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How Does The Drinkwell Fountain Increase My Pets Water Intake?

How many times does your cat try and drink from the faucet or how  many dogs love to drink from the garden hose? In nature, moving  water is much fresher than stagnant water. The movement constantly  breaks the surface tension of the water and draws oxygen from the  air into the water. This process is called aeration and it makes  water more appealing to drink. Pets may be drawn by instinct to  moving water for this reason.

The Drinkwell Big-Dog Fountain filters and aerates continuously moving water to keep it much fresher than standing bowl water. Even pets who don't jump on counters to drink from faucets may drink more water using the Fountain.

Why is this important? Many cats and dogs may not drink as much water as they should. This is one reason the urine becomes so concentrated and predisposes some pets to urinary tract disease, constipation or kidney disease. In particular, cats with urinary tract or kidney disease have a critical need for water to support kidney function or prevent crystal formation and obstruction.

The Drinkwell Big-Dog Fountain is veterinarian designed and recommended by vet urinary specialists. It encourages water intake and proper hydration in healthy pets, and is especially beneficial in pets with kidney or urinary tract disease.

Health Benefits

  • Improves your pet's health
  • Reduces urinary diseases
  • Improves the quality of your pet's life

By using a 5-inch falling stream of water, the Drinkwell Big-Dog Fountain continually aerates your pet's water with healthful oxygen. A charcoal filter also removes bad tastes and odors, giving your pet the best possible - and most appealing - way to stay hydrated!

Features Of The Fountain
  • Provides pets with an enjoyable "falling stream" of water
  • Removes bad tastes and odors with extra large charcoal filter
  • Adds more oxygen for freshness
  • Easy to maintain
  • Helps keep cats off counters and out of sinks
  • Patented free falling system

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Testimonials
We have a 104-lbs. female Rottweiler who loves to drink fresh water. She was spoiled as a baby; we used to let her jump in the bathroom tub for drinks! As you can imagine, giving her drinks from the tub each time she jumped in and barked (quite loudly) if you didn't pay attention to her request, got old! She loves your fountain and adapted right to it. I wish we would have had your fountain years ago when we had two large male Rotties. They would have loved it!
Valerie, CO

I purchased the Drinkwell Pet Fountain and it is now the only thing my three cats will drink out of. I purchased it because one of my cats had severe kidney failure and it has drastically improved his health and quality of life. It has also stopped my other cat from jumping on the counter and crying for me to turn the sink on. We love the Drinkwell and would recommend it to everyone.
John & Cassandra, Maryland

Upon opening the package, the first thing I noticed was the quality of the product. It is well-made, sturdy and odorless. I was really impressed! Kaz is prone to urinary tract infections but now she won't get dehydrated! As far as I'm concerned, you have attained PURRFECTION in this imperfect world.
Judy, Alabama

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Echinacea-Goldenseal – Enjoy A Healthier Winter!

For superb immune support and protection this winter, try Echinacea-Goldenseal formula - great for the whole family!

Along with its two namesake herbs, Echinacea-Goldenseal formula contains Red Root, Myrrh, Licorice, Oregon Grape, Wild Indigo, and Yerba Mansa root for complete and comprehensive immune support.

Goldenseal root is known as “King of the Mucous Membranes” because of its effectiveness in combating infections involving the respiratory and digestive tracts. It contains the powerful natural antibiotics berberine and hydrastine, two extremely bitter alkaloids which have a notable antibacterial action.

Echinacea is a familiar remedy for many. It’s been used by indigenous Native Americans for hundreds of years for all kinds of maladies including infections, toothaches, and snake bites (this is where one of its many common names, Snake Root, comes from. Other herbs also share this common name, which is why it’s important to confirm the botanical name of the plant.).

Echinacea root and flower contain immune-boosting compounds that give it its familiar ‘tingle’ factor when the tincture is taken, and which instantly increase our salivation. These have been shown to support the production of a group of white blood cells (T cells) that are especially important for defending against viruses. In recent years, a growing body of scientific evidence has validated many of Echinacea’s traditional usages, especially its effectiveness against infections.

For more information or to order Echinacea-Goldenseal formula - and enjoy a healthier winter!


