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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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Keith Somers is a registered
Independent Field Representative of Life’s Abundance products
and The HealthyPetNet Foundation

When contacting Life’s Abundance directly,
please use my ID# 20092539

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



Natural Healthy Treats for Dogs & Cats


Natural Healthy Treats
For Dogs & Cats

by Keith Somers,
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Natural healthy treats, as a special reward, brings great enjoyment to your dog or cat.   And it makes us feel good, too. The very act of giving a treat helps to solidify the bond that we share with our companion animals.  Unfortunately, most of the pet snacks available on the market today are non-nutritive “junk foods” that could be dangerous to your pet’s health.  It’s important to remember that even if you feed your pet a diet of healthy food, mass-marketed treats can have a significant negative impact on his or her health.
Thankfully, you don’t have to abandon this great way to reward your pet.  There’s no reason treats can’t be nutritious and tasty.  At Life’s Abundance our natural healthy treats are as important as our food for nutrition and pleasure.  You have our guarantee—we do not create pet products simply on measures of taste or texture.
Natural healthy treats is a wholly unique approach in the pet product industry.  To address the dietary requirements and taste preferences of all dogs and cats, we’ve developed a wide array of oven-baked healthy treats, savory training treats and satisfying pork-hide treats. These yummy products are uniquely formulated by one of our company veterinarians, Dr. Jane Bicks, to target particular health needs, both through balanced nutrition and specific vitamins and herbal ingredients.

natural healthy treatsWe have lots of
Natural Healthy Treats<–Click Here
your dog will love:

  •  Antioxidant Health Bars
  • Gourmet Dental Treats
  • Wholesome Hearts, Low-Fat Treats
  • Tasty Rewards Training Treats
  • Porky Puffs Treats
  • Buffalo Bully Sticks
  • Baked Treats
  • Buffalo Lung Fillets
  • Dog Treat Sampler Pack

We also have
Natural Healthy Treats <–Click Here
your cat will enjoy:

  • Chicken, herring & liver meals
  • Guaranteed vitamin C & E, omega-3’s, DHA & EPA
  • Healthier hair can minimize hairballs
  • Made in the USA

At Life’s Abundance, we’re driven by a desire to affect positive change in your dog’s and cat’s health, and that’s reflected in every single joyous bite. Most Nutritious Pet Food

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 Probiotics Are Essential

Pet Food Probiotics
Are Essential Good Bacteria—Why?

by Keith Somers,
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Pet food probiotics have to be on everyone’s minds when considering the total health, happiness, and longevity of our pet companions.   But what are probiotics anyway?

About three months ago I was visited by one of those pesky tiny “deer ticks”.   He bit me!   Since then I have been on three, four-week doses of antibiotics.   I am combating diagnosed Lyme Disease.   This bad bacteria is called borrelia burgdorferi.

Pet Food Probiotics
Focus on Good Bacteria

Unfortunately, antibiotics destroy good bacteria along with the bad. Hence in a time of aggressive antibiotics use, to the rescue comes probiotics (good bacteria) to enhance not only digestion, but immune function as well.

I am sure my great grandmother had never heard of “probiotics”.   But, she did know the value of yogurt, cottage cheese, sauerkraut, clabbered milk, and yeast.    All of them promote better digestive health.

Élie Metchnikoff first suggested the possibility of colonizing the gut with beneficial flora (probiotics), in 1907.   He was a Russian scientist and Nobel prize winner working at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

pet food probiotics

He wondered why the villagers living in the Caucasus Mountains of Bulgaria, lived so much longer than most of the rest of the Bulgarian population.  He found that it was because they were drinking a fermented yoghurt drink on a daily basis.   It was a probiotic called Lactobacillus bulgaricus.    It seemed to have improved their health and longevity.   Probiotics are good bacteria.

Leading scientists today are discovering many types of probiotics  such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces boulardii, and Bifidobacterium infantis.   All of them have various properties and can have different healthy effects on the body.

Pet Food Probiotics Effect the
Health, Happiness, and Longevity of Our Pets

These “human” studies have now spilled over into the pet food probiotics industry.   That’s good.

