Richmond, VA-based Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods Recall

While most of the major food recalls have not been a problem in this area, that is not the case any longer. Richmond based Ukrops now has a documented major recall of 9.1 tons of meat products contaminated with Listeria. I wanted to get the word out ASAP. Please click on this link to get the entire story as well as the list of the products effected. While you are there sign up for the Food Safety News newsletter to keep abreast of the many recalls effecting people around the world. This one hits home.

PS I subscribe to both the Food Safety News and Truth About Pet Food to keep abreast of whats going on with the food system. Its not unusual to read one day in FSN about a human grade recall only to read later in TAPF about how those recalls have entered the pet food manufacturing system. The food leaves one system only to enter the other. Want to hazard a guess as to what they are gonna do with all 9.1 tons of Ukrops recalled product? Nope not going to the landfill…….

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I’m Angry! Really Angry and You Should Be Too!

Screen Shot 2018-10-06 at 8.33.57 AMOn September 9th I emailed Susan Thixton of “truthaboutpetfood.com” and asked this question:

“I was wondering what happens to all the tons of human food that get recalled every year?       Does it end up in pet food? or does it get fed to CAFO beef?       I subscribe to a human food recall newsletter, and it just dawned on me that its a distinct possibility that companies don’t just throw it all in a landfill but that they may actually mitigate the loss by selling it to rendering companies. I’m horrified by this. Tons of cooked diced chicken just recently was recalled for metal pieces in the chicken. does this end up in pet food? What about recalls involving listeria or salmonella? How is all that food destroyed or disposed of? Who oversees the disposal to ensure everyone plays by the rules if there are any?”

And this was her answer:

“It depends on the state the recall happens in (the state the manufacturer is located in). Some states allow that recalled food to become “salvage” and yes it could end up in pet food or livestock feed. And they never disclose this to consumers.”

This is the link to the U.S. Food and Drug administration Compliance Policy regarding the use of food condemned for human use.

So what does this mean for your pet’s food? It can’t automatically be trusted. Want to hazard a guess what’s happening to all the dead CAFO animals (chickens and pigs) that the latest hurricane drowned? Yep, North Carolina approved its use in animal feed including pet foods! Here is the link to the story: “Millions of Drowned Decomposing Livestock Allowed to Be Rendered”

So you might think that there are laws in place to prevent this sort of thing and you would be right. However, the government let it be known that they will not police those laws. It isn’t publicly mentioned often (by government), but found within the Federal Register…FDA openly admits the agency allows pet food/animal feed to violate federal law. Here is the link to the article “Its Not Pet Food, Its a Waste Disposal System!”

Any rational, thinking person has to know that there is a HUGE link between the diminishing health of our pets over the years and this FDA policy of turning a blind eye to what goes into our pet food  feed! Are you as ANGRY as I am?

“Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act” Albert Einstein

Ok everyone, the saying above was quoted at the end of a TED talk by Dr. Tyrone Hayes. The title of the TED talk is “Endocrine disruption, environmental justice, and the ivory tower“. Not a very sexy title I know, and sounds pretty booooring. But everyone MUST, I mean MUST, give it a listen. I want to GIVE you the privilege to know! You need to know what goes into your body and what goes into your dogs body. You need to KNOW how human beings (read government here) have and are mucking up our food situation. There is so much going on that we as consumers, are not privy to. Well, there are good samaritans / whistleblowers out there that have been out there for a while and due to social media are finally being heard.

Want to know why your dog has cancer? Want to know why your dog has skin issue, ear issues, diabetes, heck put any disease here. Then get informed as to where your food comes from and where your dog’s food comes from. If you ARE what you EAT then it follows that you ARE what your FOOD ATE. And the same goes for your pets! In fact its doubly so because they are so small compared to us. They are like the canarys in the coal mine. They will get sick and die before we do.

People, there is something wrong with our food and our pets food. Lets figure this out and make change. Start with what you put into your body and what you put into your dogs body. While you have a choice as to what you eat, your pets do not. They are a captive audience and can only eat what you provide. Make sure its as nutritious and toxin free as you can provide.

CLICK HERE for Tyrone Hayes youtube Ted Talk mentioned above

Now if you find that one interesting here is another one I like to call a classic as it was originally recorded 8 years ago! This is the one that got me started researching just what I was putting into my body. Bonnie Bassler’s “The secret lives of bacteria”

CLICK HERE for Bonnies youtube Ted Talk

Look for up coming classes at Petite Pet Inn regarding your dogs nutrition and how to pick the best food for your budget and your dogs health.

