Warning about a new fiber in pet food: miscanthus grass -
what you should be using instead for additional fiber in diet.
Great article on vaccines by Dr. Karen Becker
Coconut oil treatment for dogs by Dr. Becker
Genetically Modified (GM) Ingredients in dog food.
July 4th Safety Tips
Did you know that more pets get lost on July 4th than any other day? Yep, even normally well-behaved pets sometimes freak out and run away. Here are our July 4th tips so you and your four-legged family member have a safe and happy holiday!
Microchip your pet. Even if your pet slips out of their collar, a microchip will identify a pet as yours and not a stray. Just make sure the microchip is registered
Collar and Identification Tag
Even indoor pets need a collar and ID tag. While microchips are helpful, they require a pet professional with a microchip scanner. But a collar and ID tag make your animal instantly recognizable as someone’s pet. Complete the tag with your pet’s name and phone number.
Thunder shirts are a great way to calm pets who are easily spooked by foot traffic or fireworks. You can also speak to your vet about homeopathic and prescribed anti-anxiety solutions. CBD Oil
Give your pet a cozy place to retreat when they’re feeling stressed out. Close all your windows and doors to reduce potential escape routes and excess noise from crowds, music and fireworks. Also give your cat or dog access to cool water, a blanket and bed and their favorite toy.
Happy 4th of July!
FRESH DIET KEEPS PETS HEALTHY
According to a recent article in the Associated Press, citing statistics from data company Nielsen, sales of fresh pet food in U.S. grocery and pet stores increased 70% between 2015 and 2018 — and the increase doesn't include online sales or pet parents who prepare homemade meals for their animal companions.1
Fresh diets (which include frozen raw pet meals) are still just a fraction of the $25 billion U.S. pet food market, but this trend is encouraging, especially given all the dire warnings about fresh meals from the processed pet food industry, the FDA and the conventional veterinary community.
"Just as people have become skeptical of highly processed foods for themselves, they're looking critically at their pets' foods as well," Amy Zalneraitis, one of the owners of raw pet food meal plan service We Feed Raw, told the AP. "They think: How could something with a shelf life of over year be better than real, fresh food?"
The vast majority of fresh or frozen raw meat contains no fillers, preservatives, gums, thickeners, artificial colors other pet food ingredients that a growing number of consumers are trying to avoid. In addition, fresh pet foods tend to be high in protein and nutrient rich.
The downside is that healthier food is always more expensive, for you and your pet. But the extra cost of preventive medicine in the form of healthy food often translates to fewer medical issues down the road. A growing number of pet parents are willing to spend more for their furry family member's food when it results in improved health and fewer veterinary visits.
Pet parents are connecting the dots between processed diets and chronic illness
The rise in the popularity of fresh pet food is partly due to the growing awareness among pet guardians of the link between processed pet food and many of the diseases suffered by today's dogs and cats. In my experience, one of the biggest motivators in changing an animal's diet is a very ill dog or cat whose veterinarian has run out of ideas.
A desperate owner makes the decision to transition a sick pet to a fresh food diet, with positive results. It's almost as if they've fed their pet back to good health. Other pet parents, concerned about the ongoing issue of processed pet food recalls, decide to make a change.
In addition, more and more people are growing distrustful of the science behind processed diets and are doing their own research. They learn about the ingredients and manufacturing methods used to produce processed pet food, and ultimately decide an unprocessed raw or gently cooked diet is a much healthier option for their cat or dog.
My belief is that increasing numbers of pet parents are simply doing for their dogs and cats what the pet food industry and many veterinarians will not, which is to connect the dots between processed diets and ill health, which often starts very early in the life of a puppy or kitten with itchy skin or digestive issues.
You bring home a perfectly healthy, recently weaned puppy or kitten, and soon you notice he's scratching a lot, or having diarrhea a few times a week, or vomiting for no apparent reason. You take him to the veterinarian, tests are (or aren't) run, and you're sent home with drugs and a bag of "prescription" processed pet food.
This is too often the beginning of a vicious cycle for many pet parents and their long-suffering animal companions. But more and more, people are unwilling to simply treat the symptom without looking for the root cause of the problem, and common sense tells them to start with the first building block of health, which is nutrition.
Pet parents are also seeking out pet food brands and companies that are open and transparent about where their ingredients come from and how the food is manufactured. This is information the big players in the processed pet food industry prefer to keep under wraps.
This is by Dr. Karen Becker
Before you take your dog for a walk, consider the temperature of the side walk and road surfaces.
Using a Paw Balm or booties can help relieve and protect their paws if you are going to take them for a walk during the day. Early morning and lat evenings would be more comfortable for both of you.
Hi Neighbors, Many of you are likely enjoying these long summer days outside with your pets. Although this can be a fun time of the year for your furry friends, it’s also important to remember that higher temperatures mean higher risks for pets. To keep your pets safe, follow these precautions from experts at the ASPCA: 1. Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors.
2. Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse.
3. Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle.
4. Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool- not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats.
5. Open unscreened windows pose a real danger to pets, who often fall out of them. Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed, and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured.
6. Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog. The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat.
7. When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pet’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
8. Remember that food and drink commonly found at barbecues can be poisonous to pets.
See the IT IS HOT! Don't Leave Your Pet in The Car poster from the ASPCA: