Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This is episode 182 with Daniel Orrego. This is going to be an instant classic because Daniel is intellegent, he's doing amazing work, and you're going to learn so much. With that said let's learn a bot about KetoPet.

Daniel Orrego, President, KPS

Pursuing a metabolic approach to addressing cancer using nutrition as a central pillar for disease intervention, offers a tremendous benefit, in that it does no harm. In collaboration with Veterinarians, Oncologists and Research Scientists, we continue to validate the anti-cancer effects of nutritional ketosis

Human-Grade Cancer Therapy for Dogs

Right now, on a 53-acre plot of land outside Austin, Texas, we at KetoPet Sanctuary (KPS) are doing something incredible. This isn’t your typical canine rescue facility. KPS goes out of its way to rescue dogs with incurable, terminal cancer. Our goal isn’t to provide hospice-like treatment for terminal dogs – of course we care for and love the animals, but instead of writing off the canine companions to their fate, we at KPS provide groundbreaking cancer therapy. We’ve been doing this since October of 2014 and the results are astounding. Plus, we guarantee each dog will have a loving forever home, for life.

Our Protocol

At KPS, we feed dogs a high-fat, adequate protein, and low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet for all of our canines while they are at the facility. Most nutritional protocols rely on faith, lacking objective metrics from which the diet can be analyzed. However, unlike other diets, the ketogenic diet is one type of nutritional protocol that can be assessed by examining blood glucose and ketone levels. By definition, a ketogenic diet is any diet that produces ketones, so we use blood metrics to determine the efficacy of the diet.

We also control the dogs’ calories to get their bodyfat levels to where we want them to be. In addition to the diet, we use state-of-the-art diagnostics for validation for the state of cancer. We spare no expense and use the diagnostic tools that physicians use to examine humans. This allows us to see where the tumor sites are, what the glucose uptake is in the cancer cells, and how effectively our protocol is reversing cancer. PET/CT scans give us a very strong indicator of these metrics, and we have very tight tracks on the status of cancer in each dog.

Our Sanctuary

Our facility is located in Georgetown, Texas, which is located 27 miles north of downtown Austin. We have a huge, 53-acre plot of land with an outdoor dog park, built-in miniature water park, and an inside play and living area that includes a big-screen TV with surround sound.

 

  • Ketogenic Diet

    High fat, low carbohydrate, and adequate protein diet

  • Metabolic Conditioning (METCON)

    strenuous physical exercise

  • PET/CT Scanning

    Diagnostic nuclear imagery at 0, 60, and 120 days

  • World-class Care

    Daily monitoring by in-house veterinarians and veterinary technicians

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

    Dogs are treated with HBOT therapy, which has been shown to successfully reduce the size of tumors.

 

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Episode 181 “BRANDON ZAVALA RETURNS”

July 8, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens, Welcome back to The Groomer Next Door. This week Brandon Zavala (Founder of Apollo Peak Pet Beverages) returns to the podcast. We have a lot of catching up to do. We have to discuss Shark Tank, the growth of Apollo Peak Pet Beverages, and much more. For anyone unfamilur with Apollo Peak here's alittle bit of information.

Our Story

Apollo Peak, Inc. was developed to create fine snack beverages that we like to call Cat Wine and Dog Wine for our feline and canine friends. We are animal lovers just like you, and our story is a long and fun one, to which we've shared some of our memories here. We currently strive to make a product that not only satisfies your pet's interest, but is safe and non-harmful to your special friends. 
Our "pet wine" creation started like any other radical idea...a product designed to help bridge the social divide between humans and their pets. Our initial thoughts were, "Why not share a drink with our canine and feline friends?  We spend so much time with them that they are slowly becoming humans too, right?" In doing this, we wanted to make sure we make a product derived from all organic and natural ingredients. It's been a difficult ride, but that has stayed true to this day and we will always keep to our promise to make a quality and fun product that we would give our own pets at home. Hence, we coined Made with Love on our bottles.

Cat Wine and Dog Wine has became our passion as we continue to innovate and create more and more unique flavors designed for all types of cats and dogs. We invite you to follow our journey on social media and help our pet community grow together.

 

The CharDOGnay

The finest canine snack wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The CharDOGnay is a canine snack wine designed to delight and fancy up your canine friends.
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Chamomile Extract, Organic Yellow Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid


 

The Malbark

BLACK LABEL SERIES
 
The finest canine vintage wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The Malbark is a Dog Wine designed to delight and excite your canine friends while also helping freshen breath.
 
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Peppermint Extract, Organic Red Beets, Organic Anise Seed, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The ZinfanTail

The finest canine snack wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The ZinfanTail is a canine snack wine designed to delight and fancy up your canine friends. The ingredients in The ZinfanTail contains peppermint that may be beneficial in freshening your pooches breath.
 
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Peppermint Extract, Organic Red Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The Doggy Mary

Introducing The Doggy Mary, an exquisite dog beverage for the party animal at heart. The Doggy Mary is a blend of peppermint extract and natural bacon flavoring - for a mix that will brighten the heart of your pup on Sunday brunch. We've also included Vitamin E to help brighten their coat after a long weekend of doggy shenanigans.
 
Ingredients Include: 
Water, Organic Peppermint Extract, Organic Red Beets, Natural Bacon Flavoring, Vitamin E Oil, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The White Kittendel

The finest and only feline snack wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The White Kittendel is a light rose style catwine designed to delight even the most picky of cats. Over time, this product ages slightly from a pinkish style to a light pink and white wine - holding the zest of the ingredients with a wonderfully gorgeous white color.
 
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Catnip, Valerian Root, Organic Yellow Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The Pinot Meow

The finest feline snack wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The Pinot Meow is a feline snack wine designed to delight even the most picky of cats.
 
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Catnip, Organic Red Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The Moscato

The finest and only feline snack wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The Moscato is a feline snack wine designed to delight even the most picky of cats.
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Catnip, Organic Yellow Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The Meowtini

The finest and only feline snack cocktail beverage available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The Meowtini is a pink style cat beverage made with valerian root and designed to delight and satisfy the most fascinating cats around. 
Ingredients include:
Water, Valerian Root, Organic Yellow Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid.
 
 

The Meowmosa

Introducing The Meowmosa, an exquisite cat beverage for the party animal at heart. The Meowmosa is a blend of lemongrass extract and salmon oil - for a mix that will brighten the heart of your kitty on Sunday brunch. We've also included Vitamin E to help brighten their coat after a long weekend of kitty shenanigans.
Ingredients include: 
Water, Lemongrass, Organic Yellow Beets, Salmon Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

The Catbernet

Black Label Series
The finest cat wine available. Developed from all-natural ingredients, The Catbernet is a cat wine designed to delight your holiday kitty, while also helping freshen that holiday breath.
Ingredients include:
Water, Organic Catnip, Peppermint, Organic Red Beets, Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid
 
 

Premium Cat Wine Glass with White Kittendel

Premium Cat Wine Glass with Pinot Meow

Premium Cat Wine Glass with MosCATo

Premium Cat Wine Glass with Catbernet

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Episode 180 “SUSAN THIXTON”

July 1, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back fro the one hundred and eighith time to The Groomer Next Door. This week we have the amazing Susan Thixton (adovcate, writter, and all around intellegent lady). Two weeks ago Susan Thixton and Dr, Becker went to Washington DC to speak abbout transparency on the labels of pet food. I'm attaching an article below from her website http://truthaboutpetfood.com/

 

And if you're interested in helping her pursuit to uncover the truth for all of us pet parents you can visit http://associationfortruthinpetfood.com/join-us/

We had Significant Success in Washington DC

With a great deal of work to go, I am thrilled to report to consumers that our trip to Washington DC was not in vain. We achieved a significant agreement from FDA to work with consumer advocates for transparency in pet food. Is it feed or is it food? Hopefully soon the pet food label will tell you.

Our team was…Dr. Karen Becker, a pet owning lawyer, and myself. None of us had gone to Senator’s offices before, the three of us had never before worked together. We had a monumental task in front of us. The three of us were ‘all in’. We were focused, we each brought different things to the table. Though it is sort of bragging…I have to say – we were an awesome team.

Day 1 – June 21, 2017 – was meetings with Senator Richard Durbin’s (Illinois) office at 11 AM, meetings with Senator Pat Roberts (Kansas) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (Michigan) office – both members of the Senate Agriculture Committee – at 2 PM.

We weren’t nervous, but we felt the pressure of what was at stake. Walking down the hallways of the Hart Senate Office Building to Senator Durbin’s office was exciting. We arrive in Senator Durbin’s office and wait for our meeting. Soon we were escorted to a conference room where we met with Kevin Lefeber, Senator Durbin’s legislative advisor. We shared consumers concerns of pet food – starting with laws written (in part) by Senator Durbin back in 2007 (after the 2007 recall) requiring FDA to update pet food ingredients and labels. We told him FDA is almost 8 years past deadline. We explained that most pet foods are ‘feed’ and contain feed quality ingredients but marketed to consumers as food. We explained that laws within the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act are openly ignored by FDA and each State Department of Agriculture. And we explained how consumers are left in the dark – not knowing exactly what they are buying because pet food ingredient definitions are corporately owned, not public information as in human food.

We all added to the conversation and we were flawless (sorry to brag again, but I’m just that proud of us). But…there was no solution offered. Sincere concern, but no solution.

Next meeting went about the same. We met with Dr. Chelsey Shivley DVM – an AVMA fellow for Senator Debbie Stabenow and Chelsie Keys on Senator Pat Roberts staff. Again we were escorted into a conference room and again your team did an awesome job addressing the serious issues pet food consumers face. Awesome minus one moment when my frustration for a resolve caused me to go off focus for a bit…but…the rest of the team got me back on track quickly. Dr. Chelsey Shivley and Chelsie Keys took pages and pages of notes – they listened attentively. During this meeting we specifically asked for a resolve – we asked for pet foods that do not meet the requirements of food law to be labeled as feed. Their suggestion was to start this discussion with FDA and to have more consumers write their Representatives in Congress about these same issues.

We left feeling a bit deflated but we quickly realized this is how the ‘system’ works. One step at a time. Our first step was to make these three significant members of Congress aware of the problems pet food consumers face – that was a success. We made them very aware of the problems.

The next day – June 22 – was our meeting with FDA. We arrived at the offices of FDA, but it was not the FDA headquarters as you see in pictures. It was in an office park, 3rd floor. Again we were taken to a conference room and were promptly joined by Dr. Dan McChesney, Charlotte Conway, LeeAnne Palmer, and a couple more FDA representatives. Arrangements had been made in advance for Nikki – the owner of the pug Talula that died from eating pentobarbital contaminated Evanger’s Pet Food – to be on a conference call for the meeting. Nikki was the foundation for our request that things must change – no more pets should die.

Nikki spoke to FDA from the heart, a recently broken heart due to her loss of Talula. FDA was a bit uncomfortable. FDA asked us ‘What are you here for?’ We told them we are tired, consumers are tired. We told them we are tired and completely worn out worrying about the safety of pet food. We told them we cannot fathom how FDA can enable industry to profit from selling adulterated, illegal pet foods – misleading consumers. We told them we want transparency in pet food, we want law enforced.

And then FDA said…Ok, what do you suggest? Our suggestion was label all pet foods that do not meet food law as “feed” – “dog feed” and “cat feed”. Lots of details have to be worked out, but…FDA found this suggestion acceptable. Dr. Karen Becker spoke up and asked if it would be possible for a grading system for pet food – similar to the grading system USDA uses for meat. (Meat suppliers have the option to pay an additional fee to USDA to ‘grade’ meat as Prime, or Choice, or Grade A. The higher grade meats are in turn sold as a more expensive, higher quality product.) Again, lots of details have to be worked out but…FDA was very open to this suggestion as well.

We then asked about a time frame – when could the feed/food system be implemented, when could a pet food grading system be implemented? At this we received some push back. FDA would not commit to a time frame, and this we could not accept. We pushed again asking FDA how these changes in pet food could be moved along quickly. They suggested it go through the AAFCO process and agreed to introduce the idea to AAFCO at the next meeting in August (less than 2 months from now).

This is significant – we have law to back us up – we have law to push through these changes. We have the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act behind us to facilitate this change in pet food. Current law states “In prescribing a definition and standard of identity for any food or class of food in which optional ingredients are permitted, the Secretary shall, for the purpose of promoting honesty and fair dealing in the interest of consumers, designate the optional ingredients which shall be named on the label.” 

Feed grade pet food ingredients ARE “optional ingredients” permitted by each State and FDA. Most certainly, “for the purpose of promoting honesty and fair dealing in the interest of consumers” these optional ‘feed’ ingredients should be named on the pet food label. Law is on our side.

FDA asked us to put our requests in writing and submit them to the agency as an addendum to the Citizen Petition that we filed with FDA in October 2016. Needless to say, we have much work to do in a short time frame. Your team will complete the write ups and submit to FDA within the next couple of weeks.

There is much work ahead of us, including assistance from consumers in the near future to get this pushed through. I suspect some in pet food will be in support of these transparency changes, but I suspect the most powerful, most influential pet food manufacturers will be adamantly opposed. If we receive any push back from industry – consumers will know exactly which pet food companies are not willing to be transparent with consumers, which pet food companies have secrets to hide.

Again – law is on our side, we are ready for whatever opposition they put in front of us. And also remember, FDA felt these were good changes – we will continue to work with FDA to keep this on track.

We – all pet food consumers and all pet food advocates – succeeded in Washington DC. Your voices were heard. More news on the progress of this will be shared soon. Get ready to write emails, sign a petition, and/or make a few phone calls. Together we will achieve improved transparency in pet food – we’ve finally seen the light at the end of the tunnel!

A big thank you to Senator’s Durbin, Roberts and Stabenow for your time and your attention to the plight of pet food consumers. A big thank you to FDA for your willingness to meet with us and your willingness to work on true transparency for pet food consumers.

And a big, big, big thank you to Dr. Karen Becker and our ‘lawyer friend’. You were both awesome! I’m so proud of us all.

Go ahead…imagine it. Imagine walking into a pet food store and seeing clearly on the label pet feed or pet food. It IS going to happen. Consumers deserve to know what they are buying. Using Federal law we are going to make that happen. Soon.

 

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
TruthaboutPetFood.com
Association for Truth in Pet Food

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Episode 179 “TAZZ LATIFI”

June 24, 2017
Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back for the one hundred and seventy ninth time to The Groomer Next Door podcast. Well this week I am so happy to sit down with Tazz Latifi. She's the owner of Petropolis in NYC, she's a Facebook LIVE star, and one of the most knowledgeable peiople on nutrition.
 

