. The cat food is being voluntarily recalled in the United States and ten additional countries.  This recall is due to incorrect levels of zinc and potassium in our finished product resulting from a production error by a US-based premix supplier.

Two mineral premixes were affected.  One premix contained excessive levels of zinc and under-supplemented potassium. The second premix under-supplemented potassium.  Both zinc and potassium are essential nutrients for cats and are added as nutritional supplements to NUTRO® dry cat food.

This issue was identified during an audit of our documentation from the supplier.  An extensive review confirmed that only these two premixes were affected. This recall does not affect any NUTRO® dog food products, wet dog or cat food, or dog and cat treats. 

Affected product was distributed to retail customers in all 50 states, as well as to customers in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Israel.  We are working with all of our distributors and retail customers, in both the US and internationally, to ensure that the recalled products are not on store shelves. These products should not be sold or distributed further.

Consumers who have purchased affected product should immediately discontinue feeding the product to their cats, and switch to another product with a balanced nutritional profile.  While we have received no consumer complaints related to this issue, cat owners should monitor their cat for symptoms, including a reduction in appetite or refusal of food, weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea.  If your cat is experiencing health issues or is pregnant, please contact your veterinarian.

Consumers who have purchased product affected by this voluntary recall should return it to their retailer for a full refund or exchange for another NUTRO® dry cat food product.  Cat owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-800-833-5330 between the hours 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM CST, or visit www.nutroproducts.com.

Recalled Pet Food

The varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods listed below with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010 are affected by this voluntary recall.  

Nutro Products Recall List – Dry Cat Foods

U.S. Product Name

Bag Size

UPC

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Kitten Food

4 lbs

0 79105 20607 5

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE®  Kitten Food

8 lbs.

0 79105 20608 2

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE®  Kitten Food (Bonus Bag)

9.2 lbs.

0 79105 20695 2

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE®  Kitten Food

20 lbs

0 79105 20609 9

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE®  Kitten Food (Sample Bag)

1.5 oz

none

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE®  Adult

4 lbs

0 79105 20610 5

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE®  Adult

8 lbs.

0 79105 20611 2

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE®  Adult (Bonus Bag)

9.2 lbs

0 79105 20694 5

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Adult

20 lbs

0 79105 20612 9

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Adult (Sample Bag)

1.5 oz

none

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE®  Adult Oceanfish Flavor

4 lbs

0 79105 20622 8

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Adult Oceanfish Flavor

8 lbs

0 79105 20623 5

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Adult Oceanfish Flavor (Bonus Bag)

9.2 lbs.

0 79105 20698 3

NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Adult Oceanfish Flavor

20 lbs

0 79105 20624 2




NUTRO® MAX® Cat Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor

3 lbs

0 79105 10228 5

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor

6 lbs

0 79105 10229 2

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor

16 lbs

0 79105 10230 8

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor (Sample Bag)

1.5 oz

none

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor

3 lbs

0 79105 10243 8

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor

6 lbs

0 79105 10244 5

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor

16 lbs

0 79105 10245 2

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Adult Roasted Chicken Flavor (Sample Bag)

1.5 oz

none

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Adult Salmon Flavor

3 lbs

0 79105 10246 9

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Adult Salmon Flavor

6 lbs

0 79105 10247 6

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Adult Salmon Flavor

16 lbs

0 79105 10248 3

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Weight Control

3 lbs

0 79105 10249 0

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Weight Control

6 lbs

0 79105 10250 6

NUTRO® MAX® Cat Indoor Weight Control

16 lbs

0 79105 10251 3


Spring Cleaning for Your Body? A Healthy Liver Means a Healthier Life

Hands You clean out your closet, right? And your refrigerator? What about your body? If you struggle with fatigue, obesity, respiratory problems, or even a sluggish digestive system you should think about "cleaning out your body" too! Read on to find out how a simple detox plan can give you back your health and vitality!

Do you want to live a long and healthy life? If you do then it is vital that you start to take care of your body in ways you may not have thought of before.

