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Our Dog ate D-Con/Poison

Learn from my mistake-

The dogs and I went to Nana’s last Monday for a visit. We were all out in the garage and my chocolate lab, Kona, was in the corner by the door.  My sister (Nana) saw her and shouted “no!”  I ran over to find that she had eaten (some of) the exposed rat poison! D-con!  Nana had put it out when she went on vacation and knew she would not have anyone at the house. Unfortunately, she had gotten home the night (tired)- before we arrived and had not yet picked up the D-con.

To say the least, I FREAKED!  My brain swirled with anxiety because my precious child just ate poison!  I knew it could kill her….that is what it’s main intention is > to kill.  It is a horrible death…the D-Con contains chemicals to cause hemorrhaging and the animal bleeds to death….slowly dying.

I dashed in the house and phoned my Veterinarian.  I was 60 minutes away from home. They said, “take her into the emergency vet…NOW!”   I asked if I should help her throw up. They said, “no…don’t take the time and that the chemical reaction may not be right”. I dashed down the hill with Kona and took her in the office, they took her immediately and took her vitals. They asked if they could induce vomiting and start to treat her. YES!!!!  My heart was beating out of my chest.

The Vet came out and asked if I had the box, he wanted to read which chemicals were in the poison.  I said I could dash home and get it and that I better bring in my other dog, Andy.   ‘Better to be safe than sorry’ because he was smelling the pellets as Kona was gobbling them.

Returning and waiting while they were both getting treatment was NOT RELAXING! The Doc finally came into the waiting room and said, “you did the best thing; bringing them in right away.  If they were my dogs, I would not worry because we treated them quickly. They must take K1 pills for 30 days and have follow up blood tests.”. Apparently, Vitamin K1 helps to counter-act any poison that may have been absorbed in the system that could cause bleeding out.  I then asked him, “if I had not seen her eat the D-con, what type of symptoms would I have witnessed?”  He told me the dog would become lethargic and you will see blood coming out her eyes, ears, anus, and possible bruising. At that point, treatment involves transfusions and the dog is in a lot of pain.  Most probable….death.

All three Vets said that stuff should be taken off the shelf! and snail bait, too…that causes seizures! Throw it out.

Before I could recover from all this, they gave me the bill…. $665.00…Mama Mia!

WE do eat the best dog food! Not sure why we decided to munch on Rat Poison! Our advice: DON’T TRY IT!


Rawhide chews vs Porkhide for Dogs

First, rawhide is largely indigestible. That’s right: indigestible. I have known a friend’s dog die right in front of her because of this deadly treat. I think they should be banned from the shelf.  The only thing that is good about it is that the whole animal is being used and not wasted for giving up their life.

Dogs have died or had serious complications requiring surgery from blockages
caused by rawhide pieces. Our Porkhide products, by comparison, are about
95% digestible, meaning that there’s very little waste. Also, our Porkhides
are made of layers of pork skin, and those layers come apart as the dog
chews. So there are never the big solid pieces that there are with rawhide.
Our Porkhides contain zero chemicals-no dyes, no preservatives, no bleaches.
Nothing but pork skin. Look at our Porkhide packages, you’ll see
that they are 93% protein. Rawhide mostly ends up as undigested pieces in
the back yard, and it has little or no nutrition at all.

Much rawhide is treated with dangerous chemicals-ash-lye solutions,
bleaches, etc. In theory, rawhide that says it’s made in the USA shouldn’t
be laced with chemicals, but there’s no way to know for sure. Many rawhide
products are actually from China. Don’t gamble with your pet’s digestive system.

Rawhide is made from beef.  As Dr Jane tells us (and as I saw on the news
just a week or two ago), there are cases of Mad Cow Disease in the US,
although they seem to be mostly concealed from us. At least we don’t often
hear about them. For that reason, Dr Jane doesn’t use any beef in any
products she formulates.

Finally, here’s what our Life’s Abundance websites say about Rawhide vs
Porkhide: “Rawhides are cured with harsh chemicals (like ash-lye solutions
and bleach) and are known to cause choking, throat irritations and
intestinal blockages.”

We have the porkhides and porky puffs. My dog LOVES them. Our food is fresh and has NEVER been on Recall!

