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Pet Food Safety – Home Made Can Eliminate Uncertainty

The latest outbreak of dog food and cat food contamination has shaken the confidence of pet owners the world over, but nowhere as much as in the United States where illness and reported deaths took its highest toll of family pets. Now, in the aftermath of large scale pet food recalls, many are asking questions about the ingredients that they’ve always trusted to provide optimum health for their family pets.

It comes as no real surprise now that many pet owners are choosing to make their own homegrown variety of pet nutrition. When made properly, it has to be a better option than all that imported stuff with unknown ingredients of suspicious composition and origin. In fact, many say it’s not too difficult at all and fairly inexpensive to make. But, a number of experts caution that homemade diets won’t work for every pet or its owner. Some dogs and cats have a more difficult time adjusting to a new diet and the new process itself may simply be too labor intensive and inconvenient for many owners. The choice should be made only after careful consideration.

For starters, you can have your family vet or a recommended veterinary nutritionist put together a starter diet for you to try. On the other hand, if you prefer, do the nutritional research yourself. It’s unfortunate, but the rap against vets today, is similar to what doctors experienced in years past, that they know a lot about medicine, but were never taught much about nutrition. And, the veterinary nutritionists are accused of being little more than puppets, with the pet food manufacturers pulling the strings. There may be an element of truth to both, but in any case you’ll have to use your own judgment. However, having a few sample diets to follow while getting started will most likely be helpful.

The most responsible advice is to suggest paying close attention to your dog or cat. You know your pet better than anyone, so you should quickly notice changes in the quality of their health, such as energy levels, condition of their coat and stool texture. So, keep a close eye out for any subtle changes during the transition, as you would with changes to any food. When you decide to begin with your homemade foods, do it gradually by mixing the new food into the old food for a couple of weeks. Slowly increase the ratio of new to old each day as you monitor your pet’s adjustment.

Another trend of late has some owners feeding their pets a diet based largely on raw meat, vegetables and fruits. In fact, many people believe it’s the most natural and therefore the healthiest choice for pets. Melinda Miller, president of the North American Raw Pet Food Association recently stated, “There are a wide variety of benefits. Animals with arthritis and longstanding gastrointestinal ailments or skin problems often improve significantly after being placed on grain-free raw diets”.

For those who might be concerned about introducing contaminants into their own diets, it’s important to note here that the more common phobias and issues related to food borne microbes, such as salmonella are largely unfounded, with no real evidence of actual cases of illness to animals or humans when the meat is fresh and handled in an appropriate manner. Melinda Miller added, “no study has ever correlated human illness with raw-fed dogs or cats.” Raw food diets are popular in Europe and have gained significant interest in America over the past twenty years, so it can be considered yet another possible alternative over the store bought brands.

A Word of Caution:

Don’t just think that you can feed your pet table scraps and assume it to be a viable nutritional alternative. It’s not! Pets have special needs just as we do, so do your homework. There are many online resources, and even pet food cookbooks to help make things a lot easier. But, in the meantime, don’t just feed them what you’re eating. At the very least, they won’t be getting the nutrition they need, and the things you’re giving them could make them sick or even kill them.

Here’s a short list of foods that can be toxic for animals and should always be avoided, even in small quantities: chocolate, mushrooms, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, leeks, chives, grapes, raisins, potato peelings, tomatoes (cats) and drinks containing caffeine or alcohol. The list for your particular pet may include other dangerous or sickening foods, so think before you toss.

Making your own pet foods can certainly be a loving and caring way to guarantee that your pet gets the healthy nutrition it deserves and without the risk of unknown contaminants. But, do your cost/benefit research first as to ensure a situation that you’re comfortable with including dollars, time and balanced nutrition. Carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages for both you and your pet before deciding on this trendy alternative.

 
 
 

Hone Your Chess Skills With Blindfold Chess

All the hours you have put into mastering the game of chess seem to be paying off. Good for you! So, you think you are slowly, yet surely, conquering the challenges this longstanding game continually presents to those daring-hearted individuals who partake in this mind-racking pastime. You are ready for a new challenge, yes? Now that you’ve played the game enough that you feel like you could play it in your sleep, why not partake in a match of blindfold chess? Yes, that’s right: blindfold chess!

