How to Help Your Pet Live Longer

 How to Help Your Pet Live Longer. Steve Monahan, Green Pets America

HOW YOUR PET AGES

 Free radicals cause altered gene expression and damage to our pets. This damage leads to oxidative stress and inflammation, which is associated with our pets aging and disease.

Fortunately, however, Mother Nature provides a very powerful weapon against this free radical aging process in the form of antioxidants. Simply put antioxidants neutralize the effect of free radicals and help to protect your pets heart, brain and other organs from oxidative stress.

If you pay attention to matters of health and aging, you’ve heard the term free radicals, which are unstable molecules that travel around the body looking to bond with stable molecules in order to steal an electron and stabilize themselves. When they are successful, they create new unstable molecules.

Free radicals are unavoidable because they’re produced during normal metabolic, cellular and immune system activity, as well as by external factors such as strenuous exercise, a poor diet, stress, pollution and even sunlight.

 

ANTIOXIDANTS TO THE RESCUE. 

Antioxidants Provide Huge Health and Longevity Benefits for Pets. Antioxidants are molecules that gobble up toxic free radicals floating around in your pet’s body before they can harm healthy cells and tissue, thereby reducing oxidative stress and DNA damage.

Antioxidants play a key role in longevity, and high levels of circulating antioxidants are commonly seen in the “oldest old” among us. Several studies of older dogs have proved the benefits of an antioxidant-rich diet for canines.

Additionally, the results of a seven-year study of 90 kitties aged 7 to 17 who were fed an antioxidant-rich diet showed fewer decreases in lean muscle mass; improved body weight, lean body mass, skin thickness and red cell quality; decreased incidence of disease; general improvement in quality of life; and significantly longer life span.

The same is true for dogs. The more free radicals the body makes, the more antioxidants the body requires, and research shows puppies may have antioxidant deficiencies. 

WHAT FOODS HAVE ANTIOXIDANTS.

Unfortunately, most commercially available pet foods, even those of very high-quality, contain synthetic vitamins and minerals that provide only minimal nutrition, not optimum nutrition.

 

Your dog’s or cat’s body is designed to absorb nutrients from fresh whole foods very efficiently.

Antioxidants are contained in the vitamins in fresh foods, including:

  • Vitamin A and carotenoids, which are found in bright colored fruits and veggies like apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, peaches, squash, sweet potatoes and tomatoes
  • Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits and strawberries, as well as green peppers, broccoli and green leafy vegetables
  • Vitamin E, found in nuts, seeds and whole grains
  • Selenium, found in protein sources like fish, chicken, beef and eggs

Phytochemicals also contain antioxidant properties:

  • Flavonoids/polyphenols are in cranberries and tea
  • Lycopene is in tomatoes and watermelon
  • Lutein sources are dark green vegetables like spinach, broccoli and kale
  • Lignan is found in flax seed and certain other grains

ARTICLE RECAP – How to Help Your Pet Live Longer

  • Pets age because free radicals cause altered gene expression and damage to our pets. This damage leads to oxidative stress and inflammation, which is associated with our pets aging and disease.
  • Mother Nature. Nature provides a very powerful weapon against the aging  process in the form of antioxidants.
  • Studies of older dogs have proved the benefits of an antioxidant-rich diet for dogs.
  • A seven-year study of kittens fed an antioxidant-rich diet showed fewer decreases in lean muscle mass; improved body weight, lean body mass, skin thickness and red cell quality; decreased incidence of disease; general improvement in quality of life; and significantly longer life span.
  • Your dog or cat’s body is designed to absorb nutrients from fresh, living foods very efficiently.
  • Antioxidants are contained in the vitamins in fresh foods.

