Posts Tagged ‘canine health’

Thanks to my friend Teresa at Holistic Pet Food Blog for the following article on safe pet foods.  I have to add – you get what you pay for, especially when it comes to quality pet food.   I didn’t know that until 5 years ago when I started researching pet food ingredients – wow, what an eye-opener!  I personally found HealthyPetNet to be right for my pets.  Here’s the article:

“If you really want the very best, the very safest foods for your pet, look for dog food and cat food that comes from USDA APHIS-certified plants.  These are high-end foods!

USDA APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) Registered – APHIS registry certifies that the pet food company purchases all of their meats from USDA registered suppliers who follow all USDA regulations for safe meat handling. USDA is, of course, US-sourced. It can apply to both the meat and the grains used in the pet food.

Many of these foods are only available at natural grocers or specialty pet products stores.  If you don’t have one of these stores nearby, try HealthyPetNet as they are mail order. 

Natural pet products company whose pet food is USDA APHIS certified:


==> Fresh Mix Adult Dog Food 30 lbs for $41.99 to $51.99 = $1.40 – 1.73 per lb

Eagle Pack

==> Holistic Select Chicken Meal and Rice 16.5 lbs for $28.99 + $18.25 S&H = $2.86 per lb.


==> Life’s Abundance Health Food for Dogs 20 lbs for $35.25 plus $7.75 S&H = $2.14 per pound (autoship for 20% discount, reduce S&H by shipping multiple bags)


==> 20 lbs for $36, free S&H = $1.80

Natura Pet
==> They make Innova, Evo, Mother Nature, California Natural, Healthwise, and Karma.

Precise Pet Products

==> 30 lbs for $38.99 + 18.25 S&H = $1.91

This list is incomplete, please notify me via the comments when you find a pet food that is USDA APHIS-certified.”




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I didn’t watch this Nightline story (I don’t watch the news, too depressing anyway).  But since I am a dog breeder (labradors), and register all my dogs and puppies with the American Kennel Club (AKC), I feel this needs to be given wide distribution.  The following is the AKC’s reponse to the Nightline story.

The American Kennel Club would like to correct

some misinformation that is

circulating within the fancy. We would

appreciate your assistance in

spreading the word about the facts on this


The AKC is aware that NIGHTLINE, which airs on

ABC, is pursuing a story on

canine health, including breeding. The AKC

welcomes all constructive

dialogue about the sport and on ways to improve

the health of dogs.

However, all indications are that the story will

not be a fair and balanced

look at the issues. With the guidance of our

advisors, the AKC declined to

participate but instead provided NIGHTLINE with

an official statement:

“The American Kennel Club is the nation’s

leading not-for-profit

organization devoted to canine health, breeding

and responsible dog

ownership. The AKC’s breeding policies and high

ethical standards have made

us the most widely respected registry in the

world. Each year, the AKC

performs approximately 5,000 kennel and breeder

inspections to ensure the

proper care and conditions of dogs and has led

the charge in regards to

advancing canine health, including founding the

AKC Canine Health

Foundation in 1995. Since that time, $22 million

has been given to more

than 500 research projects at 74 vet schools

and research institutes

worldwide to improve the health of all dogs.”

It has also come to our attention that some

individual AKC constituents

have been approached for interviews or may be

approached at dog shows. In

this event we recommend politely declining the

interview and referring

their requests to the AKC’s Communications dept

at communications@ akc.org

or 212-696-8343.

You may also direct those interested in this

topic to
http://www.akcdoghealth. com

for pertinent information.

American Kennel Club Communications

communications@ akc.org

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