In our new Pure Vita Beef, Duck and Venison grain free dog foods, we've replaced peas with lentils.
Why these vegetables at all? In making dry pet food, there needs to be a starchy carbohydrate to bind the kibble together. Always learning more about the health of your pets, KLN family brands decided to use lentils in their new formulas due to their outstanding health benefits.
First, as a carbohydrate, all lentils are ranked as having low glycemic index values. Heard that term before but don't know what it means or why it matters? Here's why.
Many foods have been ranked on what is called the Glycemic Index (GI). This is a relative ranking of the carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood sugar (glucose) levels when eaten. This is important because high sugar levels in the blood can cause short and long term health complications, diabetes being one example.
Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolized and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore usually, insulin levels. The resulting smaller fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin levels produced is good for long term health, reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
You can see that it's better for both you and your pet's health to consume low ranked vegetables. Green and red lentils, the ones in Pure Vita are all ranked in the 20's and 30's – concidered very low.
For pets that have diabetes, because of their low sugar content and high fiber, lentils are favored as a carbohydrate if there has to be one in the diet.
They also are an excellent source of iron which is a needed mineral that provides your furry pet the amount of energy required to be healthy and active.
So, next time you're planning what you and your dog are going to eat, grab yourself some lentil soup, pick up some of our new Pure Vita dog food with duck, venison or beef, at your favorite family owned pet supply store, and sit down and eat well together. Win, win!
Oh, by the way, most every one of the stores that carries our food, will have free samples for you to try. Great way to know if your dog and cat will like the food. Ask for them. Or go ahead – be bold and buy a bag and don't worry if your pet won't eat it (very unlikely). We also have a 100% guarantee on the food, no matter where you buy it, so you can return it and get your money back. Nothing to lose, I say, and everything for your pet to gain.
There's a new flavor of Pure Vita grain free dog food that is replacing the Pure Vita Bison.
I know many of you liked buying our Pure Vita Bison because your dogs really loved eating it.
We also know how frustrating it was when you could not buy it in your favorite independent pet food stores. One day it was there, another it was not, then it was….difficult.
We were frustrated too – at Tuffy's pet foods, (part of KLN Family Brands), we could no longer consistently find enough of a regular source of USA grown bison to purchase. And believe me, Kenny and Charlie Nelson (owners of Tuffy's pet foods) scoured the country trying.
The reason there is a shortage of bison available for us to buy, is that human consumption of bison has greatly increased and this has lead to a shortage for the pet industry.
As Tuffy's has historically maintained a pretty constant supply of source ingredients, not knowing when or how much bison they could get for the foreseeable future, just wouldn't do.
It was time to look for a different protein. Many of you asked "why not beef?"
Introducing Pure Vita Grain Free Beef dog food where the beef comes from Colorado, USA. Dog parents are letting us know it's a full tail wag of approval as their canines are gobbling it down. And remember it's got our Good4Life system in it with all of the best absorbed minerals and special pre and probiotics to ensure and maintain optimal health. Check out our blog about Good4Life if you haven't read it.
Another new ingredient we put in the beef Pure Vita is lentils.You see, to make dry pet food, a starchy vegetable is used to bind the kibble together. In our Pure Vita Turkey and Salmon food we have been using peas but in the beef flavor we've switched to lentils. Why? Many good health reasons.
That was the way to make sure a very important promise between you and your friend or sibling was going to be kept. You would both take your little fingers (the pinky fingers) from one hand, link them together and with a confirming tug, seal the deal. I know I made many pinky swears when I was a kid, and hopefully kept all those promises. Don't have a clue as to what they were any longer. Do you remember any of yours? A father, Steve Chepokas, will never, ever, forget the pinky swear he made with his son.
It was Christmas time, 2002, and a compassionate, nine year old boy, Mitch Chepokas, with a giving nature and terminal bone cancer was in the hospital giving away all the money he had saved to other kids with cancer that were in the hospital with him. He wanted to make sure that they would all be able to have something for Christmas. Seeing how happy it made these children was such a great experience for Mitch that he expressed the desire to do it again next year. When his parents unbearably, reminded him that it may not be possible, here is what happened next. "Mitch looked at his father and said, "Dad, promise me you will keep helping kids with cancer! Pinky swear with me that you will do it forever!"
