Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
On this page I am including some useful links to some excellent articles, web pages, and/or websites that I hope you will investigate and evaluate. There are some really good ideas out there and lots of useful information that you may find interesting.
$$ Pet Poison Helpline $$ - Animal Poison Control Center - is an important contact when you need it. It costs money to get the answers but when you are uncertain whether that medication tablet that you dropped on the floor that your dog gobbled up might be dangerous, it may save you a lot of grief, frantic driving to a vet, and money. It is only worth calling if you have a fairly certain idea or are strongly suspicious of what your pet might have ingested.Unfortuntately, if you don't have a clue, they can't help you, but your veterinarian may still be able to treat your pet with a general broad-spectrum treatment for poisoning. If you are thinking about it, CALL! - sooner rather than later since time is of the essence when treating a toxic exposure. You can contact them (in the U.S. you can call 855-764-7661) for treatment information. Have your credit card ready (presently $49 per call payable by credit card). From the USVI or elsewhere in the Caribbean call toll-free at 877-416-7319 or (011)-1-952-853-1716 from outside the US.
$$ ASPCA Animal Poison Control $$ - Ditto for this site operated by the ASPCA. Either of these poison control sites should be able to provide the information that you are seeking in the event of an accidental ingestion or topical exposure to something possibly poisonous. Call (888) 426-4435. ($65 per incident applied to your credit card.)
Is a Raw Food Diet Healthier for our Pets? an article by Jody Freeland, offers up some very good information and some good rationalization for avoiding commercial pet foods and feeding raw diets. Unfortunately the author presents no credentials and many of the references cited in the article are also subject to question. This is typical of a number of such writings that are out there in favor of avoiding commercial products and is further evidence of the power of the pet food industry in controlling and limiting research and the dissemination of this kind of information.
The Dog Food Project page contains a tremendous amount of detailed information on dog foods, how to evaluate a pet food label, and information on ingredients. It provides a tremendous amount of useful material and explains just about every aspect of the commercial pet food label clearly and in detail.
The Boat Galley - Doesn't sound very pet-related but there is a very informative Pets Aboard section of this website for those of you who are out there living aboard and/or cruising with your pets. Also some very ingenious ideas elsewhere in the blog.
pettravel.com is a useful website for those of you who might be contemplating some significant travel with your pet(s). It covers travel regulations, pet travel supplies and information, pet shipping by air and by ground, pet-friendly hotels and other locations, pet parks, and lots more. Worth a look if shipping a pet or taking a pet somewhere in or out of his current country is in your future.
Best Cat and Dog Nutrition (BCDN) by Roger Biduk provides a lot of interesting information on feeding not only cats but dogs too. Some of it may seem a little off-the-wall or radical to you, but it's some pretty good stuff. It is presented, just as my website and Dr. Lisa Pierson's website are, in an effort to help your pets live longer, healthier lives by preventing feeding-induced health issues.
Catinfo.org is a really good website from Dr. Lisa A. Pierson, a California veterinarian, who shares my views on feeding cats. The website gives lots of indepth information on the how-tos of feeding your cat. It will give you more information on why cats should not be fed dry kibble diets and the complications arising therefrom. If you have a cat you should check out her website and find out how to increase the likelihood that your cat will hopefully live a longer and healthier life.
The Carnivore Connection to Nutrition in Cats by Debra Zoran, D.V.M. is a very interesting scientific article from the Journal of the American Veterinary Association (JAVMA) that gives a lot of background information on feeding cats and why feeding dry cat food can lead to health issues in cats. It is a good, very readable article and you do not need an advanced degree to read it and get the gist of what it says. Highly recommended if you have a cat. Check it out!
YourDiabeticCat.com is a website by veterinarian Elizabeth Hodgkins, D.V.M., J.D. that deals with feeding diabetic cats properly to reduce their insulin dependence, and feeding cats in general to hopefully avoid the development of diabetes mellitus. Diabetes is not a normal disease in a properly fed cat, but is all too common and becoming moreso in our domestic cat population, generally due to improper feeding. Dr. Hodgkins is one of the earliest converts to the feeding of meat-based diets in cats and the avoidance of high carbohydrate diets.
Definitions of AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) animal food ingredient terms, brought to you courtesy of a website called Dog Food Scoop. I am not necessarily promoting the company but these definitions are often difficult to find. If you are looking through the ingredients list on your pet food label and want to know what animal digests are, here's where you can find out. This an excellent website but remember that the provider's opinions regarding which of these ingredients should or should not be in animal foods are just that, their opinions. I appreciate these definitions being placed online as AAFCO is evidently resistant to making them available online. Thank you www.dogfoodscoop.com. And thank you to Stephanie for writing to me and informing me that my previous link to this information was defunct.