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The Horrors of Commercial Pet Food: What Every Dog and Cat Owner Should Know

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Some of the ingredients that end up in commercial pet foods are truly shocking. What’s more, many of these will not appear on the label and others are hidden under umbrella terms such as ‘meat meal’ and ‘meat by-products’. How can this happen? The pet food industry is highly unregulated. As Ann Martin, author of Foods Pets Die For, writes in her article The Pet Food Industry and its Questionable Practices, ‘Governments in the USA and Canada regulate the labeling of the food, the name and address of the company, the weight of the product, and whether it is made for a dog or cat – nothing more.’

The meats used in pet food can be extremely low grade and unfit for human consumption. Summarized as the ‘4 D’s’ (dead, diseased, disabled, and dying), these can include roadkill, zoo animals, and infected and cancerous meats.

At the rendering plants ingredients are highly heated and processed, destroying nutrients and enzymes, with strong preservatives added which do not appear on the labels. These include fat stabilizers such as BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), both of which are known to cause liver and kidney dysfunction, and Ethoxyquin, a suspected cancer-causing agent. Semi-moist dog foods may also contain propylene glycol, a relation to ethylene glycol (anti-freeze), which can destroy red blood cells.

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Though reportedly not the case today, it is well recorded that dogs and cats have ended up in dog and cat food. In his 1990 article How Dogs and Cats Get Recycled Into Pet Food, John Eckhouse, an investigative reporter, wrote: ‘Each year, millions of dead American dogs and cats are processed along with billions of pounds of other animal materials by companies known as renderers. The finished products — tallow and meat meals — serve as raw materials for thousands of items that include cosmetics and pet food.

Doctor of veterinary medicine Wendell Belfield in Foods Not Fit For a Pet (Earth Island Journal, 1996), reports that ‘federal and state agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration and medical groups such as the American Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association, confirm that pets, on a routine basis, are rendered after they die in animal shelters or are disposed of by health authorities, and the end product frequently finds its way into pet food.’

Toxic Grains

The very use of grains in pet food is questionable as grains are ill-suited to the digestive physiology of carnivores. This is especially so for cats who are obligatory carnivores and meet their glucose requirements through amino acids in their diet. Further, the grains used in dog and cat foods may contain mycotoxins, fungi that can cause chronic conditions and even death in both humans and animals. As the grains used in pet food are low grade, they are dealt with last in the handling process and because of this are often left in storage where insects, mites, and mycotoxin molds can grow.

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The consumption of dead mites can cause skin allergies. If your pet has skin allergies, change their diet first before turning to steroids which can be seriously detrimental to your pet’s health.

Aflatoxin poisoning, a common mycotoxin that grows on corn as well as other foods, has been reported for over 50 years. Vomitoxin is another mycotoxin found in wheat products. Where large doses of mycotoxins can cause cancer and even rapid death, small continuous amounts may suppress the immune system and damage organs over time, leading to long-term chronic health conditions.

Just recently at the end of 2005, over 100 dogs were killed in the United States because of aflatoxin found in pet food, with some 19 brands of Diamond dog food being recalled. It is likely there were many more deaths than those reported, and as aflatoxin attacks the liver it is likely surviving dogs may develop chronic liver disease or liver cancer in the future.

Toxic Chemicals

The toxin sodium pentobarbital, a chemical is used to euthanize animals and pets, has been found in commercial pet foods. The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine performed two studies (1998 and 2000) to test for pentobarbital.  Of the 74 samples analyzed, over half were found to contain pentobarbital. What’s more, none of the 43 brands and product lines that tested positive warned of its presence on their labels.

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The FDA researchers also tested the food for the presence of dogs or cats but reported none present. It was believed the pentobarbital residues were entering pet foods from euthanized, rendered cattle, or even horses.

The FDA says the small amounts of the drug found in these foods were harmless, but not all veterinarians agree. Long-term continual doses, even at small levels maybe increase the onset of chronic and degenerative diseases.

