Category Archives: pet food

Buying in Bulk to Cut Back on Packaging

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Most consumer goods nowadays are way over packaged, making it difficult for those of us that keep a close eye on our household garbage production.  A good way to curb some of the plastic and paper packaging is to buy in bulk when it makes sense. Select larger quantities in a single bag or box. Packaging waste makes up ½ of all U.S. municipal solid waste by volume. I have not yet found the hard data, but I have read the claim that more of our food bill pays for packaging than actually goes to the food producers (farmers).  Continue reading

Roundup: Three Green Tips this Tuesday

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Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products – Save money while protecting  your family and pets

Crunchy Chicken (If you haven’t yet checked out this eco-chick’s blog I really recommend it) asked her readers for natural cleaning solutions. The comments she received covered everything from windows and bathtubs to natural hair cleaning recipes.  Many of the solutions will also save you money.  

Did you know, you can make your own laundry soap  using a combination of Fels Naptha  , Borax and washing soda. Apparently it is much less expensive that regular laundry detergent. Continue reading

No Acetaminophen in Pet Food?

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Following article reprinted from Pet Product News International  

No Acetaminophen in Pet Food, FDA Says
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finds no evidence to support an earlier report that acetaminophen contaminated pet food. Continue reading

Acetaminophen in Pet Food

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This morning my good friend Lauren sent me a frantic, high alert email stating that she was “only going to feed Sahlen (her little dog) cooked chicken from now on.” I think her statement was a little frantic, but can you really blame her?   Continue reading

Soy Lattes are for people, not pets

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The ASPCA , or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, just did an informative post over on their blog about feeding soy milk to cats. I know that many eco-folk are soy drinkers (I’m not however), and thought this would be of interest. A reader, Debra, asked whether or not it was OK to feed her cat soy milk. Continue reading

Breaking News: The NY Times Reports China’s Shocking Secret

A good friend of mine just sent me this article, Filler in Animal Feed Is Open Secret in China, from the New York Times this morning and I was shocked to say the least. The state of the commercial pet food industry just keeps on getting scarier.

“China’s food safety scandals have involved everything from fake baby milk formulas and soy sauce made from human hair to instances where cuttlefish were soaked in calligraphy ink to improve their color and eels were fed contraceptive pills to make them grow long and slim. “

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Are Home-Made Diets Safe?

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In one of my previous posts, A Healthy Diet, I dove into the subject of natural pet foods. The more research I did, the more I realized how much conflicting information exists. Oprah recently toted her beloved dogs’ home-made diet and spawned some controversy. Some vets and pet nutritionists argue that it is extremely difficult and near impossible to feed your cat or dog a balanced diet through home-made foods alone. According to this line of thinking commercial pet foods are formulated by nutrionists and meet the specific needs of certain species. They claim that you can not feed pets “human food” and expect to reach the proper nutritional requirements. Continue reading