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Which is the best website relating to best dry dog food?

I am not sure that exists. I have visited Consumer Reports, the American Kennel Association, PetMD, Wikipedia, Cornell University information, and a number of sites purporting to offer expert or consumer based information. A dry dog food of 30% protein, fat content of 18% fat, a wide variety of nutritional ingredients such as omega, and an absence off food coloring is a good guide for what to check for a healthy dog. A puppy should have puppy food, a different balance. Dogs with health problems may require special diets; consult a vet. Here are some dry foods you can look at in terms of what I listed above. (Bear in mind almost all vet schools receive money from pet food manufacturers.) 10 Vet Recommended Dog Food Brands That Are Inexpensive 2017 15 Top Dog Food Brands 2017 Review
9/29/2022 8:44:03 AM • Dogs • Answered on Sep 29, 2022

Does my dog need to wear shoes in the summer?

I know I wouldn't want to walk around barefoot in the middle of August. I'm sure your dog would appreciate a barrier between his paws and the hot pavement.

9/26/2022 8:17:05 AM • Dogs • Answered on Sep 26, 2022

What should I do in order to make sure my dog house stays cool in the summer?

In order to keep your dog's house cool during hot summer days, consider to do the following:
  • Place the dog house in the shade so it doesn't get too hot from the sun.
  • Make sure that the house is ventilated so warm air can come out.
  • If it gets really hot inside the house, you should put a fan to cool the house down or buy a small air conditioning unit made for dog houses.
  • Place a cooling mat on the ground of the house. This will help the dog to cool down during the hot summer days.
9/7/2022 6:58:54 AM • Dogs • Answered on Sep 07, 2022

Can dogs eat cat food?

Dog can eatcat food once in a while without having any side effects. However, cat food ishigher in protein and fat than dog food, so if dogs eat it on a regular basisit can cause them nutritional imbalances.
8/8/2022 11:16:01 AM • Dogs • Answered on Aug 08, 2022

Does canned dog food make Pomeranian's sick?

It can. If you dog gets sick eating a canned food brand, you should try another. Consult with your veterinarian about this problem. Not all canned dog food is made the same, and many can be too rich for toy breeds.
8/8/2022 11:10:21 AM • Dogs • Answered on Aug 08, 2022

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8/7/2022 7:38:33 PM • Dogs • Answered on Aug 07, 2022

Where can I buy organic food for my dog online?

You can getorganic food for your dog on these websites: both sites you get free shipping when buying for more than $50.
7/5/2022 8:01:05 AM • Dogs • Answered on Jul 05, 2022

Can my dog use an insulated dog house all year long?

Absolutely! Insulated dog houses keep your dog warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
6/24/2022 6:29:59 PM • Dogs • Answered on Jun 24, 2022

Do I need to put air conditioning in my dog house? It seems kind of extravagant.

It depends where you live, but if you live in a hot climate and suffer from the heat yourself (and use air con to cool yourself down), the chances are that your dog is suffering too. The dog house provides some shade but it doesn't help humidity and really hot temperatures.
6/24/2022 2:50:54 AM • Dogs • Answered on Jun 24, 2022

How long do dogs live

Since you asked a general question, it
depends on the breed. ie: Maltese 15 years life expectancy but it depends on their health growing up.
6/23/2022 3:03:49 PM • Dogs • Answered on Jun 23, 2022

How old is a 10 year old dog in human years

About 70, though it can vary from breed to breed.
6/23/2022 3:01:08 PM • Dogs • Answered on Jun 23, 2022

Does dry dog food have anti-freeze in it?

That would be kinda stu pid wouldn't it?
6/23/2022 2:56:29 PM • Purina Beneful... • Answered on Jun 23, 2022

Beneful dog food toxic?

Judge for yourself Beneful Dog Food Dry
6/23/2022 2:54:25 PM • Purina Beneful... • Answered on Jun 23, 2022

Is it safe for my dog if its from a pet store

It is recommended that you keep your dog from the pet store separate from your domestic dog for a period of time.
6/23/2022 2:47:57 PM • Dogs • Answered on Jun 23, 2022

What are the expert tips for keeping your pet healthy?

