Between now and December 10th, Purina is donating one dollar for each time a video is viewed on their YouTube channel! They will donate up to $300,000 to help homeless pets this season, so please visit YouTube.com/PurinaONE and watch a video about their new pet food, beyOnd. If you want to help shelter pets with just a click of the mouse, be sure to visit their page and watch a video!
The new food, which is made with natural ingredients will be available January 2011. You can learn more about it by visiting PurinaONEbeyOnd.com.
Taste of the Wild has recently launched new dog and cat food formulas!
Taste of the Wild is an all-life stages food that is formulated to meet the nutritional needs of pets throughout all stages of life, from puppy and kitten to senior years. It provides a superior taste sensation, highly digestible energy and natural antioxidants to support a healthy immune system and overall health.
We have a fun giveaway from Taste of the Wild! The dog give-away includes three sample bags of the new dry formula; Sierra Mountain Canine with roasted lamb and sweet potatoes is a limited ingredient diet with lamb as the only protein source.
It contains taurine to protect heart health and has lower protein and fat than the Taste of the Wild High Prairie and Wetlands formula, which may be a better option if dog owners are looking for a diet in lower fat or calories.
Also included; six samples of Bright Bites Daily Dental Treats (need to know the size of the dog); $30 gift card to DoggyFood.com and a set of Outward Hound Fold-N-Go Port-A-Bowls.
Cat owners can choose three sample bags of the new dry formula; Canyon River Feline contains only fish protein with trout, salmon and sweet potatoes for a more limited ingredient profile, which may be a better choice for sensitive cats.
Canyon River Feline is also a good choice for those cats who need a less-rich diet, as it has lower protein and fat than the Rocky Mountain Feline. Also included; a $30 gift card to HarlosHealthypets.com and a Bergan TurboScratcher Cat Toy.
Would you like a chance to win? Here are the rules!
Leave a comment on this post before midnight on December 5th. Tell us which prize pack you would pick if you were the winner.
You may enter daily.
This giveaway is open to those in the USA only.
The winner will be chosen at random and then contacted by email after the giveaway ends. They will then have 3 days to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.
The winner will get their choice of a dog prize pack or a cat prize pack (one prize for one winner).
Thanks to Taste of the Wild for providing such great prizes for this giveaway!
*This giveaway is now closed, congrats to Jody and her kitty Chole.*
We have a great fact sheet below to share with you before the Thanksgiving holiday begins! Various food items found in a traditional Thanksgiving meal can effect dogs and cats making for a not-so-great holiday. Thanks to PurinaCare’s “chief vet,” Dr. Bill Craig, DVM, Chief Medical and Underwriting Director of PurinaCare Pet Health Insurance for providing us with this information! We hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday!
HOW IS THANKSGIVING DINNER DANGEROUS FOR PETS?
The dangers posed to pets around Thanksgiving are as bountiful as the bread stuffing. In general, pets’ stomachs are not accustomed to handle the heavy seasoning we use to cook and prepare our foods. Some of the foods commonly found on the Thanksgiving menu are toxic to pets. Raw or undercooked turkey may contain salmonella bacteria and fat trimmings or very fatty foods can trigger pancreatitis in dogs and cats. Even if it is just a scrap from the table, it may be enough to cause an upset stomach in our pets, resulting in vomiting or diarrhea.
LIST OF COMMON THANKSGIVING FOODS PETS NEED TO AVOID:
Bones – Many pet owners want to hand over left over bones from the turkey, ham or steak to the dog, but these small bones can become lodged in the throat, stomach, or intestinal tract or break into splinters, causing extensive damage to the stomach and gastro-intestinal tract if swallowed, even puncturing the small intestines.
Dough and Cake Batter – The combination of raw bread dough and the pet’s body heat can cause the dough to rise inside the stomach, resulting in vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating. The batter used in cakes and pies usually contains raw eggs which could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.
Onion and Garlic – These ingredients contain sulfides, which are toxic to animals and can cause the destruction of red blood cells, especially in cats, causing Heinz body anemia.
Sage – This, as well as many other herbs, contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets, especially in cats.
Raisins and Grapes – They are a choking hazard to pets and ingestion of either can cause significant kidney damage.
Walnuts and Macadamia Nuts – These can cause weakness, depression, incoordination, and tremors. In addition, the high fat levels of these nuts may cause pancreatitis in dogs, resulting severe vomiting and diarrhea.
Chocolate – Chocolate can be toxic for pets, or even fatal, due to a substance called theobromine found in chocolate.
Mushrooms – These can produce damage to a number of internal organs, including kidneys, liver, and the central nervous system. If a dog eats mushrooms, seizures, coma, vomiting, even death can occur.
Chewing Gum and Candy – Many contain Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can cause a severe drop in blood glucose in dogs and As soon as 30 minutes after ingestion, dogs can begin to show signs of depression, loss of coordination, and seizures. Xylitol may also lead to delayed onset damage to the liver occurring days to weeks after ingestion. Xylitol toxicity in pets may be fatal and requires immediate medical attention.
Beer – Alcohol, especially the hops in beer, can be particularly harmful to dogs, causing intoxication, panting, fever, racing heart, liver damage, even coma, seizures and death.