Our Toxic Environment And Your Pet's Health
Are You Poisoning Your Pet with Toxic Flea and Tick Products?
Each year, Americans purchase and apply to their pets a vast array of toxic chemicals intended to kill fleas and ticks.
These include collars, sprays, dusts and more. Other pet owners take their pets to veterinarians to be dipped
in chemicals. Many consumers probably assume that the products they and their vets use have been subjected to rigorous testing, and must,
by virtue of their very ubiquity, be safe. After all, how could the government let deadly poisons be sold on grocery store shelves
without applying stringent standards?
Spot-On Pesticides trigger adverse reactions in dogs and cats
Spot-On Pesticides such as Fontline, Zodiac, ProMeris,
Defend, Bio Spot, Adams and Advantage
trigger adverse reactions in dogs and cats, shorten life spans, cause
terminal illness, and premature death. . The active ingredients
in these solutions include chemicals such as imidacloprid, fipronil,
permethrin, methoprene, and pyriproxyfen, all of which have caused serious
health problems in animals in laboratories. Even some of the inert
ingredients can be hazardous to your animal companion's health.
Other forms of flea control powders, collars, and sprays are no less dangerous
to you or your companion animals. Labels may warn not to get these substances
on your skin, to wash your hands after applying it, and to keep it away
from children, yet these chemicals are absorbed by your animal's skin.
Immediate effects of pesticide overdose include vomiting, diarrhea,
trembling, seizures, and respiratory problems. If your dog or cat shows
any of these symptoms after the application of a pesticide, immediately
wash the product off and seek veterinary care.
Warning about ProMeris
"I just wanted to add a warning about ProMeris. I applied it to my
2 1/2 year old Australian Shepherd this morning. Shortly after lunch,
I noticed she was staggering, barely able to walk at all. Her head was
hanging & she couldn't lift it up. She tried to look at me but couldn't
focus. I immediately called my Veterinarian. I was instructed to wash
her immediately and thoroughly with dish soap and then bring her to
their office. By the time we got there, she had improved greatly just
by removing the product. You could see the flaming red reaction to her
skin on the spot where it was applied. They gave her charcoal to fill
her tummy and stop any absorption in case she had scratched at the spot,
then licked her feet, and had ingested any of the product. I'm sure
that she didn't ingest any, but was willing to err on the side of caution.
The vet explained that there is a drug in it called amitraz that is
very potent and it was what she reacted to and that she would not use
ProMeris. She is now fine. After Googling ProMeris adverse reactions,
I feel very fortunate that she lived. Many others were not as fortunate.
Please post this so that maybe it can save even one unsuspecting pet
lover from going through this or worse" Joanne - Aledo, Tx
EPA: "Flea, tick products may injure, kill pets"
Washington - March 24, 2010 -
Products intended to treat cats and dogs for fleas and ticks kill hundreds of pets each year and injure tens
of thousands, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday as it outlined plans to make the products safer. The EPA said
it will develop stricter testing and evaluation requirements for flea and tick treatments that are applied to a pet's skin.
The agency also will begin reviewing labels to determine which ones need to say more clearly how to use the products. The EPA's
effort follows increasing complaints from pet owners that the "spot-on" products have triggered reactions in dogs and cats,
ranging from skin irritation to neurological problems to deaths. Cats and small dogs appear particularly vulnerable, the EPA
said, especially when given products intended for larger animals.
Dr. Brandon Brooks, DVM - "Many (if not most) Over The Counter (OTC)
or non-prescription flea control products are very toxic to cats and
kittens- especially the ones only approved for use in dogs. Many people
mistakenly buy these for their pet (it's not always their fault, the
companies that make them want you to buy it, they don't really care
about the dangers involved) so it pays to be extra careful when buying
flea control products." Our animals are sicker than ever. Veterinarians
have never seen such an increase in the rate of liver disease, nervous
system disorders, cancers, diabetes, renal failure and other diseases.
Our animals are being routinely poisoned with pet food and pet medicine. Popular
anti-flea and anti-tick medications are extremely toxic to the liver. According to Dr. Brooks, even though the cat or kitten does not have
the OTC flea control product directly applied to it, the cat or kitten
may still become ill through indirect exposure if it is applied to a dog
in the household, household furnishings, bedding, etc.. Also, many OTC
dog flea control products are not only toxic to cats, but dogs as well.