We are constantly exposed to chemicals and toxins in our environment, from the food we eat and the products we use.  Combined with environmental pollution, fast foods, drugs, alcohol, and a sedentary lifestyle, it’s no wonder our livers end up sluggish and diseased with the inevitable result for our bodies:

SLUGGISH LIVER = HEALTH PROBLEMS

Chugging along through the winter months in particular can slow down your metabolism. For many, this leads to weight gain, especially for those living in harsher winter climates where physical activity is significantly reduced.

As spring approaches, one of the best ways to kick-start your metabolism and give your health a boost is to give your body a little spring cleaning of its own and detoxify your system!

The most important step to begin detoxing your body is cutting out most refined and processed foods which contain trans-fats, sugar and additives such as artificial colors and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Eat more raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and vegetable protein like beans, lentils and quinoa. By choosing organic foods, you can reduce your exposure to pesticides. Some readily available all natural detox-friendly foods include kale, beets, and spinach, which can be prepared in delicious salads.

Also, never underestimate the power of physical exercise! Since the skin is the largest elimination organ your body has, working up a sweat is yet another great way to promote cleansing and body detoxification! And don’t forget to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

As always, you can look to nature to support your detox efforts. Dandelion contains bitter principles that have a tonic effect on the liver and digestive system. It is also a very rich source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, D, C, and B, as well as iron, silicon, magnesium, zinc and manganese. Fennel has been used since ancient times. Apart from its naturally supportive properties for digestion, fennel also helps to maintain liver, kidney and spleen health.

To start adopting a holistic approach– detox your lifestyle and your environment, too! Walk outside, clean your home (preferably with non-toxic cleaners), and begin a new hobby.  These little changes will help detoxify your body and your mind.

Detox Drops - Promotes natural cleansing, detoxification and toxin elimination. Plus: Improves weight management, Improves energy levels and stamina, Promotes healthy joints and Supports a healthy immune system.  Also try our Liver Dr.™ and ColoFlush

"I have been struggling with general listlessness for many years. Every day I woke up feeling like I couldn't face the demands of the day - you know that feeling of "Oh No!" you get when you wake up? After taking Detox Drops for only three days, I started to feel more alive and my energy levels increased every day. Detox Drops are great!"

-Carla, 43 years old


Freeze-Dried Meatball Philly Cheesesteak Dog Treats

J4pphillycheesesteak Treat your dog to wholesome and natural freeze dried dog treats. Freeze-Dried treats have a non-refrigerated shelf life in excess of 9 months without any preservatives.

  • 100% All Natural Pet Treats
  • USDA Inspected and approved
  • Convenient, resealable jar keeps treats fresh
  • Ingredients: USDA Beef, Rice Flour, Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato Sauce, Garlic

Buy Freeze Dried Meatball Philly Cheesesteak Dog Treats


Raven, Rio & Thor LOVE Bully Sticks & Plush Dog Bones!

Raven, Rio & Thor just got in a Twirlz Bully Stick along with 2 Braided Bully Sticks and an adorable Small Plush Blue Dog Bone Toy that says "Fetch" on it from Supplies Just For Pets! As you can see it was complete chaos as the doggies were deciding who would get what Bully Stick.

Ahhhh who will get the Twirlz Bully Stick.....

Curlyfun 

Well the saying age before beauty is not true because Raven is the oldest and of course she's the beautiful winner of the Twirlz Bully Stick too! Raven took off from the pack faster than a lightening bolt and Thor and Rio had to wait because I had to take a picture of Raven enjoying her Twirlz Bully Stick....

Raycurly 

Now it was the boy's turn for their Braided Bully Sticks - Thor on the left is jumping with excitement while Rio is trying to be patient and wait his turn. What such good manners these doggies have!

Mine 

Rio and Thor decide they can't bear to watch each other eat their Braided Bully Sticks and say I won't look if you don't...

Iwontlook 

However, Rio finishes his Braided Bully Stick first and asks Thor if he could share his Braided Bully Stick which Thor replies "No"....

Leavemealone

Twirlz Bully Stick and Braided Bully Sticks get 4 Paws Up from the doggies! After chewing away and enjoy themselves with Bully Sticks the doggies noticed a Small Plush Blue Dog Bone Toy Thor felt he should show it off to Rio....

Share 

And while they were playing their game of going back and forth with the Small Plush Blue Dog Bone Toy Raven decided it would look much better sitting next to her and her matching bandana!

