No, no FDA – you cannot have it both ways – Truth about Pet Food

FDA recently issued a Guidance document that misleads the public (at least the pet owning public). We submitted our comments calling the agency out on their double standard of regulation. In February of 2019, the FDA released “Public Warning and Notification of Recalls Under 21 CFR Part 7, Subpart C.” This document is a “Guidance”…

FDA provides update on DCM investigation – Truth about Pet Food

The FDA provided pet owners with a wealth of information, but no cause for hundreds (if not thousands) of diet related heart disease in pets. Issued February 19, 2019 – FDA provides pet owners with a lot of data regarding their current investigation of diet-related dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs (and cats). Unfortunately, FDA provides…

Vampire Crabs Successfully Bred At British Zoo

The Lower Vertebrates & Invertebrates team at the Paignton Zoo in Devon, UK, has something to shell-abrate after successfully breeding exotic Vampire Crabs for the very first time. The photo above, snapped by Paignton Zoo photographer Eleanor Stobbart, shows how tiny this colorful crab species is with a ten pence coin for comparison purposes. We…

The Cat’s Tongue Inspires A New Brush: The TIGR

via   What is it about a cat’s tongue that’s so inspiring? If you ask mechanical engineers Alexis Noel and David Hu, it’s their unique cleaning ability – one that, if successfully imitated, could bring a new technology to many industries. A cat’s tongue is spiny, we know, but Noel and Hu at the Georgia…

Gone To The Dogs On Valentine’s Day

This year’s sweetheart day has come and gone. Loved ones and family members received cards, gifts, and of course every type of chocolate and candy on the market. This year, 51 percent American adults participated in the celebration of gift-giving [actually the smallest share in 10 years]. However, the actual spending according to an USA…

Two Labs Save Florida Woman From Stroke

Meet Maureen Hatcher, a Florida grandmother who is extremely grateful to her two Labs, Bella and Sadie, who alerted neighbors to her distress and saved her life. Grandmother  Maureen Hatcher lives in St. Augustine  with her grandson and two her loving dogs, Bella and Sadie. She only had her two Labs for company some two…

Throw Your Dog A Bone On International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

February is jam-packed full of holidays and days of observance. Many we are familiar with — the most notable being Presidents’ Day [the third Monday], Valentine’s Day on the 14th, and of course Superbowl Sunday [this year on February 3rd — go Pats!] Groundhog Day occurred on February 2, and fortunately this year Punxsutawney Phil…

FDA Update (?) on Vitamin D recalls – Truth about Pet Food

The FDA issued an update – sort of – on the current problem of excess Vitamin D recalls. The update leaves lots of unanswered questions. Issued 2/15/19, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Animal and Veterinary Division provided pet owners with information about the ongoing excess Vitamin D pet food recalls. This recent ‘update’ is…

The difference between Alfalfa and Chicken – Truth about Pet Food

A (infuriating) lesson of pet food regulations. What do you think – which pet food ingredient has more definitions surrounding it, Alfalfa or Chicken? Pet food ingredient definitions are supposed to clarify exactly what is (what should be) used in your pet’s food. So, what do you think – did regulatory authorities give more clarity…