Hartz Fea and Tick Products
The principal ingredient in Hartz brand Flea and Tick products for
cats is a 40-year-old chemical pesticide called Phenothrin. Although long
since banned for use as a lawn pesticide, due its toxicity, Phenothrin
constitutes over 85% of the total ingredients in Hartz Advanced Care Plus
topical flea and tick drops for cats. The EPA has been reviewing pesticide
risks in pet products only since 1996, and because the agency is backlogged,
many pet products containing potentially harmful pesticides still make
their way onto store shelves. Despite multitudes of well-documented cases
of Hartz Flea and Tick Products causing injury and death to many innocent
pets, Hartz Mountain Corp. continues to deny any wrongdoing and insists
that its products are safe. Evidence against the safety of Hartz Flea and
Tick products continues to grow rapidly. TV news channels have ran numerous
reports on the problem and a class action suit has been filed against Hartz
Mountain Corp. by the law firm of Faruqi and Faruqi, LLP and Squitieri
and Fearon, LLP. However, these deadly products are still being sold in
stores across the nation and remain well within the reach of unsuspecting
consumers who are unwittingly putting their beloved pets into harm's way.
The Poison Necklace
A Pesticide collar is nothing but a poison necklace around your pet's head. It emits a constant toxic cloud that
your pet inhales, and so do you, every time you hug your pet. What about
those insecticidal flea and tick shampoos and powders, sprays and dips?
Labels warn you not to get any on your skin, use rubber gloves and wash
your hands! Yet, they are rubbed into your pet;s skin and then are licked
by your pet! Signs of pesticide overdose in your pet can include vomiting,
diarrhea, trembling, seizures and respiratory problems. Flea Collars:
The Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC), which informs the public about
preventable exposures to carcinogens, list many brand-name products
as containing either carcinogens or neurotoxins, or both. Avoid flea
collars by Longlife, Hartz, Pet Agree, Sergeant;s and Zodiac. Flea and
tick dips, sprays, powders, foggers and bombs: click the headline and
scroll down the new page to learn more about how to control fleas without
resorting to chemicals.
Pesticides in our animal's food
According to Consumer Reports, January 1998, there are 9,700 pesticides
in existence, and in 1995, U.S. farmers applied 566 million pounds of
pesticides to major fiber and food crops. Last summer, the U.S. Geological
Survey announced the first results of a massive study of pesticides
in 5,000 water samples from wells and rivers. Half the wells--and nearly
all streams--contained at least one pesticide."
Carolyn Swicegood has excellent articles on the adverse effect of pesticides on parrots and
the incredible health benefits of feeding organically grown food. While
she writes about parrot's sensitivity and suceptibility to being poisoned,
the information also applies to our dogs, cats, and any animal on earth,
including us, humans. Shirley
Veterinary Malpractice - "Of the tens of thousands of veterinarians
practicing in the United States, many are incompetent, careless or both.
Others fail to deliver adequate care because their singular focus on
profits makes them unwilling to pay for qualified employees, equipment,
supplies, etc. I have even known of one vet who diluted her euthanasia
drugs and another who re-used single-use surgery supplies. Unnecessary
deaths and suffering have become commonplace."
You cannot poison your animal into health with drugs,
chemo or radiation. The holistic approach treats the whole animal, ignites
the body's internal healing force and stimulates the body's natural
abilities to heal itself "
Health can only be achieved with healthful
100% Safe Natural Organic Flea and Tick control for all animals
Juniperus Virginiana, a red cedar specie of cypress family plant, is an incredibly effective natural insect repellent if formulated correctly.
It has been used for thousands of years to repel insects. When delivered
in small amounts the aroma will overwhelm most insects. The lingering aroma
of Juniperus Virginiana Oil is a pheromone
interruption agent that impairs the mental capacity of non-beneficial
insects, it has no effect on beneficial insects such as lady bugs, honey
bees, lizards, earth worms, butterflies, and toads. It is safe for
large and small animals, people and children.
These cedar oil products were tested by Iowa State University at the request of the United States Department of
Agriculture for the use of the United States Army in Iraq to eliminate
the Desert Sand Flea problem that our troops are encountering, which chemical
treatments were either ineffective or causing rashes.
The test results were astonishing -this red cedar oil product was RATED
far superior to its chemical counterpart. These same products were
tested and proven to not only kill Mosquito's, Flea's & Bed Bugs, but
is one of the "ONLY KNOWN SUBSTANCES KNOWN TO MAN THAT WILL KILL THE FLEA,
ITS EGGS AND LARVEA THE FIRST TIME"
Studies found Cedar - Juniperus virginiana to be non-toxic. A juniper (Juniperus sp.) oil-based phytomedicine was tested for nephrotoxicity
in Sprague-Dawley rats by oral administration of varying doses and was found to be non-toxic. Article
from the Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University.
NOTE: I use
Dr. Ben's personal insect repellent cedar oil which is fully *diluted* in a natural safe mineral solution and ready to use. For the first time in years, my dog hasn't bothered by fleas. In the Spring I spray him twice a week. In the Summer time I spray him everyday or even twice a day lightly for just 5 seconds. Fleas and many other insects won't come near that cedar.
There is a perception
among many people that bottled water is somehow more healthy or pure
than water from their tap. This is simply an illusion of marketing.