Raybone


Help The Animals From The Humane Society of Santa Barbara & Win Dog or Cat Prize Pack

Sylviemugsy (2) Our friends Sylvie and MugsyDog are out helping animals in need and raising money for the poor babies that have been affected by the Santa Barbara County wildfires. 1000+ animals have been displaced by the Santa Barbara County wildfires.  The Humane Society of Santa Barbara needs our support to help take care of them. Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure.

Please give what you can - every single dollar makes a difference. And if enough of us get together and share $1, we will quickly surpass our goal of raising $2000 to help our fellow anipals.


When we reach our goal, Sylvie & Mugsy will randomly select a donor to receive a fabulous prize pack valued at more than $100. Prizes include:

*A FURminator de-shedding tool (winner can choose the size). Check out their cool products at http://www.FURminator.com/.

*A $25 gift certificate to @LaineysPawtique's etsy store . @LaineysPawtique's mama makes delicious doggie treats, beautiful doggie & kitty beds, and stunning jewely for animals & people.

*A gift from @Health4UandPets. If you are selected and you are a kitty you will receive 1 bag of Life's Abundance Gourmet Cat Treats For Healthy Skin & Coat If you are a doggie you will receive 1 14oz container of Gourmet Dental Treats for Dogs. Check out their site at http://www.azjungle.com/. This is us!!

*An irresistible 26-inch interactive Sharkiana toy from @PawPetsDogToys. Check out their store!

To qualify for the drawing, just donate $1 or more and include your twitter name with your donation. If you do not have a Twitter account please leave me a comment that you donated and your name and you'll be entered to win too!

Remember, every $1 you donate will help care for animals whose families are dealing with the aftermath of these terrible fires. Thank you so much for your generosity!

If you live in the Santa Barbara area:

Temporary foster homes are needed for animals impacted by the wildfires. Please call or visit the Santa Barbara Humane Society or Animal Shelter.

You can help out by donating the following items in person at the Santa Barbara Humane Society, 5399 Overpass Road, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.:

• Portable pens (all heights)

• Blankets

• Medium- to large-sized animal crates (you can put your name & address on them to get them back later)

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Raven Wants You To Help The Animals! She is donating either 1 14oz container of Gourmet Dental Treats for Dogs or 1 bag of Life's Abundance Gourmet Cat Treats For Healthy Skin & Coat Please donate - every $1 counts!

Pleasedonate


Taming Ticks & Managing Mites & Tips for Managing Fleas, Ticks, & Other Pests

Most mites go unnoticed, as the majority of them are microscopic and do not cause any harm. However, some can become problematic to both people and their pets, namely ticks.

Ticks are blood-sucking skin parasites that latch and feed on the blood of their hosts, and as a result, transmit diseases. They inhabit areas where there are low bushes, shrubs, grass, or forests.

Dc Ticks have a life cycle of approximately three months. If left untreated, tick-borne diseases can cause serious health complications and sometimes even be fatal, as in the case of Lyme disease. Dogs are especially susceptible, and infection can affect one animal differently to the next and even affect humans.

If you suspect that your dog or cat has been bitten by a tick, consult your vet. A thorough examination of your pet, blood tests and other diagnostic tests may be performed. Preventative measures are very important to protect your pet against ticks. Ask your vet about the most effective products and vaccinations to use, as some are quite harsh for your pet’s skin and cause serious side effects.

Mites, aside from ticks, are usually only noticed when skin problems and mange become evident. Mange is usually characterized by itchy skin, hair loss and general skin irritation, and if your pet shows any of these symptoms, a thorough examination at your local vet is necessary.

Natural Prevention

Natural and holistic remedies have been used for centuries to strengthen your pet’s immune system, eliminate toxins and maintain overall health and well-being. These remedies have proven to be safe and gentle on the body without the harsh side effects of strong and toxic chemicals.

A highly effective herb such as Carduus marianus (Milk Thistle) supports liver functioning and the removal of toxins. Homeopathic ingredients such as Crotalus hor., China, Ferrum phos. and Aconite support the immune system, liver and red blood cells.

Natural products work best when used in combination with other healthy pet lifestyle habits. Check out our tips below for more prevention and care tips!

