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May 2013

Dealing With Ticks Naturally For Dogs And Cats

Natural tick prevention is difficult to do but not impossible. It is important   to remember to treat the environment to prevent tick infestations this springs.

Vacuuming regularly and getting into all the cracks and crevices in your base boards, furniture is very important to remove   the tick eggs, and immature stages. If you put herbal flea powder,   diatomaceous earth or borax in vacuum   bag, this will kill any ticks or fleas that you suck up with the vacuum.    If you have carpets be sure to vacuum at least once weekly.

For outdoor control, cut the grass in the yard short to expose ticks to   sunlight to kill them. Sprinkle grassy areas with diatomaceous earth.   Remove wood piles, a favorite hiding place for ticks, from the yard. Spraying the yard with beneficial nematodes,or natural pyrethrum ( from chrysanthemum flowers) are great natural approaches to killing ticks and other insects.

There are some new and up coming products to repel ticks, fleas and other pests. One of particular interest is the Shoo Tag.  It can be used on people or animals. According to ShooTag's website it is "a tag with a magnetic strip that works off your body's bio-energetic field. This tag contains frequencies that are specific to   the different bugs and pests, and it is those frequencies that disturb the bugs and will keep them away from the body." It claims to be effective for 4 months.It can be ordered from Petwellbeing.

Related Product: ShooTags for Flea and Tick Protection

A Look At Diet And Bladder Stones For Dogs

Bladder stones and crystals are very common in dogs and cats but they can be fairly easily prevented and in some cases treated, with the right diet and a proper amount of water. When you are using dietary therapy for your pet, it is important to know what type of stone or crystal you are trying to prevent.

Diets to prevent or treat bladder stones are vastly different depending on the type of bladder stone present. It is very important to follow a few general guidelines when dealing with stones. A diet for a dog who is prone to “uroliths” needs to be 70 % water. This means either canned food, wetting dry food or home cooking and adding broths and soups. Be sure your veterinarian approves or recommends a diet because if the diet is not right the stone may come back. It is very important to encourage lots of water drinking as this dilutes the urine, flushes out the crystals and helps prevent infection.

Struvite bladder stones can be considered the “infection” stone and in general you want the dog’s urine to be acidic, to prevent the formation of these stones. There are 3 commercial diets available that will dissolve struvite stones. Ask your vet to recommend one. A holistic veterinarian may be able to formulate a balanced, homemade diet to prevent this condition. Cranberry juice or extract may be recommended to acidify the diet to prevent infection. Raw diets tend to be high in acidic foods which are good to help prevent struvite stones.

Treats and foods to avoid for dogs who have struvite stones are listed here:

Meats: Poultry and Eggs

Fruits and Vegetables: Cabbage, Cauliflower, Mushrooms, Peas, Radishes, White Potatoes, Bananas, Melons, Plums

Grains etc: Macaroni, Rice and Spaghetti

Calcium oxalate stones are more difficult to treat and do not need an infection to start. Dietary treatment of these stones is also very strict. Canned food or homemade are the best for these dogs too.

Treats and foods to avoid with these dogs are:

Meats: Bologna or processed meat, Salmon, Herring , Oysters, Sardines

Fruits and Vegetables: all with the exception of cauliflower, bananas, melon and white potatoes, all citrus fruit

Grains: Cornmeal

Along with a good diet these dogs need proper Omega 3 fatty acids and probiotics. These help balance the body. Herbal supplements such as Urinary Gold help to treat and prevent bladder stones.

It is very important that you consult a veterinarian before you try to formulate a diet on your own for a dog with bladder stones. When properly managed this condition does not have to cause problems for your dog.

Related Product: Urinary Gold for Canine Urinary Tract Health

Royal Canin Dog And Cat Heating And Cooling Mats Recall

RoyalcaninheatingmatsStarting date:  May 22, 2013
Posting date:  May 22, 2013
Type of communication:  Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:  Miscellaneous
Source of recall:  Health Canada
Issue:  Product Safety
Audience:  General Public
Identification number:  RA-29281

Affected products
Dog and cat heating and cooling mats

Product description
This recall involves Royal Canin branded heating/cooling mats for dogs and cats. The mats consist of a plastic sheet made of nine gel pockets and an outer, removable red fabric cover with the Royal Canin logo on one corner.

Hazard identified
Royal Canin has determined that the mats contain diethylene glycol. This potentially dangerous chemical can be released from the mat if it is damaged and can cause illness to both pets and children if ingested.

Neither Health Canada nor Royal Canin Canada has received any reports of incidents or injuries to consumers related to the use of these mats in Canada.

