Dangers of Xylitol in Dogs

XylitolThank you Terri for sharing this with us!  Please review this article and get familiar with products that contain xylitol, even ketchup, jam, honey, mints, sugar free Jell-O, cupcakes, etc.


Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls 62 Bags of “Science Diet



June 2, 2014 – Hill’s Pet Nutrition of Topeka, KS has announced it is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed dry dog food as they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Hill's Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed
The suspect product was part of a single production run.

It was distributed to 17 veterinary clinic and pet store customers between April 24 and May 13, 2014 in the following states:

  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada

This product was accidentally released, as revealed during a routine inventory reconciliation.

Here We Go Again – Poisoning our Dogs


Buy it, Cook it, and Serve it!

Buy it, Cook it, and Serve it!

Cook for your Dog People!  Make your dog home made treats, stop buying crap at the store that will make your dog sick!  I am livid!!!

This just in:

More than 1,000 dogs have died and thousands have gotten sick after eating jerky treats mostly made in China, according to pet owners’ reports to the FDA.

Still, after seven years of investigating, the agency has not figured out what’s causing the deaths and illnesses. No recall has been issued.

“Watch your pet closely,” the FDA advises.

Read KTLA’s story here: http://ktlane.ws/1n9ITu6 — 

Don’t Let Your Pets Become A Statistic Of Veterinary Care!

Author, Andi Brown with TDL's Holiday and Rascal

Author, Andi Brown with TDL’s Holiday and Rascal

Over $50 billion will be spent on our pets in the United States this year. Of that, $20 billion will pay for food, and over $14 billion will be spent on veterinary care. The pet insurance industry is a money-making monster; growing at a rate of 25% each year and projected to be $664 million by 2012. (In 2006, when I wrote my first book that number was only $88 million). According to my holistic veterinarian, a shocking 50% of dogs over two years old will contract cancer as well. So with all that we know, why are our pets becoming sicker each year?

Obesity is on the rise for humans as it is with pets. Of the 77 million dogs in this country, a mind blowing 35 million are considered overweight, and 6.7 million are clinically obese. Cats too, are packing on the pounds and of the 86 million household pets, a whopping 6.4% of them have been deemed morbidly obese, as well. So who or what is to blame for the downfall of the ones we love so much?

I do not believe the problem stems from overfeeding. The crisis simply begins with the quality of food we are giving them. After all, commercial pet foods all have that same common denominator; they are loaded with non-essential and inexpensive fillers like corn, wheat, potatoes, starches and rice. Coupled with that, chemical preservatives are all too often hidden behind the unscrupulous manufacturing practices of the pet food makers, and meat by-products may not be meat at all. Many of them contain high-calorie corn syrup (which cannot be synthesized by the liver), and other sugar derivatives as well as bloat-causing fatty flavor enhancers like beef tallow and even bacon grease! Without these often addictive flavor additives, most pets would never even eat their food. It is no wonder their weights are escalating in epidemic proportions, as they are for their human caregivers too. See the correlation? I have always compared a typical commercial pet food to junk food or potato chips and beer diets we have seen so many people succumb to. Sure you may be able to live on it, but not very well and not very long. If we want our pets to have glowing, great health and see the vet just one time a year, we need to feed our pets the same type of wholesome, real, natural, balanced meals we ideally want for ourselves.

Pets make us all feel better. They help lower our blood pressure, reduce stress, prevent heart disease by providing psychological stability and fight depression. So what can we do to help our pets live healthier too? For starters, my mantra for the last 25 years has been…

If I couldn’t eat it myself, I’d never give it to my pets.” – Andi Brown

Over the last two decades, it appears there have been many upgrades to the pet food industry. We have seen the emergence of the Raw Food Diets, the Holistic foods, the Natural brands, the Chubs, Grain Free; all of them canned, kibbled, baked or even freeze-dried. They all bear the label “complete and balanced”, but sadly it seems that not all that much has really changed beyond how those products are marketed. Just because a product falls under the “premium” category, or it’s labeled “all natural”, and is found in a boutique pet store, does not necessarily make it much better than its close cousin (often perceived as inferior) on the shelves of grocery stores and mass food merchandisers. I know you do not want to hear it, but the food you “love to love” might not be so healthy after all. Sadly, it seems like everyone got on the bandwagon when “holistic” came into vogue, but are all those products really what they claim to be?

