Feb 3, 2017
Evanger’s Voluntarily Recalls Hunk of Beef Because Of Pentobarbital Exposure in one Batch of Food
Oct 7, 2016
Rendering facilities handle everything from dead livestock to expired meat. “It’s almost impossible to tell what’s being rendered: it can be road kill, zoo animals, and sometimes even spoiled meat from the grocery store that’s still wrapped in plastic.”
Human food by-products used for animal food are typically:
(1) distributed (sold or given away) to an animal producer to be fed directly to livestock, (2) distributed to another facility that will further process them for animal food use, or (3) further processed for animal food use at the human food facility.
Some examples of human food by-products used for animal food include:
• Wheat middlings generated while processing wheat for flour. • Grain products (hulls, bran, germ, gluten meal, grits, and meals) from other grain processing operations. • Peels, rinds, pomace, pulp, culls, or other similar material generated from processing fruits or vegetables for human consumption. • Human food such as potato chips, cookies, bread, pastry products, and pasta that is not adulterated and is safe for use as animal food, but is not acceptable as human food for quality reasons such as the wrong size, shape, color, or texture.
Reference: You can find this on the .pdf below page 5, it was found on Food and Drug Administration website
You wouldn’t want to eat that stuff, so why would you feed it to your dog?
Food and Drug Administration/Center for Veterinary Medicine Report on the Risk from Pentobarbital in Dog Food
In conjunction with this investigation, the Center wanted to determine if pet food contained rendered remains of dogs and cats.
How pentobarbital can get into dog food? Because in addition to producing anesthesia, pentobarbital is routinely used to euthanize animals, the most likely way it could get into dog food would be in rendered animal products.
Dry dog food samples purchased in Laurel, MD, area, March - June 1998
How To Find Quality Dog And Cat Food
Dogs and Cats
My comment on this:
Wow, I was very surprised and it really opened my eyes to what our cat is eating. All of our dogs only eat what I make for them. But I will be changing our cat to a different food very soon!
Then it makes me wonder could what our pet is eating be making them sick with cancer, diabetes and even seizures?
One more thought, if they are rendering sick and diseased animals then it’s added to pet food, I’m sure they are pumped with potent drugs and even antibiotics. Then our family pet eats the food and gets a simple ear infection, and is put on antibiotics. Turns out the treatment don’t help your poor family pet because the food is full of antibiotics!
Do you have a comment? If so, feel free to post it at the top under RECALLS then pass it on to other pet family's.
Why I Feed Raw
I was only a stay at home Mom that cooked and cleaned for my family then on top of it all I volunteered my time as a director of a dog rescue. That was when our little terrier had her first seizure.
Then at one of our visits to our vet, I was informed that her seizures were becoming out of control. If she kept having them, they would have to add another medication. I was desperate to find a way to help her.
I heard about a raw diet and wanted to see if it would help her, I became extremely frustrated no one could help me and I could not find any recipes. How much do I feed her and what is safe for her to eat?
After a lengthy search I did find out how much to feed her and what was safe. In my research I found foods that helped a dog with epilepsy. This allowed me to develop a recipe for her.
I saw first hand how it helped our little terrier and quickly developed a recipe for all of our dogs. Our pets are apart of our family, we want to help them if we can.
We have the recipe available and hope to be adding it soon!
For a more in-depth story about our terrier go to Why I Feed Raw at the top under Home.
This is Spangler we adopted her several years ago , she has neurological problems and seizures because she had distemper when she was a pup and lived, but was left with these side effects. She also eats this recipe, but I had to change it some, do to her neurological problems she has a hard time chewing.
Sure hope something on our website is helpful to you and that you pass http://www.arthursdoghouse.com on to just one of your dog friends.
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I Have learned that holistic vets recommend Turkey Tail Mushroom Supplement to help increase survival length in dogs with hemangiosarcoma cancer.
