Understanding Raw Food Recalls

As raw food becomes a larger part of the pet food market, the problematic pet food regulation maze becomes more apparent.

We’ve all been warned about Salmonella contamination in our own food, like bagged spinach or peanut butter, and it is important to acknowledge that some strains of Salmonella can be dangerous – but that’s primarily a risk to humans. Healthy dogs and cats are well designed to accommodate naturally occurring levels of bacteria, and common safe handling habits should be done for ALL raw meats.

It’s also important to know that dry pet food is also easily contaminated, and that there is an expectation of contamination in meat destined for your grocery store. The fact is that raw pet food is being sought out for testing (they actually go to stores to buy it), while dry pet foods are not, a situation that ends up making raw food look like a dangerous option when it’s optics controlling your view of the whole picture.

We’ve opened our blog up to an expert who can speak from direct experience and provide the details that clarify the situation. Continue reading

The Truth Hurts But The Lies Can Kill

It has been challenging trying to navigate the murky division between fact and fiction in regards to the pentobarbital discovered in both the Evangers and Party Animal brands of canned pet food.

The scope of the Evangers tainted meat is painful, not only for the loss of pet’s lives and health, but the loss of trust we put in these companies. Because Evangers packages other pet food brands that Dexter’s Deli carries, this has hit extra close to home. So, when pentobarbital was confirmed, along with the discovery of horse meat, many companies who had their food packaged by Evangers abandoned ship immediately, with one glaring exception: Party Animal. So, it was not surprising when pentobarbital was discovered in Party Animal formulas as well.

We were a fan of the Party Animal line from the start, so the sting of ending our relationship with them hurts, as it was a favorite brand for many of our customers. Party Animal marketed their brand as certified organic, so people felt good about feeding this line and the price was easy on the pocket book. As we learn more, maybe it was cheap for a reason.

How did pentobarbital get into cans of Party Animal if all the ingredients are from certified organic sources and the handling of the ingredients complies with USDA National Organic Program procedures?

How is Party Animal able to produce an organic product so inexpensively, when other high quality brands are $2 to $3 more?

These questions and many more, are questions that consumers want answered. But, with our current government administration complicating the truth more with FDA deregulation on the horizon and current documents being hidden from public view (requiring a court order to see any damning FDA reports), how can consumers really trust that they are buying safe pet food that contains what it claims?

Most of the multi-billion-dollar pet food industry does not willingly answer consumer concerns regarding product efficacy, safety or sourcing. At Dexter’s Deli, we will continue to do our best to educate and inform pet owners and sometimes the truth is hurts, but the lies from the pet industry can also be deadly for our pets.

We encourage you to take some time and follow the links for more information.


Pentobarbital: How does this Euthanasia drug get into pet food?

Who regulates pet food?

If you have not yet seen the documentary Pet Fooled we highly recommend it. It’s now available on Netflix and other major platforms.

Seasonal Allergies – More Than Skin Deep

Itchy Skin, Hot Spots, Rashes, Runny Nose, Goopy Eyes, Ear Infections, Digestive Upset, Inflammation, “Just not right!”

If your pet suffers from any of these problems they will benefit from some specific supplements and diet improvements.

Come in to Dexter’s Deli for help!

HOW THE HEALTH OF THE LIVER IMPACTS EVERYTHING ELSE

The liver is arguably the most important organ of the body for maintaining basic health. It is responsible for metabolizing food and detoxifying the body, thus proper functioning of the liver is key to the body’s ability to absorb nutrition, maintain a healthy immune system, and deal with toxins entering the body.

WHAT DOES THE LIVER HAVE TO DO WITH ALLERGIES?

A healthy liver produces an enzyme called histaminase, which acts as a natural antihistamine. When the liver is stressed it cannot produce enough of this enzyme, so the natural protection is gone and allergy symptoms appear.

Dogs have ten times more mast cells (where histamine is produced) in their skin the humans, so itching all over the body is a common way allergies show up. When this inflammation becomes chronic it can lead to disease.

If your pet is showing signs of serious health problems it’s important to see your veterinarian for tests to ensure that they are not suffering from serious liver disease. Our suggestions cannot take the place of proper veterinary care. We recommend coming in to Dexter’s for a bio-energetic sensitivity test by Glacier Peak Holistics to help you ascertain which food and environment issues are problematic.

WHAT HELPS?

Healthy Diet –  Giving your pet the best food possible is the foundation of good health. Including fresh food provides naturally occurring nutrients for the body. Older animals in particular need highly digestible food in order for them to have a healthy immune system.

Herbs – Herbal supplements are an essential component for improving liver function, reducing allergy symptoms, and improving the immune system.

Essential Fatty Acids – Fish oil added to the food is the best source of Omega-3 EFAs. EFA’s reduce the body’s inflammatory response to invading allergens and improve skin integrity. Absorption of allergens through the skin is one of the primary routes.

Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics – These should be a part of every pet’s diet. They reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and improve the immune system. Enzymes improve the assimilation of EFAs by 71%.

Joint Supplements – Those containing MSM, Chondroitin, and herbs help inflammation throughout the body, not just in the joints.

HOW TO USE SUPPLEMENTS SO THEY WORK

Natural, whole-food supplements work best when given consistently over time. They allow the body to naturally and easily adjust to a healthier state. If your pet is unaccustomed to natural supplements, start slowly – spend a week getting the dose to the full amount, and wait 2 weeks between new supplement starts. If your pet is very ill, please use herbs under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.

Come in and talk to our staff! They can help you navigate the choices and get started on the path to better health for your pet.

Download a PDF of our Pet Health Guide on this topic.

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