Throw Your Dog a Healthier Bone

Dogs are the new kids… at least in my circle. Dogs love you unconditionally, never cry or get colic, can be left home alone and don’t need a new pair of shoes five times a year. Sounds like a pretty good arrangement to me. So good, in fact, that I have three dogs of my own. And I do love my dogs like they’re my kids. Yep, I’m one of those people. I spend more money on my dogs than I do on myself.

Most people would say my dogs have it pretty good, but the truth is, they just live by the standards I do, which makes sense to me. If I wouldn’t eat something, I don’t feed it to my dogs, either. The exception to that rule is meat products, because I understand their protein needs are a bit different to mine.

I feel the same way when it comes to their toys, too. I wouldn’t sit around and chew on toxic plastic, so I don’t want them to either. Luckily, more and more organic options are becoming available. And these options aren’t just good for my dogs, they’re good for the environment, too. Pet toys made of organic fabrics and natural dyes are usually unbleached, untreated and unprocessed, which means less yucky chemicals end up in toxic wasteland.

My three cats get the good stuff, too. Especially when it comes to cat litter, one of the nastiest things I can think of that people have around their homes. Traditional cat litter is clay-based and full of all kinds of unhealthy, toxic ingredients like silica dust. Plus, the process of cultivating clay is stressful to the environment. A variety of plant-based litters can be found on your pet store shelves, and while they’re a bit pricier, a couple of extra dollars isn’t much to pay when you and your cat’s health (not to mention our planet’s sustainability) are involved. Ingredients like wheat, alfalfa, corn, oats, peanut shells and recycled newspaper make excellent replacements for clay-based litter.

If you aren’t finding green options at your local pet store, talk to the manager. Chances are they’ll place an order if they know there’s interest in the products. My favorite place to find green goodies for my dogs and cats is Oaklawn’s City Pet Supply. They always have the healthy/green treats I’m looking for and on several occasions they’ve ordered me specialty items I couldn’t find anywhere else.

Shopping online is always a great option if you aren’t sure exactly what you’re looking for. Check out these sites for green pet products. Happy shopping!

By Daniel Dessinger

Daniel founded CultureFeast in 2005, co-founded Mommypotamus in 2009, and writes frequently about self-awareness.

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