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Buying organic groceries, cleaning supplies, and beauty products are conscious choices we make with our household’s health as priority. It’s a mindful choice that makes a big difference, especially in the long run. But many of our households are also homes to furry family members. Around 41 percent of Canadian homes care for at least one dog, and similarly around 37 percent look after at least one cat.
Extending our organic lifestyles to our furry friends means boosting their nutrient-intake and enhancing their overall wellbeing, but what does it look like?
What it means to feed your pets “organic” foods
- No antibiotics
- No synthetic hormones
- No toxic pesticides
- No preservatives
- No GMOs
- No toxic chemical fertilizers
- No irradiation
Pets can reap the benefits of an organic lifestyle with a few easy modifications. It’s necessary to note that buying organic or raw varieties of mass produced pet food can be pricey and making your own while maintaining a balanced diet for your pet can be a challenge. It’s best to start with talking to your veterinarian and incorporating organics with fresh snacks and homemade treats.
Popular healthy & organic snacks and treats for dogs
- Cooked sweet potato
Choosing organic fruits, vegetables, and meats means enhancing the vitamin and mineral content and boosting essential amino acids that support your pet’s healthy development. A healthy diet works to reduce inflammation and prevent disease as pets age.
Shampoos, conditioners, cloths and towels, and supplements are all other ways to incorporate organics into your pet’s lifestyle. If you need to prioritize your purchasing power, focus first on diet. It’s the foundation for their health and wellbeing.
Bonus: Organic products are typically also “natural,” meaning they’re without unnecessary dyes, perfumes, and synthetic fillers that can leave your furry friend dry and itchy.
The next step in organic pet care
You can also add a little organic love to your cleaning routine and keep your pet’s area tidy without added toxins.
Wash your pet’s bed and any coats or sweaters in an organic, vegetable-based soap.
Use an organic cleaner for any rubber or plastic toys.
- Avoid chemical air sprays and opt for organic essential oils blended into some pure vodka and water. And don’t worry, the vodka will quickly evaporate.
Adding organics into your pet’s life doesn’t have to be hard.
Here are some ways to save money and make it easy:
Check out bulk shops for organic ingredients—including cleaning base soaps
Grow your own organic food garden (if possible in your area)
Freeze seasonal berries and cooked veggies for a cost-reduced snack anytime
- Simply switch to natural shampoo and conditioner next time you run out