Dog Food Preservatives Can Be Toxic

Why Dog Food Preservatives Can Be Dangerous

by Keith Somers  /  Like  Dog Wonders on Facebook

Dog food preservatives may be good/ natural, or bad/artificial.  Let’s leave an inquiry about  the good preservatives for another article and another time.  The focus here must be on the bad, artificial or chemical preservatives.   Why?  Read on!

Dog Food Preservatives, Over Time Can Be Toxic

Generally, pet food will quickly spoil without some kind of temperature controls or preservatives.  Dog food preservatives with chemicals are designed to do two things.  They extend the shelf life and reduce fat spoilage or the rancidity of dry pet foods and pet treats.

About Preservatives

Pet food sold in stores is not straight from the manufacturer.  It may take as long as a year.   It has to get from the plant, to the warehouse, to the store, to the shelf and to your purchase of the product.  Hence the need for chemical dog food preservatives.  The natural ones are more of a short term fix.

Over an extended period of time, studies have shown that such artificial preservatives used in pet foods and treats, may result in dry skin, allergic reactions, dental disease, adverse effects on liver and kidney functions, stomach tumors, and enhanced bladder and kidney carcinogenics.

Dog Food Preservatives, the Artificial Chemical Kind,
Must Be Carefully Avoided

The bottom line is our pets have to eat—and, they have no choice in what we choose to put before them.   And mostly, it is the same old, same old—day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year.   It’s the cumulative, relentless effect of artificial, chemical dog food preservatives that should keep us up at night.  Finally, no one of us knows how much longer these family members would live and enjoy life in our homes—IF they were fortunate enough to have never ingested a single chemical preservative—EVER!

It should be a no-brainer.  Avoid dog food preservatives used in dry foods and assorted treats.  Here’s a list of the more common artificial preservatives:

  • Propylene Glycol  –  A key component used in non-automotive anti-freeze.
  • Ethoxyquin – It is used as a hardening agent for making synthetic rubber and also pesticides.
  • BHA,  Butylated Hydroxanisole  –  Rubber and petroleum products contain this chemical.
  • BHT,  Butylated Hydroxtoluene  –  The chemical may contribute to carcinogenicity or tumorigenicity.
  • TBHQ, Tertiary Butylhydroquinone  –  This one has been found to produce pre-cancerous stomach tumors in laboratory animals.  It can cause damage to a cell’s DNA2.
  • Propyl Gallate  –  Studies have shown this one to be carcinogenic in animals.
  • Tocopherois  –  Here is a toxicity risk.  Why take it?

Of course, there are many factors, other than dog food  preservatives, that can negatively affect the pets who eat at our table.  But, wouldn’t it be far better to come down on the safe side of this issue?

Dog Food Preservatives—the Answer Is With You!

Your dog or cat is a member of your family.  Feeding a pet some chemical preservative, so that the product can have a longer shelf life makes no sense?  Feeding dog food preservatives (the bad kind), not just occasionally, but with every meal, every treat—run the other way, as fast as you can!  Look for a safer, naturally-preserved product. Look for a fresh-to-your-door product that needs no preservatives at all.  Watch the following 2 minute video from Dr. Sarah Wooten, DVM, one of Life’s Abundance Staff Veterinarians.

Remember all the Life Abundance food
is FRESH and FAST to your door.

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and The HealthyPetNet Foundation

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please use my ID# 20092539

Best Cat Food Needs Your Concern

Best Cat Food

For the most part, your cat eats the same food every day.  That is why carefully choosing the best cat food is so important to your cat’s long-term health.   For nearly 17 years, tens of thousands of cats have

best cat foodbeen eating and thriving on Life’s Abundance food.  We attribute this success to our painstaking attention to detail.  Each ingredient in Life’s Abundance food is carefully chosen.  Together they work with all the others to provide your cat with a wholesome, highly-nutritious and perfectly-balanced meal every day.  Hence, working for your pet,  every year, over a long and loving lifetime.  It’s the best cat food available.   Please know, and remember, it has never been recalled since the founding of Life’s Abundance, 17 years ago.

Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM,
Tells How to Find the Best Cat Food Speaks Out About the Pet Food Quality

“I know how much you all love your dogs and cats.  That’s why I need to get this extremely important message to you.  What I am about to explain to you may actually increase your pet’s life span.   Did you know that it’s a scientific fact that an average size dog should live to be 27 years old, and the average cat 30?   It’s a tragedy that today we are losing our beloved pets long before they reach those golden years.  None of you would ever do anything intentional, to put them at risk, to take away their precious years, yet you may indeed be doing just that.

Nutrition Is Critical
Understanding Health and Longevity

“Besides genetics being one of the most important factors in the life-span of an animal, nutrition is the other.   Nutrition is important from the time of conception, to birth, growth, and long into the golden years.  What the mother dog or cat eats is going to help determine the health of the puppies or kittens, including the number born in the litter and their size.  Studies have shown that mothers eating poor quality, or low amounts of protein will actually have smaller offspring with smaller brains and livers.  A lack of vitamin E has been proven to hamper the immune system, and obesity in dogs and cats can decrease their life span.  Thus we know that nutrition is vitally important.

Help In Selecting the Best Cat Food

“As a veterinarian for more three decades, and the author of three books on nutrition in animals.  I beg you, please take charge of your pet’s life, and learn the basics of your pet’s food.  Most people do not take it seriously enough.  They do not bother to read the label.  Pet food selection seems to be based on trivia, rather than nutritional data. ”

Look at the label on the package—none of the following should be in any food you feed your cat, including treats.  Please consider the best cat food for your beloved pet!

  • artificial preservatives
  • artificial coloring
  • artificial flavors
  • steroids
  • wheat or wheat gluten
  • corn or corn gluten
  • soy or soy gluten
  • meat meal and bone meal
  • meat by-products
cat-eatingNot ONE of Life’s Abundance Pet Food Products
Has Ever Been Recalled!




Pet Food Dangers Have Consequences

Pet Food Dangers Have Long-Term               Negative Health Consequences

Pet food dangers continue to be troubling for pet owners.  For the most part, your pet eats the same food every day.  That is why carefully choosing the right food is so important to your dog or cat’s long-term health, happiness, and life.

pet food dangers have consequences
Most consumers are shocked to learn that makers of some of the most popular, premium pet food brands are misleading you, the shopper.   The pet food danger is found in the ingredients put into the food eaten by millions of American dogs and cats every day.   I am sure you would never knowingly feed such an inferior product to anyone you care for, including the companion animals in your family.

So let’s look at some of the ingredients that can have negative health consequence, and can:

  • trigger allergie;
  • stress immune systems—because of a lack in natural antioxidants;
  • lead to nutrient deficiencies—because of a too long a shelf life and improper storage;
  • link to gluten sensitivity—resulting in autoimmune thyroiditis and diet difficulties;
  • inhibit urinary health—risking urinary tract diseases, especially for cats;
  • omit probiotics (healthy bacteria)—essential in supporting good health;
  • lead to obesity—too many calories, too little exercise;
  • result in a lack of Omega-3—necessary to supporting a healthy heart;
  • increase canine cognitive dysfunction—because of food void of natural antioxidants;
  • diminish skin and coat health—lacking fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and protein

In addition here are some things to look for on the brand labeling that SHOULD NOT BE THERE:

  1. No artificial flavors
  2. No artificial colors
  3. No corn or corn gluten—whole grain oat groats is better, 8 vitamins, 9 minerals
  4. No wheat or wheat gluten—whole grain, ground brown rice, rich in vitamins and minerals
  5. No soy—instead, use another whole grain
  6. No chemical preservatives—to keep food in storage longer
  7. No meat or bone meal—generic specific is best
  8. No animal fat—chicken fat is best, easily metabolized, contains fatty acid profiles
  9. No sugars
  10. No animal by-products—these are, for the most part, left-overs not fit for human consumption

Are you concerned about pet food dangers?  Please check the nutrition facts on the pet food you are currently using—then watch:

The Truth About Pet Food

I will complete this post by July 31, 2015—please come back!

What A Job Opportunity, Available NOW

Job Opportunity,
Work At Home

 Keith Somers, Editor
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Looking for a job opportunity, an ambitious woman entered a successful store, which had a reputation for fine, quality merchandise.

She walked right up to the owner and said, “Sir, I am very impressed with your company.  I’d like to be hired and build a life-long career here.  I can promise you I’ll work hard, and I’ll do a great job.

“In return, all I ask for is the following:”

1    “First, I’d like 20% profit on everything I sell.”