A four-year study by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC),
released in 1999, found that one-fifth of the sampled bottled waters
contained known neurotoxins and carcinogens such as styrene, toluene
and xylene. Another NRDC study found that, out of 103 brands of bottled
water, one-third contained traces of arsenic and E. coli. This means
that out of a sample of 1,000 bottles sold in the U.S., at least 300
would have some level of chemical contamination. It is well known that
the average city water today contains over 500 chemicals that do not
belong in it. Part of this is due to the fact that most delivery systems
in the U.S. include cement, asbestos pipes, cast iron, PVC (porous to
certain solvents, herbicides and pesticides) and that lead, cadmium
and other toxic metals leach out of valves and couplings of pipes between
a water treatment plant and a faucet in the home.
Safe, toxin-free, Ionized, Energized,
Drinking Water helps to naturally flush toxins and acidic waste
from the body and is a powerful antioxidant. Ionized Water makes more
oxygen available to our cells than distilled, reverse osmosis, filtered
only, bottled or tap water and is the best possible drinking water.
"Disease and early death is more likely to be seen with the long term
drinking of purified water. Avoid it except in special circumstances."
Zoltan P. Rona M.D
"Chlorine is a halogen that damages enzymes. It does not belong in
our bodies as part of our water needs!! For starters, chlorine potentiates
magnesium deficiency, which can cause almost
any symptom you can think of from high blood pressure, to chemical sensitivity
or even sudden death. Furthermore it also decreases the absorption while
increasing the excretion of calcium and phosphorus. The increased loss
of calcium into the urine, promotes osteoporosis. It is known that it
not only contributes to hypertension, but also cancers of the pancreas,
colon, bladder and has been linked to heart attacks, diabetes, kidney
stones and much more. "
"To make matters worse for pets, some people still use plastic water
bowls. Most, if not all, of these absorb and retain numerous toxic materials."
Dr. Christopher Day (England) reports..."I once had an epileptic
dog I had been treating unsuccessfully for eighteen months. One day
its plastic feeding bowl was accidentally broken and replaced with a
ceramic one. The fits stopped immediately."
more on Epilepsy/Seizures-Causes, Predisposing
Factors and Treatment
Although many breeders are aware of the chlorine problem in drinking
water, a common mistake is to overlook the fact that bathing in it can
have the same effect !! Please remember that because of dermal absorption,
anything on the skin is like drinking it !!" Marina Zacharias
Cancer fighting nutrients become deadly when
combined with chlorinated tap water
Some of nature;s most valuable and essential anti-cancer and anti-disease
phytochemical nutrients which are commonly found in food have been discovered
to form deadly cancer causing substances when consumed or combined with
chlorinated tap water. This discovery includes familiar foods
including soy, fruits, vegetables, tea, many health products, and even
some vitamins. Research has proven that these essential nutrients are
the exact same families of compounds, that even in infinitesimal amounts
have been tormenting the water treatment and chlorine industries for
"In 1990 a 10 year study was completed by the federal government National
Toxicology Program (a part of the Department of Health and Human Services)
to rule out any possibility that fluoride causes cancer. Much to their
surprise, bone tumors found in laboratory animals were found to be the
direct result of fluoride ingestion. Even before the study was complete,
the NTP contacted the Environmental Protection Agency to inform them
that fluoride was carcinogenic."
Water resonates with energy
Dr. Hidemitsu Hayashi, M.D. - " Water has the ability to attract
and accumulate bio-energy. It also stores an energy memory of harmful
or helpful vibrations to which it was exposed in the past. Chlorinated
tap water is polluted with non-biological chemicals and negative energy
imprints. It is also devoid of bio-energy and so may be regarded as
being badly polluted as well as 'dead'.
Alkaline living water is regarded
by a growing number of health care professionals as the best water to
drink and is listed as a medical device in Japan for the treatment of
degenerative diseases." Benefits of
Alkaline, Ionized Water.
Death after Proheart 6 shot - testimonials
- Myra lost a perfectly healthy 6 yr old Shih tzu after Proheart
6 shot (heartworm prevention). He started diarrhea and vomiting
within 5 days of the Proheart 6, and over weeks continued digestive
problems. Her dog died.
- Trouble received the ProHeart 6 shot on 8/20/02 in conjunction
with other vaccinations. He died on 10/17/02 (58 days) after the
shot. He was VERY healthy prior to the shot being given.
- Danny was a perfectly healthy five-year-old part Golden Retriever
mix who was energetic and happy. He died after receiving Proheart 6.