For Dogs: Try:Manage Mites Shampoo™ + Manage Mites Spray
Discourages mites and other pests which supporting healthy skin in canines. These products contains no parabens, sodium laurel sulphate or harmful petrochemicals.

For Cats & Dogs: Immunity & Liver Support™ +  Parasite Dr.™

Tips for Managing Fleas, Ticks, & Other Pests

  • Keep your pets away from environments or areas with tall grass or low brushes that may inhabit ticks.
  • Opt for an easily washable bed for your pet. Wash pet bedding and cushioning regularly to prevent fleas.
  • Feed your pet high-quality commercial food or an all natural diet that contains essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients to maintain optimum health. Add a little garlic juice to your pet’s food for a natural way to help prevent fleas.
  • Provide fresh, clean water for your pet to avoid dehydration and flush out toxins
  • Check your pet frequently for ticks, especially if they have been in a tick-infested area.
  • Regularly disinfect your pet’s food and water bowls and sleeping environment.
  • Consult with your vet for the best topical preventative.
  • Keep consistent but separate – never use the same preventative or treatment products for your dog as you would for your cat.
  • If one pet has been infected, you may need to treat other pets in the household, as well as treating bedding, collars, brushes and carpeting that your pet may have been in contact with.


Tips for Keeping our Furry Friends Free of Fleas & Other Pests

Dog-cat-fleas Both cats and dogs are susceptible to infection, even if they are indoors or concrete potty trained. Fleas are difficult to control because of their reproductive abilities and resilience. One female flea can lay over 2000 eggs in her life span, which means infestation can occur rapidly, and the eggs that are laid can survive for months in the environment, simply awaiting an appropriate host. This means that a single flea can infect your entire household, potentially posing infestation.

For this reason, it is essential to control both the fleas on your pet as well as the fleas in the environment. The perfect areas for fleas include sand, bedding, flooring and carpets. In addition to the discomfort of itching and scratching from bites, fleas can cause other serious problems such as tapeworm infestations, flea bite dermatitis and in severe cases, anemia.

Many pets develop an allergy to flea bites, where one single bite can cause severe itching and discomfort for many days. When this occurs, natural remedies can naturally soothe discomfort and calm aggravated and itchy skin. German Chamomile is one such herb that has been used for centuries to soothe and cleanse the skin. Marigold also works well, as it has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and helps to prevent infection with its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Other herbs such as Cleavers and Witchhazel have also shown to be beneficial to skin health and have strong soothing and restorative properties.

Natural Prevention

While many people choose the conventional chemical method of flea and tick prevention, it is important to talk with your vet for the best combination approach. Chemical pesticides carry hidden health risks, and the EPA and FDA generally do not adequately test and assess health risks for most conventional insect control products—most of which still contain chemicals known to cause health problems in people and pets—both long and short-term. Due to their instinctual grooming habits, cats are especially vulnerable to pesticide residue.

Many natural remedies use safe amounts of herbal extracts, including essential oils that have natural repellent properties, while also providing many health benefits. To help prevent pests in the first place, keeping your pet properly groomed can go a long way. While excess dirt can be uncomfortable for your dog, it can also attract unwanted pests, thus keeping to a regular bathing schedule is best. Be careful not to over-wash, as this will strip the coat of natural oils. Most dogs should be bathed once every two months. Speak to your vet about the best bathing schedule, some breeds may have sensitive skin and require less bathing.

Fo r Dogs: Try BeFree Flea Shampoo™ - The ingredients are all chosen for their ability to repel parasites and they have the added benefit of gentle, effective cleansing of the skin naturally. They are also paraben, sodium laurel sulphate and harmful petrochemical-free.

For Cats: Clean-Cat Shampoo with Chamomile™ - Specifically formulated for cats using ingredients that are soothing and calming, as a bath for a cat can be quite a traumatic experience! One of the ingredients is catnip  to help make the bath more enjoyable. Gentle cleansing properties help keep the skin and coat healthy, and is also paraben, sodium laurel sulphate and harmful petrochemical-free.

For Cats & Dogs: FleaDerm™ + Skin and Coat Tonic


 


Start Your Own Pet Food Business Today & You Might Win a Cruise!

