Dog Food Reviews by Brand

These reviews can be found here.

Seems a fairly comprehensive reviews of a whole host of dog foods.    Many that I have never even heard of.

They go through the ingredient list, help explain what the different ingredients are and give each type of dog food a rating.

For those who feed kibble you may find it valuable.


Cocoa mulch warning

Please share this with all the pet owners you know and ask them to do the same – the information you take a few minutes to share might prevent the senseless loss of other pets.

Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don’t have a pet, please pass this to those who do. Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) decided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn’t acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk. Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company’s web site,  this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.

Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by a variety of companies, and it has been shown  that “It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won’t eat it.”

*Snopes site gives the following information.

Cocoa Mulch, which is sold in a variety of places including Rona, home hardware and other Garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called ‘Theobromine’. IT IS LETHAL TO DOGS AND CATS. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred.

Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker’s chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, axanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.

Emails of this sort are circulated every year.  names/dates/company names change.  BUT it is basically true that if you use cocoa mulch, be alert that some dogs will munch on it and potentially consume enough that they will have a negative reaction to it.



a solution to dog anxiety.

Thundershirt is recommended by thousands of veterinarians and trainers around the world. Whatever the situation that makes your dog anxious, fearful, reactive or over-excited, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure can bring calm and focus back to your dog. A terrific solution for many types of anxiety including thunder, fireworks, separation, travel, and crate anxieties. And a terrific solution for eliminating “bad leash manners” such as barking, pulling or reactivity towards other animals and people.

Treating Ear Mites

One can go to the vet and get stuff to treat them there or one can medicate them at home using home remedies.

1. oil and iodine
2. iodine

both these methods call for repeat applications so you know you can kill off the mites. the oil drowns them, the iodine helps with healing.

some animals can handle having ivermectin given to them. cats, rabbits etc. just a matter of knowing the weight. If you have oral ivermection you can just drop some into the ear.

you can go to your vet and get some revolution (good for dogs, rabbits etc).

Hay Racks for Bunnies

Bunnies like and need hay.  It gives them something to munch on without getting fat, and gives them fiber to keep things moving along.  Both are important for rabbits.

Given a chance though…rabbits will sit in their food to eat it.  This results in a fair amount of spoilage.

Hay racks help prevent spoilage.

Here are some pages on either hay racks to purchase or that can be made.

Rabbitweb: how to make a hay rack

Using a Suet Holder

Guinea Pig hay rack(works for rabbits too)

ZooPlus has this idea for a hay rack

Other ideas that I have heard.

  • Use a toilet paper roll, or any roll that is paper and stuff it full of hay.
  • PVC piping…either leave it whole and cram the hay in, or cut it in half and mount up high on the cage
  • place hay on the top of the cage so they need to pull it through
  • use leftover cage wire to make a basket
  • use soup or mushroom cans…carefully filing down sharp edges – put hay in them fairly tightly
  • wrapping the hay around itself and suspending it from the cage roof
  • using hay balls that you can get at pet stores

Free E-book on Why Not to Vaccinate

Okay…will post this for folks interested.   BUT will include this cautionary note.   NOTE: I am NOT an advocate of never vaccinating your dog.  I do believe that dogs are over-vaccinated, and the with some breeds, waiting until the dog is older to start the whole process is better (aka the collie breeds).   Rabies…ever other year max, get titers done if you can afford to do so, and once the dog hits old age for that breed…. his titers should be well-established.  GET heartworm if you are heartworm prone areas.  Do your research … consider this part of that.  BUT don’t accept everything in this e-book as the ONLY way to do things.

FREE eBook by Pat McKay: ‘Natural Immunity – Why You Should NOT Vaccinate’ is available at the following URL…

Natural Immunity – Why You Should NOT Vaccinate is now out of print and rather than reprinting it, author Pat McKay is giving the world a wonderful gift by making it available FREE to all the world! It is an excellent
starting point for anyone who has ever questioned the practice of vaccination.

Pat says please read this book, and pass it on to anyone and everyone – and in any format you like.

Express permission has been given for it to be freely distributed; as email attachment, copied to CD, printed out or read on line!