Health and Nutrition Information for your pet.

The following information is what we discuss with everyone who adopts a dog or cat from PAL because we want our dogs and cats to stay healthy for their entire lives. The natural lifespan of both dogs and cats is 20 years, but animals in our country typically do not live nearly this long due to the fact that we break down their immune systems with commercial pet foods and annual vaccinations. This prevents them from fighting off cancer and many other diseases. We encourage adopters to do research themselves on these subjects and not just take our word for it. It is very difficult to know this information unless you do lots of research because it is not information that the pharmaceutical industry or American veterinary association share. There is a blood test called a titer that you can do rather than annual vaccinations to prove that the antibodies that protect your dog or cat from rabies, distemper and other diseases are at the level needed to protect him or her. Rabies is required by law, but only every 3 years.

  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEW DOG OWNERS

    1.     The healthiest food that dogs can eat is a human grade dry food (Natural Balance, Wellness, Fromm's, Eagle Pack, Solid Gold, Halo, Nature’s Variety) mixed with cooked low fat ground beef or whatever other meat you are having for dinner.   The mixture should be 50% ground beef (or chicken or fish or steak, etc) and 50% dry food.   Dry food alone is not good for any dog.   Dogs are carnivores and need protein much more than we do.  Their bodies cannot process grain.  Carbohydrates are not good for them and make them fat (just like people), and carbohydrates are required to make dry food.   This is why treats should be things like freeze dried liver, or hot dog treats (see recipe below), and not dog biscuits.      You can buy human grade dog food at Hackettstown Pet Supplies on Main Street (908-852-3151) or Morris Sussex Pet Supply in Succasunna, NJ (973-927-7777), among other places.   PetSmart has only one human grade food that I know of and that is Blue Buffalo (Blue Spa).    Dry food should be purchased in small bags as it quickly gets stale and should be rotated as well.   After finishing the bag of Natural Balance, then switch to Wellness, then to Fromm's back to Natural Balance, etc.   This is healthiest for your dog’s liver and will put some variety in his meals (which all of us need).  

    2.       The most important thing you can know about dog food is to READ THE INGREDIENTS (please see #8 below).   If you see any of the following – do not buy the food:   Corn, Corn gluten meal, wheat or wheat gluten, by-products of any kind.    By-products are also called 4D protein sources.  The 4Ds stand for Dead; Dying, Diseased or Disabled.   This is the condition of the animals when they arrive at the slaughterhouse between the ages of 6 mos to a year old.  The FDA will not allow By-products or 4D animals to be sold into the human food chain because they know we would get many diseases from these already dead or dying animals and die ourselves.  But they allow these animals to be sold to commercial pet food companies and used in pet food.

    3.       Missing Link Plus with Glucosamine:  this is a super vitamin and mineral supplement for dog's health and will give him a gorgeous coat and keep his skin, eyes and organs healthy.   It is a powder that needs to be kept in the fridge after opening and mixed into his meals.    You should start out with a small amount in his food at first (it is high in fiber so will also keep his colon healthy) and slowly add a little more each week until you are up to the dosage that he should eat daily.    You can buy this at Hackettstown Pet Supply or Pet Value or on-line at http://www.carealotpets.com/  (least expensive).

    4.       Treats for reward and training:   see hot dog treat recipe below, and try out protein based treats (not biscuits) like beef jerky, venison jerky, etc. until you find what she really likes

    5.       We recommend Martingale collars (a cloth collar that expands and contracts without choking a dog), and a harness.   These cannot slip over their heads so you will never have to worry about losing him.   These are not always easy to find and the larger chains don't have them.  Hackettstown Pet has some.   You can find them online by searching for Martingale collar.   They are very popular with greyhounds.   Everyone sells harnesses.

    6.       Vaccines are required in the first year of life and Rabies are required by law every 3 years after that.  However, annual vaccines are harmful and break down your dog’s autoimmune system and kidneys and liver and contribute to early death.  Dogs cannot fight off cancer or other diseases with a compromised immune system.  We suggest you research this subject.  Blood tests called titers will allow you to see if your dog needs any updated vaccinations. Dogs and cats have a natural lifespan of 20+ years but typically die between the ages of 8-14 in this country from diseases or complications resulting from annual vaccinations and toxins in commercial pet food.

    7.       Heartworm medicine:   Heartworm medicine has been linked to cancer.   Heartworm can be treated and cured, while cancer in most cases cannot.   The incidence of Heartworm in the northeast is less than 3% of the population, so you should NOT give your dog Heartworm medication.

