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Pet Food: Buyer Beware

Published 03/15/03
By Debbie Giles
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 34 Number 1, Spring 2003

I first realized something was wrong when I noticed my dog Murphy having trouble getting up from his bed. He seemed to hurt every time he moved. The next time 1 went to the store, I spotted "Healthy Joint Formula" dog food, whose label claimed that "glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and hyaluronic acid" help rebuild joints. Wanting to do what was best for my pal, I considered purchasing a bag. Luckily, I consulted Murphy's veterinarian first, and it was through that conversation that I started to learn about the complexities of pet food labeling.

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Rendering: The Invisible Industry

Published 09/15/02
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 33 Number 3, Fall 2002

Ask what comes from “factory-farmed animals” and most people will think “food.” After all, eggs come from factory-farmed chickens, milk from dairy lot cows, sausages and bacon and pork chops from factory-farmed pigs. But why should we think the use of animals stops at the dinner table?

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Safeguarding Companion Animals from Summer Heat and Pests

Published 09/02/02

What are the dangers of taking a dog along while shopping?

Because many states allow only seeing eye or assistance dogs to be brought into stores or malls, some people take their dogs along but leave them in the car. This can be deadly.

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Keeping Your Summer Animal-Friendly

Published 06/15/02
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 33 Number 2, Summer 2002

Sometimes in the excitement of vacations and summer fun it’s easy to overlook the needs of animals, whether they be our companions or those we encounter in our summer travels and recreations. The tips below will help you ensure that your activities this summer will remain friendly to animals.

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Protecting Companion Animals During the Winter & Holiday Season

Published 10/12/01


Should outdoor animals stay outside for the winter?

Rain, snow, and winter temperatures are just as hard on dogs and cats as they are on people. Young or old companion animals — especially arthritic or sickly — should be brought inside for the winter. Cats should always be brought in the house or into heated garages or enclosures at night. Bring animals inside during cold snaps or when it rains.

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