The topic is up for debate again after NRMA insurance conducted tests in Australia where they claim a number of popular harnesses
were deemed to not be effective in restraining pets during low-speed crashes. This isn't the first time harnesses have come
under attack. Back in 2011, the Center for Pet Safety tested four harnesses using the same standards that are used for testing
car seats for children. The results concluded in a crash of 30 miles per hour, all four harnesses failed. Thankfully, no live
animals were used in the testing but the results should still make the public take notice. While harness companies appear
to be willing to better their product and many do take a hard look at evidence resulting from independent testing, harnessing
your pooch may not be the answer we are all looking for quite yet. The studies have shown that while some have been effective
in restraining the pet, they do little to actually provide safety to your pet during a crash.
should your pet still be confirmed or restrained during car travel? Absolutely. Keep in mind that an unrestrained pet in a
car crash, becomes a projectile. This could result in additional injury to the pet but could also injure those inside the
car. Also, keep in mind that dogs who are allowed to keep their heads outside of car windows can suffer
emergency injuries such as amputated tongues and damage to the eyes. Doggie seat belts also help prevent distractions to the
So what's the answer? While harnesses have benefits at this time, they simply aren't providing
the concept of safety we are all expecting. Hopefully as the demand for pet safety products continues to grow and the public
continues to be educated on the claims made by the companies involved, harness companies will have no choice but to continue
down the path of a better product for our furry friends.
We am so disappointed to relay the following information.
beloved Zukes has been bought out by Nestle Purina. Bleh!
As you may know, we are not proponents of such acquisitions. Usually
they result in a slow, systematic change in ingredients while keeping the same branding and marketing in place. This results
in the public purchasing what they think is the same product they have come to know and love, when really, it's not
the same product at all. This has happened with so many once amazing brands.
Comments posted on Petproductnews.com have been mostly negative
according to Pet Product News International. Some retailers have stated, "I will never purchase Zuke's again"
to "I will definitely have to stop selling Zukes" and I don't blame them.
We always recommend to clients who wish
to continue feeding the brand once it gets purchased by a large company, that they keep a close eye on the ingredients
with every single bag you purchase. When the ingredients change, you will not be notified and it will be up to you,
as the consumer, to decide if you want to continue to purchase the brand. Additionally, do continual research online as
while the ingredients may not change, the source of the ingredients and the ways in which the ingredients are processed
may. This can have negative effects on your pet without you even knowing the issues are stemming from the "same"
food you've been feeding for years.
It was back in May 2010 when we first posted the blog regarding the sale of another
beloved brand, Natura to Procter and Gamble. I felt it was worth another post as well.
~ It has been announced that Natura is being bought out by Procter and Gamble.
Natura currently produces brands
such as Innova, Evo, California Natural, Healthwise, Mother Nature and Karma. These foods will all now be produced by this
While P&G has assured Natura that nothing will change, keep in mind that both Iams and Eukanuba
who are also owned by P&G!
Something to think about....
Keep in mind what kind of
company Procter and Gamble is! Below is a list of their top selling items, considered their "Billion Dollar Brands"
- Ariel is a brand of laundry detergent/liquid available in numerous forms and scents.
- Bounty is a brand of paper towel sold in the United States and Canada.
- Braun is a small-appliances manufacturer specializing in electric shavers, epilators, hair care appliances and blenders.
- Crest is a brand of toothpaste and teeth whitening products.
- Dawn is a brand of dishwashing detergent.
- Downy/Lenor is a brand of fabric softener.
- Duracell is a brand of batteries and flashlights.
- Fusion is a brand of men's wet shave razors and is the quickest P&G brand to have reached $1 billion in annual sales.
- Gain is a brand of laundry detergent and fabric softeners.
- Gillette is a brand of safety razor and male grooming products.
- Head & Shoulders is a brand of shampoo and conditioners.
- Old Spice is a brand of aftershave, Deodorants, Soaps and Bodywash.
- Ivory is a soap.
- Nice 'n Easy is a hair coloring product.
- Olay is a brand of women's skin care products.
- Oral-B is a brand of toothbrush, and oral care products.
- Pampers is a brand of disposable diaper and other baby care products.
- Pantene is a brand of hair care products (conditioners/styling aids).
- Prilosec OTC is a brand of heartburn medicine co-marketed by AstraZeneca.
- Pringles is a brand of potato chips.
- Puffs is a brand of facial tissue.
- Secret is a brand of antiperspirant and deodorant.
- TAG is a deodorant and body spray.
- Tide is a brand of laundry detergent.
- Vicks is a brand name of over-the-counter medicines (Formula 44, Sinex, NyQuil/DayQuil)
- Wella is a brand name of hair care products (shampoo, conditioner, styling, and hair color).
- Whisper is a brand of pantyliners sold primarily in Asian markets.
Do I want these folks in charge of my pet's food!? No way.
For those of you currently feeding these foods who want to move off of them, head into The Wagging Tail down in
Erma (337 Route 9, Erma - 609.886.5999) and talk to the staff there. They will be happy to counsel you on the changes taking
place and help you find a comparable diet for your babies.