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Dr Fox on Healthy Food from "Pet Food & Feeding: Personal Ruminations"

"When I shop for my two-and four-legged family I always look first for the USDA Organic certified label first. Then I look for other good signs like Natural; No Chemical preservatives or Artificial Coloring; No By-products; G-M Free or No GMOs; No Irradiation/Radioisotope Treatment; Humane; Free Range; Grass Fed; No Hormones or Antibiotics. I am an advocate of whole, organic foods that are biologically appropriate for the species. Food for Dogs is different from "Dog Food"---it's human food quality, but with less grains,---and none for cats. Food for cats is not the same as food for dogs because cats are different physiologically and are obligatory carnivores."

PET FOOD INDUSTRY REVOLUTION/EVOLUTION

"Pet Products News International reports that the GfK Group, a Germany-based global market research company tracking business in 11,000 U.S. pet stores, that sales of grain-free pet foods have jumped some 28% over the past year. More than $1.4 billion was spent on this kind of pet food for dogs, and some $322 million for cats in 2012. While this is a small fraction of the annual $21 billion-a-year pet food market, it is a significant change in consumer choice and demand driving market availability. Much of this has to do with the pet obesity epidemic and other documented health problems in dogs and cats associated with high cereal content diets. (For details visit www.drfoxvet.com). It is an issue of especial concern for cats who are obligate carnivores and cannot process cereals and other sources of starch unlike most dogs.More

 

Urgent Issues

BAYER'S NEW CAT, DOG, HOME & YARD INSECTICIDALS:
WHAT IT MY PORTEND FOR THE EARTH COMMUNITY
important new pet report
I posted my concerns last year about Bayer's dog and cat "Seresto" anti-flea and tick collars that contain a nicotine chemical (imidacloprid) that can cause seizures, thyroid gland damage, mutations, abortions and birth defects, (and is a class of widely used agricultural chemicals implicated in the catastrophic demise of honey bees, banned by the European Commission in 2013 for 2 years in Europe); and a pyrethrin chemical (flumethrin) that can cause nausea, vomiting and seizures among other harmful side effects... more.
A NATION DIVIDED:
LUPOPHOBIA, WOLF PROTECTION OR MANAGED SLAUGTHER
important new pet report
Fear and hatred of wolves goes back in European history for centuries. Such lupophobia is still evident today in purportedly advanced civilizations like the U.S... Internet pages posted by “Sportsmen Against Wolves” are especially revealing, combining graphic photographs of slaughtered wolves with supportive comments by hunters. They see wolf protectors and wildlife conservationists as representing the kind of society they abhor: One of tree-hugging Bambi-lovers that threaten their way of life and right to shoot wolves.... more.
THE PAW PROJECT important new pet report
There is a national movement to ban the declawing of cats. This amputation surgery is a violation of state and federal anti-cruelty laws because it is an unwarranted and therefore unethical surgical procedure that is no benefit to the cat. Cats are often permanently crippled by this mutilation, which entails surgical removal of their first digit or finger bone since the claws are not like the nails in humans that grow out of a base under the skin but instead are connected to the first joint in the bones of their paws which is severed. (See illustration below)... more.
MYSTERY POISON IN PET TREATS FROM CHINA important new pet report
To date, the FDA has received reports of illnesses in 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. since 2007. Some 580 dogs died. The pet treats sold as jerky tenders or strips made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes or dried fruit were all imported from China and sold under a wide variety of brand names. more.
WOLVES AND HUMAN WELL - BEING:
ECOLOGICAL & PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS
important new pet report
Wolves play an integral role in maintaining the health of wildlife and ecosystems, and indirectly, livestock and public health. Recognition of this role and its ecological ramifications calls for greater respect, protection and incresed numbers of wolves in appropriate habitats across North America. Current federal and state government initiatives, backed by diverse vested interests, are poised to reduce the nation’s existing wolf population which is contrary to the directives of sound science, reason and the public interest. more.
CHAGAS DISEASE AFFECTING DOGS IN SOME STATES important new pet report
According the Centers for Disease Control this disease is more common in South and Central America but there are increased reports of the Chagas disease in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Virginia. This disease is caused by the blood parasite Trypanosoma Cruzi transmitted by the blood-sucking bites of infested Triatomine more.
DENTAL CARE FOR CATS & DOGS: AVOIDING ANASTHESIA RISKS important new pet report
Dog and cat care-givers are not generally aware of the risks of putting their animals under an anesthetic, even when quick acting drugs and inhaled gases are used which generally allow for a rapid post-surgical recovery. The safety of giving a general anesthetic to an animal has been greatly improved over that past two or so decades, but that does not mean there are no risks, for which most veterinarians take due precaution in preparing the animal patient before the anesthetic is administered, and also monitoring vital signs during surgery and post-surgical recovery... more.


