Thursday, July 14, 2011

Be the Change for Animals:
Try These Tips for Long Term Pet Health

by Carrie Boyko, CEB

Our family lives a largely green and organic lifestyle and, as a result, I get a lot of questions. I share many of my strategies in my blog, but here's a few tips that may help your Fido or Fluffy live a longer, healthier, more robust life.
  • Supplement kibble with organic, lean meats and vegetables that have been simmered in your slow cooker--no effort, just great results. A few scoops on top of a lessened amount of kibble means reduced toxins, hormones and antibiotics in your pet's meal. Make it even better by using an organic kibble like Organix.
  • Know your pet supplier's savings programs and take advantage of sales by stocking up on the best food you can afford. Read our article at the link for all the big chain ins and outs.
  • Check your manufacturer's Facebook page or website for coupons.
  • Offer organic vegetables from your local farmers market as nutritious snacks: juice carrots, broccoli, berries, bananas, apples, green beans and more. Mashed organic sweet potatoes make a wonderful filling for a frozen Kong or Busy Bone, alternated with bits of crunchy kibble.
  • Watch the savings add up at the vet when your pup regularly gets good checkups with no health issues. Toxin residues eventually add up to illness.
  • Try switching to natural pest control for home, yard and pets. No poisons means no poisoned pets. We completely annihilated Xena's hot spots when we switched up to all organic pest and lawn care.
If you missed my April installment, you may enjoy Drown Proofing Your Dog on Blog the Change Day. I'm sure the sweet Pit Bull I save from near drowning will agree; it's a worthwhile read, especially with Summer here. Happy tails!


BtC4animals said...

Excellent points, all, Carrie! As you know, Amy and I are sticklers for pet food nutrition. We do all these things already and yet, I never, ever thought to share. Thanks for touching on such an important yet often overlooked issue and for wrapping it up so beautifully!

By the way, everybody, check out that drown-proofing post Carrie mentions. I remember it was a good one and quite timely with these summer pool days!

PS: You weren't kidding when you said you were ready to blog the change. You jumped right on the front of that list! Sorry the site floundered a bit with all the traffic at first. I'm glad to see you stuck it out and got right in there. :)

Thanks for Blogging the Change!

Pup Fan said...

Great tips!

chandra said...

Great tips and I love the coupon ideas! I adopted my dog Mason two months ago and Oregon Dog Rescue already had him eating Organix. It's a local company so we're fans!

Convincing my Lab, Daley, that veggies were actually cookies was a great way to help keep his weight down yet he still felt like he was getting treats so I really appreciate your mention of veggie snacks.

Thanks for posting on this topic!
-Chandra at Daley's Dog Years

Richa said...

Great post Carrie! Chewie sends some licks and hugs!

Chewie and Richa @

Debby and Kirby the Dorkie said...

My kind of thinking! I don't know if I live green but Kirby is an all natural dog from his food to his baths to his flea protection.

Kolchak Puggle said...

Excellent message Carrie! I am constantly promoting veggies as treats over grain laden, questionable ingredient filled commercial cookies. You have lucky pups!

Veterinarian in San Francisco said...

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