How Our Dog Zoe Lived With Cancer
Cancer is the leading natural cause of death in dogs and second leading cause in cats. Around 50% of all dogs and 30% of cats will get a tumor in their life time, and 50% of dogs over age of 10 will die from cancer.
You may say the same thing we did, “why”?
It can be many things, environment, commercial dog food, tap water or genetic in breeding. Environment can be second hand smoke, weed killer or fertilizer on lawns, just walking your dog on a busy street or a parking garage can be a factor. For a little bit, just put your self at your dogs height, all the exhaust from vehicle is right at their nose level. The if you live in a warm climate and you have a exterminator come in on a regular basis, all the spray is right at their nose once more. Also genetics play a role and some breeds are more prone to cancer.
When your dog has cancer
You would like to know all of your options, as we did with Zoe. We had no idea she had a tumor growing in her spleen until it ruptured. The rupture happened on a Friday night, we took her in to the vet’s office when they opened on Saturday morning. A ultrasound was done and we saw it first hand, Zoe had a large splenic mass that had ruptured.
Our option was surgery, she may not make it and if she did, survival time was approximately 19 days - 172 day’s (approximately 6 months). We would have to think about everything and nothing was going to happen until Monday anyways.
Our vet did take blood to make sure all was OK other then the tumor, they would call us on Sunday with the results of the blood work. Our vet also wanted to give us a herb to help with the internal bleeding, she came back in the room and said “they didn’t have any on hand”, and they could only get it on line! She did mention the name of the herb Yunnan Baiyao-Wikipedia. We were sent home, and on our way out she told us to feed a low carb diet, cancer feeds off the carbs.
We took our girl home
She was not doing good and refused to eat, before the tumor rupturing she loved to eat. I had to do something, I looked on line and found the herb Yunnan Baiyao capsules and ordered them and had them sent priority (2-3days).
The call came Sunday the blood work looked good, so she could have surgery. I had to tell them she was not eating, in fact she had not eaten in all most two day’s, they said then the surgery was out.
I had to come up with something that she would eat and quick! If she was to live, she needed to eat and that herb had to work to stop the bleeding. It came to me in bed on Sunday night, what to try feeding her. I had used this diet for one of our older dogs, some time back. It worked, she started eating a little on Monday morning.
That morning her vet called to see how she was doing. I said she was eating a very small amount and that I had ordered the herb, I just hoped she lived long enough to take it. I was told how much to give her when it came.
The herb came
She still was not eating much so I had to put the capsules down her. Zoe’s vet did agree surgery was not an option, but people had good results with just the herb. She was to take it easy, if the mass started bleeding to give her the little red emergency pill that came with the herb.
Zoe did start eating more and more over the months, so I developed a recipe just for her that was low carb and would help her fight the ugly mass growing in her.
We did move from the capsules to putting the herb powder on her food. Because of this herb and diet Zoe was able to enjoy 9 months more and saw her 13th birthday. She lived life to the fullest!
The day we dreaded came
Zoe did live a pain free 9 months until the tumor burst and this time we had to let her go. Zoe would have wanted every one to know all of the options, a lot of vets don’t know of this herb. If your dog is very much apart of your family like our pets are and we would do anything for a family member, with cancer. This is just one more option, please check it out!
This recipe was developed for a dog with cancer, but will work for picky eaters or sick dogs. Zoe inspired me to create this recipe, now we hope it helps your dog stay apart of your family a little longer.
Zoe was eating my Healthy Dog Recipe, then after her diagnosis of a splenic mass that had ruptured, she was slowly bleeding to death and refused to eat.
I have Yunnan Baiyao on hand in my emergency kit, it’s good for 5 years. It’s also good for any internal bleeding or external wounds. But due to labeling issues, the U.S. FDA has banned importation into the U.S. of all Yunnan Baiyao products. As soon as a U.S. Distributor makes Yunnan Baiyao products available in approved packaging, place will resume selling.
