Dog Food with Toxic Ingredients?

Dog_food_ingredientsDo we feed dog food with toxic ingredients? Can it be that a dog food we all know very well from TV ads, that the manufacturer claims it is healthy, all natural and whole grains,  is in fact toxic?

You’ll have to decide. I don’t have the tools and the knowledge to determine if it is true or false.
On the consumer affair website you’ll find 1714 letters from dog owners claiming Beneful® Nestle Purina’s caused side affects and even killed their dog.  Some examples:

“started throwing up and had terrible diarrhea ”

“Exactly 7 days from start of mixing this food my poor German shepherd who was perfectly healthy died in my arms. ”

“I switched to Beneful dry dog food last spring thinking the commercials were right. I was under the assumption the food was good for dogs. My dog ended up with severe skin allergies and open sores due to the food. I had to take her to the vet’s office 3 different times and spent a bucket load of money on prescriptions. As soon as I took her off any Purina foods, she cleared up.”

You can read all complaints on the consumer affairs site

The issue i do have with the consumer affairs is that while i was on the site reading the Nestle Purina’s Beneful® consumer letters, a pop-up advertising other company’s dog food. In my book that is the last place i expect to see ads, and i ask myself (and you), is it ethical?

The FDA did investigate the food and the three factories where the food manufactured in the USA.  No action taken.

You can read FDA final report from 2013

What you can take from all of the above? 
WE should not be influenced by ads only. 
We need to check and investigate our-self. Read labels and understand the ingredients and the order they are mentioned. As they say, if any ingredient name is too long that you cannot pronounce it, it shouldn't be there. Move on to the the next food. If meat or fish is not at the top of the list, move on to the next food, and so on. 
After all, all we want is a happy and healthy 4-legged baby at home.

**The facts in this article wasn’t checked by me. I am only reporting from the consumer affairs site and the FDA site

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Practice Fire Safety Basics for Pets

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This article created in recognition of  National Pet Fire Safety Day, (July 15th 2016) Learn some fire safety basic for pets.

let’s take a look at a few simple tips that can both prevent fires and help in case of an actual emergency. A home fire is a traumatic event, and the thought of losing a beloved pet makes it all the more terrifying. Unfortunately, more than 40,000 pets die in fires each year, and well over 500,000 are impacted in some way. Some fires are even caused by pet-related accidents, which makes it all the more important to understand how to prevent fire and how to keep your pets safe in the event of an emergency. 

Be Alarmed

In the event of a fire, every second counts. The early warning provided by well-placed smoke detectors can make a critical difference, allowing you to locate your pets and get to safety. Carbon monoxide detectors are also recommended. For added protection, consider investing in a monitored alarm system, which can alert the proper authorities quickly even when you’re not home. Some services will also notify respondents if a pet is in the house. Or attach a note to you entrance and windows, alerting rescuers that you have pets in house. Mention type and numbers of each animal. (See image above)

Plan It Out

Just as you would for your family, you also need to make plans for how to evacuate your pets in the event of a fire. Determine in advance who will be responsible for each pet and designate a safe location at which everyone should meet. Since they are likely to be startled by the commotion, pets should be evacuated using a leash or carrier if at all possible. To make the process easier, keep collars, leashes and anything else you may need in a single location that is convenient and easy to access.

Tag and Chip Your Pets

Unfortunately, your pet may still escape during a fire despite your best efforts. If your pet does make a break for it, they’re likely to run a considerable distance and may not be easy to find. In order to increase the odds that they’ll be returned to you, be sure that your furry friend is properly tagged and implanted with a microchip. These simple steps will save a lot of trouble by making it much easier to identify your pet.

It’s All in the Preparation

If you’re planning to leave your home for any length of time, a little preparation can go a long way. Begin by keeping your pets near an entrance, where they are more likely to be found and rescued in the event of a fire. Keep Pet carriers and leashes nearby, and if you use a dog kennel, check to ensure that it’s easily opened. Additionally, affixing pet alert window clings to highly visible windows is an excellent way to notify respondents that there are pets inside.

