Be Kind to Animals Week, May 7th through 13th

IT’S Be Kind to Animals Week, May 7th through 13th.

A week dedicated to showing compassion for animals, is May 7th through 13th.

The week was started over 100 years ago by the animal welfare organization American Humane to increase humane education and animal welfare efforts.

The first Be Kind to Animals Week was held in 1915, a year after nearly 10 million horses used in fighting across Europe died during World War I.

Some suggestions for celebrating the week include adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue, donating to an animal rescue group, taking care of your pet, appreciating wildlife and reporting animal abuse.IT'S Be Kind to Animals Week, May 7th through 13th


Steven Monahan, Green Pets America Charities

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Every time I turn around there is another warning of what not to feed our dogs

Every time I turn around there is another warning of what not to feed our dogs. Today there are just too many theories, opinions and little science. It’s getting to the point of not knowing what to take for granted, or what is good or bad for dogs to eat any longer. I think we just have to be very educated, hyper aware, use common sense, don’t give them something we would not eat ourselves and see how they react to foods and their environment.

Every time I turn around there is another warning of what not to feed our dogs
Is this good or bad for me?

Steven Monahan, Founder-Executive Director of Green Pets America Charities, shares his insights, expertise and opinions on the human animal bond; including, nutrition, pet food, total wellness, animal welfare and animal rights. As well as news, trends and developments in the global pet industry.


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ANIMAL WELFARE IN AMERICA BEST AND WORST OF TIMES

ANIMAL WELFARE IN AMERICA BEST AND WORST OF TIMES.

 “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. Charles Dickens. 1859

THIS QUOTE ON THE TIMES THEN IN AMERICA WAS WRITTEN BY CHARLES DICKENS ALMOST 160 YEARS AGO. DOES IT SOUND EERILY LIKE TODAY?

What does this quote have to do with pets, pet food and animal welfare? Well to me it parallels what’s going on today in 2017 in animal welfare and animal care.

THE BEST OF TIMES:  We used to kill 8 million pets yearly, now less pets are being killed in shelters. Dog and cat ownership is up. People now care for pets like family members. Some pets even better than other family members:}

Healthier pet food is being rolled out. More human grade pet food is becoming available. People are bonding closer and closer with their pets. Animal rights laws are being passed globally.

THE WORST OF TIMES: In 2017 3.5 million dogs and cats are still killed in America yearly. People are becoming more and more selfish, taking their pet to a shelter or stopping their car and pushing their pet out and driving off. This happened this week in Woodstock. I was called to help. Pet food companies are putting poisoned downed animal meat into our pet’s food. Large pet food companies like are lying about the benefits of their products. And more families are struggling to feed themselves and feed their pets. And families are struggling to pay for medical care for themselves and their beloved family pet as well.

So what do we do in these parallel times of Light and darkness? At Green Pets we believe the answer is not turning against one another, but coming together as a local community to work on our challenges. To continue to care for one another. To embracing hope, looking forward together as compassionate, higher thinking human beings to a brighter future. And dare I say it: Loving ourselves, one another and our pets.

For while it is a global world the reality is that most everything that impacts us is locally. Please support your local nonprofits that are making a difference in local lives. Charities that are doing what needs to be done so we can get on with our lives.

Support local nonprofits that are caring for families, women, children and pets. Please support wonderful places and people like Papas Pantry, Ahimsa House, Must Ministries, and yes…Green pets America Charities.

“While others live in the winter of despair, let us bond together as a community in the coming spring of hope.


ANIMAL WELFARE IN AMERICA BEST AND WORST OF TIMES, From Steven Monahan, Founder-Executive Director of Green Pets America Charities. Steven shares his insights, expertise and opinions on the human animal bond; including, nutrition, pet food, total wellness, animal welfare and animal rights. As well as news, trends and developments in the global pet industry.

ANIMAL WELFARE IN AMERICA BEST AND WORST OF TIMES.

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Warning Horse Meat Found Pet Food

Warning Horse Meat Found Pet Food. Evangers Dog Food plans to recall all pet foods with beef for concerns over Pentobarbital in the food.

Joel Sher, VP of Evangers admitted to a reporter that DNA analysis found horse meat in their pet food. Independent testing results showed beef, as well as horse DNA.

Testing was ordered after a dog died and others sickened from complications caused by pentobarbital in their canned dog food. A drug typically used by veterinarians to euthanize animals.

The results are surprising considering the FDA also conducted species analysis testing on the implicated pet food and they confirmed it was beef. The FDA said in a statement:

In another admission on another website, Joel Sher also confessed that the company plans to recall all Evanger’s pet food products containing chunks of beef. The article states,all of the company’s foods containing “chunk beef” will be recalled.

It is unclear, at this point, which brands with beef or “chunks” of beef will be recalled. A search of Evanger’s website revealed it’s Hunk of Beef style pet food products are no longer sold on their website.

It is also unclear whether the reason for the pending recalls will be for adulteration with horse meat or fears that other brands may also contain pentobarbital or both.

This news that other Evanger’s brands are in the process of being recalled is not particularly surpising. The FDA could not confidently say whether other brands did not also contain the deadly drug.

This news comes on the heels of an FDA warning consumers not feed certain lots of Evanger’s pet food to their animals. The FDA press release cautioned: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising pet owners and caretakers not to feed their pets certain lots of Evanger’s. Including canned Hunk of Beef or Against the Grain,Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy canned dog food. Unopened cans from both brands were found to contain pentobarbital, a barbiturate.


Warning Horse Meat Found Pet Food. This Pet Food Recall Alert is a service of Green Pets America non profit.

Steven Monahan, Founder- Executive Director Green Pets America Charities, shares his insights, expertise and opinions on the human animal bond; including, nutrition, pet food, total wellness, animal welfare, animal rights. As well as news, trends and developments in the global pet industry.


Warning Horse Meat Found Pet Food

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Can You Feed Your Dog A Paleo Diet?

At green Pets we were wondering, Can You Feed Your Dog A Paleo Diet?

So we did some research. We read some new books and we read some articles. One book we particularly liked was Paleo Dog, by Jean Hofve, DVM and Celeste Yarnall, Phd. At green Pets we first research the Science. And this book is written by two well educated experts.

We learned as their book talks about is from the tiniest teacup poodle to the most massive Great Dane, dogs’ digestive systems are pure wolf. Fido’s ancestors enjoyed a diet that was 45 to 50 percent protein, 40 to 50 percent fat, and less than 10 percent carbohydrates.

But as they say, walk down the pet food aisle, however, and you’ll find that low cost dry food is made mainly of starchy ingredients like peas, potatoes, corn, wheat, rice, and oats-nothing a prehistoric pup would dream of eating. At green Pets we only carry the premium brands, high protein, low carb dry and can food.

In the book they say that 85 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, with cancer killing 42 percent of all dogs and half of dogs over the age of 10.

So how do you feed a wolf disguised as a pug? Paleo Dog – by Jean Hofve, DVM, and Celeste Yarnall, PhD – guides readers through an assessment of their dogs’ diets and helps them find the right balance of healthy ingredients.

In addition to recipes and nutrition info, the book offers advice on what treats are safe, training tips, the benefits of exercise, massage, and how to ensure dogs are receiving the love and attention they need.

At green Pets we read Paleo Dog and both enjoyed it. There is a lot of expertise and time needed to feed your dog raw food as in the Paleo Dog book, but if you want to go raw over dry, or can food, this is a must read.

Check it out for yourself on Amazon Books.

Can You Feed Your Dog A Paleo Diet?

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