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Unwholesome Ingredients In Your Dog’s Food?

Unwholesome Ingredients In Your Dog’s Food?

Rumors of dog and and cat meat and other unsavory ingredients in pet food have people nervous.

February 2017 - “Does your pet’s food contain dead pets?” That’s how one sub-title read for an article on slate.com, which went on to say in the first paragraph that dead dogs “might very well be what you are scanning at the grocery store checkout and scooping into your dog’s bowl.” The article also says that “the stuff that ends up in dog food is material that can’t be sold as food for humans,” making the point that what “can’t even go into hotdogs gets consolidated and shipped to rendering plants,” where it is “pulverized into one big blend of dead stuff,” heated for hours, and then put into pet food as meat and bone meal.

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Stacy Toczylowski with Bella

Budgeting for Pet Health Insurance Now Can Save You Heartache — and Wallet Ache — Later

Just like for any family member, an expensive medical problem is not a matter of if, but

“I think at the end of the day it will probably be a wash,” says Stacy Toczylowski, referring to the amount she pays on health insurance for her Jack Russell terrier, Bella, and the amount her dog’s medical care actually costs. In other words, she believes that all told, the money the pet health insurance company reimburses her for Bella’s care will essentially equal the amount she will have shelled out on the monthly premium. Still, she is not sorry that she bought a healthcare policy for her beloved dog. Why not?

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Purebred Dogs

Your Role in Cutting Down on Health Problems in Purebred Dogs

What you need to know to keep responsible breeders in business and help close down breeding operations that don't put dogs health first.

People who rail against the intentional breeding of dogs point to the fact that there are already many mixed-breed dogs in this country who end up in shelters waiting to be adopted. For that reason, they say, nobody needs to be purposely mating dogs to create more pets still. They also argue that too many breeds have inbred problems — Dachshunds with herniated discs, pugs with faces so flat and noses so narrow they can’t breathe, shar peis with so many wrinkles in their skin they keep developing skin infections, and so on.

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If We Knew What They Were Saying, Their Barking Wouldn’t Be So Irritating

If We Knew What They Were Saying, Their Barking Wouldn’t Be So Irritating

Dogs communicate 5 different things with their barks. They shouldn't be punished for trying to tell you or another dog something.

In her excellent book, Barking: The Sound of a Language (Dogwise Publishing), Norwegian trainer Turid Rugaas points out that people often think dogs bark as an act of aggression or to prove their dominance, or simply to annoy people. But while barking most certainly can get on people’s nerves, dogs don’t bark to “strut their stuff” or exhibit swagger. Like us, they vocalize to express something — a warning, an emotion, a desire, happiness even.

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