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Your Pet First – Treating your pet mindfully

I live in Long Beach California. It’s summer and it’s terrific to live in playful SoCal.  Lots of outdoor life and folks hanging with their dogs.  Walking around the town and at the beach, I see many pet owners walking their dogs in the middle of the warm/hot day, no less on the hot pavement. I want to run up to the person with their pet and ask them to take off their shoes and walk barefoot like their dog.

Asphalt is black and retains heat. Sand can get hot…trying walking on it.  We need to extend our thoughts to our pets and what they maybe experiencing.  Protect your Pet’s well-being.  Ask yourself, “how would they feel?”  The peds of your dog could get ripped up and blistered. Please, be smart and compassionate, leave them home in the cool house, take them for an early morning walk and keep plenty of fresh water for your pet to drink.

I also see a lot of Pet owners riding bikes or scooters pulling their pets along. Is this so they can have fun or are you trying to wear them out?  Please, EVERYTHING in moderation. Check in with them now and then. Looking at them to see if they are being too pushed, they may need to rest and have some water.  Slow is ok…No need to make them go faster and faster. Again, be mindful and sensitive of your pets needs. Go slow and do this in the morning in  cooler weather. Running them in the street is rougher texture on their peds. Ouchy.

Carry plenty of FRESH water.  Sunstroke is dangerous for your Pet.  They can get dehydrated.   Let them be in the shade if they are hanging with you outside.

Bringing your dogs to events…Yes? or No?  I am talking about 4th of July picnics, beach parties, street fairs, or other places that noise, crowds and heat are what they experience. They are dodging feet and noise. Think about it from their height. They have to be on guard most of the time. It is taxing to their nervous systems.   I want to give a shout out with the animal in mind…LEAVE THEM AT HOME!   They are more at peace.  True, they probably love being with you, but like I said before, your dog maybe happier at home.

Is tying your dog to a pole a smart thing to do when you run into a grocery store or cafe? A short time and in the shade…but what if someone TAKES them?  It’s happened!

I was walking outside a Grocery store once and a small white poodle was whining and was clearly uncomfortable. Soon after that the sweet dog pooped on the sidewalk where she was tied up with 2 feet of leash to spare. UGH.

We all love our pets and want to do the best for them. Please help educate others that do know some of these helpful hints to taking care of your Pet in a deeper and more connected way.

Thank you! Barbara Tapella        

Toxic Dangers to your Pet

What do you think are the most common pet poisonings? Rat poison? Insecticides? The Pet Poison Hotline publishes a list of most common poisonings reported in dogs and cats – many of these items are non-toxic to humans but can be deadly to fur babies. In this month’s post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the dangers lurking in your home and how to best to protect your pet kids.

Chocolate: Dark equals dangerous! For dogs, chocolate toxicity can lead to seizures, vomiting, diarrhea and coma. In extreme dosages, chocolate poisoning can even prove fatal. Baking chocolate and dark chocolate are the most deadly.

Xylitol: This common sugar substitute is found in sugar-free gums, candies and many other foods. What many don’t know is that it’s not uncommon in some medications and nasal sprays. Xylitol is toxic to dogs, not cats, and can cause low blood sugar and liver failure.

Over-the-counter medications: Ibuprofen, naproxen and acetaminophen cause gastric ulcers in both dogs and cats. Acetaminophen can even lead to anemia in cats. Cough and cold medications that contain phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine or acetaminophen are also dangerous, as these medications are often formulated in tasty liquids pet kids find irresistible. Never give these medications to your fur kids. Keep them in a high cabinet, well out of reach of pets.

Prescription drugs: ADD and ADHD medications can cause tremors, seizures, heart problems and even death in companion animals. Felines are highly sensitive to antidepressant medications. Cymbalta and Effexor, among others, can cause severe neurological and heart problems.

Rodenticides: Rat poison is just as deadly for dogs as it is for rodents. To make matters worse, dogs love the flavor of the bait. These toxic substances cause fatal internal bleeding and brain swelling.