Mitch passed away April 11, 2003. Mitch's father kept his promise and in his memory, Steve and Becky Chepokas formed the Pinky Swear Foundation to honor Mitch's commitment to helping others.
Since its inception in 2003, Pinky Swear has raised more than $13 million to help support families whose children are bravely battling cancer across the U.S. The foundation assists with non-medical expenses like rent and mortgage payments, auto payments and repairs, and getting food on the table.
We at KLN Family Brands, place a priority of giving back in support of our communities both locally and thoughout the United States and knowing the pain and hardships that fighting pediatric cancer involves, KLN decided to partner with the Pinky Swear Foundation, committing to raising $1 million over the next 5 years for families affected by pediatric cancer.
Join us in helping kids fight cancer. You can support this initiative by purchasing our specially-marked bags of NutriSource pet foods that has the Pinky Swear logo on them.
My dog Rosy was staying with a woman who boards dogs at her house. One evening, Henry,
one of the family's dogs, and Rosy were investigating the border fence when Henry, got skunked.
This was not actually observed by anyone but my dog, but she's not talking. We think Henry, who was VERY fragrant, probably took the brunt of the spray attack, but Rosy apparently joyful about her good fortune of missing the direct hit, celebrated by rolling in the smelly skunk musk that was left on the ground.
Well, both dogs got baths that night, but mine still came home to me smelling not like a rose.
So, I took her to my favorite self-bathing place, one of our retailers, to get rid of the remaining Parfum de Mephitis Mephitis (Latin for striped skunk) from her neck and flank.
Here's what I used to remove the skunk odor and you've got to know about.
The Skunk Remedy Recipe invented in 1993 by a chemist, Paul Krebaum.
It is the best home-made formula that actually works,(tomato juice does not) and has been the buzz all over the web for awhile now except most of the recipes you will find on the web, are changed – switching one important ingredient from the original recipe.
Here is the authentic recipe from Paul Krebaum and his directions for use. Later, more about his story.
The Skunk Remedy Recipe.
In a plastic bucket, mix well the following ingredients:
1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda
1 to 2 teaspoons liquid soap
(Note from NutriSource: his preferred brands are "SoftSoap" or "Liquid Ivory", which are hand soaps, not dish washing detergent which is the ingredient you see listed often on other peoples webpages. Hand soap reacts less with the peroxide and is therefore safer.)
For very large pets one quart of tepid (lukewarm) tap water may be added to enable complete coverage.
Wash pet promptly and thoroughly, work the solution deep into the fur. Let your nose guide you, leave the solution on about 5 minutes or until the odor is gone. Some heavily oiled areas may require a "rinse and repeat" washing.
Skunks usually aim for the face, but try to keep the solution out of the eyes – it stings. If you have any cuts on your hands you might want to wear latex gloves for the same reason.
After treatment, thoroughly rinse your pet with tepid tap water.
Pour the spent solution down the drain with running water.
NEVER, ever, store mixed solution in a closed bottle, sprayer, etc. Pressure will build up until the container bursts. This can cause severe injury.
(Note from NutriSource: This is why Mr. Krebaum could not patent, bottle and sell his creation, The exact chemical properties that make the formula work, make it impossible to package and store. In time, the chemicals will explode out of any bottle. So, he released his invention free to all the pet loving world.)
1) Clean plastic mixing containers and utensils are preferred. Metals encourage auto-decomposition of the peroxide.
2) Hydrogen Peroxide 3% solution is usually sold in pint (500ml) bottles, so you'll need two. The 3% grade is often marked "U.S.P.", meaning that it meets the standards for medical use and purity as set forth in the United States Pharmacopoeia.
The use of other strengths/grades is not recommended unless you're a chemist, and even then a trip to the 24-hour drugstore is much better than a trip to the emergency room.
3) Use baking soda, not baking powder. "Arm and Hammer" is one popular brand. Baking soda is also called: Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, U.S.P., Bicarbonate of Soda, and Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate. Do not confuse any of the above with Washing Soda, which is Sodium Carbonate. Washing Soda is about 100 times more alkaline than Baking Soda and can cause skin burns to both you and your pet.
