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how to choose natural pet care products

If our pets could talk, they’d request the very best – natural products as opposed to chemical-filled, environmentally unsound ones.  Nowadays there‘s a variety of natural pet products that can keep your pet healthy, fed, and clean, in addition to being free of harsh chemicals and being safer for the Earth.

Angels’ Eyes is definitely a popular natural pet product.  It comes in dog and cat varieties and is designed to eliminate tear stains around the eyes and saliva stains around the mouth.  Tear stains can not only be unsightly, but also unhealthy.  Angels’ Eyes contains natural beef liver and tylosin, which tie up the compounds that cause tear and saliva staining.  It also helps prevents red yeast and bacterial infections in the eyes.  Instead of being a topical product, Angels’ Eyes is sprinkled in your pet’s food.  Most pets don’t notice the taste, but if yours does, you can add water to the Angels’ Eyes (but never pour Angels’ Eyes directly in the water).  This product is safe for daily use and even safe for use during pregnancy!  It can be used on puppies as young as 6 weeks old and has not been associated with toxicity, organ issues, or reproductive issues.

For older dogs or those with joint problems, a natural alternative to prescription medications is Cosequin DS.  It comes in Double Strength for dogs and Regular Strength for cats and small dogs.  It contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin, two ingredients commonly used in humans and animals for joint problems.  However, Cosequin DS contains such high quality ingredients, that it may surpass even human supplement standards.  The Double Strength comes in chewable tablets that can be given whole or crumbled up and added to food and the Regular Strength comes in unflavored capsules.  Within 4-6 weeks, your pet should find it easier to climb stairs, get up from lying down, and other activities he or she may have had difficulty with in the past.

Greenies are a very popular pet chew treat.  They not only provide dogs and cats with something to chew on, but also clean the teeth, freshen breath, and provided much needed nutrients.  There are five different sizes of Greenies for differently sized dogs.  Greenies are all natural, high in protein, low in fat, and soft and chewy.  Pets love them!

Another very popular treat – with dogs and cats alike – is Halo Liv-A-Littles.  Liv-A-Littles Whole Chicken Treats contain all natural whole meat chicken, prepared in a USDA approved kitchen.  They can be given as a treat or crumbled up and added to food.  Most pets love these treats so much, they’ll respond to the sound of the jar immediately!

For a natural pet wash, try Buddy Wash in Lavender & Mint.  This natural pet wash contains herbs, oils, and other natural ingredients such as essences of lavender and mint.  It will leave your cat or dog clean, soft, and smelling great!  All without the harsh chemicals of other pet shampoos.  And, as a bonus, the package is recycleable!

For those environmentally conscientious pet owners who hate to dispose of pet waste in plastic bags, you now can use Bio Bags Dog Waste Bags.  While geared toward dog owners who take their dogs for walks and clean up after their pets, these bags can also be used to dispose of cat waste.  Most plastic bags can take over 100 years to degrade, but Bio Bags are 100% biodegradable.  You can throw the bags and pet waste into your own compost or set aside in your yard waste container for them to decompose naturally.  Or, you can even bury them - micro-organisms in the earth will devour both bag and waste.

Saving the environment and choosing natural products doesn’t have to be for humans only.  Now your beloved pets can also benefit from the green movement and help Mother Earth while remaining healthy and beautiful themselves!