We all want what’s best for our pets. For many of us, that means switching to natural foods and products for our furry friends that are free from harmful ingredients and chemicals. By feeding them healthier, nutritious foods and using products that are pet-safe, we may help our beloved pets lead a longer life. Need help making the transition to a healthier lifestyle for your furry family member? Here’s how to introduce natural products into your pet’s life.
Buy raw, frozen or dehydrated foods
Just as processed foods full of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives aren’t good for us, the same goes for our pets. It’s time to do your pooch or kitty a favor. Unless you have time to make them homemade meals, feed them raw, frozen, dehydrated or freeze-dried foods, or those labeled organic or natural. When you start your search, look for foods that list the protein source – such as meat, chicken and fish – first and that contain no by-products. Also important: a short ingredients list. And that you recognize every item on it (Google the ones you don’t). Check out the Natural Variety’s Instinct brand, which uses only natural, raw ingredients for its cat and dog foods. You can also find lots of options at pet stores such as Petco and PetSmart. Does your pet need health supplements as part of their wellness routine? Vet’s Best has a line of health supplements for cats and dogs www.vetsbest.com/products/supplements made with natural, high-quality ingredients.
Treat them right
While you’re thinking about your pet’s food, it only makes sense to also consider treat time, too. A 2017 study claimed that a whopping 54% of dogs in the U.S. are obese! (link to the study) That’s just crazy. It’s also the reason we opt for natural treats — sometimes making our own for our furry family members. But you don’t always have time to whip up some chicken jerky or salmon treats, so we turn to the next best thing: natural treats without fillers or additives to keep our pets happy and in shape. Protect them with Natural Flea & Tick Solutions A few years back, the EPA issued an advisory about the dangers of spot-on flea and tick products. They were causing adverse reactions, even death, in pets. This led to a greater demand for safe, natural products free of any synthetic chemicals and potential toxins. When looking for flea and tick products, it’s important you check the ingredients list like you would with pet food. What’s good: flea and tick products that contain a blend of natural ingredients such as peppermint oil and clove extract. (Stay away from anything that contains pyrethrins, permethrins or cedar oil.) One to try: The Vet’s Best line of flea and tick products. Vet’s Best uses only natural, safe ingredients to kill flea, flea eggs and ticks on contact and repel mosquitoes. And good news for cat parentsL Vet’s Best recently added three new flea and tick products specially formulated for kitties.
Make Playtime Safe
Our pets lick, chew and sometimes ingest their toys, or parts of them. And if they’re made with harmful materials or coated with toxic dyes or chemicals, they can be dangerous to pets. It’s much safer to give your pooch or kitty toys made with natural materials such as organic cotton, hemp and bamboo and non-toxic dyes. And of course free from toxins. That includes BPA-free rubber toys. We like these hemp rope toys from Earth Dog and the Eco Catty Pillar from Honest Pet Products. We hope you find these suggestions helpful! You can find more tips in books such as Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats and right here at Live the Pet Life.