‘Tis the Season for Tasty Treats… and Herbs for Your Liver!

If you’re like many of us, you may find yourself nibbling on the shortbread a wee bit much, or sipping a little too much eggnog over the holidays… These goodies sure taste great, but all that extra sugar, fat, and alcohol can put an even bigger load than usual upon our hardworking liver. What can you do to give your liver a holiday, too?

Herbs such as Milk Thistle, Licorice, Turmeric, Dandelion and Burdock are excellent choices for helping the liver in its major role of detoxification. They support the liver by strengthening production of enzymes that help us metabolize toxins and drugs (including alcohol). They also assist the liver with its other important functions including: protein synthesis; manufacturing bile for elimination of fat-soluble toxins; and synthesis of cholesterol for production of important steroidal hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, cortisol and others.

It’s the perfect time of the year to show your liver a little extra love!

How do you take care of your health during this time of year, when we often overindulge?


Cushing's Disease And It's Treatment For Dogs

Coupon-dec-2012-sendPet Wellbeing is happy to make available a new herbal formulation to treat Cushing’s Disease in Dogs. The new formulation called, Adrenal Harmony  is an improvement on the old Supraglan formula. This new herbal combination was formulated by herbalists and naturopathic veterinarians to take advantages of the advances made in herbal medicine over the last 10 years.

Cushing's Disease is common in older dogs and also in dogs who have been given too much corticosteroids ( like prednisone). In older dogs, the most common cause of Cushing’s disease is a small benign tumor in the pituitary gland at the base of the brain or in one of the adrenal glands. In a normal dog, the adrenal glands produce some cortisone and the adrenalin. These hormones keep the body in balance and allow the body to respond to stress. When things go wrong with the adrenal glands or the pituitary part of the brain that controls them, the result is increased levels of cortisone. The cortisone then gives the signs that we associate with Cushing’s disease.

Diagnosis is made by a series of blood and urine tests. Often the testing process is long and complicated. Sometimes an ultrasound test is needed to diagnose this condition. Treatment depends on the type of Cushing's disease, as well as on the overall health of the canine patient. As many dogs with Cushing's are elderly and may have concurrent health problems, treatment can be complicated. The comfort of the patient should be the ultimate goal.

Conventional treatments are pharmaceuticals such as Lysodren ( an old medication) and Trilostane ( a newer medication). Both of these drugs can have significant side effects.

The new Adrenal Harmony is an alternative to these drugs. It is a combination of 9 herbs that work well together to normalize the adrenal gland, soothe the liver and decrease inflammation. It is extremely effective for all the symptoms of Cushing’s Disease with very few side effects. However, like with most herbal supplements, if your dog has a sensitive stomach, start with a lower dose and work up to the recommended dose.


Related Product: Adrenal Harmony Gold for Dog Cushings


What Is Kennel Cough?

Many dogs suffer from kennel cough. This canine respiratory ailment is a highly contagious condition which – as its name implies – is common among dogs that spend a lot of time in close quarters: in kennels, dog shows, grooming salons, etc. Beyond causing respiratory problems, kennel cough can weaken your dog's immune system and make him more prone to catching other canine diseases.

You can help your dog avoid catching kennel cough (or other canine respiratory diseases) by not letting him share toys, food or water with other, unknown dogs. But if he does catch kennel cough, Throat Gold will help ease the symptoms and help him find relief.

Dealing with coughs and respiratory problems in dogs

Does your dog cough persistently, or have trouble breathing? It's likely he's suffering from kennel cough or a similar respiratory ailment.

A dog's cough is never an illness in itself. Rather, it's a symptom of some other problem, like:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Dog collar too tight / leash strain
  • Irritants like cigarette smoke
  • Infectious disease (usually kennel cough)

Whatever the cause of your dog's cough or breathing problems, Throat Gold can help.

What is Throat Gold?

Throat Gold has been developed using herbal ingredients to holistically support the tissues of the throat and entire upper respiratory tract of dogs. Our veterinarians have selected herbs that address healthy respiration, immunity of the body but specifically immunity of the throats surface. Some of the herbs in Throat Gold are termed "demulcents". Demulcents are a type of plant constituent that are high in mucilage content and act to soothe and calm throat irritation, inflammation and cough.

