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  • Mushrooms and vegetarians?

    I'm confused about certain parts of the diet. My wife is Vegetarian and I'm Pescetarian. I've been practicing this diet for years but recently read a article (I believe from the University of Michigan) that studies now show that mushrooms are much more closely related to animals than plants. Older studies from Evergreen College show they are aware and responsive to changes in their environment. Ummm...so doesn't that mean they are aware of their own "death"? What makes them any different from brainless (literally) lower animalia like clams or mussels?

    13 AnswersVegetarian & Vegan8 years ago
  • Dealing With Relocation And Borderline Personality Disorder...?

    My wife and I will be moving to Milwaukee in January. She is a Speech Language Pathologist and has been offered a pretty awesome job there so it seems stupid not to go. She has signed the contract and we have an apartment so all we really have to do is wait until she finishes at her clinic here (Christmas) and we can go. When I was 18 I was diagnosed with BPD. I've gone on to be diagnosed with the condition by 3 shrinks so I suppose there isn't much point avoiding the term anymore. Over the last 12 years I've improved greatly with therapy and medications. So much so that, for a person with BPD, my life is relatively calm. But I've had complete control of my life for a decade now. Part-time jobs, home a bunch, same friends from single digit days. Nothing new. Nothing changed. Everything in order. Now I have to give up all my control and old ways. That isn't such a bad thing for many people but for me...I'm feeling a little stressed out. I've lived in the same city for most of my life and I'm kinda freaking out about that. My doctors want me to move though despite the risks.Get away from our crazy family and try something new. "New" is scary for me. Plus I don't fly so I'm not sure when I'll get to see my family again. Anyway I guess I just want information and advice from other people who have had experience in this situation, I'm kinda tired talking to my therapists about it.

    1 AnswerMental Health9 years ago
  • Chambersburg, PA info?

    My wife has been offered a permanent position with nice pay and lots of perks in this area. But it seems isolated and the low population has us wondering about making new friends. We are curious about the weather as well. We are both NC natives and have lived here forever. We have been to PA but not in the winter. Everything I read gives different info. Even elevation varies according to where you read about it.

    ***Are People Friendly?

    ***Is There Anything To Do? Snow Skiing Or Water Sports? Restaurants?

    ***Is It A Good Town For Dogs?

    ***Is It Cold? We Have Been Told It's Like Pittsburgh But That Was Useless To Us.

    ***How Much Snow Do You Get In A Normal Winter? Are Roads Taken Care Of?

    1 AnswerOther - United States9 years ago
  • What Diet Do You Feed Your Cancer Pooch?

    My mother has a 14 year-old who was just diagnosed with bladder cancer a few days ago. I instantly suggested to her that she reduce his carbohydrate intake and increase his protein and fat intake. He's been doing great over the last week on his new foods and wanted to know what other foods I might be overlooking.

    Current Diet---

    Newman's Own Organics Grain-free Beef Formula

    Wellness Core Turkey, Chicken Liver & Turkey Liver Formula

    Blue Buffalo Wilderness Duck & Chicken Grill

    He WON'T eat anything fish...0. I've tried quite a lot in fact. I know he needs the omega's so I have them supplementing his food with flaxseed oil to make up for it. I'd like to add a little more protein sources but can't come up with much with low enough carbs.

    p.s. he has to eat canned because he only has 4 teeth.

    7 AnswersDogs9 years ago
  • Do Wachovia Security and Wells Fargo Advisors locations have ATM?

    We are planning on moving and I've got quite a bit of money in checking and savings with Wachovia. The area we are looking at seems to have plenty of Security and Advisors locations but no banks. Do these locations generally have atm location so I can continue doing personal banking electronically? We don't want to stop using the account we have because it would take quite a while to switch everything over.

    Personal Finance9 years ago
  • Can Anyone Explain NH Car Tax?

    We are moving there this fall for a job and this is the only thing that has been confusing to understand. We will be renting a place for or 2 years there so our car will be the only property we own. We have read that NH considers cars as property and tax it accordingly but this is confusing and information seems limited on the internet. We are in NC now and as we understand it this is a very inexpensive state for vehicle taxes. I suppose State and County never exceed $125 a year here. We are moving either way because of the benefits and simply wanted to know what to expect...several hundred?? They don't have special tax for emissions or type of vehicle here. Our overall state tax average is significantly higher than that of NH though.

