Monday, August 24, 2009


Dear Alex,
Well not quite red wine for your dog, but that will make more sense it a minute as you read this.
Hope you are well and managing to smile. We can never smile too much can we?

I wanted to answer a question I recently got from Anthony Taylor from Annandale-on-Hudson in York. It's a good question so thank you Anthony.

Anthony writes;

"Dear Sharda,
I have heard and read a lot recently about the benefits of Resveratrol for humans and now for out pets. What about Resveratrol for my dog Edgar?
Thank you.

regards, Anthony John Taylor."

Well , I'll be brief as I can.

RESVERATROL is the buzz word nowadays; everyone is talking about it - from OPRAH to 60 MINUTES. RESVERATROL is a "natural" antioxidant that is commonly found in many plants. RED WINE, peanuts, grapes and blueberries are some of its rich and popular sources.

Though red wine has been known to have health benefits for many years, it was in 1992 that it was recommended that probably THE SECRET of these BENEFITS lies in increased Resveratrol content in RED WINE.

The interest in its researches gained momentum when it is identified that this wonder nutrient in red wine MIGHT BE THE ANSWER to the French paradox that brings into light the question of fewer heart diseases of French people as compared to Americans, while the former consumes a diet higher in fats than the latter.

Researches revealed that this AMAZING ANTIOXIDANT helps in breaking down the stored fat, deposited in the white adipose tissue of your body as the fat is metabolized by the liver.

Whilst not yet totally proven in adults, is it theorized that Resveratrol has many very beneficial effects on both HUMANS AND OUR PETS

I had a look around and there are several Resveratrol options for dogs and THIS WAS THE BEST I could find to date.


PETIPAAWS supplement with Resveratrol is a premium, clinically-tested supplement that claims to promote overall health at all stages of your dog or cat's life.

PETIPAAWS is ideal for dogs & cats that are older, or who are consuming only commercial dog food or home cooked diets.


* Combats aging
* Helps reduce allergies
* Helps manage arthritis
- PETIPAAWS promotes a healthy immune system
- Regenerates your pets internal health & wellness
- Relieves sleep disorders
- Enhances alertness and cognition
- Increases energy and playfulness
- Improves overall skin and coats.

PETIPAAWS provides essential vitamins & minerals to maintain nutrient balance and delivers antioxidant support through Resveratrol.

Resveratrol is an extract from red wine that has been clinically proven to combat the aging-process, promote heart health, and maintain a healthy weight with it's antioxidant power.

The ingredients in PETIPAAWS are essential nutrients for life.

They are involved in many complex processes such as growth, energy production, digestion, reproduction, blood clotting, cell protection, and fighting infections.

Supplementing your dog's diet with vitamins and minerals is essential if you have a pet that is past the puppy stage, or is eating processed food, and also for pets that lead an active lifestyle.

PETIPAAWS has Glucosamine and Calcium- both of which are essential for preventing arthritis in an aging pet, and for rebuilding joint tissue, in the case of pets already experiencing joint distress and arthritis.

Research has found that vitamins and minerals can be beneficial at levels more than the minimum daily requirements, so even if you feed your dog a balanced diet, they can still benefit from supplementation, helping to ensure optimum health for your pet.

Other Benefits of using the PETIPAAWS dog formula include:

- Glossy, healthy coat
- Healthy skin
- Prevent and treat joint distress
- Promote bone growth
- Ensure proper clotting of blood
- Boosts Energy Levels
- Ensure good eyesight
- Promote good healing
- Ensure good immunity

PETIPAAWS Resveratrol is formulated for dogs at any stage of life.

Puppies, adult, and senior dogs have slightly different needs when it comes to maintaining dietary balance, however, this multivitamin with Resveratrol and Calcium will do wonders for a senior pet's overall health.

For those wanting to try it, I suggest you get a free trial if you can and see how you go.

Sharda Baker

PS. Finds out details about this new exciting pet supplement here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Provided by: Marcella Durand, The Daily Cat

The next time you catch your cat staring at you with its big, luminous eyes, try this: Blink at kitty very slowly. There's a good chance your cat will blink right back.

