***Life As A Simple Dog In A Complicated World***

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Do You Want A Nice Shiny Coat???

May 8th 2009 1:09 pm
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Hey pup pals!

Hope you all are having a pawesome week!

Mom said this week I should talk about how to get that nice shiny coat you have always dreamed of!

If you have dry or itchy skin you may not be getting enough linoleic acid! Also if you shed or your coat is less than lackluster you probably aren't getting enough linoleic acid!

I know your wondering how in the world do I get more linoleic acid and what exactly is it!

You guessed it ....You get it from your food, well atleast you should be getting it from your food!

Have your parent check the guarenteed analysis on your food bag and look for linoleic acid or omega 6. Once you find it make sure there is atleast 3.5% in your food.
If there isn't your probably not getting enough!

3.5% linoleic acid is where you should see improved skin and coat! You will have that nice shiny coat with minimal shedding and most importantly NO ITCHING!


As always Mom loves and reccomends Nutro....and so do I! It is super yummy in my tummy! Mom says to check out the Ultra line! It is a great holistic food with 3 protein sources!!!

Have a great week pals! See you next week!

 

Not Just One Will Work For All

April 30th 2009 1:19 pm
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Hey pups! I just wanted to remind you all that one certain food will not work for everyone. Mom was working the other day and had a pup parent want to feed all of her pups the same food. Some pups can handle this and some can't.

For instance my older brother Brutis who is now in pup heaven waiting for us at rainbow bridge had a very sensitive tummy. He could only eat a food with one protein source. If it had two, or too much protein his belly couldn't handle it. It was just too much for him.
My younger brother Twiz can handle anything. Mom could switch his food everyday and his tummy wouldn't skip a beat. He does best on Nutro's Ultra Small Breed Adult Food. It has three protein sources and all three are meals which means they are very concentrated souces of meat. For every one pound of chicken meal you have to have five pounds of chicken to equal the nutitional content. That means when you are comparing ingredients and one has three meat sources up towards the top and they are not meals.....and another has one meat meal source and it is the first and another a couple ingredients down....you have to take this into consideration that the one with only one or two actual meat ingredients probably has more protein because it is a meal! Meal is good!
Now, me on the other hand I am an inbetween guy. I can handle the Ultra with the three protein sources but, I don't have as firm of a stool as Mom prefers so she normally feeds me Nutro's Natural Choice Large Breed Senior formula. On special occassions or when she thinks I need an extra boost of flavor or skin & coat improvement she mixes a bag of Ultra into my regular Nutro food and I get the best of both worlds! I love the flavor of Ultra and all that yummy chiken, lamb, and salmon ....oh and I can't forget that garlic and Mom loves that I get all of the antioxidants and holistic ingredients from Ultra as well as the extra glucosamine and choindroitin for my joints!

So some last words of advice....
Remember not one formula works for every dog....dogs are different just like people!
And, if not one formula has everything you want than you can do two formulas like Mom does with me so that you can have the best of both worlds!


Talk to ya later pals!
Be back next week to talk about how to get a healthy skin and coat!

 

Nutro Products * ConsumerAffairs * FDA

April 23rd 2009 10:14 am
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Hey Pup Pals,

Just wanted to get some facts straight about the information being posted on consumer affairs as well as answer some questions being asked!
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Question: Are NUTRO® products safe?

Answer: Yes. All NUTRO® products are safe and conform to the standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
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Question: Why are NUTRO® quality assurance & recall facts being addressed?

Answer: We have received recent isolated reports of inaccurate information posted online regarding the quality and safety of NUTRO® pet foods products. Many blogs and Internet sites can be a repository for misinformation and hearsay regarding many topics.
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Question: What measures does Nutro™ undertake to ensure the safety of its products?

Answer: NUTRO® products undergo rigorous quality assurance testing beginning with raw ingredients and ending with testing finished products. This includes testing to confirm that no melamine, mold toxins, or pathogenic bacteria are detected in any NUTRO® pet foods.

