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Dog Food Preservatives Can Be Toxic

Dog Food Preservatives
Can Be Good or Bad

by Keith Somers  /  Like  Dog Wonders on Facebook

Dog food preservatives may be good/ natural, or bad/artificial.  Let’s leave an inquiry about  the good preservatives for another article and another time.  The focus here must be on the bad, artificial or chemical preservatives.   Why?  Read on!

Dog Food Preservatives,
Over Time, Can Be Toxic

Generally, pet food will quickly spoil without some kind of temperature controls or preservatives.  Dog food preservatives with chemicals are designed to do two things.  They extend the shelf life and reduce fat spoilage or the rancidity of dry pet foods and pet treats.

Dog Food PreservativesPet food sold in stores is not straight from the manufacturer.  It may take as long as a year.   It has to get from the plant, to the warehouse, to the store, to the shelf and to your purchase of the product.  Hence the need for chemical dog food preservatives.  The natural ones are more of a short term fix.

Over an extended period of time, studies have shown that such artificial preservatives used in pet foods and treats, may result in dry skin, allergic reactions, dental disease, adverse effects on liver and kidney functions, stomach tumors, and enhanced bladder and kidney carcinogenics.

Dog Food Preservatives, the Artificial,
Chemical Kind, Must Be Carefully Avoided

The bottom line is our pets have to eat—and, they have no choice in what we choose to put before them.   And mostly, it is the same old, same old—day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year.   It’s the cumulative, relentless effect of artificial, chemical dog food preservatives that should keep us up at night.  Finally, no one of us knows how much longer these family members would live and enjoy life in our homes—IF they were fortunate enough to have never ingested a single chemical preservative—EVER!

It should be a no-brain er.  Avoid dog food preservatives used in dry foods and assorted treats.  Here’s a list of the more common artificial preservatives:

  • Propylene Glycol  –  A key component used in non-automotive anti-freeze.
  • Ethoxyquin – It is used as a hardening agent for making synthetic rubber and also pesticides.
  • BHA,  Butylated Hydroxanisole  –  Rubber and petroleum products contain this chemical.
  • BHT,  Butylated Hydroxtoluene  –  The chemical may contribute to carcinogenicity or tumorigenicity.
  • TBHQ, Tertiary Butylhydroquinone  –  This one has been found to produce pre-cancerous stomach tumors in laboratory animals.  It can cause damage to a cell’s DNA2.
  • Propyl Gallate  –  Studies have shown this one to be carcinogenic in animals.
  • Tocopherois  –  Here is a toxicity risk.  Why take it?

Of course, there are many factors, other than dog food  preservatives, that can negatively affect the pets who eat at our table.  But, wouldn’t it be far better to come down on the safe side of this issue?

Dog Food Preservatives,
the Answer Is With You!

Your dog or cat is a member of your family.  Feeding a pet some chemical preservative, so that the product can have a longer shelf life makes no sense?  Feeding dog food preservatives (the bad kind), not just occasionally, but with every meal, every treat—run the other way, as fast as you can!  Look for a safer, naturally-preserved product. Look for a fresh-to-your-door product that needs no preservatives at all.  Watch the following 2 minute video from Dr. Sarah Wooten, DVM, one of Life’s Abundance Staff Veterinarians.

Again, put your credit card away.  Unless you just have to get some Life’s Abundance pet food after the video!  Then return and click on the button below!  Remember all the LA food is FRESH and FAST to your door.

  Life's Abundance Dog Food

Keith Somers is a registered
Independent Field Representative of Life’s Abundance products
and The HealthyPetNet Foundation

When contacting Life’s Abundance directly,
please use my ID# 20092539

Pet Food Dangers Have Consequences

Pet Food Dangers Have Long-Term               Negative Health Consequences

Pet food dangers continue to be troubling for pet owners.  For the most part, your pet eats the same food every day.  That is why carefully choosing the right food is so important to your dog or cat’s long-term health, happiness, and life.

pet food dangers have consequences
Most consumers are shocked to learn that makers of some of the most popular, premium pet food brands are misleading you, the shopper.   The pet food danger is found in the ingredients put into the food eaten by millions of American dogs and cats every day.   I am sure you would never knowingly feed such an inferior product to anyone you care for, including the companion animals in your family.

