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sick dog Dr. Jerry Tennant, M.D. says that marine phytoplankton nourishes the body on a cellular level. It is one of those rare products that contains almost everything one needs to sustain life and to restore health by providing the raw materials to make new cells that function normally. Learn how phytoplankton saved a dog's Life

Dr. Steven Slagle, DVM Transfer factors have turned out to be the most effective and versatile large animal family products I have ever used in my 32-year veterinary practice. A cat with leukemia, an oral tumor, and posterior paralysis due to a spinal tumor, was very ill and emaciated. One month after transfer factors there was some regression of the oral tumor, restored appetite with some weight gain, and increased sociability. Five months later, she continues to improve, regaining normal weight, 80% regression of her oral tumor, and regaining use of hind legs and tail."

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Life's abundance petfood Do You Really Know What's In Your
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by Dr. Jane Bicks DVM

Puppy face with paws up "You take healthy animals and often very quickly after you vaccinate, you can see simple things like itching of the skin or excessive licking of the paws, sometimes even with no eruptions and licking of the air. We see a lot of epilepsy, often after a rabies vaccination. Or dogs or cats can become aggressive for several days. Frequently you'll see urinary tract infections in cats, often within three months after their [annual] vaccination. If you step back, open your mind and heart, you'll start to see patterns of illness
post-vaccination." - Dr. Blanco D.V.M

Instinctive Choice for felines contains fresh, highly digestible, human-quality proteins from organic chicken, turkey, chicken liver and shrimp. Instinctive Choice contains nutrient rich water or “biological water,” which contains nutritional components found in meats and chicken broth. This allows your cat to obtain moisture closer to the way a cat in the wild would get it.

Deadly, Contagious Dog Flu Virus

Dr. Cynda Crawford, an immunologist at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine who is studying the virus, said that it spread most easily where dogs were housed together but that it could also be passed on the street, in dog runs or even by a human transferring it from one dog to another. Kennel workers have carried the virus home with them. Learn what Dr. Falconer D.V.M. recommends to protect your pet from the Canine Flu disease

Stem Cell Nutrition in
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The first natural plant-based stem cell enhancers have shown to trigger the release of millions of adult stem cells from the bone marrow very quickly. These stem cells can then migrate and attach to any cells, tissue, bone, muscle, cartilage, organ anywhere in the body needing repair. Visit the StemPets and StemEquine store.

Nutitional Supplements Advanced Daily Supplement with Phytonutrient Power for Dogs and Puppies or Cats and Kittens. Why should you give your animal a nutritional supplement? A deficiency in one vitamin or mineral may leave your dog vulnerable to disease. This daily nutritional supplement provides your dog with the essential nutrients ? the defense system support it needs to live a long ? healthy life. Most of us take supplements and eat right to get all the nutrients necessary to avoid disease and ensure good health. The same is true for the four-legged member of your family … your precious pup or kitten.



Healthy Pet Diet

The pet nutrition industry is a multi-billion dollar industry full of hype and false claims. Consumers are being duped into believing that they are feeding their pets healthy foods, when in actuality they are feeding nothing more than inferior meat meals, cheap grains (including corn and soy), fillers, by-products, pesticides, preservatives and toxins. Never before has the pet-food industry been rocked by widespread contamination and rampant recalls.

Dr. William Pollak D.V.M - "Severe nutritional deficiencies and toxic states have been known to mimic almost every known disease in veterinary medicine. In chronic conditions, some developing over several generations, improvement in health can take months or years.

Dr. T.J. Dunn D.V.M.- "There is ample proof that today's pet dogs and cats do not thrive on cheap, corn-based pet foods. Dogs and cats are primarily meat eaters to fill them up with grain-based processed dry foods that barely meet minimum daily nutrient requirements has proven to be a mistake." Soy is one of the top allergens— substances that cause allergic reactions. In the 1980s, Stuart Berger, M.D, labelled soy one of the seven top allergens—one of the "sinister seven". Reactions may include coughing, sneezing, runny nose, hives, diarrhoea, facial swelling, shortness of breath, a swollen tongue, difficulty swallowing, fainting, anaphylactic shock etc. (pets are allergic to soy too)

The BARF DIET - Bones And Raw Food

BARFWilliam Pollak D.V.M. - "In the wild, no one cooks for the coyote or wolf. Their foods are raw and unprocessed." The word BARF is an acronym for Biologically Appropriate RAW Food also known as "Bones And Raw Food". The BARF DIET provides "first-class" proteins, including chicken, beef and lamb. These are the same fresh human edible meats you would buy for yourself with one important exception....it's 'bon-e-fied' biologically appropriate raw food! Our pets’ wild ancestors derived their fats, and more particularly their essential fatty acids, from raw carcasses of animals and also from pre-digested raw vegetable material.