Yunnan Baiyao has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We recommend that you consult with a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner, physician, or veterinarian before using this product or if you have any questions regarding your health or the health of your pet.
End-Of-Year Highlights Of 2015
In 2015 we had two pets pass with cancer and I have discovered some things that helped my pets and even developed a new recipe for our dog with cancer. I’m so excited to tell you all I learned and to share what I discovered. Then we had two new members join our home, Jadeite and Windy in 2015.
We would love for you to come back real soon or if we can help you and your pet in any way, just click on the e-mail form to the right. It will go to Arthur’s mail box, we will try and answer your question as soon as we can.
Everything Happens For A Reason
As you all know we lost our Alley cat to cancer in September then Zoe lost her battle with cancer in October.
We saw that Jadeite needed a forever home and not many had even looked at her. From the time I met her and she jumped into my lap and kissed me all over, I fell in love with her as did all of us. The whole 10 pounds of her filled our hearts with LOVE!
We knew in our hearts we would adopt another dog. As for a cat, I said no more cat’s, my husband did not say much. I did say to him “if one magically appears on our door step and wanted to live here then that would be OK.” Knowing we have only seen, maybe 3 or 4 cat’s in the 20 years around our place. The last one I saw was the day after Alley passed, that was the one and only time I saw that cat. So it was never going to happen that a cat would, just magically appear.
We all still miss Alley and Zoe, we each have our moments when we still miss them. Just last week Spangler was missing Alley. She was standing looking into the dark room that was Alley’s room/sewing room. I walked over and opened the gate and let her sniff in every corner, I tried to tell her Alley was gone. She seemed to understand and left the room.
That night was nasty outside, rain and wind, I had to beg the dogs just to go out before bed to potty, then we headed off to bed. As we slept the wind howled and the rain hit the windows all night.
In the morning the rain had stopped but that wind was relentless, I still had to get ready for work and the dogs had to go out to potty. Each morning I go outside and stand on the deck and when I did, I could her something. Was it the wind? Was it my imagination, did I miss Alley like Spangler the night before? I tried to tune in where the noise was coming from, it was definitely a cat crying! Was it under the deck, just then I saw the dogs under Spangler’s apple tree, jumping at the base. I walked out and looked in the tree, it was a kitten!
I ran in and woke my husband up and said your not going to believe this, a kitten is stuck in the apple tree! He got dressed and mind you it’s 3:00am, dark and windy as all get out. He got the poor kitten down, we pulled out a big crate and added Alley’s littler box, a warm towel and a bowl of water. Poor thing was wet, cold and starving.
We checked the computer for any lost kitty’s, just then the lights went off and on 2 or 3 times and we never did find anyone that had lost a small kitten. I went to work and hubby headed off to the store when they opened and picked up some food.
She’s eating and has a full tummy and is purring all the time. Right now she’s in a crate in our living room getting used to the dogs and they are checking her out. She loves to be held, I do believe the cat I saw the day after Alley passed was her mother. The cat was a tiger striped maine coon. Our little girl is a calico maine coon.
Then I thought back to the night before, Spangler wanted into Alley’s old room, I bet this kitten was next to the house, by that room, and Spangler could hear her crying.
It don’t matter if you believe in God or miracles she has made our family whole once more. We are so blessed to have them all in our life, we named our new kitten Windy!
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Do You Have A Pet That Comes Back To You In Spirit?
I never thought I would be writing this, but sense our cat Alley passed we have heard and seen things like she’s still with us, in our home.
Just last weekend I was watching TV and my husband was laying down taking a nap in bed. I heard a noise in the kitchen, thought nothing of it. But Zoe was laying on the floor near me jumped up and sat looking in to the kitchen, she was not scared, just a little puzzled. I reached out and touched her back, she jumped some. It hit me, Zoe’s deaf and the noise was not loud enough to vibrate the floor in the room we were in! Eventually she laid back down and my husband came out and said his coffee was spilled on the table and floor, but the cup was still sitting up where he left it.