Many feline fanciers suspect that cats communicate with their eyes. And animal shelter workers will swear that if you blink slowly at even a feral cat, the animal often calms down. Cats also use their eyes to intimidate prey and even each other, as a way of establishing dominance.

And for their size, this animal has a lot of eye to work with. If our eyes were as big as those of any cat, in terms of their largeness per head size, our eyes would be eight inches long, each. Even more, a cat's eyes also bulge slightly, giving them excellent peripheral vision.

You may have noticed that, while you stumble around in the dark looking for the light switch, your cat is calmly navigating its way around the furniture. You may have also noticed that sometimes in a dim room, your cat's eyes will glow eerily. As nocturnal predators, cats have developed excellent night vision. Cats have vertical irises, which can narrow to the tiniest sliver in bright light or open to cover 90 percent of their eye area, enabling the pupil to capture even the smallest amount of light. In addition, a cat has a shiny membrane in the back of the eyes called the "tapetum lucidum," which helps to reflect light back through the retina, enabling the animal to see better in low light situations. That said, there is a limit: cats still can't see in total darkness.

As anyone knows who has watched a bug try to get across the floor and not get pounced on by the cat, this animal is acutely attuned to movement. In our own eyes, rods react to intensities of light, while cones react to color. A cat's eyes have more rods and fewer cones than ours do. This means that while we have better color vision, a cat can detect motion better. But all that sensitivity to motion comes at a price: Cats don't actually see close objects very well. After all, what's the advantage of seeing the mouse once it's in your paws?

Cats also have a third eyelid to protect their eyes as they stalk prey through grass and underbrush. Called the "nictitating membrane," this eyelid rests at the inside corner of the eye. If a feline's eyes are inflamed or irritated, you may see this membrane start to protrude. If a cat is seriously ill or debilitated, the membrane will partially cover the eye (and that's a definite signal to take your pet to your veterinarian).

While it's not completely certain what colors your cat is able to see, there's no doubt that the color of a cat's eyes are simply beautiful -- copper, gold, green, orange, yellow, blue, and lavender. Many cat owners say they chose their cat because of its eye color. Given the power of the cat's eyes, perhaps they were happily mesmerized.

More interesting staff can be found here: "CAT SECRETS REVEALED" that I strongly recomend you.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed

Re: Do we really know what we're feeding our pets?

Hello again to you Alex, and your dog

In the Spring of 2007, pet owners across North America were devastated when upwards of 50,000 pet dogs and cats fell seriously ill after eating tainted pet food.

Many of the animals died. Menu Foods of Toronto, Canada the manufacturer, initiated the biggest recall of pet food in North American history.

In the wake of the scandal, the trust pet food makers so carefully nurtured with pet lovers has been severely shaken, and the $16 billion dollar pet food industry has come under public scrutiny as never before.

Pet owners and governments are asking: Is pet food both nutritious, and safe?
In many cases NO.Most dog and cat food contain poorly digestible Carbohydrates
as the FIRST ingredient. Why? Because they are CHEAPER to add vs better quality, more digestible animal protein.
In selecting a commercial kibble, ENSURE that animal protein is the FIRST ingredient.

You can get a List of my Advised Pet Food List by going here: "Heal Your Pet At Home!"

Does it live up to the claims of its makers? NOPE!
Leather boots, wood shavings and motor oil, which in theory could pass one of the minimum standards for pet food, even though it's inedible.

Pet Food maker are wonderful at making their product sound nutritious, and they add ALL sorts of healthy sounding ingredients, YET in may cases these are in such minute amounts they provide ZERO nutritional benefit.

I firmly believe that in most cases you would be better off to make your pet's own food - You then know the ingredients.
Then add in a Quality supplement. You can see my supplement here: "Heal Your Pet At Home!"

Is the industry adequately regulated? Not At all.
There is a VOLUNTARY governing body, but NO official government regulator- In Canada or the U.S.

Hence the entire Pet Food Recall fiasco.
For example look at how 'the law' treats pets: Pets are considered 'property', yet the pet food industry strongly promotes the view that pets are family members and markets its products on that basis.

Much is needed to change- yet there is little political will to do so.