Grapes or Raisins: While harmless to humans, grapes and raisins contain a substance that can lead to canine kidney failure. The exact source of the problem remains a mystery to veterinary experts.

Oxygen Absorbers: You know those little freshness packets in jerky treats? That’s an oxygen absorber, included to keep foods and treats fresh. Oftentimes, they contain iron, which can be poisonous to pets. Whatever you do, don’t let your fur kids ingest these little packets!

Flea products for dogs are toxic to cats! These products often contain pyrethrins, which can cause feline seizures and tremors. If it says ‘for canine use only’, take that warning to heart!

Household Plants: Lilies are the number one source of toxicity reported in cats. These beautiful house plants cause kitty kidney failure. A good rule of thumb … if you have a cat, don’t keep lilies in your house (or your yard, for that matter). Lilies aren’t the only plants with the potential for harm – philodendrons and pothos can cause oral ulcers and foaming at the mouth.

What to do if your companion animal is poisoned …

1. Take a deep breath and try to remain calm.

2. Remove your companion animal from the area where the poisoning occurred.

3. Make sure your pet kid is breathing and behaving normally. If not, go immediately to the emergency clinic.

4. Contain the poisonous material, preventing additional exposure. Obtain a sample of the questionable material, store in a plastic baggy for preservation and ease of transport. The more evidence you can supply your veterinarian, the more easily they’ll be able to diagnose the problem, and solution.

5. Don’t just hope things will improve on their own … go to a vet for immediate assistance. Call your vet’s office for guidance prior to your visit, or contact the 24-hour Pet Poison Hotline at 800-213-6680 ($35 fee). Make sure to save these numbers on your phone now, so you won’t have to scramble for the numbers later. Do not induce vomiting without the advice of a veterinarian and never give your pet oil, milk, food, salt or anything orally without talking to a veterinarian first.

The prognoses for poisoning are better the sooner it’s reported, so never hesitate to get help as soon as possible. There is a narrow window of time to neutralize most poisons. Immediate treatment could save your pet’s life!

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

resource: Dr. Jane Bicks

Ate some Rat Poison

KONA: Ate some Rat Poison but my mom got me to the Vet in 15 minutes and it was neutralized. And I had to take Vitamin K for 30 days. Woof!

Cleaning your Cat or Dog’s Ears

Good Hygiene is important. If your dog has repeated head shaking, please tend to his or her ears.

They may have Foul-smelling in the ear. or waxy build-up? Red, painfully inflamed ears? What do all these things have in common? All are symptoms of otitis externa, or what is commonly referred to as ear infections. If you have ever groaned inwardly and felt dismay the moment your dog starts shaking his head or rubbing his ears along the nearest available surface, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, too many pet parents are more than familiar with this recurring medical problem. Often, it is accompanied by an offensive odor and one can only imagine how overwhelming the smell is to the suffering pup!

Canine ear infections result from an overgrowth of yeast or bacteria in the ear canal, causing redness, irritation and a heavy accumulation of wax. Likely triggers of these maladies are skin reactions to inhaled allergens – like pollen, mold or dust mites – or food allergies and sensitivities. Be aware that both large ears and swimming predispose dogs to ear infections.

Pets usually develop ear infections as adults, and the infection is almost always localized in the external portion of the ear. In most cases, the application of prescription drops or ointments directly into the ear canal usually resolves the illness. If you suspect your companion animal may be suffering from an ear infection, please seek veterinarian assistance for diagnosis and treatment. If necessary, your vet may prescribe a topical medicine and advise routine cleaning.

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Ear Care Formula contains a special botanical blend and gentle cleansers specifically developed to keep your pet’s ear’s healthyIngredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract, Valeriana Officinalis Extract (Valerian), Juglans Nigra (Black Walnut) Leaf Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract (St. John’s Wort), Stellaria Media Extract (Chickweed), Glycyrrhiza Glabra Extract (Licorice Root), Scutellaria Lateriflora Extract (Skullcap), Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone.

Source- Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah reveals the steps to safe and effective ear cleaning to promote overall ear health.