So let’s look at some of the ingredients that can have negative health consequence, and can:

  • trigger allergie;
  • stress immune systems—because of a lack in natural antioxidants;
  • lead to nutrient deficiencies—because of a too long a shelf life and improper storage;
  • link to gluten sensitivity—resulting in autoimmune thyroiditis and diet difficulties;
  • inhibit urinary health—risking urinary tract diseases, especially for cats;
  • omit probiotics (healthy bacteria)—essential in supporting good health;
  • lead to obesity—too many calories, too little exercise;
  • result in a lack of Omega-3—necessary to supporting a healthy heart;
  • increase canine cognitive dysfunction—because of food void of natural antioxidants;
  • diminish skin and coat health—lacking fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and protein

In addition here are some things to look for on the brand labeling that SHOULD NOT BE THERE:

  1. No artificial flavors
  2. No artificial colors
  3. No corn or corn gluten—whole grain oat groats is better, 8 vitamins, 9 minerals
  4. No wheat or wheat gluten—whole grain, ground brown rice, rich in vitamins and minerals
  5. No soy—instead, use another whole grain
  6. No chemical preservatives—to keep food in storage longer
  7. No meat or bone meal—generic specific is best
  8. No animal fat—chicken fat is best, easily metabolized, contains fatty acid profiles
  9. No sugars
  10. No animal by-products—these are, for the most part, left-overs not fit for human consumption

Are you concerned about pet food dangers?  Please check the nutrition facts on the pet food you are currently using—then watch:

The Truth About Pet Food

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TRUTH About Pet Food

Truth About Pet Food
What We Feed Them Matters

Keith Somers, Writer
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Truth about pet food is sometimes difficult to find.  After some reading and careful searching, you can find it.   It is a question of safety, and the long term health and life of your dog or cat.

Have you ever wondered why so many brands pop up again and again on the recall list?   Check it out—here is a very short list, taken from the FDA records, of more than 1,350 pet foods that have been recalled in the last 5 years:

ALPO                                                                        Hill’s Pet Nutrition
AMERICAS CHOICE                                       Iams
Berkley & Jenson                                               Jerky Treats
Blue Buffalo                                                           Natural Balance
Blue Wilderness                                                  Nature’s Recipe
Bravo Pet Food                                                    Ol’ Roy
CAT’S                                                                         Pedigree
Diamond                                                                  PET PRIDE
Dick Van Patten’s                                               Premium Natural
DOCTORS FOSTER & SMITH                    Purina
Eukanuba                                                                Royal Canine
FELINE CRUISINE                                             SCIENCE DIET
Friskies                                                                     SPECIAL KITTY
Hartz Naturals                                                     WEIS TOTAL PET
Hill Country Fare                                               Wellness

Read the label—chances are there are ingredients in the brand you use, that with day in and day out, over-the-long-haul—are harmful to your family pet!

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Will Your Pet Live to Be 25?
It Can, With Proper Nutrition

Every single ingredient in your pet’s food plays a significant role in the nutritional make-up of the food. For sixteen years, tens of thousands of dogs and cats have been eating and thriving on the best

We attribute this success to our painstaking attention to the detail. Each and every ingredient in Life’s Abundance food is carefully chosen to work with the others to supply your companion animal with a highly nutritious and perfectly balanced meal every day, every year, over a lifetime.   That’s the truth about pet food.

 OUR PET FOOD PRODUCTS,

from the beginning, 16 years ago,

HAVE NEVER BEEN RECALLED!

 DOG-and-CAT

  Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products
and a Team Member of the Healthy PetNet Foundation

 

 

Natural Healthy Treats for Dogs & Cats

 

Natural Healthy Treats
For Dogs & Cats

by Keith Somers,
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Natural healthy treats, as a special reward, brings great enjoyment to your dog or cat.   And it makes us feel good, too. The very act of giving a treat helps to solidify the bond that we share with our companion animals.  Unfortunately, most of the pet snacks available on the market today are non-nutritive “junk foods” that could be dangerous to your pet’s health.  It’s important to remember that even if you feed your pet a diet of healthy food, mass-marketed treats can have a significant negative impact on his or her health.
Thankfully, you don’t have to abandon this great way to reward your pet.  There’s no reason treats can’t be nutritious and tasty.  At Life’s Abundance our natural healthy treats are as important as our food for nutrition and pleasure.  You have our guarantee—we do not create pet products simply on measures of taste or texture.
Natural healthy treats is a wholly unique approach in the pet product industry.  To address the dietary requirements and taste preferences of all dogs and cats, we’ve developed a wide array of oven-baked healthy treats, savory training treats and satisfying pork-hide treats. These yummy products are uniquely formulated by one of our company veterinarians, Dr. Jane Bicks, to target particular health needs, both through balanced nutrition and specific vitamins and herbal ingredients.