Manufacturer's Letter to Veterinarians Warns of Side Effects A letter
was sent to veterinarians by Fort Dodge, the manufacturer of ProHeart
. Amongst other issues, you will see just some of the known side
effects of the medication. This is an excerpt of the letter. (I highlighted
some sentences to emphasize the adverse reactions)
Symptoms of Reactions
Filed against Manufacturer of ProHeart®6 Heartworm Medication
Testimonial from a victim of Proheart6
Subject: Dog's recover from Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA)
Date: Sunday, October 12, 2003
From: Dave Burrows in Eastbourne, United Kingdom
My dog Arnie had been given up on by the vet. He had acute anaemia
caused by his white blood cells killing his red ones and quite honestly
we were making arrangements for his funeral. After one week on
transfer factors we noticed a dramatic improvement.
Three months later, after finishing the entire course, Arnie is doing
so well that he no longer needs transfer factors . He now has so much
energy on his new diet (James welbeloved) that we have to restrict his
intake or we could be pulling him off the ceiling. He is putting on
weight steadily as is his partner Heidi, She has been on transfer factors
also and it has cured her scaly flaky skin condition on her back.
Note: AIHA Canine autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) is a disease
characterized by increased destruction of red blood cells (erythrocytes)
by the dog's own immune system.
Dr. Rob Robertson, M.D writes "Nearly everything that goes
wrong with us and our pets, with the exception of trauma - i.e. broken
bones, etc., can be traced directly to an immune system failure". Pollution,
drug overload and nutrient-poor diets compromise our immune health.
The key to self-healing is a strong defense system, which protects dogs
and cats from everything from the flu germs to cancer cells. More than
their mainstream counterparts, holistic veterinarians believe that a
weak immune system plays a key role
in causing disease. Drugs aren't the answer for immune enhancement.
The immune system is not responsive to drugs for healing. Antibiotics
fight infection, but they don't affect whatever weakened the immune
system in the first place. This is why holistic veterinarians focus
less on things that cause diseases and more on those that affect the
how to boost your pets' immune system naturally
Dr. Jeffrey Levy. DVM - Heartworm parasite is a source of
great anxiety among dog caretakers. Thanks in large part to the scare
tactics of many veterinarians in promoting preventive drugs, many people
believe that contracting heartworms is the equivalent of a death sentence
for their dogs. This is not true.
Do you have a question about Natural Animal Health or need assistance?
Call 323-522-4521 or 323-989-3372
Rimadyl Risk-Be Aware- Miracle Cure Can Be Deadly
From the Doris Day Animal League Foundation
The best-selling drug known as Rimadyl, an anti-inflammatory medicine
for pets, has been found to be deadly for many animals, as witnessed
by the FDA receiving more than 6,000 bad reaction reports about the
drug manufactured by Pfizer. As a result, the FDA requested that Pfizer
advise consumers in their advertising that death was a possible side
effect. Pfizer refused and pulled their advertising, however they have
included "death" as a possible side effect on the drug label. Plans
call for a "Dear Doctor" letter to be issued to veterinarians and a
safety sheet will be attached to pill packages.
Pfizer acknowledges a problem with some dog owners, especially the
consumer group which mounted a campaign dubbed BARKS, for Be Aware of
Rimadyl's Known Side-effects (including loss of appetite, wobbling,
vomiting, seizures and severe liver malfunction). The drug company is
reported to be contacting pet owners who have told their stories on
the Internet, and is offering to pay medical and diagnostic expenses
for some dogs who may have been harmed by Rimadyl.
How my beloved dog was killed by
rimadyl - As a Senior Citizen, Romi was my sole friend and companion
dog ... my partner died a horrific and cruel death - she was KILLED
due to the greed of the drug industry and the lack of ethics in the
Class Action lawsuit against Pfizer
CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST MAKERS OF RIMADYL Case No. 99-CP-25-353
Jean Townsend of Johns Island, South Carolina announced today that a
settlement has been reached with Pfizer, Inc. in what appears to be
the first lawsuit of its kind in this country – a lawsuit over injuries
that led to the death of Ms. Townsend's chocolate lab, George.
Reports of some of the most widely used
canine drugs by veterinarians listing the known symptoms/conditions
caused by and/or associated with the administration of same as reported
to the FDA/CVM on the ADE [adverse drug event] reports. Each drug symptom/condition
listing is in alphabetical order with medical terminology definitions
NSAIDs [non steroid anti inflammatory drugs]: widely given for pain,
arthritis, surgery, etc.:
Deramaxx-maker Novartis - canine osteo-arthritis drug
6 (heart worm)
Chris Sweeney, who used to own a 9-year-old cocker spaniel named
Ari, said she never would have used the drugs if she had been aware
of the possible side effects. "I went from having a healthy dog to having
a dog that had to be rushed to the hospital and they said he might die
on the way," Sweeney said, adding that she believes Metacam is responsible
for Ari's death.
Boston veterinarian Dr. Margo Roman said she feels cases such as
Ari's are the tip of the iceberg. "There's liver issues, there can be
kidney issues, there can be gastrointestinal irritation issues," Roman
said, adding that she would never prescribe these NSAIDs to her patients
or use them on her own dog. Pet owners do not have to turn to potentially
harmful prescription drugs for their pets' health, however.