Important Simple tips for your Pet in the summer

two wet dogs

​REMINDER FOR
all pet owners to keep the summer months fun and safe for all family members including pets. Families should practice a few simple tips to keep their pets healthy and safe during the summer heat:

1. Adjust their exercise routine. Walk dogs early in the morning or late in day when temperatures are cooler. Shorten walks if necessary, and avoid runs on hot days – dogs will keep running even if they are overheating. Cats tend to restrict their own activity in the heat better than dogs.

2. Remove clothing from pets. Sweaters and other clothing on pets during the summer will trap excessive heat and may contribute to overheating. The ideal temperature for cats and dogs is between 60-80 degrees. Dogs and cats cool themselves by panting and do not have sweat glands on their skin (only on their paw pads). Cats do not pant under normal circumstances – if your cat is panting, he/she may be extremely overheated or stressed and immediate action should be taken.

3. Be cautious when walking your dog on pavement and at the beach. The hot pavement and sand can burn and blister your dog’s paws, just as it would your own. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog. Asphalt temperatures can reach 160 degrees. Keep dogs on lawns, or have them wear booties if they will be on asphalt or on sand.

4. Make sure your pet has plenty of access to shade and clean water when outdoors.

5. ***Never leave your pet unsupervised in a car. A hot car is never ok…even in the shade!  The temperature inside a parked car can reach 200 degrees and higher within a matter of minutes, even with the windows open. Please contact Police and/or break the car window if the pet is panting and looks distressed.

6. Make arrangements for pet care if you will be out of town. Ensure the care of your pet by providing proper nutrition, appropriate care and a secure environment.    Microchip and tags are essential.

7. Make sure your pet wears proper identification. Licensing and microchipping pets greatly increases the chances of reuniting a lost pet with its owner. Pets have a much better chance on making it back home to it’s family.

8. If you hike with your pet or for any reason…Know the Warning Signs Symptoms of overheating. Includes excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, weakness, or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

9. Make sure you know the number of the emergency veterinary hospitals in your area. Take a few minutes to drive by your local emergency veterinary hospital so you can be sure you can find it an emergency when you may not be thinking as clearly as on an ordinary day.

Be a Responsible Pet owner! Thank you!

Flea Medication reaction with our Family Dog

This is from my sister. She telephoned me in the 3rd week of March 2014 to tell me about this incident about a flea medication and her adored dog. BUCKY

“Two evenings ago, I applied one tube of K9 Advantix II for small dogs (4-10 lbs), to my 6 yr. old Maltese.  This was not the first time I had applied the product, however, within approximately 24 hrs, my dog began scratching and showing signs of  agitation.  He ran around the house and hid under furniture to get away from what was bothering him. I checked him thoroughly for fleas, ticks or mosquitoes and found nothing.  Nor was his skin irritated.  The behavior increased into night and early morning.

Thinking that he might have had an allergic reaction to the grass, as he has had in the past two years at this time of the year, I gave him a third of a tablet of Benadryl, which seemed to calm him down.  I bathed him carefully with a soothing dog shampoo, and checked once again for fleas.  Nothing.  Still concerned, I called the medical emergency number (800-422-9874) on the product box.  After providing the contact person with information about the situation, I was told that what my dog was experiencing was “paresthesia”, which could be compared to the feeling a human has when their foot or leg falls asleep.  It’s annoying and aggravating to the dog because they don’t understand it, and more importantly not dangerous – just a sensation .

The product goes to the dermis layer of the skin, and will resolve itself within 72 hrs.   However, one of the things they recommended was to shampoo the dog 3 times with Dawn Dish Soap to reduce the absorption in the skin.

The ingredient that is the source of this sensation is Permethrin, which is derived from chrysanthemums.  Furthermore, any ingredient ending in “thrin” could react the same way.  (people-read your labels). The reaction could occur even though the animal has had this product applied in the past without any symptoms.  I told them I had given my dog Benadryl, and was told that would be good to calm the dog down, but it would not help relieve the dog of the symptoms.  I found the medical emergency contact to be very knowledgeable and helpful.  We can wait it out now with relief.

