Clean Pet Food Adviser

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Clean Pet Food Adviser. The trust factor.The demand for honesty and transparency in the  foods we purchase for ourselves… and for our pets has given rise to confusion, frustration and distrust of large food companies”, said Steve Monahan Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Pet Food Adviser and Green Pets America Charities, Atlanta, Georgia.

Today there is an explosion of interest in fresh foods, whole foods, organic foods and with it simple clean food labels. There is a dramatically increased awareness and focus by consumers on the effects of food on their physical, mental and emotional health. And with that there are mounting demands for transparency from food companies about where and how their products are sourced. What nutritional ingredients and chemicals are in them and how these ingredients are manufactured.Clean Pet Food Adviser

Consumers today have instant resources at their fingertips that make it easy for them to learn about the food they eat. As they learn more about what we and our pets eat, the ingredients used, and how those ingredients are processed, that information is quickly informing the products we purchase.

The next phase of food purchasing is the clean label phenomenon. As example The Beech-Nut Nutrition Co., which said in May it had started listing the percentage of each ingredient for its entire line of jar and pouch baby food products on its web site.

Increasing numbers of consumers are seeking more transparency from the food and beverage industry and shunning artificial ingredients, according to Packaged Facts, Rockville, Md. Over eighty-seven per cent of Americans look at the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods and beverages at least sometimes, while more than half (56%) actively seek out nutritional information and guidelines, the market research firm said.

“Americans want clean pet food and clean pet food labels” Clean Pet Food Adviser

“In addition to the food consumers eat, they also demand as pet parents the best, cleanest wholesome food available for their pets to eat as well. Pet parents want to know exactly what’s in the food their pets are eating as well” said Steve Monahan Founder of Green Pets America Charities.

Steve further stated that, ” every day the pet parents Green Pets serve tell them that they want to learn more about the quality and wholesomeness of the pet food they purchase for their pets to eat. Therefore to help pet owners make informed purchasing decisions Clean Pet food Adviser was created by Green Pets Charities. Clean Pet Food Adviser will help pet parents make informed choices in order to feed their pets healthy, nutritional food”.

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Pet parents want clean food and honesty in the labels they read, the ads they see and the ingredients used in the manufacturing of the food products they feed their pet. They want labels and advertising in clean simple language. They also demand to know how pet food ingredients are processed and made safe and clean for their beloved pet.


Steve told us that Green Pets has been rating and reviewing pet food for quite awhile. He said “Green Pets  started as a pet food pantry so we have always had a keen interest in making sure pets eat nutritious food. Lately however it had become apparent that the vast majority of the name brand pet foods we reviewed were lacking wholesome fresh ingredients. The heating and manufacturing processing involved in making food into Kibble is a process, that by itself lessens the quality and nourishment in pet food. We felt that while we were recommending the best available, even the best was lacking. The entire pet food industry needs to change. So we have stopped rating all pet food manufacturers. We have created a separate nonprofit arm called Clean Pet Food Adviser to help change the pet food industry. We are focusing our efforts on clean labeling, and clean food just as is being done to change the human food industry”.

There is some good news however in all this. There are some pioneering regional and national pet food manufacturers that are making more wholesome pet food and using clean labeling as well. Clean Pet Food Adviser we will be focusing on those companies and sharing their views and research on those clean manufactures of pet food.


Clean Pet Food Adviser is a nonprofit, focused on changing the quality of pet food in America. The Clean Pet Food Adviser is focused on bringing transparency in pet food labeling and quality whole food pet food products to meet the demands of a pet wellness public.

To help change the pet food industry and to help your pet eat clean and healthy

 Subscribe to Clean Pet Food Adviser [cleanpet.org]. 


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10 Year Anniversary Celebrated by Green Pets America

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10 Year Anniversary Celebrated by Green Pets America. Green Pets is not your usual rescue the dogs nonprofit. Hi, I’m Steven Monahan, Founder-Executive Director of Green Pets America Charities. We are both an animal welfare and an animal rights organization. Green Pets America cover’s a lot of needs in our overarching vision to keep families and their companion animals safe and together.

As an “animal welfare” organization we are a compassionate and articulate voice for the safety and compassionate care of our beloved companion animals. As an “animal rights” organization we argue for a right to life for all companion animals through our Companion Animal Right to Life group, named CARLA.

The vision of Green Pets is in its name.  Pets; or more appropriately named companion animals are a precious resource to be sustained and not thrown away.  Green Pets believes our companion animals are not disposable but deserve a right to life and when in shelters must be rescued, renewed and rehomed. We were founded in Atlanta, GA in 2007. GPAC is a nationally recognized Gold Star Rated 501c3 Non-Profit Organization. Steve Monahan and GPAC were recognized by the State Senate of Georgia and other entities for their dedication to families and companion animals.

The concept for Green Pets America Charities was based on Steve’s desire to give a second chance at life for dogs sitting in death row kill shelters. Steve survived a terminal illness and felt compelled to help animals get a new chance at life, just as he was blessed to receive.

10 Year Anniversary Celebrated by Green Pets America

In the past 10 years, GPA have rescued, renewed and rehomed over 1,000 death row shelter animals throughout Georgia. Dog Food was given to places like Papas Pantry, Must Ministries, and The Cherokee Animal Shelter.  A need was filled by helping families keep their pets with them when the tough times hit.

Green Pets helped children needing service dog to help them live to the best of their abilities.

Green Pets is keenly aware a phenomenon called “Black Dog Syndrome”.  It’s a sad truth that leaves black dogs in shelters much longer than their tan furred brethren.  Just like certain breeds, dogs shouldn’t be judged on the color of their fur or their breed.

Green Pets helped honor our local working K9s by providing a fenced in area at the Woodstock police station for a K9 outdoor “break room”.  Our police K9 is on the job protecting us 24/7 and Green Pets America believes we all should love and celebrate these working officers, with the dignity, honor and respect they deserve.

Steve Monahan, Green Pets Founder, said; Green Pets is not your basic rescue the dogs nonprofit. In our day to day efforts, we seek to fill the gaps in animal welfare that exist in providing needed resources to ensure families and their beloved pets remain bonded and together in hard times.

We listen to families and their individual needs.  It may be helping with funds to pay for routine veterinary care for a beloved pet. Or emergency care when a dog or cat is injured.  It even means providing resources for spay and neutering. The State Senate of Georgia and City Council of Woodstock Georgia recognized Green Pets for their service to Georgia’s families and pets.

As Green Pets takes a moment to look back on the last 10 years, we look to the future not the past. We work for and look forward to the bright and shining day when our companion animals will  be cared for with compassion and have a right to life, just as we do. Our companion animals teach us how to live with one another in peace. They teach us unconditional love for ourselves and for one another.


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Be Kind to Animals Week, May 7th through 13th

IT'S Be Kind to Animals Week, May 7th through 13th

IT’S Be Kind to Animals Week, May 7th through 13th.

A week dedicated to showing compassion for animals, is May 7th through 13th.

The week was started over 100 years ago by the animal welfare organization American Humane to increase humane education and animal welfare efforts.

The first Be Kind to Animals Week was held in 1915, a year after nearly 10 million horses used in fighting across Europe died during World War I.

Some suggestions for celebrating the week include adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue, donating to an animal rescue group, taking care of your pet, appreciating wildlife and reporting animal abuse.IT'S Be Kind to Animals Week, May 7th through 13th


Steven Monahan, Green Pets America Charities

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How to Help Your Pet Live Longer

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

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25 green plants to grow in your garden friendly to your pet

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Enjoy today’s article on 25 green plants to grow in your garden friendly to your pet.

You love your pets. You share your home, your time, your affection, and maybe even your bed with your green pets. But should you share the food that you grow in your garden? The answer depends on what you grow.

In this issue of Green Pets you’ll learn 21 Plants your green pet should not eat. And learn 25 green plants your green pet can eat.

21 Plants Pets Shouldn’t Eat

If consumed, some of these plants may cause your pets only mild discomfort. But others could result in an emergency trip to the veterinarian.

So if you have curious pets and are growing any of these plants, make sure they’re out reach.

• Borage

• Catnip

• Chamomile

• Chives

• Coleus

• Epazote

• Eucalyptus

• Lavender

• Leeks

• Lemon grass

• Lovage

• Marjoram

• Mint

• Morning glory

• Oregano

• Parsley

• Sorrel

• Sweet peas

• Tomato plant (and unripe fruit)

• Watercress

• Yarrow

See any plants you didn’t expect? For me, catnip was a surprise. (After all, it’s famous for mesmerizing felines.) But according to the ASPCA, Catnip may actually cause vomiting and diarrhea in some cats.

How to Keep Animals Out of Your Garden

If you’re growing any of the plants above, you may be wondering how you can prevent your pets from eating them. Or maybe you’d just like to keep animals away from your garden in general.

Build a barrier. The best way to prevent your pets from eating your plants is to limit their access with a barrier.

Grow plants that pets don’t like. Plants that may drive animals away include pungent herbs, such as sage and rosemary, and the edible flower marigold. (Bonus: These plants will help repel bad bugs, too.)

Startle with motion-activated sprinklers. Most cats and dogs detest being sprayed with water. So for particularly troublesome pets, consider installing motion-activated sprinklers near your garden.This is also an effective method for scaring off other animals (e.g., deer, raccoons).

25 Plants Your Pets Can Eat (in Moderation)

Not all plants are dangerous, many are non-toxic (and even healthy) for dogs and cats.

The following plants have been deemed “pet-friendly.” But moderation is key. Too much plant material may cause digestive upset (i.e., a mess on your living room rug).

• Basil

• Bell peppers

• Broccoli

• Cauliflower

• Cilantro

• Cucumber

• Dill

• Hibiscus

• Impatiens

• Leafy greens (e.g., chard, lettuce, kale)

• Lemon balm

• Marigold

• Nasturtium

• Peas

• Rosemary

• Sage

• Salad burnet

• Savory

• Snapdragon

• Squash (all types)

• Strawberries

• Thyme

• Tomatoes (ripe fruit only)

• Watermelon

• Zinnia

As with introducing any new food to your green pet, it’s best to add fresh produce to your pet’s diet gradually. Enjoy green living this summer for you and your pets. Green Pets America – Steve Monahan.

We hope you and your pet benefit from today’s article: 25 green plants to grow in your garden friendly to your pet

25 green plants to grow in your garden friendly to your pet

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