TAZZ LATIFI'S STORY
 
We deliver EVERYWHERE in Manhattan.
Petropolis is downtown NYC's best pet supply /nutrition center and grooming salon. We take care of all of your pet's needs! We feature beautiful bedding, dishes, and bowls to match your home decor (custom orders are available). We also have a very large selection of vitamins, herbs, and homeopathic products. We have a huge selection of accessories and toys for all your pets needs.

We think that continuing education is essential, which is why we offer seminars for your pet's health. These seminars give our customers the chance to speak to veterinarians, trainers, and groomers for professional tips in an easy and fun setting. No store in the city can provide pet owners with our level of expert scrutiny of pet nutrition, supplements, grooming products, and grooming services.

Learning from thousands of hours of conversation with veterinarians, our clients, and extensive professional education and certification, we deliver not only the healthiest products but also direct knowledge of how your pet's individual needs can best be met. Thousands of our clients have seen great nutrition bring pain relief, improved health, and new energy to their beloved pets. For additional information about our food consulting services please call us or go to www.petropolist.com.

 
 
RECALL ALERT

June 19, 2017 — United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc., is voluntarily expanding its recall of multiple rawhide dog chew products to include private label brands.

The recall was initiated due to possible chemical contamination and includes the affected brands and products below.

Original Recalled Brands

United Pet Group previously initiated a voluntary recall of its branded products on 6/10/17.

Click here for the original June 10, 2017 recall article published by The Dog Food Advisor.

 

What Caused the Recall?

The recall was initiated after United Pet Group identified that certain of its rawhide chew manufacturing facilities located in Mexico and Colombia, as well as one of its suppliers in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the manufacturing of rawhide chews.

The compound is an anti-microbial chemical that is approved for cleaning food processing equipment. But it has not been approved in the U.S. as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs.

United Pet Group received very limited reports of pet illness based on the volume of possibly affected rawhide chew products manufactured and distributed.

The primary complaint received from consumers was that the affected product had an unpleasant odor. Diarrhea and vomiting were also reported.

Exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds through direct ingestion may cause the following symptoms in dogs: reduced appetite and gastric irritation, including diarrhea and vomiting.

These symptoms may require treatment by a veterinarian depending on severity.

According to the company:

We take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously and we are continuing to investigate the cause of this problem.

We are implementing changes across the affected manufacturing facilities in order to prevent this problem from reoccurring in the future.

United Pet Group is also working with retailers to ensure that the affected products are no longer sold and removed from inventory.

Where Was It Sold?

The affected product was distributed nationwide from United Pet Group’s Edwardsville, Illinois distribution facility and was delivered to consumers through various retail establishments, including online outlets.

What Was Recalled?

All of the dog chew products included in the voluntary recall include an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 5/31/2020.

The expiration date can be located on the back of the package with the exception of the Enzadent and Dentahex products which are listed by UPC codes and specific expiration dates outlined below.

The private label products subject to the recall include:

Companion Brand

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Companion brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Distributed by FOODHOLD U.S.A., LLC LANDOVER, MD 20785 1-877-846-9946

Dentley’s

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Dentley’s brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Pacific Coast Distributing, Inc. 19601 N. 27th Ave. Phoenix, AZ USA 85027

Enzadent or Dentahex

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Enzadent/Dentahex brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with the below listed UPC codes printed on the back of the package and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2021 through 05/31/2022 are affected by this recall.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

ENZADENT CHIPS MED 30 CT
17030030181

ENZADENT CHIPS PETITE 30 CT
17030030167

ENZADENT CHIPS SM 30 CT
17030030174

ENZADENT CHIPS LG 30 CT
17030030198

DENTAHEX CHIPS PETITE 30 CT
17030030228

DENTAHEX CHIPS SM 30 CT
17030030235

DENTAHEX CHIPS MED 30 CT
17030030242

DENTAHEX CHIPS LG 30 CT
17030030259

Manufactured for Vetoquinol USA Inc. Ft. Worth, TX USA 76137

Essential Everyday

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Essential Everyday brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Distributed by SUPERVALU INC. EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 55344 USA

Exer-Hides

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Exer-Hides brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Distributed by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Bentonville, AR 72716

Good Lovin’ or Petco

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Good Lovin’ or Petco brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Distributed by: International Pet Supplies and Distribution, Inc. San Diego, CA 92121

Hill Country Fare

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Hill Country Fare brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Distributed by H-E-B San Antonio, TX 78204

Priority Pet

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Priority brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Distributed by Lucerne North America LLC
P.O. Box 99
Pleasanton, CA 94566-0009
866-578-4395

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased the products described above are urged to dispose of the product or return it directly to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they initially purchased the product for full refund.

If you have these products, please contact the United Pet Group consumer affairs team at 1-855-215-4962 between the hours of 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time for a refund.

Consumers with questions may call the consumer affairs team at the number listed above.

