Posts Tagged ‘love your animal’
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
We have made up a list (with the help of Haute Dog/Justin Rudd) of animal rescue sites. All sorts-Dogs, cats, bunnies, reptiles, horses, pot belly pigs, etc. Remember to feed them the Healthiest food possible for their bodies.
Look at the top of our page and you will see the tab. Click on the tab after you read this. We will keep this as a Permanent Tab so you can come here anytime and see where there may be an animal companion waiting for you to adopt.
Pass this on to a friend who may be looking for a pet.
Many people are surprised that there are breed specific rescues. Please don’t buy. They only way to curtail the Puppy mills and massive breeding is to go to a shelter and adopt. So many wonderful souls made it their mission in life to rescue all types of animals-and look for new homes for them.
Do you realize that many people have given up perfectly good dogs to shelters or rescues? You’d be surprised to find purebreds at the local shelter. Are you aware that mixed breeds can healthier?
Some people die and don’t make a plan for their pet. Their extended families (if they have one) don’t want the pet. What happens then? Hopefully someone will foster them til they find a good home. Look at the rescue sites.
Consider donating to these groups if you are not ready to take on a new pet. Check out these sites (and I am sure there are more that we don’t have listed) first. Make a pet happy with a new home. Open up your heart to the one that speaks to you, you will be so happy you did. Remember to make a lifetime commitment to the pet’s natural life cycle, they are counting on you. Give them 100% and they will give that in return.
Pets make a wonderful companion for retired folks. Consider your parents as they age, it could provide a wonderful relationship for your parent and for the animal.
Posted: 17 Jun 2011 08:00 AM PDT
In 2008 California voters passed (by a whopping margin) a citizen’s initiative called the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act. Over time, this measure will require that farm animals be kept in conditions that allow them to stand up, turn around, and stretch their limbs. I also believe that over time it will give California farmers a serious edge over their competitors, since they will be forced to adapt to the inevitable (these standards no doubt will become universal eventually) sooner than their competitors.
And speaking of those competitors, egg farmers in Washington State may be changing their practices next. Ballot Initiative 1130 would improve conditions for over six million hens.
Many egg-laying hens are kept in battery cages. These cages overcrowd and stress the hens. The cages are too small for the birds to extend their wings fully. A human kept in such conditions would rightly consider himself tortured.
I-1130, in the words of Brad Evergreen, DVM, “would prohibit confining the estimated 6 million egg-laying hens on Washington farms in stacked, cramped cages and would instead require that the birds be housed so that they can freely stand up, lie down and turn around fully to extend their wings.”
I support this measure, but I’m a Californian so I can’t vote for it. If you live in Washington, you can vote for it. This November, please do.
Click here to read Dr. Evergreen’s full article endorsing I-1130
Last month, we launched a new series about ‘holistic’ health care for companion animals. Remember, holistic care entails viewing the body as a whole as well as how every discrete part works in relation to all the other parts. In keeping with a holistic mindset, this month I want to address fleas. Flea season is, or will very soon be, upon us again and the treatment of fleas illustrates how important the holistic approach is.
If you’ve experienced problems with fleas, or if your dog or cat is itchy, ask the following questions …
Do you live in a warm, humid environment? Or, has it been unusually warm for the past three weeks?
Under warm, humid conditions, a flea can complete its life cycle in only three weeks. Fleas have four life stages: egg, larvae, pupae and adult. Fleas take up residence in carpets and bedding, and when stimulated by vibrations, carbon dioxide or heat, adults hatch and seek out a host in your dog or cat. Upon transferral to your companion animal’s skin and coat, a flea can live for a year or more.
Have you just moved into a new home? Did animals live there before you?If so, beware! There may be large numbers of flea eggs and larvae lurking in the carpet just waiting to hatch.
