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August 2016

Multivitamins… Are They A Good Or Bad Idea


In an ideal world, we would eat the perfect amounts and proportions of just the right foods from pristine, organically grown farms so we could obtain optimal nutrition from each and every bite. Sounds good, right?

It’s important to understand that foods are complicated – in a good way. All foods contain a host of complex micronutrients that work together in perfect harmony. This is why I believe that you can’t pop a pill and expect it to replace all of the nutrition foods deliver in your diet. There’s no singular pill, powder or solution that can compare with the comprehensive nutrition that fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and other foods supply to the diet.

The problem is that this is the real world, not an ideal world and our food supply, lifestyles and unique nutritional needs make it difficult for us to get the all nutrients we need from food alone. Fruits and vegetables don’t contain the vitamins and minerals they used to years ago due to the depletion of these nutrients in the soil. They also lose nutritional potency in transit from the farm to your table, not to mention the nutrients lost when cooking them. And finally, our hectic schedules often get in the way of making the right dietary choices. For example, instead of a grilled chicken breast with a sweet potato and green beans for dinner, you worked late and picked up a bucket of fried chicken with mashed potatoes and an apple cobbler dessert. This is why only one out of five people get adequate vitamins and minerals from their food.

Here’s where I believe a daily supplements can be very helpful. Although they cannot replace all of the nutrition food delivers, when your body needs a little extra help, they will have your back and can go a long way to help nutritionally compensate those of us who live in the real world.

So now you may be wondering, “what should I be taking?” There’s so many options to choose from that it can get kind of overwhelming. Is a gender-specific formula the way to go, should I try compressed pills, capsules or a gummies, perhaps a mega-dose formula is right for me or should opt for a special supplement formulated for hair and nails, energy or my age? I believe a multivitamin that provides you with the essential nutrients for optimal health and no more makes the most sense. Because too much of “good thing” can have unwanted consequences.

I recommend Life’s Abundance Multivitamin because it provides a balanced approach to a daily supplement, providing all of the essential nutrients and none of the extras. Plus, we’ve added a unique spice blend of black pepper extract, rosemary, turmeric, oregano, cayenne, cinnamon, holy basil and cloves. These spices offer a wealth of plant-based phytonutrients and antioxidants so important for optimal health. And since I believe it’s important to reduce additives from the diet, it is free from magnesium stearate. Life’s Abundance Multivitamin veggie capsules are made from cellulose, which not only helps protect sensitive ingredients but also breaks down and delivers nutrients more easily than compressed tablets. And, last but not least, it is soy, grain and dairy free with no added sugar, artificial flavors, color or preservatives. So, do the best you can to eat as healthy as you can and if you need a little help, try Life’s Abundance Multivitamin.

Article by Keri Glassman, Nutritious Life


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Precious Extra Time With Sheldon After Canine Kidney Disease


Loving parents of a beloved dog, wheaten terrier, share the following touching story of Sheldon overcoming canine kidney disease and spending two more quality years together; incase you need some encouragement when the Vet only gives your four-legged friends only a few weeks to live…

“Sheldon came into our lives on August 17, 2003. Everyone knew Sheldon. He was such a loving little boy and was just happy to be loved by our whole family. Sheldon always had a sensitive stomach and was on a strict diet of prescription dog food and dog treats.

Sheldon became very sick in July 2013 and was diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease. Even with all the new medications that were prescribed and the fluids he was receiving every single day, the doctors only gave him two weeks to live. Our family was beyond devastation…

My husband searched the internet and found Pet Wellbeing and the Kidney Support Gold Medicine. We had nothing to lose and would try anything at this point to help our Sheldon.

We started giving Sheldon Kidney Support Gold twice a day as instructed and started to see improvement almost immediately.

Of course we continued with the daily injection of fluids at the vet, and our baby boy never even cried. He was just always so happy to see the staff and he made their day too. I wrote a couple of reviews during this period so other pet parents would learn of this miracle drug. Our baby boy lost his battle on February 7, 2016, two weeks short of his 12 1/2 birthday.  

