Tag Archives: Animal Health

Ban Bovine Growth Hormone in Animals Initiative

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Bovine Effects Animal and Human Health
The genetically altered bovine hormone is injected into cows, which results in diseased cattle and human health concerns. Understand how this was allowed to happen.

This is Exactly What a Coverup Looks Like

Your Voice Matters! Take Action

We Do NOT Want Bovine Hormone Injected Into Animals

Support Organic Food Production

Down With Monsanto!

Worldwide Ban on Genetically Modified Food Sources

Support Farmers Fight Against Monsanto

FDA Ban Posilac

Stop Antibiotic Use in Agriculture Animals

Get Bovine Growth Hormone Out of Milk

Millions Against Monsanto – A Multitude of Petitions


Pet Food Safety Initiative

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Contaminated Pet Food Outbreak

Urgent information. There is a widespread salmonella outbreak on numerous dog and cat pet food products.

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As a person who is part of the animal welfare community it is more than distressing to save the life of an animal only to watch it get sick from food consumption. The sensation towards careless pet food manufacturers is nothing short of outright anger, particularly when a shelter elects to carefully monitor the quality of pet food provided. Exploitative marketing techniques that fain promises of animal health as the number one concern should be held accountable for false advertising and malicious intent when it becomes evident that the only priority is profit.

Tell the FDA to Increase Pet Food Regulations NOT Decrease Them

Stop Using Euthanized Animals in Pet Food

Demand Stricter Regulations on Pet Foods

Universal Safety Regulations for Pet Food

Demand Diamond Pet Foods Release all Materials Relating to Their Recall

Remove the Poisons From Pet Foods

Tell FDA to Pull all Tainted Pet Food

Stop Using Diseased Animals as Pet Food

A Side Note:

Although Diamond Pet Foods has not added the state of Arizona to its list, this editor can attest from first hand experience that their tainted product has found its way to that state.

Dog Food Recall for Advanced Animal Nutrition

Advanced Animal Nutrition has updated information on a voluntary recall to include expanded lot numbers for several brands of dog food.

Read Further: Dog Food Recall for Advanced Animal Nutrition

Be sure to pass this information along to friends, family, and donation centers so they are aware of the recall. A liver is a necessary organ to live.

Truth In Pet Food Labeling Initiative

Whether you live with an animal or donate food to assist them. What you don’t know about pet food could harm our furry friends.

Main Article: Pet Food Safety

Petitions For A Call To Action:

Stop Using Euthanized Meat in Pet Food

Tell FDA To Regulate Pet Food Industry By Setting Standards And Enacting Truth In Labeling

Demand FDA Enact Effective Pet Food Safety Standards

Stop Iams From Testing Toxic Pet Foods On Animals

Demand Safe Pet Food

Stop Using Inhumane Meat Sources To Make Pet Food

Stop Using Euthanized And Diseased Animals In Pet Food

Help Australia With Truth In Pet Food Labeling

India Requests Support In Obtaining Accurate Pet Food Labeling

Food Sources To NEVER Feed To A Dog Or Cat
Always avoid feeding these items to domesticated animals.

  • All forms of alcohol – can cause coma or death.
  • Avocado – Causes intestinal tract issues.
  • Any form of sugar or sugar substitute – Causes liver failure.
  • Corn in any form – Natural allergen that builds up over time and poisons animal.
  • Cooked bones – Can puncture esophagus and get trapped in airway.
  • Chocolate – Damages heart muscle and attacks nervous system.
  • Caffeine – Damages heart muscle and attacks nervous system.
  • Grapes, raisins, currents – Causes kidney failure.
  • Human Vitamins – Purchase pet vitamins specific to the species. Human levels of iron are toxic to animals.
  • Nuts in general. However, Macadamia nuts are particularly harmful to the point of fatal.
  • Spoiled food – Contains toxins to cause organ failure.
  • Any form of mushroom – Attacks the entire system resulting in coma or death.
  • Onions – Damages red blood cells and causes anemia.
  • Garlic – Damages red blood cells and causes anemia.
  • No seeds, pits cores, stems, or leaves from any fruit – Intestinal obstruction (FIP), blocked airway, and poisonous.
  • Yeast – Can rupture stomach.

Limited Food Sources For A Dog Or Cat
These are items that should be used sparingly. Talk to your vet about proper amounts for the species and size of your animal.

  • Milk – outside of infancy has little nutritional value.
  • Salt – small amounts provides nutrients. However, large amounts are toxic.
  • Fish – High amounts can cause a vitamin B deficiency.
  • Fat scraps – large amounts can damage the pancreas.
  • The flesh part of tomatoes. However, the stems and seeds are toxic.
  • Cottage cheese – If animal gets an upset stomach or diarrhea toss it and all dairy options out of the diet.

Sound Food Sources For A Dog Or Cat
These are foods that are considered, as a rule of thumb, to be acceptable in an animal diet.

  • Carrots (steam or cook for cats)
  • Green Beans
  • Leafy greens
  • Pumpkin
  • Peas – Unsweetened, no onions
  • Apples – No core, stems, or seeds.
  • Alfalfa Sprouts
  • Flaxseed – Milled, ground, or oil
  • Cooked egg – Avoid raw. There are too many questionable enzyme issues that cannot be caught by sight alone.
  • Meat – Cats and dogs are carnivores. A proper, healthy, well-balanced diet needs meat. The healthiest choices include chicken and turkey. They are low-fat, high-protein, and easily digestible. Red meats are not recommended. They are high in fat, harder to process, and in many countries genetically altered, which brings us right back to the X factor concerns of commercially processed pet foods.

Dogs and cats do not require a lot of carbohydrates. If you bulk up a meal with lots of carbohydrates it will lead to weight gain and sluggish behavior. The rule of thumb is a little goes a long way.

  • Brown rice
  • Barley
  • White rice
  • Fresh potato
  • Sweet Potato – dehydrated this makes for cost effective treat.

Symptoms To Watch For
Animal systems are as unique as our own. What might work for one body might not work for another. Therefore, regardless of a food source being considered safe, it is important to try small amounts of food in a dietary change. Talk to your vet to make sure there are no preexisting allergies that might have been overlooked and watch for the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting – other than fur ball related
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Bloat and Discomfort
  • Appears weak or dizzy
  • Unintentionally collapses
  • Has seizures

Stop feeding food immediately. Have a list of food ingredients and contact vet clinic or hospital for instructions.

A nice meal blend: Research dry pet food products in your area. Find one that does NOT contain the words Meat Meal, Bone Meal, or Meat Byproduct, and ideally does not contain any form of corn or sugar. Mix the dry food in with your homemade food. This option provides a balanced meal and the crunchy food helps animals keep their teeth clean.

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