Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Should You Microchip Your Dog?

By Cesar Millan

I just heard a story in the news about a family who had lost their dog. They did everything to find him—putting up posters, checking shelters—nothing. Then, after two years, they get a phone call. Their dog was found. The person who found the dog took him to be scanned for a microchip and it showed who his family was and they were reunited.

The chip’s only as big as a grain of rice. It’s usually implanted in the scruff of your dog’s neck and doesn’t cause any pain for your pet. And it only costs around $25 to $50, depending on your vet.

I think it’s so much safer than other forms of identification. If your dog gets lost, he might lose his collar and tags; if your dog is stolen, the thief might remove his collar and tags. With a microchip, you can help people who find your dog find you and if someone else says it’s their dog, you can prove the dog is yours.

They make some neat stuff that works with your dog’s microchip, too. Like a pet door that recognizes your dog’s chip and lets him into the house (but not the raccoon that comes by later). The microchip won’t track your dog though. Your dog has to be taken somewhere to be scanned.

To me, the decision whether to microchip your dog or not is an easy one. You should microchip your dog as soon as possible, and you’ll rest easier knowing that if anything happens to your dog, you’ll have a better chance of recovering him.

Read the full story on Cesar's Way.

Underwater Dogs

A famous photographer in California decided to take a few of his furry friends, a ball, and a high-resolution camera underwater.  Here are the results!  Enjoy!

URGENT Pet Food Recalls

There have been multiple dog food recalls this month. Please check these websites if you feed your dog(s) any of these brands:


Natural Balance


Diamond including these brands:
•    Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul 
•    Taste of the Wild
•    Country Value
•    Premium Edge
•    Professional
•    4Health 
•    Diamond Naturals
•    Kirkland

May 2, 2012  FDA update on Chicken Jerky Treats from China

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Why Feeding High Fiber Kibble to Fat Cats Defies Logic

By Dr. Becker
Mercola HealthPets

In a study published recently in the Journal of Animal Science, researchers investigated the effects of three different types of fiber on overweight cats.

(Right off the bat, one has to wonder about the real purpose behind testing biologically inappropriate food on animals who already have a weight problem.)

Twenty-four overweight cats were fed one of four dry food diets:

  • A control diet with 11.5 percent fiber
  • Diet containing beet pulp with 26 percent fiber
  • Diet with wheat bran and 24 percent fiber
  • Diet with sugarcane and 28 percent fiber
The purpose of the study was to measure the effects of fiber on energy and macronutrient digestibility, fermentation product formation, postprandial metabolite responses, and colon histology.

In other words, the researchers wanted to know how well the cats’ bodies were able to digest and assimilate the nutrition provided by the various fiber diets, and what changes occurred in the colon as a result of eating significant amounts of dietary fiber.

Click here to read the full article on Mercola HealthyPets.

Deputy Rescues Scared Deer

HURON COUNTY, MI -- Deputy Ryan Swartz, responded to a car versus deer accident on Friday, Nov. 11 on Hellems Road in Dwight Township. No one was injured other than a doe deer which remained standing dazed in the middle of the roadway for almost 25 minutes. The scene was captured on the patrol car's camera.

9 Most Acclaimed Animal Film Stars of All Time

In this age of products and fast food franchises being skillfully marketed as movies, starring 3-D computer-animated, wise-cracking, pop-culture-referencing animals (think mice, chipmunks, and dancing penguins), it's easy to forget that animals starring in classic movies were living, breathing, and occasionally carnivorous creatures. Some of these animal actors were huge stars in their time. Others made just one film before deciding Hollywood wasn't for them. Movies today are very different indeed than what they were back in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. But maybe today's popularity of CGI-created macaws and rats has something to do with the contributions these nine talented animals made to the industry.

How to Tell If a Pet Food Manufacturer is Untrustworthy

By Dr. Becker
Mercola HealthyPets

Recently a DVM and professor from Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Lisa Freeman, gave a lecture based on her research on companion animal nutrition.

According to PetfoodIndustry.com:

"The lecture, part of the "A Taste of Tufts: A Sampling of Faculty Research" series, focused on exposing pet nutrition myths and educating pet owners on how to select an optimal diet for their pet."
I ran across some information on Dr. Freeman's lecture and wanted to share the highlights with my readers here at Mercola Healthy Pets.

Freeman is what is known as a "Triple Jumbo."

She has earned a degree from three separate Tufts campuses: a B.S. from the College of Liberal Arts, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Cummings School and a Ph.D. from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Her special area of interest is pet nutrition and heart disease.

Many Pet Food Companies Don't Employ Even a Single Nutritionist

Dr. Freeman made the point that pet food labels are used by manufacturers and marketers for advertising as well as informational purposes.

And most of the pet owners Dr. Freeman talks to base their pet food buying decisions not so much on the information contained on the label, but on the advertising claims.

The most important information on a pet food label is certainly not advertising claims, nor is it even the ingredient list, according to Dr. Freeman.

It's the name of the manufacturer. "You would absolutely be shocked at the variability in the quality of different companies," said Freeman.

Dr. Freeman believes any reliable pet food manufacturer employs at least one full-time qualified nutritionist, a research and development department, runs its own plants and imposes internal quality control standards.

According to Dr. Freeman, it is shocking how many pet food companies do not have a nutritionist on staff. She would prefer companies spend less money on marketing and more on research and development and experts in animal nutrition.

Unfortunately, many small, family owned, good quality pet food manufacturers cannot afford to employ a full time veterinary nutritionist, so they employ them on a consulting basis. Finding out who your pet food company has consulted with during the formulation process is very important.

Click here to read the full article on Mercola HealthPets.

8 Products You Own That Are Tested on Animals

This is an excellent article:

When you pick up cosmetic and household products at the grocery store, you probably don't spend a lot of time considering what went into producing them. As long as an item's safe for you to use and works like you want it to, what's the big deal? You might want to start thinking about how it was tested, though. Many companies, including those that own huge brand names known across the country, use animal testing to ensure the safety of their products before they're available to consumers. Some of these tests are necessary to show that the products meet the legal standards while others are done voluntarily to confirm that the item is as good as it can be. Whether you think animal testing is cruel in all circumstances or you believe that it's necessary to keep humans safe and healthy, you should at least be aware that these eight products, which are probably somewhere in your home, are tested on animals.

Click here to read the full article.

Cat on Boat Plays with Dolphins

This is precious!