After Alley cat’s passing I have heard hard wood floor creaking and other strange noises and thought, it’s just me thinking of her.
Then this week we had the unthinkable happen Zoe lost her fight with cancer. Was Alley letting her know they would be together or was she just playing with Zoe? See when they were both alive Alley cat would jump on Zoe when she was sleeping. Zoe being deaf, it would make her so mad that she would run after her, the cat seemed to be playing with her. But now that Zoe has passed, she’s no longer deaf, is that what Alley was telling Zoe, you will soon hear and this is was it‘s like?
I recently found out it’s not just me, but my husband hears noises too and said he thinks it’s Alley cat.
So soon after Alley cat’s passing Zoe has passed, we hope and pray for them, they will be missed so much by us.
Do you have a pet that comes back to visit you in Spirit if so please leave a comment?
4 Benefits Of Canned Pumpkin For Dogs
1. Digestion Remedy For Dogs. If your dog is suffering from diarrhea, try giving some 100% pure canned pumpkin. (Be sure to buy only plain pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix, which has added sweeteners and spices.) In fact, you should keep a supply of canned pumpkin on hand year round. It's a very effective and natural remedy for diarrhea.
2. How Nutritious Is Pumpkin For Dogs? It's a good source of fiber and excellent source of vitamin A, E and C, iron and calcium. Pumpkin is a insoluble fiber when mixed with a soluble fiber (green beans, carrots or oatmeal,) it can aid a dog with liver disease, when added to dogs food. Altogether, the nutritional benefits of pumpkin mean a healthier dog.
3. Helps Dogs Lose Weight. Pumpkin fills a dog up because it contains a lot of fiber. It's very filling and can be given to a dieting dog to create the feeling of fullness.
4. Easy Way To Give Dogs Pills. Most dogs like the taste of pumpkin and it can be added to you dogs food or given alone. One of my little tricks, is to put a spoon of pumpkin on top of dogs food. Put the pill right in it, they all ways take it with no problem.
Free Pumpkin Treat Recipe
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Pets With Cancer
At Arthur's Dog House this ugly thing call cancer has crept into our pet's lives. I never dreamed that our pet's would need us so much, or that we could even help them! Just this year two of our pets were diagnosed with cancer or had symptoms of cancer.
The end of January 2015, Zoe our dog was diagnosed with with a mass on her spleen that had started to bleed. Then in July 2015 our cat, Alley was having other health problems. She was getting sick all the time and our vet said that's normal, I was not happy with the answer. She could no longer keep canned or dry cat food down and was losing even more weight. So I tried a recipe, she liked it and was keeping the food down. We decided to take her to see a different vet. I explained what I was feeding her and why, he listened to me. He said right away, if this has been going on for years. It sounds like a slow growing cancer of her gastrointestinal tract. With the food I was making for her, it gave her a little over a year longer. Then it progressed into the terminal stages.
You are the biggest advocate for your pet! If your vet is not listening to you or doesn't have time for you, it's time to find a new one. No vet could have helped Alley, the prognosis for cat's with cancer is poor. But we understood and it all started to make sense, why she could not keep food down.
Alley passed two months after we found out why she was getting sick all the time, she lived to be 12 years old.
We still continue to help Zoe in the fight of her life.
We have added a link to Alley Cats Cancer Recipe that helped her to live a longer life.
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How to keep your dog cool in the hot weather
1. Walk in early morning or in the evening when it’s cooler outside.
2. Avoid walking on asphalt, it can burn the pads of your dog’s feet.
3. Don’t leave your dog in a vehicle unattended.
4. Have water and a bowl available for them to drink all the time, you can also add some ice to the water.
5. I found, that you can take a bandana and wet it with lukewarm water then place it around your dogs neck, it helps to cool them.
You may have some tips on keeping your dog cool, feel free to post them in the comments. We would love to see them!