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you wondering what to feed your dog or cat after the Menu Foods pet food recall? Do
you know what's really healthy for your pet to eat? Did you know that
what goes into pet food is not regulated? Did you know that dry
kibble was designed for the convenience of pet owners and is very
different from what Mother Nature designed our dogs and cats to eat? We
share our research into the optimal diet for dogs and cats, based on our 75+
years of holistic experience in our Holistic Choices e-Book series.
Buy any three items and get our Holistic Choices e-Book Optimum
nutrition for dogs and catsFREE. You must mention "April Sale" or
in your phone order, e-mail or shopping cart (in the Special
Instructions box). The e-Book will not show up in your shopping cart but
will be e-mailed when we process your order. Sale good thru midnight
MDT, April 30, 2007.
Seminar in pet nutrition by the Rocky Mountain Holistic Veterinary Medical
Sunday, April 29, 2007, Noon - 4:00 PM
Location: Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1441 York
St., Denver, CO 80206
Fee: $35 per person in advance or $50 at the door, parking $3 (exact change) in lot
adjacent to building or on-street parking for free. Note: the event is
nearly filled up so it is unlikely that there will be any space left on the
day of the event.
Registration: Call 303-674-6288. The event is nearly filled up so
call now to reserve your spot. Online registration has been closed.
Eligible for CE credits for veterinary technicians
Are you wondering what to feed your dog or cat after the massive pet food
recall? Don't miss this unprecedented event to learn from experts with
decades of holistic nutritional experience. Never before has such
extensive knowledge and expertise been assembled. Speakers include Laura
Deloatch, DVM, Holly Foster, DVM, Jean Hofve, DVM, and Kate Solisti,
internationally known speaker and author. Topics include:
Optimal diets for dogs and cats
Understanding pet food labels
Comparing pet food
Preparing home-made meals
Achieving balance and wellness through nutrition
If this seminar is filled up by the time you call, you can still learn from
the expertise of Dr. Jean Hofve, DVM as well as Jan Rasmusen with their
electronic seminar series on How NOT to kill your dog or cat (or What
the heck do you feed them now?). Go to
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With the massive
Menu Foods pet food recall making headline news
across the country, many pet owners are confused about
what is safe to feed their pets. The assumption
by most pet owners that commercial dog and cat foods are
both safe and healthy has been shattered. For the first
time, many owners are learning that the pet food
industry is unregulated, unlike the human food
industry. While there are standards for how ingredients
are listed on labels (such as listing them by weight),
there are no standards for the quality of the
ingredients in pet food. In fact, the pet food
industry exists, in part, to make a profit on the food
from the human food chain that is not fit for human
consumption. It is no coincidence that most pet foods
are made by huge conglomerates that also produce human
Actually, the Menu Foods recall is not the first recall
of pet food; it is just the most widespread, affecting
the most pets. This time, thousands of pets are dying
rather than a few dozen or a few hundred as in the past.
There have been smaller recalls previously, such as the
Diamond Pet Food recall in 2005 when aflatoxin was
discovered in a product manufactured at their facility
in Gaston, South Carolina. (Aflatoxin is a naturally
occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of
the fungus Aspergillus flavus, on corn and other crops.
It is also commonly found in peanuts.)
What is happening to our pets' food? Why all the recent
recalls? There have always been problems with pet
foods. The problems are becoming more widely known
now due to these recent recalls as well as the easy
dissemination of information with the Internet and the
ability to sort through massive animal cases in a
national database. Also,
people are more concerned now about what their pets are
eating, due to the increased status of the family pet.
Pets are no longer "just a dog" but a full-fledged
member of the family. Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald (Animal
Planet) stated that a survey was conducted in 1957
posing the question: Do you consider your pet(s) a part
of your family? The same survey was repeated in 2004.
Here are the results.
Do you consider your pet(s) a part of your family?
1957 = 43% answered "yes"
2004 = 97% answered "yes"
Clearly society's values have changed. It is no longer
acceptable to have even just 10-15 pets die from
contaminated food any more than it is to have our
children's school lunch snacks contaminated. So, what
can you do to safeguard your pets' food?
Learn what is really in pet foods. Educate yourself by reading the Animal
Protection Institute’s updated article What's Really in Pet Foods with the
assistance of Dr. Jean Hofve, a veterinarian specializing in the dietary needs
of companion animals.
Research what Nature designed our dogs and cats to eat to be healthy and feed
biologically appropriate food. This is not necessarily the cheapest or most
convenient food (such as dry kibble). Read our e-Book: Optimum nutrition for
dogs and cats.