For press inquiries, please contact Meg Rowley at 985-237-9786, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

The expansion of this voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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Episode 178 “PAWS WITH A CAUSE”

June 17, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door. This week we have so much going on it's a crime we don't charge for this. We have a "NEW" foster kitty, we have more coming next week, we have dog food recalls, and we have an amazing guest on the podcast. Let's meet our guest.

 

PAWS FOR A CAUSE MISSION STATEMENT

Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog Teams through education and advocacy.

VISION STATEMENT

Embracing innovation to address the aging population and to strengthen families living with disabilities.

 

CORE VALUES

As we strive to fulfill our mission, these Core Values guide us:

TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE

A transformational change engages the heart and the mind. It unleashes the power of teamwork to achieve our deepest goals. It is life-altering in profound, positive ways. It is the essence of “making a difference.”

We believe we can be a catalyst of such change in the lives of our stakeholders and our community. We believe it is the natural outcome of our mission work.

LEADERSHIP

We believe in doing what’s right. We believe in leading by example.

We take an active role in the broader Assistance Dog industry, and seek opportunities to share our expertise for the benefit of all its members.

EXCELLENCE

We believe that “good enough” is just a starting point. We strive to exceed our industry’s standards and our stakeholders’ expectations. We believe our stakeholders deserve nothing less than our best work.

We invest in talent. We believe in challenging each other to greater achievements. We encourage the sharing of ideas, and believe creativity can overcome obstacles.

TEAMWORK

We believe that we are stronger together than we are alone. We believe the most successful Assistance Dog teams are built through collaborative effort.

We recognize that teams are comprised of individuals working together toward a common goal. We believe all our stakeholders are our teammates, and we seek opportunities to engage them. As teammates, we treat each other with care and hold each other accountable.

We believe EVERYONE has the ability to make a positive contribution.

STEWARDSHIP

We believe we have a duty and strive to use our resources wisely. We use our history and experience to plan with care for our sustainable future.

CELEBRATION

We are mindful of life’s preciousness. We believe in cheering each other’s accomplishments and honoring milestones. We believe in the power of laughter and of puppy breath.

 

ASSISTANCE DOGS

An Assistance Dog helps someone with a disability complete essential tasks so they can increase independence and improve their quality of life. By helping open doors, pick up objects, pull a wheelchair or alert them to sounds, barriers are broken down. The Assistance Dog acts as a constant companion and makes a person more approachable, allowing them to gain confidence while bringing peace of mind to their loved ones.

Paws With A Cause doesn’t limit itself to specific disabilities, but breeds and custom-trains Assistance Dogs for people with physical disabilities, hearing loss, seizures and autism. PAWS trains the following types of Assistance Dogs:

 

Recall "ALERT"

 

Loving Pets Dog Treats Recall | June 2017

June 14, 2017 — Loving Pets of Cranbury, NJ is voluntarily recalling a limited number of dog treats because of the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What’s Recalled?

The recalled products and lot numbers include:

    • Loving Pets Barksters
      Item #5700 Sweet Potato and Chicken
      UPC 842982057005
      Lot # 021619

 

    • Loving Pets Barksters
      Item #5705 Brown Rice and Chicken
      UPC 842982057050
      Lot 021419

 

    • Loving Pets Puffsters Snack Chips
      Item #5100 Apple and Chicken
      UPC 842982051003
      Lot 051219, 112118, 112918, 012719, 012519, 013019

 

    • Loving Pets Puffsters Snack Chips
      Item #5110 Banana and Chicken
      UPC 842982051102
      Lot 112218, 112818, 112918, 013119

 

    • Loving Pets Puffsters Snack Chips
      Item #5120 Sweet Potato and Chicken
      UPC 842982051201
      Lot 112818, 020119

 

    • Loving Pets Puffsters Snack Chips
      Item #5130 Cranberry and Chicken
      UPC 842982051300
      Lot 020319, 112918, 020219

 

  • Whole Hearted
    Item #2570314 Chicken and Apple Puff Treats
    UPC 800443220696
    Lot 121418, 121918, 122318, 010419, 010619, 010519

No illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported.

What Caused the Recall?

According to the company:

The possible Salmonella contamination was due to a single finished ingredient that was supplied to Loving Pets from a USA based supplier.

This possible contamination was discovered by Loving Pets’ internal quality assurance team and was identified through the company’s standard quality control testing procedures and internal food safety program.

Loving Pets produces its treats in small batches, in order to offer the highest quality and control in safety.

To ensure the safety of its products, Loving Pets decided to be extra cautious and recall a wider range of lot numbers (noted above) so that no possible contaminated product is available on the market.

What to Do?

Consumers may return any bag of treats with any of the relevant lot numbers to the retailer where the product was originally purchased.

For additional information, please visit www.LovingPetsProducts.com or call 866-599-PETS (7387).

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

 

 

United Pet Group Recalls Multiple Brands of Rawhide Chews

June 10, 2017 — United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc., is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products due to chemical contamination.

What’s Recalled?

