Friday, March 30, 2007

Melamine in Pet Food Recall
Breaking News!

Shocking new news and many questions surround the Pet Food Recall travesty.

U.S. government testing found melamine - a chemical used to make plastics, laminates, and fertilizer - in samples of the Menu Foods pet food. It was also found in the "filler" ingredient, wheat gluten, traced to a supplier in China.

FDA officials said that in independent tests, Cornell University scientists also found melamine in the urine of sick cats and in the kidney of one cat that died after eating the company's wet food.

Stephen Sundlof, Director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, said there was an "undeniable" connection between the melamine in the cats' urine and the melamine in the pet food. Uncertain whether the melamine caused the deaths, the FDA hasn't determined how the substance got into the pet food in the first place.

CAUTION: Wheat gluten is used as an ingredient in BOTH wet and dry dog food and cat food.

My personal advice:
Don't feed your dog or cat anything manufactured by Menu Foods. Use the links in our earlier posts to check for your brand name, and make sure that Menu Foods does NOT manufacture the product you are using (wet or dry).

FDA officials said scientists are no longer investigating any connection between the deaths and the rat poison aminopterin.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

"The Real Truth behind Dog Food, Dog Vaccines


Join Dr. Andrew Jones and Catherine O'Driscoll, of Canine Health Concern, in a LIVE 60 minute Teleseminar.

Date - Monday, April 2
Time - 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST)

Catherine O'Driscoll, author of "What Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccines" will show you how to have a healthier, longer living dog. She is a recognized authority on Pet Food and Pet Vaccines.
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(Sorry Cat Owners... this teleseminar is for Dog Owners ONLY.)

Although the cost of this teleseminar is $19.97, Dr. Jones has made special arrangements to allow you to attend at zero cost!

* The Pet Food Recall- How to avoid this from happening to your dog.

* The Best Food to Feed Your Dog- How to choose a quality dog food.

* The Truth behind dog vaccines- What is needed to protect your pet.

* How to make food for your dog- Balanced, nutritious recipes.

* Vaccine side effects- What Vets don't tell you.

* And much, much, much, more!!!

NOTE: This Urgent Dog Health teleseminar is limited to first 250 Dog Owners who register. Registrants will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information and to register, click here:

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Pet Food Recall
Don't Take a Chance!

While the press still reports "more than 16" pet deaths, the tolls are much higher and mounting. established a database to track the illnesses from the contaminated pet food - about 95 brands of dog food and cat food.

We don't want to scare anyone unnecessarily, but extreme caution is the watchword now. If I had ANY wet pet food, I would take it back and have it checked.

The email we received from one client shows why -- contaminated cans that were NOT among those included in the codes provided by Menu Foods. Here is what she had to say:

"Rena, thank you for the update.
I tend to stock up on food for my cat and dog.
I took all of the food that I had back to PetSmart.
When it was scanned, half of it was contaminated.
I had separated the food that I thought was contaminated, based on the serial numbers. MUCH more was bad.
I'm just glade that I took it all back!
PetSmart was really great about this."

Do as she did. TAKE IT BACK!

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Let's Debunk Dog Breed Stereotypes

Well, I didn't expect to be saying this this morning. But I experienced an example to drive my point home of yesterday.

Any dog of any size can be dangerous. It has nothing to do with a stereotype of a dog breed.

I experienced the "pack attack" (one in front, one behind) and stopped it due to my experience - but otherwise, it would not have been pleasant. Shortly after that, the dogs saw that I was not intimidated by the approach and they were fine with me.

Again, guys, this was not a Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Pit Bull, or Doberman Pinscher. These were Dachshunds.

Once more, let's stop the stereotypes.

Thank you.

P.S. Not many Dachshunds are like this.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

People Attacking Dogs

Dog attack? Who's attacking whom?

When I was nine years old, I was attacked by a Huskie. Thank God I was able to jump in the van out of the way of the dog! In the midst of my running, the dog was shot by an officer for the Humane Society. The dog was rabid.