Life sure pitched us some curve balls over the years. Consider the 2007 pet food nightmare: Menu Pet Foods recalled more than 100 brands that are [practically used by every dog-owner and some even sold by your veterinarian], as well as many of the Holistic and natural brands you may even be using right now! These products were all pulled off store shelves because some of the ingredients were found to be killing our cherished dogs and cats. Thousands of pets were sickened (the FDA received more than 17,000 reports) and an estimated 20% of them died from acute renal failure caused by tainted food. Unfortunately, time makes us forget, and I know there are a lot of people affected by those awful products who have actually gone back to those very same brands because we were told it was now safe to return to the feed bag. Complacency can hurt us, and yet many still seem to turn a blind eye. As recently as last month, I received an update from my Vet’s office; warning about even more products that are still posing dangers. Let’s face it; most companies do not have the well-being of our best friends at heart, which is why it’s so important to take the path of homemade foods very seriously. We owe it to our pets to love them with wisdom.

Once you focus on the healing power of food, it’s easy to understand why so many of our pets on commercial foods are still suffering with skin problems, allergies, infestations, organ failure, diabetes, obesity and cancers. We’ve let our guard down and have forgotten that Food is The Foundation of Life.

Don’t let your pet become a statistic of veterinary medical care. Don’t you have better things to do with your money? With wholesome, healthy, natural, balanced ingredients, we can help them achieve the greatest health care goals.

Find out how to make my Whole Pet Diet Chicken or Turkey Stews and get a copy of my book today.

There’s never been a better choice for your dogs or cats. Learn more about this incredibly healthy diet because there’s so much you can do for the life of the ones you love – right now!

Make Every Day A Holiday with Healthier Pets!

Andi Brown & “Doc” Holiday
Author of  The Whole Pet Diet: Eight Weeks to Great Health for Dogs and Cats

The Whole Pet Diet: Eight Weeks to Great Health for Dogs and Cats

Avoid Recalls

Andi Brown's Stew for Bart!

Andi Brown’s Stew for Bart!

I was at the vet last week, and a man in his mid sixties wanted to buy a bag of food… I don’t remember if it was dog food or cat food.  The burly man asked the receptionist for a bag of food, and she reached up, and handed him what they recommend for this pet, and he stopped the purchase, and asked where it was made.

The receptionist read the label and announced, “made in China”.  The man said, “I don’t want that”, and the receptionist put it back.  She then handed him another brand of food, and he asked again, “where’s it made?”  She read the label, and announced, “made in France.”  He grumbled, “I don’t want that either.”  They went through several brands of food until they found one made in the U.S.A.

I thought to myself, could it be that easy?  We should become more careful, and read all of the labels, not only for our dogs but for our families.  I remember two years ago, after a big scare, I went to buy Sarah some crayons.  I read the fine print, the crayons were made in China and I did not buy them.  With regard to the Trifexis post yesterday, we should simply start reading the labels!

So, you would think it’s just that easy, right?  Read the labels?  I thought so too, until I read this article.  http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-industry-exposed/dog-food-chin/

The best way to protect your pet, is to cook it yourself.

Last night, while on the phone with an adopter (concerned about Claire Bear) she shared with me a dog food scam, how the dog food  made her dog sick enough that the dog received emergency surgery, and that the company was repeatedly charging her credit card.  The charges were made from all over Europe.  She realized that the dog food company was a pyramid scheme scam.  I hope to get details about this incident, and share it with you shortly.

Trifexis in the Hot Seat

Carol shared this on my Facebook page. I thought everyone should take a look.  “The three puppies that all died within the same week, all had Trifexis, all around the same time,” Schmitt said. “It’s a heck of a coincidence.” 
( Ingredient’s From CHINA )

Recently Jennifer Graddy wrote:  The 3 puppies that died were necropsied at UF & UGA and they died from myocarditis, which is usually seen with puppies previously exposed or infected with Parvovirus. Trifexis was not the cause of death.

Note:  Need Interceptor?  Click Here!  Never give your dog a new drug on a Friday night when your Vet is closed or before you go to work in the morning.  You never know how a dog will react.  And please review, Avoid Recalls.

Click here to see the actual article and comments.


Grieving animal lovers across the country are coming forward blaming a popular pet drug for killing their dogs. Channel 2 Action News has uncovered several cases in Metro Atlanta.

“It’s like a piece of your heart is being torn out,” said dog owner Beth Timms from Gainesville.

Her dog, Gizmo, died after taking Trifexis. The once-a-month pill made by Elanco is a combination pill for heartworm, parasites and flea prevention. Elanco is the animal health division of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly.

Gizmo was a healthy 12-year-old mixed-breed. Shortly after taking Trifexis for the first time, she suffered lethargy, vertigo, seizures and a 106-degree temperature.

“We had to let her go. We had to have her put to sleep,” Timms said. “I killed my dog.”

