Emergency Preparation

Tweet Pet Emergency Forms, courtesy of FAAS: wallet card, pet care instructions, owner consent form, pet disaster kit checklist. Fire safety: Petplan, American Red Cross, pet rescue notice. Disaster preparedness: PetCareRx. Estate planning – wills and trusts: Nolo Press, PetMD, Forbes. Pet insurance: Consumer Reports review, Consumer Reports video. Microchip Helpful infographics.

Diabetes

Tweet Cats suffer from Type II diabetes but not Type I.  A small percentage develop insulin resistance.  Rapid weight loss, increased thirst and urination, dehydration, dizziness, vomiting, and staggering are all symptoms which may be associated with diabetes.  A blood test at the vet’s will determine if diabetes is the cause or if further testing…

Food Tidbits

Tweet The 100 pleats on a chef’s hat are said to represent all the ways you can cook an egg. Waffle House has its own record label: Waffle Records.

Living With Meaning

Tweet When Meaning Has Waned Being Mortal by Atul Gawande Musings on California’s new doctor-assisted suicide law – San Francisco Magazine 2016 February 11. Does It Dignify? God’s Hotel by Victoria Sweet

Desensitizing Your Sweet Tooth

Tweet The article Hooked on sweets? in the March 2015 Kaiser Permanente of Northern California newsletter recommends reducing your cravings for sweets by eating no or very little sugar or artificial sweetener for two weeks.  Theoretically I agree with that recommendation – but in practice many people are going to switch to fatty and salty…

Fleas and Mites

Tweet Some cats and dogs are extremely sensitive to fleas; an afflicted cat will chew off large swatches of fur – and even skin in some cases. Mites of various types can also cause chewing, allergic reactions, and hair loss.  They include Sarcoptes scabiei canis (mange; the human form of scabies is caused by a…

Food in Fiction

Tweet Contemporary Lady of Magick by Sylvia Izzo Hunter Set in an alternate Regency England, Chapter 6 opens on the dessert course of a fancy dinner party.  “Joanna prodded irritably at the spun-sugar cage of glazed profiteroles on her plate.  What was the use of a dish which one could not eat without first attacking…

Food Media

Tweet Books Also see the Food in Fiction post and posts in the Nutriate Related category under Books, Nonfiction. Cuisine Exploration Food Lover’s Guide to the World published by Lonely Planet.  With introductions by Mark Bittman and James Oseland. Dirt Candy: A Cookbook: Flavor-Forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant by Amanda…

Food Vocabulary

Tweet Grains, Nuts, Seeds, Fats buckwheat flour whole-wheat vs. whole-grain native pea starch – Socode, a Belgian animal feed ingredient company, produces a native pea starch made from yellow peas.  Per the Socode Web site, they separate and decant the protein (25%), fiber (15%), ash and sugars (8%), and fat (2%) from the starch (50%). …