The First Nonprofit Home Delivery Pet Food Pantry in America

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The first nonprofit home delivery Pet Food Pantry in America. Green Pets America Food Pantry, was the first nonprofit home delivery 501c3 Pet Food Pantry in America. Founded by Steven Monahan over 21 years ago in Woodstock, Ga. A nonprofit Gold Star rated 501c3, in the top 1% of all nonprofit organizations.

Please make a donation today so we can purchase cans and bags of wholesome pet food for those in need. We ship via Amazon next day to families

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“The streets of America are crowded with too many homeless starving animals & their owners tonight”

Animal shelter statistics show that around three and a half million dogs and the same number of cats enter shelters each year. Over half were taken there by their owners. The rest were abandoned on the streets. Sadly, half those family companion animals, about three million are euthanized.

Pet food Pantries save lives. Most owners turn in their pets because they cannot afford to feed or provide vet care for them any longer. Green Pets America was founded to save and feed animals, saving them from being abandoned to shelters, to be euthanized.

Green Pets America Charities delivers quality and wholesome pet food to families to feed and keep their beloved pets safe at home with them. We are unique in that we deliver pet meals, such as the poor, out of work, elderly, disabled, sick, mentally challenged and those without reliable transportation.

We have delivered with our own trucks and volunteers since we started. Now with Covid, we are also purchasing new bags of food and shipping pet food next day delivery by Amazon Prime. This is a costly program, but in these difficult times, it is vital and necessary.

“The streets of America are crowded with too many homeless and starving animals & their owners tonight”

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The First Nonprofit Home Delivery Pet Food Pantry in America

After surviving a terminal illness Steven Monahan left a successful career as a Fortune 100 corporate executive. He was grateful for his new gift of life and vowed to spend the rest of his time caring for others. The others he chose were homeless animals and families in need.

At that time Food Pantries did not carry pet food for the people they served. As a leader and entrepreneur, he decided to start one himself. His approach and solution were unique. In addition to having a physical building for families to come by to pick up pet food for their companion animals.

Green Pets America also created the first Meals on Wheels Pet Food in-home delivery program for seniors, the disabled, the mentally and physically challenged, and the indigent without transportation.

A few years later Green Pets expanded its mission and added a death row shelter rescue group. Their focus was rescuing death row shelter dogs. They pulled shelter dogs on the kill list: the dogs that were not adopted and scheduled to be killed in three days. They rescued them from the local animal shelters, vetted them, trained them, moved them to safe foster homes, and then adopted them into loving homes.

Many of these animal shelter rescues were driven north by volunteers for adoption via the “Under-Hound Railway” as they called it, or flown north via the volunteers of “Pilots and Paws”

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The First Nonprofit Home Delivery Pet Food Pantry in America

Today, Green Pets America continues to feed the pets of families in need. More than ever this community service is desperately needed. In addition to pet food they pay for emergency care, annual vet visits, provide pet nutrition education pet care programs in middle and high schools. They work with. Good’s Homeless Pet Clubs in middle schools.

In 2001 Steve Monahan who is also a TEDx Organizer and Licensee selected well-known veterinarian Dr. Michael Good to present a TEDx Dupree Park TED Talk on his amazing idea and nonprofit he created, the Homeless Pets Clubs of America. Dr. Goods clubs are over 1,000 strong across America.


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Having survived a near-death experience himself Steve is now an animal welfare philanthropist, dedicated to giving animals a second chance at life. Please continue this story of love and care for animals.

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Two Wonderful Decades of Service

Smoky the first War Therapy Dog

Smoky the first War Therapy Dog on Record

Smoky the first War Therapy Dog on Record. This is the wonderful story of Smoky the first War Therapy Dog on Record. Smoky was only 4 pounds and stood 7 inches tall. It was initially thought that Smoky was a Japanese war dog, but she did not understand commands in Japanese or English.


For the next two years, Smoky back-packed through the jungle with Corporal William A. Wynne. Smoky slept in Wynne’s tent and she shared his rations. Smoky served in the South Pacific with the 5th Air Force and participated in 12 air/sea rescue and photo reconnaissance missions. She survived 150 air raids on New Guinea and made it through a typhoon at Okinawa.

Smoky the first War Therapy Dog even parachuted from 30 feet (9.1 m) in the air, out of a tree, using a parachute made just for her. In 1944, Yank Down Under magazine named Smoky the “Champion Mascot in the Southwest Pacific Area.”

Her largest contribution to the Allied forces was with her incredible hearing and sense for danger. On multiple occasions, Smoky saved the life of Wynne and warned soldiers of incoming fire.

Smoky the first War Therapy Dog on Record

Smoky the first War Therapy Dog

In 1944, Smoky made national headlines when she helped engineers build an airbase at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon. During the construction, a Signal Corps team needed to run a telegraph wire through a 70-foot-long pipe that was 8 inches in diameter. Wynne attached the line to Smoky and she got the job done. According to an Animal Planet investigation, Smoky was also the first war therapy dog on record.

At the end of World War II, Smoky was smuggled back into the United States hidden in a modified oxygen mask carrying case. After her return, Smoky became a national celebrity and performed her skills for crowds, which included walking a tightrope while blindfolded.

On February 21, 1957, Smoky the first war therapy dog died unexpectedly at the age of approximately 14 years old. RIP Smokey. You are an inspiration to all.


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Afghanistan One Dog At a Time

This is an article by Green Pets America – International Humane Society. Celebrating the story of the courageous work by Nowzad in Afghanistan, who is making a difference for all the dogs, cats, and other animals with no voice. The nonprofit started from one man’s efforts to make a difference for one dog at a time in a place; that was back then; described as the most dangerous place on Earth… Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

It started in November 2006 when the men of Kilo Company of 42 Commando Royal Marines arrived in the war-torn town of ‘Now Zad’ in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Their mission; provide stability for the local people during a period of ever-decreasing security.

The Royal Marines soon realized that it wasn’t only the local people that needed their help. Many of the stray dogs that roamed the town of ‘Now Zad’ now had a guardian for the first time in their lives; in the form of Royal Marine Sergeant ‘Pen’ Farthing.

Afghanistan One Dog At a Time

Breaking up an organized dog fight that was taking place right outside their remote compound, Pen never realized that one of those fighting dogs would then befriend him.

The Royal Marine Sergeant couldn’t say no to those big sad eyes and the now-former fighting dog became the Sergeant’s battle buddy. The dog received his first-ever name – “Nowzad“.

The ‘tail‘ of the rescue of Nowzad and his other canine buddies from the remote desert outpost of Now Zad, was published as a best-selling book One Dog at a Time, which to this day helps to promote and fund the work we do in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan One Dog At a Time

Nowzad has reunited over 1600 soldiers with the dogs and cats that they rescue and bond with on the front lines in Afghanistan and we continue to be there for the brave men and women who show compassion to animals during their deployment. 

Afghanistan One Dog At a Time

Nowzad manages a dog shelter currently looking after over 140 dogs (most available for adoption!!) along with a cat shelter (over 40 cats and most available for adoption!) supported by a modern veterinary clinic staffed by a team of 24 Afghan nationals (including Afghanistan’s first female veterinarians) delivering care and attention to animals in distress.

They also opened the first-ever donkey sanctuary in Afghanistan; a vital facility for the overburdened donkeys who worked remorselessly on the streets of Kabul.

Their vital work in Afghanistan includes animal welfare education which includes doing what we can to prevent the spread of rabies.

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Nowzad has fantastic support from animal lovers the world over, who have offered their time in promoting and funding the aims of the charity. Every donation they receive is much appreciated and makes a big impact on work for the animals with no voice but yours.

Here is the Nowzad website to learn more and perhaps make a much-needed donation.


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Latest News on Kabul Small Animal Rescue Afghanistan

Kabul Small Animal Rescue

On July 14, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) instituted a one-year  suspension on the importation of dogs into the United States from over 100 countries. 

Latest News on Kabul Small Animal Rescue Afghanistan. Dogs left behind by the Biden USA evacuation from Afghanistan. Update: Kabul Small Animal Rescue is still on the ground in Kabul, Afghanistan and their amazing team keeps rescuing and caring for the animals. Follow them on Facebook or here on our Kabul Small Animal Page.

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Charlotte Maxwell-Jones Kabul Small Animal Rescue Still in Afghanistan

Charlotte Maxwell-Jones head of Kabul Small Animal Rescue Still in Afghanistan

Charlotte Maxwell-Jones head of Kabul Small Animal Rescue Still in Afghanistan. Around the world, people have been anxiously watching the situation in Afghanistan unfold and change rapidly.

One of the American’s left behind who has had much attention during this crisis is Charlotte Maxwell-Jones, an American, who founded Kabul Small Animal Rescue in Afghanistan. Despite recommendations from the US government and threats from the Taliban, Maxwell-Jones refused to leave Afghanistan without the 40 people on her rescue staff and their 250 animals. The evacuation mission, called “Operation Hercules,” received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations.

The Evacuation Attempt

On August 23, Maxwell-Jones posted a video update on the rescue’s Facebook page explaining how armed Taliban guards came to her house and stayed on her lawn. She explained that they promised to give her and her staff safe passage as long as she left first; however, she didn’t believe that they would actually follow through with letting her staff leave.

According to the rescue’s update from Sunday, August 29th, an airplane and landing permissions were secured and plans were in place to evacuate everyone to the US. The update emphasized that this would be their last chance to leave. Sadly, things did not go exactly as planned, partially due to the CDC’s policy of not allowing dogs from certain countries, including Afghanistan, where there is a higher risk of rabies. The SPCA applied for an emergency exemption to this rule, but it did not work.

Getting the Facts Straight

A significant amount of misinformation has circulated online about this operation as well as the evacuation of animals from the region in general. SPCA International has been providing updates to clear up confusion. Their most recent update stated, “the dogs and their caretakers were explicitly NOT allowed to board military aircraft, and numerous private charter aircraft were not granted access to the airport either.” Furthermore, as of the August 30th update, the KSAR staff and cats were not allowed to enter the airport, and Maxwell-Jones was escorted by the Taliban back to the shelter with one puppy on August 30.

Sadly, Maxwell-Jones was told that an unconfirmed number of dogs that had been under her care, was released and thus, became strays. Before leaving, Maxwell-Jones asked the military to open the bags of dog food that she brought and leave them out around the airport.

What Comes Next

TWO WAYS YOU CAN HELP

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We have been working around the clock in our mission to rescue the dogs before the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. While that did not happen because of the CDC ban on rescuing animals from over 100 countries globally.
We will continue to support KSAR and work towards evacuating Maxwell-Jones, her staff, and the animals.

And, we will continue to do everything we can to overturn the CDC and government animal travel ban to help rescue teams and animals in other countries find foster homes in America.

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Please Donate to the Green Pets America International rescue, education, advocacy, and USA-based assistance to international rescue efforts across the globe in these trying and challenging times. Help save lives.

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Please Sign This Petition

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Charlotte Maxwell-Jones head of Kabul Small Animal Rescue Still in Afghanistan

Rescue Dogs and Team left behind in Kabul

Contract K-9 soldiers left behind in Kabul. American Humane Society stands ready to help transport these contract K-9 soldiers to U.S. soil. The American Humane Society made this announcement today.“I am devastated by reports that the American government is pulling out of Kabul and leaving behind brave U.S. military contract working dogs to be tortured and killed at the hand of our enemies.

These brave dogs do the same dangerous, lifesaving work as our military working dogs, and deserved a far better fate than the one to which they have been condemned,” said American Humane President and CEO Dr. Robin R. Ganzert. “This senseless fate is made all the more tragic, as American Humane stands ready to not only help transport these contract K-9 soldiers to U.S. soil but also to provide for their lifetime medical care.”

Contract K-9 soldiers left behind in Kabul


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What is Heart Stick Euthanasia

What is Heart Stick Euthanasia
This seldom discussed violent euthanasia procedure called Heart Stick Euthanasia is brought to you by Green Pets America Charities Group

Heart stick as it is called is jamming a lethal death injection directly into a shelter animal’s heart. It is a frightening and painful way to kill a shelter dog.

This cruel practice of killing shelter dogs without a sedative, by long needle injection into a wide-awake dog must be banned.

Heart Stick Euthanasia is a rarely discussed topic on how some shelter dogs and cats are cruelly and inhumanely killed in the US in animal shelters. We think this must be exposed, and openly be discussed, and ended. That is why we are writing, What is Heart Stick Euthanasia. To disclose this inhumane program happening in some animal shelters in the US.

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Dogs After being euthanized

This is a real picture of a shelter dog being Heart Stick euthanized. Shelters generally euthanize dogs and cats one day during the week. Over 2 million dogs and cats are euthanized yearly in America’s shelters. Millions more across the globe.

Animals are sentient beings, meaning just as human animals they feel pain, sense fear, know if they are going to be harmed, and like us want to live.

Mass euthanizations are the exact opposite of non-violence.


The Green Pets America Charities Group and the Ahimsa Humane Society have been researching and educating on Heart Stick Euthanasia at America’s animal shelters for years. Heart Stick euthanasia is done by county shelters to save money. It is cheaper for the shelter to not humanely sedate the dog, but euthanize the dog in one step, with a long steel needle jabbed straight to the live, and panicked kicking dogs’ heart as the dog tries to escape the attendant’s foot or grasp.

What is Heart Stick Euthanasia

Heart Stick euthanasia is particularly brutal because many times, the dog moves, and the long needle misses the heart, piercing another organ. In that case, they do it again. If they euthanize a group of different size and weight dogs at once, each syringe may not have enough poison in the syringe, and the dog does not die immediately, so they must kill him again.

Most believe this inhumane practice ended a decade ago but it has really just slithered below the national radar.  Our followers are sharing with us new examples where it’s still being done. Tennessee and Georgia are just two States we learned of this week.

If you have first-hand knowledge of this archaic violent practice reach out to us in confidence. Steve@GreenPetsAmerica.org 


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How Much Water Should a Dog Drink Daily

6 Tips to Ensure Your Dog Drinks Enough Water Daily

How much water should a dog drink daily.

I just finished Tom Brady’s book The TB 12 Method. It’s a very detailed and refreshing book on maintaining maximum health even as we grow older. As a 42-year-old professional NFL quarterback, who seems to getter better each year, not worse, even in this body pounding sport he is one to listen to on how to live and eat healthily.

 One part of his eating and wellness routine is hydration…how much water to drink for optimum health daily. I am one who drinks little water daily. I never seem to think about it or be thirsty. But watching my wife and older kids who go the gym or do Yoga regularly I watch them drink water regularly and really enjoy it daily.

 Brady’s hydrating mantra is to drink half his body weight in ounces of water daily. So, at his weight of two hundred-twenty pounds, he drinks 110 ounces of water daily. my first reaction was…that’s a lot of water!

I not only realized I was way under hydrating but wondering how our dogs were doing as well. So, I started researching this by talking with vets and reading articles on hydration for humans and animals. This article covers what I learned.

1. Many Dogs Don’t Drink Enough Water

How much water should a dog drink daily

 You might be surprised to learn that while some dogs naturally and instinctively know to drink the correct amount of water, many dogs today don’t drink enough water, And, some drink too much. So, it’s possible your own canine companion is either under- or over-hydrated.

Keeping an eye on your pet’s water consumption is important because too little can result in dehydration, urinary tract issues like kidney stones, and organ failure. And drinking too much water can be toxic.

Also, the amount of water your dog drinks can be an indicator of an underlying illness. Dogs with pancreatitis, parvovirus, or leptospirosis tend not to drink much water, but a brewing bladder infection, other types of infection, or a metabolic problem such as Cushing’s disease, and diabetes can cause excessive thirst and water consumption. So, if your pet is drinking less or more water than normal, you should have her checked by your veterinarian to rule out an underlying condition.

2. Water Consumption Guidelines for Dogs

How much water your dog needs each day depends on his size, diet, age, activity level, and weather conditions.

A good general guideline is that a healthy dog should drink between ½ and 1.0 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. So, a healthy 65-pound Labrador Retriever should be drinking between about 33 and 65 ounces, or about ¼ to ½ gallon of fresh water daily.

If your dog is eating a moisture-rich, species-appropriate diet, she’s getting some of her water needs met with each meal, so she may not drink as much from her water bowl. But if she’s eating primarily dry dog [Kibble} she will need more than the average daily intake to compensate for the lack of moisture in the dry kibble.

If, however, you feed your dog canned dog food he is getting a fair amount of water as can food has a high moisture content, which is a good thing.

3. Special Needs

How much water should dog a drink daily

Puppies need to drink small amounts of water every couple of hours and should be closely monitored and encouraged to drink.

After a period of hard play or exercise, use caution when your dog rehydrates. If he immediately laps up the contents of his water bowl, rest him for a bit before you refill his bowl.

If your dog is outdoors often and very active, it’s good to have water outside in a clean bowl, or with you when he exercises or runs with you so that you can give him frequent short water breaks to keep him hydrated.

During the warmer months of the year, especially during summer, it’s important to monitor your dog’s water intake to ensure she’s adequately hydrated.

4. Over-hydration

How much water should a dog drink daily

The medical term for the desire to drink too much water is called psychogenic polydipsia. Symptoms of over-hydration (water intoxication) include staggering/loss of coordination, lethargy, nausea, bloating, vomiting, dilated pupils, glazed eyes, light gum color, and excessive salivation. In severe cases, there can also be difficulty breathing, collapse, loss of consciousness, seizures, coma, and death.

If your dog tends to overindulge in the wet stuff, make sure you’re there to supervise his activity. The bodily condition that occurs when dogs over-consume water is called hyponatremia (or inadequate levels of sodium in the bloodstream). It is most commonly seen in dogs who like to stay in the lake, pond or pool all day; pets that lap or bite at the water continuously while playing in it; and dogs that swallow water unintentionally as they dive for a ball or other toy.

Be aware of the symptoms of water overhydration and monitor your dog’s appearance and behavior when he’s playing in the water. And if your dog enjoys being sprayed with water from the hose or sprinkler, you should monitor that activity as well. Water from a hose or sprinkler is under pressure, and you’d be surprised how much your dog can swallow in just a short time of play.

5. How to Tell if Your Dog is Under – Hydrated

To determine if your dog may need more water, lift some skin at the back of her neck and let it go. If your dog is well hydrated, the skin will fall quickly back into place. The skin of a dehydrated dog will fall more slowly and form sort of a tent. Another method is to check your dog’s gums. Moist, slick gums indicate a good level of hydration; dry or sticky gums mean your pet’s body needs more water.

If your dog doesn’t drink enough water, make sure to praise her and give her a treat whenever she drinks from her water bowl, and place fresh water close to all the places she frequents, like her bed and food bowl.

Add dog-friendly tasty flavorings like chicken or bone broth to your dog’s water to make it more tempting and consider getting a pet drinking water fountain as a further enticement.

And most importantly for enough hydration for your dog, especially if you’re feeding dry dog food, switch to canned dog food to increase the amount of water your pet is getting from each meal.

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If you have your dog on the Fresh Meals 4 Pets program, that is ¼ fruits, ¼ vegetables and 1/2 dry kibble, or wet food they will naturally get water from the fresh fruits and vegetables, which is a great way for getting properly hydrated. However, even on the Fresh Meals 4 Pets program you may still need to drink at least the minimum recommended water hydration requirement of 1.0 ounce of water for each pound of body weight each day.  diet.

6. Summary – Be Observant

Just as you and me the water needs of our bodies differ, daily, weekly and by season so always be observant of your dog and you will be able to tell if they are getting enough or too much water each week. Remember this, hydration is critically important to your dog’s health Humans and animals are mainly water and we cannot go long without replenishing our bods critical need for good ole H2o.

These 6 Tips to Ensure Your Dog Drinks Enough Water Daily. How much water should my dog drink daily article by Steven Monahan, with research from world renowned holistic veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker’s blog at – https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/dr-karen-becker.aspx


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FEEDING SENIOR DOGS 7 TIPS

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This article is on feeding senior dogs 7 tips. As your once puppy now enters his or her golden years, some things will inevitably change. He’ll still be your best friend, of course, and the vacuum will always be his nemesis. But just like us human animal’s canine animals’ health needs change a bit as well.

One major area you should be aware of is the importance of quality food and supplemental nutrition you give your senior dog. We checked with the experts what to look out for and what you may need to adjust for your senior pup. Here are 7 important tips for your senior dog’s health.

As always, consult with your own veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet—each dog is unique.

 

  1. DENTAL ISSUES 

If you notice your senior dog is having a hard time eating his kibble, dental disease and tooth pain may very well be to blame. While switching to a softer food may seem to help, it’s crucial to actually address the root of the problem. “Proper dental care can greatly enhance an older dog’s life,” says Dr. Heather Frankfurt, a Texas-based veterinarian who sees many senior dogs with advanced dental disease. “Imagine having a tooth ache, or many, for several years!”

If your dog has stopped eating, however, it’s very unlikely that dental disease is solely to blame—Frankfurt notes that most pets will figure out a way to eat through tooth pain. As with all changes to eating patterns, a visit to your veterinarian is in order.  

2. JOINT SUPPLEMENT

Just as senior humans experience joint trouble, your dog is at risk of arthritis and pain. And while plenty of commercial foods are formulated to support joint health, an additional supplement may be appropriate. Frankfurt recommends that dogs over the age of 7 take a joint supplement; for larger breeds, this age could be even earlier. “There are many brands and types of joint supplements available, and it can become overwhelming to choose one,” she says. “Look for a product that contains MSM, chondroitin, and glucosamine—when combined, these ingredients promote healthy joints.”

 3. ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants are prized for their ability to fight disease and the effects of aging. They’re front and center at your trendy juice bar, and can be a healthy addition to your dog’s bowl as well, under the guidance of a veterinarian. “If they’re acting aged, they usually need antioxidants, in my view,” says Dr. Susan G. Wynn, a veterinary nutritionist. “One of the best ways to do this is to supplement fruits and veggies, but some dogs don’t tolerate them or won’t eat them. In that case, I will prescribe an antioxidant combination in capsule form.” If your pup is open to it, consider adding berries, turmeric, and dark leafy greens to his meal. 

4. OMEGA-3S

Known to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation, omega-3 fatty acids are good for you and your aging pup. Want to reap the benefits? Consider adding fish to his diet. “Senior pets require higher levels of omega-3s for brain and heart health,” says Dr. Judy Morgan, a veterinarian certified in food therapy. “I use sardines, due to the higher heavy metal contamination in larger fish.” Fish oil supplements are another option to increase omega-3s in your dog’s diet. It is possible to get too many fatty acids, however, so be sure to consult with your veterinarian. 

5. WATCH THE WEIGHT

A healthy weight makes for a healthy pup at any age. When seniors slow down, it’s especially important to keep an eye on that scale—extra weight is just as dangerous for our pets as it is for us.

“It’s just so easy to give an extra treat or fill up the food bowl a little bit more—food makes our pets so happy,” says Frankfurt. “However, obesity is something I take quite seriously because of the toll it takes on our pets’ bodies.”

So what can you do? Start with the basics, says Frankfurt. Measure precisely how much food you give at each meal, and never allow your dog to free-feed throughout the day—a constantly full bowl is a fast pass to obesity. Instead, feed your pet at designated intervals at least twice a day to keep him feeling satisfied. If he eats too quickly, consider a “busy bowl” or food puzzle to stretch out mealtime and help him get the most enjoyment out of those calories.

And don’t pay full attention to what the dog food bag says as how much to feed your dog. Watch him or her. If they look fat feed them less. If they look skinny feed them more. Meat produces muscle and grains can cause weight retention so  feed your pet needed meat protein over grain proteins. 

6. HEALTHIER TREATS

Your dog loves them, and you love giving them to him. But unfortunately, commercial treats are calorie bombs and can undo all the work you’ve done portioning out breakfast and dinner. Fresh fruits and veggies are just as rewarding—you just have to condition your dog to see them as treats.

“I always recommend that pet owners introduce veggies and fruits to their pets at as young an age as possible,” says Wynn. “They’re the healthiest treats we can use. If you teach the dog early that a vegetable is good, then veggies are treats to them.”

For easy rewards, consider small apple slices (without seeds), pear slices, blueberries, mini carrots, or for a cold treat… frozen green beans

 7. RAISE THE BOWL

When was the last time you bought a new food bowl? Was it during puppy-hood? If so, it may be time to upgrade to something more senior-friendly. For dogs with joint trouble, Frankfurt recommends a raised bowl to reduce the need to bend, keeping mealtime as comfortable as possible. And while you’re at it, put those bowls through the dishwasher—we have a tendency to forget this chore. And don’t let multiple dogs drink from the same bowl as it can spread disease.

 

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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

189 Year Old Vegan Border Collie

Bramble a 189-Year-Old Vegan Border Collie, was the world’s oldest living dog.

Supermarket pet foods are often composed of ground-up parts of animals deemed by U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors unfit for human consumption. The flesh of animals who fall into one of the categories of the four D’s—dead, dying, diseased, or disabled—is what often goes into pet food. Many of these animals have died of infections and other diseases.

In most all states it is legal to remove unusable parts from chickens and sell them to pet food manufacturers. Most pet foods contain the same hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics that are found in commercial meat products for humans

Vegetarian Dogs. Many vegetarians and vegans feed healthful, meatless diets to their companion animals. According to an article by PETA, one long life, healthy vegan dog example is that of Bramble, a 27-year-old border collie whose vegan diet of rice, lentils, and organic vegetables earned her consideration by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest living dog in 2002.

189 Year Old Vegan Border Collie

The dog, Bramble, a blue merle Border Collie, lived in the UK. What’s most amazing about Bramble is he actually lived on a vegan only diet of rice, lentils and organic vegetables. Her owner said he ate once a day and exercised a lot.

The owner of the dog, Anne Heritage, was a vegan herself. She just fed Bramble a big bowl of vegan dinner every evening. She explains that Bramble “is an inspiration and it just goes to show that if we eat the right things and keep on exercising, our pets and ourselves can extend our life”.

Seven Human Years for Every One Dog Year.

The age of 189 years comes from the common usage of counting 7 human years for every one dog year. This method is sometimes debated, but any way you count it – Bramble lived a long life.

Studies have shown that the ailments associated with meat consumption in humans, such as allergies, cancer, and kidney, heart, and bone problems, also affect many nonhumans. Pet food has also been recalled during mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), scares because of the risk that contaminated meat was processed into the food. One deputy commissioner states that cats especially “are susceptible to BSE.”

The nutritional needs of dogs and cats are easily met with a balanced vegan diet and certain supplements, stated James Peden, author of Vegetarian Cats & Dogs.

Meat Or No Meat?

Some people wonder if it’s “unnatural” to omit meat from the diet of a dog or cat. Animals in the wild commonly eat quite a lot of plant matter. Besides, to feed them the meat that they would naturally eat, you would have to serve them whole mice or birds or allow them to hunt for themselves, an option that is unfair to native species of birds and other small animals, since companion cats and dogs have been removed from the food chain and have advantages that free-roaming animals lack.

Vegetarian or vegan dogs and cats enjoy their food and good health, and a vegan or vegetarian diet for your companion animal is ethically consistent with animal rights philosophy, and our green living beliefs at Green Pets America….Green Pets, People Planet.

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