To optimize your pets’ health, we supply fats from similar sources to those consumed in an evolutionary diet. A full spectrum of minerals must be supplied in your pet's diet in correct balance and sufficient amounts if he is going to remain healthy into advanced old age. Bones are the storehouse of almost all the minerals your pet requires in perfect balance for optimal absorption. In addition, excellent levels of minerals are found in the other components of the BARF DIET.

BARF-PetFood Make the BARF (Bones and Raw Foods) Switch easy on you and your dog with the B.A.R.F Diet Ebook guideline and instructions. The dangers associated with a commercial dog food diet is overwhelming – from immediate effects like a  dull coat and foul smelling dog’s breath, to longer term effects like increasing the risk for canine cancers and a shorter life span. And that’s the sad truth that the commercial pet food companies don’t want you to know. The amount of processing and additives that go into the preparation of the commercial dog food contain chemicals that are not optimal for your dog and may even make them sickly and die early.

William Pollak D.V.M. - "In the wild, no one cooks for the coyote or wolf. Their foods are raw and unprocessed."

Want to learn how to prepare raw homemade food for your pets? Sample Raw Homemade Petfood Recipes

Fresh Is Best Freeze-Dried Raw Whole Duck Heart Treats for Dogs and Cats.These treats are 100% meat, so you can even rehydrate these treats to use them as a meal replacement during travel. They were freeze-dried using low temperatures. The treats can be easily cut or pulled apart for smaller pieces. Great for training purposes as well!A healthy alternative to raw food is Life's Abundance, quality healthy kibbles for dogs and cats.

Should You Be Concerned About Zoonosis Infection?

RawPetFoodZoonosis is an infectious or parasitic disease, which is naturally passed from vertebrate animals to humans, and vice versa, e.g. tuberculosis, rabies or brucellosis. "Dogs and especially cats can shed Salmonella organisms (from raw meat diet) in both their feces and saliva, meaning that transmission can occur via licking. A pet dog or cat licking your hand is a very common occurrence. Sometimes a pet may lick the face of a child, helping germs spread more easily. Animal saliva contains many pathogenic agents.)  If you are concerned about Zoonosis, a healthy alternative to raw food is Life's Abundance kibbles and canned food for dogs and cats. For over a decade, Life's Abundance  has advocated the use of premium, human-quality ingredients in foods for companion animals. Their pet food has been unaffected by the recent pet food recall. They know that the single best thing you can do for your dog or cat is to feed them the healthiest diet possible.

Upon switching to a more nutritious diet, physical and behavioral improvements can be dramatic or gradual depending on the state of the animal's health. Severe nutritional deficiencies and toxic states have been known to mimic almost every known disease in veterinary medicine. In chronic conditions, some developing over several generations, improvement in health can take months or years

Life's Abundance Premium Health Food for Canines

Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food is veterinarian-formulated by Dr. Jane Bicks with select ingredients to help your pet achieve and maintain optimum health.This premium food for dogs and cats contain a superior blend of vitamins, proteinated minerals, antioxidants and healthy bacteria cultures known to significantly improve the overall health of pets. Life's Abundance chicken meal is made from chickens raised without hormones or steroids.

