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June 2009

Peezle & Jopie Declare Life's Abundance Cat & Kitten Food The Best!

Catfood Hi! We're Peezle & Jopie and our mommy and daddy adopted us from the Bisbee Animal Rescue. Our parents know that good nutrition is extremely important and that's why they feed us Life's Abundance Cat & Kitten Food.  The decision on what cat and kitten food to feed is a difficult one and is not to be taken lightly. While you might expect pet food makers to use same quality/grade of meat that you purchase for your family; many use a grade of meat known as pet grade/quality. Despite Federal law, a pet grade of meat can be from any 4-D animal; an animal that is/was diseased, dying, dead, or disabled. Even though there is a huge quality difference between a ‘pet grade’ and ‘human grade’ of meat, existing pet food regulations do NOT allow a manufacturer to tell you which one they use.

Why did our parents choose Life's Abundance Cat & Kitten Food to feed us?

All USA ingredients.

Human quality ingredients. Life's Abundance has gone to the effort of obtaining APHIS (Animal Plant Health Inspection Services – a division of the USDA) European certification. Any pet food that is made in the US that is shipped to Europe must have this certification that requires all ingredients to be of human grade/quality. Life's Abundance does not ship pet food to Europe, they go to the trouble of obtaining this certification to prove to customers the quality of ingredients. Plus, this certification requires that not only is the pet food manufacturing plant inspected, all vendors are inspected as well, by the USDA. Very few pet food manufacturers bother to have this certification.

Life's Abundance controls all warehousing. With almost every other pet food made, once the product leaves the manufacturer, they have no control as to how safely the pet food is warehoused; if it is subjected to pesticides, rodents, and/or extreme heat. The Petco warehouse problem in 2008 is the perfect example of what can go wrong.  Life's Abundance on the other hand, has three of their own warehouses across the country; all pest control is done outside the warehouse. The products are shipped directly from these controlled warehouses to customers front doors. This completely removes the risk from unknown warehouse conditions as with typical pet foods.

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Peezle couldn't wait for the food to be poured into a bowl. For more information on feeding guidelines please click here

The pet food formulator, Dr. Jane Bicks, speaks directly to customers, potential customers, and representatives every week on a national conference call.  This is the ONLY company that I am aware of that allows customers to speak directly to, and ask questions directly to, the scientist that develops the products. If you ever have a question about the food or the treats with regards to your pets – you can ask the Veterinarian that knows every ingredient of the food; instead of trying to make sense of what a telephone spokes person tells me and that’s after waiting on hold for five minutes after each question.

The foods use proteinated minerals for better absorption (and less still births), provide probiotics (friendly bacteria to help promote a strong immune system), and other health promoting ingredients like fruits and vegetables.

Life’s Abundance primary protein is chicken meal. Why? Because chicken meat contains a certain amount of moisture; however, chicken meal is a concentrated source of chicken protein because most of the water has been removed. Therefore, it stands to reason that you get a greater “protein content” in 1 pound of chicken meal versus 1 pound of chicken.

Why is Life’s Abundance Better?

Life’s Abundance foods are veterinarian-formulated with select ingredients help your cat achieve optimum health. We use a “fast-cook” process at low temperatures to help preserve the nutritional value of each and every wholesome ingredient. And we maintain strict inventory controls to ensure the quality and safety of our foods.

Life’s Abundance foods are made with the finest ingredients, including …

  • A proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals
  • High-quality protein from chicken and catfish meals for strong muscles
  • An antioxidant system including vitamins A, C and E.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin and a shiny coat.
  • Calcium and phosphorus for healthy teeth and strong bones
  • Dietary fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive tract.

Since we use only wholesome ingredient, this formula contains …

  • No artificial flavors
  • No artificial colors
  • No corn or corn gluten
  • No wheat or wheat gluten

Life’s Abundance delivers concentrated nutrition in every bowl.

  • A balanced blend of calcium and phosphorous to support growing and aging bones.
  • Optimal protein levels for growing kittens and adults.
  • Unique blend of antioxidants that support cats throughout their life cycle.

Choose Life’s Abundance for your cat because a recipe for a better life is more than meeting minimum requirements.

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FDA Suspends Temporary Emergency Permit of Pet Food Maker Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc.

From http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm166265.htm

June 12, 2009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today it was suspending the temporary Emergency Permit issued to Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc.

Evanger's, operating in Wheeling, Illinois, deviated from the prescribed process, equipment, product shipment, and recordkeeping requirements in the production of the company's thermally processed low acid canned food (LACF) products.  The deviations in their processes and documentation 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.

