Tips for Healthy, Happy Pets.
Being a newbie in the elite ranks of conscious animal-handler, I have run into several dead-ends regarding the proper nutrition for a growing animal. With criticism and advice overwhelming my decisions, it is nice to know that there is a reliable resource catering to the well-being of our pets.
Ideal Bite just launched a new guide covering eco-options for pet food. The guide is chock-full of Biter approved foods, treats, supplements, and even better bowls for grub. Ma’ Earth will appreciate these more natural choices, and they’ll help keep your four-legged pals healthier, longer lives.
I also honed in on a special-topics section of DIY natural pet food (and this does not mean table scraps!) for both dogs and kitties from The Honest Kitchen.
Want a fast food fix for your pets? You’ll still need to introduce ’em gradually, but check out organic, raw, and other eco diet options. A lot of conventional foods can contain pesticides and other contaminated ingredients (recall the 2007, um, recall of more than 180 brands of pet food containing melamine and cyanuric acid – the ones on our list weren’t involved).
- Pet Promise Wild Salmon Formula – wild-caught salmon; free of animal by-products and artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors; six canned varieties. Works great as a swanky dinner if they’re used to kibble ($34/twenty-four 5.5-ounce cans).
- Natural Planet Organics Cat Food – organic chicken, flaxseed, and brown rice; non-GMO; high in taurine for vision and heart health ($20/6.6-pound bag).
- BARF Diet Patties – raw food diet; human-grade meat, eggs, fruit, and vegetables; available in chicken, beef, and lamb varieties ($93/forty-eight 8-ounce patties).
- Honest Kitchen’s Verve – steak night for pups: dehydrated, human-grade, hormone-free, raw beef, organic rye, barley, and flaxseed; available in six varieties ($30/4-pound box – makes 16 pounds fresh food).
People Foods to Avoid Feeding Pets
While human-grade ingredients are a plus for cats and dogs, some human foods can be toxic to pets. If you think your critter has eaten any of these, call your vet.
- Macadamia nuts
- Grapes and raisins
Feel free to keep feeding your dog peanut butter, though. Because that’s just funny.
Stat: According to a DogChannel.com poll, nearly 42% of owners are concerned about their pets’ products being eco-friendly (7% aren’t sure what eco-friendly means, though, so clearly our work is never done).