What is Throat Gold used for?

Continuous coughing can be strenuous not only for a pet but for a pet owner as well. Throat Gold can help support your dogs immune system response to infection normally. Throat Gold effectively works to maintain healthy tissues in the throat and respiratory tract and eases discomfort. Animals who have stayed in areas with poor ventilation, feel stressed out (such as travel) or are exposed to cigarette smoke may have less ability to fight infections. Kennels are often places where a pet can pick up an airborne infection.

Throat Gold can also be used for hoarseness of the throat, including leash strain. The ingredients of this formula are highly effective for supporting and maintaining health and comfort of the upper respiratory tract.


PetsMart Recall: Claudia’s Cuisine Voluntary Product Withdrawal - Dog Treat Recall

4545This is from PetsMart Twitter Account. The reason this was just "Twittered" out there is because Claudia's Cuisine doesn't even have a website. This makes me wonder how reputable this company is that they can't even get together some sort of web presence with basic company info on it. Anyway, so far this isn't posted on PetsMart's website and as usual, companies just hope people find out via word of mouth there is a recall :(

Claudia’s Cuisine Voluntary Product Withdrawal 12.6.2012:

Claudia’s Cuisine has issued a voluntary product withdrawal on Dog Candy Fruit Hound Cake (7.5oz) and Dog Candy Blueberry Hound Cake (7.5oz). No other products have been impacted. These products are being voluntarily withdrawn due to the potential to contain mold.

Claudia’s Cuisine has not received any reports of illness associated with the affected product. If you suspect that your Claudia’s Cuisine product may have mold growth, please bring it to your closest PetSmart store for a full refund. If you have any questions about this voluntary withdrawal, please call Claudia’s Cuisine’s Customer Service at 501-851-0002 or email Irma@claudiascaninecuisine.com.

 

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Greenies Pill Pockets For Dogs - 100% All Natural Ingredients? The Bag Says It, So It Must Be True, Right?

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I am piggybacking off the previous article regarding Cats here (http://health4uandpets.typepad.com/healthproducts/2012/12/greenies-pill-pockets-for-cats-100-natural-the-bag-says-it-so-it-must-be-true-right.html). Sure enough - same story with Greenies Pill Pockets for Dogs. The bag states "All Natural" but their websites tells a different story.

Direct from their site (http://www.greenies.com/dogs.aspx#/products/dog-pill-pockets)

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats are 100% all natural tasty treats with a built-in pouch — ideal for hiding a tablet, capsule or liquid medication — so that most dogs don’t even notice there’s medicine inside. They’re the #1 veterinarian-recommended choice for giving pills.*
* Data on File, The Nutro Company 2012.

100% ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats are nutritious and a healthier alternative to the commonly used human foods (cheese, tuna, etc.), as they contain fewer calories and less fat and sodium. They also contain antioxidant vitamins C and E to support a healthy immune system.

The bag as you can see has a nice All Natural label so the consumer will think this product is good for their dog. Guess Again!

Here is from this portion of their website listing the ingredients (http://www.greenies.com/faq/dogs/pill-pockets.aspx)

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats with real Beef:
Chicken, glycerin, wheat flour, vegetable oil, beef, natural flavors, wheat gluten, dried corn syrup, corn flour, caramel color, lecithin, brewers dried yeast, salt, preserved with potassium sorbate, methylcellulose, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), preserved with mixed tocopherols, vitamin E supplement.

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats with real Chicken:

Chicken, glycerin, wheat flour, vegetable oil, dried corn syrup, wheat gluten, corn flour, natural flavors, lecithin, brewers dried yeast, preserved with potassium sorbate, salt, methylcellulose, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), preserved with mixed tocopherols, vitamin E supplement.

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats, roasted Duck and Pea Formula:

Duck, glycerin, dried peas, natural flavors, vegetable oil, water, salt, potassium sorbate (to preserve freshness), xantham gum, citric acid, preserved with mixed tocopherols (a source of vitamin E).

Are GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats all natural?