Natural options are available. Health advocate
Mike Adams says that pet health, like human health, mostly comes down
to proper nutrition, although
he noted a pet's dietary
needs were specific.
Rimadyl ~ the drug that killed my Angel
Natural Solutions to toxic Rimadyl
An excellent natural alternative to Rimadyl is a product called
Agility, which is formulated by prominent holistic veterinarian,
Dr. Jane Bicks. Agility is safer than steroids and NSAID;s because it
is an ALL NATURAL supplement that delivers special nutrients and herbs
to the joint, bones and surrounding tissue. Agility is a safe alternative
with no side effects.
A message from Carolyn
"I give my 13-year old dog lots of glucosamine/condroitin and she's
comfortable, can now get into the car on her own, enjoys walking, running
and swimming. She's happy, active, able for her age (60 Lbs.) and easily
walks 3 miles per day with me. No chemicals, no prescriptions."
A message from Ruby Ricciardi "Please folks ! Try this before
you do Rimadyl ! I was presented with serious pain when my girl had
her spleen removed ( benign ) ..... I was a basket case with her on
Rimadyl. I KNEW the consequences...but felt there was no other choice.
We got away with it.....she had no problem .....BUT .... after 10 days
on it...I just quit it when a friend asked if she was on
MSM.I said yes....2000mg
daily. The friend laughed and said she was on 6000mg daily and my girl
out weighed her by 50 lbs - Put her on 4000mg ! See what happens.
Well .... I did....and from the very first day .... my girls pain
was non-existent .... and her comfort level was incredibly perfect.
Just as good or better than the Rimadyl ! As a matter of fact ( she
also has Spondylosis ) after 1 week ....she was peeing IN THE GRASS
again as opposed to peeing above it previously because of not being
able to hunch down.
It has been 2.5 months now, and she is up to 6000mg daily, runs through
the house, swims, walks 2 miles a day, gets up and down WITH EASE from
the floor, and is more mobile and flexible than she has been in 3 years
! MSM is natural .... aside from literally getting rid of inflammation,
it also heals at the cellular level.
I have been advised that if I get her up to 12,000mg daily and keep
her there for 6 months .... we will likely SEE a reversal of the Spondylosis
on xrays ...... if that happens ..... I will spread the word on the
internet with the news ! ! I have also been advised that it will NOT
dissolve the calcium deposits. 1 teaspoon = 4000mg I sprinkle it on
her food. You can tell if your MSM is PURE by putting a 1/2 teaspoon
in water....if the water stays perfectly clear...it is pure. She is
a 9yo Great Dane. 37'' , 120 lbs (used to be 178) "
Learn more about the
miracles of MSM
All natural formula. Dogs suffering with joint diseases such
as arthritis, bursitis, OCD, hip dysplasia and other degenerative problems
with the shoulders, elbows and hocks can now experience immediate and
long-term relief without drugs. No side-effects because it's all just
good whole food.
Do you have a question about Natural Health or need assistance?
Call 323-522-4521 or 323-989-3372
Most Popular Natural Pet Products...
Consumer Investigation exposes a potentially deadly problem involving
one of the most popular dog treats on the market. Millions of dogs chew
on the treats every day, and there's a good chance your pooch is one
of them. Consumer Investigator Wayne Havrelly discovered the danger.
These dog treats are called "Greenies." They're sold in stores everywhere.
Mike Eastwood and his wife, Jenny Reiff, filed a $5 million lawsuit
in New York, blaming Greenies for the intestinal blockage that caused
the death of their dog Burt. Burt did not die because he bit off a big
piece in his throat and choked, but because the treats are NOT 100%
digestable as they are advertised to be. They can swell in the intestine
and cause a blockage like the one that resulted in Burt's death. Supervising
a dog while they eat any greenie type treats is not an assurance of
"I just wanted to tell you about my "Greenie" experience. I have
a border collie, my pride and joy . In 2004 , Morgan ( my BC ), was
given a greenie...just one, And shortly after he had a pretty good seisure.
i just knew it was the treat, so I asked my vet, who said greenies did
not cause the seisure. A year later, I bought him one for christmas,
this time he had six intense seisures, by the time they were over ,
he couldnt remember his name . Although I could not find anyone who
would admit a connection to Greenies then, now I am finding others who
have experienced the same thing. He has never seen a greenie since and
never had another seisure. After finding your web site, I thought you
may find this interesting. Bad Greenies!"
Few things bring more enjoyment to your dog than the reward of a
healthy and delicious treat.
a vet retrieve a two-day old, undigested Greenie from a dog (link
in the CNN article)
Chocolate Toxic to Dogs?