Try our healthy treats for dental, breath and lowfat!

DOG Grooming Tips-Easy to do!

Canine Grooming Tips by Dr. Jane from Life’s Abundance

Family Washing DogNo one likes a bad hair day … and that includes your dog. Just like with humans, the skin is the largest organ of a dog’s body. Every day, their skin and coats are exposed to UV rays, pollution, infectious agents, drying heat or wind. Because it can contribute to a dog’s overall health, grooming should be an essential part of companion animal care. While bathing a dog, I think all of us have experienced getting wetter than your dog, being interrupted by phone calls, or, worst of all, a sudsy canine tearing off, leaving a wet, sudsy trail behind him. As a veterinarian with a good deal of grooming experience, I can tell you that planning ahead can reduce unwanted problems and stress, so here are a handful of my best tips.


Unfortunately, bathing can be stressful for some dogs, as some just tolerate it better than others. For those pups who are particularly skiddish, consider brewing some chamomile tea to calm your dog. Thirty minutes before you bathe, give your dog a cooled cup of chamomile tea with honey, (and yourself) followed by a dog treat that’s rich in carbohydrates, like our Antioxidant Health Bars. The carbohydrates will help deliver the calming tea straight to your dog’s brain. Better yet, you can both sit down with some tea and play soothing music, to set a calming tone for your upcoming grooming session. You can also give your dog tea during the grooming session. As we’ve already mentioned, just make sure the tea has cooled off (no hotter than room temperature).

I recommend the use of a grooming apron with pockets that covers you from chest to mid-thighs, to protect your clothes. While you can always put your clothes in the laundry later, dog hair can be difficult to remove from a washing machine. A full apron not only protects your clothes, in the pockets you can keep treats, shampoo, conditioner and a brush. The treats you choose must smell appealing to your dog – like our Tasty Rewards Training Treats – and keeping them in your apron pockets will leave your hands free for grooming.

If your dog is of a long-haired breed, (Barbara has a cockapoo)  brush with a fine-tooth comb prior to bathing, so you don’t have to contend with knots while shampooing, potentially making a bad problem worse.


Whether you bathe your dog in the tub or the backyard, sit on a low stool to prevent stress or injury to your back and knees. If you’re outside, I advise that you use a six-foot leash. Tie it around your waist or hook it on your belt to free up your hands and prevent your dog from slipping away for a sudsy romp.

If you’re using water from an outdoor hose, keep in mind that, while it might be warm outside, the water will feel cold to your dog, not always without substantial discomfort. If at all possible, use tepid water, either by running extension hoses from the sink in your house, or simply bathe your dog indoors in a tub.

When you apply the shampoo, make small circles with a hairbrush with plastic nubs to distribute the shampoo evenly through the hair and onto the skin. This will also exfoliate the skin and allow the herbs in the shampoo to penetrate the skin. Leave the shampoo on for about three minutes, but don’t allow it to dry as this can irritate the skin. Our Revitalizing Shampoo suds well, rinses easily, and features rosemary to help increase blood flow, ultimately contributing to healthier skin and hair.

Most animals really don’t enjoy having their heads washed, so I suggest that you simply wet the head using a wash cloth. That way, you’ll be sure to prevent shampoo from entering the eyes or ears, making the entire experience more enjoyable for your canine companion.


I recommend towel drying your dog versus using a blowdryer, which can excessively dry or even burn skin, and frighten some dogs with the sound. The best method for towel drying is by patting rather than using a circular motion, which can often lead to matting. BE careful!

In most cases, you’ll be able to see an immediate change in your dog’s appearance following a bath. You’ll know that you’re using a high quality shampoo when your dog has a shinier, fuller coat, less dander and no more “doggie smell”. With moisture-activated odor neutralizers, our Revitalizing Shampoo features antioxidants and organic extracts of rosemary and sage, nutritive herbs that penetrate into the hair shaft and promote coat health. Also included are kiwi and mango essences, selected because they too enhance the health of the skin, as well as leaving your dog’s coat smelling clean and fresh.

