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Consumer Reports Tackles (Not Really) Pet Food
Maybe a better source for insight on GPS collars and robot dogs
When I turn to Consumer Reports, it’s usually for the skinny on things with plugs and engines. Last time I subscribed online, I was in the market for a refrigerator. So I was surprised to see them shine their high beams  (only sorta) on pet food in the March '09 issue. The basic advice was sound: Ignore fancy packaging and unverified claims, read the labels, don’t assume the most expensive is...
Blog: Recalls
Peanut Butter Recall
Stop the spread of salmonella by taking stock of your pantry.
Now is the time to check the ingredients list of your dog's food and treats as the peanut butter recall has spread, so to speak. If you want to look up a particular item, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has created an exhaustive database. Click on the "Pet Food" category for specific brands. If you're like me and treat your dogs to a dollop of peanut butter from time to time, it's worth...
Blog: Recalls
PetSmart Recalls Treats
Salmonella outbreak traced to a small peanut manufacturing plant could now affect dogs
Time to check your pantry again! The recent salmonella outbreak traced to a small peanut manufacturing plant could now affect dogs and their owners. PetsMart is recalling Grreat Choice dog biscuits because of a link to Peanut Corp. of America in Blakely, Ga. Animals are at less risk than people, especially kids, who handle the treats. However, if your dog acts lethargic or has bloody diarrhea,...
Blog: Guest Posts
Updated Pet Food Warnings
Peanut butter treats and chicken jerky on the list
Citing concerns over a salmonella outbreak associated with peanut butter, PetSmart has removed seven types of Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits from its shelves. According the company, there have been no reports of illness from the biscuits, and the recall is a voluntary precaution. This appears to be the only pet product affected by the recall so far. Read the Food & Drug Administration's most...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
10 (More) Easy Pieces to Liven Up Your Dog’s Meals
Surprises from the grocery shelf
In part one of this article, we asked the rhetorical question: “If you’re going to feed your dogs ‘people’ food, shouldn’t you feed them something that’s actually good for them?” and answered it with a list of 10 healthy, easily obtainable options straight from the shelves of your local market. As promised, here are 10 more “easy pieces” for your consideration. (Part One can be found here.)  ...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
Natural, Human Grade, Organic Dog Food: Really?
An Organic Primer
Stores are selling more and more dog foods labeled “natural,” “human grade” and “organic,” and the industry considers them to be the hot new trend. But what can these words mean? Because the government has never bothered to define “natural” for human foods, this word essentially means anything the manufacturer says it does. For pet foods, however, the Association of American Feed Control...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
Should You Put Your Dog on a Raw Food Diet?
Raw food: Yes or no? Strong opinions line up on both sides.
Linguist George Lakoff rose to national prominence during the 2004 presidential campaign for pointing out that conservatives have done a much better job than progressives at framing political debate, and for encouraging the left to stop shooting itself in the foot with the words it uses. While no doubt the good professor would be surprised to hear it, his ideas also shed some light on a very...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
Ann Martin on Pet Food Safety and the Menu Foods Recall
Industry gadfly continues the quest for safe pet food
Ten years ago, Canadian Ann Martin raised the consciousness of pet lovers worldwide with the publication of her first book, Food Pets Die For. That was followed by Protect Your Pet. In these books, she examines what goes into pet food, how it is manufactured and who is responsible for regulating the processing industry. She began as a “citizen” investigator, who, in her words, just wanted answers...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
Dog Food and Canine Nutrition with Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, is the Paulette Goddard professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. Her latest book, What to Eat, inspired her work in progress, What Pets Eat. She and her partner, Malden Nesheim, PhD, professor and provost emeritus of Cornell University, are currently conducting research for this book. We’re pleased to announce that both have agreed to...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
The Politics of Pet Food
Update on calorie labeling standards
In the wake of the 2007 recalls, Congress ordered the FDA to work with state regulators and the industry to develop national standards for pet food processing and labeling. We’d like to go on record right away as seconding the need for better regulation of pet foods. We were pleased when the FDA announced a hearing on pet food labeling standards for May 13, 2008. We asked to attend the hearings,...

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