Aside from the toxins and base ingredients of commercial pet foods, these harshly processed and high-carbohydrate products in no way match the natural diets dogs and cats would have eaten in the wild. They are species-inappropriate and ill-suited to canine and feline physiology. I recommend healthy, homemade, raw diets or optimum natural, holistic alternatives for the health and well-being of your dog and cat. Before embarking on a raw food diet (otherwise known as BARF – ‘biologically adequate raw food’), thoroughly research the area first as nutritional balance is essential.

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Teacup puppies

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2020 has been a difficult year and the world is still struggling to overcome covid-19. Lockdowns have been imposed and people are confined to their homes. They are spending more time at home than ever. This is the time to have a perfect pet like a teacup puppy that doesn’t even need outdoor activity and keeps you happy all the time.

Teacup puppies are the smaller and cuter versions of normal dogs. The name teacup is used for them because they are literally small enough to fit in a teacup. Teacup versions of most of the dog breeds are available.

The most common teacup puppies are from the following breeds

  • Pomeranians
  • Maltese
  • Maltipoo
  • Poodle
  • Yorkshire terriers
  • Shih tzu

Due to their smaller size and cute appearance, they have gained considerable attention over the past decade. The most exciting thing about having a teacup puppy is that you can carry them anywhere with you as they can fit into your pocket or bag, hence accompanying you all around the town.

If you manage to take care of their health, they can accompany you even up to 15 years. When you have a larger dog, you need to have enough space for them or but in the case of teacup puppies, it is not necessary to have a large space for them to thrive. They can easily be adjusted to a small apartment which makes it easier to keep the space clean due to less shedding. They can be kept by the people who have homes with pet size restrictions.

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Unlike larger dogs, they are less likely to be aggressive and irritable and can be a friendly companion. They have docile nature which makes it easier to carry them wherever you go, even when traveling.  It is convenient to dine in and shop when you have your pet with you because most of the shopping malls and restaurants allow going inside with your little friend. Their small size means they don’t need a lot of food or preventive medications resulting in lower ownership costs. Although they do not require long walks proper exercise and socialization are good for their mental and physical health.

Teacup puppies require very little exercise daily. Actually, their exercise requirements are met while playing indoors. Teacup puppies can be your best friend for 13-16 years if they are taken care of properly. This sounds a bit amazing because the average life span of normal dogs is 12-13 years so it means teacup puppies outlive them by 2-3 years.

The small size of teacup puppies can be a problem sometimes. For example, they are fragile and vulnerable to rough handling by kids. They can get injured easily if they fall from a height or car stepped on. So, teacup puppies need to be handled carefully and with love.

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If you want to get a teacup puppy as a pet, you can get one from Yas Puppies. All the puppies are up to date on the shots and come with a one-year health guarantee.

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Teacup puppies

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Teacup puppies

Teacup puppies are the perfect pets to have during this pandemic. Lockdown restrictions have forced people to stay home. Most can’t go out even for exercise. Teacup puppies require no outdoor exercise and are happy indoors. They are very playful and lively and keep you entertained.

When the dogs weigh between two to five pounds and are fewer than 17 inches, they are considered teacup puppies. However, they can vary in size and eight as they are not an official breed. Chihuahua, Shih Tzu, Pomeranian, and Maltese are popular teacup breeds.  They are also called toy dog breeds and micro dogs.

Teacup puppies are very friendly and lovely pets and they form a friendly bond with the family easily. They don’t require much space to live and need lesser food. Their small size with cute eyes just melts your heart at a glance.

They are called teacup because they have a very small size and can even fit inside a teacup. Their miniature sizing puts them at certain health risks so if you are going to have teacup puppies you must be aware of that. They are prone to hypoglycemia and their sugar level can go dangerously low even if they skip one meal as they have a high metabolic rate. This can result in weakness, seizures, and sometimes even death. Due to having smaller, fragile bones, they are susceptible to fractures. They can be stepped on or dropped which can result in accidental killing so if you have young children teacup puppies might not be the best choice.