Timms emailed consumer investigator Jim Strickland after finding a Facebook page titled “Trifexis Kills Dogs.”

Owners from all over the country have posted on the page, blaming the drug for their dogs’ deaths.

The Facebook page led Strickland to a home in Sandy Springs, where a dog bowl still sits empty in the corner. The dog who once used it was a puppy named Bishop.

“He died. For no reason, no warning,” said Bishop’s owner Jenny Schmitt.

Bishop was a 16-week-old Vizsla, which is a Hungarian hunting dog. He was one of seven in a litter born in June from an American Kennel Club Grand Champion.

Three of Bishop’s litter mates are thriving in Florida. A fourth is a healthy puppy living Buckhead. None of them has ever had Trifexis.

Bishop and the other two litter mates, named Tucker and Jade, each received their one and only dose of Trifexis in September. Bishop and Jade died within three weeks. Tucker died in six days. Veterinarians ruled they all died of heart inflammation.

“I think Eli Lillly and Elanco need to ask the broader question, ‘Does this drug even need to be on the market?'” Schmitt said.

Elanco is headquartered outside of Indianapolis. Strickland went there to speak with one of Elanco’s top veterinarians. Dr. Stephen Connell insisted Trfiexis is safe. He said he gives it to his own dogs.

Connell said Elanco has dispensed 50 million doses since Trifexis hit the market less than three years ago.

“We don’t like the fact that it has killed any dogs. But with any pharmaceutical product, we understand that the very rare sensitivities, allergic events — those types of things are going to happen,” Connell said.

Elanco’s spokesman later said Connell didn’t mean to say the company doesn’t like that Trifexis killed any dogs, but rather the company doesn’t like hearing reports of any deaths.

Strickland got the numbers on reports about Trifexis made to the Food and Drug Administration. The latest figures are as of April 2013.

Pet owners have filed 2200 reports of the drug causing their dogs to vomit. There are 600 cases of lethargy, and 31 reports of dog deaths. That’s about one per month since the drug hit the market.

The warning on the Trifexis box states mild side effects. Connell admitted to Strickland that the company has gotten reports of dogs suffering seizures, but Elanco has found no link to any dog deaths.

A University of Georgia Veterinary School pathology report on Bishop’s death stated a bacterial infection likely caused the dog’s heart failure. It ruled his symptoms were not typical of drug toxicity.

trifexisTrifexis contains two drugs, spinosad and milbemycin.

“The spinosad is from the United States. The milbemycin is sourced from China” said Connell.

He added their Chinese supplier has had multiple inspections and is a non-issue.

He also addressed the deaths of the puppies.

“It is our opinion that there are other factors involved in this case,” Connel said.

Bishop’s owner doesn’t believe that.

“The three puppies that all died within the same week, all had Trifexis, all around the same time,” Schmitt said. “It’s a heck of a coincidence.”
( Ingredient’s From CHINA )

Natural Heartworm Preventatives

BoBo, rescued heartworm positive, was heartworm negative in 8 months with monthly heartgard!

BoBo, rescued heartworm positive, was heartworm negative in 8 months with monthly heartgard!

I can’t recommend any alternative products to prevent heartworm disease in your dog, because I haven’t tried any!  You should, however, know the risks with any medication.  Bart’s Mom wrote today that he sometimes vomits when she gives him his heartworm preventative.  My China did too.  We have only had two dogs experience seizures after taking their heartgard.  Both dogs were male Border Collies, both dogs were exactly 51 pounds, and both dogs were given 50-100 pound heartgard.  Please be careful.

I can tell you that in trying to help Claire Bear, I ordered a kit of things, thinking it would help her.  The kit included treats, liquids, and powers.  The caveat to the “kit” was that it would not work if you didn’t alter the dog’s diet.  This begs the question, would Claire get better because of the mysterious potion I was making her, or because I changed her diet?  I am returning the product… it was useless.

If you have any articles you’d like to share, or can recommend any alternatives, please leave a comment on this page for us to share!

I also must warn you that there are a lot of scams out there.  Be careful where you place your credit card information!

One writer feeds raw, garlic, diatomaceous earth, and Heartworm Free product.  http://www.dogster.com/forums/Dog_Health/thread/709391

Product called Heartworm Free.  http://www.heartwormfree.com/products.htm

Heartworm preventative starts with diet.  http://voices.yahoo.com/heartworm-prevention-dogs-drugs-vs-herbal-treatments-8581441.html

SkeptVet says there’s no such thing!  http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2013/06/there-is-no-natural-or-holistic-heartworm-prevention-or-treatment-proven-to-be-safe-and-effective/

and don’t forget, we can get interceptor!  http://thedogliberator.com/need-interceptor/



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