In April 2008, Evanger’s was issued an “Order of Need for Emergency Permit” after the agency determined that the company had failed to meet the regulatory requirements to process a product that does not present a health risk.   In June, 2008, FDA issued Evanger’s a temporary Emergency Permit.  During inspections conducted between March 2009 and April 2009, FDA determined Evanger’s was not operating in compliance with the mandatory requirements and conditions of the Temporary Emergency Permit. 

“The FDA is stopping Evanger's ability to ship pet food in interstate commerce,” said Dr. Bernadette Dunham. “Today’s enforcement action sends a strong message to manufacturers of pet food that we will take whatever action necessary to keep unsafe products from reaching consumers.”

In order for Evanger's to resume shipping in interstate commerce, 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.

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



Nature's Variety Freeze Dried Raw Product Recall

FRom http://www.naturesvariety.com/news/28

Nature’s Variety recently identified two lots of Freeze Dried product that didn’t meet our quality standards. These products do not represent a health hazard to your pet.  We have voluntarily withdrawn distribution of these specific products: 

  • Freeze Dried Raw Chicken Formula (UPC # 69949 60151) with a “best if used by” date of 05/25/10 
  • Freeze Dried Raw Beef Formula (UPC # 69949 60251) with a “best if used by” date of 05/25/10

Our distributor and retailer partners have kept control of these products, and because we retrieved these products so quickly, it is very unlikely that you purchased this batch of food. If, however, you believe you may have purchased one of these products, you may contact Nature’s Variety at 1.888.519.PETS (7387) for a full refund or replacement.


Start Your New Puppy Out Right With Life's Abundance Puppy Starter Pack

So you just picked up your new puppy and you're not sure where to get started - food, treats, puppy care products, etc. There are so many choices and Dr Jane Bicks, holistic vet and formulator of Life's Abundance products has put together the perfect Puppy Starter Pack with everything your to help your puppy get off to a great start.

The Small Breed Puppy Starter Pack includes - an 8 lb. bag of Life's Abundance Premium Health Food, a 30-tablet bottle of Life's Abundance Wellness Food Supplement, a 12-ounce jar of Antioxidant Health Bars, a 4-ounce bag of Tasty Rewards Training Treats, a 4-ounce bottle of Ear Care Formula, a 12-ounce bottle of Revitalizing Shampoo and an 8-ounce spray bottle of Bath Fresh Mist. The Puppy Pak also contains “The Truth About Pet Food” DVD absolutely FREE.

The Medium to Large Breed Puppy Starter Pack includes - a 20 lb. bag of Life's Abundance Premium Health Food, a 60-tablet bottle of Life's Abundance Wellness Food Supplement, a 24-ounce jar of Antioxidant Health Bars, a 4-ounce bag of Tasty Rewards Training Treats, a 4-ounce bottle of Ear Care Formula, a 12-ounce bottle of Revitalizing Shampoo and an 8-ounce spray bottle of Bath Fresh Mist. The Puppy Pak also contains “The Truth About Pet Food” DVD

Personally I would like to comment on the Ear Care Formula and Revitalizing Shampoo and Bath Fresh Mist. These products are outstanding and we are very pleased that Dr Jane has included them in these packages. When you get your puppy it is extremely important to imprint things on them. Puppies are very impressionable and everything is a new experience. It's important to start getting your puppy used to having their ears cleaed, nails cut, take a bath and even spraying them with the Bath Fresh Mist. When these are positive experiences, the puppy starts to think of these things as "normal" and you do not have to dread giving your dog a bath or cleaning their ears. We have always introduced our puppies to as much as possible at a young age and these Puppy Starter Packs make it easy for the new puppy owner to have all the best products and food at their fingertips.

 

Here is what a top breeder has to say about Life's Abundance Dog Food.........


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 S., CA **If you are a breeder interested in offering Life's Abundance products Click Here**

Still not sure? Click here to compare popular commercial dog and puppy foods (like Beneful, Iams, Eukanuba, Nutro Natural, Science Diet, Purina, Wellness and more)  to Life's Abundance Dog & Puppy Food


Ready, Pet, Go! Pet Tips for Every Vacation - Avoiding Pet Problems for Happy Trails & Tails

Whether you have decided to roam the world on a summer vacation, or decided to stay close to home, known as the popular staycation, if you have 4-legged family members -- you have some decisions to make!! As pet owners, it is important that you keep in mind the effects either type of holiday may have on your furry friends.

Catscar Whether you have a cat or dog, pets rarely like changes in routine - ours or theirs. Our daily schedule usually consists of work and home, and pets become accustomed to this stability

We, as humans, may welcome a change in our “everyday” lifestyle, but it is quite common for your pet to go through some behavioral struggles with new environments and situations.

Activities such as a backyard BBQ, friends coming to visit, traveling in a car or an airplane can cause anxiety and stress for your pet. Whether you stay or go, here are some potential snags to consider when deciding your summer activities.

