May 2007

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Deal with grief from the loss of a pet
In the last couple of months, we’ve encountered hundreds of stories recounting the losses of dogs and cats taken far too soon.

As many pet parents unfortunately already know, losing a companion animal is devastating. And yet, we don’t receive the kind of emotional support from some in our community like we might expect if we had lost a human family member – especially from those who have never shared a special bond with a companion animal. Losing a companion animal is losing a member of your family.

Anytime we suffer a dramatic loss, it is appropriate to grieve. Your first priority should be to come to grips with the fact that it is okay to grieve the passing of your companion animal. Accepting the magnitude of your loss can facilitate the process of grieving. The more you fight to suppress your feelings, the worse your grief can become.

Grief takes many forms, whether it’s denial, anger, bargaining, depression and ultimately, acceptance. While many tout the different characterizations of grief as if they were absolute stages, these steps should be interpreted more as a continuum of emotion. That is, some may not experience them and others may experience many simultaneously.

Some find the process of grief frustrating, as it is a process of reaction. We may ask ourselves, “What can I do to feel better?”

Those who have experienced a recent loss should take some comfort in knowing that there are outlets for this impulse. There are several organizations that allow you to contribute funds in the memory of your companion animal. Many of these groups will publish an announcement of your gift along with a special message of tribute. In this way, you can create a legacy for your companion animal.

Additionally, you should be certain to actively take care of yourself physically. Because grief takes a toll on us physically, you should allow yourself extra time to sleep, be sure to exercise and eat well.

Don’t arbitrarily assign time limits to your grief. The bottom line is -- as with most emotional processes – it takes as long as it takes.

Above all, know that you are not alone in your experience. Be sure to talk to other pet parents about your loss, but be sure to spend time sharing memories about your best times together, too.




 

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!




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.

 

First cancer prevention study for dogs
Antioxidant supplementation can decrease the likelihood of canine bone cancer.
In the first clinical trial of its kind, researchers will investigate whether dietary antioxidant supplementation can decrease the likelihood of canine bone cancer.

Scientists will study hundreds of cancer-free adult Rottweilers, which will be divided into groups receiving supplements and those receiving placebos. The nationwide study, under the direction of the Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation, will follow these dogs over the course of the next eight years.

While the majority of studies focus on treatment, this study concentrates on the prevention of cancerous tumor formation. The prevention study will seek to determine whether a potent antioxidant mix can enhance the body’s defenses against oxidative stress. Researchers theorize that bolstering cellular defenses could reduce the risk of cancer and/or improve longevity, not only for dogs but for humans as well.



Top 10 poisons that dogs ingest
In an effort to make our homes as safe as possible for our companion animals, you should be aware of common household items that can spell big trouble for our beloved dogs.

Recently, the ASPCA – Animal Poison Control Center released the top ten items that can be toxic to dogs. In all of the following cases, it is highly advisable to contact a vet immediately after consumption …

• Chocolate – Can cause excitability, elevated heart rate and possibly seizures.
• Rat Poisons – Most rodenticides contain anticoagulants to cause fatal bleeding. These substances can have the same effect on dogs, as well as possible paralysis, seizures and kidney failure.
• Ant & Roach Baits – Most of these products do not contain enough toxic substances to cause severe effects, but the plastic in which they are housed can be dangerous.
• Acetaminophen – Can cause liver failure, swelling of the face and paws, and interfere with oxygen transport in the blood.
• Ibuprofen – Can cause stomach and kidney problems, and possibly seizures.
• Cold Medications with Pseudoephedrine – Can cause excessive panting due to increased body temperature, excitability and elevated heart rate.
• Thyroid Hormones – Can cause elevated heart rate and excitability.
• Bleach – In surface contact, can cause eye and skin irritation, and if inhaled can cause chemical pneumonitis.
• Fertilizers & Plant Foods – Can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
• Paints, Polishes & Fuel Oils – In surface contact, can cause skin irritation, and if inhaled can cause excitability, depression, pneumonia, liver and kidney damage.

Exposure to any of these substances can have serious health consequences, and should be treated accordingly.

When it comes to protecting your companion animals, remember to safely store away all medications or other potentially harmful items. And, just because an item does not appear on this list does not mean it can’t be harmful, so exercise not only caution, but common sense.

 

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