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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

How to Help Your Pet Live Longer

 

 

 

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

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

Every time I turn around there is another warning of what not to feed our dogs

Every time I turn around there is another warning of what not to feed our dogs

Every time I turn around there is another warning of what not to feed our dogs. Today there are just too many theories, opinions and little science. It’s getting to the point of not knowing what to take for granted, or what is good or bad for dogs to eat any longer. I think we just have to be very educated, hyper aware, use common sense, don’t give them something we would not eat ourselves and see how they react to foods and their environment.

Every time I turn around there is another warning of what not to feed our dogs

Is this good or bad for me?


Steven Monahan, Founder-Executive Director of Green Pets America Charities, shares his insights, expertise and opinions on the human animal bond; including, nutrition, pet food, total wellness, animal welfare and animal rights. As well as news, trends and developments in the global pet industry.


ANIMAL WELFARE IN AMERICA BEST AND WORST OF TIMES

ANIMAL WELFARE IN AMERICA BEST AND WORST OF TIMES

ANIMAL WELFARE IN AMERICA BEST AND WORST OF TIMES.

 “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. Charles Dickens. 1859

THIS QUOTE ON THE TIMES THEN IN AMERICA WAS WRITTEN BY CHARLES DICKENS ALMOST 160 YEARS AGO. DOES IT SOUND EERILY LIKE TODAY?

What does this quote have to do with pets, pet food and animal welfare? Well to me it parallels what’s going on today in 2017 in animal welfare and animal care.

THE BEST OF TIMES:  We used to kill 8 million pets yearly, now less pets are being killed in shelters. Dog and cat ownership is up. People now care for pets like family members. Some pets even better than other family members:}

Healthier pet food is being rolled out. More human grade pet food is becoming available. People are bonding closer and closer with their pets. Animal rights laws are being passed globally.

THE WORST OF TIMES: In 2017 3.5 million dogs and cats are still killed in America yearly. People are becoming more and more selfish, taking their pet to a shelter or stopping their car and pushing their pet out and driving off. This happened this week in Woodstock. I was called to help. Pet food companies are putting poisoned downed animal meat into our pet’s food. Large pet food companies like are lying about the benefits of their products. And more families are struggling to feed themselves and feed their pets. And families are struggling to pay for medical care for themselves and their beloved family pet as well.

So what do we do in these parallel times of Light and darkness? At Green Pets we believe the answer is not turning against one another, but coming together as a local community to work on our challenges. To continue to care for one another. To embracing hope, looking forward together as compassionate, higher thinking human beings to a brighter future. And dare I say it: Loving ourselves, one another and our pets.

For while it is a global world the reality is that most everything that impacts us is locally. Please support your local nonprofits that are making a difference in local lives. Charities that are doing what needs to be done so we can get on with our lives.

Support local nonprofits that are caring for families, women, children and pets. Please support wonderful places and people like Papas Pantry, Ahimsa House, Must Ministries, and yes…Green pets America Charities.

“While others live in the winter of despair, let us bond together as a community in the coming spring of hope.


ANIMAL WELFARE IN AMERICA BEST AND WORST OF TIMES, From Steven Monahan, Founder-Executive Director of Green Pets America Charities. Steven shares his insights, expertise and opinions on the human animal bond; including, nutrition, pet food, total wellness, animal welfare and animal rights. As well as news, trends and developments in the global pet industry.

ANIMAL WELFARE IN AMERICA BEST AND WORST OF TIMES.

Here are Green Pets 10 Smart Hacks Pet Owners Should Follow.

10 Smart Hacks Pet Owners Should Follow

Here are Green Pets 10 Smart Hacks Pet Owners Should Follow.

1. Protect Your Dog’s Paws with Vaseline
You know that dog’s paws are vulnerable to cracking especially in the cold weather, right? Help keep his paws feeling soft by using Vaseline. You can use dog socks to prevent him from spoiling your carpet.

2. The no-chew Trick
So, if you’re looking to protect your phone charger or your slippers from becoming a chew toy for your dog or cat, just rub a little bitter apple spray on it to deter your dog from chewing on it, and as for your cat, you can use a citrus-scented cleaner!

3.Pet Hair Removal
Well! We love pets because they are furballs, but at the same time, complain about their hair lying all over the place. No more complaints, just dampen your rubber gloves and run them over any surface that is covered with hair. The gloves will remove the hair like a charm.

4.Slow Down His Eating
If your pup is used to gulping down his food, here’s a trick to slow him down. Place a ball in his eating bowl. He’ll have to roll it every time he wants to eat, so this will prevent him from gulping down his food.

5.Toy Ice Cake
Freeze a pot filled with water and your dog’s favorite toys or treats, and they’ll stay entertained and cool throughout the day!

6. Pet Food Container
Want to get rid of that huge bag of dry kibbles and bits? Start storing pet food in cereal containers, they will occupy less space and help you just pour the food directly into your pet’s food bowl.

7.Use Chalk to Keep Ants out of Your Pet’s Feeding Bowl
Ants won’t cross a chalk line because it interferes with their ability to follow scent trails left by other ants.

8. Clean Up Cat Pee with Soda Bicarbonate
If your cat’s peed on your bed or floor, soak up as much of it as you can and leave it to dry. Then to get rid of the odor, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda onto the area and leave for 15 minutes. Then just vacuum the soda away!

9. Keep Your Cat’s Water Dish Away from Their Food
Cats supposedly think that water near food is contaminated, so moving their water dish away from their food will encourage them to drink it.

10. Always take 2 poop bags when you walk your dog.


10 Smart Hacks Pet Owners Should Follow from Steven Monahan, Founder-Executive Director of Green Pets America Charities. Steven shares his insights, expertise and opinions on the human animal bond; including, nutrition, pet food, total wellness, animal welfare and animal rights. As well as news, trends and developments in the global pet industry.


10 Smart Hacks Pet Owners Should Follow