    2 AnswersInsurance & Registration9 years ago
  • What Is The Climate in Southern New Hampshire Like?

    My wife and I are relocating to the area this winter for a job she has been offered. When I read on wikipedia it claims Manchester only gets around 45 inches of snow per season. Other sites have it getting closer to 70 inches per season. Most snowfall maps we've found have it falling in the 60-80 inches range. We wanted to know about vehicle and clothing needs. 45 inches isn't nearly as bad as 72 inches. Anyboy from Concord, Manchester or Nashua who could help me out?

    2 AnswersOther - Environment9 years ago
  • Weather in NW Connecticut? Need snow tires?

    So my wife and I are visiting friends in this area this December and we are getting lots of different info. They just moved there this past spring so they aren't sure about the winters there yet. One page shows the NW part of Litchfield County (Norfolk, Canaan, Salisbury) being in the upper 30's to lower 40's with about 40 inches of snow per winter. Another says upper 20's lower 30's with 60-80inches per winter. That is a 10 degree difference and twice the difference in snow. We just wondered if we would need our snow tires? We don't have to use them where we live now so I wasn't going to put them on unless I really have to. Do we need our waterproof boots and coats? I would prefer answers from residents (past residents) of the area.

    p.s. used to live in Cleveland area (around 60 in per winter) so still have all our old winter gear. Completely ok with driving in snowy conditions just trying to think ahead.

    1 AnswerWeather9 years ago
  • How much should I feed my English Jack Russell?

    She tends to gain a lot of weight in the summer because she won't take walks in the heat. She's very leash trained and easy to walk when the weather is cool but it has been 90 or hotter (with very high humidity here in NC) for over 40 straight days. She doesn't even like going out of the house to go for car rides and that is her favorite thing in the whole world. When we go on walks and it is hot she just sits down or pulls against the lead so hard it makes it impossible to walk her. She has always done this but as she gets older she is gaining more weight in the summer than we can burn off in the winter. We feed higher protein, lower fat, lower carbs like Wellness Core Reduced Fat and Blue Wilderness Reduced Fat. She has lymphoma so she has to stay on the high protein low carb food or she would likely kick the bucket. She is 15lbs currently and her ideal weight is 12lbs. She is down to 1/2 a cup a day now which is the lowest recommended amount on either foods feeding guideline. She already acts hungry and I don't think it's a good idea to reduce her feeding amount much more (for that matter neither does my vet). She is beginning to act hungry more and is starting to stare and growl at me and my wife even if we aren't eating. But due to her existing illness and her inability to deal with the heat I'm not sure what else to do. She's down to eating about 250kcal a day and almost no fat. This is significantly lower than the recommended 320kcal. I don't know what to do. She gets regular check ups and doesn't have diabetes or thyroid problems. Anyone else had similar experiences? What do I do? My vet and I have tried everything and now I'm afraid we are going to starve her out of vital nutrients. These weight loss foods already have us putting her carb levels at dangerous levels. 35% carbohydrate is too much for a long period of time.

    1 AnswerDogs9 years ago
  • Question about pets in Pittsburgh and Chicago (residents only please)?

    My wife and I are going to be relocating this winter to one of the these cities. Her position allows her to choose. We have lived in rural North Carolina for a while now. We have 3 cats who are VERY accustomed to outdoor living (about 18 hours a day). When we keep them inside, just overnight, they start being mean and destroy our furniture and bite the crap out of each other. Will they be able to live outside in either of these cities? We doubt it will work in Chicago even in the suburbs and are starting to doubt if it will work in the Pittsburgh area. Any info is appreciated. We don't want to leave them with my parents if we can avoid it. Also, one of them never learned to cover her poop in the litter box and another only uses it half the time (he poops somewhere else even if the litter box is completely clean) They make it smell terrible in our 1,600 sq ft house. We can't imagine a small apartment. So in short our cats are really bad inside.

    P.S. I know we could have their claws removed but that still wouldn't prevent them from fighting inside and two (brother and sister) are seniors and we feel like bad parents trapping them in after all the years outside. We had to keep them all in for a few months when we relocated to a new house and it was a nightmare. One of them chews her collar of every few days also and we don't want to pay to bail her out of the animal control joint every week.