No. We take great pride in the ingredients we use and everywhere possible we use natural ingredients. Potassium sorbate (mold inhibitor) and methylcellulose (texturizer) are not considered “natural” ingredients by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Additionally, vitamins often do not have viable “natural” options either. But we are searching for natural ingredient solutions that perform the same functionality.

Yes, you read that right - the bag and front of their website states 100% (not 90%) All Natural Ingredients but their FAQs page tells a different story. Just knowing that you should not want to feed these but then take a look at the ingredients! Wheat, sugars, corn and gluten? YUK! These are all ingredients that are high allergens and your dog shouldn't be eating dried corn syrup! My favorite is the "Real Beef" one. Beef is the 5th ingredient! Do you know how much "real beef" that really is? Let me tell you - not much!

Potassium sorbate and methylcelloluse are NOT NATURAL!!!! Potassium sorbate is a mold inhibitor. They need this because they use corn and there have been so many issues and recalls with aflatoxins.
Why on earth would you even want to feed your cat this? Please don't say because he or she likes it because you are the boss and you want your loved one to be with you as long as possible.

Moral of the story? Don't believe everything you read. You're in charge of making sure your cat or dog stays healthy. This is not a product I would recommend for any dog or cat. The package makes you believe the ingredients are all natural and they are not.

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Greenies Pill Pockets For Cats - 100% Natural? The Bag Says It, So It Must Be True, Right?

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I was just looking at the ingredients for Greenies pill pockets for dogs and cats. I have to say I was pretty shocked at the ingredients and how awful they are. However, I am even more shocked on the claim that the Feline Greenies Pill Pockets are made with All Natural Ingredients. 

First let's look at Feline Greenies Pill Pockets http://www.greenies.com/cats.aspx#/products/cat-pill-pockets) The site says 100% All Natural Ingredients!!! Great! I'm sold, right? Not so fast.

Here it is straight from their website -

FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats are 100% all natural tasty treats with a built-in pouch — ideal for hiding a tablet, capsule or liquid medication — so that most cats don’t even notice there’s medicine inside. They’re the #1 veterinarian-recommended choice for giving pills.*
* Data on File, The Nutro Company 2012.
 
100% ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS
Made with real chicken or natural salmon protein, FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats are a nutritious and healthier alternative to the commonly used human foods (cheese, tuna, etc.), as they contain fewer calories and less fat and sodium.

FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats with real Chicken

Chicken, glycerin, wheat flour, natural flavors, dried corn syrup, corn flour, wheat gluten, chicken liver meal, vegetable oil, lecithin, brewers dried yeast, preserved with potassium sorbate, methylcellulose, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), preserved with mixed tocopherols, vitamin E supplement.

FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats with natural Salmon flavor

Chicken, glycerin, wheat flour, salmon meal (source of salmon flavor), natural flavors, dried corn syrup, corn flour, wheat gluten, vegetable oil, water, lecithin, brewers dried yeast, preserved with potassium sorbate, salt, methylcellulose, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), preserved with mixed tocopherols, vitamin E supplement.

FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats, roasted Duck and Pea formula:

Duck, Glycerin, Dried Peas, Natural flavors, Vegetable oil, Water, Salt, Potassium Sorbate (to preserve freshness), Xantham Gum, Citric Acid, preserved with Mixed tocopherols (a source of Vitamin E.)

At first glance I already see a lot of bad ingredients - wheats, sugars, corns and glutens (all ingredients you don't want your cats to eat) however they are stating these treats contain 100% Natural Ingredients so let's get back to that. If you scroll down past the ingredient list they answer their question.....

Are FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats all natural?
No. We take great pride in the ingredients we use and everywhere possible we use natural ingredients. FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats do contain potassium sorbate which is a synthetic preservative used to preserve freshness, and methylcellulose, a food grade ingredient used to provide texture to the pocket. Additionally, vitamins are often not considered "natural" in accordance with Association of American Feed Control Officials, but we are searching for alternative "natural" ingredients to supply essential vitamins. FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats are designed to be fed as a treat and not consumed as a food substitute. If a cat has dietary restrictions, always check with a veterinary professional before feeding any new product.