P.S. So what should you do? Don't just stick with one so called 'trusted' brand. Many of these were affected with the Pet Food Recall.

Rotate the kibble. Make some of your own Pet Food at home.

Consider feeding Raw - even once a week.

TO get my ENTIRE Pet Food Report, including WHAT commercial foods I advise, the Recipes to feed, and HOW to start with Raw, go here: "Heal Your Pet At Home!"

P.P.S. In feeding ANYTHING to your dog, I advise a quality, complete supplement.

It can prevent disease, and add in the 'missing' nutrients lost in commercial food processing. You can grab your trial here: "Heal Your Pet At Home!"

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

Monday, August 17, 2009


Hi, Andy here with some tips

Today's Tip: 5 Tips for Preventing Dog Cancer & What It Means for your Dog Food

I'm the author of Dog Food Secrets and what my book reveals about the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the commercial dog food industry will make you sick AND it shows you how to feed Gipsy properly.

Ever hear of Dr. Shawn Messionnier, D.V.M?

He wrote The Natural Vet's Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs. He says that 50% of dogs will develop cancer in their advanced years. What does he recommend to prevent your dog from being a statistic?
Providing proper nutrition

Minimizing animal and plant by-products

Avoiding chemical preservatives in your pet's diet

Feeding a homemade diet using quality ingredients, if possible

Feeding organic processed food as a second option.

If you're feeding commercial dog food, it's time to either change to a homemade diet or only use one of the proved brands we recommend in Dog Food Secrets

Next Tip: See What Can Be Achieved With Homemade Food..... and be Amazed!

Do you know that commercial dog food might be harming your dog, if not actually killing it! Yes, that's a bold statement, but I know what I'm talking about. My dog Noble died before I learned what you discover in Dog Food SECRETS

These Experts Have Proven What I Teach Works Wonders..

Wendy and Jack Volhard are 30-year dog training & breeding veterans who developed their own "Motivational Method".

Wendy writes about how she has personally seen the life span of succeeding generations of her Newfoundlands increase from 6.2 -6.7 to an amazing 15 years of age!

She credits the all-natural food she and her husband feed.. this is an incredible 134% increase over the average lifespan - AMAZING, MIRACULOUS!

You Can Do It Too

Feed your dog a natural diet and you are almost guaranteed to increase the statistical, I'll show you how in Dog Food SECRETS

Friday, August 14, 2009


Provided by: Elizabeth Parker, The Dog Daily

Let's say you take your dog on a walk and, along the way, you decide to stop at an outdoor caf‚ for lunch. While enjoying a tuna sandwich, your faithful companion gives you one of those, "Hey, what about me?" looks. Should you tear off an eensy corner and share it?

Absolutely not, says Karen Halligan, a Los Angeles-based veterinarian and author of the recently published book Doc Halligan's What Every Pet Owner Should Know (HarperCollins). "I got into the habit of asking people whose pets had lived way beyond their life expectancy what they fed their dogs," she says. "One thing I noticed -- these owners didn't feed their dogs table scraps."

Dog Food, Human Food

According to Dr. Halligan, high-quality canned and dry dog food is nutritionally complete, and if you feed a dog table scraps you will upset the balance of nutrients in its diet. Plus, some human food can cause serious health problems for animals, and even death. "Three foods on my top 20 foods not to feed your pet are macadamia nuts, grapes and cheese," she says. Macadamia nuts contain a toxin that can seriously affect the nervous, skeletal and digestive track system. Grapes and raisins can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and could lead to kidney failure. Also, dogs can choke on them.

No Cheese, Please

But here's the big one to avoid: cheese, which along with milk, can cause emergency, life-threatening pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). A dog's digestive tract can't always process the high fat in cheese. Pizza can be deadly for this reason. The cheese, salt and dough can cause a condition called bloat, which can kill a dog.

Limit Snacks

If you give your dog two controlled servings of dog food a day -- specific amounts of dog food, determined by your dog's age and weight -- there should be no need for snacks. "It's OK for a dog to be a little hungry," Dr. Halligan says. "This way he'll eat what you put down." If you plan to be away from home for a number of hours with your dog, Dr. Halligan suggests bringing along some of the dog's dried food, but only if you then give a little less for one of its meals that day.