Click the links below for complete lot identification information and associated product images for each recalled item.

American Beefhide

Digest-eeze

Healthy Hide Chews

Good-n-Fun Chews

What Caused the Recall?

The recall was initiated after United Pet Group realized that specific rawhide chew manufacturing facilities in Mexico and Colombia, as well as one of its suppliers in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the manufacturing of rawhide chews.

The compound is an anti-microbial chemical that is approved for cleaning food processing equipment. But it has not been approved in the U.S. as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs.

United Pet Group received very limited reports of pet illness based on the volume of possibly affected rawhide chew products manufactured and distributed.

The primary complaint received from consumers was that the affected product had an unpleasant odor. Diarrhea and vomiting were also reported.

Exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds through direct ingestion may cause the following symptoms in dogs: reduced appetite, and gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting.

These symptoms may require treatment by a veterinarian depending on severity.

Where Were the Products Sold?

The affected product was distributed nationwide from United Pet Group’s Edwardsville, Illinois, distribution facility and was delivered to consumers through various retail establishments including online outlets.

Expiration Dates

All of the dog chew products included in the voluntary recall identify an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 located on the back of the package.

The products subject to the recall are described below.

American Beefhide

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the American Beefhide brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Manufactured by:
Salix Animal Health, LLC
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Digest-eeze

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Digest-eeze brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB, and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

Manufactured by:
Salix Animal Health, LLC
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Healthy Hide

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Healthy Hide brand, Healthy Hide Good-n-Fit brand, and Healthy Hide Good-n-Fun brand on the label.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

This includes all package sizes and/or weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products:

United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands, Inc.
3001 Commerce St. Blacksburg, VA 24060
800-645-5154

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased the products described above are urged to dispose of the product or return it directly to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they initially purchased the product for full refund.

We take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously and we are continuing to investigate the cause of this problem. We are implementing changes across the affected manufacturing facilities in order to prevent this problem from reoccurring in the future. United Pet Group is also working with retailers to ensure that the affected products are no longer sold and removed from inventory.

If you have these products, please contact the United Pet Group consumer affairs team at 1-855-215-4962 between the hours of 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time for a refund.

Consumers with questions may call the consumer affairs team at the number listed above.

For press inquiries, please contact Meg Rowley at 985-237-9786, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

This voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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Episode 177 “WHEEL OF FORTUNE RANCH

June 10, 2017
 
Hello Pups and Kittens, welcome back to The Groomer Next Door podcast. This week we return to the microphone after a short absence because The Groomer Next Door Pet Salon opened two weeks ago. We've been playing catch up with all of our grooming pups. But now we can turn the mics back on and have a great conversation with Donna Penley (Owner of the Wheel of Fortune Ranch).
 
They're in need of an accountant or attorney to help with Pro Bono to attain Nonprofit status. If you know someone who specializes in this or maybe you're that someone please contact Keith at
 
316 350 5841

http://www.wheeloffortuneranch.com/

https://www.facebook.com/WheelOfFortuneRanch/

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ALICE SINGS!
By Donna Penley

There aren’t many things in this old world that make my heart take wing;
But it does when a little girl named Alice decides to sing.

Oh, she isn’t a tutored singer, and most times she sings off-key,
But when that little blue-eyed blond sings, it means the world to me!!

She comes to me in a yellow bus, with mute kids just like she;
Their thoughts have all turned inward.  No words to set them free.

I lead the horse, reins in my hand, another coach walks by her side --
And Alice sits up straight, throws her head back and opens her mouth wide
AND ALICE SINGS

One day the other coach named Bob asked, “What’s she singin’?  I don’t understand.            ”
I said, “Listen very carefully, it’s ‘I’m An Old Cowhand’.”

Now, how did that child learn that song when she doesn’t speak a thing?
I don’t know -- but she did it.  And, it makes all my work worthwhile --
WHEN LITTLE ALICE SINGS!
 
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Episode 176 “JOHN REDSHAW VOL.4″

May 28, 2017

Hello Pupds and Kittens and Welcome back for the hundred and sevinty sixth time to The Groomer Next Door podcast. This week is all centered around Rolla, Missouri. John Redshaw from the Rolla Animal Shelter will be stopping by. We also have a major announcement to make.

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Episode 175 “DR STACEY BONE ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS”

May 21, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back for the hundred and seventy fifth episode of The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This week we have the great Dr. Stacey Bone DVM on the podcast answering YOUR questions. I would like to thank all of you for sending in your questions.

Doctor Stacey Bone DVM is the co founder of Pawfriction. You can hear more about that on ep.155

PawFriction is a paw pad coating system designed to improve quality of life for senior dogs and dogs with orthopedic or neurological conditions. PawFriction decreases sliding on smooth floors, increases mobility, and reduces risk of injury.

PawFriction was designed by a veterinarian with your dog's health in mind. Every component is non-toxic and safe for you, your dog and your home.

