I have found some really good products after working with shelters, vets and trying different things. I have dogs so that’s what my recommendations are geared to, but some can also be used on cats (make sure to check before using).
If you have any good products for other animals you’d like me to share with others, please email me! 🙂
DOG FOOD + TREATS + SUPPLEMENTS + HEALTH:
My dog Pj was always too heavy due to a thyroid condition (he was on thyroid pills too) and weighed 24 lbs and maybe should have been 21-22. He only got 1/2 a cup of kibble 2x a day and vets kept telling me to cut back on his food. I’m thinking, cut back, he’ll starve! My other dog Billie, was too skinny and it was so hard to get him to eat no matter what food I got.
I then discovered raw diet from a holistic vet and slowly weened both dogs to it. Pj dropped all his extra weight and he was even given more food then before. Billi never missed a meal and would devour his food!
You keep them frozen and pull out the next meal to thaw in the fridge. Many brands also have a freeze dried version too which is kept in a cupboard. You put the nuggets in a bowl of hot water and let them get moist and chop it up. Gives them a warm meal option.
We mix them up so they have some flavor change to each of their meals. I know some doggies need gradual change so mixing one with another when you’re change works. We do one serving of each and then change to another brand or flavor for the next meal and my kids haven’t had any problems.
These are the ones my kids like:
We also dehydrate very thinly sliced meats at home for their treats (nothing else on it, just pure meat jersey) and now if a cookie, chip, cracker or someone tries to give them a baked treat, they poo-poo it. HA!
The Beggin For It 100% USA raised chicken jersey treats. They’re not pumped with saline, antibiotics, hormones or preservatives. They are my kids only treats because after eating them, they won’t eat regular doggie cookies now. Not even if a human cookie or cracker falls to the floor. They just stare at it. Since not baked, it’s more whole food.
To save money, you can dehydrate meat as treats too. We bought a dehydrator > cut the meat into thin strips > put it on the racks > hours later…wa-la, jerky! [Note: Just use plain meat with no people’s seasonings, marinade or salt to keep it healthy for pets. My furry kids love it with nothing added to it!]
Adding superfoods or liquid vitamins & minerals to their diet helps keep them healthy too. Missing Link helped my previous dogs when they had allergy issues and can help with joint issues as well. Also, adding liquid vitamins to the food gives them an extra boost when needed outside food.
For joint pain, I’ve heard that these products are good and are rated high…
Dog Gone Pain (DGP);
Extend Joint Care…
I’ve heard many natural doctors say, “If you’re not going to take any vitamins at all, take digestive enzymes so that your body can get the nutrients out of the food you’re eating. It’s the same with pets.
Ears All Right – Keeps their ears really clean, it’s natural, keeps mites out and boost the immune system. We use about every 2 weeks or after their bath to dry out their ears.
Really good teeth cleaning products that we use for their teeth 2x a day. We try to brush their teeth with the gel once a day after dinner and then use the spray in the morning because we don’t have a lot of time. [Most work for both dogs + cats.]
Tropiclean Fresh Breath is a natural additive you add to their water to help keep their breath clean and smelling good too in addition to daily brushing.
EQyss Conditioner – This makes their hair SO soft and shiny and it smells wonderful (so much so, I started using it myself and it’s done wonders for my long hair. 🙂 It’s a little more costly than other dog products, but worth it to us since our pooches are poodle mixes with curly hair.
I’ve been using Bach Flowers on myself and my pets since 2000. They’ve helped my dogs who have been abused by previous owners or are dealing with health issues. And me with my impatience (and that’s a hard feet :). There are 38 remedies that handle different behavioral issues.
“The original Bach Flower Remedies is a safe and natural method of healing discovered by Dr. Bach from 1920 – 1930’s in England. They gently restore the balance between mind and body by casting out negative emotions such as fear, worry, hatred and indecision which interfere with the equilibrium of the being as a whole. The Bach Flower Remedies allow peace and happiness to return to the sufferer so that the body is free to heal itself.
The Bach Flower Remedies are made from wild flowers and are safe for the whole family including pets.” – http://www.bachflower.com/original-bach-flower-remedies/.
If you go to the site above, the 38 remedies are listed showing what they help with. You can even search a specific issue (i.e. anxiety) to find the remedies that help that.