natural healthy treatsWe have lots of
Natural Healthy Treats<–Click Here
your dog will love:

  •  Antioxidant Health Bars
  • Gourmet Dental Treats
  • Wholesome Hearts, Low-Fat Treats
  • Tasty Rewards Training Treats
  • Porky Puffs Treats
  • Buffalo Bully Sticks
  • Baked Treats
  • Buffalo Lung Fillets
  • Dog Treat Sampler Pack

We also have
Natural Healthy Treats <–Click Here
your cat will enjoy:

  • Chicken, herring & liver meals
  • Guaranteed vitamin C & E, omega-3’s, DHA & EPA
  • Healthier hair can minimize hairballs
  • Made in the USA

At Life’s Abundance, we’re driven by a desire to affect positive change in your dog’s and cat’s health, and that’s reflected in every single joyous bite. Most Nutritious Pet Food

Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products,  the Healthy PetNet Foundation, and
a member of The Healthy Pet Challenge Team

Premium Natural Dog Food Is Here

Premium Natural Dog Food
Is “Dog-Gone Good!”

by Keith Somers,
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Premium Natural Dog Food from Life’s Abundance is made with select ingredients, including:

  • high-quality chicken;
  • catfish meals;
  • whole grains;
  • nutritious vegetables and fruits;
  • probiotics;
  • omega fatty acids;
  • additional nutrients;
  • and much more.

It is healthy and fresh delivered to your door in less than 6 weeks from the Life’s Abundance facility in Florida, and it has never been recalled—for any reason!

Watch this 1 minute video:

Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products
and the Healthy PetNet Foundation

Pet Food Probiotics Are Essential

Pet Food Probiotics
Are Essential Good Bacteria—Why?

by Keith Somers,
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Pet food probiotics have to be on everyone’s minds when considering the total health, happiness, and longevity of our pet companions.   But what are probiotics anyway?

About three months ago I was visited by one of those pesky tiny “deer ticks”.   He bit me!   Since then I have been on three, four-week doses of antibiotics.   I am combating diagnosed Lyme Disease.   This bad bacteria is called borrelia burgdorferi.

Pet Food Probiotics
Focus on Good Bacteria

Unfortunately, antibiotics destroy good bacteria along with the bad. Hence in a time of aggressive antibiotics use, to the rescue comes probiotics (good bacteria) to enhance not only digestion, but immune function as well.

I am sure my great grandmother had never heard of “probiotics”.   But, she did know the value of yogurt, cottage cheese, sauerkraut, clabbered milk, and yeast.    All of them promote better digestive health.

Élie Metchnikoff first suggested the possibility of colonizing the gut with beneficial flora (probiotics), in 1907.   He was a Russian scientist and Nobel prize winner working at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

pet food probiotics

He wondered why the villagers living in the Caucasus Mountains of Bulgaria, lived so much longer than most of the rest of the Bulgarian population.  He found that it was because they were drinking a fermented yoghurt drink on a daily basis.   It was a probiotic called Lactobacillus bulgaricus.    It seemed to have improved their health and longevity.   Probiotics are good bacteria.

Leading scientists today are discovering many types of probiotics  such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces boulardii, and Bifidobacterium infantis.   All of them have various properties and can have different healthy effects on the body.

Pet Food Probiotics Effect the
Health, Happiness, and Longevity of Our Pets

These “human” studies have now spilled over into the pet food probiotics industry.   That’s good.

Veterinarians1 and nutritionists are still sorting out how probiotics work.   At this point they believe that they can:

  •     Promote digestive health by blocking bad bacteria from establishing colonies.
  •     Produce substances that prevent infection; regulate inflammatory responses.
  •     Strengthen intestine mucus.
  •     Prevent and treat certain skin allergies and diseases.
  •     Enhance cellular  homeostasis—a state of balance in the body.
  •     Maintain a healthy immune system.
  •     Produces antioxidants thus helping to prevent periodontal disease and “doggie breath”.

 

1“The Promise of Probiotics”, Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM, April 25, 2012, Life’s Abundance Newsletter.

 

Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products
and the Healthy PetNet Foundation

PLEASE READ the following CAREFULLY

Do NOT use the DogWonders site to attempt to diagnose or treat your pet.
Your veterinarian is ALWAYS the best source of health advice.

