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Britney Spears, Paris Hilton & the PeTA Look-A-Likes

by Kerry Noon, CFO All Pet Naturals – Inspired by Nature

After seeing some recent news reports that PeTA organized two Paris Hilton and Britney Spears look-a-likes to demonstrate outside pet stores in Los Angeles, in an effort to bring attention to the fact that when people purchase dogs from breeders, thousands of dogs in rescue shelters go without homes. I was inspired to find out more about PeTA and have another look at what PeTA has been up to of  late, and share what I find.

As with most people I was aware of the work PeTA did protesting the wearing of fur and factory farms, but was surprised to find that their mission statement includes concern for backyard dogs.

PeTA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry.”

Says  the PeTA websites’ mission statement.  “We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds and other “pests,” and the abuse of backyard dogs.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), is an organization of more than 2 million members and supporters, and is the largest not-for-profit animal rights organization in the world.  As I was scooting around their site and reading everything I could, I came upon dozens of awesome blog articles in their Companion Animals section.

With such topics as “Don’t believe everything you hear from your vet” and “Old age ain’t for sissies,” Peta explores the importance of holistic treatment methods in dog care.

Author Karen says, “for the past 20+ years, I’ve found holistic methods to be gentler, less invasive, more natural, and more healing than conventional methods. These tend to work with the body in a way that nourishes and heals it, rather than simply masking or suppressing symptoms, which are bound to resurface in a different way. Of course, there is a place for conventional medicine, but many chronic and old-age health problems in pets lend themselves to holistic treatment.”

Karen also reminds us “To take charge of your dog’s health yourself. You, and not your vet, are your dog’s best advocate.” For anyone interested in the health of their best friend this is certainly advice and its all on the PeTA website which I found to be a wonderful and rich resource. To find out more about PeTA and to join the organization, visit www.peta.org.



Bully Sticks on Sale Today!

Announcing new supplies of our famous 6-inch All Natural Bully Sticks. Click below, get 30%off online!

Our famous all natural nutritious buffalo bully sticks are back! Made in the USA these are the same sticks you can find at retail for over $4.00 each. Order today and save up to 45%. Use code Pet15. Promotion ends Monday, January 20th at midnight. Maximum 24 sticks per household. Hurry while supplies last.


Thunderstorms. Car Travel. Loneliness & Separation Anxiety in Dogs – There’s an App for That!

Sometimes the littlest things can make our pets anxious and scared. Luckily there`s an app for that now.

The helpful e-book Six Ways to Calm Your Pet the Natural Wayis now available in  easy-to-read re-Course notes on your smart phone. Click on the link above to subscribe the Six Ways to Calm Your Pet the Natural Way, then click on the Apple link to ad the FREE re-Course app to your phone.

Open the App and the first pet health tip will be waiting for you. Over the next few days you will receive the best snippets of advice delivered right to your phone. So you can be ready when thunder strikes, or any other time your pet needs calming.



Green decline ‘may bring about irriversable change’

From the BBC: Great post about climate change and how humanity is causing terrible damage to our planet’s biosphere. It seems world leaders are mired in political squabbles failing to find agreement and in the meantime our oceans, air, water are suffering. According to the UN’s Environmental Program (UNEP), progress was low in the following areas (which will be discussed at this years Rio+20 summit):

  • air pollution indoors and outdoors is probably causing more than six million premature deaths each year
  • greenhouse gas emissions are on track to warm the world by at least 3C on average by 2100
  • most river basins contain places where drinking water standards are below World Health Organization standards
  • only 1.6% of the world’s oceans are protected.


Weirdest Things Ingested by Dogs in 2010

From Pet Insurance Agency VPI, comes a  list of the weirdest things ingested by dogs in the USA this past year (FYI they  received over 2000 entries):

  • socks
  • rocks
  • jellyfish
  • barbecue brush
  • bikini
  • baseball
  • glass Christmas ornament
  • glue
  • bed sheet
  • box of pencils
  • 16 steel wool pads

Let this incredible list serve as a reminder that many dogs will eat just about anything so be aware and keep your dog safe. Namaste!



Ever Wondered What’s Inside a Pup-Peroni Stick?

Every wondered what’s inside those fun Pup-Peroni sticks we love to give to our pets? I thought about it the other day whilst I was out shopping at my local supermarket. My partner and I were gathering up  salads and burgers for a great summer bbq we were planning, so as Angela  went about finding the best deals and ingredients, I began larking about the pet food aisle and Pup-Peroni’s caught my attention.  I read the label and decided to bring to everyone’s attention a fuller explanation of the ingredients, slightly more scientific mind you.

Pup-Peroni Original Beef Recipe Ingredients

From the label: Beef, Meat By-Products, Soy Grits, Sugar, Liver, Salt, Propylene Glycol, Garlic Powder, Caramel Color, Natural Smoke Flavor, Potassium Sorbate (used as a preservative),Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), Red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), Onion Extract.

