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Why Do Quality And Purity Matter In Fish Oil?

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At Life's Abundance, a higher standard is set for all of our Sealogix products. We source our Omega-3's from fish located in some of the cleanest waters in the world from fisheries that are renewable and fully-sustainable. The fish oil is then molecularly distilled to concentrate and purify the oil.

Manufacturers of fish oil are required to test each batch they produce; however, in many cases, this testing is handled by the manufacturers themselves. Often testing is conducted prior to adding flavors and bottling, so the fish oil that is tested in-house may not necessarily be the same quality of fish oil delivered to the marketplace.

In addition to the standard manufacturer testing for every batch, we have enlisted the help of IFOS (International Fish Oil Standards), a non-affiliated third party and the internationally-respected source for fish oil analysis. IFOS scientifically tests and analyzes Sealogix. This validation testing ensures that you are getting a safe and effective fish oil supplement that you can feel confident giving to your family. We are proud to announce that Sealogix has been awarded an IFOS 5-Star Rating (the highest rating available) for quality, concentration and purity. For more information on IFOS testing, please visit IFOS Testing or click here to review Sealogix IFOS results.


Do You Have A Fear Of Dogs? It's Called Cynophobia

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Imagine walking down the road. Suddenly, you are confronted by a large, snarling  dog heading directly for you. Try to imagine your level of fear. If you were once  terrorized by a dog earlier in life, multiply that fright by a factor of ten. Your  heart would race, your body would start to shake and your breathing would become  shallow and rapid. These reactions are caused by a surge of hormones, such as adrenaline,  often referred to as the ‘fight or flight response’. It’s how your body reacts to  a perceived threat, and it’s totally normal.

Some people, however, have an abnormal reaction to dogs, even if the dogs in  question aren’t doing anything threatening, much less actively frightening. They  feel frozen in fear and utterly helpless just walking past a well-behaved dog. Some  are panicked only of certain breeds. At the far end of the spectrum are folks who  are so terrified by dogs that they cannot even speak about canines without experiencing sheer terror. This irrational fear of dogs is termed cynophobia. Although  spider and snake phobias are more prevalent, cynophobia is probably more common  than most people think. In fact, this condition affects tens of millions of Americans.

Like many phobias, the fear of dogs is typically triggered by a negative experience,  often during childhood. Some people may even block the precipitating event from  their memory … all that remains is an overwhelming fear of dogs.

Many of us have been jumped on by an exuberant puppy or growled at by a protective  watchdog. When this happens to a child during their formative years, the impacts  can be long-lasting. The relatively large size of dogs compared to children, combined  with an overactive imagination and a general lack of knowledge about canine behavior,  can be fertile breeding ground for a full-blown phobia later in life.

The risk of cynophobia is higher if a relative or friend was attacked by a dog,  or if a parent exhibited an unhealthy fear of canines.

Sufferers of this phobia experience fear that is very much out of their control.  That is because when a person suffering from cynophobia thinks about, much less  sees a dog, the fear system in the sub-brain (the automatic part of your brain that  runs the show) takes over and secretes chemicals that alert the nervous system that  there is DANGER! The threat feels so real that the brain treats the mere presence  of a dog as an imminent peril, even though the perceived threat is not congruent  with reality. People who suffer from cynophobia can live in constant fear, limiting  their lives as a result.

Fortunately, cynophobics generally respond very well to treatment. In fact, some  people actually report just ‘growing out of it’, especially after positive experiences  with dog.

If you suffer from cynophobia, take heart - you are not alone! I recommend working  with a psychological professional with expertise in dealing with phobias to help  remove the fear and encourage helpful coping skills. With a bit of work and the  right assistance, you can overcome this debilitating phobia.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals.

Dr Jane Bicks   Dr. Jane Bicks, Life's Abundance Pet Product Formulator

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Does Your Dog Need To Lose Weight? Feed Them Life's Abundance Weight Loss Food For Dogs.