Veterinarians1 and nutritionists are still sorting out how probiotics work.   At this point they believe that they can:

  •     Promote digestive health by blocking bad bacteria from establishing colonies.
  •     Produce substances that prevent infection; regulate inflammatory responses.
  •     Strengthen intestine mucus.
  •     Prevent and treat certain skin allergies and diseases.
  •     Enhance cellular  homeostasis—a state of balance in the body.
  •     Maintain a healthy immune system.
  •     Produces antioxidants thus helping to prevent periodontal disease and “doggie breath”.


1“The Promise of Probiotics”, Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM, April 25, 2012, Life’s Abundance Newsletter.


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


Do NOT use the DogWonders site to attempt to diagnose or treat your pet.
Your veterinarian is ALWAYS the best source of health advice.

Please DO use my site as an informative and educational opportunity.  I will do my best to ensure that what is presented here,
is helpful to you, accurate and up-to-date.

Healthy Dog Treats Are Absolutely Necessary

Healthy Dog Treats
Are  Absolutely Necessary

by Keith Somers  /  Like  Dog Wonders on Facebook

Few things bring more enjoyment to your dog than the reward of  healthy dog treats.  The very act of giving a treat helps to strengthen the bond that we share with our companion animals.

healthy dog treats
We want your companion animals to enjoy the best life has to offer!
healthy dog treats

Unfortunately, many of the dog treats available on the market today are non-nutritive “junk treats”, that could be harmful to your dog’s long-term health. Look at your current Ingredient Label—none of the following should be on the list, not one:

  • NO wheat, or wheat gluten
  • NO corn, or corn gluten
  • NO soy or soy gluten
  • NO artificial colors
  • NO artificial flavors
  • NO chemical preservatives
  • NO meat meal or bone meal
  • NO animal fat
  • NO sugars
  • NO animal by-products

Treats should be packed with wholesome premium nutrients such as:

  • apples
  • peanut butter
  • honey
  • oatmeal
  • stabilized rice bran
  • brown rice
  • ground flax seed
  • flax seed oil
  • rolled oats
  • dried whole eggs
  • cranberries
  • carrots
  • vitamin A, E, C, and beta-carotene
  • calcium
  • phosphorous
  • L-Carnitine
  • high quality protein
  • Omega 3 fatty acids

For the most part your pet eats the same food every day.   With some variation between dry or wet food, treats and supplements, it is crucial that a right choice in each of these products be made.  Your dog or cat’s long-term health, happiness and life is at stake!

Click below to see:  Chew Treats, Training Treats, Baked Treats, Dental Treats, and more, yummy, nutritious choices.

 We want your companion animals to enjoy the best life has to offer!
healthy dog treats

Keith Somers is a registered
Independent Field Representative of Life’s Abundance products
and The HealthyPetNet Foundation

When contacting Life’s Abundance directly,
please use my ID# 20092539

Best Nutritional Dog Food Available

Best Nutritional Dog Food?
Ask A Question, Get An Answer

 by Keith Somers  /  Like  Dog Wonders on Facebook

Best Nutritional Dog Food
Searching for the best nutritional dog food for your companion dog, or cat if you have one, may be a daunting task. There are many things to consider.   I have given you a short list here:

  •  There are more than 3,800 products now on the market;
  •  There are hundreds of brands marketing dog food;
  •  Recipes are complex and very greatly;
  •  Dog breed, size, age, health, and habits, are all factors;
  •  Scientists are re-examining and changing the standards;
  •  Why are there so many recalls?;
  •  Recipes for home made pet food;
  •  Canned vs. dry might make you think that the Hatfields and McCoys were at it again.

Finding the
Best Nutritional Dog Food
Is Possible

Let’s work on it together.   Drop me a question about it below using “Leave A Reply” and I’ll do my very best to get the answer for you ASAP.   Please specify if you have a dog or cat, or both.


Keith Somers is a registered
Independent Field Representative of Life’s Abundance products
and The HealthyPetNet Foundation

When contacting Life’s Abundance directly,
please use my ID# 20092539