If You Stay.

1. Inviting the neighbors? Those BBQ’s that are being thrown at home may cause your pet to feel a little more territorial or even display anxiety. Behaviors such as barking at the driveway for a dog, hoarding toys and urinating on objects are prime examples of how your pet may react to a possible “intruder” coming to take their space. It’s important to calm your pets’ nerves about new situations. Pay attention to changes in their behavior, and take steps to make them feel more at ease, which may mean providing a comforting toy, or separating them if necessary for a ‘time out’.   

Try PetCalm ™ to soothe nervousness and promote calm and emotional balance in highly strung pets

2. Spending more time in the backyard?  Although spending more time with your pet outdoors is a great experience for both you and your pet, pesky insects could put a leash on outdoor activities. Unwelcome guests on your pets’ coat sometimes can’t be avoided, but they can be managed! Beware of tall grass and shrubbery, and check your pet for ticks on regular basis. Also be sure to keep them up to date with vaccinations and other medicines.  

Try FleaDerm ™ to soothe the discomfort from flea bites and Manage Mites
Spray
™ to cleanse and promote healthy skin in dogs and discourage pests

3. Social butterflies? Now that you have some more time, your friends want to come over with their pets for a play date. While social interaction for humans may be welcomed, this might not be so great for your pet. Pet aggression may rear its ugly head when your pet meets his “new chum”. Cats and dogs alike could show signs of dominance by growling/hissing, barring teeth or trying to bite other animals. This could leave you speechless-- how could your lovable pet act this way? Try to alleviate your pets’ fears by showing him or her attention, but be firm and remain in control, and let them know aggressive behavior is not acceptable.

Try Aggression Formula ™ to promote relaxation, calm and normal social behavior, plus discourage aggression

Suitcase If You Go.

1. Too many bumps along the way? Taking a trip anywhere always has some stresses. Whether you are driving on the road or on an airplane, your pet may experience motion sickness. Motion sickness can come in the forms of vomiting, diarrhea, and drooling. You may have little control when you are in an airplane, but trying to keep your pets’ environment well-ventilated, and providing more room may reduce motion sickness effects.

Try EasyTravel Solution ™ to maintain digestive comfort and calm in pets during travel by air, sea, or car

2. Itchy and Scratchy? Changing your pet’s environment means new grass, insects, plants and organisms. Pets want to play as soon as you get to your destination, but now that they have settled down for the night, they can’t stop scratching. Skin allergies can come on after playing in that new grass that they have never been on. Pets will scratch, bite and lick themselves continually to find relief.  Don’t let them suffer! If you can, try and plan ahead and avoid potential triggers, and bring along some damage control in the form of herbal and homeopathic remedies. 

Try Allergy Itch Ease ™ to temporarily relieve skin allergies and itch

3. Gotta Go? While traveling, getting to your destination may be the first thing on your mind. Unfortunately, if pets are in an environment where stopping to take a pee break isn’t an option, this could cause urinary tract problems. Keeping your pet healthy and allowing more frequent stops if in a car may be a solution. Using an absorbent pad in your pets’ crate while in the air may help the comfort level when your pet needs to "go".

Try UTI-Free ™ to sustain urinary tract and bladder health. You may also want to start your pet on a maintenance dose for prevention before travel

Happy "Tails" to You!

Whether to promote energy levels, soothe skin and coats, or ease anxious tempers, natural remedies have been used for centuries to promote well-rounded health and harmony in bodily systems in both humans and their pets!

By planning ahead for your summer on the road or in the backyard, you can sit back and relax. Finding that balanced approach that suits both you and your pet can make for happy, healthy pets and a safe summer.


Is Your Home Making You Sick? Toxic Dangers & How to Avoid Them

Did you ever stop to think about the quality of indoor air that you and your family spend your days in? What if the air meant to provide the body with much needed oxygen was actually “toxic”? Read on to find out more about this scary new phenomenon.

Main_gen Unfortunately, quantity and convenience have replaced quality and safety in many areas of our lives -- including our foods, toiletries, cleaners and even our homes. That alone leaves us vulnerable and exposed to toxic materials at work, school, and at home.

News stories are teeming with reports of problematic additives in foods and chemicals in building supplies. Health problems are surfacing and while individual investigations are underway, it raises an important question: how healthy is my environment?

A lot of us spend a great deal of time inside and have likely not considered the range of potential pollutants we encounter in these indoor environments, including: gases emitted from carpets, paints, HVAC systems with gas packs, dust mites, mold, mildew, bacteria, pet dander, smoke, viruses and poor ventilation – all of which can contribute to an array of health issues now been labeled as “sick building syndrome”. Common symptoms include unexplained fatigue, headaches, and respiratory difficulties.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, sick building syndrome describes situations in which building occupants experience acute health effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be diagnosed.