    4 AnswersCats9 years ago
  • Pittsburgh or Chicago winters for someone relocating?

    My wife and I are relocating for her job this fall. She gets to choose between these two cities. We would like to hear from people with experience in both locations about the winter. The comparison we found online gives Pittsburgh a January hi/lo of 35/19 and a seasonal snowfall of 44 inches. The Chicago numbers seem very close to us with January at 32/17 and a seasonal snowfall of 38 inches. Do these numbers seem correct? Are we trying to compare apples to apples with the climate of these two cities? Weather is our final deciding factor =/

    4 AnswersOther - United States10 years ago
  • diabetic dog food suggestions?

    I feed EVO to my jack russell to help with diabetes. For over a year people have been talking about how the quality is going to go downhill since the P&G thing over a year ago. I've yet to notice any difference in my pooch or the food. Now the same people claim it might take another year for the change to the formulas. HMMM??? My dogs do great on EVO. I can't find anything with carbohydrates as low as EVO's weight management (11%) and wysong epigen has corn protein so it won't work. =/ What do you feed your diabetic dog???

    p.s.

    My cousin is a vet tech and between Johnson & Johnson, P&G and Becton Dickson they have nothing made by anybody else in their animal hospital, save Georgia-Pacific. I'm not gonna stop taking my dog to the vet to avoid their product...heard it's about the same in human hospitals too.

    8 AnswersDogs10 years ago
  • BIG companies getting hard to avoid?

    We're having trouble avoiding using their products. I hate them for the most part. One of my dogs is diabetic and has been on EVO for a long time. She is very old at 17 so she also has some IBS issues. When we found out about P&G last year we gradually switched to prey model. Our vet did not recommend this switch and thought it would present some GI issues. We have a vet/nutritionist at our local independent pet store and she was against the raw diet due to our dogs age. They were correct and she was not very tolerant of the (very slow) switch. She requires VERY low carbs and very high digestibility. We went back to feeding EVO because our holistic vet told us to. We use EVO weight control. It has a protein of 52% and carbs of just under 9%. After a year of searching we haven't found anything our vet thinks would fit for her. The nutritionist thinks we should stick with EVO as well. She doesn't know a food with a carb % below 12 other than wysong epigen. We tried it and she got ear infections from it. We later noticed it has corn protein in it and she isn't very tolerant of that or soy. Orijen has way too many carbs, Wellness Core and even Solid Gold barking at the moon. I hate to continue using Natura products since the P&G thing last year but I don't know if I have a choice. Some pet owners try to make me feel like crap and say we should continue feeding raw but I'm not going to give my very old dog the vomits and poops for another 2 months like before. Other people say that if she does ok on the food then don't quit using it. And even fewer still say they still use EVO. We have fought this for a year now and I see now way out. Any ideas? We hate that Natura is owned by a company know to animal test products.

    P.S. I tried not using products on myself that weren't made (or in some way owned) by Coke, Pepsi, General Mills, Colgate/Palmolive, Unilever, Nestle, Monsanto, Kraft, ConAgra, Tyson, Heinz, Kellogg and so on (all of the above companies have used some form of invasive animal testing in the last 15 years). Even products that are marketed with natural branding that invokes a vibe of independence, it's likely that brand has been snatched up by one of these powerful food giants. I could name parent owned companies that you might think are safe but this would take longer than I want to spend. We use the farmers market and tail gates as much as possible. Should I just ease up on myself over the dog food just a bit? My wife sure thinks so (and finds it nearly unavoidable to purchase foods in our area that aren't owned by some company know for animal testing in the past).

    1 AnswerOther - Pets10 years ago
  • Question about Innova EVO?

    One of my dogs is diabetic and has been on EVO for a long time. She is very old at 17 so she also has some IBS issues. When we found out about P&G last year we gradually switched to prey model. Our vet did not recommend this switch and thought it would present some GI issues. We have a vet/nutritionist at our local independent pet store and she was against the raw diet due to our dogs age. They were correct and she was not very tolerant of the (very slow) switch. She requires VERY low carbs and very high digestibility. We went back to feeding EVO because our holistic vet told us to. We use EVO weight control. It has a protein of 52% and carbs of just under 9%. After a year of searching we haven't found anything our vet thinks would fit for her. The nutritionist thinks we should stick with EVO as well. She doesn't know a food with a carb % below 12 other than wysong epigen. We tried it and she got ear infections from it. We later noticed it has corn protein in it and she isn't very tolerant of that or soy. Orijen has way too many carbs, Wellness Core and even Solid Gold barking at the moon. I hate to continue using Natura products since the P&G thing last year but I don't know if I have a choice. Some pet owners try to make me feel like crap and say we should continue feeding raw but I'm not going to give my very old dog the vomits and poops for another 2 months like before. Other people say that if she does ok on the food then don't quit using it. And even fewer still say they still use EVO. We have fought this for a year now and I see now way out. Any ideas? We hate that Natura is owned by a company know to animal test products.