Getting back to my story, the result for Rosy……..Ah, sweet smelling success.She is herself again.
Some important notes for you:
Remember, make this mixture just before you are going to use it and discard anything leftover. It does not store. Again, do not get into your pets eyes.
Here's a tip from dog owners I know that have used the recipe, if your dog or cat was sprayed in the face, you can make a paste of this mixture to make it a bit easier to apply without worrying about getting in the eyes.
Take the quarter cup of baking soda, and a few drops of hand soap and a splash or two of the hydrogen peroxide to make a paste like consistency that you can smear on the animals face.
Hey, we've got two new flavors of NutriSource, Grain Free dog food, High Plains Select, which features beef and trout and Woodlands Select, with boar and turkey.
Dogs are loving them! Ask for them or try our samples next time you're at your NutriSource retailer.
To live in greater harmony with your cat, do what tiger and domestic cat mothers do:
Teach what “No” means. I know – you may be thinking, “Are you kidding? This is a cat we’re talking about, not a dog. They can’t learn that. They do whatever they want, and there’s nothing I can do about it.” Right? Nope, don’t let your cat fool you. They can learn “no”, just like dogs do.
Cat mothers teach proper conduct and rules of behavior by conveying “no” by the sounds she makes or with her body language. If the tiger cub gets too excited and bites her too hard, or does something wrong, mom will hold him down and if he still acts up, a snarl is her next way of saying a harsh “no!”
Rarely will the mom cat, big or small, take the next step of nipping or biting at her young and she is careful to not overly reprimand the very young kittens, yet becomes stronger in her discipline as they mature. This all has meaning for you, as you are your cat’s substitute mom whether you are male or female.
You need to make your kitten or cat care about and understand the word “no”. This should be your response to a negative action by your cat and the word must be used correctly to get the point across. Used incorrectly, or not at all, and discipline will go right down the drain. So here’s how to teach “no”.
First – Never yell or scream the word. Just use your normal speaking voice. Do put enough tone into it to get the cat’s attention, but say it quietly enough not to startle your cat. Cats hear very well – we think we must yell to get the point across, yet all it will do is make your cat want to flee. I once yelled a loud NO, STOP THAT! at Willie, when he was just a few months old to stop him from biting me and all that happened is he crashed off the bed as fast as he could and ran crazed, all over the place for 5 minutes. Not the reaction I was looking for, no lesson learned and I felt just terrible.
What you want, is for the cat to acknowledge you and then stop what it’s doing, like clawing and biting your arm. Also be consistent with the word and tone of voice. Changing from “no”, to “stop”, to “don’t do that” is simply confusing to your cat. Stick to a simple “no” said the same way each time.
Second – Get the timing right – To be effective you must use “no” precisely when the kitten or cat is in the act you want to discourage. Like when it first jumps up on the kitchen counter where the package of chicken is defrosting. A delayed ‘no’ has very little meaning to your cat. Rest assured, your cat will give you more than enough chances to practice saying “no” at the exact right time.
Third – Always praise or give positive reinforcement to your cat when she has stopped misbehaving. It is common for us to get good at noticing the unwanted behavior and saying our “no’s” yet we forget to praise them for obeying us and stopping. The word, ‘no’ will never work, unless you consistently follow it up with reinforcing praise. When your cat stops tearing the toilet paper off the roll, for example, praise her in a gentle voice.
Fourth – very important – make sure every human member of the household is helping the cat to follow the same rules by using the word “no” for the same unwanted behaviors and all are being consistent. If you don’t allow the cat on the dining room table but your children do, it’s confusing to the cat and “no” loses its meaning. Before you know it, one night, when your back is turned, she’ll land in the middle of the pot roast on the table and what do you have….a gravy soaked, sick cat and disappointed, hungry guests.
Are you aware that besides the difference in size, the markings of the fur and the sounds they make, a wild tiger, (the largest member of the cat family) and your pet cat is the same animal in many ways? Biologically, the tiger shares 95.6% of its DNA with the domestic cat, but let's talk about similar behavior because that's more fun. And by understanding your cat's actions that are instinctually rooted in its "wild cat" heritage, you can learn things to do with your cat to live in greater harmony and comfort.