Searching the Internet I have found a blog called World Wide Woof. Of course one needs to use their smarts and wonder how much can be dramatized or sensationalized. Check it out: http://www.dogsonly.org/Woof/toast.asp?sub=show&action=posts&fid=2&tid=29&page=7

Too many incidents of this poison being applied to our pets. It is dangerous! I have become very concerned and want people to know my experience to possibly help others out there avoid this mishap. The product I applied was K9Advantix II.  Please be mindful and aware of how your dog reacts if you choose to use this flea product. In the past I have used Advantage II.  Two different product ingredients, but both made by Bayer.  Now I know that I can use Advantage II on Bucky in the future, but NOT Advantix II. 

I wrote to, Bayer, the manufacturer of this product.

She wrote:

My Maltese has been in a state of frenzy
ever since applying K9 Advantix II last Sunday night. He is
biting at himself, rolling, scratching himself and the
ground, paranoid, hiding, scared, running everywhere and
anywhere,hyper.  It’s like he’s schizophrenic, crazy. I have
discussed this issue with the emergency medical contact
(referred to on your box) and was told that he is suffering
with paresthesia, a sensation in the skin from an ingredient
you now use in your product – Permethrin.  You need to take
it out of your product – it’s a poison and has done an
immense amount of harm to dogs , including death.  My claim
#1350*** has been registered with the medical emergency
number, and I will register another complaint with the Food
and Drug Division of the US Gov’t., as it is insanity that
you continue to produce this product with all the complaints
you have received.  Even the manager of the Petco that I
spoke to was all to familiar with the reaction your product
has had on animals.

Bayer responded:
Thank you for your email to the global headquarters for Bayer HealthCare Animal
Health. We appreciate you taking the time to contact us. Bayer HealthCare Animal Health, Global Communications Team,  Managing Director: Dr. Dirk Ehle

Then we spoke a few days later….

I had a 15-minute phone conversation with a representative from Bayer.  She called me to go thru EVERYTHING, documenting Bucky’s history, reaction, current condition, etc.   I was impressed with her too, as I was with the initial emergency medical contact.  She was a plethora of information, especially about the ingredient.  The only new information is to apply liquid Vitamin B to the area.  She thanked me for contacting the medical person, as they do extension reporting and follow thru with any customer complaint and with the FDA and all like agencies they have to report and work with.  I really feel confident that it will not do any permanent harm.

I am wondering this (which was not mentioned) if  ”The ingredient that is the source of this sensation is Permethrin” and harmful to ‘some dogs’…is this a chemical that affects the flea but not poisoning the dog? How can that chemical be safe? My inquiry (which I am not sure a Big Business would admit) is how can a poison affect one thing and not another?  I have a hard time believing this is safe for the over all health of the dog.    But the fleas NEED TO BE managed. So what do we do?

safe solutions:

You can go to our banner for CEDAR OIL INDUSTRIES. It’s safe -Nature’s Defender.  Look over on the right area of this blog, see the girl holding the black and white dog? Click on it.  I use it, and one of our friend’s uses it with her cat.   I spray it on the bedding and the pet.  It works for us.

AND….

I contacted my friend, Melissa, at Wylder’s Retail and Rescue in Studio City.
They offer some Holistic Flea solutions.
she wrote: “We have at WyldersHolisticPetCenter.com. We will ship these to you as well.  If anyone has questions please call Melissa at 818-762-2665 or email wyldersholisticpetcenter@gmail.com (copy and Paste)

Flea Free is a blend of organic essential oils that you spray on your dog once a day when they will be encountering fleas.  It has a lovely aroma and the $18 bottle will last around 6 months for a small to medium sized dog. The ingredients are all safe and natural. You can even spray the formula on your own hands and rub it in!

Snook’s nutritional flea treatment is a supplement that you sprinkle on your dogs food. It is all natural and has been tested on humans. The dogs do not taste it but it causes a reaction that makes their blood unappealing to fleas.  Again, it is all natural and a small 6-month supply is an affordable $15. A large is $22 and would be a 6-month supply for multiple small dogs or a large dog.