Have you been looking for some extra cash? How about feeding your dog or cat for free? Maybe you already have a pet related business and are looking to add something extra but not carry any inventory.  Well - Life's Abundance is your answer! It's easy to get started - just choose between our Basic and Exec Rep packages and you're in business!  You even get an awesome fully function ecommerce website that takes your orders and the company ships them. It doesn't get any easier. We have awesome training and support and best of all, the products are formulated by Dr Jane Bicks, a holistic veterinarian. She even hosts a national conference call every other week so you can ask your questions direct to her.

Well, starting your own business just got even better because Life's Abundance is now offering a chance to win a Cruise for 2! How awesome is that?  Here's the details.....

This November, we will award paired tickets for a six-day cruise onboard the Freedom vessel next January.  All you have to do is concentrate on building your Life's Abundance business.

By meeting specific benchmarks, you and a guest of your choice could be celebrating your business success by exploring the Eastern Carribean next year on the Carnival Cruise Line.  Once aboard the Carnival Freedom, you will be provided the opportunity to visit with company principals, establish and renew personal connections with your fellow Field Reps, and enjoy fun and exciting outings and activities for six full days!

And that’s not all.  By meeting an additional requirement, you can also qualify for a premium upgrade for an ocean-view room.  And during your six days on the Freedom, we will also be awarding cash prizes to those who make the most progress over this six-month period. Full promotion details follow below, so you can learn how to qualify for the vacation of a lifetime.

We wish you the best of luck, and hope to see you onboard the Life's Abundance Freedom Cruise next January!
 
Name:             Life's Abundance Freedom Cruise
Date:               January 24, 2010
Length:           Six Days
Destination:  Western Caribbean (Key West, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios)
Ship:               Carnival Freedom
Port:               Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale)

Promotion Qualification Period:  May 1st through October 31st, 2009
You have six months to qualify for two free Trilogy Freedom Cruise tickets.

How to Qualify for Your Two Free Tickets

Achieve just one of the following to qualify:
Build one new 5-Star leg (the 5-Star must be an Executive Field Rep).

Build three new 3-Star legs (the 3-Stars must be Executive Field Reps). 
All three legs must achieve the appropriate rank during the same month.

How to Qualify for the Trilogy Freedom Cruise Special Cabin Upgrade

Achieve just one of the following to qualify for an upgrade to an Ocean View Cabin:
Build three additional, new 3-Star legs (other than the legs you used to qualify for the cruise), and receive the Special Cabin Upgrade.  Again, this must be accomplished during the qualification period, and the 3-Stars must be Executive Field Reps.

Build one additional, new 5-Star leg (other than the legs you used to qualify for the cruise), and receive the Special Cabin Upgrade.  Again, this must be accomplished during the qualification period, and the 5-Star must be an Executive Field Rep.

Life's Abundance Freedom Cruise “Fine Print”
Any Executive Field Rep that you personally sponsor during the qualification period will be the head of a new leg.
EXAMPLE:  You personally sponsor Joe as a new Executive Field Rep during the qualification period, so Joe will become the head of a new leg in your downline.  If Joe or any Field Rep in Joe’s organization becomes a 3-Star, you will then have a 3-Star leg that counts toward your qualification for the free cruise for two.

Cabins are inside rooms.  The Special Cabin Upgrade is an Ocean View cabin.

Port charges and government fees are included in the trip for two.

If you qualify for free tickets and wish to bring more than one guest to stay in the same cabin, there will be an additional cost, which varies by the class of cabin and is subject to availability.
- Inside cabins cost $250.66 per person for the 3rd and 4th person.
- Ocean view cabins cost $280.66 per person for the 3rd and 4th person.
- Balcony cabins cost $310.66 per person for the 3rd and 4th person.
The first 50 Field Reps to qualify for the Trilogy Freedom Cruise are guaranteed an inside cabin for two.  As the promotion progresses, we may add more cabins to the total pool, depending on availability.  Please note that Trilogy will offer the promotional vacation package at a discounted rate of $499 to anyone else beyond the first 50 who qualifies.

You must have a valid passport to go on this cruise.  If you do not have one, we encourage you to visit www.travel.state.gov today for information about how to secure a passport.