This does not give me any kind of excuse to attack the breed, to hate Huskies. I love them, as a matter of fact.

My point is -- Just because you have a bad experience, that does not give you any right to go around saying the breed is bad, the breed should be banned, or the breed should be destroyed.

Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, and Rottweillers are ones at which people point fingers quite frequently. There are bad apples in every bunch. What you do is rehabilitate or get rid of the bad dog.

There was a Pit Bull in my house before I was born. And my neighbor's German Shepherd was my second best friend. My grandmother had a neighbor with Rottweillers that loved me. (By the way, that dog liked tangerines and slurped one right out of my hand when I was five.)

Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese, and Dachshunds are very commonly nasty with people. Should we ban these breeds, too?

It's not fair that people go around excusing the little dogs, thinking it is somehow funny when they charge with that same intensity, and nothing gets done about it. It is just as wrong for my neighbor's Chihuahua to bite my angles as it is for another neighbor's Rottweiller.

I grew up with great experiences with these powerful breeds, but also with a great respect and awareness of what they can and can not do.

Inexperienced people have no business owning these breeds. Don't take a dog just because you feel sorry for it, or you think it's cute, or you simply want protection. The dog is not a computer program that you can install, and it will do exactly what is on that disk.

All three of these top breeds are working breeds. If they are shut in a yard all day, everything becomes a target to them. That is where the danger comes in.

Not letting these dogs know who is in charge from the beginning is where danger comes in.

Taking home a dog that shows aggression symptoms from the beginning is danger.

Breed discrimination needs to STOP, and COMMON SENSE needs to set in.

Rottweillers were bear dogs. That is why their tails were docked, so the bears could not grab them and rip them off. The dog would bleed to death.

Pit Bulls were used to move a bull, or to block a bull from killing a person. They would hold on to the side of the face of the bull until the bull surrendered, hence the name "Pit Bull." They were NOT bred for fighting. That was just a cruel thing that was started in the 1960's.

And German Shepherds, by the way (my favorite) - They were bred for herding...sheep especially. It didn't take very long for them to be used in the military.

Everybody, please, start using some common sense!

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Are you using Nutro, Science Diet, Iams?
Update on Wet Pet Food Recall

This is a serious and widespread pet health risk.

60 million containers of "cuts and gravy" style dog food and cat food sold between Dec. 3 and March 6 throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico under many different brand names, including premium brands, have been recalled.

If you use "wet" pet food, check your pantry and throw those with suspect brands and product codes OUT!

Here's an update on the PET FOOD RECALL ALERT. Again, it involves pet food manufactured by Menu Foods in its Emporia, Kansas and Pennsauken, NJ plants for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers, and for rebranding by such giants as P&G.

New list of included brands -- more than previously reported -- 40 cat food and 50 dog food brand names.

Are you feeding your pet PREMIUM pet food such as Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, and Nutro …? Their wet foods are included!

What is going on? According to a news story out of Washington, an unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure, and about 10 cats died after eating the affected pet food.

We all know that unreported cases increase that number. We had one client in New York contact us saying she had just removed her dog from one of the affected foods after he started vomiting. She headed to the vet! You should, too!

SPREAD THE WORD. Let your pet-owner friends know. You could save their pets' lives!

Menu Foods did not immediately provide a full list of brand names and lot numbers covered by the recall, offering instead their Web site -- -- or call (866) 463-6738.

See Saturday's post for more details.

Product testing has not revealed a link explaining the reported cases of illness and death. Menu Foods' spokeswoman comments: "However, the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, since dropped for another source." Wheat gluten is a source of protein. But is that really the cause?


Our good friend, Dr. Andrew Jones of Nelson, BC, wrote in his newsletter the following (reprinted with permission). You can find information about his practice, pet first aid training, traditional and alternative treatments, home study course for pet owners, and much more, as well as subscribe to his pet health newsletter, through the DOG HEALTH pages on or directly through the link below.