We got an extra 2 1/2 years more than expected, but this was not nearly enough. We miss him so much and everything reminds us of him. Our Sheldon was one in a million.  Thank you for everything.” 

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Exercise With Your Dogs For Disease Prevention


Summer makes us think about getting outdoors with our pets and this is a good thing for both human and animals. For most of us our pets live indoors. Many are cooped up inside with bathroom privileges only for most of the day. For many active dogs, this is the equivalent to prison.

It is no wonder we have so many dogs with anxiety and boredom problems like destructive chewing and constant barking. Most of these problems could be solved simply by increasing exercise!

Exercise is a mental stress reliever for dogs and a way that they find out about the world. As anyone who has ever walked a dog knows, the nose is constantly to the ground finding out who has been there and when.

The important thing to realize is that although most dogs can handle a 30 minute walk, you need to first determine your dog’s fitness level and how much exercise your dog can handle. (read below to learn more)

There are a number of goods reasons to exercise with your dog. Here are a few:

1. Exercise promotes weight control and digestive health. Although weight loss is only 20 %

exercise and 80 % nutrition, that 20 % is important to keep your dog fit and trim.

2. Exercise works to prevent destructive behavior and hyperactivity. Pups that have jobs or 

are active are far less bored than the wall flowers that sit at home chewing on your couch.

3. Exercise prevents or delays the onset of arthritis and helps prevent cognitive dysfunction.

4. Exercise encourages socialization with other dogs and people and improve your bond with

your pet.

5. Exercise is good for owner health as well. Dogs can be great training partners. Walking the dog is the most basic form of exercise—which is physical and mental work for the dog.

The important thing to realize is that although most dogs can handle a 30 minute walk, you need to first determine your dog’s fitness level and how much exercise your dog can handle:  

Toy dogs may only be able to handle 5 to 10 minutes of exercise at a time. Dogs with pushed in faces like Pugs can not handle a lot of exercise in the heat. Long haired dogs and Arctic breeds may also have problems in the heat and may either need to be clipped or only exercised when it is cooler. For some dogs, swimming may need to replace walking in warm weather. Check with your veterinarian before you start any major exercise program with your dog.

  • Safety issues with walking need to be taken into consideration. Depending on the terrain where you walk, your dog may need booties. Inspect your dog’s pads for injuries after walking. In hot weather, avoid asphalt as it will cause blistering of the foot pads. Leash your dog—if you are running use a leash that attaches to your body. Retractable leashes may seem convenient but can injury you or your dog so do not use those!
  • Take plenty of water for you and your pet. If you are going to be exercising strenuously for 30 minutes or more your dog will need a snack, so take that along as well. Use some form of flea/tick and heartworm preventive, mosquito repellent and sunscreen and don’t forget to pick up after your dog.
  • If you’re not a runner and your dog needs to run, consider a treadmill. Your hound can increase her muscle definition, tone up and increase her life span by making a regular date with her own treadmill. There are several types available for different sizes of dogs. Other alternatives are dog sports—try agility, skijoring, swimming, dock diving, biking , hiking and doga (doggie yoga).Don’t let the fun of exercising with your pet pass you by this summer, and remember inviting your four-legged friend into your own wellness routine can be a vital step towards a common pet ailment prevention!
  • Challenge your entire family to involve your pets into fun activities, here’s an idea – this girl is training golden labrador retriever puppy in the swimming pool – jump and dive underwater to retrieve shell. Active games with family pets and popular dog breeds like companion.

Little child playing with fun and training golden labrador retriever puppy in swimming pool - jump and dive underwater to retrieve shell. Active games with family pets and popular dog breeds like companion.

Does your pet need an energy boost? If you wish your four-legged companion was more enthusiastic about being active, he may need a little help with his or her nutrition! 

Find out why our Veterinarians recommends SPARK – The Ultimate Nutritional Supplement

Life's Abundance - The Business, The Products And Why They Are A Special Company


Life's Abundance is a healthy pet food company that has chosen to direct ship products to the public rather than through the pet stores. We do this on purpose. Our product formulator is a veterinarian by the name of Dr. Jane Bicks. She’s a holistic veterinarian and has 30 plus years of expertise in the pet food industry.