And now … lets explain the ingredients … the truth about pet food!

Beef – okay everybody understands beef, however since the FDA does not regulate with precision what this term actually means, for pet food manufacturers beef can contain any part of the animal. For sure its not the choice cuts from cows so that leaves things like hooves, entrails, etc.

Meat By-Products –This means generic meat ingredients that do not indicate a particular species (e.g. bone meal, blood meal, fish, fish meal, poultry, poultry by-products). Yummy!

By-Product Meals – even if a species is identified (chicken/beef/turkey/lamb by-product meal etc.), since highly questionable ingredients may be used in these rendered products.

Sugar – Can include sucrose, cane sugar, caramel, corn syrup and others. Sugar or sweetener is an absolutely unnecessary ingredient in pet foods, added to make the product more attractive. Continuous intake can promote hypoglycemia, obesity, nervousness, cataracts, tooth decay, arthritis and allergies. Pets also get addicted to foods that contain sugars, so it can be a tough piece of work to make them eat something healthier.

Liver – Whenever the word ‘meat’ or the name of an organ appears by itself (without a species) on a pet food label, there is no way to know which kind of animal it came from. It could be horse liver, goat, duck, pig, or even skunk or other animals of questionable origin.

Salt – Also listed as Sodium Chloride. A colorless or white crystalline solid, chiefly sodium chloride, used extensively in ground or granulated form as a food seasoning and preservative. May also appear in ingredient list as “Iodized Salt” (iodine supplement added), “Sea Salt” (as opposed to salt mined from underground deposits) or “Sodium Chloride” (chemical expression).

While salt is a necessary mineral, it is also generally present in sufficient quantities  in just about everything WE eat and also in the foods we give to our pets. That’s the huge societal problem isn’t it? Anyway too much sodium intake is unhealthy for animals. In poor quality foods, it is often used in large amounts to add flavor and make the food more interesting.

Propylene Glycol – A colorless viscous hygroscopic liquid, CH3CHOHCH2OH, used in antifreeze solutions, in hydraulic fluids, and as a solvent.

This chemical is used in semi-moist kibble to keep it from drying out. May be toxic if consumed in large amounts, and should definitely not be an ingredient in a food an animal will eat daily for weeks, months or even years of its life. In countries of the European Union, propylene glycol is not cleared as a general-purpose food grade product or direct food additive.

Garlic Powder – Used solely as a flavor enhancement.

Carmel Color – made by the controlled heat treatment of carbohydrates (nutritive sweeteners which are the monomers glucose and fructose or their polymers, e.g. glucose syrups, sucrose, invert syrups, and dextrose), generally in the presence of food-grade acids, alkalies, and salts, in a process called caramelization. (More sugars and salts)

Natural Smoke Flavor – produced by burning hickory chips and condensing the smoke into a liquid form.

Potassium Sorbate (used as a preservative) – used to inhibit molds and yeasts. Its primary use is as a food preservative (E number 202).[3] Potassium sorbate is effective in a variety of applications including food, wine, and personal care.

Sodium Nitrite (for color retention) – with chemical formula NaNO2, is used as a color fixative and preservative in meats and fish. When pure, it is a white to slight yellowish crystalline powder. It is very soluble in water and is hygroscopic. It is also slowly oxidized by oxygen in the air to sodium nitrate, NaNO3. The compound is a strong oxidizing agent.
It is also used in manufacturing dyes, nitrous compounds, and other organic compounds; in dyeing and printing textile fabrics and bleaching fibers; in photography; as a laboratory reagent and a corrosion inhibitor; in metal coatings for phosphatizing and detinning; and in the manufacture of rubber chemicals. It may also be used as an electrolyte in electrochemical grinding manufacturing processes, typically diluted to about 10% concentration in water. Sodium nitrite also has been used in human and veterinary medicine as a vasodilator, a bronchodilator, and an antidote for cyanide poisoning.

Red 40 – The color additive FD&C Red No. 40 is principally the disodium salt of 6-hydroxy-5-[(2-methoxy-5-methyl-4-sulfophenyl)azo]-2-naphthalenesulfonic acid.

The most widely used food dye. While this is one of the most-tested food dyes, the key mouse tests were flawed and inconclusive. An FDA review committee acknowledged problems, but said evidence of harm was not “consistent” or “substantial.” Like other dyes, Red 40 is used mainly in junk foods.

BHA (used as a preservative) – Butylated Hydroxysanisole – a white, waxy phenolic antioxidant, C11H16O2, used to preserve fats and oils, especially in foods.
Banned from human use in many countries but still permitted in the U.S. Possible human carcinogen, apparently carcinogenic in animal experiments. The oxidative characteristics and/or metabolites of BHA and BHT may contribute to carcinogenicity or tumorigenicity.

Onion Extract – Onion of any form is toxic to dogs and has no place in dog food!




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