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June 2010

Why Should You Feed Your Dog Or Puppy Life's Abundance?

Dog_w_food3 Do you refer to your dog as your best friend that would do anything for you? Your furbaby loves you so much that he or she would even give their life for you and with an unconditional love like that, you owe it to your precious furbaby to keep them healthy and happy for years to come. What is the best way to do that? One way to do that is to feed a superior food.

Lifes Abundance Dog & Puppy Food is a wholesome, superior food that is recommended by Vets

Lifes Abundance Dog & Puppy Food sets a Higher Standard for Pet Nutrition

Lifes Abundance Dog & Puppy Food was created to provide your companion animal with a nutritional advantage.

Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food for Puppies & Adult Dogs is made with select ingredients to help your dog achieve and maintain optimum health.

Formulated by Dr. Jane Bicks, one of the nation’s leading holistic veterinarians, this superior food addresses the needs of the whole body.

Every ingredient is carefully chosen based upon its positive effects on a dog’s physiology, to promote the long-term health of canines.

Life's Abundance is loved by both puppies and adult dogs of all breeds and sizes, this delicious recipe features an antioxidant system to support dogs throughout their life cycle. Also figuring prominently are omega fatty acids to promote healthy skin and a glossy coat, and complex carbohydrates from oat groats for sustained energy.

Another highlight of this food is our proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals to supply dogs with the nutrients that help them to thrive, regardless of their age.

This Life’s Abundance recipe furnishes the body with optimal protein levels, to help puppies grow strong and adults to maintain muscle mass. Additionally, we have added a balanced blend of calcium and phosphorous to support both developing and aging bones.

The naturally-flavored kibbles come complete with dietary fiber to promote digestive health.

In addition, this formula contains no artificial colors or flavors, no corn, no wheat and no glutens.

Life’s Abundance is nutritionally-dense, which means that you won’t have to feed your dog as much food as other brands. That can translate into savings you can count on, meal after meal, year after year. Not only that, but smaller meals and concentrated nutrition means less mess to clean up outside.

When you try Life’s Abundance, you’ll know why people say it’s what pet food should be.

Life's Abundance Premium Health Food is veterinarian-formulated with select ingredients to help your dog achieve and maintain optimum health. A "fast-cook" process is used to help preserve the nutritional value of each and every wholesome ingredient. Strict inventory controls are maintained to ensure the quality and safety of the foods. With Life’s Abundance, you can be confident that you’re feeding your dog advanced nutrition.

Life's Abundance Dog Food is made with the finest ingredients, including:
- a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals
- High-quality protein from chicken meal for strong muscles
- An antioxidant system including vitamins A, C and E
- A selection of nutritious vegetables and fruits
- 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 only wholesome ingredients are used, this formula contains:

- No artificial flavors
- No artificial colors
- No corn or corn gluten
- No wheat or wheal gluten

Doesn't your doggie deserve the best?


Pro-Pet Adult Daily Vitamin Supplement for Dogs From United Pet Group Recalled Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

From: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm216903.htm

United Pet Group Voluntarily Recalls Pro-Pet Adult Daily Vitamin Supplement for Dogs Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk


Media Contact:
Carey Phelps (770) 360-5292


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –- June 22, 2010 – United Pet Group, Cincinnati, Ohio is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of its PRO-PET ADULT DAILY VITAMIN Supplement tablets for Dogs due to possible Salmonella contamination.  The Food and Drug Administration is aware of this recall.

The product was sold nationally at various retailers.  The product comes in 100-count white plastic bottles with a light blue label, and UPC code 26851-01800.  These products are being removed from retail stores and consumers should immediately stop feeding these supplements to their pets.  The affected products are those with expiration dates on or before "06/13". The expiration date can be found imprinted vertically on the right side of the product label.

 Laboratory testing has revealed that one Lot of this vitamin product was contaminated with Salmonella.  The company is recalling all unexpired Lots of the product out of an abundance of caution.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

People who handle dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to contact United Pet Group or the place of purchase for further direction. Consumers may contact United Pet Group at 1-800-645-5154 ext. 3, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST.



What Is The Shelf Life Of Dog & Cat Food?

Look at the Best By date.  Know the manufacturer shelf life of the pet food.  Shelf life varies from 1 year to 3 years for dry foods, 18 months to 3 years for canned foods.  If the Best By date on the packaging is six months in the future, the food is six months old IF the manufacturer shelf life is 1 year.