While consumer concerns about NUTRO® product quality are rare, we take every complaint seriously. When we learn of an issue, we work with consumers to obtain information and request that samples of any product in question be submitted for testing at an independent facility. An in-depth review is performed to determine if an issue does exist.
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Question: Are the examples found on ConsumerAffairs.com of dogs eating NUTRO® products and experience health issues true?

Answer: Thank you for your interest in getting Nutro Products quality assurance & recall facts. ConsumerAffairs.com is a self-described “independent Web-based consumer news and resource center,” not affiliated with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission or Consumer Reports.

ConsumerAffairs.com posted an August 6 update to their June 23 posting regarding Nutro pet foods. The most notable information in the posting, and the subject of its title, "Expert Finds Unexplained Pet Deaths 'Not Consistent,'" are the findings of Dr. Steven Hansen, a veterinary toxicologist at the ASPCA. Dr. Hansen conducted an in-depth review of the complaints against Nutro Products and concluded that the complaints appear to be random, non-pet food related health issues.

Every NUTRO® product that was analyzed in relation to the June 23 posting on ConsumerAffairs.com has been shown to be safe. It should be noted that in some of these cases, outside sources have provided clear verification that NUTRO® products were NOT the cause of any pet health issues. In others, Nutro Products has taken active steps to address pet owners' concerns and determine the cause of pet health issues. We've either spoken with or left multiple messages for all of the consumers cited in the June 23 posting. Our findings agree with Dr. Hansen’s; there is nothing that indicates that these pet health issues were caused by NUTRO® pet foods.

There are other elements to the August 6, 2008 Consumer Affairs’ post which, as with previous postings on the site, attempt to raise doubt concerning the safety of NUTRO® products. While consumer concerns about NUTRO® product quality are rare, we take every complaint seriously. When we learn of an issue we work with consumers to obtain information and request that samples of any product in question be submitted for testing at an independent facility. An in-depth review is performed to determine if an issue does exist. Consumers with questions or concerns about NUTRO® products are encouraged to contact our Consumer Services Department at 1-800-833-5330.

All of our products are safe and conform to the standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). NUTRO® products undergo rigorous quality assurance testing beginning with raw ingredients and ending with testing finished products. This includes testing to confirm that no melamine, mold toxins, or pathogenic bacteria are detected in any NUTRO® pet foods.
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Question: Are the claims made on ConsumerAffairs.com about a NUTRO® FDA investigation and dogs eating Nutro and experiencing health issues true?

Answer: On April 20, ConsumerAffairs.com posted a story claiming that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has an ongoing investigation into NUTRO® pet food. This is not true. We have confirmed with the FDA’s division responsible for regulating pet food, the Center for Veterinary Medicine, that there is no current or ongoing investigation of Nutro Products, Inc.

We want to assure our consumers, associates, retailers, and all those who feed NUTRO® products to their pets that our products are safe and conform to the standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S Department of Agriculture and the Association of American Feed Control Officials. All NUTRO® products undergo rigorous quality assurance testing beginning with raw ingredients and ending with testing finished products. This includes testing to confirm that no melamine, mold toxins, or pathogenic bacteria are detected in any NUTRO® pet foods.

For the past year, ConsumerAffairs.com, an “independent Web-based consumer news and resource center,” not affiliated with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission or Consumer Reports, has been selectively posting consumer complaints and authoring its own statements that draw false links between isolated instances of illness and death among pets, and the consumption of NUTRO® pet food products.

In February of 2009, a ConsumerAffairs.com posting alleged that a class action lawsuit against Nutro Products in relation to pet health issues was being researched by a law firm. We have not received notification of a class action lawsuit against Nutro Products.