Dr. Jane realized that most pet foods get spoiled and damaged by the fact that they are sold through stores. The industry average for pet foods to sit around is 6 to 12 months. We bypass pet food stores altogether and ship the freshest product in the industry right to people’s homes. Most people call and treat their dogs and cats like, children, but I guarantee they would never feed commercial pet foods to their actual children. When people discover our healthy dog and cat foods, treats, supplements and spa care products, they usually stick with them for life because they produce genuine results. In fact, 70% of our customers are on a regular autoshipment.

In a nutshell, there’s really no other pet food that can come close to what we do. We’re not subject to the dictates of the mass market, so we can do whatever is necessary to provide a safe and healthy product. All of our ingredients are inspected by the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and our food is shipped direct to you generally within 4 to 6 weeks of being made. We’ve been in business since 1999 and have never been recalled. I don’t know what you’re feeding now, but I strongly advise that you take a look at our dog and cat products and give them a try with your furbaby. View our complete dog and cat product line.

One last note, if you love pets and you’re looking to build a rock solid business, we offer that option too. The pet industry is over 40 billion dollars, so the opportunity is incredible. Unlike any other pet food manufacturer, we let you keep your customers for life, with absolutely no inventory requirements. We’re creating a real revolution in the pet industry. That’s also why we attract so many pet professionals like groomers, breeders, pet sitters, dog boarding kennels, doggie day cares, etc. Pet professionals have been cut out of the market for years and yet they make product recommendations every day. Our business allows them to recommend healthy pet food profitably again. This is great for you, because when you're speaking to pet professionals, they have a built in clientele and you’ll earn from everything they sell too. You can earn up to 9 levels deep, and we have bonus pools that pay you on company profits nationwide.  We also have all the training and tools anyone needs to be successful in this business with our amazing JumpStart training. We are a 17+ year old debt free, employee owned company with a world class product formulator behind us. Does this sound like something you’re looking for? View our Life's Abundance Business.

Obie The Cats Amazing Recovery With SPARK Nutritional Supplement

I believe Spark, Pet Wellbeing’s nutritional supplement has truly made a new cat out of Obie, and I recommend it to everyone. Testimonial from Obie's mom

I found Obie, when I visited a rescuer to adopt a special needs kitty I had seen online, and she had many other cats looking for homes. A smelly, older-looking black cat was very affectionate when I visited, so I decided to take him home along with the other one.  I figured I would feed him a high-quality diet, and the smell might disappear. The vet said he was probably not very old, but the stench was from his horribly inflamed teeth and gums, and that all would need to be removed.  After the dental surgery, all he had left was his four fangs! The smell eventually almost disappeared, and he continued to thrive.

I lost my husband to cancer last March, and five months to the day after he passed, I came home to find Obie curled up against the curb, apparently dead, having been hit by a car.  It was dark out, with no sign of anyone nearby.  I went to pick up his lifeless body,  and he moved. I drove immediately to the emergency hospital, about 10 minutes away.

He had a fractured wrist and pelvis, broken jaw and road rash, and was in shock.  Fortunately there was no internal bleeding.  He was stabilized, but his jaw would need to be wired together elsewhere. I was told that if I wanted to try to save him by keeping him immobile, it was possible that his pelvic fractures would heal on their own.  There was a chance that he would be incontinent if he did not regain muscle tone in his tail.  I refused to give up on him and “pull the plug,” especially after losing my husband so recently. My kids were away at camp and could not be there.  

At great personal expense, Obie spent several days in the emergency hospital, fed through an NG tube, and drugged for his severe pain. I then transferred him to his regular vet who wired his jaw, but was concerned that he would not eat, despite trying many things, including syringe feeding.

I took him home and kept him in a cage, feeding as well as I could.  Once he resumed eating on his own, I started him on Spark, in addition to higher calorie food, then  regular quality grain-free canned cat food.  He was able to control his bladder.  

The difference has been nothing short of amazing! Obie made a full recovery. He doesn’t smell, his wounds have totally healed, and he can run and jump and eliminate like any healthy cat. There isn’t even a limp!  