However, if the Best By date on the package is six months in the future, the food would be 2 1/2 years old if the manufacturer shelf life is 3 years.  It is very possible that food has been sitting in some bad conditions over the past 2 1/2 years (yes, perhaps in a trailer over two summers of sun and heat); plus the nutritional value could be greatly lessened.

When you receive a bag of Life’s Abundance for your dog or cat delivered to your home, you can rest assured that the food was manufactured less than 6 WEEKS ago…yes, you read correct, WEEKS!  Life's Abundance Dog and Cat foods do NOT sit in warehouses or tractor trailers for months on end, without climate or pest control…they are shipped directly to you from the manufacturing plant within 6 weeks of being made…something unheard of in this industry!  Life's Abundance prides ourselves on having the freshest pet food on the market today!

Learn more about Life's Abundance Dog and Cat Food and their complete holistic product line


Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food Recall

From http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/natural-balance-pet-foods-inc-announces-a-voluntary-recall-of-natural-balance-sweet-potato--chicken-dry-dog-food-due-to-a-possible-health-risk-96675044.html

Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. Announces a Voluntary Recall of Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food Due to a Possible Health Risk

 

PACOIMA, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc., of Pacoima, CA, announces a voluntary recall of Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, in 5-lb. and 28-lb. bags because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall notification is being issued out of an abundance of caution based on an isolated instance in which a product sample with a "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, had a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product was originally manufactured on December 17, 2009, and is the only Natural Balance product being recalled.

Salmonella can affect animals and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. This product was manufactured on December 17, 2009.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Recalled products were only distributed in pet specialty stores in the states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The only product affected by the recall is the Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, product information as follows:

Product

Bag Size

Bag UPC Code

Bale UPC Code

Best By Dates

Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Formula

5 lb

7-23633-99000-4

7-23633-99003-5

June 17, 2011

Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Formula

28 lb

7-23633-99002-8


June 17, 2011



Consumers who have purchased Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog formula with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. A separate letter and instructions will be forwarded to all relevant Natural Balance customers. For additional information, please contact Natural Balance Pet Foods Customer Service at (800) 829-4493 (8am5pm, PDT) or by visiting www.naturalbalanceinc.com. Here is a letter from their president - http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/letter_from_president.html

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The Health Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms

There are a variety of medicinal mushrooms that can be taken to improve health. Used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine, medicinal mushrooms contain powerful benefits that can help boost the immune system and offer the body a natural way to defend itself against its daily encounters with environmental toxins.

The popularity of medicinal mushrooms in the West has been increasing rapidly in recent years, much in part to the growing need for natural and alternative health remedies.

There is even a host of scientific research studies that have discovered just how powerful these fungi can be. Studies have shown that medicinal mushrooms contain strong immune boosting properties that may offer help to individuals with cancer, asthma and other chronic illnesses.

Here is a list of the key benefits associated with medicinal mushrooms:

  • Restores a weakened immune system

  • Improves cardiovascular health and functioning

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Improves the functioning of the liver

  • Prevents the growth of tumor cells

  • Enhances cognition and neurological functioning

  • Promotes blood sugar balance

Some of the most popular medicinal mushrooms routinely used by herbalists and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners are Shiitake, Reishi, Maitake, Cordyceps, Agaricus, Coriolus, and Hericium.

Mushrooms live on the bottom of the ecological ladder. Because of their low totem pole status, they have developed a strong immune system response to help protect them against potentially harmful invaders. Mushrooms’ ability to fight off potential infections is similar to the way that humans’ immune systems have developed over time to protect against viruses, bacteria and pathogens.

When mushrooms are confronted with an invader, they release special polysaccharides, which are long sugar chains, to render the invader ineffective. In essence, they deactivate the power of the invader to inflict any harm. Given this powerful immune response, mushrooms are believed to offer the human immune system enormous health benefits.

But these polysaccharides must be pulled out of the mushroom’s cell walls so that they can be used in an effective supplement form.

The benchmark process for creating effective medicinal mushroom products uses heat and water in a manner that is similar to making, not steeping, tea. Referred to as hot-water extraction, it is the only clinically-proven method for pulling out these polysaccharides from the fungi cell walls, therefore making them available for absorption and assimilation.