    P.S. I tried not using products on myself that weren't made (or in some way owned) by Coke, Pepsi, General Mills, Colgate/Palmolive, Unilever, Nestle, Monsanto, Kraft, ConAgra, Tyson, Heinz, Kellogg and so on (all of the above companies have used some form of invasive animal testing in the last 15 years). Even products that are marketed with natural branding that invokes a vibe of independence, it's likely that brand has been snatched up by one of these powerful food giants. I could name parent owned companies that you might think are safe but this would take longer than I want to spend. We use the farmers market and tail gates as much as possible. Should I just ease up on myself over the dog food just a bit? My wife sure thinks so (and finds it nearly unavoidable to purchase foods in our area that aren't owned by some company know for animal testing in the past).

    5 AnswersDogs10 years ago
  • very depressed over animal treatment?

    IS there a way to avoid companies like Proctor and Gamble anymore? They bought my dogs food company last year! The terrible Monsanto bought Whole Foods This year! Kellogg gobbled up Morningstar and General Mills bought Cascadian Farms! I used to think the best way to boycott a major company was with our choices but they're taking over everyone who isn't already under their banner! I took a safe foods list to several grocery stores this week and we couldn't find all of the things we needed without stumbling across some company that was owned by a huge company. It was also running us twice as much to buy these products (some from the same giants) just because we thought they were safe. Products that avoid invasive testing are being taken over everything. Will we soon be out of boycott options? BTW these are just a few I found out about...

    Naked Juice-Pepsi Co.

    Earth's Best-Heinz

    Morningstar-Kellogg

    Woodstock Farms-United Natural Foods

    Back to Nature-Kraft

    Kashi-Kellogg

    Nature's Farm-Tyson

    2 AnswersOther - Pets10 years ago
  • Depressed over animal testing?

    I recently read an article about animal testing within large corporations and I'm feeling quite bad. The reason I read the thing to begin with was because someone got angry with me fro supporting Proctor and Gamble and their animal testing because I use their product (California Naturals Dog Food). SO, I decided last night that I wouldn't use it anymore and I would refuse to support any company that tests on animals. This was proving difficult in the grocery store (even the all natural store) with the PETA approved list I took with me. Furthermore I have a serious medical condition that I have to medicate even though I hate drugs and have protested the use of with several doctors over the past few years. The fact is there isn't always a natural or holistic remedy for certain diseases. GSK and Lilly are makers of two drugs I take and they are both evil monster corporations. Between P&G, Unilever, Colgate/Palmolive, General Mills and Monsanto it's becoming impossible to purchase safe and healthy foods. P&G gobbles up my dog food company last year. Monsanto buys out Whole Foods this year. Whats next? Can you even flip a light switch without hurting someone or something these days? Am I wasting my time trying to boycott with my wallet when the small companies keep being absorbed by multi-nationals? It seems when we try to use something other than the big companies they simply take away the safer and smarter choices with their almost infinite amount of money. I'd enjoy any positive feedback anybody might have. I feel hopelessly depressed and powerless!

    5 AnswersMental Health10 years ago
  • Need help with dogs diet...?

    My dog has a very bad allergy to rice and gets ear infections if she eats it. For years now she has been on California Naturals grain free chicken meal. She looks great and feels great on it. It has a protein of 34% and 12% fat. She is very active so the higher protein is useful. She is a senior and has some thyroid problems so she has to maintain lower fat as well. I rent a room in a house and have to use a mini-fridge so I can't really store raw. I give her raw a few times a week but I have to feed it to her within a few days or it goes bad. My question is this. The vet seems to think the food she is on is great for her condition and that I shouldn't switch it until I move to a place with more storage for a freezer so I can feed raw. I'm worried about Proctor and Gamble making this food now though. When I mentioned this to my vet he explained that, in his opinion, feeding any food (kibble, raw, canned) had inherent risks and that with the way corporations control almost everything we consume it's about choosing the lesser of two evils. He feeds his dog raw organic prey model but he told me he wasn't sure he trusted that anymore either. He spoke of a journal article about how loose the USDA is in labeling "organic" products. "Tyson, the biggest manufacturer of chicken in the USA sells organic chicken now", he said. He then asked, "do you really think a company that treats live chickens as poorly as they do really works hard to give you organic meat"? He's a holistic vet and we have used him for 20 years so I trust him a bunch. I guess I'm wondering if it even matters what brand I'm feeding anymore as long as I stay with LID and lower fat. Do you guys think I should switch? Anybody know of any foods with LID and 30% or more protein?