Let's start with similarities. A 500 lb Bengal tiger and your 8 lb. tabby, stalks prey just the same. Of course, the prey your cat may be hunting is the toy mouse or aluminum foil ball on your floor. Wild cats in play spend a good deal of time practicing their hunting skills. Participating in and encouraging playtime with your cat is just as important – by making sure she is practicing her hunting skills, it keeps her muscles and heart strong as well as maintaining good mental health.
For both animals, its coloration and markings act as camouflage, allowing the cat to blend into its surroundings. A new born tiger cub already has its markings and stripes and each striped pattern is as different and permanent as our fingerprints. Speaking of that, your cat's nose print is just as unique to the individual as your human fingerprint.
Back to camo, a light underbelly on a cat helps it fade into shadows and the stripes break up the contour of the body. In domestic cats, with all the breeding, we've introduced colors not found in the wild, however, if your cat's fur has stripes, is marbled or patchy you may have seen it disappear into the background while outside.
Both animals are true carnivores and must eat meat to survive. Even though tigers do like to be in water more than many of our pet cats do, they do not drink a lot of water, obtaining the moisture they need from the prey animals they eat. If your cat was fending for itself and hunting for dinner, the average prey animal would be a mouse, lizard or small bird, whose bodies contains approximately 75 percent water. The average percentage of water in dry kibble is much less. This is why we at NutriSource, also recommend feeding your cat canned food. It has more moisture. You may love the convenience and cost of dry food, but at least, try to feed a combination of dry (adding water to it) and some wetter, canned food. This can help with the common problem of dehydration in cats.
In all of our lines, NutriSource, Pure Vita and Natural Planet Organics, we've got some great, grain free, canned cat food flavors. Ask your local, independent, family owned, pet supply stores for them.
So, as your cute kitty is somewhat a tiger in miniature, a wild tiger can act just like your pet feline. They are not only the powerful and aggressive hunters we think they are, they can also be extremely playful when interacting with each other, will roll around on the ground, sleep in the same silly positions as your cat and do some of the same comical things.
Tiger mothers teach their cubs what is acceptable behavior and what is not. No matter if you are a man, woman or child, being a better "mother" to your cat can make a big difference for living happily together. Next blog – Find out how.
Nothing like romping outside with your dog on a warm spring/summer day. Going for car rides together, doing those errands together…… whoops. Wait, stop right there, the best way to run car errands with a dog – is to NOT. Doesn't matter if you crack open those car windows, if it's hot outside, leave your dog home, or do what I do.
My dog Rosy travels with me a fair amount and if I must stop somewhere for a few minutes, I always have an extra set of car keys so I can leave the car on, locked, with the air conditioning running.
Here's what you may not know. When you leave your dog in a shut off car on a hot day – it may seem fine upon your return, you may notice some heavy panting but still you think, it is okay. The reality is on a warm/hot day the inside of a car acts like an oven and the temperature can increase to 150 º F within 15 minutes and this can result in permanent brain or organ damage that you may not know about until it's too late. Your dog might not survive or could require lifelong treatment. It's just not worth it! When a dog is exposed to high temperatures, inside or outside, heat stroke can result.
Here are the signs of heat stroke.
Uncontrollable, vigorous panting.
Tongue and gums initially bright red and then as pet gets worse becoming progressively blue or gray.
Rapid heart beat.
Foaming at the mouth.
Tacky or dry gums.
Lying down and unwilling/or unable to get up.
Vomiting, dizziness or disorientation.
Increased rectal temperature.
A dog's normal body temperature is 100.4º – 102.5º. In hot weather, a dog's temperature that reads 103 – 105 and above can be a sign of heat stroke, so taking its temp is the fastest, surefire method to determine if your dog may be experiencing heat stroke.
Learn how to take your dog's temperature if you don't already know. Now, don't be squeamish. It's easy to do and really doesn't bother your dog. Get a digital thermometer and some lubricant, like vaseline. You just need a little on the end, hold onto your dog – not too tight, ( I kneel to the side of Rosy, wrap my arm around her rib cage to keep her still) and insert the thermometer in its anus just about an inch. It just takes a moment to register. (By the way, a rule about these thermometers, "Once a rectal, thermometer, always a rectal thermometer". Make sure you label it with your pet's name.)