In June of 2008, ConsumerAffairs.com falsely claimed that NUTRO® pet foods may have been the cause of pet health issues in a number of specific cases. In an August 2008 update to that posting, ConsumerAffairs.com reported that ASCPA veterinary toxicologist, Dr. Steven Hansen, concluded after an in depth review that the complaints appear to be random, non-pet food related health issues.

While consumer concerns about NUTRO® product quality are rare, we take every complaint seriously. When we learn of an issue, we work with consumers to obtain information and request that samples of any product in question be submitted for testing at an independent facility. An in-depth review is performed to determine if an issue does exist. Consumers with questions or concerns about NUTRO® products are encouraged to contact our Consumer Services Department at 1-800-833-5330.

Nutro Products, Inc. remains committed to the quality, safety and performance of all our pet food brands. As we have for over 80 years, we strive to deliver the finest natural products to our customers and their pets.
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Hope this gets the facts straight! Nutro is not being investigated by the FDA & is tested for quality assurance to assure that is safe for you and your pet!


http://www.wxyz.com/news/local/story/FDA-No-Invest igation-into-NUTRO-Pet-Food/hOoE48nKOkORqDNodwN3EQ.cspx

 

Daily life...& Vitamins & Minerals

April 9th 2009 3:39 pm
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Hey pup-pals! I have had such a great week....the weather here is starting to warm up and mom said it is only a short time before we get to go to the dog park....there are pro's and con's to this! See, I am kinda getting up there in the age bracket! My birthday is coming up and I will hit the big 13 pretty soon and I just can't keep up with all those dog sometimes. Well, I know your like how in the world does this have to do anything with Vitamins & Minerals...but, you will just have to let me ramble because I know at one point I was heading towards talking about them...but, one thing at a time guys!
Ok- cons to the dog park....getting more baths because you always have to play in those puddles around the water dish because thats just way to much fun to resist even though mom always gets frustrated, but now I think she just prepares for it and brings a towel for her car and has all of our stuff ready to hop in the tub when we get home....or truly she has to catch me and carry me into the bathroom. I am not a big fan of baths. Its not that I don't like water because I love to swim, its just that I don't like baths!

Ok, so I promised Mom I would talk about vitamins & minerals for her! She mainly just wants me to tell you about how Nutro has all the essential Vitamins & Minerals added to their food to keep you healthy and full of energy! I have been reading a lot about Vitamin K so I though I would concentrate on that! Here is some good info that gets all the facts straight!


Nutro provides higher than normal levels of required vitamins and minerals, and some nutrients that are not required, as a form of nutritional insurance. Vitamin K is not required, but is added for this reason. We supplement all of our dry foods with a synthetic vitamin K (menadione). This is non-essential for dogs, and only needs to be
added to cat diets that contain very high levels of fish. Even though it is unnecessary, we supplement with vitamin K because it is our philosophy to exceed the minimum nutrient requirements.

Although menadione is approved for use in animal feed, the FDA does not allow its use in human supplements. There are some reports on the toxic effects of high levels of menadione intake. As a result, menadione is receiving bad press. There is a current internet report (from Germany) regarding the potential dangers of menadione.
There is a “natural” source of vitamin K activity (not menadione) that could be used. The negative associated with this is that it is not nearly as potent or bioavailable as the menadione form. Based on this, Nutro decided to use menadione.

Nutro uses menadione because it is effective, it is approved for animal feeds (in fact it is recommended by NRC) and it is not toxic or dangerous at our levels.

In 1985, the National Research Council Subcommittee on Dog Nutrition reviewed the potential toxicity of menadione or Vitamin K at high dosage levels, but recommended menadione supplementation for canine adult maintenance

Unlike the other fat-soluble vitamins, vitamin K is not stored in any significant quantity in the liver; therefore toxic levels are rarely achieved. Synthetic vitamin K (menadione) has double the potency of natural vitamin K on a perweight basis, resulting in a narrower margin of therapeutic safety. Because menadione is toxic at excessive dosages, the Food and Drug Administration has banned its use as an
over-the-counter supplement.