Did you see it? Potassium sorbate and methylcelloluse are NOT NATURAL!!!! They do try and dress up the word potassium sorbate here on the cat side for the cat people, but on the dog side they say it like it is (http://www.greenies.com/faq/dogs/pill-pockets.aspx) A Mold Inhibitor. Now why would this product need a mold inhibitor? Because of the corn and that there have been so many issues and recalls with aflatoxins. Why on earth would you even want to feed your cat this? Please don't say because he or she likes it because you are the boss and you want your loved one to be with you as long as possible.

Moral of the story? Don't believe everything you read. You're in charge of making sure your cat or dog stays healthy. This is not a product I would recommend for any dog or cat. The package makes you believe the ingredients are all natural and they are not.

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Troubles With Nutro Foods? A San Antonio News Channel Reports On 2 Dogs Dying

StorySAN ANTONIO -- A San Antonio woman believes a popular kind of dog food she gave to her two dogs made them so sick, she had to put them down.  Other dog owners across the nation are making similar claims, too.

The particular dog food the woman called us about is the canned Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice meal for seniors.  The woman says she gave it to her older dog first and then to her younger dog.  Within weeks, they were both dead.

"We had two healthy dogs,"  Jennie Vasquez told us.  "And within a month, they're both gone from eating the same thing.  That's the only thing we can assume."

In August, Vasquez decided to put her 14-year-old dog, Slinky, on soft food.  An employee at a popular pet store recommended Nutro's Natural Choice for Seniors. But within weeks, Slinky became very sick.

"He had projectile vomit, was very lethargic, looked very confused and out of it," said Vasquez.  "(He was) Walking into things and just had a complete loss of appetite."

The veterinarian couldn't figure out what was wrong with Slinky and Vasquez decided to put him down.  Then Daisy, her other dog, got sick too. 

"She ate the rest of his meal that he didn't eat," said Vasquez. "And then another week went by, and she was sick."

Eventually, Daisy stopped eating too, and Vasquez was forced to put her down.

"The only thing they found was an enlarged liver," Vasquez told us.  "And her liver levels were really high, which is linked to all the reviews we read online."

Vasquez searched the internet for information about Nutro dog food and found a site loaded with complaints from dog owners about the dog food which listed symptoms similar to those Vasquez's dogs experienced: liver problems, vomiting, even death.

We looked at the Food and Drug Administration website and found a 2007 recall on Nutro dog products for melamine and cyanuric acid contamination which safety experts say can be deadly, especially for small dogs.  We had one of Vasquez's cans of food tested at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System.  The results came back negative.  There were no signs of melamine nor cyanuric acid.

So what does The Nutro Company have to say about all these complaints?  A spokesperson sent us this statement:

 

"The safety and well-being of the pets we feed is our top priority.  We have no reason to believe that Nutro pet food would contribute to the loss of a pet, and we want to assure each consumer that our products are safe, made with some of the highest quality standards in the industry, and undergo more than 600 quality checks before leaving our factory." (Read full statement below.)

Still, Vasquez says had she seen all the information before, she never would have given it to her dogs.

"Do research on it," Vasquez said. "Because we didn't, and our dogs are gone."

Not all the reviews on consumeraffairs.com were negative. People also had positive things to say about Nutro products. The Nutro Company encourages anyone with a complaint, especially when it involves a sick pet, to contact the company directly.

Nutro's Full Statement

The Nutro Company's full statement:

The vast majority of the consumer complaints are from 2009 when consumeraffairs.com wrongly accused The Nutro Company of being under investigation by the FDA. To put this into perspective, only 12 percent of the total reviews are from 2011 and 2012 and represent a mixture of animal reaction complaints and compliments. Because we value the concerns and feedback of our consumers, we encourage each reviewer to contact us directly so we can properly investigate their situation.  At The Nutro Company, the safety and well-being of the pets we feed is our top priority. That’s why we encourage each pet owner to contact us directly with their concerns. We understand that losing a pet is never easy, and we’d like the opportunity to fully investigate the situation.  We have no reason to believe that Nutro pet food would contribute to the loss of a pet, and we want to assure each consumer that our products are safe, made with some of the highest quality standards in the industry, and undergo more than 600 quality checks before leaving our factory. We remain confident in the safety and quality of our products.  We routinely cross-reference our own data to determine if the reviewers on consumeraffairs.com have contacted us directly. Because we value the concerns and feedback of our consumers, we’re disheartened to learn that most of them have not contacted us directly, which makes it difficult to review for similarities.  We are committed to the quality, safety and performance of all our pet food brands. As we have for over 80 years, we strive to deliver the finest natural products to our customers and their pets.

