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Dangers of Formaldehyde

Posted by Sierra Muzquiz on 3/31/2016

Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring organic compound. Formaldehyde is used to make many other materials and chemical compounds. It is mainly used in the production of industrial resins. In 2011, the US National Toxicology Program described formaldehyde as "known to be a human carcinogen". Formaldehyde is formed in the metabolism of endogenous amino acids and is found in the bloodstream of humans at concentrations of approximately 0.1 millimolar . Humans metabolize formaldehyde quickly, so it does not accumulate, converting it to formic acid in the body. 

To Shave or Not to Shave?

Posted by Dr.Rush of Advanced Pet Care on 3/17/2016
Shaving a double coated breed is a constant battle for groomers. Honestly they are expensive grooms and it's easy money but has anyone ever considered the consequences? Dr. Rush of Advanced Pet Care helps explain in this video.

Are Parabens Safe?

Posted by Jordan Muzquiz on 3/15/2016

Parabens are a widely used made made preservative, popularly Butylparaben (BP) . They are also a xenoestrogen, which is a synthetic compound that behaves like estrogen by binding to and activating estrogen receptors. Exposure to estrogens and xenoestrogens has been linked to breast cancer. 

However, the current stance held by the FDA is that previous studies have concluded that the low doses of parabens exposure in today’s products is safe enough. Over the decades parabens have been a focus of scrutiny. In the 1990s studies like that conducted began detecting the estrogenic ability of parabens. They labeled parabens a form of xenoestrogen, which is a type of hormone that mimics estrogen which can lead to reproductive disorders and certain types of cancer. 

Later, in 2004  Philippa Darbre, Ph.D found parabens present in malignant breast tumors. The counter to this study was that Darbe failed to examine if parabens were present in non-cancerous breast tissues. Also, the presence of parabens in breast tissue doesn’t necessarily prove that parabens caused the cancer. From this study, the prevailing paradigm remained that parabens proved only to have weak estrogenic effects, which in small enough doses are deemed to be safe. 

However, later studies proved that parabens had the ability to bioaccumulate. This would make parabens more dangerous if they are able to compound? Secondly, a new study found that chemicals or compounds in the human body that are not present in the isolated petri dish experiments that could enhance or speed up the effects of parabens.

In this article we will take a look new studies that are challenging the notion that parabens are safe to use in small doses.

The Portuguese Water Dog

Posted by Isabel Nobre on 3/10/2016


By:Isabel Nobre
Kennel : “Pedra da Anixa” in Portugal. 

Why do Cats need to be Groomed

Posted by Rachell Nowell on 3/2/2016
Why do Cats need to be Groomed
The common misconception is that cats groom themselves and do not need grooming. This is far from the truth! Take a typical day in a cat’s life for example. Kitty wakes in the morning to eat a bowl of mashed up canned food (typically some sort of fish flavor) Once she has finished her delicious meal, Kitty takes it upon herself to “wash” her face then off she goes to lick her paws and spread her fishy breath and saliva all over herself.
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