Is Safe In Small Quantities Really Just Unsafe? BPA in Pet Food Cans

Is Safe In Small Quantities Really Just Unsafe? BPA in Pet Food Cans

This morning, while rushing around getting ready to go to work, and playing a game of keep away between my dogs and my breakfast toast, I caught pieces of the news. I am a multi-tasker like that….I am woman, hear me roar. Roar! But on this morning, it was more of a… roar? Maybe more like…roar. Roar, period. I was a little befuddled when the be-dazzlingly beautiful and happy news correspondent reported that “BPA (Bisphenol A) found in most food containers and packaging is safe in small quantities!” Really? When was the last time you went out and picked a ripe BPA laden can off of a tree? Is ‘safe in small quantities’ really just unsafe? How about BPA in pet food cans? What’s In the Lining of Canned Pet Food? While the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes the use of BPAs in the lining of cans of food for human and pet consumption, they also readily acknowledge ‘additional research is underway to enhance our understanding of BPA.’ I’m not sure about you, but for me, I’d rather be sure. And, I’m not an alarmist, I have a long history of working with clinical studies to advance health. Here’s an interesting fact about BPA – infant advocacy groups, product makers and the like, mostly through self-imposed governance, abandoned the use of BPA-based materials in baby bottles, sippy cups, and infant formula packaging. When abandonment happens, the FDA is not required to amend it’s safety determination – more so, it can continue by discarding the data submitted by these groups. But why would infant product manufacturers abandon BPA? And why is it...
Is My Dog’s Tummy Full of Yummy GMOs?

Is My Dog’s Tummy Full of Yummy GMOs?

My husband and I are vegans. Being a vegan does not equate to automatic magical health. Trust me, there’s a lot of vegan junk food out there, and just like our non-vegan friends, we struggle to balance taste with nutrition….and health. Also, we’re label readers and we are vigilant in our goals to eat local, organic and GMO free. Yes indeedy, we’re living large – we’ll likely live to be 142! No, we won’t – the goal is simple, really: eat nutrient-rich foods loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and healthy fats in order to minimize the effects of aging, free radicals and degenerative diseases. But…what about our dogs? Is my dog’s tummy full of yummy GMOs? What Is A GMO? Genetically modified organisms are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding (Non-GMO Project). Think of that Sesame Street game, “one of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong.” Unlike the Sesame Street game, where finding the odd object was easy to ferret out, finding a GMO is not. Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. GMOs equate to a study in chemical agriculture at the hands of the world’s biggest chemical companies – this includes seed management. Makes you think twice about chomping on that apple, don’t it? It likely should – the long-term effects of GMOs is unknown – however, emerging studies point to serious and detrimental maladies. GMOs For Fido? When I was...
Is Your Dog Hungry? We Can Help! Open Farm Pet Food Giveaway

Is Your Dog Hungry? We Can Help! Open Farm Pet Food Giveaway

Do your dogs follow you in to the kitchen every time you go in there to do something? Doesn’t matter if I’m washing the dishes, packaging up the trash… Visiting the kitchen as a solo endeavor is a foreign concept to my dogs. “Are you hungry?” I ask them, looking into their soulful and beaconing brown eyes…. Sucker! I’m pretty sure that’s what they’re thinking as I give them a piece of carrot or an apple slice. Seriously, what does that hurt….except perhaps my role as being seen as ‘Lord and Master.’ Oh wait, I don’t have that role. That coveted title is held by Mattie….sucker is right, but I like it that way. If your dogs follow you into the kitchen and has you wondering ‘is my dog is hungry?’ We can help! Open Farm Pet Food Is Real Food Great nutrition – good from farm-to-bowl! Open Farm puts great care and effort into sourcing only the highest quality ingredients from suppliers they personally know and trust. Open Farm’s entire farm-to-bowl supply chain is audited and certified by third-party organizations specializing in humane animal care and sustainable farming practices to give you peace of mind. No artificial colors or tastes, ocean caught fish, all meat no meal and no fillers, antibiotics or hormones – all of Open Farm’s recipes are free from artificial preservatives and flavors, including Ethoxyquin and recipes are preserved using mixed tocopherols, a natural preservative that also provides anti-oxidants. Giveaway: Win a 6 Month Supply For You & the Animal Shelter of Your Choice You read that right, Open Farm has partnered with us to host a big 6-month...
A Walk In The Woods Is Just What The Dog Ordered

A Walk In The Woods Is Just What The Dog Ordered

Everyone has their own way to decompress. For some it’s a glass of wine post a hard day at work. For others, it’s lacing up their running shoes and going out for a jog. For me, a walk in the woods is just what the dog ordered. Just what the dog ordered? Yes, you read that right. For me, there is nothing more soothing than putting on a pair of hiking boots and going for a long walk with my dogs. There is just something decidedly relaxing about walking in the greenery of the Pacific Northwest with my fuzzy ones. Adulting Last week was a hard one. I had to adult five whole days…in a row! Take it from me….adulting is hard work. You have to make decisions, sometimes unpopular ones, you have to color inside the lines, drive with both hands on the steering wheel, and pay bills. I’ve got a PhD in adulting – by the time you are in your mid-thirties you’ll be well on your way to an advanced degree in it. But it’s not all that bad – I can eat ice-cream for dinner if I want to! I was tired of all the adulting and so at the end of day five I had enough of being the big decision maker and buckled up my fuzz ball and took off for one of the big wooded in-city parks close by our neighborhood. A Walk In The Woods Is Just What The Dog Ordered I talk to Mattie when we go out for a walk. Sound odd? It’s not really. I work through my frustrations, or...
What Would Your Dog Do With Thumbs?

What Would Your Dog Do With Thumbs?

Dogs don’t have thumbs… have you ever wondered why? Well, you can rest assured it’s not to keep them from hitchhiking across the country. Dogs, like cats, have dew claws…a non-opposable styled thumb of sorts. Have you ever wondered what would your dog do with thumbs? Why Do Humans Have Thumbs? To text…hello! No, that’s not it. Humans have thumbs to grasp things. Mostly we grasp things that we end up hurting ourselves with. Like hammers. Or paper…don’t judge, a paper cut hurts! Theoretically, thumbs are what separate humans from most other species. Here’s one thing thumbs don’t give humans – compassion. What Would Your Dog Do With Thumbs? Rule the world? Nope. Dogs being the naturally compassionate and loving creatures that they are, they would likely solve many of the ills that we, as thumb-wielding Gods, have yet to solve. Dogs would build shelters for the homeless, tuck in a sick child, feed an elderly Alzheimer’s patient. Dogs with thumbs would definitely lead us all towards a more caring and loving world. What Can You Do With Your Thumbs? Thumbs have a lot of power. Use your thumb’s power for good! Go ahead, you can use your big old thumb to download a free mobile app and helps raise funds for animals in need! Heck, we have to walk our dogs every day, two times a day, so when we learned about these great philanthropic apps that support animal charities – we were all in. ResQwalk and Walk for a Dog by WoofTrax apps both give you the power to raise money for animal welfare organizations, simply by walking. The fine people of...

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