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Episode 174 “DARWIN’S RAW DIET”

May 13, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens, welcome back for the hundred and sevinty fourth time to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This week we have Gary Tashjian (the founder) of Darwin's Natural Pet Products on the podcast. This episode is very important to us because we feel our Akita is going to benefit from a raw diet. But what about for your dogs or cats, will it benefit them too?

 

Our mission is to help you see a healthier and happier pet in 30 days.

The Story of Darwin’s

When my dog Max was ten years old, he started suffering from a crippling case of arthritis. I tried the traditional approaches of anti-inflammatory medicines and steroids, but nothing seemed to help. In desperate need for an answer, I turned to a holistic veterinarian, who suggested Max’s diet was worsening the problem.

He then recommended raw dog food, explaining how changing to a raw food diet would strengthen Max’s immune system and help his own body combat the arthritis. He gave me some articles describing how dogs’ digestive systems are designed for raw foods, and provided some recipes so I could make Max’s meals.

I carefully ground the raw meat and vegetables to make Max’s meals and was astounded by how much he improved on his new diet. In just 30 days he was acting more like a puppy than an old dog and he had regained his joyful attitude.

I then started my other dog, Casey, on the diet and saw that the chronic skin problems that have bothered him since puppyhood started clearing up. They eventually disappeared and never returned. I came to realize that the expression “you are what you eat” applies to our pets as well as ourselves.

I told everyone I knew with dogs how raw food transformed my dogs’ lives. But whenever I did, they almost always said the same thing “I get why it helps but I don’t have the time to cook for myself much less my dog.” It was then I decided to start Darwin’s in order to make it easy for pet owners to feed a nutritious high quality raw diet.

Max thrived on the food and lived another five years before finally succumbing to old age at fifteen. I attribute the last five healthy years of his life, and the companionship that we enjoyed together, to the raw food diet.

– Gary Tashjian, Darwin’s Founder

Our Name & Logo

We named our company after Charles Darwin, whose work to understand what created the diversity of life on earth embodied this approach of being “Inspired by Nature, Informed by Science.” We founded the company with a desire to understand our pets’ natural and instinctive diet, and combine the latest scientific knowledge about pet nutrition and all natural ingredients to provide the best meal options for your pets.

 

What Matters the Most

Darwin’s we believe that all pet owners should have the opportunity to feed their pets a healthy meal made from high quality ingredients. Our goal is to make feeding your pet fresh, healthy, quality raw meals convenient and affordable.

Our Natural Selections meals use only free-range, grass-fed beef, cage–free poultry and organic vegetables. All our meats are hormone free, steroid free and antibiotic free. We visit every farm that raises the animals we use in our meals to make sure they employ good farming practices and treat both their animals and employees with respect.

 

Unique Formulas for Dogs

Our all-raw dog food meals are complete and balanced. They are made of 75% real meat and 25% fresh vegetables with a small amount of nutrient mix containing important trace minerals from natural sources. There are no grains in any of our meals, since grains are difficult for dogs to digest and not necessary for balanced nutrition. Our moderate fat and low carbohydrate formula has a careful balance of Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids, and essential minerals from natural or organic compounds to exceed the guidelines of both AAFCO and the National Research Council for canine nutrition.

 

Unique Formulas for Cats

Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they have nutritional requirements that can only be met with a diet based almost entirely on animal tissue. Their bodies don’t produce the enzymes required to digest carbohydrates. That’s why our formula for cats contains 100% fresh meat with a small amount of nutrient mix containing important trace minerals from natural sources.

Our all-raw cat food meals are complete and balanced. The moderate fat formula has a balance of important Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids with added essential minerals from natural or organic compounds to exceed the guidelines of both AAFCO and the National Research Council for feline nutrition.

 

Our Products are Convenient and Affordable

Our home delivery service works on a flexible automatic order basis. You can tailor your order size to your pet’s individual needs and set a convenient delivery schedule. There is no contract or commitment. You can change or cancel your order at any time.

We believe your pet’s food should arrive to you as fresh as it arrived to us, so our meals will arrive at your door just a few weeks after we make them.

We know affordability can be equally as important as convenience and nutrition when it comes to choosing your pet’s meals. Our ‘direct from the manufacturer to your door’ approach is designed to make our high quality food available to almost every pet owner.

 

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Episode 173 “DR. BARBARA ROYAL DVM”

April 29, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens welcome back for the hundred and seventy third time to The Groomer Next Door. This week we have an elite Veteranarian, accomplished author, actress, and all around great lady. I am so happy to announce that Dr.Barbara Royal DVM is joining us this week on the podcast.

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GUEST BIO

Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA, founder and owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, is an internationally-renowned pioneer in complementary medicine and physical rehabilitation. A passionate advocate of commonsense and cutting-edge approaches to optimal animal health, Dr. Royal provides a bridge between Western and Eastern medicine.

Dr. Royal has extensive experience in veterinary care, including zoo, marine, and wildlife animals, emergency medicine, pathology, conventional practices, nutrition, herbal remedies, physical rehabilitation techniques, and alternative treatments.  She is also an acupuncture expert for pets and exotic zoo creatures.  She is the go-to veterinarian for Oprah Winfrey.