When you feed your cat or dog Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food, you’re providing the complete nutrition that your pets need, and the tastes they crave. The first thing you may notice when opening up a bag of Life's Abundance food is how fresh it smells. Their food is "fast-cooked" for only 12.5 seconds between 215-218 degrees using an extrusion process similar to pressure cooking. This helps maintain the vitamins and nutritional value of each and every wholesome ingredient. From the time their food is cooked it’s only four to six weeks until it reaches a customer’s door making it the freshest dry food on the market today. Most companies keep their products in trucks or warehouses with no climate control for as long as one year where it can become spoiled or tainted. They maintain strict inventory controls to ensure the quality and safety of their foods.  Compare Dog Foods


Life's Abundance PetFood

Life's Abundance pet food is unaffected by pet food recall, and you can feel secure and confident in feeding Life's Abundance foods to your animal companions. The company has absolutely no association, past or present, with the recall-affected companies or facilities. Their products have always been free of wheat and corn and none of their ingredients come from China. Their canned foods, dry foods, treats and supplements are produced and stored under different conditions than those of large commercial pet food manufacturers.

"I want to thank you for Life's Abundance. This food may very well have saved my dog's lives! In the last several years I've tried every "top" brand of dog food on the market - nothing but the best for my Eskies! It didn't seem to matter what food I fed them, in no time they were developing vomiting and diarhea.; In fact, I don't think my male Eskie, Ashira, EVER had a normal stool.

I began rI began researching pet foods on-line and stumbled onto your website. After reading about commercial foods in comparison to your product, I knew I had to try it. In fact, I was beginning to suspect either an allergy or sensitivity to gluten. All I knew was my dogs were not able to properly digest the foods I was giving them.Life's Abundance arrived the day after I ordered it and that evening I gave them a taste test to see if they liked it. You'd have thought they were eating candy! Without bothering to "wean" them off the Wellness (which was the latest brand they were eating), I plunged ahead with the LA. They gobbled it down and actually seemed satisfied after eating their normal portions (something my female never did).; The next time Ashi had a bowl movement it was BEAUTIFUL! And in the last week since the new food was introduced there has been no indication of vomiting, diarhea or constant begging for treats. Thankyou..thank you...thank you! I've already started two neighbors on Life's Abundance and plan to let everyone I know about it. I also volunteer for Eskie Rescuer's United and plan to send out an all points bulliten about this marvelous product. Dr. Bicks...you deserve a medal for this!" Mary Rogers, Bradenton FL.

Life's Abundance pet food also contains Flaxseed, rich in polyunsaturated oil and two fatty acids has been used for food and feed for animals for several thousand years in Europe, Asia and Africa. Research have found Essential Fatty Acids in flax seed oil to be beneficial in treating dry skin, e +d provide an important boost to the immune system.

Fatpets overweight dog Healthy Pet Food for Overweight Dogs. Based on Dr. Barry Sears, weight loss expert and author of the popular "Zone" Diet Books. Obesity among dogs and cats is one of the leading nutritional diseases. Many veterinarians believe it is the greatest health issue facing American’s pets. Millions of people all over the world have improved their health and lost weight on Dr. Barry Sears' Zone Diet. Now You Can Get Your Dog in THE ZONE. Canine Zone is based on the Zone’s 30-30-40 ratio of protein, fat and carbohydrates. This revolutionary new food will help your dog achieve a balance so the body can operate at its maximum efficiency and shed unwanted extra pounds.

Life's Abundance Premium Health Food for Felines

PetFoodInstinctive Choice; Premium Canned Cat Food is formulated to provide your cat with a meal that is similar in nutrition and moisture to how a feline would feed in the wild.; Instinctive Choice is a protein rich food, which contains organic chicken, turkey, chicken liver and shrimp.; Cats are unique in so many ways. It all started millions of years ago during their development. All cats, big and small, have common characteristics. Most cats purr, they don’t particularly like water and they love to run after their prey. All cats, big and small, are meat eaters. They are classified as obligate or true carnivores, which means their diet must consist of almost all meat to satisfy their specific and unique nutritional requirements PetFood Compare Cat Foods

Instinctive Choice for felines contains fresh, highly digestible, human-quality proteins from organic chicken, turkey, chicken liver and shrimp. Instinctive Choice contains nutrient rich water or “biological water,” which contains nutritional components found in meats and chicken broth. This allows your cat to obtain moisture closer to the way a cat in the wild would get it. It also contains added omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, chelated minerals, taurine, l-carnitine, vitamin E and a superior blend of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to help contribute to a healthy daily diet. Their ancestors were desert animals, so they got most of their moisture or water from their prey. As a result, most modern cats lack the desire to drink water, which can lead to urinary issues. The carnivore connection to nutrition in cats

These cat foods are unaffected by the recent unfortunate pet food recall, and you can feel secure and confident in feeding Life's Abundance; foods to your animal companions. The company has absolutely no association, past or present, with the recall-affected companies or facilities. Their; products have always been free of wheat and corn and none of their ingredients come from China. Their canned foods, dry foods, treats and supplements are produced and stored under different conditions than those of large commercial pet food manufacturers.