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If your dog’s weight is a growing concern, consider the nutritious Life's Abundance Weight Loss Formula. Formulated for effective use as part of a weight loss or weight control program, Dog Food Weight-Loss Formula is a nutritionally balanced food that delivers the support dogs need to lose fat and maintain healthy weights. And like all Life's Abundance products, this food contains no artificial flavors or colors, and no corn, corn gluten, wheat or wheat gluten.

Life’s Abundance Weight-Loss Formula is veterinarian-formulated with select  ingredients to help your dog lose weight and maintain optimum health. We use a  fast-cook process 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. With Life’s Abundance, you can be confident  that you’re feeding your dog advanced nutrition.

Our foods are made with the finest ingredients, including …

  • A proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals
  • High-quality protein for muscle maintenance during weight loss
  • L-carnitine to help the body utilize fat
  • 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

Since we use only wholesome ingredients, this formula contains …

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

Compared to the original Life’s Abundance formula for dogs, Life's Abundance Weight-Loss Formula  contains:

  • 28% less fat and 32% fewer calories per cup to help reduce and maintain  a healthy weight, as well as an active and energetic lifestyle
  • Higher protein levels to aid metabolism and promote a lean, energetic  body
  • Enhanced with L-carnitine to support a healthy metabolism and weight  management

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How Little Does HSUS Give To Shelters In Your State?

FoundationLogoThe Humane Society of the United States gives only 1 percent of the money it raises to pet shelters. Surprised? You might be, if you’ve seen HSUS’s TV ads—you know, the ones full of needy dogs and cats. You, like most Americans, might think HSUS gives most of the money it raises to pet shelters. HSUS doesn’t. You, like most Americans, might think that HSUS is an umbrella group for humane societies. It isn’t. You might thin...k that HSUS at least runs one pet shelter. It doesn’t. Learn more at http://www.humanewatch.org/how_little_does_hsus_give_to_shelters_in_your_state/

Want to make your donation go farther? When you purchase Life's Abundance pet products from my site, make an additional donation to Dr. Jane's Foundation (with the purchase of every Life's Abundance product, a portion of the profits are contributed to a fund that supports the operations of this organization).

The foundation does grants to shelters and rescues all over the U.S. Please feel free to check out her foundation and Life's Abundance by going to http://www.NaturalDogFoodStore.com/ or http://www.NaturalCatFoodStore.com/ or a direct link to Dr. Jane, http://www.lifesabundance.com/General/DrJane.aspx?realname=10075847


Do You Know Who Owns Your Pet Food Company? Mars To Buy P&G Pet Food Brands For US $2.9 Billion

DogquestionDo you know who owns your pet food? DelMonte bought Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Dog and Cat food. DelMonte now changed it's name to Big Heart Pet Brands. Big Heart Pet Brands also owns Milo's Kitchen which was part of the huge 2012 chicken jerky from China recall. It's back on the shelves and still made in China.

Now Mars bought P&G's pet food brands. A few years ago P&G bought the Natural pet food line including Innova, California Natural, EVO, Healthwise and Mother Hubbards. All of those brands have had recalls in addition to some of the others P&G owns (for now) like Iams and Eukanuba. Isn't it funny you can now search to see if a dog food or cat food has been recalled but it's probably under a new name so the slate looks clean. Sad, very sad.

Here's the press release from the newest sale:

Mars Inc. is set to purchase Procter & Gamble's petfood brands, including Iams, Eukanuba and Natura, for US$2.9 billion, according to reports. P&G is leaving the pet care market to focus more on its core brands, and the transaction will solidify Mars as the world's biggest petfood company.

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Mars did not take on P&G's European business, but it has an option to buy operations in remaining markets in Asia and Africa, said P&G spokesman Paul Fox. The company plans to actively pursue the sale of its European pet care business, he said. 

"The announced deal is not a surprise in view of P&G’s declining share," said Paula Flores, head of Euromonitor International's Pet Care division. "P&G is the fourth global player with a global value share 3.6%, down from 4.2% in 2008. Despite the good position in the premium segment of the North American dog and cat food market, where it accounts for 19% of value sales in 2012, this figure stood at 24% as recently as 2008. The company faced two voluntary recalls for its superpremium Natura, Iams and Eukanuba brand during 2013. Moreover P&G has a weak performance in most emerging markets."