You also need to be mindful of overexposure to the heat when you are playing or walking your dog when it's really hot outside. Certain types of dogs such as obese ones or short nosed breeds like, Pugs, Bulldogs and Pekinese are more sensitive to heat. My dog Rosy, (none of those breeds), gets hot very fast, but luckily she self monitors and leads me single-mindedly to the closest shady place she can find to lie down until she is cooled off and ready to carry on. I'm glad she does this.
What to do if you suspect heat stroke:
1. Move dog out of the heat away from sun right away.
2. Begin cooling dog by placing cool, wet rags, washcloths or towels on the body, especially the foot pads and around the head.
3. DO NOT use ice or very cold water. Extreme cold can cause the blood vessels to constrict, preventing the body's core from cooling and actually causing the internal temperature to further rise. Making it worse!
4. Offer your dog some cool water – but do not force it into its mouth.
5. Call or visit your vet right away – even if your dog seems better. Remember, internal damage may have happened and may not be obvious to the naked eye.
To protect your furry family member in summer weather, do these things. Carry that extra set of car keys and have a digital thermometer for your pet at home and keep one in the car's glove compartment.
If caught early, some dogs can recover fully from heat stroke. Don't assume that just because your dog keeps playing fetch non stop in 90 º F. that it's fine and the heat can't hurt her, It can. You must be the keeper of caution for your beloved canine in hot weather.
All of our pet foods, dog and cat, have the Good 4 Life system in them, which are nutritional products added to help maintain health and well being. We were talking about cats in the last blog, and how they have two of the same beneficial Alltech products that our dog food contains, the minerals and prebiotics.
But now it's time to tell the cats from the dogs – cats have 2 different supplements in their feline Good 4 Life system.
One has to do with how your cat relieves itself.
My dog, Rosy, (below) does not pee into a box (does yours?) but my cat, Willie, did for 19 years.
Do guests come over and tell you your house smells like a giant litter box? If so, you might want to try our cat food if you don't already. That's because we have another great Alltech product called DeOdorase™ in our food. This is made using the extract from the yucca plant and yucca is known for it's ability to reduce ammonia arising from your cat's waste. Here's the story of what we smell when we change that litter box.
Since cats are true carnivores requiring high protein diets of animal origin, that protein is excreted through urea in urine; therefore cat's waste produces a lot of ammonia. I'm sure you agree that this is a fairly strong odor, but it doesn't stop there, decomposition of animal feces by bacterial activity also releases ammonia and other noxious gases. Pee-uuu!
De-Odorase™ takes care of overall fecal odor, including ammonia, and, university studies have reported that De-Odorase™ can promote a 30 to 50% reduction of gases released from feces of companion animals.
So, by adding De-Odorase™ to your cat's diet by feeding our cat food, litter box ammonia odors are reduced. Phew! You can breathe easier now.
Just so you know, our ingredient panel does not say, Alltech's De-Odorase™. If listed this way, no one would know what it was and all ingredients on pet food must be transparent to you, the consumer. Find yucca schidigera extract on our ingredient panel. There it is!
Young kittens experience many stresses during early stages of life and a good diet can be the difference between a healthy start and a more challenging one. The last of the 4 products in cat's Good 4 Life, can help. We include, NUCLEO-SACC™ which is functional protein that contains essential and functional nutrients that supports development in the early stages of life, such as enhancing muscular, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract development.
Best of all, from your cat's perspective is, it enhances the flavor of the pet food.
Here's why. Let's talk about our tongues first. So do you remember the four different tastes that our taste buds can detect? Did you recall, sweetness, sourness, bitterness and saltiness? There are actually 5! The fifth taste identified is called umami. What? I know, it's an unusual, surprising, word. It's Japanese that basically means pleasant, savory, taste. So umami is a full, rounded, savory taste. The umami taste can be found in meats and vegetables and in nutritional yeast. That is what NUCLEO-SACC™ is. Functional, nutritional yeast that has a savory taste. (For you scientific types, it's the glutamates in the different foods that gives it the umami taste) Cats taste savory as well so the food is more appealing and palatable to your tiny tiger.