PetFoodIf you choose not to feed your cat raw food, or if you choose to mix kibble with raw, or feed dry food exlusively, here is a healthy alternative to the regular unhealthy, nutrient poor, pet food.; Life's Abundance Premium Health Food for cats is formulated by Dr. Jane Bicks, a highly respected and nationally recognized holistic veterinarian. It contains only fresh, natural, wholesome ingredients.It is nutrient dense with vitamins, minerals, fats and fatty acids essential for the optimal health of your cat. Five sources of high quality protein including chicken meal, eggs, herring meal, chicken liver meal and turkey meal derived from human-grade processing plants. Rich in powerful antioxidants from natural sources. And does NOT contain corn, wheat, dairy, by-products, artificial colors or flavors found in other leading brands.; Why should you give your Cat a Daily Nutritional System?; Each;and every cat has unique nutritional needs due to many factors; such as, breed type, life stage (kitten, adult or senior), personality (high strung or laid back), living environment (only child or big family; indoor or outdoor) and activity level.; The Daily Nutritional Systems combine our premium health foods with a chewable supplement that is rich in the additional nutrients your cat may need to meet his or her unique requirements.

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 Testimonial: Embarrassing Issue Solved! "We are so impressed with the dog food! We can tell you that I was at my wits end trying to solve an embarrassing issue with my male corgi. The little guy had some kind of allergy that made his fur oily and stink! He smelt like old sneakers all the time. The vet tried baths with special shampoos and antibiotics, nothing worked. Well with a few weeks he is stench free and his fur is soft again! But, it even gets better. My female corgi has an autoimmune problem that attacked her nose and she lost all the pigmentation. Can you just imagine my surprise when again after only one month on this food her nose is turning black again! This is amazing! They are slimmer, have more energy and because the food is so digestible they are eliminating only twice a day. The dogs eat the like they are getting treats! We are now going to try the cat food, as I am so impressed with your product." Julia and Rocco Guarnagia and the happy corgi's: Poco and AnniePetFood Newsletter

Pica is the act of eating non-food items. In less serious cases, cats may chew or suck on objects, but not actually swallow them. Common targets include yarn or string, fabric, wool, phone or electric cords, and plants. Any object may be a potential target, however.; Holistic veterinarians believe that cats exhibit pica behavior because our soil, plants, and especially commercial foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients.; Scientists theorize that mineral deficiency subjects us, and our animals, to more diseases, aging, sickness and destruction of our physical well-being than any other factor in personal health. A groundswell of nutrition conscious veterinarians are beginning to recommend to their clients that they supplement their animals diet with a daily dose of flaxseed oil and other nutrients for optimum health and vitality. The food your animal eats should provide all of the nutritional components which are necessary for all organs and systems of a healthy body to perform in harmonious unison. A properly functioning body does an amazing job at preventing disease and healing itself, and to do this it requires the energies and nutrients of a well-balanced diet. In terms of finding the proper diet for our companions, this means learning to look beyond our own needs, opinions, and agendas to address the natural needs of the animals that we caretake.

Dr. Alfred Plechner, D.V.M "The most common and most visible symptoms of nutritionally caused deficiencies are allergies of one kind or another. Because many commercial foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients, the long-term effect of these foods makes the dog hypersensitive to its environment. . . . [It's a dinosaur effect. Animals are being programmed for disaster, for extinction. Many of them are biochemical cripples with defective adrenal glands unable to manufacture adequate Cortisol, a hormone vital for health and resistance to disease." Allergies can be, and often are, unrecognized deficiency diseases.