Has your companion animal recently started scratching and biting herself, often relentlessly? Does your dog have inflamed sores or evidence of hair loss, usually around the base of tail and lower back? Has your cat recently pulled out small clumps of hair, experienced unexplanable hair loss, or suffer from bumpy scabs, usually in the tummy area?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, your pet is likely suffering from an attack of the fleas. Furthermore, your dear companion may also have a flea allergy, developing hot spots or skin infections as secondary symptoms.
Are there small, black or dark red, dirt-like flecks in the fur, especially along the base of the tail or along the spine?
Commonly called ‘flea dirt’, these specks are tiny clots of digested blood left behind by feeding fleas.
An easy way to find out whether or not your cat has flea dirt is to put him on a light-colored sheet or towel, then rub his fur back-and-forth. If he has fleas, you will see the evidence all around you. Even if you can’t see any fleas (which can be challenging unless the fur is white), the presence of flea dirt tells you without a doubt that you’ve got a flea problem.
There are two golden rules for treating fleas. One is to treat all animals in the household, and the other is treating the environment. Proactive management is vital, and following both options will be far more effective than just following one or the other.
Treating the environment
If you have a heavy infestation, or an animal who is sensitive to flea bites, controlling the flea population in the surrounding environment is crucial. Keep in mind that half of a flea’s life cycle occurs in your carpets, bedding and dust on the floor. An easy way to control fleas is to vacuum at least once a week – you will suck up eggs and immature fleas before they have a chance to hatch into biting adults. You might also consider inserting a flea collar inside your vacuum cleaner, which can be effective at killing fleas post-cleaning. Some pet parents have had good luck using diatomaceous earth (a non-toxic powder composed of ground fossilized organisms), but be sure to read the usage notes carefully as inhalation can prove dangerous. This powder interferes with a flea’s moisture control and causes it to dry out and die. If you like powders, you can also combine powdered eucalyptus, fennel, rosemary, yellow dock, wormwood and rue and apply sparingly to the carpet to repel fleas (for dog-only households, as some herbs can prove quite harmful to cats and other animals).
If you are not a fan of powders and you do not have a cat, try the following essential oil combination: up to 50 drops of lavender and eucalyptus combined with 1 ½ cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and mist the carpet just prior to vacuuming. If you have wood floors, try mopping with an emulsion of ½ cup lemon juice, ½ cup olive oil and 30 drops lavender oil (again, for dog-only homes).
There is a “natural” option for flea control outdoors in the form of Nematodes, which are worms that eat only fleas. If none of these steps prove effective, you may require the services of an exterminator. Remember, fleas can carry disease, such as the bubonic plague, so you need to address a serious problem decisively.
Treating the Pet
If the quantity of fleas is limited, you can use a flea comb to remove fleas manually, on a daily basis. Or, one or two drops of essential oil flea repellent massaged into the coat twice a week may be all that is necessary (for dogs, not cats). Try mixing 10 ml grape seed or almond oil with 10 drops lavender and 5 drops cedar wood oils, and use sparingly in your dog’s coat. If your dog has a heavy flea load, you can use the preceding recommendations with the added step of a bath.
Since it is hard to control fleas naturally, especially in cats, I suggest that you consult your veterinarian for product recommendations. Avoid the organophosphate powders and sprays, which are very toxic and not very effective. Some of the OTC commercial insecticide flea powders are potentially very toxic to cats and kittens.
Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals,
Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM
The animal shelter, SPCA of Long Beach, is so nice and clean and accomadating for the animals. It is the ONE shelter I have visited that I can actually go near and Not feel devastated. I usually have a hard time going to the pound or a shelter as I want to “rescue” them all.
Yesterday I went to the marketplace that is in the SPCA center. I buy my dogs treats and some premium wet food as all the proceeds go to the animal shelter. I like that. In addition to feeding my dogs Life’s Abundance Holistic Pet food, I supplement it with other High Quality proteins. As your Pet ages it is important to feed them Kibble as well as a Quality wet food. They need it for muscle mass as well and hydration. My girls are treated well…what can I say? It is worth it! They give me a ton of love, pleasure and great company.
Visit your local pound, Shelter or SPCA when you want a new pet. Please.