    8.       There is a book by Ann Martin called Food Our Pets Die For that you should read.  Your will be amazed at the toxic ingredients that are allowed to be used in pet food.  You will learn all about the ingredients in commercial pet food and it will help you understand what to feed your dog to ensure they have a long and healthy life.

    9.       Training:  there are many people who call themselves “trainers” who know absolutely nothing about animal behavior. In most cases these people use force to make dogs do what they want because they don’t know enough to be able to communicate with dogs so they can learn.  Dogs are anxious to learn and simply need someone who knows how to teach them.   If you meet a trainer who suggests you use a prong collar, “correction”, shock or any other abusive methods, please know that your discomfort is something you should pay attention to.   If you want to know how to train your dog, please read books by Patricia McConnell before you do anything else.   She is one of the very few certified Animal Behaviorists in the country and is an incredible teacher.   Her training is based on understanding how dogs communicate, understand and behave.   Her books will help you to understand what to look for in a trainer so you’ll know a good one when you find them.  She will help you form a relationship with your dog that will help you communicate and really train your dog and it will be based on trust and love.    Her website is:  http://www.patriciamcconnell.com

     

    Recipe for Hot Dog Treats (for training and rewards – dogs LOVE these)

    1.       cut Turkey hot dogs (beef will burn) in half lengthwise

    2.       hold the halves together and cut each hot dog into nickel sized pieces

    3.       put two paper towels on a ceramic plate

    4.       spread the hot dog pieces out into one layer on the plate

    5.       cover with a paper towel

    6.       cook in the microwave for 9 minutes (or until they are dry and poof a little)

    7.       put into baggies and keep in fridge until needed


  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEW CAT OWNERS

  1. The healthiest food that cats can eat is a human grade dry food and wet food at least twice a day.  The following are all human grade foods for cats.  Wellness, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack, Blue Buffalo.  Dry food alone is not good for any cat.   Cats are carnivores and need protein much more than we do.   Carbohydrates are not good for them and make them fat (just like people), and carbohydrates are required to make dry food.   This is why treats should be things like freeze dried liver, or pieces of chicken or fish that you’ve had for dinner rather than processed treats.  You can buy human grade food at Hackettstown Pet Supplies on Main Street (908-852-3151) or Morris Sussex Pet Supply in Succasunna, NJ (973-927-7777), among other places.   PetSmart has only one human grade food that I know of and that is Blue Buffalo (Blue Spa).    Dry food should be purchased in 4 lb. bags as it quickly gets stale and should be rotated as well.   After finishing the bag of Wellness, then switch to Natural Balance, then to Fromm's back to Natural Balance, etc.   This is healthiest for your cats liver and will put some variety in her meals (which all of us need).
     

  2. Cats should have dry food available to them all day with fresh water also.   They should get wet food at least twice a day.  In fact studies show that a wet food only diet is the healthiest diet for cats.
     

  3.  Vaccines are required in the first year of life and Rabies every 3 years after that.   All other vaccines are harmful and will break down your cat’s kidney and liver and/or cause cancer and early death.   A cat’s natural lifespan is 20+ years.   Cats who are fed a healthy diet and receive vaccines only in their first year of life live full, healthy lives of 20 years or more.  Please do this research for yourself.    All vets who are currently practicing were taught in school that vaccines are benign.   It has been proven (and vets currently in school are being taught) that vaccines are far from benign and cause cancer, autoimmune disorders and kidney and liver failure.   If you are worried about their protection, you can do a blood test called a titer which will show you that the vaccine antibodies are there to protect your cat year after year after year.
     

  4.  Heartworm medicine:   Heartworm medicine has been proven to cause cancer.   Heartworm is treatable and cancer in most cases is not.   The incidence of Heartworm in the northeast is less than 3% of the population, so you should NOT give your dog or cat Heartworm medication.
     

  5.  There is a book by Ann Martin called Food Our Pets Die For that you should read if you can.  You will learn all about the ingredients in commercial pet food and it will help you understand what to feed your cat to ensure they have a long and healthy life.
     

  6. When you first bring your cat or kitten home PLEASE be sure to make them comfortable in a small room in your house and close the door.    This will help them feel safe.   If you bring them home and just put them on the floor they will be terrified as there is nothing in your home that is familiar to them and all of the new smells and sounds and sights will make them want to hide in the darkest, farthest corner they can find.   If you put them in a bedroom with the door closed for 10 days, they will have a much less stressful adjustment period and will be able to become comfortable and confident much more quickly.
     

  7.  If you have other animals, the paragraph above is CRITICAL.   This must be done if you have other animals both for your existing animals and even more so for the new member of your family.     Please call Kathy at 908-797-9987 if you have any questions.

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