Pitcaim bookDr. Pitcairn DVM - "In the natural state, carnivores do not develop calculus (tartar). Domesticated animals, in contrast, are not eating their natural diet and the softer food accumulates on the outside of the teeth in an area where it cannot easily be cleaned off. It is familiar to us that we can put our tongue in between our teeth and the inside of the cheeks to clean out accumulated food. Dogs and cats cannot do that as their teeth are too sharp. In the natural state, carnivores keep the outside teeth clean by gnawing on bones, a process you can still see with both dogs and cats accustomed to eating bones. If you observe the position they take, you will see that they use their side teeth in a sliding motion along the bone and this scrapes off any residue left from eating. The obvious solution to the problem of tartar accumulation in domestic animals is to give them bones to chew on. In my experience this is the most effective method and, for many animals, will clean the teeth to perfection."

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Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) for Healthier Pets

Essential fatty acids (EFAs), abundant in fish and flax oil, are reponsible for basic cellular health in all body tissues and are fundamentally important for all animals. Researchers now consider EFAs to be as vital to our health and our pets' health as vitamins and minerals. A dog or cat’s immune system functions the same as humans. EFAs play a major role in the maintenance of healthy coat and skin for cats, dogs, and horses. Without essential fatty acids in our diets, cells can not be formed or function efficiently. Like humans, animals also use EFAs to produce hormone-like substances called eicosanoids, which are involved in many important biological functions in the body. Essential fatty acids are the building blocks for prostaglandins which work to regulate hormones, immune and nervous systems plus cardiovascular function. This is why these fatty acids are called “essential fatty acids (EFAs).

A groundswell of nutrition conscious veterinarians are beginning to recommend to their clients that they supplement their animals diet with a daily dose of fish oil or flaxseed oil, poured right over the food. The vets are finding remarkable results in clearing up skin conditions, relieving arthritic and inflammatory pain, as well as improved over all pet health. Mr. Paul Stitt, while addressing a scientific conference in North Dakota reported that flax increased bone strength as well as improved the silkiness and sheen of animals fur. When the diets of horses were fortified with flax, within three weeks their coats developed a beautiful sheen, and dandruff was greatly diminished. Within 9 months cracked hooves were completely healed. When a pregnant mare was fed flax, her offspring were larger, and grew faster than when previous to being fed flax.

Further research indicates that horses fed flax and injected with the deadly organism Escherichia coli were better protected than those not fed flax, suggesting enhanced immunity in these animals. Select Alaskan sled dog mushers are fortifying their dogs diets with flax oil as it serves as a source of valuable energy, keeps less desirable saturated fats mobile in the blood stream, increases oxygen uptake to the cell, decreases recovery time from strenuous exercise, and prevents and heals worn and chaffed paws. Numerous studies conducted on animals and humans show that flax has powerful anti-tumor properties and may reduce tumor size by 50%.

 Source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) for Pets (and humans too)

Testimonials about omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFA) and cancer

supplementsAdvanced Daily Supplement with Phytonutrient Power for Dogs and Puppies or Cats and Kittens - Why should you give your animal a nutritional supplement? A deficiency in one vitamin or mineral may leave your dog vulnerable to disease.; This daily nutritional supplement provides your dog with the essential nutrients and the defense system support it needs to live a long and healthy life. Most of us take supplements and eat right to get all the nutrients necessary to avoid disease and ensure good health. The same is true for the four-legged member of your family … your precious pup or kitten.

Tripett products are made from pure green tripe taken from the highest quality human grade sources and mirror what our pets' wild counterparts instinctively feed on. Green Tripe (Green simply means the tripe is pure and unbleached) contains the partially digested grasses in an animal's stomach and is rich in digestive enzymes, gastric juices, taurine, amino acids and essential fatty acids which are important to all aspects of your pets' health. In green tripe, all of these nutrients occur naturally, making them more valuable to your pet than they would be if they were to be derived from extracted sources. Tripett contains no preservatives, no additives, no fillers or artificial ingredients. Only pure meat.

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Food Pets Die For

Food Pet Die For The pet nutrition industry is a multi-billion dollar industry full of hype and false claims. Consumers are being duped into believing that they are feeding their pets healthy foods, when in actuality they are feeding nothing more than inferior meat meals, cheap grains (including corn and soy), fillers, by-products, pesticides, preservatives and toxins. Soy is one of the top allergens— substances that cause allergic reactions. In the 1980s, Stuart Berger, MD, labelled soy one of the seven top allergens—one of the "sinister seven". Reactions may include coughing, sneezing, runny nose, hives, diarrhoea, facial swelling, shortness of breath, a swollen tongue, difficulty swallowing, fainting, anaphylactic shock etc.