Chocolate is toxic to dogs, specifically semisweet baking
chocolate, which contains much higher levels of caffeine and theobromine
(the principle alkaloid used in the synthesis of caffeine) than does
milk chocolate. That's not to say milk chocolate isn't dangerous. With
its high fat content, it can lead to pancreatitis in pets. Pure chocolate
contains theobromine and caffeine, which are both compounds called methylxanthines.
They are hazardous to pets, causing seizures in severe cases. According
to snopes.com, cocoa mulch has one of the highest concentrations
of theobromine found. It actually smells like chocolate, and is attractive
to dogs. Reportedly most dogs will not actually eat it though. Cats
are at lower risk mainly because they are even less likely to eat the
mulch than dogs.
One study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
confirmed that a dog died due to ingestion of a substantial amount of
cocoa mulch. And in the Journal of Agriculturaland Food Chemistry,
a scientist reports on the potential use of theobromine and caffeine
for "controlling" (that is, killing) pest coyotes. Coyotes being close
relatives to dogs, this should cause concern for anyone considering
using cocoa mulch in an area their pets have access to.
Food Additive Potentially Deadly To Pets
Vets Warn Owners To Keep Sugar-Free Away From Pets
JAVMA - September 1, 2004
Sugar-free treats could be harmful to dogs - The American Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Animal Poison Control Center
is warning veterinarians, their staff, and pet owners that the xylitola
sweetener found in some sugar-free chewing gums, candies, and other
products can cause seriouspossibly life-threatening problems for dogs.
The American Society for the Prevention of Dogs ingesting large amounts
of products sweetened with xylitol may have a sudden drop in blood sugar,
resulting depression, loss of coordination, and seizures, according
to Dr. Eric K. Dunayer, a consulting veterinarian in clinical toxicology
for the poison control center. The center is most concerned about products
in which xylitol is the primary ingredient. The American Society for
the Prevention of "These signs can develop quite rapidly, at times less
than 30 minutes after ingestion of the product," Dr. Dunayer said in
a statement. "Therefore, it is important that pet owners seek veterinary
treatment immediately." Some data suggest a link between xylitol ingestion
and liver failure in dogs, he said, though those data are insufficient
to draw firm conclusions. Dr. Dunayer published a case study on xylitol
toxicosis in April 2004 issue of the journal Veterinary and Human Toxicology.
Bitter Truth About NutraSweet (Aspartame) and Sucralose (Splenda)
Ralph Walton, M.D. - "Aspartame (NutraSweet) appears to cause
slow, silent damage in those unfortunate enough to not have immediate
reactions and a reason to avoid it. It may take one year, five years,
10 years, or 40 years, but it seems to cause some reversible and some
irreversible changes in health over long-term use. "Aspartame has a
profound effect on mood and cognition....depressed mood, anxiety, dizziness,
panic attacks, nausea, irritability, impairment of memory and concentration."
Dr. Janet Starr Hull - "The testing of sucralose reveals that
it can cause up to 40 percent shrinkage of the thymus: a gland that
is the very foundation of our immune system. Sucralose also causes swelling
of the liver and kidneys, and CALCIFICATION of the kidney. Note: if
you experience kidney pain, cramping, or an irritated bladder after
using sucralose in Splenda, stop use immediately."
Popular sweetener is toxic for dogs
A sugar substitute found in a variety of sugar-free and dietetic cookies,
mints and chewing gum is proving highly toxic, even fatal, to snack-snatching
dogs. Xylitol, popular in Europe for decades but a relative newcomer
to the U.S. alternative-sweeteners market, can be "very, very serious"
to dogs when ingested, says Dana Farbman, spokeswoman for the Animal
Poison Control Center of the American Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals. "It doesn't take a whole lot (of xylitol), and the
effects are so rapid that the window of opportunity to treat the dog
is extremely small," Farbman says.
Steroids The sleaziest of drugs (cortisone,
"You take your dog to the vet with a skin infection. Your vet gives
your dog a steroid injection. The skin infection clears up. Later, you
discover your dog has kidney disease. Is there a clear connection between
the steroid injection and your dog's diseased kidneys? You don't know.
But we do know that steroids are known to damage kidneys. We also know,
from the drug manufacturers' own data sheets, that steroids can cause
liver damage, brittle bones, diabetes, adrenal insufficiency, an inability
to deal with stress, and damage to the immune system."Catherine O'Driscoll
Doctors tell you that steroids only cause side effects after many
years. But new research shows that permanent damage is immediate and
devastating. Studies show that steroids cause permanent, debilitating
effects after a single dosage. 'Steroids are probably the most sleazy
of modern day medications,' says John Mills, former professor of medicine
at the University of California, San Francisco and chief of infectious
diseases at San Francisco General Hospital. FAQ: Heartbreaking testimonial
of a cat on long term steroids --- Animals on Steroids: are there alternatives?
Are Antibiotics Making Your Pet Sick?