I made it a point to take him back to the emergency hospital to show the vet who had cared for him initially there. I told her that when he recovered I would do that, and she was so thrilled to see how well he was doing.

Aside from great veterinary care, my love, and patience, I believe Spark has truly made a new cat out of Obie, and I recommend it to everyone.

One serving per day provides support for:

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  • 1 canister lasts ~ 40 days for a cat
  • 1 canister lasts ~ 14 days for a dog

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Looking For Probiotics That Are Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Vegan, Grain Free, Dairy And Soy Free? Here You Go!

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Providing your body with a regular source of “friendly” bacteria is important. There was a time when you could get healthy bacteria through foods but today most foods are so overly processed and pasteurized that the healthy bacteria aren’t alive by the time you ingest them. That’s why a daily probiotic is so valuable. There’s an ecosystem of bacteria (known as the intestinal microbiota) living in your intestines, which contains both “good” and “bad” bacteria. When the balance is tipped toward “bad” bacteria due to many factors including lack of sleep, stress or other causes, it may affect your digestive health and overall well-being.

The Life’s Abundance Probiotic formula was developed with an award winning probiotics manufacturer in the USA, focused on supplying the highest quality strains that are vigorously tested using top technological advances.

Two of the most important criteria for evaluating a probiotic are whether it can survive passage through the stomach by resisting gastric acidity and survive the intestines by resisting bile acids - both of which our probiotic formula have proven to do in research studies.

Life’s Abundance Probiotic formula has a potency guarantee of at least 25 Billion CFUs per capsule and a shelf life of 2 years at room temperature. Unlike some other probiotic formulas with shorter shelf lives, ours is guaranteed to stay stable, longer at room temperature.

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Lactobacillus acidophilus

One of the main bacteria in the gut, Lactobacillus acidophilus produces vitamin K and lactase. This probiotic readily colonizes on the walls of the small intestine and creates an unfriendly environment for bad bacteria. It adapts well to the human body because of its human origin and it is acid- and bile-resistant for intestinal survival.

Bifidobacterium lactis

Present in the body throughout all stages of life, this most widely studied probiotic supports gastrointestinal health. Having a high proportion of bifidobacterium in the gut is broadly considered to be beneficial for immune and digestive health. Bifidobacterium lactis tolerates digestive conditions extremely well, maximizing the body’s exposure to this beneficial probiotic.

Bifidobacterium longum

Converts many different types of sugars into lactic acid via fermentation. This helps to lower the pH in the lower intestine.

Bifidobacterium bifidum

Present in multiple stages of digestion, this probiotic is known for maintaining a healthy balance with yeast and candida. Aids in the release of minerals from food during digestion, particularly, magnesium and zinc.

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Aren't the best probiotics refrigerated?

Advances in technology have resulted in a number of viable shelf stable strains. Shelf stable products provide an alternative to products that rely on proper refrigeration over the course of shipping, storage and retail shelf life in order to maintain their efficacy.

Why should I choose foods that are non-GMO?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. Genetic modification is a technique that alters living cells to produce new chemicals and functions in plants and animals. Many food scientists question the safety of genetically modified foods because they do not know if eating GMO foods over a lifetime can damage our health.

What is vegan?

A vegan is a person who does not eat or use animal products.

What does gluten free mean and why is it important?

Gluten is a protein found in certain grains including wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is the sticky protein that gives bread dough its elastic quality.

To people with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is very important because it is the only known treatment for celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disease. People with celiac cannot digest gluten, which causes inflammation in the digestive system and affects the small intestine's ability to absorb nutrients from food. Symptoms of celiac disease include diarrhea, bloating, fatigue, and anemia.

People with gluten sensitivity have similar symptoms to those with celiac disease but test negative for it as well as wheat allergies. These people may feel fatigued, depressed, bloated and have abdominal pain.

Gluten-free grains include rice, corn, quinoa and buckwheat.

I have noticed “soy free” foods lately and I want to know if soy products are unhealthy?

