Recalls. Not on My Worry Wheel!

In August, Pedigree issued a recall of some of its dog foods because of the presence of metal pieces.

Metal.

They expanded that recall in September.

Also in September, Bravo! issued a recall for its products because of salmonella.

In October, PetSmart recalled certain lots of Simply Nourish dog treats.

Want to see a list? Go here: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recalls/

Dog Food Advisor has got them back to 2009. Look for frequent flyers. That should tell you a little something about quality control.

People give me funny looks when I tell them about feeding my dogs a raw diet. I think they’re scared of it. Some are nearly irreversibly brainwashed by manufacturers of convenience dog foods. And why wouldn’t they be? Pet food commercials permeate cable TV. 

And each makes bold claims of “healthy”, “all natural”, “no fillers”, “no by-products”, “meat as the first ingredient.”

Whoopdy-do! Meat is the first ingredient! What’s in the rest of it?

You know what? They are more concerned about the bottom line than they are about your dog. Hello! They will tell you anything to get you to buy their product. ANYTHING.

…Like how much the love dogs…

Do you really think that the nutritional needs of a Pug are any different than those of a Rottweiler? Pugs & Rotties need different amounts of food, sure. But they ARE the same species (duh!). And unless your dog is sick, an athlete, about to have puppies, or is a puppy, their nutritional needs are the same.

pssst….You are more likely to buy a bag of food with your dog breed on it.

(Oh, yes you are).

For the love of DOG, I am begging you to not be that gullible.

And the FDA doesn’t regulate it to the extent you might think. They’re more about truth in labeling than quality inspections. What’s on the label has to be in the bag, listed in order of most to least. That’s about it, folks.

Did you know that there is no pre-market testing required for pet foods?

Let that sink in for a minute…

Our dogs are counting on us to make the right decisions for them in every part of their lives, but especially in what they trust us to feed them. How devastating to buy a brand dog food thinking you’re giving your fur-baby something healthy, and it makes her sick….or WORSE. All because that’s the path of least resistance. It takes about 30 seconds to open up that can or bag, scoop it in the bowl & be done with it. You’ve got more important things to do, right? I mean, Facebook just will not wait. (That’s right. I’m throwing shade. Get used to it).

Fortunately for me & mine, recalls due to contaminated food aren’t on our worry wheel any more.

Feeding what I know for certain is an all natural, HOListic, unprocessed raw diet to my dogs with fresh, local, organic produce & high quality, human-grade, raw meats takes the threat of recalls by manufactured food makers off my plate and out of their bowls.

I love my dogs (more than Pedigree or Iams does, I promise) and I love creating their meals with foods I know they enjoy, and from which I have seen them thrive.

For breakfast, mix:

2 Tbsp fresh baked, chilled pumpkin

4 Tbsp plain, organic yogurt

1 oz whole, rolled oats, uncooked

1 Tbsp raw, local honey

1/2 apple, diced.

YUM!

pugs & kisses,

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Happy Howl-o-Ween!!

pugs pumpkin Halloween costume funny

It’s HALLOWEEN! YAY!

OOOOooooo!!! SCARY!

It can be very scary for your pets, you know.

Remember to keep them inside and away from stupid teenagers. And mean drunks.

Especially if your dog (or cat) is black.

And here’s a list of things that can result in a pricey visit to the vet. So, even though there’s lots of distractions and lots of strangers coming to the door, keep an eye on your fur baby during the witching hours.

DOGGIE DANGERS

  • Chocolate (toxic)
  • Candy (Your dog does not need sugar. for real.)
  • Grapes & Raisins (toxic)
  • Glow sticks & glow jewelry (Although not toxic, can cause mouth irritation and profuse drooling)
  • Candles (An excited tail and a well-placed candle can singe the heck out of some fur. Or burn your house down. Keep ’em up).
  • Costumes (That costume is super cute. Is it making her over heat? Is it obscuring her vision? Is it too tight, making it hard for her to breathe?)

Basically, pay attention and be smart. An ounce of prevention & all that noise.

And if your pup digs into the candy despite your best efforts, here’s the number for poison control.

800-213-6680

Have fun!

pugs & kisses,