Pet Proof Your Home

While preparing and developing safety plans is critically important, it’s only one side of the equation. It’s also important to practice fire prevention, and that begins by taking a few simple pet-proofing steps. Never use candles or other open flames in the presence of an unrestrained pet, and extinguish any flames before leaving the room. Turn off any space heaters or other potential ignition sources if you’re leaving the house, and keep pets away from them while you’re home. Most importantly, remove your stove’s knobs before you leave the house. A significant number of pet-related house fires occur as a result of pets accidentally turning on a cooktop, and removing the knobs makes this much less likely.

Fire is a destructive and potentially deadly hazard to both you and your pets, but there are many things you can do to mitigate the risk. It’s easy to access additional helpful online resources with even more pet safety information, and the ASPCA website offers free Pet Safety Pack for all families with animals. National Pet Fire Safety Day is an excellent occasion to review your own safety plan and learn new ways to protect your pets, so this July 15, spend a few minutes making sure that everyone in your family is protected from fire – whether they walk on two legs or four.

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Pool Safety Tips For Pets to Keep Fido Happy & Healthy

Summer Tips For DogsSummer is one of those times we spend more time in the pool and venture out to our local waterways to beat the heat. While we’ve all learned not to leave a pet alone in a hot car during these warmer months, there are other perils present for our pets near the pool. Here are Pool Safety Tips for your dog to keep him just like you love him- Happy and Healthy !!

Aside from some obvious dangers, like ingesting too much chlorine and other pool chemicals that can cause an upset stomach and other digestive problems, there’s some lesser known dilemmas that many dogs face. For example, the surfaces that commonly surround swimming pools can become burning hot under the summer sun, so be sure they have a blanket or other surface that protects them from possibly burning their sensitive paws. You may also protect the paws with our cute doggie waterproof summer sandals.

Before Going In

You should never force an animal into the water, whether it’s a swimming pool, lake, pond or other waterway. But if your animal is familiar with the water and enjoys a good swim, make sure they are also familiar with the where they can safely exit the pool. For dogs that aren’t good swimmers but still enjoy a dip in these waters, consider purchasing them a life vest to keep them safe in the pool or sea.

You should never assume that any particular canine can swim since some breeds are simply not designed for floating or “dog paddling.” Smaller dogs like dachshunds and breeds with broad chests and shorter legs like Bull dogs are notoriously poor swimmers when it comes to being in a pool. Other animals that have trouble in the water are:

  • Basset Hounds
  • Chows
  • Dachshunds
  • Maltese
  • Pekinese
  • Pugs
  • Scottish Terriers
  • Shih Tzu

There are also dogs that are more susceptible to a condition known as brachycephalic airway syndrome or BAS. Found in many of the dogs mentioned above, these canines often have shortened (which is brachy) heads (cephalic) that causes them to have breathing difficulties that could be problematic when swimming. While no animal or person for that matter should be left unsupervised when in the pool, pay particular attention to dogs that could struggle in the water.

Don’t Forget The Sunscreen

Just like humans, dogs can be subject to a painful sunburn from spending too much time outdoors. Especially for canines with shorter hair, lighter colored coats and skin, they could benefit from the use of sunscreen. You should be able to find a pet-friendly product at most local chains or online, you may also consider using those that are child-friendly. Read the ingredients and avoid using any that contain zinc as this is very toxic for pets.

Add Some Extra Fun and Colors

Colorful doogie bikinis and swim trunks with nice patterns.  And, don’t forget to few dog’s water toys for a perfect water time on a hot day.

After The Pool Party

Be sure to properly wash and dry your pet after they’re done swimming. Be especially careful and vigilant when it comes to washing their ears and areas around the eyes. Look for any redness or other possible signs of irritation or issues from too much sun or exposure to chlorine.

As always, if there’s ever a problem with your pet that’s beyond your expertise, take them to see a veterinarian immediately. But for the most part, enjoy your time in the sun with your precious pooch, in and out of the pool.

Enjoy the summer while keeping your pets and family safe.

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