 

CLICK HERE to file a complaint about any Nutro pet product.
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FDA: Don’t Feed Certain Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

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December 6, 2012

NaturesdeliThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning pet owners and caretakers  not to feed their pets Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats with a lot code of  BESTBY061913DEN because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The  treats are made, packaged and distributed in the United States by Kasel  Associates Industries Inc. (Kasel) and were sold at Costco stores in the Denver,  Colo., area.

Kasel has declined to perform a voluntary recall at this time. However,  Costco is working with FDA and has removed all of the affected products from its  shelves. The company will also contact customers who may have purchased the  product to provide additional instructions.

The product is sold in 3.0 lb. packages labeled as Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats. The product is packaged in flexible plastic which is yellow,  blue, green and red, with black and white print writing. The packaging also has  a digital photo of a dog on the front panel, and transparent sections to view  the product inside. Lot code BESTBY061913DEN is located on the reverse side of  the packaging in the transparent section immediately following the term “All  American Dog.”

In September 2012, a retail sample of a Kasel dog treat product tested by the  Colorado Department of Agriculture was found to be positive for  Salmonella. An FDA follow-up inspection at the firm found certain finished  dog treat products and 34 out of 72 environmental samples positive for Salmonella.

On October 2, 2012, the company recalled one lot of its Nature’s Deli Chicken  Jerky Dog Treats. However that recall did not extend to the lot code covered by  this warning.

In November 2012, a retail sample of Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats  lot code BESTBY061913DEN taken by the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested  positive for Salmonella.

These treats are manufactured in the United States and are not associated  with FDA’s investigation in reports of illnesses in dogs associated with  consumption of chicken jerky treats.

FDA has not received any reports of illnesses associated with these treats.  However, both people and animals can contract Salmonellosis from handling or  eating contaminated products. People handling dry pet treats should thoroughly  wash their hands after having contact with the treats as well as any surfaces  exposed to these products.

Consumers should dispose of these products in ways that people and animals,  including wild animals, cannot access them, such as placing them in a securely  lidded garbage can.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella may experience some or all  of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea,  abdominal cramping and fever. Although rare, Salmonella can result in  more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis (inflammation  of the lining of the heart), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary  tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this  product should contact their health care provider immediately.

The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely  to become severely ill from Salmonella infection. The bacterium can  cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in these vulnerable populations.  Most healthy individuals recover from Salmonella infections within four  to seven days without treatment.

Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have  diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may experience only a  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 any of the affected product or is experiencing any of these symptoms,  contact your veterinarian immediately.

As with humans, dogs who are elderly, very young or have impaired immune  systems are more vulnerable to Salmonella infection.

Consumers can report complaints about FDA-regulated  pet food and pet treat products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in  their area or by reporting through the Safety Reporting Portal. Information on  reporting consumer complaints can be found at: http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm

Lifes-Abundance-Tasty-RewardsHaving a hard time finding a safe, tasty jerky treat? Try Life's Abundance Training Treats!

Tasty Rewards are wholesome nutritional training treats made from New Zealand-raised chicken and lamb. They’re loaded with proteins, minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids. And, like all of Life's Abundance foods, supplements and treats, you’ll find no added chemical preservatives or artificial coloring.

Treatment of Feline Heart Disease

PetWellbeing.com is the trusted source for your pet's natural health care.

There are essentially three types of heart diseases that cats get and these have different treatments.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common form of feline heart disease. It occurs when the heart muscle wall becomes thickened and the inside of the heart becomes smaller. Less blood can be pumped with every beat and the heart has to work harder.