The deal is expected to be complete in the second half of the year.

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Aflatoxins, Melamine, and Cyanuric Acid Found In Purina One, Hill's Science Diet, Solid Gold, Iams, AvoDerm, Purina Pro Plan Pet Foods

ContaminatedfoodDisturbing articles out of Hong Kong and South China today. If you are feeding one of the brands listed, will you be contating the manufacturer to ask them what tests in the US they've done? The first one: Cancer-causing toxin found in Hong Kong pet food sparks alarm:

The U.S. manufactured pet foods the Consumer Council found to contain aflatoxin B1 are:

 

  • Purina One Smart Blend Chicken & Rice Formula Adult Dog Food
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult Optimal Care Cat Food
  • AvoDerm Natural Chicken & Herring Meal Formula Adult Cat Food

 

The Consumer Council reported their testing found melamine in:

  • Solid Gold Adult Dog Food
  • Iams Chicken Cat Food

And cyanuric acid was found in:

  • Purina Pro Plan Salmon Cat Food

In 2007, Melamine and cyanuric acid were found to be the deadly cause of the largest pet food recall in history.

 
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A cancer-causing toxin has been found in seven types of pet food sold in Hong Kong.

The Consumer Council said its findings would cause concern among Hong Kong's 286,300 pet-keeping households about the lack of laws regulating animal-food safety.

The council's recent tests on 39 dry pet products - 20 dog foods and 19 cat foods - showed the amounts of aflatoxin B1 found in four dog foods and three cat foods ranged from one to two micrograms per kilogram. They include Purina One Smart Blend chicken and rice formula adult premium dog food, and Kitekat tuna flavour for adult cats.

There are no local laws that specify the level of carcinogens permitted in pet foods, but the level falls within the European Union regulations' safety limits.

Vets told the council that short-term consumption was unlikely to cause a health risk, but long-term consumption could increase the risk of liver impairment, liver tumours and suppression of the immune system.

"Human beings eat a variety of food, and face lower health risks even if a particular food item is found to be problematic. Some pets, however, are fed only one type of dried pet food [and have higher risks]," Consumer Council chief executive Gilly Wong Fung-han said.

The tests also revealed two contaminants: melamine in Solid Gold adult dog food and Iams chicken cat food; and cyanuric acid in Purina Pro Plan salmon cat food and 1st Choice short-hair cat food. Vets said the detected levels did not cause health concerns, but that pet owners should not mix the brands as the contaminants were more toxic when combined.

According to a 2006 Census and Statistics Department survey, one in every eight Hong Kong households kept pets. Given this popularity, the government should assess the need for laws safeguarding animal food, Wong said.

One manufacturer of the pet foods found with aflatoxin B1, Purina One, said the carcinogen was an "unavoidable natural contaminant" found in grains such as corn, barley and rice. Another, AvoDerm, said it had since replaced the corn in its formula that was believed to be the source of the carcinogen.

Animal welfare groups supported legislation.

"Both pet food and human food goes into the stomach. Why is there no regulation for pet food?" Gloria Li Suk-fun, of Stop - Save HK's Cats and Dogs, said.

Sally Andersen of Hong Kong Dog Rescue said many pet owners tried to save money by buying cheap dog food, but ended up paying more to the vets.

 
This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as Cancer-causing toxin in pet food sparks alarm
 
 
A Consumer Council test on dry pet food has detected harmful substances in some of these products.

Although they are unlikely to pose immediate health concern because of the relatively low amount detected, pet owners tasked with the choice of food for their pets are rightly worrisome.

The test, on 39 dry pet foods comprising 20 dog foods and 19 cat foods, revealed the presence of the carcinogen aflatoxin B1, and the contaminants, melamine and cyanuric acid, in some of the samples.

Trace amount of aflatoxin B1, ranging from 1.0 to 2.0 µg/kg dry pet food, was found in 7 models - 4 dog foods and 3 cat foods.

Aflatoxins are produced by various species of a group of toxin-producing fungus found on crops. Among the aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1 and G2), aflatoxin B1 is most commonly found in crops, and is the most toxic and carcinogenic. Exposure to aflatoxin B1 may cause liver damage and cirrhosis in animals.