Please DO use my site as an informative and educational opportunity.  I will do my best to ensure that what is presented here,
is helpful to you, accurate and up-to-date.

Fresh Pet Food, A Key Reason To Read This

Fresh Pet Food, Always
Shipped Fresh to Your Door

by Keith Somers,
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Fresh pet food is critical for your companion animals.  You would never, ever want to serve old or spoiled food.  This is why Life’s Abundance is not available in stores.   It is always produced in small, frequent batches and when you place your order, delivered right to your door—fast and FRESH!fresh pet foodThe mega-companies manufacture large batches at a time.  Chemical preservatives are important to a long storage and shelf-life for their products.  Hence, the time before you get their pet food can be as long as a year.   And, you have to go to the store to buy it, and then lug it to the car and home.

Watch the following 2 minute video from Dr. Sarah Wooten, DVM, one of Life’s Abundance Staff Veterinarians:

Fresh Pet Food Must Also Have
A Fast Delivery Time

Life’s Abundance food is produced in small batches so that it is always FRESH.  It is always shipped directly to your home FAST, usually 5 weeks or less from the factory to the warehouse, and 5 days to your door.  That’s a total of no more than 6 weeks from production to you, guaranteed!

Fresh Pet Food From Life’s Abundance
Has Very Low Shipping Rates

It’s a small price to pay for FRESH and FAST, wouldn’t you agree?

  •   No minimum ordering requirements.
  •   Buy as little or as much as you need.  The shipping costs stay the same per order.
  •   Include a variety of products.  Order dry food, canned food, treats, supplements or more.
  •  Save money by using “autoship” which you can change at any time.   Change the shipment date, the order or cancel.
  •   Since the birth of the company in 1999, in 15 years, there has never been a recall on any of its fresh pet food products.

fresh pet food
Fresh & Fast Pet Food,
What More Could You Ask For?

All Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food, for both cats and dogs, features:

  •   Digestible Protein Sources
  •   Extra Antioxidants
  •   Chelated Minerals
  •   Live Probiotics
  •   No Corn
  •   No Wheat
  •   No Glutens
  •   No Artificial Colors
  •   No Artificial/Chemical Preservatives
  •   Never Been Recalled
Your companion pets will live
Longer, Healthier, and Happier Lives!

 

Click below and order some Life’s Abundance Pet Food
shipped to your door fresh and fast—TRY IT!

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 Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products
and the Healthy PetNet Foundation

Best Premium Dog Food May Have Negative Results

by Keith Somers  /  Like  Dog Wonders on Facebook

Best Premium Dog Food
Brands, May Not Be
What You Should Be Feeding

Best Premium Dog FoodThe best premium dog food brands, sold commercially and in stores, and popular for most consumers, may be misleading.  There is confusion about the labeling and the quality and kinds of ingredients being put into dog food.  In addition, the length of time from the factory, to the warehouse, to the store, and to your home, is also a factor.   Put it all together, the result is an inferior product.   You would never knowingly feed such a product to anyone you care for, including the companion animals in your family.   In the long run this inferior product may, because of extended health issues, be very costly in many ways.

Have you ever wondered why there continues to be brand after brand of “premium dog food” on recall?  Here are some of the factors that result in recalls.   Each of the following can have negative health consequences for your dog.   They can:

  • trigger allergies—because of digestive and immune disorders;
  • stress immune systems—because of a lack in natural antioxidants;
  • lead to nutrient deficiencies—because of poor packaging, improper storage and too long a shelf life;
  • link to gluten sensitivity—resulting in autoimmune thyroiditis and diet difficulties;
  • inhibit urinary health—risking urinary tract diseases;
  • omit probiotics (healthy bacteria)—essential in supporting good health;
  • result in lack of Omega 3—essential in supporting good health, without it may lead to obesity—too many calories, too little exercise;
  • increase canine cognitive dysfunction—because of food void of natural antioxidants;
  • diminish skin and coat health—lacking fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and protein.

Best Premium Dog Food Must Not Contain
Any of the Following Ingredients:

Think about this.    For the most part, your dog eats the same food every day.  That is why carefully choosing the best premium dog food is so important.  Your dog’s long-term life and health are at stake.   Check the brand label you currently use.   None of the following will be found on the best premium dog food labels:

  • NO artificial flavors;
  • NO artificial colors;
  • NO corn or corn gluten—whole grain oat groats is better, 8 vitamins, 9 minerals;
  • NO wheat or wheat gluten—whole grain ground brown rice is better, rich in vitamins and minerals;
  • NO soy—best to use other whole grains;
  • NO chemical preservatives;
  • NO meal or bone meal—generic specific is best;
  • NO animal fat—chicken fat is best, easily metabolized, contains fatty acid profiles which are good;
  • NO sugars;
  • NO animal by-products—left-overs not fit for human consumption.