Soy is one of the top food allergies, especially among babies and children. Symptoms of soy allergy are typically mild, although anaphylaxis is possible. People avoiding GMOs may avoid soy since more than 90% of soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified.

Soy can disrupt thyroid function which may lead to hypothyroidism and thyroid problems.

Soy contains phytoestrogens, compounds that mimic human estrogen.

Is eating dairy free healthy?

People may go dairy free if they are lactose-intolerant, have a milk allergy or are vegan.

People with lactose intolerance do not have the enzyme lactase which helps to digest milk and they can experience diarrhea, nausea, bloating and cramps when eating dairy products.

Milk allergies, which are one of the top 8 food allergies, occur either minutes or hours after having milk or milk products and can cause hives, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea and cramps.

People may also avoid dairy for ethical reasons or believe it helps keep their skin clear.

Sugar is a natural ingredient so why do I care if there’s no sugar added?

Eating too much sugar has been linked to inflammation throughout the body. It is important to check labels since manufacturers frequently add sugar to many products that you would not think of as sweet, such as pasta sauces, chicken nuggets, cured meats, and ketchup. Also, sugar comes in many forms such as cane syrup, high fructose corn syrup and crystalline fructose.

What’s wrong with artificial colors?

Artificial colors may cause hyperactivity and behavioral changes in children.

What’s wrong with artificial preservatives?

Some artificial preservatives have been linked to increased risks for illnesses.

What are the manufacturer’s credentials?

This dietary supplement is manufactured by a company that is GMP certified and FDA regulated facility in the USA.

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Sassy Overcomes Cat Kidney Disease


A heart-warming customer story, especially if your pet is also going through urinary tract infection and cat kidney disease.

“Our Sassy was one of five kittens born in our bedroom over 16 years ago, an unexpected and delightful addition to our family.  All but Sassy and her brother Tiger were placed with other willing “parents” and when Tiger met an untimely death due to a raccoon that took him down, it was just our Sassy that kept her place in our home and hearts for the years to come.  

It was in November 2014 that we began to notice a decline in Sassy’s otherwise healthy demeanour, and when she came down with a urinary tract infection, it seemed like her time was limited in terms of her health and well-being.

After numerous and expensive tests we were told that her kidney disease condition would require special prescription food for the rest of her life.  

Before long Sassy refused to eat and was literally wasting away.  Believing that her condition was irreversible, we simply accepted the fact that her life was coming to an end.

It was at that point that I went on the internet and found Pet WellBeing. I can still remember the incredible relief that I felt the day that I called and spoke with one of their counsellors.

After describing her condition I was encouraged to put her on several supplements that would support her kidneys and bladder, as well as taking her off the prescription cat food and replacing that with an all-organic formula. I was even given a special recipe for cat food that I could make from natural ingredients.  At last I felt that there was some hope!

Within just a few weeks the difference in her health and well-being was amazing!  Sassy was eating again and gaining back some of the weight that she had lost.  

Fast forward to March of 2016.  Never would I have thought almost two years ago that our girl would be as “Sassy,” as her name implies, and acting just like she did when she was a kitten so many years ago.  It’s true, we have needed to add “Old Friend” to her health plan, because like all of us as years go by, our joints need extra help in keeping us spry!  

We are so thankful to Pet WellBeing for the amazing service and solutions that they provide in helping us keep our beloved pet happy and healthy!  

We have since referred many of our friends to Pet WellBeing, and will continue to do so, since we know from experience that they will always lead you in the best direction when it comes to your pet’s health!”  

Pet Wellbeing Recommendations:

Kidney Support Gold – Cat Kidney Disease Support 

Supports normal and stable kidney function and helps maintain:

  • Energy levels
  • Urination and thirst (hydration)
  • Appetite and weight
  • General vitality
  • Immune support

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Kidney Support Gold - Cat Kidney Disease Support

Supports normal and stable kidney function

Helps maintain:

  • Energy levels 
  • Urination and thirst (hydration)
  • Appetite and weight
  • General vitality
  • Immune support

Guaranteed to help your cat's kidney function

  • 1 bottle = 2oz (59ml) a 4 month supply for most cats

10 Year Old Happy, The Cat, Overcomes Feline Cancer With Life Gold



Cancer is the #1 Disease-Related Killer of Cats

If you’ve received this devastating news, read on for the thoughts of our resident vet.