A nationally-published author in numerous magazines and an international lecturer in her field, Dr. Royal is often featured in the media for her successful treatments of animals and groundbreaking work in veterinary medicine.  She lives in Winnetka, Illinois with her husband, two children, her cat, Arthur, and her dog, Darwin. Her first book, “The Royal Treatment:  A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets” was published September 2013.  After graduating with high honors from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine (1995), Dr. Royal’s early career was exclusively devoted to cultivating her expertise in state-of-the-art, modern veterinary treatments.  Her work with greyhounds, who are hypersensitive to many medications, led Dr. Royal to explore the most effective modalities in ancient traditions.  She completed training in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from IVAS, Advanced Western & Chinese Herbal Medicine through Tufts University, and studied Animal Physical Therapy and Healing Techniques at the University of Tennessee.  Her uniquely practical and open-minded approach, skill as a diagnostician, and compassion for animals is much acclaimed: she operated on a room-sized grouper named Bubba at the Chicago Shedd Aquarium; she reconstructed a woodchuck’s de-gloved feet at the Woodstock Illinois Animal Hospital; and, at the Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo she became the first veterinarian in the world to perform acupuncture on a zebra.

With her multi-faceted knowledge and her individually-tailored practice, Dr. Royal provides comprehensive care for her many patients.

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Her Books

The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets

An integrative and revolutionary way to treat your animals, combining holistic and natural medicine with the best of modern science.

Dr. Barbara Royal is a passionate, dedicated, and innovative veterinarian with a unique approach to medicine. Her patients have included countless different species from German shepherds at her private practice, to baby owls in the wild, to zebras in the zoo. Her clients are the humans who live for their pets, much like she does. Her ability to lend a voice to sick or injured animals and carry out the best treatment for them is unmatched.

An expert diagnostician with a background in zoo and wildlife medicine, Dr. Royal has learned that adhering to the teachings of Western medicine is often not the best way to fully cure her patients. With the clinical experience to know when to use surgery, medications, and alternative methods, plus an observant and empathetic understanding of the evolutionary needs of her patients, she individually tailors the Royal Treatment to ensure that each pet (and owner!) lives as happily and healthfully as possible.

The knowledge she has gained from wild animals gives her valuable insight into the cat in your kitchen and the dog in your living room. Our pets have all evolved from wild species and adapted to domestic life in many ways, but their natural characteristics are genetically fixed. In order for our pets to meet their full health potential, we must be mindful of these natural nutritional, emotional, and physical needs. Applying common sense in this way, along with the support of medicine, nutrition, elements of Eastern medicine, and physical rehabilitation, fosters an animal’s natural inclination toward optimal health and immunity. There is no placebo effect in animal medicine, and Dr. Royal has seen amazing results with her integrative approach, time and time again.

A must-have for all pet owners, these pages shimmer with ingenious advice, insight, and scientific originality. But most of all, a veterinarian with heart comes through in every word. Dr. Royal empowers animal lovers to lift their pets into a realm of natural health and happiness that will be palpable from shiny coat to bouncy step.

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 Learn everything you need to know about taking care of your pet naturally, including:

• Functional nutrition and diet recipes

• Commercial pet food: recognizing the good, the bad, and the unhealthy

• How diet and protein levels specifically affect your pet’s health and behavior

• Judicious use of herbs and medicines

• How to detect if your pet is feeling pain and where

• Noninvasive, nonsurgical treatments for genetically flawed hips and other arthritic joints

• How to know if your pet is happy

• How to clean your dog’s, cat’s, or rabbit’s ears—the right way!

• Pet supplements explained

• Which vaccines to give or not give your pet

• Evolutionary insights into your pet’s behavior

• Getting your new puppy off to a perfect start

• How acupuncture works

• Geriatric wellness and end-of-life care

. . . and more

Keirtan's Song

Keirtan grew up in a large family, poor in material wealth, but rich spiritually inside with a strong trust in God that took her on an extraodinary journey throughout her life. Astral travelling to the outer universe to seek help for her beloved earth and eventually finding "Hosanna" and channelling directly from him; when she asks him about Creation from the beginning, this is what he showed her: Keirtan was shown down a vortex and here at the base was one atom, as a person on the earth you would not be able to see this with the naked eye, Here in the presence of "Hosanna" anything is possible. In the universe there are millions upon millions of atomsThe energy vortex heated the atom to a trillion degree's, it exploded and a white light filled the vortex, the vortex expanded to light the dark that sat on its own from the beginning, "Day Light" was born.Atoms have always been in the whole of the universe that is "Hosanna" collectively, as the atoms come together "Hosanna's" thought expanded and so on.The Earth was developed from outer space with atoms that expanded over millions of years."Hosanna" has through his own expansion individualised him self and that expansion individualised us."All Life is expansion of Hosanna."

 

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