You should not bathe your dog more often than every two-to-three weeks. If your dog’s coat could do with some freshening in between baths, use Bath Fresh Mist to neutralize odors and condition the skin and coat. This product is so simple to use … just spray and brush into in the coat. You will love the aroma and your dog will love the attention!

And what about you? Do you have any “must-know” grooming tips that you’d like to share with your fellow blog readers? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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

Dr Jane Bicks Dr. Jane Bicks

“Egg product” is an ingredient in many lower quality commercial pet foods

Posted By: Dr. Becker , April 2012 |

Story at-a-glance

  • Recently the Canadian government awarded a grant to a company that makes pet food ingredients from egg waste products.  Healthy?
  • The company claims their powdered egg product has up to 50 percent protein, and their egg white binding agent is 80 percent protein. What they don’t mention, of course, is how much of this processed powdered protein is actually useful to the body of dogs and cats. Not every food high in protein is appropriate for canines and felines.
  • Whole egg waste comes from egg grading facilities, egg breaking facilities, and hatcheries. Exactly how it is transformed into powdered egg product for the pet food market isn’t clear.
  • “Egg product” is an ingredient in many lower quality commercial pet foods. It’s up to pet owners to guess whether this egg product came from eggs fit for human consumption, or egg waste products.
  • Hopefully, by leaving pet foods containing egg product on store shelves, we are discouraging the practice of repurposing human food waste as nutrition for our beloved four-legged companions.
  • Yes, good to USE the whole product and not let food go to waste but where is the limit? and when do we stop feeding the NOT SO NUTRTIOUS stuff to our animals?
  • Make sure you are aware of the BEST and HEALTHY Pet food you are feeding your pet
  • By Dr. Becker:    Last year, an economic development program in Canada awarded a large grant to help a former egg processing plant re-open as a business that converts egg waste into pet food ingredients.

The plant, which had been closed for four years, now processes whole egg waste from egg grading plants to produce powdered pet food ingredients.

It also extracts egg whites from discarded egg shells and produces liquid egg white that is used as a binding agent in pet food.

According to the company, the powdered egg product has up to 50 percent protein, and the egg white binding agent is 80 percent protein.

Government officials feel the grant is helping to turn “… something that was considered waste unto a usable product.”  They also hope the re-opening of the plant will benefit the community and create jobs.

I’m all for finding ways to make use of food waste products, for example, as an energy source or as fertilizer.

But I’m certainly not in favor of repurposing waste as nutrition for dogs and cats.

In the U.K., egg and egg products not fit or intended for human consumption are considered animal by-products.

They fall into the same category as manure and digestive tract content, hides and skins, wool, feathers, semen, ova and embryos, shellfish shells and “other products of animal origin.”

“Whole Egg Waste”

According to a U.S. pet food ingredient manufacturer who sells dried egg product, there are three main sources of the whole egg waste used in pet food: Grader,’ ‘Breaker,’ and ‘Hatchery.’

Grader egg waste comes from egg processing facilities that sell to supermarkets. These eggs need to look appealing when grocery shoppers open the carton. Any egg with a cracked or dirty shell is tossed into an ‘inedible’ bin.

Breaker egg waste comes from facilities that use eggs in prepared or frozen mixes used by restaurants, bakers and other food service outlets. The waste that comes from breaker eggs is mostly egg white left after the yolk is separated.

These two types of whole egg waste are, according to the pet food ingredient company, collected daily, kept refrigerated, and dried within a day of collection.

Hatchery waste is liquid from eggs that didn’t hatch. It tends to lead to foul odors in the dried egg product, so it presumably isn’t used as often as the other two types of whole egg waste.

All three categories of eggs have been deemed unfit for human consumption.

How Does Whole Egg Waste Become Powdered Egg Product for Pet Food?

With the exception of hatchery waste, whole egg waste products don’t seem as objectionable as many other by-products found in commercial pet food.

Certainly fresh, whole eggs – preferably from organically raised chickens – provide a better source of nutrition. But egg whites and the fresh contents of broken or dirty eggshells aren’t in and of themselves problem ingredients.

However, in order to make use of whole egg waste in commercial pet food, it must be processed in some manner. It must become ‘egg product’ with a reasonably long shelf life. Remember the plant in Canada is producing ‘powdered egg product.’