BUCKY

source: my sister, Melissa and myself.

Pet’s ID-How does a MICROCHIP work

MICROCHIP your pet. How does a MICROCHIP work?

This form of permanent ID can help your lost pet find it’s way home. They will thank you!
A microchip is a small implanted frequency device (RFID) about the size of a grain of rice. It is injected under the skin between pet’s shoulders. It is similar to getting a vaccination, no anesthesia is required. It is claimed that it is not a painful procedure…maybe like a sting. The MC is completely inert lacks a power source. To read the information on the microchip, a scanner that emits specific radio frequencies is passed over the pet. This ID number is then entered into a database where the pet owner’s information is stored. This is why it is VERY IMPORTANT to keep your information updated. Be a responsible pet parent, they depend on you.

Microchipping your pet is beneficial. One success story, a lost pet was taken to a veterinarian, they scanned it and the pet actually belonged to one of the vet’s other clients. They came and retrieved their pet who snuck out under the fence. I recently heard of a dog that was returned after 7 years of being gone! The owners were thrilled to get their pet back after showing up in a shelter.
Collars and name tags are important as well, but they can come off and Microchipping is double insurance in retrieving your lost pet.

After you have your pet Microchipped make sure you register the information properly. The information in the database associated with that number consists ONLY if provided by the owner. Again, register it and keep it up to date. Please be a responsible pet owner. Do it BEFORE you have to learn the hard/heartbreaking way.

Do you have a story you can share with us? see the area, below, to reply to this entry about Microchipping…tell us your story, it can help to educate others.

I am Microchipped

I am Microchipped, see my yellow tag? that is the external number about the ID that is in the internal chip.

source: myself, Barbara Tapella, and Dr. Jeff Rothstein, president of progressive pet animal hospitals in Michigan

I love connecting People with Pets…doing it from my heart

    We found a special couple to open their hearts and give another dog a home!  Yay! How good does this feel?   You know what I mean if you have ever found an animal in need.  You feel all that tension and anxiety, and ask “why did I get involved with this?”.  Then you stick with it, you get support and the magic starts to unfold, ending in a blessed act of kindness!  Another Happy Animal who is safe.

Your hope is raised and you are happy you got involved. You kick up your heels and feel like you contributed.

  The Internet is amazing, so powerful and reaches many miles and makes the limits much wider.  I often think about all the dogs, cats, pets that used to rely on the local classified ads in newspapers.  If you were lucky enough a person telephoned. “in the old days”….

I love doing this work for the animals- It takes time and tenacity.

Want to share this-My regular income is generated with my massage practice and has been since 1984.   In 2010, I created www.mypetfirst.com to educate, network and build community for the animals.   It helps to bring income & keep my heart projects alive. Please consider stopping by and looking at the Pet food I represent, or click google ads below, or buy from my affiliates, and/or order stuff through my link at Amazon (for anything you buy).   We all will benefit!

The pet food, supplements & treats I represent at Life’s Abundance is a human grade pet food that gets delivered right to your doorstep…on a schedule that you control.  The Holistic Vet that formulates it, Dr. Jane, donates, quarterly, to animal rescue groups. The benefits keep on coming!

Watch these short informative videos on the quality of our Pet food at Life’s Abundance. we explain why it’s premium pet food.  I would love it if you placed and order. It helps to generate some income for all the time and energy I (unconditionally) give everyday.

Please go to my site and check it out:

www.mypetfirst.com
Thank you! Barbara Tapella

This is Barbara and Moki. She found Barbara & was adopted when she was 7 years old and lived a blessed life until she was 16.

   

Spring is here, be careful w/ Cocoa Mulch and Pets

Toxic Deadly Mulch

The following article is from:
Consumer Reports.Org

Cocoa mulch is toxic to dogs
Pet owners beware: This warning is real

It’s mulching season, and this landscaping essential just can’t catch a break.