Right now, images might be dancing through your mind of you and your opponent clumsily feeling around the chessboard for your knight, possibly knocking down your pieces, simulating a domino effect. Well, go ahead and wipe that vision out of your mind, as your first blindfold chess game will not be quite as complicated as this. It’s not like a piata game, where you will get spinned around, hopelessly aiming for your pawn. A third player will assist in the actual physical moving of the pieces, mind you. Your mission, however, is to memorize each and every move, all the while predicting your opponent’s next move, and calculating your future moves by putting your visual-spatial skills to work, without the use of your eyes!

If you can imagine the intense training your brain goes through during a typical game of chess, when you can actually see your and your rival’s moves, then surely you can begin to fathom just how much more work your brain will have to perform in order to complete this task of blindfold chess. Are you up to the challenge?

You may have seen or heard of chess matches where a player will challenge several opponents simultaneously. This thought alone can be baffling to chess competitors. With chess being a game based on skillful tactics and the ability to calculate not only your next several moves, but also your challenger’s next several moves, adding a blindfold to the situation will make it even more exciting (and possibly, frustrating)! You obviously love a good challenge, though, so hang in there.

People who are most likely to succeed at this style of chess playing are those whose learning style is holistic rather than systematic. The holistic learner’s thought methods are generally processed in pictures rather than words. This ability is beneficial to the blindfold chess player, as he will be able to grasp a full picture of the game board from his mind’s eye, as well as still be able to calculate and predict future moves, without the aid of sight.

Blindfold chess is something that is taken quite seriously amongst pro chess players. The Amber Chess Tournament is a competition that takes place annually at the Palais de la Mediterrane, in Nice. Participants come from all over the world, including Russia, India, Armenia, Ukraine, Norway, Bulgaria, China, Hungary, Azerbaijan, and the United States of America. The total amount of the prize pot is the equivalent of more than US$300,000 dollars. If the mere completion of the task isn’t enough to whet your enthusiasm, maybe financial means will nudge you toward the direction of mastering blindfold chess!

Hone your blindfold and speed chess skills enough, and you just might find yourself amongst the greatest players in the world. Good luck!

The author is the owner of Quality-Chess.net, an online site where you can browse for numerous chess products including wood chess sets. http://www.quality-chess.net

 
 
 

An Animal Cruelty Investigator Ensures The Safety Of Your Pets And Animals

One person on the planet who can help animals on a daily basis is an animal cruelty investigator. These are people who are trained to ensure that the animal laws, which were put into place by the governments of various states and countries, are followed.

Becoming an investigator is not as easy as one might think. Not only do they have to possess a love for animals, but they also must have knowledge of the animal laws that were enacted to protect our four legged friends.

In order to become an animal cruelty investigator, a person must first have certain qualifications. For example, they must know how the law works. One can obtain this information while attending criminal justice classes at a local college or by enrolling in online classes.

This will help with their skills as an investigator. One must also have good communication skills in order to probe into the alleged abuse of an animal. Another requirement is working experience in an animal related field, such as in a vet’s office or at the local animal shelter.

Besides taking college classes to become an investigator, a person will have to invest in formal training that is specific to animal cruelty. These seminars are held around the United States for around five hundred dollars.

They more than likely will last about a week. One should definitely invest in these seminars if they want to have the best possible advantage over the competition when it comes to landing a job in this field.

An animal cruelty investigator is a very important individual. One who devotes their life to ensuring the well being of all types of animals is one who has a heart of gold. The job can be taxing on the soul, but the rewards are beyond what most other jobs offer. The road to becoming an investigator can be a long one, but if one is persistence in their quest for knowledge about animals and the laws that protect them, then the road will be easily traveled.

Mike Selvon has a passion for animal care, and his portal answers your common questions about the animal cruelty investigator. Visit his portal for your free gift and leave a comment at his humane society blog.

 
 
 

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