Cheers! Donna

Urgent: watch “The Truth About Pet Cancer” series NOW (UPDATE: sorry its over)

(Sorry the series live is over you missed it!) Ty Bollinger and his series “The Truth About Pet Cancer”, is airing on youtube NOW and started on 4/4/18. I watched the first one last night and its going to be an eye opener for most of you. Its a highly recommended MUST WATCH. Even if your dog is totally healthy now there the  probability that your dog has CANCER in his/her future is almost 1 to 1.5. So its imperative to watch this series if you can. While the series is live they will keep the youtube link available for 24 hours after airing. What happens after that is anyones guess. Will they charge for the series, probably, may be the only way to fund the next video. So take advantage now and sign up and listen in by CLICKING HERE.

If you want to go directly to the first episode and your quick about it, it may still be available by CLICKING HERE.   If the link does not work its because the time has expired, although I can’t see them really pulling it without a way to get back to see it. So give it a try.

Donna

Its Official! Springtime Photo Shoot was a rousing success!

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What fun I had and what great shots I got. Sometimes it can be frustrating to try to get everything perfect. It can be quite the challenge trying to take the perfect picture of a moving target LOL! All the dogs were very cooperative that day and the photo shoot went smoothly. I got so many cute photos like the one above (Gracie) that I had a hard time picking just the right one to email to clients and post on the website . Check out all the other great photos by CLICKING HERE.

Great Health News for you and your dog!

Petite Pet Inn now has its very own certified Pet Food Nutrition Specialist! Donna (Petite Pet Inn’s owner) has recently taken and passed a Pet Food Nutrition course and is currently enrolled in a Raw Dog Food Nutrition course. Dog food nutrition as well as human food nutrition, has been an ongoing interest of Donna’s for over 30 years. She has read many, many books on the subject as well as taken seminars. The only thing that was left to do was to actually get some type of certification.

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Donna’s certification comes through Dogs Naturally University and she is proud to be affiliated with such a wonderful organization. Donna’s plan is to eventually become certified at every level of DN University’s Nutrition program as well as to participate in Doctors Rounds and DN University’s continuing education. All in an effort to stay current and up to date with the goings on in the pet food industry, and to better position herself to help the clients of Petite Pet Inn.

Quote from Donna: “Over the years, as a groomer, dog trainer, and owner of my own dogs, I have been aware of the mounting health issues assaulting dogs. I have seen clients pets get worse or better, over the years, as their diets have changed. I have been directly responsible for changing the lives (for the better) of many clients dogs just by recommending diet changes. Years ago I saved the life of a tiny Chihuahua that had raging IBS that her veterinarian gave up on and who told the owners to just take her home, as they could do nothing else for her. I ended up with her, changed her diet, and she is still going strong 4 years later! I believe the KEY to every dogs healthy longevity is the correct DIET!”

So if you are worried about what you feed your dog, or are simply just curious to see if you can do better, send us an email by clicking here and let Donna take a look at what you are feeding your dog vs the health issues your dog may be having. Or simply get some great info on feeding your dog toward a healthier future. We will be posting to the blog often with tips and suggestions, for example check out the paragraph below.

Do you know what “dried grape pomace” is? Well basically its dried grapes. We all know that grapes and raisins are a known toxin to dogs. Click here for Wikipedia info on the subject.  I bet you didn’t know that dog food companies are not allowed to add any ingredient to the food they produce that is NOT legally defined by AAFCO. And guess what?  Grape pomace is not legally defined in AAFCO’s Official Publication – the pet food regulations book. Why you might ask, is Science Diet adding “dried grape pomace” to their  Hill’s Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed dry , Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Small & Toy Breed, and Hill’s Prescription Diet b/d Canine dog foods illegally? A substance made from a substance known to be toxic to dogs!

The trust, we as consumers, place in dog food manufacturers is unfounded and blind. Dog food manufacturing is big business and big business is in business to make money, bottom line. Thats it. Don’t trust blindly your dog food manufacturer. Find out what’s actually in your dogs food. Read the label. Understand the difference between chicken, chicken meal, chicken by product, and chicken by product meal. It matters! A consumer reading her dog food label discovered what Hills Science Diet was putting in her dog’s food. Read about it HERE. She made a difference and the state of Kentucky is taking Hill’s Science Diet to task and telling them to remove the ingredient from their food. Where is AAFCO or the FDA in all this….. silence.

Take your dog’s health into your own hands and let us help.

Time for Springtime Photos!

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Yep its that time again! Springtime Photos with Donna! Bring your dog for daycare on Thursday, March 29th because Donna will be taking springtime photos of all the dogs in daycare or boarding that day! Nope, you can’t make an appointment. They must come for daycare and at some point midday Donna will arrive to take photos of your love bunny! Once she’s finished she will head home to lay on some magic and email you a social media version of what she considers her best “work”. After that she will upload versions of all the best photos to our new website! Have you seen it yet! Click here! Let us know what you think, seriously, is it easy to navigate? Is it missing something? Is it too wordy, just right or not enough? Did you find the photos easily? We want to know!

Don’t forget to check with the front desk to make sure we have your correct email address! Check out our website to see the 2018 Valentines Day photos. Please click on the link to the right and follow our blog if you haven’t already. You don’t want to miss a thing!