Some of these symptoms can turn into chronic conditions if left untreated. Fortunately, simple things can be done at home to improve air quality and ease symptoms.

7 at-home precautions you can't afford to forget

  • FILTHY FILTERS? Avoid respiratory problems by checking your air filters often and replacing them according to manufacturer recommendations. If your filters do not get dirty, ventilation problems are likely.

  • AC OKAY? Inspect your air conditioning unit and ventilation system for bypasses and leaks. Ensure that your filter is attached securely on all edges and there are no gaps around it.

  • CIRCURLATION! Improve circulation of air by occasionally airing out the house on dry days with low pollen counts. Sensitive individuals with allergies may want to isolate the room they occupy most by closing the door and running a room filtration unit.

Try Triple Complex BronchoSoothe™, a homeopathic remedy that temporarily relieves tightening of the chest to open airways, and BioVent Drops, an herbal remedy to support healthy lungs and help keep air passages open for easy breathing.

  • GO CHEM-FREE! Avoid fatigue and migraine headaches by switching to chemical-free cleaning products. They are a little more expensive but well worth the investment.

  • NIX AIR FRESHENERS! Try to live without air fresheners. They may cover smells, but they reduce air quality by adding harmful chemicals into the air you breathe.

  • VENT, VENT, VENT! Be sure that combustion appliances such as stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, water heaters, etc. are properly vented to the outside and the vents are unobstructed. Unvented gas or kerosene heaters should only be used in open spaces with a partially open window.

  • CHIMNEY CHECK! Check for debris and cracks that may affect the flow of fumes out of your home.

REMEDY REMINDER: Summer vacation shouldn’t mean a break from natural remedies! Keep yourself or your child on a regularly scheduled maintenance dose to ensure continued support and effectiveness, since many remedies take 3-6 weeks for optimum results.

Try MiGone Plus™ to promote calm & discourage common nervous tension for clear-headed comfort and Fatigue Fighter™ to promote healthy energy levels, stamina and vitality naturally

What else can you do?

The most important thing you can do for your body is to detox on a regular basis. This can be done in a number of ways, but the main idea is to support the liver and its function of cleaning our blood.

Try Detox Drops™ to promote natural cleansing, detoxification and toxin elimination and Liver Dr. to support healthy liver functioning.

Drink plenty of water and get fresh air and vigorous exercise everyday. Natural remedies can also be used to provide the body with extra support. Whether to promote energy levels and clear concentration or support detox efforts, natural remedies have been used for centuries to promote well-rounded health and harmony in bodily systems.

Try EcoSlim to help maintain a healthy weight & balanced metabolism, plus assist slimming programs.

 

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!


 

 


Nina Ottosson Interactive Toys for Dogs or Cats Now Available!

Recommended by veterinarians, dog-trainers and other dog-lovers all over the world, Supplies Just for Pets is making these incredibly popular Nina Ottosson Interactive toys available not only to the US, but Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

PhpThumb_generated_thumbnail Supplies Just for Pets announced today the availability of the very popular Nina Ottosson Interactive Dog Toys through their online pet supplies store SuppliesJust4Pets.com for those in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

The Nina Ottosson Interactive Dog Toys are amazing learning toys for dogs or cats, which mentally stimulate your pet in a fun and creative way. Pet owners may struggle when trying to find outlets for their dog’s energy, if no way is provided a dog may find other ways on their own resulting in destructive chewing, being over active, or even overly aggressive. These interactive toys have proven to be the answer for many satisfied pet owners.

Nina Ottosson is the designer of these interactive dog toys, where her years of dog training and behavior study are shown in the development of these toys. The toys are designed to mentally activate dogs and cats in a positive and educational way. Brain activity is important to keep dogs and cats healthy; these toys are meant for the dog or cat to develop problem solving skills in a variety of ways. The objective of each game is for them to find hidden treats by lifting blocks, pushing blocks, turning discs, and other activities. This provides your pet with a fun game that is stimulating and enjoyable for the dog or cat and pet-lover.

These Nina Ottosson games for dogs are wonderful toys to utilize during times when exercising outside isn’t possible because of extreme heat or cold.

“These brilliant dog toys are a perfect addition to our selection of interactive dog toys,” indicated Salina Gannon, owner of Supplies Just for Pets. “We know there will now be many happy dogs, cats and pet-lovers, now that we are able to stock and ship these amazing Nina Ottosson dog toys to more and more pet owners throughout the US, Canada, and other countries,” added Gannon.

Supplies Just for Pets carries both plastic and wood versions of the Nina Ottosson Interactive Dog Toys with the hope of carrying Nina Ottosson new releases within the coming months.

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