Ok, you may not understand all of the requirements but it really is easy and straightforward. Contact us and we'll explain all the details and get you off to a great start!


What is Cat Hypothyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism is very common with middle-aged and older cats. It results when the thyroid glands (located near the cat’s windpipe) produce too much thyroid hormone.

Hyperthyroid pets often lose weight despite a normal appetite and become nervous, irritable and vocal. For several days, they may be hyperactive and have a rapid heart beat, then lethargic, apathetic and uninterested in food, play or grooming.

Thyroid imbalances are extremely common in North American pets. In cats, the problem is most often an overactive thyroid. In dogs, it’s the opposite: hypothyroidism (an under active thyroid) is much more widespread.

Symptoms of feline hyperthyroidism:

  • Hyperactivity, irritability, increased yowling
  • Weight loss
  • Increased appetite
  • Occasional vomiting or diarrhea
  • Poor quality (matted and dull) coat

If you suspect your cat has an overactive thyroid, you should consult your vet. Traditional treatments include radioactive iodine therapy, surgical removal of the thyroid gland, and ongoing treatment with anti-thyroid medications.

Natural, herbal treatment for cat hyperthyroidism

For those who prefer non-surgical, natural treatments, we offer Resthyro for Cat Hyperthyroidism. Carefully formulated by a leading naturopathic veterinarian, this very popular product is loaded with a powerful combination of seven different herbal extracts. Together, they are very effective in treating feline hyperthyroidism:

  • Balances thyroid function (inhibits over-production of thyroid hormones)
  • Improves cardiovascular functions
  • Relieves tension and irritability
  • Improves digestion

An all-natural product, Resthyro has no adverse side effects and is safe for long-term use.

Our customers have the final word…
“I have always had cats and, thankfully, over the years they have all been fairly healthy and lived to a great old age. Recently though, my calico, Jezebel started getting a bit hyperactive and losing a bit of weight even though she was eating more than usual. As this had never happened before, I got her looked at by our vet. A few tests later, I was told that she had hyperthyroidism which, in cats, can be quite common.

The next thing I did was search the web for natural products to help control the condition and this is when I came across your site and Resthyro. I may not have used it before, but this is one great product for helping control Hyperthyroidism in Cats. Jezebel is more stable now, her weight loss has stopped, her energy levels are back to normal and all is well. Thanks you, I will recommend you to others”
Leigh in  New York, NY

Testimonial
I have to admit that I was skeptical at first but this product has really helped our Hyperthyroid cat.  She is 14 years old and I did not want to subject her to surgeries and medication with bad side effects.  She has been on it for 3 months and has actually gained a pound, where as before she was losing weight like crazy. She is back to her old self and I believe this product worked for her.... thanks!

Testimonial
Product works very well for my cat she is eating better, grooming better and has gained at least 2 pounds. Product far easier to give over thyroid pills.
Kathy G. Fort Plain, NY

Testimonial
"Since we started the resthyro our cat has not lost any additional weight. He may have even gained a half pound. Originally our vet wanted to medicate him and run blood tests every two weeks. I would have been giving our cat an injection daily. Due to the high costs involved and two children in college I could not afford a $1,000/ month vet fee. Our cat is still highly active every day. He goes on his morning and evening prowls as if he was a young cat again. The medication has not only kept our cat alive but it has also improved his activity level. "

Testimonial
"Blessings to your company for providing alternatives that really work.

We received Resthyro on Friday and gave Chan his first dose. Saturday morning he was given his second. The improvement was immediate. The poor guy had been having watery loose bowel movements 6-8 times a day over the past 6 months. In the first 24 hours on Resthyro he dropped to 2 semi-formed stools.

We're now into the third day and he hasn't had a bowel movement since late yesterday afternoon. His water consumption is way down and he's resting quietly. We know he has a long way to go before he's healthily again. Now we have hope."

Sincerely, Charly Makray-Rice

Testimonial
Hello, I have reordered the above product, and would like to write a testimonial.
You might want to add my review.
After one month, my 18 year old cat, Shasta has gained a solid 2 lbs! Her coat looks better and the product really seems to helping her hyperthyroidism.
Thank you,
Stacey Caron
Summit, NJ

Resthyro effective treatment for Cat Hyperthyroidism. Order Now!