Is it true? The fact that fragrant cocoa mulch can kill dogs that eat it?   There is truth to the claim, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Some dogs are attracted by the mulch’s chocolate aroma, and according to a warning from the ASPCA in 2003, “Eaten by a 50-pound dog, about 2 ounces of cocoa bean mulch may cause gastrointestinal upset; about 4.5 ounces, increased heart rate; about 5.3 ounces, seizures; and over 9 ounces, death.”

Cocoa mulch is made from crushed cacao shells, which contain caffeine and theobromine, two compounds to which dogs are particularly sensitive. (These substances are also present in everyday comestibles like baker’s chocolate, chocolate bars and candies, colas, and tea.) Depending on the size of the dog and the amount of cocoa mulch it ingests, symptoms can range from stomach upset to cardiac arrest. Dogs metabolize the compounds slowly, so symptoms may take hours or even days to manifest themselves. The ASPCA’s advice: Avoid using cocoa mulch anywhere unsupervised dogs roam.

Other natural alternatives to cocoa mulch, like cedar chips and pine straw, are typically less toxic but still may contain resins and oils that trigger gastrointestinal disorders in pets that ingest them. And all mulches, including those made from recycled plastics (see our report, available to subscribers), pose a choking hazard, especially in pooches with less-than-discriminating palates.

If you suspect your dog has eaten cocoa mulch or any other toxic substance, immediately contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. The center, open 24/7 every day of the year, charges $55 per consultation.

Allergies are here in the environment that may be getting to your pet. Buy our Healthy treats for Dogs and Cats!

This dog can’t stay awake…ever feel like this?

This is so CUTE!!!!

What does the label say on your Pet food bag?

Often people will NOT know what is in the bag of dog or cat food that you feed your family pet. The front of the bag is tagged “fresh, Quality, Human Grade”. Which ingredients do you know are good or bad for your pet? How do you know that is true? 

Our food at Life’s Abundance has NEVER ever been on the recall list. It truly is fresh from USA manufacturing to your door in 4-6 weeks. No sitting on shelves or hot/cold trucks for months maybe a year or more?

Please make sure you are getting the fresh human grade food for your pup or kitty cat! We also have supplements and healthy treats! Delivered to your door for your convenience.  No hype, it’s truth!

have you ever read this story?

Does a label tell the whole story?

Betty and Bill are two single adults who have been asked to bring a meatloaf to
their social group’s get-together this Saturday evening. Bill has never made a
meatloaf but he knows that Betty makes a good one so he asks her for her recipe.
Betty is happy to share her recipe and sends this to Bill.

INGREDIENTS
? 2 pounds ground beef
? 1/2 cup bread crumbs
? 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
? 2 eggs, beaten
? 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
? 2 tablespoons finely chopped green bell pepper
? 1 teaspoon salt
? 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
? 1/4 teaspoon ground marjoram
? 1/4 cup ketchup
? 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Combine ground beef, cracker crumbs, tomato sauce, eggs, onion, bell pepper,
salt, thyme, and marjoram in a large bowl and mix well. Shape beef mixture into
two equally sized loaves. Place both loaves in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover
with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Meanwhile, mix ketchup and
corn syrup in a small bowl to make a glaze.
3. Remove baking dish from the oven and remove foil. Brush glaze onto the
loaves. Return baking dish to the oven uncovered, and continue baking until
loaves are no longer pink in the center, 15 to 20 minutes. An instant-read
thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70
degrees C).

Friday night, Bill suddenly remembers the meatloaf he is supposed to make. He
wanted to go play golf tomorrow, so he decides he better make his meatloaf
tonight. Fortunately, for Bill, he had picked up some ground beef when he was at
the store last week because it was on sale. As far as he could tell, it was
still good that gray color doesn’t really matter, does it?