So, just remember moderation is key! Lots of things can be dangerous! If you drink to much water it can be fatal just as if you take to much of any kind of vitamins! So Menadione is not bad, it is only bad if it is consumed in high quantities just as anything!

I hope that sets the record straight!

 

Ingredient Benefits

March 24th 2009 8:17 am
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Mom wants to make sure you know about the benefits of certain ingredients so here they are!
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Just a few ingredients & the benefits they give to your pet!

Chicken Meal:
Parts of chicken with most water and fat removed, High Quality protein for muscle development! Contains NO chicken heads, feet or intestines.

Chicken: Fresh chicken with No heads, feet, or intestines. High quality protein for muscle development.

Dried Egg Product:
Easily digested protein, excellent amino acid profile!

Rice:
High quality source of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. Rice is the most easily digested grain, and least likely to cause food intolerances.

Oatmeal:
Good source of carbohydrate energy-rich in B vitamins and dietary fiber.

Corn Gluten Meal:
NOT Ground Corn. The inner kernel of corn-the protein portion of corn. Rich in sulfur amino acids.

Pea Protein:
A good source of protein and amino acids.

Potato Protein:
Concentrated source of highly digestible protein with premium quality carbohydrate.

Alfalfa Meal:
A natural source of chlorophyll for fresh breath and dental health!

Cranberry Powder:
Natural source of great tasting vitamin C; source of antioxidants!

Direct Fed Microbial:
Good bacteria for the digestive tract. Helps with sensitive stomachs and immune system.

Dried Beet Pulp:
Fiber source, helps provide firm stools!

Flax Seed:
Source of Omega-3 ALA

Garlic:
Contains antioxidants and tastes great!

Kelp:
Excellent source of minerals and essential iodine!

Tomato Pomace:
Source of Lycopene. Antioxidant helps fight the effects of aging.

Fish Oil:
Source of Omega-3 DHA for central nervous system development.

Sunflower Oil:
High in Omega-6 linoleic acid. Great for skin & coat.

Soybean Oil:
Source of Omega-3 ALA & omega 6 linoleic fatty acids.

Poultry Fat:
Chicken, Turkey, & Duck Fat. Source of Omega-6 linoleic acid for Skin & Coat!

Mixed Tocopherols:
Source of Vitamin E which is a natural preservative.

Vitamin E:
Essential vitamin & a major antioxidant!

Chelated Minerals:
Facilitates mineral absorption into the intestines.

Glucosamine & Chondroitin:
Building blocks for healthy joints!

L-Carnitine:
Aids the metabolism to burn fat efficiently!

Zinc:
Important mineral for skin & coat, immune system, and metabolism!

Taurine:
Heart health & antioxidant!

Antioxidants:
Enhance immune system function and fight the effects of aging!

 

***The Greenies Dance***

March 18th 2009 8:44 am
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"Greenies!" Thats all my mom has to say in my house to get me and my brother hopping and jumping around for some yummy goodness! My mom calls it the "Greenies Dance" we really are just trying to tell her to hurry up and give us our Greenie!

My mom says that Greenies are not a treat, but are really to brush are teeth...I don't care what they are for as long as we keep getting them! They are so yummy and can you believe the nerve of my brother Twizzler trying to steal mine after he ate his? Silly dog, if he only realized that I outweighed him by over 70lbs. :)

I used to have to get my teeth cleaned once a year and my little brother almost had to get his done twice a year before we started getting a greenie a day! Now, we don't have to worry that mom is going to leave us at the Vets office all day just to have our teeth cleaned! Supposedly, Eating a greenie a day prevents periodental disease which my brother Twiz had, but now he doesn't! Yeah for him! I personally think it is a win-win situation! Yummy cookies and no yucky vet visits!

There are all sorts of greenies for every size of dog! Make sure your mom and dad get the right size so that it can work properly to get all of that yucky plaque and tarter away!

 
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