But unfortunately, most mushroom supplements, even those prescribed by health practitioners or found in health food stores, use an alcohol extraction process or rely on un-extracted mushrooms. Such methods have not been confirmed via scientific studies to carry the same effective benefits as those processed through hot-water extraction.

It is therefore very important to check with the manufacturer to confirm that extraction techniques use the hot-water extraction method before purchasing the supplement

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P&G Recalls Specific Iams Canned Cat Foods Due to Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

From: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pg-recalls-specific-canned-cat-foods-due-to-low-levels-of-thiamine-vitamin-b1-95985019.html

CINCINNATI, June 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) (NYSE: PG) is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Iams canned cat food in North America as a precautionary measure.  Diagnostic testing indicated that the product may contain insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), which is essential for cats.  Cats that were fed these canned products as their only food are at greater risk for developing signs of thiamine deficiency.  

The following Iams canned cat foods are included:


Product Name

Date on Bottom of Can

Iams ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten Food – all varieties of 3 oz & 5.5 oz cans

09/2011 to 06/2012




This recall is limited to only Iams canned cat food distributed in North America.  No other Iams pet food is involved.  

Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include loss of appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss.  In advanced cases, signs may include ventroflexion (downward curving) of the neck, wobbly gait, falling, circling and seizures.  Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs.  If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

Consumers who have purchased canned cat food with these codes should discard it.  For further information or a product refund, call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8826 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST).


The Importance Of Pet Insurance

Near-term costs.  Long-term savings.  That’s exactly what pet insurance, just like your health insurance (if you’re fortunate enough to be covered), offers pet parents.  And in difficult economic times, pet insurance may be the answer to escalating vet bills.

Veterinary charges continue to rise, largely due to the fact that procedures once used exclusively for human diagnoses (like CAT-scans and MRI’s) are much more commonly used for diagnosing companion animals.

Presently, only 3% of companion animals are insured in America.  And yet, that’s still a 50% increase in only one year.

Pet insurance remains a relatively inexpensive way to help families deal with the high costs of the best possible veterinary care.  Policies are available through companies like Hartville Pet Insurance and others, both for cats and for dogs, and cover everything from annual exams to specialized treatments. 

Accidental Injuries Due to Pets

Injuries resulting from losing one’s balance from trying to avoid stepping on your cat.  Falling over your dog on an afternoon walk.  Slipping on a chew toy in the hallway.  These accidents are much more common than you might expect.

A recent report published in the CDC’s Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report in March highlights a heretofore uncompiled data from medical reports filed at 66 different hospitals from 2001 to 2006.  This collection of personal injury accounts from all across America indicates that we’re surprisingly likely to injure ourselves because of our four-legged companions.  Further, the data clearly shows that seniors are particularly likely to break a bone due to such mishaps.

The researcher who penned the study, Dr. Judy Stevens, suggested that the importance of training cannot be understressed in the prevention of such accidents. 

We would suggest that the adage, “look both ways before crossing the street” should probably be emended to “look both ways – and down – before crossing your living room”. 

Learn more about the benefits of Pet Health Insurance


Shedding And Healthy Coats For Dogs & Cats

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.


Life's Abundance Has Partnered With Hartville To Provide Pet Health Insurance! Get A Quote Today!

Pet-insurance Quality Coverage You – And Your Pet – Can Depend On.

You already do what you can nutritionally to keep your companion animal healthy. But, if your pet isn’t covered by a health insurance policy, you run the risk of financial setbacks in the future.

With low monthly payments and minimal co-pays, our coverage makes quality vet care possible for everyone. Policies range from simple accidental coverage to more comprehensive protection, including illness, surgery, hospitalization and wellness care.

Plan for a healthier future together. Enjoy the confidence that comes from having quality, affordable pet health coverage.

You can’t beat the affordable coverage offered by the partnership between Life's Abundance and Hartville Pet Health Insurance. Choose the plan that works best for your family, from emergency coverage to specialized care. Prices start at under $10 per month and discounts are offered to households with multiple pets.

These policies provide much-needed help to pet parents looking for a way to reduce veterinary costs and ensure quality healthcare. Furthermore, with coverage you can have the confidence that you’re doing everything possible to ensure their long-term health.

Consider purchasing pet health insurance for your companion animal today, and put the focus where it should be – on their health, not on the costs of their care.

Get A Free, No Obligation Quote Today!