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March 2010

Evangers Dog & Cat Food Owners Accused Of Stealing $2M In Electric & Gas

The owners of Evangers Dog and Cat Food Company are in the news again but this time it's not about a pet food recall. I shake my head when I keep seeing these "repeat offenders" and wonder how anyone can trust a company that continues to do shady things. This article reprint is from: http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/03/pet-food-firm-owners-accused-of-stealing-2m-in-eletricity-gas.html A Lincolnwood couple has been charged with money laundering and theft for illegally diverting about $2 million worth of natural gas and electricity over the past several years to their Wheeling pet food company, prosecutors... Read more →


Treatment & Prevention of Kidney Disease In Cats & Dogs

What is Kidney Disease? Kidney disease is one of the leading causes of death in dogs and cats, and a common cat ailment. The kidneys work to filter toxins of the body into the urine, so that they can be passed. When the kidney doesn't function properly, poisons can accumulate and can cause very dangerous conditions, from kidney stones to death. What Causes Kidney Disease? There can be different causes. In general, a dry food diet and low water intake can cause kidney troubles - since dehydration can result in... Read more →


On Tuesday, March 2, 2010, a lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco Superior Court, which alleged that several popular brands of fish oil supplements have illegally undisclosed and unnecessarily high levels of contamination from toxic PCB compounds. Widely regarded as cancer-causing agents, PCB’s were outlawed from manufacture in 1979. The lawsuit names eight manufacturers and retailers of fish and fish liver oils (as well as shark and shark liver oils) which tested positive for PCB contamination that exceeded the limits approved for human consumption under California’s Proposition 65. The... Read more →


Does Your Dog Have Dry Cracked Paws?

When your favorite part of the day is going for a walk to explore the neighborhood, it’s no fun when you’ve got sore cracked paws! Cold winter weather is hard on your dog’s footpads, because they are constantly in contact with cold sidewalks and snowy grass. The result is painful fissures in his pads which may bleed and become infected. There are steps you can take to treat splits in your dog’s footpds, and prevent them recurring. Cure those Cracked Pads It’s important that you look closely at your dog’s... Read more →


Does Your Dog Suffer From The "Poopy Butt" Syndrome

Great article from Happytails Spa Owning a long haired dog is a pleasure - there’s the softness of his fur as you hug him, the beauty as he runs with the wind blowing through his coat, and the compliments from passers by as you go walking together. There is one part of living with a long haired dog that is less than pleasant, and that is “poopy butt”. This occurs when your dog’s poop gets caught in his hair and doesn’t fall to the ground properly when he defecates. The... Read more →


Fish Oil Shown To Reduce Osteoarthritis Symptoms In Dogs

Recently 3 studies were done by The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that have indicated that diets rich in fatty acids may reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis in dogs and improved mobility and showed less pain. This is excellent news because we finally have the clinical proof that fish oil is beneficial to our dogs diets. One paper titled, "A multicenter study of the effect of dietary supplementation with fish oil omega-3 fatty acids on carprofen dosage in dogs with osteoarthritis", studied whether dogs with supplementation ended up receiving less of... Read more →


Nature's Variety Expands It's Recall - Ugh!

This is from Nature's Variety's website - it's their "Important Food Safety Update" Important Food Safety Update Nature's Variety News - March 8, 2010 Dear Friends, Today Nature’s Variety is announcing that out of an abundance of caution, we are voluntarily recalling all Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula products with a “Best If Used By” date on or before 2/5/11. Nature’s Variety has received new test results from an outside facility that indicate that Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with the "Best If Used By" date of 10/29/10 and... Read more →


Natural Shampoo For Fleas, Ticks, Lice And Mange

If you are looking for the best shampoo for your pet, you can call off the search now with Defendex™. Gentle on even the most sensitive skin, Defendex™ is formulated to provide a powerful clean lather and condition for your pet’s smooth, shiny coat. Recommended for all pets and animals, Defendex™ uses a proprietary blend of active enzymes to effectively cleanse the fur/hair and skin without harsh chemicals. In addition to its cleansing power, Defendex™ is packed with rejuvenating natural ingredients, including aloe vera and peppermint oil, to help soothe... Read more →


Can Your Emotions Affect Your Pets Health?

We’re all familiar with the phrase “man’s best friend”, which typically applies to canine owners, but can also be appreciated by cat lovers who view their cats as just as close companions. However, research from the UK’s University of Lincoln suggests that the relationship with our pets may be tighter than we realized, with studies showing that dogs may actually be capable of recognizing human emotions. How Our Pets May Read Emotions in Us The research was based around the premise of the "left gaze bias", a common reaction displayed... Read more →


Fish Oil Part of Regimen to Protect Against Heart Disease

In the first large-scale study of its kind, researchers from the Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan investigated the health effects of daily Omega-3 supplements in combination with a drug commonly prescribed for those at-risk for heart attacks, angina and other coronary events. Patients were all identified as having higher than average levels of cholesterol. They were divided into two groups: a main group that included nearly 15,000 participants with no prior history of coronary artery disease, and a secondary group with over 3,600 subjects with a prior... Read more →


5 Quick Things You Can Do To Ease Your Dog's Itchy Skin

When your dog is itchy, it’s distressing and annoying for both of you. Wouldn’t it be great if there was something you could do to give him instant relief? Well, you’ll be happy to hear that there is. Here are five quick steps to easing your dog’s itchy skin, and making his life a whole lot more comfortable. 1. Bathe him. Use a colloidal oatmeal shampoo such as Comfy Dog Shampoo to reduce his skin inflammation and itch. Its colloidal oatmeal has been approved by the FDA to ease itchy... Read more →