  “Then, if I bring in and help train five new people, I think I deserve a 10% bonus on everything they sell AND a 3% profit sharing increase on my own sales too!”

3    “Now, when I do well, I expect lots of praise and recognition—not to mention special awards and gifts—oh yes, and dream vacations to exotic locations!”

   “I’d also like to meet new friends, feel great about what I’m doing, and help others to strengthen their families.”

 5   “By the way, I’m not into the 9-5 scene.  So I’ll want to set my own schedule and work when it suits me best.”

  “And of course, my family ALWAYS comes first.”

7   “Ok, I think that’s about it.  So, when can I start?”

After the store owner recovered from shock, he roared with laughter. “Lady, you can’t be serious! You’re living in a dream world! You’ll never find an opportunity like that… ANYWHERE!”

He was wrong!!!   If you love dogs and cats—here it is!  It’s called Life’s Abundance!

Click on the photo above or the Life’s Abundance link below.job opportunityKeith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products,  the Healthy PetNet Foundation, and
a member of The Healthy Pet Challenge Team

Cherished Collections of Canine Celebrations

Cherished Collections
of Canine Celebrations  –  I

Collected by Keith Somers
LIKE Dog Wonders on My Facebook Business Page

dog 1I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren’t certain we knew better.  They fight for honor at the first challenge, make love with no moral restraint, and they do not for all their marvelous instincts appear to know about death.  Being such wonderfully uncomplicated beings, they need us to do their worrying. 

     —George Bird Evans (1906-1998), Author, Illustrator, Dog Breeder, Troubles with Bird Dogs


Bloodhound---10Dogs have given us their absolute all.  We are the center of their universe.  We are the focus of their love and faith and trust.  They serve us in return for scraps.  It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.

I love a dog.  He does nothing for political reasons.

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

     —Roger Caras (1928-2001), American Wildlife Photographer; Host of Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show; Network TV Personality, Wildlife Preservationist; President of the                     American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Author.

Many will walk in and out of your life, but only a true friend will leave paw prints on your heart.About


dachshund-silhouette-280x168No one can fully understand the meaning of love unless he’s owned a dog. A dog can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail than a man can gather through a lifetime of handshakes.

We never really own a dog as much as he owns us.

     —Gene Hill (Dates Unknown/Living), Author of several books about life with dogs, Tears and Laughter, Sunlight and Shadows, A Listening Walk


German-Shepherd---3I think God will have prepared everything for our perfect happiness.  If it takes my dog being there in Heaven, I believe he’ll be there.

—Billy Graham (1918-       )


Labrador-Retriever---1This soldier, I realized, must have had friends at home and in his regiment; yet he lay there deserted by all except his dog. I looked on, unmoved, at battles which decided the future of nations. Tearless, I had given orders which brought death to thousands. Yet here I was stirred, profoundly stirred, stirred to tears.  And by what?  By the grief of one dog.

—Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)—On finding a dog beside the body of his dead master, licking his face and howling in the moonlight after a battle, Napoleon was haunted by this scene until his own death.


The soul of every living thing is in the hand of God.

—Job 12:10

Many people have heard the remarkable example of devotion involving a Skye terrier dog who worked for a Scottish shepherd named Old Jock. In 1858, the day after Jock was buried (with almost Beagle---3nobody present to mourn him except his shaggy dog) in the churchyard at Greyfriars Abbey in Edinburgh, Bobby was found sleeping on his master’s grave, where he continued to sleep every night for fourteen years.

—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson


There’s a stone I had made for Luke at the top of the hill road, where the pasture opens wide and the setting sun highlights the words carved into its face. “That’ll do, Luke, that’ll do.”  The words are said Coonhound---1to working dogs all over the world when the chores are done and the flock is settled: “That’ll do dog, come home now, your work is done.”  Luke’s work is done too.  He took my heart and ran with it, and he’s running still, fast and strong, a piece of my heart bound up with his, forever.

—Patricia McConnell (Date Unknown/Living), a Certified Animal Behaviorist, Ph.D., Dog Trainer, Fiction and Non-fiction Writer, “Crazy in love with dogs!”, with a life-long commitment to understanding and communicating with Dogs, “For the Love of a Dog”, “The other End of the Leash:  Why We Do What We Do
Around Dogs”.


  Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products
and a Team Member of the Healthy PetNet Foundation

TRUTH About Pet Food

Truth About Pet Food
What We Feed Them Matters

Keith Somers, Writer
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Truth about pet food is sometimes difficult to find.  After some reading and careful searching, you can find it.   It is a question of safety, and the long term health and life of your dog or cat.

Have you ever wondered why so many brands pop up again and again on the recall list?   Check it out—here is a very short list, taken from the FDA records, of more than 1,350 pet foods that have been recalled in the last 5 years:

ALPO                                                                        Hill’s Pet Nutrition
AMERICAS CHOICE                                       Iams
Berkley & Jenson                                               Jerky Treats
Blue Buffalo                                                           Natural Balance
Blue Wilderness                                                  Nature’s Recipe
Bravo Pet Food                                                    Ol’ Roy
CAT’S                                                                         Pedigree
Diamond                                                                  PET PRIDE
Dick Van Patten’s                                               Premium Natural
DOCTORS FOSTER & SMITH                    Purina
Eukanuba                                                                Royal Canine
FELINE CRUISINE                                             SCIENCE DIET
Friskies                                                                     SPECIAL KITTY
Hartz Naturals                                                     WEIS TOTAL PET
Hill Country Fare                                               Wellness

Read the label—chances are there are ingredients in the brand you use, that with day in and day out, over-the-long-haul—are harmful to your family pet!

Group of twelve dogsTruth About Pet Food

Will Your Pet Live to Be 25?
It Can, With Proper Nutrition

Every single ingredient in your pet’s food plays a significant role in the nutritional make-up of the food. For sixteen years, tens of thousands of dogs and cats have been eating and thriving on the best

We attribute this success to our painstaking attention to the detail. Each and every ingredient in Life’s Abundance food is carefully chosen to work with the others to supply your companion animal with a highly nutritious and perfectly balanced meal every day, every year, over a lifetime.   That’s the truth about pet food.


from the beginning, 16 years ago,



  Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products
and a Team Member of the Healthy PetNet Foundation



National Pet Day, April 11, 2015

National Pet Day Is Today

 Keith Somers, Editor
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National Pet Day in the United States, is April 11, and is all about appreciating and celebrating the wonderful pets in your life.  Among the more common ones are gerbils, birds, turtles, fish, and of course dogs and cats.Mixed-Pets-1Here are some statistics that you might find interesting—taken from The Humane Society of the US, the American Pet Product Association and the ASPCA:

Most pets come to their new homes through family members and around 29% of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters. More than 35% of cats are strays before finding their forever home.

Total Number of Pets Owned in the U.S. (Millions)

Bird 14.3
Cat 86.4
Dog 78.2
Horse 7.5
Freshwater Fish 95.5
Saltwater Fish 9.5
Reptile 9.3
Small Animal 12.4

For 2015, it estimated that $60.59 billion will be spent on pets in the U.S.7ee089_1843aaadbd644a46b3bb8cf9e2f5eb8b.png_srz_p_254_254_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srz

National Pet Day Origin

Celebrity pet lifestyle expert and animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige founded National Pet Day to raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption. The motto of the holiday is “Don’t shop! Adopt!” and it is sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation, whose mission is to help animals in shelters find forever homes.


Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products,  the Healthy PetNet Foundation, and
a member of The Healthy Pet Challenge Team

Adoption Available In Southwest Virginia

Adoption Available
His Name Is Trooper Joe

 Keith Somers, Editor
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Adoption available for Trooper Joe.  This 6 year old Lab mix has one hero, and he’s searching for a few more.  A generous donor has paid Trooper Joe’s adoption fee.  Now he’s looking for a home of his own to help care for his special medical needs and generous donor heroes to help cover the cost of his surgery.

Trooper Joe suffers from severe hip dysplasia. Right now his pain is being managed with medication, but his future quality of life would be greatly improved with hip replacements.  Because of the extensive post-surgery rehabilitation, it would be best for him to recuperate in the comfort of a loving home.

Dog lover friends of mine took him out to a greenway last Saturday and she said, “I took him to the Greenway because he has been in the shelter the longest of any dog.  We had a great time and he loves little kids.  He rides in the car like a pro.  If I didn’t work such long hours and had a fenced yard I’d adopt him in a heartbeat.”  Trooper Joe is a 6 year old Lab mix with a happy disposition and soulful eyes that show he has so much more love to give.