Think Before Drinks

Of course, water should always be available. But no other liquids are OK -- not milk, juice or alcohol (one of Dr. Halligan's clients asked if it was OK to share a martini with her pet!). Signs that a dog is thirsty include panting and a swollen tongue hanging out of its mouth. "Lift up your dog's lip and feel his gum. If it's dry and tacky, he needs water," she says. The water must be clean, so bring it along too. Don't let your dog drink out of puddles, as they can contain harmful parasites or antifreeze from cars, which can be deadly for dogs.

Leave Those Bones Alone

Biscuits and tartar control treats are OK to give, but should only be used when training or for positive reinforcement. Too many can lead to imbalances in a dog's diet. And never give any kind of bone. "Many a bone has killed a dog," says Dr. Halligan. It can splinter and get stuck in a dog's mouth, esophagus or intestines. Cooked bones can't be digested. Even rawhide chew toys should be given with caution. "Dogs can choke on it if they try to swallow it before it's completely chewed," she says.

Just Say No

Dr. Halligan says many pet owners think that giving pets a lot of snacks and table food is a way of loving them, but quite the opposite is true. So if a stranger offers a French fry or piece of fried chicken to your dog, Dr. Halligan suggests the most loving thing to do is this: "You say, 'No thank you, my dog wants to live a long happy healthy life. She doesn't eat fried food!'"

Thank you, Dr Parker. A lot of additional interesting staff you will find here THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO YOUR DOG NUTRITION

Monday, August 10, 2009


Provided by: 4 Tips for Feeding Fluffy

Cats are unique creatures in many ways, including their eating habits. The following four tips will help you provide your cat with the best nutritional outcome possible.

Cats Are Not Small Dogs

Although many pet parents own dogs and cats together, they do not treat them the same way when it comes to dinner time. In fact, cats are anything but the type of animal who will sit and eat a large meal at one sitting, unlike a dog. Cats are natural grazers and instead of eating one or two large meals a day, like a dog would, they tend to graze on many small meals throughout the day.
A great way to keep control of the amount of food kitty is eating, to prevent weight gain, is to feed a premeasured daily amount of food as per manufacturer’s directions. This will allow your cat to graze throughout the day without overdoing it.
Cats also require food that is made specifically for them as they require a very unique nutrient, which dogs do not, called Taurine. Taurine is an amino acid that cats require in their diet as they can’t synthesize it on their own. Taurine deficiency can lead to eye and heart trouble.

Fresh Water Is a Must

Although cats are not the biggest water drinkers they should be encouraged, as much as possible, to consume water. Water helps to prevent and minimize urinary tract problems as it helps to flush out the urinary tract. Cats in general prefer cold, fresh water and if you really want to encourage your cat to drink water a kitty water fountain will peak their interest. Pet parents who feed dry food may notice their cats drink more water than those who eat canned foods as the canned food eaters get more moisture in their diet from their food source.

Cats Are Picky About the Dishes They Eat From

A cats whiskers are very sensitive and because of this a cat may go on hunger strike if they can`t get to the food in their dish without their whiskers getting in the way. A shallow, wide dish is the best option for feeding cats as it allows them to eat their food with little interference by their whiskers.
When choosing a dish to feed Fluffy from, consider stainless steel or ceramic. Some cats will have a reaction to plastic dishes which can result in feline acne, an irritating pimple like rash on their chin.

Cats Imprint on Food

It is important to expose cats, at a young age while they are developing, to the textures of both dry and canned foods. At a very young age a cat will imprint on both the taste and texture of food creating what people often refer to as a `finicky cat`. Once they imprint on a certain type of food it is often a long process to switch them to something else. In the future, should they need a particular diet for health reasons, they won’t be as reluctant to eat it having had previous exposure. Having said this it can take up to 45 days to completely switch a cat to a new diet and have then readily accept it. Patience and perseverance is the key to switching your cat to a new food.

Friday, August 7, 2009


Provided by: Elizabeth Wasserman, The Dog Daily

Most dogs behave in ways that may seem downright dumb. Drinking water from the toilet bowl. Eating grass. Sniffing the waste of other canines. But there are reasons for these behaviors: Dogs prefer cold water over stagnant water that's been sitting in a dish, grass is natural roughage and may induce vomiting if they have a stomachache, and urine and poop are the newspapers of the dog world, communicating who did what where and when.

