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...
My Embarrassment of Buying My Dog Condoms

My Embarrassment of Buying My Dog Condoms

I consider myself a responsible pet parent. I take my job seriously. Beyond food and shelter, I am accountable for my fuzzy one’s emotional and physical health. And, just like human parents – queue mood appropriate background music – that includes having ‘the talk’ with my pups. The dreaded, yet inevitable, birds and the bees talk. Can you imagine my embarrassment of buying my dog condoms? February is National Prevent A Litter Month The month of love, is also the month of protection. For your animals that comes down to a couple of choices. Teach your pet how to use condoms Spay and neuter your animals I’ve attempted to have ‘the talk’ with Mattie. He didn’t seem that interested. Or at least he didn’t when he was young and fully intact….and humping one of his stuffed toys that was about his height. Poor stuffed sheep…that toy still looks a little horrified, even to this day. So, the decision was mine so it would seem. Mattie, like all dogs, doesn’t have thumbs and thus can’t drive a car or hop on a bus to go get dog condoms, and so off to the vet we went. The Facts and Myths Facts: Spayed female pets typically live longer and healthier lives! Spaying helps to  prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, and that’s good as tumors are typically malignant or cancerous in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Spaying your pet prior to first heat protects from these diseases. Spaying means your female pet won’t go in to heat, which can be horrendous for you, your pet, and your neighbors...
DIY Pet First Aid Tips With a Holistic Twist

DIY Pet First Aid Tips With a Holistic Twist

Recently I was reading a pet-related industry insiders report that said ‘first aid for pets is a relatively new category in the animal industry.’ Relatively new? No it’s not…if you are like me and share your life with an animal, you know that first aid is one of the primary things on our minds. The health and wellbeing of my dogs is paramount to sharing a quality human-animal bond with him. The report went on to add that the most common complaint from pet owners was knowing how to address skin and paw issues. After digesting this article I thought that maybe what it was truly reporting on was the growth of commercially viable answers (e.g. products) in response to a pet first aid survey. So, I thought I might save you some time and money by sharing our very own MattieDog© tried and true DIY pet first aid tips with a holistic twist.   Human and Pet First Aid Differ First aid kits meant to address human concerns often do not contain the appropriate supplies for animals. Rubbing alcohol pads are included in first aid kids for the primary purpose of killing bacteria. Good in tiny amounts, like for wiping a small spot on your pups skin prior to a shot, however for a cut…you better stand back, cuz ‘that’sa gonna hurt,’ as my grandpa used to say. But what can I do, I hear you asking. I have two bundled terms for you: ‘povidone iodine‘ and ‘epsom salt.’ Holistic DIY Pet First Aid Safety Tips Skin: Scrapes, Rashes, Pimples/Doggy Acne and Minor Wounds Povidone iodine is clinically proven to defend against common bacteria (yeast, staph and the like),...

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