Andrew writes today:

"…An early suspect is excessive Vitamin D-- but routine blood screening won't pick this up-- You need to test for Ionized Calcium. This is a blood test that needs to be sent to a Lab.

EARLY SIGNS? - Increase drinking, increase urinating, and inappetance.

SEVERE CASES are lethargic, with vomiting and mouth ulcers - These cats are severely dehydrated.

[Andrew continues]
P.S. The whole food issue comes back to haunt us again. We are trusting LARGE corporate, multinational companies which are primarily focused on profit, with our pet's health.

Because they outsource to SAVE costs and MAXIMIZE shareholder value, they lose control of the food production company. I have never heard of "Menu Foods."

I am a little surprised to see some supposed "reputable" companies on the list, such as Iams and Nutro…

I a pleased to report that ZERO of the foods that I advised you feed are on the list.

I reveal this and more in my SPECIAL REPORT on Pet Food- this is a bonus when you order my Complete Home Study Course.

To get a glimpse of the Bonus Report go to:
Pet Food Special Report

A final word..

1. Consider making your own dog and cat food- you know then what is in the ingredients.
2. Stick with Premium quality "Natural Foods" if you are to feed dry kibble.
3. Consider feeding a portion of the diet as Raw.
4. It is better to avoid foods found in the Grocery Store.
5. Vary the food- DON'T just stick with 1 Food.

It's Your Pet- Heal Them At Home!

Best Wishes
Dr Andrew Jones
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I am surprised, too, but facts are facts.
Heed the warning, read your labels, and keep your pet safe!

Your friend,
Rena Murray

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Wet Pet Food Recall

Yesterday we sent WARNING to our Paw Persuasion Pointers newsletter subscribers about immediate danger to pet health from certain current batches of "wet" dog food and cat food. If you did not see the newsletter, please read carefully.


Several subscribers have already written thanks - including one in New York whose dog was vomiting after eating one of the wet dog foods. Another in Maine found the indicated product numbers on cans in her pantry of Iams she had just purchased for her dog and cats. If you use wet foods, PAY ATTENTION!

Here's the PET FOOD RECALL in a nutshell.

WHO? - MENU FOODS, manufacturer of certain products sold under 37 brands of cat food and 46 brands of dog food by retailers such as Wal-Mart and PetSmart, food stores including Kroger, Safeway, Save-A-Lot, Publix, Winn Dixie, Food Lion, and many others. Menu Foods makes pet food for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers (including some "wet" foods under P&G brands).

WHY? - An undisclosed number of owners reported vomiting and kidney failure in dogs and cats after feeding them certain products. The actual source of the problem with the foods has not yet been identified, although our friend, Dr. Andrew Jones, says: "I suspect that a vitamin/mineral premix has been added in a too high of a level, such as calcium or Vitamin D…. Yet another reason to make your own food."

SYMPTOMS? - The signs of kidney failure include loss of appetite, vomiting, and lethargy. If your pet displays such symptoms, GO TO A VET IMMEDIATELY.

Contact Kurt Weingand, D.V.M., Ph.D.
937-264-7676 .

RECALLED PRODUCTS? - Pet food made at Menu Foods' plants in Emporia, Kansas and Pennsauken, N.J. (dates Dec. 3 - March 6) – specifically, "cuts and gravy" style food (chunks of meat in gravy) in cans and small foil pouches, not dry foods. To view a complete list of the recalled products with descriptions and details for each, go to Menu Foods or call 866-895-2708.


As a proactive measure, P&G is recalling canned foods (all sizes) and the 5.3 oz foil pouch cat and dog wet food products made by Menu Foods in Emporia, Kansas and sold under the Iams and Eukanuba brands with these code dates -
6339 through 7073, followed by the plant code: 4197.

HOW TO READ THE CODES? - On the bottom of CANS, the first four numbers of the second line of numbers are the date code, and the following four numbers indicate the plant code. For FOIL POUCHES, the code numbers are located at the lower left hand corner on the back of the pouch. The date and plant codes appear in the third group of numbers, beginning an 11-digit sequence.