Let’s not underestimate the power of timely natural support to help with feline cancer! Here’s a customer story:

Almost three years ago, we got a phone call from our vet. Happy had a maximum of two weeks left to live, with stomach and intestine cancer.  Happy, is our oldest 10-year-old cat. Luckily, I know Pet Wellbeing, which is a great, reliable company so I’ve ordered LIFE GOLD.

After just three days, Happy stopped vomiting, and his diarrhea was under control. He started gaining weight. Before he had lost two pounds in one month.

In October 2015, when we took him to the vet, he said that Happy needed two molar teeth to be removed. After having us wait for an hour, the vet came out and told he got two blood tests. I came home with Happy.

The next day, the vet phoned and told us the news: “Happy is cancer-free. OMG!”

The vet can’t believe his eyes! I called Pet WellBeing that day and I wrote excellent reviews!

Now my Happy has developed arthritis in the last six weeks, and I will be treating him with Agile Joints. We are very thankful for the staff and the great supplements. 

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Natural support for cats with cancer:

Helps manage the symptoms of feline cancer
  • Support for the immune system
  • Supports vital systems of detoxification
  • Helps to reduce oxidative stress
  • Scavenges free radicals
  • Supports antioxidant function
  • Promotes long-term health

Guaranteed to improve your cat’s life.

Also recommended:

Cancer Support Kit – Cats

Two products: Life Gold and Nu-Pet Feline Antioxidant
  • Support for the immune system
  • Supports vital systems of detoxification
  • Helps to reduce oxidative stress
  • Scavenges free radicals
  • Supports antioxidant function
  • Promotes long-term health

Kit contains a 3 month supply for most cats:

1 bottle of Life Gold = 2oz (59ml)
1 jar of Feline Granular Greens = 150gm/5.29oz

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If your cat has cancer, your vet’s prognosis probably won’t leave you with many options.

Well here’s another: Don’t accept the prognosis. See for yourself how the right treatments from Pet Wellbeing can improve and prolong your best friend’s life—and even reverse the symptoms. (That’s right, I said reverse.)

And how do these natural treatments combat the debilitating effects of cancer? By boosting your cat’s immune system, protecting against the “free radicals” that cause cellular damage and supplementing your cat’s diet to keep it strong and fighting the disease.

Sounds far-fetched? How about if I told you that 25% of modern drugs are actually derived from plants? Yet many Vets continue to ignore them, when study after study—and thousands of pet owners—confirm their deadly effect on cancer.

So don’t make the same mistake—give your little guy the chance he or she deserves today.

Renowned Vet Dr. Janice Huntingford, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVPP, CTCVMP has been in veterinary practice for 28 years and has founded two veterinary clinics. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. In January 2015 she became a Diplomate of the Amercan College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Chemicals In Dog Food May Decrease Fertility

Over 26 years, scientists observed as the sperm quality of stud dogs decreased significantly. Certain chemicals found in commercial dog foods may be partly responsible for the decline, suggested the researchers in the journal Nature’s Scientific Reports.

Declining sperm movement

Every year from 1988 to 2014, sperm was collected from five breeds, Labrador retriever, golden retriever, curly coat retriever, border collie and German shepherd, as part of an assistance dog breeding program. The number of studs varied between 42 and 97 per year.

Between 1988 and 1998, sperm motility dropped 2.5 percent per year. The dogs with the lowest semen quality then were removed from the program, yet average sperm motility still decreased by 1.2 percent per year from 2002 to 2014. What’s more, those dogs also had puppies with a higher rate of cryptorchidism, or the failure of the testicle to descend.

To try and understand what was happening fifteen commercially available dog foods were analyzed by a team of scientists led by Richard Lea, a reproductive biologist at the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.

Chemicals in dog food

The foods contained diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), seven types of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and four types of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).

Many of those same chemicals had been found in both the testis of neutered dogs and in sperm from 14 dogs in the breeding program.