The consolation (if any) is: the levels of aflatoxin B1 found in the samples are all within the safety limits established by the European Union Commission Regulation (EU) No. 574/2011.

The EU sets the maximum amount of aflatoxin B1 in animal feeds (with a moisture content of 12%) at 0.01 ppm (10 µg/kg) in complementary and complete feed, and at 0.02 ppm (20 µg/kg) in feed materials (when animals are given a diet consisting of various feed materials).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also sets action level for the regulation of aflatoxins content in animal feeds and feeding ingredients.

Veterinarians are generally of the opinion that the low amounts of aflatoxin B1 detected in the test samples are unlikely to cause a health risk to pets for short-term consumption.

However, they caution that since aflatoxin B1 is a known carcinogen, it should best be avoided; long-term exposure to aflatoxin B1 could increase the risk of liver impairment, tumors in liver, and suppressed immune system.

The level of risk depends on the species, age of animal, health condition, doses and duration of aflatoxin exposure. Young animals, and pets in pregnancy, are usually more sensitive to aflatoxin.

Pets with symptoms such as lethargy, weakness, loss of appetite, vomiting, bloody diarrhea should be brought to the vet for medical attention.

Besides the detection of aflatoxin B1, 2 models were found with the contaminant melamine and 2 others with cyanuric acid, both in only small quantities.

Melamine and melamine-related compounds such as cyanuric acid were at the centre of a widespread outbreak of renal failure and deaths of cats and dogs in 2007 when some pet food products were found with the contaminants. It was suspected that such harmful substances were added to pet food ingredients to increase the apparent protein levels of the products.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, the USFDA and the EU Regulation all adopted the maximum melamine level to be limited at 2.5 mg/kg for animal feeds. All samples in the test were found to be in compliance with the requirement.

In the opinion of veterinarians, the detected amounts of melamine and cyanuric acid are of a very low level and since the two contaminants exist individually in the samples, and are not in co-existence, there is no cause for undue concern over the health risk they pose to pets.

The danger arises when both contaminants, though individually of a low acute toxicity, are taken in combination which is far more toxic than either compound alone.

Exposure to both substances may lead to formation of crystals, resulting in blockage of tubules in kidneys that may cause acute renal failure in animals.

Care should be taken if mixing different brands of dry food in order to avoid the hazard of feeding both contaminants to your pets.

Unbeknown to probably many pet owners is the availability of information regarding daily feeding instruction on all pet-food labels. Owing to the varied nutritional contents per gram of different products, the daily feed amount differs also from brand to brand.

As such, when changing brand, consumers are advised to read the daily feeding instruction so as not to over-or under-feed your pets.

All samples were found to be free of Salmonella and E. Coli O157. These are pathogens harmful also to humans.

Some useful tips for pet lovers:

- Read the ingredient list and "used by" date before purchase. Buy the right amount, do not buy in big bulk. Store pet food properly in its original package inside an air-tight container - not in humid environment and in the event the food deteriorates and smells, it should be discarded.

- And always clean the food tray to keep the food clean.

- Feed your pets with reference to the daily feed instructions. Consume pet food as soon as possible after opening the package.
 
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Keep Lilies Away From Your Cats

CatlilliesThe white, trumpet-shaped Easter lily symbolizes Easter and spring for many people, and is a popular decoration in homes at this time of year.

If you have cats, however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to remind you that these particular flowers, as well as Tiger, Asiatic, Day, and Japanese Show lilies, are a safety threat to your feline friends.

Eating small amounts of plants or grass may be normal for cats. But the entire lily plant (leaf, pollen, and flower) is poisonous to them, according to Melanie McLean, a veterinarian at FDA. Even if they just eat a couple of leaves or lick a few pollen grains off their fur, cats can suffer acute kidney failure within a very short period of time.

McLean says that if your cat has eaten part of a lily, the first thing you’ll see is vomiting soon afterwards. That may gradually lessen over two to four hours. Within 12 to 24 hours, the cat may start to urinate frequently. Then, if kidney failure sets in, the cat will stop urinating because the kidneys stop being able to produce urine. Untreated, she says, a cat will die within four to seven days of eating a lily.