AAFCO definition of egg product:

“Product obtained from egg graders, egg breakers, and/or hatchery operations that is dehydrated, handled as liquid or frozen. These shall be labeled as per USDA regulations governing eggs and egg products (9CFR, Part 59). This product shall be free of shells or other non-egg materials except in such amounts which might occur unavoidably in good processing practices, and contain a maximum ash content of 6% on a dry matter basis.”

Not surprisingly, it’s incredibly difficult to find out how egg waste product is processed for the pet food market. However, according to the American Egg Board, dried egg products for human consumption are typically produced through spray drying.

Before the egg white is dried, glucose is removed to increase storage stability, and sometimes ‘whipping aids’ are added. Sodium lauryl sulfate, used as a volume enhancer, is also added.

When long storage stability is required, glucose is also removed from whole egg and yolk products before drying. In some cases, glucose-free corn syrup and sucrose are added to improve storage stability.

Egg Waste Isn’t a High Quality Protein Source for Pets

My greatest concern with egg waste product in commercial pet food is that it is commonly used to cheaply inflate the amount of protein contained in the formula.

And I suspect not only the powdered egg product is being used to inflate protein percentages, but also the binding agent derived from egg whites.

In Life’s Abundance Pet food,k the digestibility of the protein your pet is fed is key. It doesn’t matter how high the protein percentage in a certain food is if your dog or cat can’t digest it and make use of it as high quality nutrition.

Bioavailability is the measure of how efficiently food nutrients (the amino acids in protein) are absorbed and used by the cells of the body after digestion. The bioavailability of a whole egg is 100 – the gold standard for bioavailability.

The bioavailability of egg waste product is … who knows? So while the egg waste product manufacturers boast protein amounts of 50 percent and 80 percent, how much if any of that processed egg waste protein actually benefits your pet … is unknown.

Egg waste products are not a source of egg shell membrane, the recently discovered joint protective agent that many people are finding beneficial for their pets. In fact, no one really knows why ethical pet food manufacturers would choose to use egg waste product in their pet food, other than to provide a cheap way to bolster protein percentages on the pet food label.

Generally speaking, it’s easy to find dried egg product on the list of ingredients in lesser quality commercial pet foods. The better the food, the less likely it will be to contain this ingredient.

My recommendation for those of you who feed commercially available canned or dry pet food formulas is to skip anything with egg product on the ingredient list. There’s just no way to tell what it is, exactly … or where it came from … or how it was processed before being mixed into your pet’s prepared food.

If you want to feed eggs to your healthy dog or cat, I recommend going with whole fresh eggs, preferably locally raised. You can feed them either raw or lightly cooked. If you cook them, leave the yolks intact to preserve the omega-3 fatty acids.

If the commercial food you serve your pet is a brand you like and trust, and it also contains egg product, you can give the manufacturer a call or send them an email and ask where they source their egg product. It may or may not be egg waste product, and the response you receive may ease your mind about the quality of the nutrition you’re feeding your dog or cat.


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  • 3D Corporate Solutions LLC
  • American Egg Board
  • Dr. Becker

Does your dog jump up on people?

How To Make Your Dog Stop Jumping on People

How To Make Your Dog Stop Jumping on People

One of the first things your dog will do, especially if it’s a puppy, is jump up on you and on everyone who gives it attention.

The animal is only trying to get close and establish eye contact, but it’s best to discourage this behavior. A big dog jumping up on an elderly or frail person, or a child, even in the friendliest way imaginable, can hurt. So you’ll want to teach your pet to keep all four feet on the ground when interacting with you or other people.

Here are the recommended ways to teach a dog not to jump up:

1. Step very lightly on its hind toes.

2. Bump it gently in the chest with your knee to create the boundary.

3. Grasp its front paws and push it backward so it is off balance, like-tipping them.

Any of these should be accompanied by the command, “No” Then, after the dog gets down, walk away and ignore it for a few minutes. Remember, it’s in the consistency of repeating the action with the verbal command-“no”. It’s not screaming or yelling, it is consistency.