A murmur can develop as the valves also become involved. As the cat ages the heart becomes thicker and less and less blood can be pumped. Fluid will accumulate in the lungs. This type of heart disease is seen in young to middle aged cats and is more common in purebreds such as Ragdolls and Persians. HCM can lead to blood clots or thromboembolisms as they are called. HCM may be treated with a number of drugs. There currently is no evidence that any drug alters the natural history of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats until they are in heart failure. Diltiazem, atenolol, ACE inhibitors and, possibly, spironolactone are commonly administered by veterinarians to cats with mild to severe HCM that are not in heart failure on an empirical basis in the hope that they will slow the progression of the disease. Once the cat is in heart failure, other medications may be given including drugs such as plavix to reduce risk of embolism. Treatment is rather frustrating and may be disappointing.

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is less common in cats now. DCM occurs when the heart muscle thins out and the chamber enlarges. The heart is not able to pump the blood forward because the muscle is weak. Fluid accumulates in the lungs and abdomen and causes congestive heart failure. DCM is associated with low taurine levels. Taurine is supplemented in all commercial foods now so DCM is relatively uncommon. However if your cat is on a homemade diet you need to supplement taurine to prevent this problem.

Restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) is the third type of heart disease in cats. It is not common and is difficult to diagnose. Prognosis for this type of heart disease is poor.

From a natural stand point, there are many ways to treat these feline heart problems. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine with herbs and acupuncture can be helpful. Chinese herbs such as Dan Shen and Gingko may be used but this requires a diagnosis by a practitioner as each case is different. Homeopathy and homotoxicology has been helpful along with conventional medication for those kitties in heart failure. Omega 3 fatty acids ( fish oil) is always a good and safe choice. Pet Wellbeing has a new herbal medication called Young At Heart. This herbal combination has Hawthorne in it which has been proven to help people and animals with heart disease. I have used it in my patients when other conventional medications have failed and had good results. Be sure to discuss any herbal product that you give to your pet with your primary veterinarian.

Related Products: Young at Heart for Cat Heart Disease


Natural Treatment For Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Hypothyroidism in dogs is a very common problem. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland, a small gland in the neck adjacent to the windpipe, does not produce enough thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland is considered a master gland . It is responsible for producing thyroid hormones which have an effect on many parts of the body, including the skin and hair coat, metabolism, behaviour, attitude and even bone marrow function. In dogs, immune mediated disease and atrophy of the gland account for almost all cases.

Hypothyroidism generally develops in middle aged or elderly dogs and can occur in any breed although there are breeds that have a genetic tendency towards this problem. Breeds with definite predisposition to develop hypothyroidism include: the Doberman pinscher, the Golden retriever and Labrador Retriever, the Irish Setter, the Great Dane, the Dachshund, the Boxer, the Beagle and the Maltese.

Clinical signs of Hypothyroidism are many and varied. Common signs include poor haircoat or loss of hair particularly along the sides, recurrent infections especially with yeast, thickened skin, obesity, lethargy, anemia, a slow heart rate and elevated blood cholesterol. Neurological signs such as weakness, aggression and muscle atrophy can also be seen. Megaesophagus ( an enlarged esophagus) and laryngeal paralysis ( a cause of roaring in dogs) as well as infertility have also been linked with hypothyroidism. Dogs who rupture their cranial cruciate ligaments are also frequently hypothyroid.

Hypothyroidism is best diagnosed with a series of blood tests that measure T4, T3, free T3 and free T4 and thyroid autoantibodies. The conventional treatment of this condition is replacement of the hormone with a synthetic hormone and this usually works quite well. There is a natural canine thyroid glandular from Standard Process which may or may not be effective. There is also a natural thyroid supplement that is used for humans but it is considerably more expensive than the synthetic hormone. Chinese herbs and homeopathy can also help. Most of the thyroid supplements should have Kelp in some form, Ashwaganda and Eleutherococus Senticosus. These are contained in the herbal supplement Thyroid Support Silver and it can help if the thyroid has not been totally destroyed. However if the thyroid has been totally destroyed, supplement with the hormone L-thyroxine has proved the most effective treatment.


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