Find a trusted manufacturer that uses high quality ingredients in its pet
food and uses no by-products, wheat, corn or soy products or any artificial
preservatives. If they outsource their manufacturing (as even premium pet food
companies do), find out if they provide their own ingredients to the
manufacturer and if they test the final product. Even some super premium pet
foods, such as Nature's Variety Prairie canned foods, are outsourced to
manufacturers such as Menu
Always make sure your pet's immune system is 100%, to help your pet tolerate
less than pure foods (these can be unavoidable at times, no matter how carefully
you select your pet's foods). We give our pets the algae superfood BioPreparation to boost their immune system and help them process toxins.
Dr. Jean Hofve recommends
avoiding wheat or corn products of any type when selecting pet foods. They
can be contaminated with pesticides, molds, and other toxins. Also, corn is
commonly genetically modified. Following this rule increases the safety of what
you feed--many recalls involve contaminated grains. For instance, the Menu Foods
recall involved wheat gluten contaminated with the plastic melamine. The Diamond
Foods recall involved contaminated corn. For up-to-date pet food recall
information, go to Dr. Jean Hofve's webpage:
Dogs and cats are both carnivores, designed to eat
whole prey animals, not grains. However, grains
are widely used in pet foods because they are cheap
fillers and sources of protein. Despite what the
commercials say, pet foods were not invented to improve
the health of dogs and cats--they were invented for our
convenience and to make money. They have only been
widely used since the middle of the 20th century. We now
think that feeding dry kibble is the "normal" way to
feed our pets and anyone who does otherwise is coddling
their pet or just plain weird. Even many veterinarians
scold their clients for feeding something other than an
"approved" commercial pet food. However, commercial pet
foods have been fed for less than 100 years out of the
thousands of years that humans have had pets. How did
our pets survive before then? Dogs were fed raw
bones from the butcher and table scraps. Cats typically
lived outside and hunted and were fed table scraps as
well. If they lived on farms, they also drank raw milk,
a very healthy food. In other countries where pet foods
are less widely used (such as Italy), people often
cook for their dogs, just as they do for their
Cats were domesticated by the Egyptians to protect
their granaries from rodents. They were the perfect
animal for the job since, as pure carnivores, they
ignored the grain and feasted on the rodents. And yet
today we insist on feeding these descendants of the
African wildcat dry kibble that contains more grain
than meat because it is cheaper and more convenient.
In fact, people think they are "spoiling" their cat if
they feed it canned food rather than kibble. For an
excellent reference on why cats should not eat dry
kibble, read Dr. Jean Hofve's article
Why Cats Need Canned Food. While dogs are more
omnivorous than cats (obligate carnivores requiring
70-90% meat), dogs' diet should still be 60-80%
meat with limited grains. So, why are we feeding dry
kibble, which cannot be manufactured with more than 50%
meat because it literally gums up the kibble making
machines? Dry kibble is nutritionally equivalent to
feeding meat-flavored cookies to our pets.
To learn more about the problems with commercial pet
foods and the many options for feeding our dogs, we
highly recommend the film
Eat, Drink, Wag Your Tail, available on DVD from
Optimum Choices. This very entertaining and
professionally-produced film also features an extensive
interview with Dr. Richard Pitcairn, one of the most
highly respected holistic veterinarians in the country.
You can also learn more by reading our Holistic
Choices e-Book on Optimum nutrition for dogs and cats.
To learn more, see
our Book of the Month review below.
Are you worried about what to feed your pet since the massive Menu Foods pet
food recall? Are you confused about what is healthy for your pet? Do you
believe these nutritional myths:
Dry kibble cleans pets' teeth
Commercial pet foods are the best way to provide a healthy, balanced
Raw food is a dangerous "fad diet"
All these myths and other holistic
questions are discussed in Optimum Choices' new e-Book, Optimum
nutrition for dogs and cats. Based on
their 75+ years of holistic experience, the authors utilize their scientific
degrees to research what dogs and cats are really designed to eat. They compare our
commercial pet foods with the diet nature designed our pets to eat. By looking at the nutrient
deficient foods we serve our pets, you will understand why our pets have
a higher cancer rate now than humans. Nearly 50 percent of natural
deaths in older cats and dogs are attributed to cancer (63% for Golden
They explain why most holistic vets recommend a home-cooked or raw meat
diet for dogs and cats. If their dietary suggestions seem like too much trouble or cost too much money,
think about their final parting thought: "Those who cannot find the time and
money to feed their pets healthy food now, will be obliged to find the time and money later for
expensive veterinary care." The choice is yours.
Order your e-Book today and enjoy your pet for 15-20 healthy years. Before
the advent of dry kibbles 40-50 years ago, pets used to live up to 20 years
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