Contaminated Dog Treats Infect People important new pet report
Concord, NH – On Sept 10 2013 the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced a voluntary recall of Joey’s Jerky brand Chicken Jerky due to possible Salmonella risk. According to this agency a total of 21 people in Merrimack and Hillsborough Counties have been identified with the same strain of the illness, but no deaths have occurred... more.


PURINA DOG FOOD RECALL important new pet report
August 30, 2013 – St. Louis, Missouri, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of 3.5-pound bags of its Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food from a single production run and shipped to retail customers in the United States. This is being done because one bag of the product was found to be contaminated with Salmonella... more.


WHY THE FEDERAL & STATE GOVERNMENTS SHOULD PROTECT THE GRAY WOLF FROM HUNTERS & TRAPPERS important new pet report
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, after completing a 5-year status review of the Gray wolf, is proposing to “Remove the gray wolf entity from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.” The only grounds for this are political and economic and are not based on sound science or bioethics. Every informed citizen should oppose this federal government decision... more.


BIRD FOOD RECALL important new pet report
BIRD CHANNEL.COM reports that eight varieties of Goldenfeast exotic bird food have been voluntarily recalled because of potential Salmonella contamination linked to parsley flakes, the Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, company reported Monday, Aug.26, 2013.... more.



CHEMICAL-RELATED HUMAN DISEASES IN COMPANION ANIMALS important new pet report
Living in Minnesota, I am in one of the epicenters of the nation-wide epidemic of obesity, diabetes and related degenerative and endocrine diseases afflicting the human population, many of which I witness every day when out in public. I find it particularly disturbing when health experts, including those in universities and the federal government,.... more.



IAMS & EUKANUBA DOG & CAT FOOD RECALL important new pet report
CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug 14th 2013 The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production.... more.


DEER ANTLER VELVET SUPPLEMENT FOR DOGS & CATS important new pet report
Farmed deer and elk are being raised for their meat and for a product long used in Chinese medicine, antler velvet. When removed from their growing antlers and processed into a powder, pill or spray, this antler velvet extract contains high levels of insulin-like growth factor... more.


Alistair the Cat important new pet report
I love this evidence-based treatment and recovery of Alistair the cat in England who nearly died as a result of failed conventional veterinary treatment for the serious consequences to this poor feline of being fed the usual, biologically inappropriate commercial cat food. I believe that there is now sufficient scientific and veterinary medical evidence that including corn (maize) and soy products in particular,... more.



Preventing Fleas, Ticks and Mosquitoes important new pet report
This topic is important because of the adverse reactions many animals have to the new anti-flea and tick medicines; the environmental and public health risks of these chemicals; the suffering of animals allergic to fleas and other insects; and the increasing risks of tick-born and other insect-transmitted diseases... more.



FLEA & TICK PREVENTION important new pet report
Television and other media outlets are currently promoting various products to rid dogs and cats of fleas and ticks. Manufacturers, along with many veterinarians are marketing these products not as an intervention when these pests are found on the animals, but as a way of preventing infestation... more.
first genetically engineered pig CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IN THE VETERINARY PROFESSION AND THE ORIGIN OF 'MAN-MADE' DOG & CAT DISEASES
The role of the veterinary profession in preventing sickness and suffering in beloved dogs and cats should be central. But because of conflicts of interest, as between selling products for profit and putting the best interests of the animal patient before those of running a business, ... more.
Veterinarian Dr. Michael Fox's lecture

LECTURES, SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS BY DR. FOX
Dr. Fox lectures nationally and internationally to a diversity of audiences, from farmers and ranchers to veterinarians, students and companion animal care givers. Topics include:

  • Eating With Conscience: The Bioethics of Agriculture, Diet and Food
  • Genetic Engineering Biotechnology; Risks and Benefits
  • Pet Foods—the Good, and the Bad for Cats and Dogs
  • Animals, Nature and Religion
  • Animal Rights and Veterinary Bioethics
  • Companion Animals: Holistic Care, Rights and Responsibilities
  • Animal Feelings & feeling for Animals—Awareness, Emotions and Communion
  • Dog Behavior, Psychology, Communication & Development
  • Cat Behavior, Psychology, Communication & Development
For more details and availability, e-mail Dr. Fox at ipan@erols.com

Because of Dr. Fox’s schedule, he cannot accept nor respond to e-mails concerning pet health and behavioral problems. You may find answers in his Archives section and in his Special Reports. If you have a pet emergency, please contact your nearest veterinary hospital or clinic.


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