Bill begins to go through the ingredient list. He’s got the beef, and the bread
crumbs are easy. He didn’t know why he was saving all those bread heals from the
Iron Kids bread loafs, he just didn’t like throwing out things he had paid for,
but now he can use them. The fact that they are stale and hard as rock just
makes them easier to make into crumbs. He has to dig around but finally finds
an old can of tomato sauce. The “best by” date is two years past, but, it’s in a
can! It can’t go bad, right? Darn! He’s out of eggs-but then he remembers. He’s
got some left over powdered eggs from that hiking trip he went on last
summer-that’ll do. 1/4 cup finely chopped onion-no fresh onion, but luckily,
his mom bought him a spice rack when he went off to college (six years ago) and
he remembers a bottle labeled “Onion Powder.” It looks like about a  cup. 2
tablespoons finely chopped green bell pepper-no bell pepper either. But not to
fear! Bill is the luckiest man alive. It just so happens, he ordered pizza last
night, or was it the night before? It had bell peppers on it and he has half
that pizza left in the fridge. He manages to pick off just enough bell pepper
for this recipe. Salt is not a problem-but where’s that teaspoon measure? Oh
well, a few dashes ought to do. 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme and 1/4 teaspoon
ground marjoram-thanks Mom! A few dashes of each. Ketchup he has. Bill loves
ketchup. Can’t have too much ketchup! And finally Corn Syrup. He doesn’t quite
have two tablespoons left-but Corn Oil is about the same thing, right?

Bill mixes all the ingredients together, including the ketchup, which he likes a
lot, and the Corn, ugh, syrup/oil. He put’s it in the pan and then into the
oven, which he forgot to preheat. No biggie! Just turn it up a little extra.
Then Bill goes to watch the ball game. It was a sleeper; and sleep he did until
he smelled something burning. Bill runs to the kitchen and snatches the meatloaf
from the oven. Had he remembered to cover it as the instructions said, it might
not have been so black on top. Well, the glaze will cover it! Oops! The
ingredients for the glaze are in the meatloaf-but not to worry; Bill has plenty
of ketchup and corn oil.
Bill makes the glaze then puts the meatloaf in the refrigerator to keep until
tomorrow.

Saturday morning, Betty gets up early and goes to the butcher. She picks the
choicest cuts of sirloin and has the butcher trim it and turn it into ground
beef. On the way home she stops by the bakers for fresh bread crumbs and the
grocery store because she’s out of corn syrup and needs a fresh onion.

When Betty gets home, she goes through her normal Saturday routine until about
two hours before the get-together; then she turns on the oven, to precisely
350, to pre-heat and then gathers her ingredients. She makes her own tomato
sauce from the tomatoes she picked this afternoon from her vegetable garden. The
bell pepper, the thyme and the marjoram also come from her garden. The eggs she
bought this morning from her neighbor who keeps a few laying hens. She combines
the ingredients according to the instructions, places the loaves in the pan,
covers with foil, places it in the oven and sets the timer. Then she makes the
glaze and goes to put on her makeup. One hour later she returns, puts on the
glaze and returns the meatloaf to the oven, uncovered, and sets the timer for
another 20 minutes. She goes and gets dressed. When the timer goes off, she
checks the meatloaf with her instant-read thermometer it reads 167. Done! She’s
off to the party.

Bill’s golf game lasted longer than he had expected, it wasn’t his best day, and
so he was running late. He gets home, jumps in the shower, throws on some clean
clothes and rushes out the door. Five minutes later he’s back he forgot his
meatloaf. He knows he can’t take a cold meatloaf, but he doesn’t want to be too
late either. He quickly puts the meatloaf in the oven and turns it up as high as
it will go, all the way on broil, and sets the timer for ten minutes. As soon as
the timer goes off, he grabs the meatloaf and heads out the door.

****Now you are at this gathering of friends and you have a choice of meatloaves.
Both meatloaves were made from the same recipe; and if the ingredients were
labeled (as on a bag of dog or cat food) the ingredient list would be identical. Even
considering the corn oil substitute in Bill’s meatloaf, the FDA allows a
“temporary” substitution (up to six months) without changing a label.

So which meatloaf would you prefer? Which meatloaf represents “quality?” Could you tell
if the ingredients were on a label?

Now can you understand that you can’t judge a pet food strictly by the label?

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