March 2007

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Remember when choosing a food, base your decision upon the facts. Select a brand that has an established track record of promoting health. Keep in mind that you have more choices than what is on the shelves in your grocery store. Just because it’s handy does not make it the only convenient choice. When you purchase HealthyPetNet foods, you can have the freshest foods delivered right to your front door. For the ultimate in convenience, take advantage of our Autoship program, where HealthyPetNet products arrive on a schedule that fits your unique needs.

Isn’t it time your companion animal became another in long line of HealthyPetNet success stories? Take steps today to make a positive change in the life of your companion animals. Your dog or cat deserves nothing less than Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food.

For more information about what’s really in pet food, and for handy comparison charts that clearly demonstrate exactly how Life’s Abundance standards exceed the competition’s, visit the Dog Food Comparison page or the Cat Food Comparison page.




Those of you who know me, know how much I love and revere animals. And for those of you who don’t, you should know my primary focus in life is to help keep our companion animals healthy by providing them with safe and effective products.

My extensive training in veterinarian medicine, pharmacy and holistic pet care combined with my respect and love for animals has shaped the way I develop and formulate HealthyPetNet products. I believe good health is a product of a pet’s environment, which includes food, dietary supplements, treats, grooming aids and love. HealthyPetNet products are developed to fulfill these environmental needs. Our product formulations are effective because they are inspired by nature and informed by science.

I want to thank Life's Abandance for giving me the opportunity to create the health-promoting products we offer pet parents across America. The many testimonials, photographs and letters are deeply rewarding. It feels good to know that we have made a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of dogs and cats and their pet parents.

Do something healthy for your pets … and for your family. If you have not tried Life’s Abundance Premium Health Foods or our dietary supplements, treats or care products, I encourage you to try them today. We’re ready to hear your HealthyPetNet success story.

In last month’s newsletter, in Dr. Jane’s article demonstrating how pet parents can be proactive about feline heart health, we incorrectly included the Ragamuffin in a list of breeds that are more likely than others to encounter heart problems. Ragamuffin breeders are proud of the breed’s heart health, which they have worked hard to achieve. The misstatement does not reflect any ill will on the part of HealthyPetNet, and we apologize for this error.



A new treatment is showing early promise for both felines and humans. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have developed a microchip implant that has helped numerous cats with severe visual impairment or complete blindness regain partial vision.

The surgical implant compensates for the damage done by retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that leads to the death of retinal cells and, eventually, blindness. The microchip is equipped with thousands of tiny diodes that react to light, sending electrical impulses to different parts of the retina, which the brain interprets as an image.

Because cat’s eyes are similar in size and construction, these scientists hope that one day this research and development will lead to a cure for blindness not only for companion animals, but also for humans.

 


  
First identified in 1908, Toxoplasmosis is caused by a microscopic parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. Incidences of the infection have been documented in nearly all mammals, including humans. In fact, nearly a third of Americans and Europeans carry the antibodies to Toxoplasma, indicating that they have previously encountered the parasite.

The cat is considered to be one of the most common hosts, largely because they ingest the small animals that carry the infection, like mice and birds. From cats, the disease is spread through feline feces, in the form of oocysts that can survive temperature extremes. However, it is a common misconception that cats are the sole source of Toxoplasmosis. Meat sources, like pork, lamb and poultry have been known to carry the parasite, so it is very important that you freeze these meats for at least 24 hours and cook above 152° F to kill the Toxoplasma.

There are two groups of people most at risk for the disease – those who are pregnant and those with immune deficiencies. Children born with Toxoplasmosis generally do not show symptoms until later in life, when they may exhibit loss of vision, loss of hearing and signs of mental retardation. While this sounds frightening, pregnant women can have cats in the home as long as they let someone else clean the litter box.

Additionally, there are steps that all of us can take to help prevent Toxoplasma infection in cats, including …

• Not feeding cats undercooked meats (in general, we advise a reputable, nutritious canned food like Instinctive Choice or healthy dry food like Life’s Abundance)
• Keeping cats indoors, so they cannot hunt wild birds and rodents
• Talking to your vet about available vaccinations to prevent the shedding of infectious oocysts

To limit your own exposure, be sure to cover sand boxes when not in use to discourage stray cats from using them as litter boxes. And finally, be sure to wash your hands with soap after handling raw meat or working in the garden.



We are pleased to announce the formation of the Dr. Jane HealthyPetNet Foundation, Inc. This non-profit foundation is dedicated to the promotion, establishment, maintenance and management of animal rescue groups that are committed to rescuing abused animals in the U.S. And Life's Abandance International is donating a portion of our net profit to help support the operations of this extraordinary foundation. 

We look forward to sharing with you more about the progress of this foundation’s important work. To find out how you can make a difference in the success of this noble enterprise, call our offices at
772-781-7278. 
 

Every year, we receive hundreds of testimonials regarding the health benefits of using our pet foods, treats and supplements. If your companion animal has experienced a health transformation due to the use of HealthyPetNet products, we’d love to hear about it! Please email your pet’s story to stories@healthypetnet.com, and be sure to include “before and after” photos if you have them. Thanks!


Faster Shipping Times
Our new California distribution center allows us to significantly cut our shipping time to the Western States. The shipping time for 80% of all orders throughout the U.S. is only one to three days.
Lower Shipping Costs
Our new California distribution center allows us to significantly reduce shipping charges. The current minimum shipping charge of $7.25 will apply to virtually all orders containing pet food of any kind.
(Excluding the HealthyPetNet Breeder's Program)

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