Feed only recommended food and treats, regular exercise, and trips to the vet, keep them clean and always tell your pet how you feel about them (they understand) lots of love. also so look for unusual behavior this could be signs of sickness. lots of attention to them and their family now.
4/15/2022 4:23:03 PM • Dogs • Answered on Apr 15, 2022

My l1 year old lab has an ear infection and has an appointment with our vet tomorrow morning. What can I do for her pain until then then? Also can dogs take Tylenol?

The only one that is supposed to be used is regular aspirin. Tylenol and advil are not good choices for dogs.
3/25/2022 12:24:39 AM • Dogs • Answered on Mar 25, 2022

Is Beneful dogfood dangerous to my dogs health?

I use Beneful for my two dog's - They are 16 and 12 years old and I have never had a problem ??
12/25/2021 11:26:18 AM • Purina Beneful... • Answered on Dec 25, 2021

Does propylene glycol cause health issues in dogs?

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Propylene glycol is an ingredient found in many personal-care products, including shampoos, hair conditioners, and leave-in styling products. It is widely used because of its relatively low cost and versatile nature. Its inclusion in a formula can fulfill a variety of purposes, which makes it a popular choice by the cosmetics chemist. However, some manufacturers have recently made the decision to no longer include propylene glycol in their products.

My speculation is that this is possibly due to misinformation circulated on the Internet, and elsewhere in the interest of marketing "natural" products. I am an avid supporter of using natural products whenever possible. and of avoiding putting toxins into our bodies whenever possible or practical. But I get frustrated by the dissemination of inaccurate and incomplete information in an attempt to frighten consumers into using different products. In this article, I seek to clear up some misconceptions about this chemical.

The Chemical Facts About Propylene Glycol:

Propylene glycol (also known as 1,2 propanediol) is a relatively small molecule with two alcohol (hydroxyl) groups (-OH). It is a colorless and odorless liquid and is completely water-soluble. PG is a synthetic product obtained from the hydration of propylene oxide, which is derived from petroleum products. I do not personally consider a petroleum-sourced product to be a bad thing in and of itself, as I consider the final structure and its properties to be more relevant than the source, unless residual contamination is a legitimate concern.

The FDA has categorized propylene glycol as "Generally Recognized as Safe." There is little to no skin irritation or sensitization even with prolonged direct exposure to the undiluted chemical. Irritation to the eye or respiratory system in the event of direct contact is mild and transitory, meaning it subsides quickly once the area is flushed. The MSDS recommends avoiding direct handling due to potential irritation, which is a smart recommendation for any chemical. But is not necessarily an indication of level of toxicity. It is important to remember that in the chemical industry, where a worker is exposed to continuous and possibly large quantities of a chemical in its concentrated form, it is imperative to use the strongest safety precautions possible. Although many sites would have you believe differently, this simply is not relevant to consumers using a product by the teaspoonful that "might" contain a few percent by weight of propylene glycol (if that much).

An interesting fact about propylene glycol is that it is non-toxic when ingested even in reasonably large amounts. Unlike its dangerous and frequently lethal cousin, ethylene glycol, PG is easily metabolized by the liver into normal products of the citric acid metabolic cycle, which are completely nontoxic to the body. Approximately 45 percent of any ingested PG is excreted directly from the body and never even comes into contact with the liver. The elimination half-life for propylene glycol is approximately four hours, and there is no bioaccumulation (buildup in the body over time). A few rare incidents have occurred where a person ingested a large quantity of propylene glycol and suffered some liver and neurological effects as a result, but these were short-lived and subsided once the material was metabolized and excreted.


Metabolic Cycle for Propylene Glycol:

Propylene glycol ? lactic acid ? pyruvic acid ? CO2 + water

Both experimental and anecdotal evidence to date indicate PG to be completely non-carcinogenic, despite its "petroleum-based" origin. In a very interesting study, some unfortunate rats were fed propylene glycol at amounts equal to 5% of all of their food intake every day for two years, which is a pretty huge volume over a large portion of their lifetime. There were no observable effects on their health or behavior.