Check the Nutrition Facts on the Best Premium Dog Food You Are Currently Using

Then watch this short video:    Abundant Nutrition for Life

Please know, with confidence, that since it’s inception in 1999, 15 years ago,

Life’s Abundance Dog Food, has never been recalled.

Click below and order some
shipped to your door fresh—try it!

LA-All-Product-MdKeith Somers
is a registered Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products
and the Healthy PetNet Foundation

Healthy Dog Treats Are Absolutely Necessary

Healthy Dog Treats
Are  Absolutely Necessary

by Keith Somers  /  Like  Dog Wonders on Facebook

Few things bring more enjoyment to your dog than the reward of  healthy dog treats.  The very act of giving a treat helps to strengthen the bond that we share with our companion animals.

healthy dog treats
We want your companion animals to enjoy the best life has to offer!
healthy dog treats

Unfortunately, many of the dog treats available on the market today are non-nutritive “junk treats”, that could be harmful to your dog’s long-term health. Look at your current Ingredient Label—none of the following should be on the list, not one:

  • NO wheat, or wheat gluten
  • NO corn, or corn gluten
  • NO soy or soy gluten
  • NO artificial colors
  • NO artificial flavors
  • NO chemical preservatives
  • NO meat meal or bone meal
  • NO animal fat
  • NO sugars
  • NO animal by-products

Treats should be packed with wholesome premium nutrients such as:

  • apples
  • peanut butter
  • honey
  • oatmeal
  • stabilized rice bran
  • brown rice
  • ground flax seed
  • flax seed oil
  • rolled oats
  • dried whole eggs
  • cranberries
  • carrots
  • vitamin A, E, C, and beta-carotene
  • calcium
  • phosphorous
  • L-Carnitine
  • high quality protein
  • Omega 3 fatty acids

For the most part your pet eats the same food every day.   With some variation between dry or wet food, treats and supplements, it is crucial that a right choice in each of these products be made.  Your dog or cat’s long-term health, happiness and life is at stake!

Click below to see:  Chew Treats, Training Treats, Baked Treats, Dental Treats, and more, yummy, nutritious choices.

 We want your companion animals to enjoy the best life has to offer!
healthy dog treats

Keith Somers is a registered
Independent Field Representative of Life’s Abundance products
and The HealthyPetNet Foundation

When contacting Life’s Abundance directly,
please use my ID# 20092539

Dog Treat Recall Alert This Week

Dog Treat Recall Alert
Possible Contamination with Mold

  by Keith Somers / Dog Wonders on Facebook

dog treat recall
Yesterday, September 25, 2014, Kong Aussie Sticks were quietly removed  from PetSmart stores.   The dog treat recall was made by JAKKS Pacific.   The manufacturer, located in Walnut, California, said that it was due to possible contamination with mold.

A company spokesperson said by an email:  “The products were not dried properly so a small percentage of finished goods have gone moldy.  Majority of the product is fine, and the mold was caught at our DC (Distribution Center?), but some product may have made it to PetSmart so we are recalling all the product at PetSmart and destroying all the product we have at our DC.   The product can be returned to PetSmart for a full refund.”

Dog Treat Recall Sold
Only In PetSmart Stores

It seems that this product was sold only at PetSmart stores.  The products that have been recalled have the following numbers:

  • Item 75559—best before 01/30/16
  • Item 75560—best before 01/31/16

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA regulated pet food products by going to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadian citizens can report any health or safety issues related to the use of this product.  Just fill out a Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

Dog Treat Recalls Happen,
You Can Guard Against Them

Please keep in mind that all of the ingredients in any treats you give your family pets must be fresh.   Additionally, they must clearly add to the overall quality of your dog’s nutrient intake.  This is very important.  Long-haul, “junk” treats can be harmful.  So, be careful, and know what to look for when you make your purchase.  They depend on you to choose wisely.

Would you would like to know more about what makes treats fresh, wholesome and nutritious?

Here is a great article on the subject:

Dog Treat Recall

Keith Somers is a registered
Independent Field Representative of Life’s Abundance products
and The HealthyPetNet Foundation

When contacting Life’s Abundance directly,
please use my ID# 20092539