Dogs may actually be far more intelligent than we think. Stanley Coren, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia and a best-selling author of books on dogs, including The Intelligence of Dogs (Free Press), thinks so. He says that dogs display intelligence in a variety of ways -- reading social cues, learning new tasks, understanding language, solving problems and more. He even argues that you can measure your dog's smarts.

Dog Smarts Debate

The theory that canine intelligence can be tested is still controversial. "We can't measure their intelligence," says Bonnie Beaver, DVM, a former president of the American Veterinary Medicine Association and a professor of veterinary medicine at Texas A&M University. "They will do things that are programmed into their genetic makeup because they're canines or because they are a certain breed of canine. There is no doubt in my mind that there is a difference between how one German shepherd reacts compared to another, but is one smarter than another? I don't know that there's any proof."
Other experts agree with Coren that there can be a canine equivalent of the IQ test. "You might be very good verbally and weaker at math and someone else might be good at music but not at logic. Dogs are no different in so far as they share some of our domains," says Jean Donaldson, author of Oh, Behave!: Dogs from Pavlov to Premack to Pinker (2008) and director of the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal's Academy for Dog Trainers. "One dog may be good at problem solving and another may be a quick study at learning new tasks."

Establishing Your Dog's IQ

How do you find out your pup's strengths and weaknesses? How can you assess what they need to work on? And where does your pet stand on the overall intelligence spectrum?

Here are some simple tests, suggested by various experts, that you can give your furry friend to find out if its brain is sharper than its bark:

Problem Solving

Donaldson suggests that you hide something your dog loves -- a toy or ball or biscuit -- underneath a sofa, and see if it can figure out how to retrieve the object. She says dogs may go through several strategies, including digging with paws or using snouts.

Score Five points for getting the item with its paws in less than 30 seconds; four points if it uses paws and takes more than 30 seconds; three if it uses paws but fails; two if it uses its head but doesn’t try paws, and one point for dogs that try to use their head but then give up. It gets no points if it does nothing.
Learning Rate How many times do you have to repeat a task with your dog before your pal masters it? Donaldson recommends a test involving detour taking. You need a fence that your dog can see through with a gate open at one end. With you on the other side of the fence, call your dog and see whether it can figure out how to get around to the other side.

Score Five points if it goes around the fence in a minute or less; four points if it succeeds right away after you take a few steps in that direction and gesture; three if it succeeds in 30 seconds after the prompts; two if it succeeds between 30-60 seconds after prompts, and one if it succeeds but requires even more prompting and time than that.
Social Cues Coren developed the "smile" test for an Australian TV program to see how smart your dog is at picking up social cues from humans. Start with your pet sitting a few yards away from you. Stare at your pet's face. Once you make eye contact, count to three and then smile very broadly.

Score Five points for coming to you with its tail wagging; four points for coming part way; three points for standing or rising; two points for moving, and one if your doggie dunce pays no attention at all.
Inference Challenge A canine version of the shell game. With your dog on a leash or in the stay position, use treats and two different bowls set a few feet apart, Donaldson says. Smear the treat on both bowls. Then very dramatically put the treat underneath one bowl. Release your pet and see what happens. Repeat this 10 times changing which bowl you put the treat under. Repeat another 10 times without letting your dog see where you're stashing the treat, but DO let the pup see you enthusiastically lift the other bowl up each time.

Score Five points if the dog goes to the correct bowl and gets the treat each time; four points if it masters the first 10 and improves over the course of the second 10; three if the first set is perfect but not the second set; two if the dog improves during the first and second rounds, and one if the dog is initially not very good but improves over the first round and completes the second round by going to the bowl you lifted.
Language Comprehension Coren developed this test to determine how well your dog understands what you are saying. Start with your dog sitting in front of you. Using the tone of voice you use to call your dog's name, call "refrigerator." Try this again, calling "movies."