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If they get sick, they are harder to treat because of their small organs and frame. They suffer from a number of congenital diseases like pulmonary stenosis and congenital liver diseases due to forced breeding techniques and malnutrition. About 40% of teacup puppies suffer chronic vulvar diseases. But the truth is health problems exist in all the dogs of all the breeds of all sizes. What’s noteworthy is that they can live for 13-16 years if they are taken care of properly. Their life span is longer than normal dogs.

Before having the teacup puppy, you must make sure that you are not buying from a breeder who has stunted the growth of the dog on purpose by not providing the essential nutrition. However, it is very much possible to have a healthy and happy teacup puppy after you research a little to find the ethical teacup breeder.

Teacup puppies are small in size and require no too few treats. they eat little so they are low maintenance pets. They are comfortable in small flats and do not require much space for housing. They require little exercise and their physical activity requirements can be met by even playing indoors.

If you are looking for a teacup puppy as a pet, Yas Puppies has the best collection available. All of the puppies are up to date on the shots and come with a one-year health guarantee. So, get a teacup puppy and make your life more fun.

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The Best Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes

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Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes

Cleaning cat litter is one of the most thankless chores, yet it must be done often to prevent the spread of bad odors throughout the house. To avoid this task, the self-cleaning litter will be essential. But which self-cleaning litter box to choose from? To find the one that works best for your feline, let’s have a look at some of the best self-cleaning litter boxes.

Pet safe PAL19-14656

Scoop-free Ultra is an ultra-automatic electric self-cleaning litter that brings comfort to your life and that of your cat. You will appreciate the practical and hygienic solution offered by this innovative model.

The Pet safe Scoop free Ultra stands out for its fast and efficient cleaning system. With a tray covered with premium blue crystals, this litter provides odor and long-lasting waste. This model offers the possibility of setting the timer to customize the raking time, in programs 5, 10, or 20 minutes after the passage of the animal. Cat waste moves to a hidden area using the automated rake.

Scoop-free litter has different sensors that detect the presence of your feline. Its silent engine is not likely to disturb the cat. This self-cleaning litter has been designed for easy use. After installing the Scoop free, then install the Blue Crystal litter box underneath, program the system and enjoy a month of tranquillity without chores.

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Omega Paw Roll n’ Clean Litter

You dream of an easy-to-clean litter box without having to use a shovel, but your budget is very limited. The Omega Paw Roll n’ Clean Litter is what you need.

Very innovative, this Omega Paw Roll litter fits all budgets. You can now clean the litter box without a cat shovel. Your cats’ feces are easily separated, just turn the toilet. Waste can be recycled with a removable drawer.

Spend good days with your felines not to smell bad smells with this self-cleaning litter. Cleaning is done easily and quickly.

Jlxl001 Automatic (MEET)

The ideal would be not to touch anything, but to clean everything. This automatic litter self-cleanses and adapts to all sizes.

Already put to the test, this MEET litter proposed by Omega Paw Roll has a pool height suitable for cats from three months. The rubber pads that extend into the front part make it easy for your cat to get in and out.

Whether you have a large kitty or a small one, this litter is perfectly wide to accommodate them. It is recommended to use cat litter particles in bentonite or crushed tofu sand to keep this machine running smoothly.

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It must be said that the smell of cat litter is really unpleasant. This falls now, the design of this litter is completely closed which effectively prevents the smell from spreading.

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Perfectly suited for cats of all sizes, the Xinxie litter1 123-558-274 offers a huge space. It consists of a cardboard driveway that prevents cat litter from coming out. For cleaning, a shovel with easy use is available to you.

Easy to clean, the edge of this self-cleaning litter has a non-stick structure that will not form a residue. A single wash is all it takes for this box to be usable again.

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