September 2007

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As the seasons begin to change, we need to be mindful of the additional dietary needs of our companion animals. Learn how you can provide the nutrition necessary for healthy skin and coats.
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With new fall schedules firmly in place, will your precious companion have less time to share with you? Here are a few suggestions for making the most of the time that can spend with your dog or cat.
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A common household chemical may prove to be one of the primary causes of feline illness. Find out more about this revealing study.
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Helping your companion animal to lose weight is an excellent way to try and protect them from all-too-common medical conditions.
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Americans are gaining more and more weight. Find out about the latest dietary supplement created specifically to help people control their waistlines and to be healthier.
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We are pleased to announce the second financial award made by the Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, establishment, maintenance and management of animal rescue groups committed to rescuing abused animals in the U.S.

The Foundation’s second donation of $1,000.00 was awarded to the Doberman Rescue Concern, Inc., located in Lake Worth, FL. This organization was founded in 1981 with a mission to rescue abandoned Dobermans in Lake Worth and in neighboring South Central Florida communities. Nancy Armstrong joined the group during its founding year and assumed the leadership role in 1994. To date, they have yet to turn a single Doberman away. They feed, house and cover all medical expenses, fostering the dogs for as long as it takes to find suitable homes. Last year alone, they placed 25-30 Dobermans in new homes. This is a small organization that is dedicated to making a difference … one dog at a time.

Life's Abandance is proud to support the work of this extraordinary foundation by donating a portion of our net profits from the sale of all of our product lines.

To learn how you can make a much-needed donation to help support the important work of our Foundation, please call us toll-free at 877-387-4564 or make a check payable to the Dr. Jane's HealthyPetNet Foundation, Inc. and mail to Dr. Jane's HealthyPetNet Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1425, Palm City, FL 34991.




Spanish researchers report that allergies to cat dander can be significantly reduced through the use of sublingual immunotherapy. Creating a dissolvable allergy pill from an extract of cats’ shed skin cells, scientists found that nearly two-thirds of participants in the study demonstrated a much improved tolerance to the presence of cats. In light of the fact that there were no adverse reactions to the treatment, researchers are hopeful that this method of “exposure” treatment may significantly decrease other allergic responses.

Source: Allergy, July 2007.

 

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!

 



Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM
HealthyPetNet Veterinarian Formulator


For years I’ve been working to persuade countless people to recognize one simple notion – that nutrition is the foundation of life. In my years at HealthyPetNet, I’ve done my utmost to formulate foods and treats that help to establish and maintain this important foundation. Our companion animals depend on us to provide much-needed proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and other crucial nutrients – to help them grow when they are young and to maintain health through their hopefully long adult years.

Many pet foods are made based upon formulas that, at least on paper, fulfill the generally accepted nutritional requirements, which are then labeled “complete” or “balanced diets”. As a veterinarian, my nutritional philosophy differs from that of most pet food manufacturers.

Over the years I’ve seen hundreds of undernourished puppies and kittens, whose ears, skin and intestinal tracts are in various stages of decline. I’ve also witnessed them respond positively to increased consumption of nutrients and whole foods, having the effect of improving their health and shoring up their immune systems. I’ve also seen far too many middle-aged cats and dogs on these diets pass general examinations but lack energy, have dull eyes, are disagreeable, experience urinary tract issues, suffer with skin and coat conditions. I know from these professional experiences that for a food to be truly nutritional, it must be formulated based upon different standards. These higher standards must take into account the actual physiology of dogs and cats in addition to accepted nutritional requirements.

Dogs and cats are complex organisms. At HealthyPetNet, we believe that a pet’s food must address all the many aspects of their bodies and chemistries. That’s why we’ve included such a broad spectrum of nutrients – every ingredient in Life’s Abundance is selected to enhance specific parts of the body. The resulting balance of ingredients is combined in a very particular way, which becomes our holistic formula -- each ingredient working with the others to fulfill the needs of every dog and cat.

And believe me, there are many needs to fill! For example, some dogs have skin problems and others do not. It is heartbreaking to see a dog, or cat, scratch excessively and bite, further damaging their skin.

When formulating Life’s Abundance, I selected ingredients to support all of the important bodily structures and functions. However, I would like to touch on skin and coat health since biting and scratching are among the top reasons pet parents take their companion animals to the vet. Protein is crucial – especially for puppies and seniors – so I selected highly-digestible, superior-quality proteins, putting in exactly the amounts that both young and old require for optimal skin and coat health. We also added flaxseed meal because it includes proteins that meats don’t have and antioxidants which the skin needs for optimal health. Not only that, but flaxseed meal contains a nice mixture of B vitamins and oil. We added Omega-3 fatty acids (from fish oil), as numerous studies have shown it’s essential to skin health. As well as addressing the direct requirements of skin and coat, we included ingredients to help enhance the immune system, a must for the healthiest possible skin. Life’s Abundance has numerous vegetables because they contain a wide array of antioxidants. Special easily-absorbed minerals were also added because minerals work to improve the effectiveness of antioxidants (skin just loves zinc). And since one of the largest immune organs is located in the gut (GALT), several ingredients were selected to provide nourishment for this important immune organ.

I hope that you can see the importance of building a food based on the physiology of our precious companions. I truly believe that Life’s Abundance represents the ultimate holistic pet food, with all the ingredients necessary to help companion animals live long, healthy and happy lives.

For all of you already feeding Life’s Abundance, I thank you for being responsible pet parents, and for being agents of positive change in the lives of your companion animals.

Warmest wishes,
Dr. Jane Bicks




Increasingly, American businesses are welcoming companion animals into the workplace. According to a recent survey, nearly 20% of U.S. businesses are adopting open-door policies to pet parents and their companion animals. The importance of this newfound acceptance is evidenced in the recent phenomenal success of simplyhired,com, a job search web site that allows job seekers to sort results by companies that are pet-friendly!
 

Dr. Jane Bicks, Veterinarian Product Formulator
Dr. Jane is a highly respected and nationally recognized holistic veterinarian. She is the author of three national books on pet care and nutrition and has served on professional boards including the Cornell Feline Health Center. Dr. Jane served as the President of the Veterinary Medical Association in NYC and was appointed by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to help start one of the largest animal shelters in the United States. She has also appeared on many network television and cable programs and numerous radio stations as a veterinary expert. Be sure to take advantage of opportunities to ask Dr. Jane about HealthyPetNet products.
This month's "Ask Dr. Jane" call is scheduled for Thursday, September 20th, at 8:30 PM Eastern Time. To participate in these live calls, dial 712-580-0380, pass code 626116#.

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