Thursday, September 27, 2007

Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs

Here's another link that is a must-have for your library.

Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs: Small Doses for Small Animals - by Don Hamilton, DVM. Don is an American vet who states that raw diets for our cats is really "the only solution." He recommends that all pet owners to feed their beloved pets fresh food: raw natural diets.

This book also details the major illnesses our pets may experience and provides with safe and effective homeopathic remedies as solutions to these problems . He also has a thought-provoking chapter on the dangers of vaccination where he takes a position against vaccinating.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Pottenger's Cats

Anti-raw food diet for cats zealots (frequently pet food company sales people or vets who sell dry cat food in their clinics) claim that there have been no studies about the effect of raw food on cats over a lifetime of feeding.

Well, they are incorrect. There is a study -- quite a famous one, in fact -- that was carried out on 900 cats, over 4 generations, over a 10 year period from 1932-1942, using the scientific standards of that time.

Dr. Francis Marion Pottenger, Jr. conducted this study, in which 2 different groups of cats were fed different diets. The results were conclusive -- cats being fed raw meat were many times healthier than those fed cooked food.

You can still order the book, called Pottenger's Cats: A Study in Nutrition here --

Here's another great article (be sure to hand this one to your vet)
The Carnivore Connection to Nutrition in Cats by Debra Zoran, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

The class action lawsuits against the Pet Food Industry

In the spring of 2007, the tainted pet food scandal generated over 100 class action lawsuits in the United States and more than a dozen in Canada. The recalls, which involved more than 60 million products, was the largest recall of any product in the history of North America.

This may be what it takes to get some action on the pet food front and to get unsafe products removed from the market entirely.
Here are links to a few of them:
There are 2 main lawsuits in Canada-- one against Menu Foods and a second, less-well-publicized lawsuit against Royal Canin/MediCal. You can download the Statement of Claim and read the story of the plaintiff who launched the suit against Royal Canin/MediCal. It's a sobering story.

Here's another firm with several class actions against Menu Foods, Royal Canin/MediCal, Hills and Petsmart
Again, you can download the Statement of Claim and read the stories of members of the public who suffered through high vet bills and the death of their beloved pets as a result of poisoned pet food. This is yet to be conclusively proven in court. However there are many reports and considerable research about the problems with commercial pet food, along with the fact that these companies were forced to recall many products, shows that they were aware that pet food was causing illnesses in many pets. The pet food recalls represent the largest recall of any product in North American history.

In the United States:
This is the Florida firm that has taken a slightly different tact -- focussing on the misleading advertising that leads all of us to believe that commercial pet food is healthy and safe for a lifetime of feeding your pet (not!).

Government regulations in both Canada and the United States are ineffective. It's up to us as pet owners to educate ourselves about diet and ensure that what we feed our pets will not cause illnesses in the long term. I will never feed or recommend any commercial pet food product again. Due to poisoned vet kibble, I lost my beautiful 11 year old Siamese Mari. (see her picture above). The PFI and mainstream vets have completely lost my trust as a client and cat guardian. The tainted pet food scandal is just the beginning when you start to read about all the poor quality ingredients in pet food.

Makena in September

Here's Makena's September picture. She's now 4 months old. As you can see, this kitten is getting big and strong from being fed a natural diet. Fortunately I now have a vet that supports raw diet and appreciates that I have researched the truth about feline nutrition. He told me that if I keep her on raw diet I will never have to worry about her getting any of the illnesses that are associated with commercial pet food. He mentioned that he wishes he had more clients like me who would stick to a raw diet.

This is Makena's vet -- - Dr. Paul McCutcheson, who upon examining Makena for the first time, proclaimed her to be "absolutely adorable."

And Makena? This girl LOVES her meat -- chicken, duck, turkey, cornish hen -- and the household favourite -- rabbit!