Some dog foods contained more of the chemicals than others. One brand of puppy food had higher concentrations of PBDE and four types of PCB relative to the other pet foods tested. One wet dog food had higher concentrations of PBDE and all seven types of PCB than the rest of the brands tested.

Effects of chemicals on sperm

Further experiments with two of these chemicals, PCB153 and DEHP, found that the testicular concentration of the chemicals reduced sperm motility and viability. This effect may be responsible for the decreased quality of stud dogs’ sperm, according to the study’s authors.

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Rio's Face When His Life's Abundance Dog Food Arrives

It's no secret that I take a million pictures of our dogs. Of course since we LOVE Life's Abundance, when our order arrives there has to be even more pictures involved. All Rio and Thor want to do is sit down and start enjoying some tasty food and dog treats but there is a toll to pay - pictures! This was Rio's face after about 20 pictures of our last order. I just thought it was funny because his usual smile was gone and all he was thinking about was having some Life's Abundance dog food for dinner. Thor at this point was just done with me, so he went in the other room. I guess that was my hint to stop taking pictures and start dishing out some food!


Mars Petcare Settles False Advertising Charges Related To Its Eukanuba Dog Food

Company’s Ads Claimed the Brand Could Increase Dogs’ Lifespan by 30 Percent or More...

Mars Petcare U.S., Inc., has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it falsely advertised the health benefits of its Eukanuba brand dog food. Specifically, the FTC alleges that the company claimed, but could not prove, that a 10-year study found that dogs fed Eukanuba could extend their expected lifespan by 30 percent or more.

“Two-thirds of all Americans have pets at home, and they spend billions of dollars to ensure that their pets are healthy and well-fed,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Pet owners count on ads to be truthful and not to misrepresent health-related benefits. In this case, Mars Petcare simply did not have the evidence to back up the life-extending claims it made about its Eukanuba dog food.”

According to the FTC’s complaint, in 2015, Mars Petcare ran ads for Eukanuba on television, in print, and on the Internet, claiming that the dog food could increase the longevity of dogs’, based on a 10-year study of dogs that were fed Eukanuba and implying that the increase in lifespan was 30 percent or more.

One TV ad stated, for example:

“10 years ago, we launched a long life study. What we observed was astonishing. With Eukanuba and proper care, dogs in the study were able to live beyond their typical lifespan.” The ad then showed a dog named “Iowa” who was 17 years old, while “the typical Labrador lifespan: [is] 12 years.” The implication was that Iowa had lived 30 percent longer than expected for her breed because she was fed Eukanuba.

The FTC alleges that the longevity claims are false or unsubstantiated and that the claim that longevity was proven through scientific evidence is false.

The proposed order settling the FTC’s charges prohibits Mars Petcare from engaging in similar deceptive acts or practices in the future. First, it prohibits the company from making any misleading or unsubstantiated claims that its Eukanuba-brand pet food or any other pet food will enable any dogs to extend their lifespan by 30 percent or more or live exceptionally long lives. It also prohibits the company from making misleading or unsubstantiated claims regarding the health benefits of any pet food, and requires the company to have competent and reliable scientific evidence to back up any such claims.

Finally, the proposed order prohibits Mars Petcare, when advertising any pet food, from misrepresenting the existence, results, conclusions, or interpretations of any study, or falsely stating that the health benefits claimed are scientifically proven. It also contains compliance and monitoring requirements to ensure the company abides by its terms.

The Commission vote to issue the administrative complaint and to accept the proposed consent agreement was 3-0. The FTC will publish a description of the consent agreement package in the Federal Register shortly.

The agreement will be subject to public comment for 30 days, beginning today and continuing through September 6, 2016, after which the Commission will decide whether to make the proposed consent order final. Interested parties can submit comments electronically by following the instructions in the “Invitation to Comment” part of the “Supplementary Information” section of the Federal Register notice.

NOTE: The Commission issues an administrative complaint when it has “reason to believe” that the law has been or is being violated, and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. When the Commission issues a consent order on a final basis, it carries the force of law with respect to future actions. Each violation of such an order may result in a civil penalty of $40,000.

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