Diarrhea, abdominal pain, severe inflammation of the colon (colitis),
irritable bowel syndrome, skin problems, fever, elevated white blood
cell count, weak immune system, vomiting, dehydration, potassium deficiencies,
allergies, colon perforation, bad breath, excess stomach gas, yeast
problems, nutritional deficiencies and constipation are just some of
the many side effects and problems linked to antibiotics.
growing number of veterinarians are recommending
transfer factors to improve animal's health and
boost their immune system, including in cancer cases, toxic
conditions, diabetes, and neurological conditions. There are
amazing testimonials about
animals recovering from cancer, diabetes and other severe degenerative
illnesses with a nutritional product called transfer factors.
Veterinary Malpractice - Protecting Your Pet from Veterinarian Negligence
The (Delaware) News Journal reported that over the last few years
there has been a growing national trend to give animals more legal protection: New legislation and lawsuits have been filed across the country on behalf
of animals. Several lawsuits against veterinarians aim to change laws
that treat pets as property and leave vets unaccountable for malpractice.
New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have considered
legislation granting pet owners the right to sue for pain and suffering
damages, including punitive damages for neglect or abuse. Tennessee
enacted such a law in 2000, and Illinois passed a version of it two years ago.
Loss: The Traumatic Death of My Soulmate Dog Zoey: No One Dares Publicly Call It Veterinary Malpractice
I rescued my beloved dog Zoey from a high-volume killing pound. Bedraggled
and terrified, she was transformed into a handsome happy dog who danced
her life after she outgrew her fear and insecurity. We had nine years
together-not nearly enough. Zoey was diagnosed with cancer on October
9, 2001; thirteen days later, on October 23, 2001-a day I can never
forget-she was dead, but not from her illness. She developed all the
classic signs of chemo-induced sickness. Distraught and confused, I
thought Zoey might be dying; a veterinarian who did not know Zoey destroyed
her without any veterinary care, assessment, or consideration of the
effects of chemotherapy. From rescue, through life and into illness
and death, and then my inconsolable grief, this is Zoey's story. My
journal of her days of illness, her final days, hours, and her death,
all are included here. I remember Zoey in
of remembrance and mourning and in photographs. I also provide a carefully
detailed exposé of what happened with the complaints I filed about veterinary
malpractice. I reproduce the complaint documents, my correspondences,
phone discussions, and the official response letters. The politics of
cover-up unfolds, revealing how impenetrable is the disregard for veterinary
misconduct. I offer advice and warning to others about how they might
best care for and protect beloved animals during their illnesses to
avoid the perils of the veterinarian's "license to kill." I offer my
thoughts about needed reforms to create objective and just review procedures.
Veterinary incompetence, negligence, and abuse are alive and well
in the United States and all over the world. Every day, untold numbers
of defenseless animals are left in the hands of some negligent, incompetent
doctors who inflict cruelty, injury, and death on our pets -- and get
away with it. Millions of people take their pets to vets every year.
Although skilled, competent veterinary care certainly outweighs the
incidences of negligence and abuse, the damage that those veterinarians
do is incalculable in terms of animal suffering, public health and safety,
consumer fraud, and the emotional devastation caused by knowing that
our beloved pets were harmed or destroyed by the very person entrusted
with their care. If you believe that no veterinarian anywhere would
ever deliberately harm an animal...never abuse client or public trust...never
abuse their positions as doctors...or would never violate the laws of
their profession...you will learn that public record, disciplinary actions
by vet boards, and increasing media coverage on this ugly and disturbing
subject say otherwise. And if you think that it can't happen to you
and your pet...think again.
List of Competent Holistic Veterinarians Holistic veterinary is attempting to make your pet as healthy
as he or she can be and gradually build up their body to the best that it can be.
Routine Vaccination: Is it really safe and effective?
Dr. Patricia Jordan DVM "The vaccines are unsafe and they are unnecessary,
they are also the FOUNDATION of conventional medicine
which unfortunately is not to be confused with conventional "wisdom".
This is an example of how the system is built upon a foundation of "speculation"
or unethical medicine that is now being questioned. Vaccines DO NOT
confer herd immunity and they DO NOT confer individual immunity. They
are however, the "golden calf" of the white coats that grows into the
"sacred cow" of vaccine induced disease. What will they do when the
public figures out they have been lied to for the purpose of "making
a living by killing" by the pharmaceutical medical industrial complex
that is only in operation due to government financial scaffolding and protection? "
VETS DON'T TELL YOU ABOUT VACCINES Read the comments of veterinarians
who believe that vaccines are damaging our pets. This information will
make you cry and aware of the scam that is the mainstay of the veterinary
field. Learn the truth about the terrible suffering of pets and their
owners and what can be done to protect your animals from the drug companies
and ignorant vets. 'Shock to the System'
covers the latest information on the vaccine issue, and puts the other
pieces of the puzzle into the picture. Diet, environmental toxins, pharmaceuticals
and stress all play a part in the health of companion animals.