Young cats typically have healthy kidneys, so when a young cat shows signs of acute kidney damage, consumption of a toxic substance is one of the first things veterinarians investigate, McLean says.

Early veterinary treatment is critical. McLean says that even if you just suspect that your cat has eaten a lily, you should call your veterinarian immediately or, if the office is closed, take your cat to an emergency veterinary clinic. The vet may induce vomiting if the cat just ate the lily, and will give the cat intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration and preserve kidney function.

Other lilies, like Calla and Peace lilies, don’t cause fatal kidney failure, but they can irritate your cat’s mouth and esophagus. Lilies of the Valley are toxic to the heart, causing an abnormal heart rhythm. If you think your cat has eaten any type of lily, contact your veterinarian.

Lilies are not a great danger to dogs, McLean says. Dogs may have some gastrointestinal issues if they eat a lily, but nothing considered life-threatening.

Does this mean that you can’t have lilies in your home if you have a cat? Although it’s best not to have them in your home, if you want to enjoy these pretty spring flowers, McLean says to be sure to keep the plant someplace that your high-jumping pet can’t reach.

This article appears on FDA's Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

April 14, 2014

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Keeping Your Dog And Cat Kidney Disease Patients Eating

I am frequently asked about diet recommendations for cats and dogs with kidney disease. Usually this is because these pets are not eating their regular diet. It is very important to keep these animals eating and until we address why they don't eat, just switching the diet may not help.

Here are the top reasons why dogs and cats with kidney disease do not eat.

1. Dehydration Kidney patients can not conserve water, so they drink a lot ,lose a lot of water and become dehydrated. My clients are frequently puzzled that a pet who drinks a lot is still dehydrated but this is part of the disease. They can not drink enough to maintain their hydration. Chronic dehydration makes them feel sick and so they do not want to eat.
 
2. Uremia Elevated levels of urea and creatinine (ammonia toxins) build up in the pet and this makes the pet feel ill and leads to gastric ulcers.
 
3. Gastric ulcers These can cause vomiting, nausea and pain and are a result of elevated ammonia levels. Animals with ulcers do not want to eat.
 
4. Low number of red blood cells ( anemia) This can cause the pet to feel weak and suppresses appetite.
 
5. Elevated blood pressure We know in humans this causes headaches and dizziness. If your pet feels this way, he or she may not want to eat.
 
6. Side effects of medication Some of the medications that are given for kidney problems may cause your pet to anorexic.
 
7. Infections Sometimes pets with kidney disease also have infections and this can suppress the appetite.
 
8. Food aversion This can occur from offering too many different foods.

If your pet has kidney disease be sure you are on top of these possible problems. Your veterinarian can help you to know if your pet is dehydrated and how to correct it with subcutaneous fluids. Medication can correct or prevent uremia and gastric ulcers. Anemia can also be helped with medication and vitamins. Elevated blood pressures and infections also need to be treated. Kidney support herbal formulae that contain Rehmannia are useful for some cases of kidney disease.
Pet Wellbeing's Kidney Support Gold is one such product. Appetite stimulants such as Mirtazipine ( a pharmaceutical) or Four Gentlemen (a Chinese Herb) can be life savers for anorexic pets. B vitamins given by injection or orally are helpful to stimulate appetite. Phosphate binders, and meds that decrease uremia (such as Azodyl, Epatikin and Renal Advanced powder) are great for these pets. Acupuncture also works well with these pets.

If your pet is not eating because of kidney disease, be sure to check the things on this list and check with your veterinarian.

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Cat Food Recall - The Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC RECALLS "Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats" BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

AbadyFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 8, 2014 - The Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC of Poughkeepsie, NY, is recalling its 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of "Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats" because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.  In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. 

The recalled "Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats" were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.

The product comes in a 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb, corrugated boxes with plastic liners marked with lot # 14029/21 stamped on the right side top of the box.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in some 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of "Abady Highest Quality Cat Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats."

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of "Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats" are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-845-473-1900, Monday – Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm, ET.

Recall from the FDA - http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm392618.htm

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