Will You Join Trooper Joe’s Army of Heroes?

You can donate to his cause now and help us spread the word by sharing his story with your friends and family on social media.  To donate to Trooper Joe’s surgery fund, please call us at 540-339-9247.  Together we can find the perfect home for him and raise the needed funds to cover his medical costs. Stop by and meet him at the Roanoke Valley SPCA, 1340 Baldwin Ave NE, Roanoke, VA 24012, any day between Noon and 6pm. You’ll be glad you did!

 Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products,  the Healthy PetNet Foundation, and
a member of The Healthy Pet Challenge Team

Pet Food Recall Not Quite Yet

Pet Food Recall,
Not Yet—But Be Careful

Keith Somers, Editor
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WTW5 –  Cincinnati, February 25, 2015

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Nestle Purina Petcare Company, alleging that some Purina Beneful dog foods include substances capable of killing dogs.  There has been no pet food recall as of today.

The suit claims more than 3,000 people have reported that their dogs became seriously ill and/or died after eating Purina Beneful, and some pet owners have incurred extensive veterinary bills to have their dogs tested and treated for illnesses.

The lawsuit was filed by Frank Lucido on Feb. 5 in Contra Costa County, California. It alleges that the following dry “kibble” dog foods are sickening and killing dogs:

  • Purina Beneful Healthy Weight
  • Purina Beneful Original
  • Purina Beneful Incredibites
  • Purina Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies
  • Purina Beneful Healthy Smile
  • Purina Beneful Healthy Fiesta
  • Purina Beneful Healthy Radiance
  • Purina Beneful Playful Life

The suit claims the pet foods contain substances that are toxic to animals, including propylene glycol, an antifreeze component and known animal toxin that is poisonous to cats and dogs.

According to the lawsuit, Nestle knew or should have known that the Food and Drug Administration has prohibited propylene glycol from being used in cat foods.

The suit also claims the food contains mycotoxins, a group of toxins that are produced by fungus that occurs in grains. Mycotoxins are a significant health risk to dogs, the suit says. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that dangerous levels of mycotoxins have been found during testing conducted on Purina Beneful Original.

Pet Food Recall,
Here’s the Skinny

The consumer complaints show “consistent symptoms, including stomach and related internal bleeding, liver malfunction or failure, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, weight loss, seizures, bloating, and kidney failure,” the lawsuit claims.

In many cases, pet owners claimed their dogs showed symptoms prior to these diagnoses, including lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, weight loss, seizures and bloating.

The class action lawsuit invites pet owners who have fed their dogs and cats Beneful brands between 2011 and 2015 to join. It asks for a jury to hear the case and award $5 million in damages.   Still no pet food recall!

Bill Salzman, director of corporate communications for Nestle Purina PetCare, has issued a statement denying the allegations in the lawsuit.

“We believe the lawsuit is baseless, and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves and our brand. Beneful had two previous class action suits filed in recent years with similar baseless allegations, and both were dismissed by the courts.

“Like other pet foods, Beneful is occasionally the subject of social media-driven misinformation. Online postings often contain false, unsupported and misleading allegations that cause undue concern and confusion for our Beneful customers.

“Bottom line: Consumers can continue to feed Beneful with total confidence.”

USA Today, March 2, 2015  –  2nd Class Action Suit Filed Today

The new filing is asking that Purina pay Lucido and other members of the class action lawsuit unspecified actual, statutory and punitive damages and restitution.

We inform—you resolve!

NBC News, February 24, 2015

ABC News. February 25, 2015

USA Today, March 2, 2015/2nd Class Action Suit


pet food recallHere is how you can help.

1.   Push the agencies that can do something about this potential pet food recall.   Get involved by contacting the following organizations:

2.   At a minimum, inform your friends and fellow pet owners to be very careful of what they feed by carefully checking the ingredients list on the package.

3.   Finally, take a look at a company that has never had a pet food recall in 16 years, since the inception of the company, for any reason—and it’s shipped fresh to your door in less than 6 weeks from the Life’s Abundance facility in Florida.


A Great Company
Helping Pets & Pet Lovers
A Business Opportunity of a Lifetime

Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products,
 the Healthy PetNet Foundation, and
a Member of the Healthy Pet Challenge Team