I was surprised and pleased to see that many people were there, looking and wanting a new pet to add to their family.
There are many wonderful animals that need good homes. They will be forever grateful.
I rescued my Moki when she was 6 or 7. Adopting a “senior” dog is very rewarding! And I still have her 9 years later! The sweetest dog…EVER!
I am proud to say we rep this Pet Food in our store. It is awesome and it is truly healthy for your Dog or Cat!
My love and passion for animals – Can I tell you how it all started back in the 1980’s?
A darling Pomeranian puppy was given to me for my 30th birthday. I named him Tiamo. I wanted him to know “I love you” every time I said his name even though it was in Italian. He taught me how to love and adore animals. Even though I had adopted 2 cats a few years earlier, Tiamo was the 7 pound wonder that opened my heart.
I learned what it meant to be responsible for a Pet; the “parental” duties it took to be an awesome pet owner. The unconditional love I experienced was priceless. My heart grew bigger and bigger for dogs, cats, all pets! I started to notice animals on many levels. I even started to follow a vegetarian diet, which lead to a vegan diet….all because I couldn’t eat animals because I connected with them in my heart. (**in recent years I integrated more animal protein into my diet).
Unfortunately, I needed to help Tiamo pass on when he was only 13 years old. That is on the younger side for a small dog. He had a collagen disease which compromised his cartilage; this made him age faster than normal. His body started to ‘give out’. It inspired me to pay attention to the health of mine and other people’s pets. Especially what was in the food they ate. Animals need our pure attention. I learned we all need to educate ourselves the best we can.
I still had my two cats and another pom (that we adopted from a Pomeranian rescue). Time moved forward and I noticed I became very involved in the animal world. Dog sitting, dog walking, rescuing, helping animals find a home, learning about better foods, how corn and other fillers were put into pet food, etc.
My caring and compassion is for all living things became more and more apparent.
I have been working massage and bodywork, since 1983. These (massage and animals) two passions seemed to weave in and out of each other. I noticed that people started to rely on me for “answers” or connecting them and building community for animals. The Holistic care of humans and animals seemed to compliment one another.
Communities started to see me as an animal activist in the early 2000’s. This surprised me but I gladly opened up to it. I was just doing what was in my heart for these sweet creatures that couldn’t speak up for themselves. Teaching and working in my massage and bodywork practice, I also started to personally develop a conscious touch for animals, namely dogs and cats. I thought, if I can do it with humans, why not the animals? Animals are actually less resistant and more open to the energy exchange.
Now in 2011, my partner and I have a Golden Retriever/Labrador mix who is 16 years old and a Chocolate Labrador who is 6 years old; both rescues. We adopted Moki, the Golden, when she was 7ish. That is a story for another time. Kona, the Chocolate Lab was about 6 weeks old when we rescued her from a family that couldn’t keep her. We have given both of them a very loving FOREVER home. They are part of our family and consider them in all that we do.
In the past year I decided it was time for me to get out in the world more with Pets, their people and the animal world. In 2008, my partner and I moved to Southern California and needed a support team for our dogs and us. Being in Earthquake territory and not always being at home with them through out the day, we developed a PET EMERGENCY TEAM in our neighborhood, which has now expanded to the track of homes we live in Long Beach, Ca.
We are still building and creating this. Check it out.
Announcing and Recently created, www.MyPetfirst.com there is a an offer you can follow this Pet Emergency plan for your family. Only $1.00!!! There are ideas and suggestions on how you can start one in your community. We all have un-foreseen crisis that spring up and it is wise to have a plan. Do you have a plan in order? I encourage you to do this today. We have a plastic container with extra dog food, blankets, water, water bowls, treats and meds.
Did you know that CORN and other fillers can affect your animal’s skin and coat? Does your dog have allergy, skin or coat issues? Check the ingredients. Try a NO-GRAIN food. It will most likely vanish. My vet had my 1 year old, Kona, on antibiotics three different times in one year! I changed her food and the skin problem disappeared and her need for meds. Check your food and know what ingredients are in the product.