After a moment, when you’re sure your pet has got the message and has stayed down, pat and praise it. Remember, be consistent. Don’t confuse the dog by letting it jump up just this once, and then pushing it down and saying, “No” the next time. And don’t give up. You need to be clear with your dog. CONSISTENCY.

source-Annie B. Bond

Adapted from City Dog, by Patricia Curtis (Lantern Books, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Patricia Curtis. Reprinted by permission of Lantern Books.
Adapted from City Dog, by Patricia Curtis (Lantern Books, 2002).

Ellen DeGeneres and MyPetFirst…LOVE animals!

Can’t wait … going to the taping of the Ellen DeGeneres show on Feb 20th!!! Should be a ton of fun. I love Ellen! Funny, honest and LOVES animals. One dream of mine is to be a regular (on Ellen) with a voice for animals that need to be rescued. For as many folks that watch her show and enjoy her personality….being on her show to educate about animals and show which pets are available for adoption is a dream of mine.

She is very involved with her pet food company. Making sure that feeding dogs and cats with a food high in nutrition is their priority. Moe and more people are finding out how poor some pet food can be.

Our food (and treats) that we sell, are HIGH quality and fresh when it gets delivered to your door. We care about the wellness of your pet. A healthy pet makes the pet happy and your family happy.

Life’s Abundance is committed to quality, balanced nutrition and fresh human grade food delivered to your door. Its important to know you are giving your dog or cat the healthiest food you an possibly get your hands on. You want to be confident and make it a “no-brainer”. Check it out and order it now, takes a few minutes and you will be happy you did. At the very least watch the video, “do you know what is in your Pet’s food?”

KONA LOVES HER L.A. Pet food and treats…..


I was in my vet’s office yesterday taking Kona for her annual check up and vaccinations. I was alerted by a sign they had at the front desk.  I really wanted to share this with you in case you buy these treats for your dog. lease pass this on to your friends with Pets. 

“FDA Warning for Dog Owners Regarding Chicken Jerky Products from China”

Since September 2007, veterinarians and dog owners around the nation have been reporting to the FDA in which chicken jerky dog treats, made in China, appear to be causing illness and death in dogs. An increased number of complaints have been noted in the past year (2011).

ANY…ANY….ANY….chicken jerky products for dogs manufactured in China. The chicken jerky is being sold as chicken tenders, strips and treats.  Products are being sold all over Los Angeles County and throughout the nation.  Often these products are purchased from Costco, Trader Joe’s or Pet Specialty Stores. Read your labels.

SYMPTOMS: *Decreased appetite, *decreased activity, *Vomiting, *Diarrhea, +/blood,  * Increased water consumption, * Increased Urination.

If your dog has these symptoms that are severe or last longer than 24 hours-  STOP FEEDING THE TREATS TO YOUR DOG!  Seek Help ASAP from your Veterinarian, save the product, the packaging and the receipt in case they need it for later.  If you live in Los Angeles County, report this 213-989-7060. All reports will be shared with FDA.

Give your dogs treats that (may cost more) but that you know they are safe and healthy! That the ingredients are from the USA and manufactured right here in the USA. Please, for your dog or cat’s health and well-being, read about Life’s Abundance food and it’s holistic formulator, Dr. Jane Bicks.


Do you know what is in your Pet Food?

This video is very important for the responsible PET PARENT-

Please watch:

You can order Life’s Abundance Pet Food through MyPetFirst-Dog or Cat

Weather is cold outside…give pets proper shelter, keep indoors.

Many folks think dogs, bunnies, cats, and other pets…don’t get cold outside. I hear many people say “they are animals, they are fine outside”.  In most cases that could be true, but don’t assume it. Keep them warm.

Be a responsible pet owner and make sure your animals are inside the house or have good shelter.

One of my friends keeps a heating pad under a towel in the kitty’s bed. It is on “LOW” and keeps Miss Kitty warm all night.  A kind gesture.

In the mid west many dogs are chained out in the snow. It is just not fair. They are freezing and they are left alone! Dogs like to be with their pack. PLEASE, If you see a chained animal outside for more than 3 hrs (in California) please report it to animal control. It is against the law to have an animal chained for more than 3 hrs in a 24hr period.

Make sure they have breakfast and dinner. They need to stay healthy in the cooler months.

Happy Winter!  Kona is warm and safe.

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