Another frequently cited concern about propylene glycol is its use as a component of antifreeze, especially in applications such as the airline industry for de-icing wings and runways. Many of the articles I have found online make a point to highlight the fact that PG is "antifreeze," a term which has many negative connotations in the minds of people who have heard of the significant and potentially fatal dangers of "antifreeze." This reputation is well-deserved for ethylene glycol, an extremely toxic material that was commonly found in automotive and other antifreeze solutions. However, propylene glycol has become a common replacement for ethylene glycol in many commercially available antifreeze formulations because it is much safer than ethylene glycol.

Another relevant point is that the word "antifreeze," frequently used to alarm consumers, is simply a scientific term used to describe a completely innocuous process - the lowering or depression of the freezing point of a liquid. An example of this process is the application of salt to roads and walkways in a snow storm. This helps melt snow and ice and prevent development of dangerous icy conditions. The salt accomplishes this by lowering the freezing point of water. This is an example of a "safe" chemical being used as antifreeze. My point here is to not be alarmed by the term antifreeze or by the chemical, propylene glycol. While few chemicals are entirely without risk, propylene glycol is considered to be safe at the low concentrations used in personal care products and even food products.

What is propylene glycol used for in personal care products?

  • It is a very effective humectant
  • It is a solvent or carrier agent for fragrances and preservatives.
  • It can be used as an emulsifier or co-surfactant.
  • It is used as a solvent for pigments in cosmetics.
  • It can be used as a preservative due to its anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties.
  • It is frequently used in deodorants and antiperspirants.
  • It is found in hand cleansers and disinfecting gels.
  • It is a common additive in shaving creams and gels.

I think for those of us with curly hair, propylene glycol's main benefit is the fact that it is a humectant, and a pretty effective one at that.

How will propylene glycol affect my hair?

The application of propylene glycol that is most relevant to those of us with curly hair is as a humectant. All the usual cautions apply with regard to its capabilities to attract water to the hair from the environment or to draw water from the hair to itself. In other words, unless you have the perfect atmospheric conditions, you may experience problems with this ingredient. Propylene glycol is a completely water-soluble material that will not build up on the hair, regardless of whether a low shampoo or shampoo free routine is used. It is also important to note that it is a diol with low volatility, so it will not evaporate easily and cause dry hair in the manner of low molecular weight alcohols such as SD alcohol and isopropyl alcohol.

Overall, after reviewing the available information from diverse sources, my opinion is that propylene glycol should not be a feared ingredient. If product manufacturers are finding replacement ingredients to fulfill the same purposes in their formulas served by propylene glycol, I see no harm in that. However, I hesitate to support marketing materials that use this as a selling point.

As a curly, it would be wise to be aware if you are using products that contain this ingredient, just in case you observe increased frizz or dryness. Always be certain you use plenty of moisturizing products to help lock moisture into your hair shaft, which can help prevent any potential problems caused by a humectant.


"Case Studies in Environmental Medicine (CSEM), Ethylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol Toxicity" What is Propylene Glycol? Gaunt, IF, Carpanini, FMB, Grasso, P and Lansdown, ABG, "Long-term toxicity of propylene glycol in rats, Food and Cosmetics Toxicology," April 1972, 10(2), pages 151-162. Dow McKay, T. "Humidity, Humectants and Hair", online publication, Aug. 2007

7/3/2021 2:10:45 PM • Pup-Peroni... • Answered on Jul 03, 2021

Can I replace the batteries in the babble ball?

The battery compartment can be opened by removing the 2 deep set Phillips screws. Replace with 3 new 1.5 volt batteries and you can find the batteries in your local store.

6/23/2021 5:46:14 PM • American Plastic... • Answered on Jun 23, 2021

: Do they make dog houses for really small dogs? My dog is tiny and I think she will feel swamped in a regular size dog house?

I also have a small dog and when I bought our first dog house he was terrified by the of it and never used it. But you can buy dog houses that come in smaller s. The doghouses website has a good selection.
6/22/2021 3:26:50 PM • Dogs • Answered on Jun 22, 2021
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