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News: JoAnna Lou
Keeping Track of Recalls
FDA compiles pet food recalls in a searchable database
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a searchable pet food recall database, similar to the resource that already exists for humans. The database contains the 971 pet food recalls that have occurred since the beginning of 2006. It’s scary to think that there have been almost a thousand recalls in the past four years alone. I’m glad, however, to see that the FDA is...
News: JoAnna Lou
Providing for War Dogs
Deployed military pups face a shortage of rations.
Military canines in the United States date back to the First World War  Now America has the largest fleet of working dogs in the world with over 2,800 military pups. Over 600 of those dogs are currently deployed in the Middle East, where their handlers face a tough predicament when it comes to the animals’ care.  The recent increase in troops sent to Afghanistan has led to a surge in military...
Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Valentine Liver Treats
Valentine Liver Nibbles
This delicious recipe is nutritious and tasty, and the loaf can be sliced up into any size. What better way to make your pup feel truly special this Valentine’s Day than with homemade treats richly infused with love. The added bonus is that Valentine Liver Nibbles are completely wheat-free, making them ideal for sensitive pets. Ingredients 1 lb. fresh raw organic beef or chicken liver 3 free-...
News: Guest Posts
More Salmonella Contamination Feared
FDA issues a “health alert” for Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers not to use Merrick Beef Filet Squares for dogs distributed by Merrick Pet Care with a package date of “Best By 111911” because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. This is not the same as a recall. The report says: “Although no illnesses associated with these products have been reported, the FDA is advising...
News: JoAnna Lou
Full Belly for the Holidays
PetParadise coordinates a three-state food drive for needy pets
In March, I wrote about the emergence of pet soup kitchens, whose numbers are growing amid the current economic state. Unfortunately, not all communities have this type of resource available for those in need.  The multi-state pet boarding and daycare resort, PetParadise, noticed that, across the board, many people were struggling to keep their pets, while donations were down for area rescues. As...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Healthy Food Dogs and Kids Can Share
TREAT them both right
You want to give your dog the best. You want to give your child the best, too. No one advocates feeding your child dog food. But how about giving both of them … salmon steak?   Sharing food with your dog seems radical, but it’s merely a return to the way dogs were fed for millennia. The human-animal bond developed partly because dogs and humans could eat the same foods, and the act of sharing...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Pet Food Politics: Know Where Your Dog's Food Comes From
Interview with Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim on the state of canine nutrition
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, is one of America’s best-known critics of food safety and nutrition. The author of Food Politics and What to Eat as well as a popular columnist and blogger, she is the Paulette Goddard professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. In 2007, she and her partner, Malden Nesheim, PhD, professor and provost emeritus of Cornell University—both...
News: Karen B. London
Pet Food Claims Allowed to Be Deceptive
Normal advertising laws don’t apply.
The Federal Trade Commission requires that advertising can’t be deceptive and that it must be truthful. It’s not clear why this does not apply to pet foods, but apparently it doesn’t. In fact, according to the American Association of Feed Control Officials, the labels on pet foods can have qualified or unqualified claims, and these may be direct or indirect. In other words, pet food labels can...
Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Fifi's Fishy (or Chicky) Affair
Ingredients 4 cups whole wheat flour 2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes 1 cup low-sodium beef or chicken broth 1 5.5 oz. can skinned and boned salmon or chicken, well drained** 4 Tbsp. dried parsley 1⁄4 cup fish, safflower or olive oil 1 tsp. iodized salt Directions In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients until a paste is formed. Roll out mixture on a lightly floured cutting board until...
Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Puppy Stew
Ingredients 3 lbs. boneless chicken meat with skin (white or dark; skin may be too rich for some dogs, and its inclusion is optional) 2 cups brown rice or barley 6 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 6 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 medium package (24 oz.) frozen peas or lima beans 56 fl. oz. diced tomatoes with juice 3 Tbsp. fresh parsley or oregano 1⁄2 cup fish, safflower or olive oil...

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