Who has pledged good quality food ingredients in their pet food?
Updated 16 May 2020
The demand for safe food, food ingredients with reasonable quality is becoming greater. More and more boutique pet food companies claim superior quality and they charge for it!
Here in this PLEDGE, the Association for Truth in Pet Food has been collecting promises from various pet food companies stating the quality of their food. Time to have a read and be informed!
Origins of food ingredients
Updated 16 May 2020
We are learning to read food labels, but we do not know where these ingredients came from! A recent research report has uncovered some of the ingredients and the country of origin.
Click here for – Pet food ingredients and their origin
COVID-19 Infection & Animals / 新型冠狀病毒感染與寵物
(Updated 22 February 2020)
There are concerns raised by pet owners regarding the possibility of the virus crossing over from pet animals to humans. Here is the advisory document from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and joint statement issued by the Hong Kong Veterinary Association (HKVA) + Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) + veterinary experts from City University regarding this matter and the responsibility of pet keeping.
Home Urinalysis Kit (Dogs & Cats) / 家用驗尿Kit (貓/狗用)
動物/ 寵物生意越來越多, 連驗尿都做埋. 相信不日市場上將出現不同的配套供寵物主人用.
請大家記住, 大部分試紙是用顔色表達結果 – 即提供主觀結果(Subjective) 而非客觀結果 (Objective). 故此要準確地翻譯這些結果, 需要清楚理解動物病理才好.
大家用這種家用kit時如見結果不正常, 請從速找獸醫傾傾, 才決定怎麼料理寵物.
GMO / Non-GMO – effects of pets
Check out this Facebook link – an interview with IRT’s Jeffrey Smith and Veterinarian Dr. Barbara Royal (Oprah’s Veterinarian)
Stopping GMO-food takes effort but this alone can help your pet feel better already!
You see diarrhea? Lack of interest in eating? Skin problems? “Allergies”? GMO is a massive problem and you are affected by it as much as your pet is. Watch this. Save your pet. Save yourself (along the way!)
Isoxazoline Flea & Tick Products – Potential Adverse Events
Isoxazoline class of flea and tick products include these brand names:
The FDA has issues a warning fact sheet with basic information regarding this class of chemical. The FDA maintains that these products and the class of chemical is safe for use in animals. However, there may be occasional animal that exhibits signs of sensitivity related to neurological adverse reactions.
Such neurological adverse reactions (in dogs and cats) listed by the FDA include:
- muscle tremors
For more details, click this link for the FDA Fact Sheet on Potential Adverse Events associated with Isoxazoline flea and tick products.
The Hong Kong Drugs Office had previously issued a notice regarding modification in the labeling of Bravecto as instructed by European Medicines Agency (EMA) to include possible risk of convulsion. For more details please click this link.
Bravecto 是屬於化學物質 Isoxazoline 的其中一種用作防蚤及牛蜱的動物用產品. 自2017年香港政府藥物辦公室已有刊憲關於Bravecto的潛在風險. 歐洲藥物管理局 (European Medicines Agency – EMA) 於2017年要求了Bravecto 製造商於産品説明中加入「抽搐」為其中之一的副作用. 幸好, 此副作用非常「罕見」定義為一萬隻用此產品的動物中少過一隻或許有機會產生「抽搐」反應. 歐洲藥物管理局提及到主人應該考慮避免用Bravecto 產品於有癲癇症的動物身上.
美國食品藥物管理局 (FDA)2018年9月刊憲關於Bravecto的潛在風險, 提到有其他類似產品可以產生差不多的副作用. 所見的都是跟神經系統有關的症狀包括:
- 肌肉震顫 (muscle tremors)
- 共濟失調 (ataxia)
- 癲癇 (seizure)
How intermittent fasting can help you!
Intermittent fasting – a method to burn sugar off from your body – can be practiced by fasting for 16hours of a day.
The purpose? It’s to remove as much bad carbohydrates from your body – namely sugar. The less sugar you, the less likely the cells in your body are to get “sick” and turn into cancer as you get older.
Have a read of this article!
Wellness Pet Food Class Action – Filed July 2017; continues in 2018
(Updated 12 October 2018) + Wellness Pet Food (Dog) is sold in HK!
Wellness Pet Food – producer of pet food lines including Wellness Core was challenged with a Class Action Lawsuit in July 2017.
The Lawsuit alleged that Wellness Pet Food Dog Food series were contaminated with lead 鉛, arsenic 砒霜 and Bisphenol A 酚甲烷 (BPA). Specific dog foods from Wellness brand were tested by the plaintiffs, including:
- Wellness CORE Adult Dry Ocean Whitefish, Herring Meal and Salmon Meal (“CORE Ocean”) [FOOD 1]
- Wellness Complete Health Adult Dry Whitefish and Sweet Potato [FOOD 2]
According to the FDA in the United States, the allowable limits of these “contaminants” are:
- 10 parts per billion (ppb 十億分率) in apple juice
- [FOOD 1] contained 1,500 ppb of arsenic
- [FOOD 2] contained 1,200 ppb of arsenic
- That is, more than TEN times (10x) the allowable amount
- 5 parts per billion (ppb 十億分率) in bottled water
- [FOOD 1] contained 221 ppb of lead
- [FOOD 2] contained 220 ppb of lead
- That is, more than FORTY times (40x) the allowable amount
Bisphenol A (BPA) 酚甲烷
- Wellness CORE Ocean Product [FOOD 1] was found to contain “material and significant levels of BPA
Briefly, arsenic (inorganic) can contribute to serious illnesses and diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, brain function and immunity.
Meanwhile, Lead is classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” (cancer causing) by The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and can impact on the body’s development, reproductive ability and nervous system to name a few.
Lastly, BPA is quoted as “an industrial chemical that is an endocrine disruptor… linked to various health issues, including reproductive disorders, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and neurological problems”.
This Class Action Lawsuit does not address Wellness Cat Food quality.
Solid Gold Class Action – Filed July 2018
A Class Action has been filed in July 2018 against the pet food company Solid Gold Pet, LLC.
The filing alleges contamination of BPA, heavy metal, chemicals, and/or toxins. The filing also alleges “fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation” of its food products.
This information is found on the website www.truthaboutpetfood.com
Increased awareness and diagnosis of Dilated Cardiomyopathy – drastically low plasma Taurine levels
Updated on 26 July 2018
The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has issued a brief that updates on an increased number of cases of Dilated Cardiomyopathy. These cases in dogs are not presented in a routine manner, as affected dogs are not typically, genetically predisposed to Dilated Cardiomyopathy.
Rescue & Adopt – Greyhounds
Updated on 25 June 2018
Greyhounds’ lives are probably little to no different to race horses. They train and they are raced to win. Very likely, when one is deemed unsuccessful, the greyhound gets put-down (euthanized). Greyhounds can be re-homed when they are retired and they can make wonderful companions.
Check out the link above and join in the petition to rescues these dogs. If they are not rescued, they will likely be euthanized. Currently, very little greyhounds get to leave the city once retired.