Dogs and cats are highly allergic to corn and other grain filler in commercial foods. Many Pet foods bulk it up with starchy fillers. A protein filler can be chicken beaks, chicken wings, bones, etc. Not the actual meat of the animal stated in the food. Liver is ok…as long as they are organic. If you see “animal digest” on the label as part of the ingredients, beware. This can mean there are rendered “diseased or dead” animals in there. Dead of course, but meaning that they could be pets that have been euthanized at the shelter.
My love for animals deepens every day. I help people all over the country to feel more connected to their animals, educate about Pets and even help with finding forever homes for them. A woman all the way across the continent, in CT, wrote and asked me what she could do about people dropping unwanted cats at the their barn. I gave her some suggestions that inspired her and, yes, she found them homes. That is a great feeling to be able to inspire, help people and find solutions.
Please check out the pet food that we confidently represent…it gets delivered to your door and it was formulated by Dr. Jane Bicks, a Holistic Vet.
PREPARING FOR YOUR PET’S FUTURE
(Published by the Humane Society of the United States: www.hsus.org)
Because pets usually have shorter life spans than their human caregivers, you may have planned for your animal friend’s passing. But what if you are the one who becomes ill or incapacitated, or who dies first? As a responsible pet owner, you provide your pet with food and water, shelter, veterinary care, and love. To ensure that your beloved pet will continue to receive this care should something unexpected happen to you, it’s critical to plan ahead. Learn what steps you can take to plan and provide for your pet’s future without you by following the steps below.
Preparing for the Unexpected
In the confusion that accompanies a person’s unexpected illness, accident, or death, pets may be overlooked. In some cases, pets are discovered in the person’s home days after the tragedy. To prevent this from happening to your pet, take these simple precautions:
* Find at least two responsible friends or relatives who agree to serve as temporary emergency caregivers in the event that something unexpected happens to you. Provide them with keys to your home; feeding and care instructions; the name of your veterinarian; and in- formation about the permanent care provisions you have made for your pet.
* Make sure your neighbors, friends, and relatives know how many pets you have and the names and contact numbers of the individuals who have agreed to serve as emergency caregivers. Emergency caregivers should also know how to contact each other.
* Carry a wallet “alert card” that lists the names and phone numbers of your emergency pet caregivers.
* Post removable “in case of emergency” notices on your doors or windows specifying how many and what types of pets you have. These notices will alert emergency-response personnel during a fire or other home emergency. Don’t use stickers; hard-to-remove stickers are often left behind by former residents, so firefighters may assume that the sticker is outdated or, worse, they may risk their lives trying to find a pet no longer in the house.
* Affix to the inside of your front and back doors a removable notice listing emergency contact names and phone numbers. Because pets need care daily and will need immediate attention should you die or become incapacitated, the importance of making these informal arrangements for temporary care giving cannot be overemphasized.
I have taken Rescue Remedy at times in my life when I needed to calm my stress especially after a trauma.
Rescue Remedy alleviates stress and brings calm and peace. It can be used for an everyday use or when a “spike” of emotion happens. I have mixed a few drops in my dog’s and cat’s (daily) water bowl. This helps them BEFORE they go to the Veterinarian. My dog, Moki, does NOT like going the Vet. She shakes so much I think the mere act of going to the doc is going to make her have a cardiac arrest.
With the rise in complementary and alternative veterinarian medicine, many Vets include the Bach Flower Remedy- RESCUE REMEDY in their practice. I have added one to my PET EMERGENCY KIT. Good to look at the expiration date on the bottle to keep it updated in your emergency kit.
All Pets of many shapes and sizes can take RR. Some pets may be sensitive to alcohol, in which case, RR should be diluted before it is administered, or an alcohol-free Rescue remedy Pet can be used.
I recommend it and you can call 1-800-314-BACH or visit www.rescueremedy.com/pets.
amazing the dog survived. Bless the dog’s heart! Please watch this, it’s awesome.