Bottom line to remember, we take the health and well-being of your cat seriously, and all of our cat food brands, NutriSource, Pure Vita and Natural Planet contain these four great ingredients that makes our cat food so Good 4 it's long and healthy life.
Even if it is just our perception of how lucky and resilient cats are, taking their health seriously is no joke and so all of our cat foods have our Good 4 Life system in them.
That's four, Alltech made patented, trademarked, nutritional products packaged together for our cat food that is EXCLUSIVE to our company. Look up the company, Alltech. They care about animals, you and the environment.
Just like in our dog food, all of our cat brands have Bioplex® minerals.
Let's review minerals 101. Trace minerals such as iron, zinc, copper, manganese and cobalt play a crucial role in pet nutrition. In order to help maintain a healthy coat and skin, balanced growth and optimum disease resistance, pets require a consistent, available and active mineral supply.
To get this, one wants really good minerals that withstand the pet food formulation process and can get through the cats volatile GI (gastrointestinal tract.) We've got them. Alltech's Bioplex® brand organic trace minerals are unique in that they are protected by multiple amino acids and peptides which gets them safely through the volatile GI environment to absorption sites, which prevents loss of these essential trace minerals.
And, it gets better. Bioplex®, trace minerals are proteinated which means they are easily absorbed from the intestine, and more highly retained by your cat's body. This establishes adequate tissue reserves that support disease defense and overall nine "live"ly-ness. New made up word!!
Number "2" supplement in our cat's Good 4 Life, is the same cool prebiotics, that we use in our dog food.
It's called Bio-Mos® and is a natural (derived from the cell wall of a select strain of yeast) solution to intestinal health issues. It promotes good bacteria and builds natural defenses there by maximizing animal performance and profitability. Bottom line, means good gut health.
But now it's time to tell the cats from the dogs – the other 2 supplements in our feline Good 4 life system are different from the canines. I'll give you a hint about one of them. Hate that strong ammonia smell coming from your cat litter box?
We have a solution. Find out in two weeks – next blog.
There are two more nutritional products besides the minerals I spoke about in the last blog, in our Good 4 Life system for dogs, which helps maintain optimal health and well being. They are prebiotics and probiotics. You may be familiar with probiotics which are healthy living bacteria, if you eat yogurt or take them in pill form. While you may be aware of the benefits of PRO-biotics, PRE-biotics are less known but just as important.
A prebiotic is a non-living, special type of dietary fiber that provides the environment in the gut for the living bacteria, the probiotic, to survive. Both are needed and both have great health benefits for your dog. So what do they do? In a nutshell they provide good gut health for your pet.
Here's why this is important.
Did you know that the interaction between the bacteria that lives in your dog's digestive tract and the rest of its body is one of the single biggest factors that dictate your pet's health? Extensive research in digestive health has proven that most disease situations originate from a compromised immune system, which you probably already know, or the malfunctioning of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, which I didn't know.
This means the GI tract (the gut) needs to be in a state of stable balance between good and bad bacteria. When there are more beneficial bacteria in the gut, they suppress the activity of the negative or pathogenic, bacteria present. When an imbalance occurs, the opportunistic “bad” bugs can overcome the number of desirable microbes reducing their beneficial effects – typically resulting in disease or symptoms such as diarrhea.
Having Bio-mos®, the special Alltech pre-biotic in our pet food combats the negative microorganisms in the gut and actually attracts these undesirable bugs to its surface and traps them. Then these bad strains of bacteria, e-coli as one possible example, are reduced dramatically in the gut, as they are ‘washed out’ in the animal’s droppings. Pretty cool for a little bit of fiber.
Our probiotic, (the good living bacteria) helps with the absorption of nutrients, improves digestion of the nutrients in the stomach and helps maintain an environment that doesn't allow bad bacteria to grow. Big job for good little bugs.
And, to retain the integrity of the living probiotics, at KLN family brands we spray them on the kibble after it has been cooked.
Next blog, Good4life for cats, and remember the Good4Life system is exclusive to our brands.
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