I am not a Vet. While I have over 12 years’ experience rescuing, feeding and advocating for pets and have 4 rescues of my own I do not, and cannot advise anyone how to feed their pet. I can only share with you what I do to help my pets eat healthy, be healthy and live as long as possible. And that is this: I feed my pets quality dog food, and supplement it with fresh, whole living foods daily. Steven Monahan, Executive Director Founder Green Pets America Charities

How to Help Your Pet Live Longer

 

 

 

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Impact Statement Green Pets America

This is the Mission and Impact Statement Green Pets America Charities.

What is Your Organization’s Mission?

  • Dramatically and positively change how we adopt and care for our homeless pets in America.
  • Green Pets America Charities is creating America’s first retail adoption village. Only through the synergy of the pet industry and our animal shelters will we finally change our animal welfare policies and outcomes.
  • Educate on a national consistent set of standards for community shelters and rescue groups with intelligent and compassionate guidelines so we can adopt all homeless pets each and every year.
  • And while this is happening we rescue and provide re-adoption programs.
  • Our pet food bank, Meals Fur Pets, provides nutritious pet food to family pets in need. We serve families with pets in need, seniors and active military.
  • Our best-selling book, Rescue Renew Rehome has inspired pet owners, rescue organizations and trained animal shelters on our 21-point program to adopt more pets.

What Are Your organization’s 5 key strategies for accomplishing your Mission?

  1. Be the service impact leaders in our field
  2. Work cooperatively and closely with local shelters, local rescues, businesses and major corporations in our area of service.
  3. Work cooperatively with City, County, State and National political leaders
  4. Educate and be active in our community via events, a daily blog and social media
  5. Educate via public forums animal welfare and animal rights.

What Are Your Organization’s 5 Capabilities?

Capability to provide Community Leadership: we have a robust team of leaders and volunteers.

Provide Community Service: we have consistently served the pets and families in our area and across America since 2004.

Provide Community Synergy: we have a strong relationship with political, corporate and animal welfare groups in our area.

Strong capability for Planning and Execution: we have a strategic plan that includes our 5 leadership priorities.

  1. Be the service impact leaders in our field
  2. Work cooperatively and closely with local shelters, local rescues, businesses and major corporations in our area of service.
  3. Work cooperatively with City, County, State and National political leaders
  4. Educate and be active in our community via events, a daily blog and social media
  5. Educate via public forums animal welfare and animal rights.

What Are Your Organizations Top 10 Accomplishments?

  1. Gold Star rated by GuideStar the top national non-profit rating association.
  2. Rescued and adopted thousands of homeless and shelter dogs and cats.
  3. Awarded Humanitarian award from State Senate of Georgia.
  4. Awarded Community Citizen Award from our home base city of Woodstock.
  5. Forged good strong local and national business relationships.
  6. Hold monthly Board and community volunteer, advisory group and board meetings.
  7. Community Town Halls for input and direction on community animal welfare needs.
  8. We published our groundbreaking animal welfare book “Rescue Renew Rehome” It is available online on Amazon Books and Barnes & Noble, Books a Million and locally at book shops across America. This is a practical guide to show how to develop no kill full adoption green animal shelters across America to greatly improve the success rate of adoptions in a community.
  9. Provide a much needed community pet food pantry, Meals Fur Pets.
  10. Provide rescue and foster care.

Impact Statement Green Pets AmericaImpact Statement Green Pets America

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Meals Fur Pets

Meals Fur Pets – whole foods market & store for pets.

We provide only the best, most nutritious whole pet food available. You shop for whole food for yourself, you can now shop for whole food for your family pet as well.

Our mission is to see all pets well nourished, not just the pets of families who can afford the most nutritious food for their families pet.

To that end we provide wholesome pet food to families in need in our communities. We do it through our Meals Fur Pets Community Food Pantry. The Meals Fur Pets Food Pantry is a program of Meals Fur Pets and the national animal welfare organization Green Pets America.org,  

The Meals Fur Pets Community Food Pantries provide quality whole food, nutritious pet food to families, seniors and active duty military in need.

MFP White BagA $25.00 Donation will fill a bag of nutritious pet food to feed a family pet in need today.

 

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