Dr. William Pollak D.V.M - "Eating supermarket pet foods is like eating cardboard. Our pets just get by on them and the foods lack any real vitality for the flourishing of health. Life is designed to be lived in vitality; surviving is living a slow death even before departure from the body"

Dr Wendell O. Belfield, D.V.M. - "Their pets may have diarrhoea, increased flatulence, a dull hair coat, intermittent vomiting or prolonged scratching. These are common symptoms associated with commercial pet foods." In 1981, as Martin Zucker and I wrote How to Have a Healthier Dog, we discovered the full extent of negative effects that commercial pet food has on animals. In February 1990, San Francisco Chronicle staff writer John Eckhouse went even further with an exposé entitled "How Dogs and Cats Get Recycled into Pet Food."

 Irradiated Pet Food Endangering Pets Health, Killing Pets

warningThe Australian government in late May ordered an immediate stop to sterilizing cat food via irradiation after reviewing scientific studies pointing to food irradiation as the culprit behind illnesses characterized by ataxia or paralysis of the limbs, especially the hind limbs. Symptoms in the Australian cats first appeared three to six months after they were exposed to the dry food, Child said. Some had eaten the food for as few as three weeks; others for more than six months. The problem affected 90 cats in Australia, of which 30 died, mostly by euthanasia after they became paraplegic or tetraplegic, according to Dr. Georgina Child, a neurologist at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital and University of Sydney Teaching Hospital. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also allows animal feed, including pet food and treats, to be irradiated up to 50 kGy.Irradiation can kill nearly all bacteria in food, both good and bad, but has no effect on the infectious agent that causes mad cow disease, or on viruses, such as those that cause hepatitis or foot and mouth disease.

IrradiationThis symbol is called a RADURA logo. Although it looks to imply 'green' or environmentally friendly, the truth is that this symbol means the food was treated with irradiation. During irradiation food is exposed to high doses of radiation in the form of gamma rays, X-rays or electron beam.


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PetFood PetFood Recall
Pet Food Recall

irradiation Contaminated Pet Food Affected 39,000 Cats And Dogs Nationwide; According to the latest reports released by one of the nation's largest chains of veterinary hospitals, nearly 39,000 cats and dogs were sickened or killed nationwide following the recent reports of pet food-contamination with an industrial chemical. The data, which was released by Banfield, The Pet Hospital, was reportedly compiled from records collected by its more than 615 veterinary hospitals.; On April 20, a new wave of recalls has been announced in the last 24 hours. Melamine, a chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers, was found in more than 100 brands of contaminated pet food that; were recalled from the marketplace in Canada and the United States in mid-March. Evidence suggesting that a shipment of the ingredient “Rice Protein Concentrate” contained melamine has come to light. Diamond Pet Foods, Natural Balance, Royal Canin and Blue Buffalo have all announced recalls of their products containing this ingredient. The contaminated ingredient is not brown rice; instead, it is “Rice Protein Concentrate”.

In all, more than 5,600 products by dozens of pet food makers have been recalled, from chain supermarket brands to prescription-only foods. This is a staggering number of products, and is unprecedented in this business. Thousands of deaths are due to the contamination, and many thousands more have suffered illnesses. We shudder to think of the long-term impacts of the compromised liver and kidney function and how this will affect thousands of companion animals in America. Leading experts believe that the severe reactions experienced by some cats and dogs were the result of an interaction of chemicals, between the melamine and a list of other culprits, including cyuranic acid. Thousands of Cats and dogs suffered kidney failure, and many died after eating the affected pet food.

Dr. Jane Bicks - "None of our products contain toxic ingredients. It is believed that the contaminated ingredients, like the wheat gluten involved in prior recalls, and the melamine were imported from China. We use only human-quality ingredients from U.S. sources in our foods. Our pet food does not contain wheat glutten, corn, or rice protein concentrate. "