Donna Starita Mehan DVM -"Routine" vaccination has adverse
side-effects, either short or long term. With vaccines that are repeated
year after year, the frequency and severity of these side-effects in
our pets has increased dramatically. Most of the problems involve the
immune system. After all, the immune system is what vaccines are designed
to stimulate. But they do so in a very unnatural way that can overwhelm
and confuse the immune system and can result in increased susceptibility
to acute infections (such as ear infections in dogs, bladder infections
in cats), chronic tapeworm problems, or in more degenerative cases, cancer."
Danger of rawhide and pig ears
Some veterinarians warn against feeding rawhide and pig ears because
they can contain chemical residues (from chemicals used to remove the
fur) that can be harmful to your dog;s health. Also, larger pieces can
break off and be swallowed, getting stuck in the intestines and causing
blockages. When the rawhide gets wet from the stomach juices, it swells
to twice its normal size causing serious stomach blockage. Soft and slick
rawhide can also become a choking hazard.
A safe and healthy chemical free alternative to rawhide and pig ears.
MACHO STIX is an all natural nutritious bully stick that dog go crazy
for. It contains no smoked flavorings, no additives, preservatives,
chemicals or flavors. It is dried in the oven, thus retains all of its
healthy, fresh, clean, and wholesome goodness. Just good old fashioned
US beef bully sticks from USDA inspected beef. These are the only dog
chews that use an authentic, all-natural process that assures every
quality treat is more flavorful and easily digestible. 100% Pure and
Natural - Chemical and Hormone Free. Some pet owner call the Macho Stix
"Puppy Pacifier" because it keeps the pup occupied for hours or "Doggy
Cocaine" because dogs always want more.
Why you should not feed your pet products that contain soy
Newest Research On
Why You Should Avoid Soy (and avoid feeding it to your animals)
by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD
"...the soybean contains large quantities of natural toxins or "antinutrients".
First among them are potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action
of trypsin and other
for protein digestion. These inhibitors are large, tightly folded proteins
that are not completely deactivated during ordinary cooking. They can
produce serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and chronic
deficiencies in amino acid uptake. In test animals, diets high in trypsin
inhibitors cause enlargement and pathological conditions of the pancreas,
including cancer. Soybeans also contain haemagglutinin, a clot-promoting
substance that causes red blood cells to clump together. Trypsin inhibitors
and haemagglutinin are growth inhibitors."
Recently there has been a tremendous increase in disorders like systemic
lupus, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, "myelinoma", pulmonary hypertension
and neuropathy. Soy and canola oils are players in the outbreak of these
disease conditions. So are the organophosphates, insecticides such as
malathion used in food production in the name of efficiency.
PET HEALTH ALERT: BREAD DOUGH A NO-NO!
As the holidays descend upon us, there'll be many cooks in the kitchen--but
don't spoil your pet by giving him bread dough. According to Jill A.
Richardson, DVM, of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), when
bread dough is ingested, an animal's body heat causes the dough to rise
in the stomach. As alcohol is produced during the rising process, the
dough expands. Pets who've eaten bread dough may experience abdominal
pain, bloat, vomiting, disorientation and depression.
Dr. Steven Hansen, veterinary toxicologist & ASPCA Senior
Vice President, shows you examples of the most common potentially dangerous plants.
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Canine Malignant Lymphoma and the use of chemicals around the home
A hospital-based case-control study of companion dogs examined the risk
of developing canine malignant lymphoma associated with the use of chemicals
in and about the home. The study indicated that owners in households
with dogs that developed malignant lymphoma applied 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic
acid (2,4-D) herbicides to their lawn and/or employed commercial lawn
care companies to treat their yard significantly more frequently than
control owners (odds ratio = 1.3). In addition, the risk of canine malignant
lymphoma rose to a twofold excess with four or more yearly owner applications
of 2,4-D. The findings in this study are consistent with occupational
studies in humans, which have reported modest associations between agricultural
exposure to 2,4-D and increased risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the
history and epidemiology of which are similar to those of canine malignant
Asbestos, Cancer and Your Pets
Not only can dogs inhale asbestos brought in by their owners, but dogs
can also drag asbestos dust into the home on their fur or feet if they've
been in a location where asbestos is present, such as near an older
building that's being demolished. That's why it's always necessary to
keep tabs on the whereabouts of your dog, as it may impact his health
and that of your family. Veterinarians who've studied dogs with mesothelioma
have also come to the conclusion that exposure to other toxic materials
may also increase the risk of the animal developing mesothelioma. Those
substances include pentachlorophenol, often used as an herbicide, algaecide,
defoliant, wood preservative, germicide, or fungicide. Studies have
shown that Bouvier des Flandres, Irish Setters, and German Shepherds
are at greatest risk for tumor development and the disease is more common
in male than in female dogs.
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