NOTE: Iams and Eukanuba dry products are not manufactured at Menu Foods. Dry foods, treats, and sauces are not affected by this recall. All other canned and small foil wet pouch products produced at other plants are not affected.

All Iams and Eukanuba products carry a 100 percent guarantee. Consumers can receive a refund for recalled products. For more information, contact the company at 1-800-882-1591 or visit and


REMEMBER - There are MANY BRANDS. Check the list!

P.S. To receive valuable future information about pet health, dog behavior, dog training, and other important dog related matters, subscribe to my Paw Persuasion Pointers newsletter by entering your first name and email in the form on the right. I respect your time and privacy, and will never give out, rent, or sell your information! You can unsubscribe at any time.

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Friday, March 16, 2007

What Makes Your Dog Special?

What is special about your dog?

My Gatsby's traits that I love are his intelligence, sweetness, and his faithfulness.

Send me an email with what you love most about your dog.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I Ordered This
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I know the Vet. I have the material for myself.
I know it is THAT good!

Why the special? It's for Dr. Jones' "legal defense fund."

You see, the Canadian Veterinary Assoc. is challenging the right of pet owners to know things a responsible, loving owner NEEDS to know, such as:

How to treat their pets at home … how to do preliminary diagnosis … what triage emergency steps to take on the way to the vet to save your pet's life ... what alternatives might be available ... all things that you and I want to know!

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

The Twilight Bark

Four packs of dogs were barking hysterically.

They were generally calm dogs, but all in aggressive mode now. Boy was I glad there were fences between the packs!

"Did I do that?" said the woman next to me.

"Yep, you sure did." She had been playing very loudly with a bunch of "YEAH's!" at the top of her voice with her little Corqui. All that noise had excited all the neighborhood dogs, all these other "packs," from as far as two canals over.

Playtime is important with your dog, but it is awfully important to keep it down a little so you don't start "the twilight bark" (101 Dalmations, the cartoon).

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Melissa's Dog Humping Problem

Melissa made a blog comment regarding a neighbor's dog coming into the yard and humping her 7 year old and 2 year old. Recognizing that this is a dominance issue, Melissa understands that the children need to become the more dominant ones over the dog.

Yes, Melissa, you are right. You need to show the dog that the children are the boss, but you need to have a professional help you with this. This humping is a very serious dominance behavior. Unfortunately, a blog post will not do the job, because there are so many other factors involved.

If you want my help, please contact me at - as I cannot obtain your email from the blog and have no way to reach you.


Friday, March 02, 2007

Pet First Aid Teleseminar
Tuesday, March 6th
6 p.m. Pacific / 9 p.m. Eastern

Do you know what to do if your pet is injured?

Don't miss this 90-minute Pet First Aid Teleseminar!

In this pet health teleseminar, Dr. Andrew Jones will be revealing the most important Cat and Dog First Aid skills that you need to know. Plus you will hear about the specific steps that you should take for the most common pet emergencies, pet CPR, and quick actions you must take at home to keep your pet alive until you get it to the vet.

To register go here:
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This is important...

And there's a BONUS REPORT for all registrants:

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Dog Aggression:
Can These Dogs Get Along?

Is it possible to make two dogs who hate each other get along without a dog fight? What do you do about intense Dog Aggression toward another dog?


... But not if you go in there with the attitude that you are asking them to do so.

You have to go in there like a Leader who expects his pack to behave like a pack.


Start walking the dogs together and making them smell each other through the fence. Make them lie down and give each other their backs.

Right now I have a client with this problem to the extreme. Two of her dogs were extrememly intent upon going after each other. Both the Pit Bull and the Korean Jindo were "starters," not peacemakers.

So they were both made to surrender their backs to each other, to lie down beside each other, and to smell one another. Then we took them on a 45 minute walk without allowing them to look at each other.

It worked. Now the owners can walk them together for the first time ever!

Of course, when you have dogs, you will always want them to get along. But when they don't, you have to step forward and do what needs to be done.

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