Number sold
Approximately 465 of the recalled mats were distributed in Canada as promotional items at dog and cat shows. They were also made available to members of the Royal Canin Elite Breeders Club via the firm’s website.
Time period sold
The recalled mats were distributed from January 27, 2011 to April 1, 2013.

Place of origin
Manufactured in China.

Pearlink International
Grange Rouge – Les Plots

Royal Canin Canada

What you should do
Consumers should stop using the recalled mats immediately and return them to Royal Canin free of charge. Consumers will not receive a replacement mat, since this was a promotional item, however, any member of the Royal Canin Elite Breeder Club who redeemed points to purchase the mat online will have their points reimbursed upon return of the mat.

For more information, consumers may contact Royal Canin Customer Care by telephone at 1-800-527-2673, by email or through Facebook.

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Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Foods Sold To Del Monte Foods

Del Monte Foods and Natural Balance Pet Foods(R) , Inc. Announce Merger Agreement
Merger to expand Del Monte’s presence in fast-growing pet specialty channel; sets the stage for Natural Balance’s continued growth


Del Monte Foods and Natural Balance Pet Foods(R) , Inc. announced today that the companies have signed a merger agreement. Natural Balance Pet Foods(R) , makers of super-premium pet food for dogs and cats sold throughout North America and also in Europe and Asia, will join Del Monte’s robust pet products portfolio.

“Natural Balance was created nearly 25 years ago to give pet parents the best super-premium pet food on the market,” said Joey Herrick, president and founder, Natural Balance Pet Foods(R) , Inc. “After careful consideration, we believe we’ve found the perfect partner to help the business grow for the next 25 years. Not only does Del Monte care about pets as much as we do, they have a complementary culture and set of values, their respected brands are found in eight out of 10 U.S. households and they have been a trusted name for healthy, quality consumer food for more than 100 years. Natural Balance looks forward to working hand-in-hand with Del Monte to leverage their strong distribution, supply chain and innovation resources that will help the brand achieve its next level of growth.”

“Natural Balance will continue to offer pet parents super-premium, high quality formulas that they have come to know and expect, and we look forward to continuing to nurture our valued relationships with our customers and other partners,” continued Herrick.

“Del Monte Foods is proud to welcome Natural Balance(R) into the Del Monte family of brands,” said Dave West, CEO, Del Monte Foods. “Natural Balance is well-positioned in the super-premium pet specialty channel and Del Monte looks forward to supporting and further strengthening that position, while honoring the brand’s esteemed culture and history.”

Continued West, “This merger is consistent with our long-term strategy for Del Monte to further strengthen our pet food and snacks brand portfolio and accelerate growth by expanding in the pet specialty channel. This offers us exciting prospects for continued growth, particularly in terms of strengthening our reach to independent pet retailers.”

The merger includes the equity interest held by private equity firm VMG Partners. “We are very proud to have worked side by side with Joey and the Natural Balance team in building one of the strongest brands in the pet specialty channel. We are excited about passing the baton to Del Monte Foods, who we believe will continue to grow and strengthen the Natural Balance brand,” said David Baram, VMG Managing Director.

Natural Balance Pet Foods(R) , Inc. was founded in 1989 by Dick Van Patten and Joey Herrick. Today, the brand includes both dog and cat formulas and spans wet food, dry food and treats. Natural Balance is headquartered in Pacoima, CA.

The purchase price and financial terms are not disclosed. The merger includes all Natural Balance(R) brands, products and other trademarks. The companies anticipate the merger will close in mid-June, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory clearances.

About Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods(R)

Natural Balance(R) Pet Foods, created in 1989 by Dick Van Patten and Joey Herrick, is a leading premium pet food brand, offering more than 225 dog and cat products. Natural Balance products include Original Ultra(R) Ultra Premium Pet Foods, L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets(R) Formulas, ALPHA(R) Grain-Free Formulas, Delectable Delights(TM) Stews for dogs and cats and many more.

About Del Monte Foods

Del Monte Foods is one of the country’s largest producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded pet products and food products for the U.S. retail market, generating approximately $3.7 billion in net sales in fiscal 2012. With a powerful portfolio of brands, Del Monte products are found in eight out of ten U.S. households. Pet food and pet snacks brands include Meow Mix(R) , Kibbles ‘n Bits(R) , Milk-Bone(R) , 9Lives(R) , Pup-Peroni(R) , Gravy Train(R) , Nature’s Recipe(R) , Canine Carry Outs(R), Milo’s Kitchen(R) and other brand names. Food product brands include Del Monte(R) , Contadina(R) , S&W(R) , College Inn(R) and other brand names. The Company also produces and distributes private label pet products and food products.

For more information on Del Monte Foods, visit the Company’s website at

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