    2 AnswersDogs10 years ago
  • What is a good kibble for a dog with cancer?

    High protein. High fat. I've treated cancer successfully in the past using EVO but I don't trust them. I switched to Wellness Core last year but I'm not sure if the protein is high enough at 34%. Some ideas I had whole researching are these

    Solid Gold Barking at the Moon 41%

    Pinnacle Peak Protein 42%

    Canidae Pure Sea 40%

    Orijen 38%

    I trust Champion pet food but they have a slightly higher carb %.What do you think? Which pet food company do you trust? If you don't trust any then you need not answer. Kibble. Just so everyone is clear. Not raw. Not canned. We have 8 rescue dogs ranging 7-14. I'm not in a position to feed raw and don't really have patience for over advocating raw purists. I live in a place where I hear the raw argument a lot. =)

    p.s. those of you who believe someone shouldn't have so many dogs...I agree. My parents moved to the city and left me with 5 of the 8 we have. But we CAN afford the vet and the high quality kibble. We CAN possibly afford raw but don't have the time for that much prep and storage is outta the question so I can't buy bulk.

    6 AnswersDogs10 years ago
  • Any pet owners still feeding Innova, Evo or Cal Naturals? Need opinions!?

    I rotate my girls between Taste of the Wild Wetlands (I like that it uses duck meal not just duck), Blue Wilderness Salmon (named fish meal), Instinct Rabbit and Orijen Regional Red. My holistic vet likes this rotation because it covers fish, poultry and red meats. That being out of the way...here is my query. My mother feeds her family California Naturals grain-free chicken meal formula. She has a very sensitive (adopted, 3-legged) border collie and this is a LID which has seemed to help. I recommended this food quite a while back and before the now famous P&G buy out. It reads very well with a very high protein (34%) for a LID food. This made me more confident about the meat content. Now she is asking me if she should continue feeding it. He is very active but also has a thyroid disorder that causes him to burn through energy quickly so I need to make sure he maintains quality carbs and high protein. His energy levels have improved greatly on this food. I don't personally use it so I'm afraid to answer her. I told her I would get feedback from feeders (previous or current) on YA. THANKS =)

    p.s. she recently read answered e-mails sent to Natura from concerned Natura feeders posted on the internet. The thing that bothers me is they seem to be avoiding a solid and honest answer when people ask if they will continue purchasing ingredients from inside the U.S.A. or if they will consider foreign (China?) countries as suppliers.

    1 AnswerOther - Pets10 years ago
  • Can dog food be the cause of bad breath?

    Okay. My Jack Russell is on Acana Grasslands at the moment. Let me get this out of the way though. She just had a vet visit. Everything checked out great. She just became a senior citizen a few months ago and the vet said her teeth still looked like they did when we first brought her in 7 years ago. Her stool came back fine as well. Blood work was perfect too. So nothing is physically causing our problems. My wife is in the last six months of her masters program so we can't afford allergy testing until she finishes. Through process of elimination we have removed everything in her diet that could cause this BISON breath accept the high protein, potatoes and peas. I didn't think any of these were high risk allergy ingredients. Our big dog does very well on Acana but the little one doesn't. I can't afford to buy two separate bags for each right now so they have to eat the same thing. I fed the Jack Wellness Super5Mix Whitefish and Sweet Potato formula (limited ingredient) for a few days and her bad breath has gone away. Problem is that this food is so high in carbohydrates she's pooping out half of her food. Does anybody have any suggestions. I've used Natural Balance with sweet potatoes as the carbohydrate source and that helped. I've used California Natural without potatoes and that helped. These have so little meat and so many veggies though that it bothers me. If she is allergic to potatoes, peas or the protein source (and I think I've tried them all) what should I do? Like I said before, at the time we can't afford much. High quality dog foods already kill our check book. We can't do raw because (due to no freezer space) I have to buy it fresh every few days. I supplement their diet with raw a few times a week now but don't know if I can't keep that up all summer. Anybody have any ideas? Any food that I'm overlooking?

    6 AnswersDogs10 years ago