Score Five points if the dog doesn't respond to those words but comes after you call its name; four points if the dog comes the second time you call its name; three if the dog starts to come; two if the dog comes to "movies" but not "refrigerator,” and one if the dog simply doesn't come to any of the calls.

Your Dog's Score

Gifted and Talented (25-31) Consider your dog brilliant and then…watch out! Smarter dogs are often harder to live with because as soon as you teach them new skills, they try to get around following your orders. You may also inadvertently teach them bad behaviors.

Clever Canine (18-25) On the higher end of the intellectual spectrum, these are good listeners who will likely perform tricks well at parties or in obedience class.

Sharp, But Slow (10-18) You will find them trainable -- even if it takes numerous repetitions to master a skill.

Doggie Dropout (Less than 10) Let's hope that you selected your pet for its beauty as opposed to its brains, but since anyone can have an off day, give your furry pal a good pat on the head, and maybe try the tests again at a later date.

More learning material can be found at this book which I proud to recomend you

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Today's Tip: The Secret To Uncovering the Truth About Dog Food Labels

Hey Alex, good to see you again!

What's in a Name?

Here's a little on how to decipher AAFCO-approved dog food names.

Let's look at these 4 product names:

Chicken Dog Food
Chicken Dinner For Dogs
Dog Food with Chicken
Chicken Flavor Dog Food
There are all basically the same thing, right?

Wrong, very wrong (don't feel bad, I thought they were all the same thing too).

The Shocking Truth Is..

Let me tell you what those labels REALLY mean:

Chicken Dog Food - ingredients are at least 95% chicken before water added

Chicken Dinner for Dogs - ingredients are 25-95% chicken before water added

Dog Food With Chicken - ingredients are at least 3% chicken before water added (yes only 3%!)

Chicken Flavor Dog Food - no minimum percentage of chicken required, only that there is enough chicken to taste it!

Concerned? You should be. There are plenty of other "hidden secrets" to dog food that will curl your toes. Discover them all when you download your copy of Dog Food SECRETS

Read it and discover how to begin adding flavor and health into your dog's life.

May Gipsy* have a long and happy life,


*Gipsy is my dog name
Nikale1 (Alex)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


From: Dr Andrew Jones, Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed

Massage is one of those COMPLETELY overlooked options. I would call it "HEALING TOUCH".

Massage can be a great way to relieve some of the discomfort of arthritis. Using your fingertips, rub firm circles into the muscle. Then progress to using the palm of your hand. Doing this daily will increase blood flow and help ease your pet's pain.

Daily Head to Toe Massage:

1. Use oil - sesame or baby oil.
2. Start at the tail. Firmly squeeze from base of the tail to the tip.
3. Rub the back of the neck, behind the ears with your forefingers.
4. With your pet facing you, hold your pets head in your hands, holding them by the cheeks under the ears and rock their head from side to side.
5. Move to an ear massage, starting at the base, finish by using your thumb and forefinger to massage the tip.
6. Massage the tissue around your pet's eyes with your thumb, and stroke your forefinger down the nose.
7. Gently pinch your dog's cheeks and lips several times and finally stroke the throat and chin.
8. Straddle your pet facing forward (standing over him): move your hands under the armpits and rub gently. Allow your hands to slide from the armpits to the forelegs.
9. Slide your hands down the forelegs (like you did for the tail)with a soft but firm grip all the way down to the paws.
10. Gently hold the paws (one at a time) and squeeze gently for a few seconds. Repeat this procedure, starting with the chest, 2 - 3 times.
11. Still standing over your pet (facing forward), massage the length of your pet's back from the his neck all along his spine to his tail.
12. Turn the opposite direction and massage your pet's rear, sliding your hands down the hind legs and massaging down to the paws. (Just as you did for the forelegs.)

P.S. My dad is not so sure about the wholeholistic thing- although he was always reluctantto use any herbicides/pesticides/ or growth hormoneson the cows. The impressive things about pets is that they let you know IMMEDIATELY if the 'natural' option works. And it's hard to predict which one will be mosteffective for your pet. It's best to try 3-4 remedies,and use the one MOST effective. Here is where you can get ALL of the TOP Natural Pain Relief options Veterinary Secrets Revealed

Heal Your Pet At Home!
Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM