Pet Gift Giving Guide 2017

Pet Gift Giving Guide
The season of giving is upon us! And if you’re like 95% of all pet parents, you are already making a list and checking it twice for Fido and Fluffy. And why not? Our four-legged family members like presents too! It is estimated we will spend more than $60 billion this year in pet gifts alone.

As a natural pet parent, quality gifts matter. To keep everyone happy and excited, here’s the Only Natural Pet gift giving guide:

Holiday Treats

It’s the season of indulgence for all of us, so give your cat or dog some holiday treats like pumpkin spice biscuits or gourmet snowflake truffles. They can work it off in the New Year.

Toys

What are the holidays without toys? Cozy plush toys, puzzle treat balls or catnip treats will keep your beloved cats and dogs entertained through Elf and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Pet Beds

After all that indulging and playing, it’s time for a nap. Give your dog or cat a luxurious place to lay their furry heads with a new snug and stylish pet bed.

Outdoor Gear

Baby, it’s cold outside! So keep your fur babies cozy and warm with insulated jackets, booties or stylish sweaters. Bonus: They’ll look great on the holiday card. Ruffwear outdoor gear is especially great for dogs in the winter time.

Collars & Leashes

Get (or give!) a new leash on life. Sure, it’s practical, but why not spruce up that old look with some added style and safety of a new collar or leash.

You have a lot of great options for pet gift-giving, but remember that spending quality time with YOU is the best gift you can give your dogs and cats. Have a healthy and happy holiday season from everyone at Only Natural Pet!

6 Tips to Get Your Dog Ready for Cold Weather

6 Tips for Winter
Maybe you look forward to it and maybe you dread it, but whatever your opinion on winter, one thing is true – it’s a time when our beloved pets need a little more care. That beautiful fur coat is not enough protection for the upcoming cold weather months. Before the mercury dips too low, make sure you and your four-legged friends are ready.

#1 Bootie Time.

In the warmer months, booties are great for protecting paws from rocks and debris. In the winter, it’s the ice, salt and antifreeze that can injure them. Both salt and ice can have sharp edges which can cause injury and salt pellets can burn a dog’s paw pads. During walks, your dog’s paws can also pick up deicers, antifreeze or other chemicals that could be toxic. Dog booties from Ruffwear and Pawz are great because they protect against all these elements plus they help your dog’s grip on the ice. If your dog refuses to wear booties, try a dog paw wax, like Musher’s, and make sure you wash and dry their paws thoroughly after being outside.

#2 Sweater weather.

Coats and jackets for dogs aren’t just a pet fashion statement. Dogs with short or shaved fur or smaller breeds of dogs need the extra protection from the biting cold. And when fur gets wet it loses much of its insulating ability. When shopping for a dog sweater or coat, make sure you get the correct fit. Also make sure it doesn’t affect your dog’s ability to see or move comfortably.

#3 Time for reflection.

During winter’s shorter days, you’ll probably be doing more dog walking in dark pre-dawn mornings and dark nights. Make sure you dog is easy to see with a reflective jacket, collar or use a reflective light.

#4 Ditch the itch.

During the winter months, the cold air outside and the warm, dry air inside leave our skin dry and flakey. It’s the same for our dogs. Consider using a humidifier to add moisture into the air which helps keep skin hydrated. And omega rich salmon oil is a must for keeping your dog’s skin & coat healthy. Regular brushing and grooming can also help with this issue, as it gets rid of dead hair and stimulates your dog’s skin to produce more oils. Be sure to use natural shampoos, herbal ointments or natural oil supplements to soothe skin, or a natural skin and itch remedy.

#5 A spill that can kill.

Sure, you probably use pet-friendly ice melts, but that doesn’t mean your dog won’t come across dangerous chemicals while out on walk so steer clear of spills. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle.

#6 Enjoy the great indoors.

The threat of frostbite to dogs is real, so don’t leave your dog outside for long periods of time. Even sunny winter days can be deceiving, as wind chill can make the actual temperature colder than it really is. When it’s cold or wet out, keep younger, older and sick pets indoors.

Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet. Use common sense, and follow these guidelines, and you can keep your dogs safe and healthy through the winter months.

Five Steps to Fighting Pet Obesity

5 Steps to Fighting Pet ObesityYou’ve seen the headlines – as a population, we are getting fatter. Close to 40% of adults are obese and that number continues to grow. But you may not know that this same epidemic is effecting our pets. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 52.7% of dogs and 57.9% of cats are overweight or obese. Now consider that more than 60% of the owners of overweight dogs don’t think their dogs are obese, and you can understand why this situation is not improving.

How did this happen? Most experts blame rising pet obesity on the shift in pet diets toward highly processed, grain and carb heavy foods, and less and less exercise (incidentally, some of the same factors that drive human obesity). No matter the cause, the results of pet obesity are clear – osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, ligament injuries, kidney disease, cancer, and an overall decreased life expectancy of more than two years.

As pet owners who believe in natural nutrition, we are not immune to this issue. As a result, here is a five step plan for recognizing and tackling pet obesity.

  1. Look and feel – Real scientific measurements such as the body condition score (BCS) is a great diagnostic tool, but you can start by doing a quick assessment at home using your eyes and hands. Start by feeling your pet’s ribs. You should be able to feel each individual rib with a slight layer of fat over them. You should not need to work at finding those ribs. Then look at your dog or cat from above. You should see a waist behind the rib cage of a cat or dog in the healthy weight range.
  2. Talk to your vet – a trip to the vet will obviously give you a very clear picture of your pet’s ideal weight, but with blood and urine tests you can also rule out other factors that may be causing weight gain, including issues related to the thyroid, metabolism or hormonal problems.
  3. Tackle the nutrition issue – A highly processed, grain-based diet of carbohydrates fed to animals designed to thrive on a meat-based, fresh food diet is very likely to produce overweight pets. Talk to your vet about switching to a diet consisting of more meat and nutrient rich fruits and veggies, or consider dehydrated raw pet food which is high in protein, digestive enzymes, amino acids and essential fatty acids.
  4. Meal timing and portions – The next step is to look at how often and how much your pet eats. It’s a myth that pets can always self-regulate their diets, so no more free feeding. Also, you’ll want to limit the amount of treats and no more table scraps for Fido.
  5. Get moving – Taking your pet out for a short walk to do his or her “business” is not enough. Exercise needs vary based on a dog’s age, breed and size, but in general, dogs should be active between 30 minutes to 2 hours every day. It’s a great opportunity to engage with your pet, introduce some fun new fetch toys and get moving yourself.

Finally, be patient. If you go through these steps you should see results. But remember that healthy weight loss takes time. As long as your dog is continually losing weight – even very small amounts per week – you are on the right track.

Top 5 Resolutions for You AND Your Pet!

It’s a new year, which often signals a fresh start and time to think about your goals for the next 12 months. But here’s a fresh twist on the New Year’s Resolution–why not kill two birds (not really) and make some commitments to your pet parenting and your personal health and wellness? Read on for great ideas for resolutions for you and your pet.

#1 Get Moving

We know, we know. It’s at the top of everyone’s resolution list. But isn’t it more appealing to exercise with your dog, rather than in a gym? Commit to upping your daily walk game – but don’t limit yourself to just walking. Throw in some intervals (walk or run faster for short periods) or some games of catch or even a set of push-ups. It’s good for you, it breaks up the monotony of the walk, and your dog will love time spent with you.

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#2 What’s Up Doc?

Chances are, you have health screenings or doctor’s appointments you should make in the New Year. The same is true for your pet. Yearly examinations by your veterinarian are important to good preventive care. Vet visits are also the perfect time to ask for advice, talk about nutrition, or get an expert opinion on any behavioral issues.

#3 Think Outside the Walk

Daily walks are great, but consider going a little bigger. Try hiking, trail running, skijoring (combination of cross country skiing and dog sledding), snow shoeing, kayaking or any other activity that gets you outside and moving! It’s a great way to bond and the physical activity and mental health benefits are great for both  of you.

#4 Primp and Polish

No one wants a stinky pet. Regular grooming – bathing, nail clipping, brushing teeth and coat – will make your pet more pleasant to be around and (bonus!) it’s healthier for your pet. Plus, all that nurturing and daily grooming is a great bonding activity for you and your pet. But pay attention – any skin and coat problems that don’t resolve with regular grooming, please see your veterinarian.

#5 All Work and No Play….

…makes pet parents very dull. More play time is a fun and positive resolution for people and pets! It’s a great stress reliever for you and who doesn’t embrace unconditional love and attention? Cats love the thrill of chasing a laser toy or catnip toys or  fetch toys, and dogs are happy with most any game, like fetch, tug of war, hide and seek. It all works!

Lastly, it’s a New Year so don’t forget to take a moment to be thankful for all you have, especially the beautiful and loving pets who enrich your life every day.

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Fighting Fleas & Ticks? Get Some Help from our Friends at FidoseofReality.com!

Our friends over at Fidose of Reality love and care for your dogs just as much as we do. That’s why they’ve put together this useful guide of 8 Hacks to Prevent Dog Fleas and Ticks. Packed with natural solutions to the nastiest biting insects, this post is all-natural and a must read for any dog parents out there who want to protect their dogs from fleas and ticks and from dangerous chemicals and pesticides.

Halloween Pet Safety: Prevent a Fun Time from Becoming Frightening

Dog in Halloween CostumeHalloween is definitely one of our most unique holidays: we celebrate the beginning of autumn by dressing up in costumes, decorating with jack-o-lanterns, and giving out candy to our neighbors. And when we’re asked why we do these silly things, we inevitably answer, “That’s just the way it is.”

As intuitive as our pets may be, if that’s the best answer we have for people, how could we begin to explain this bizarre day to our pets? With that in mind, it’s best for us to have a game plan in mind so we can keep our pets healthy, happy, and most importantly, safe, on what can be a very hectic, confusing, and over-stimulating day.

People Treats Can Be Pet Trouble

One of the most important things for us to remember on Halloween is that people treats can be dangerous, and often poisonous, to our pets.

The Pet Poison Hotline reports a 12% increase in call volume during the week of Halloween, most of them associated with pets consuming chocolate, raisins, and wrappers. These are all dangerous to our pets and should be treated as a poisoning if they’re accidentally ingested.

Chocolate is one of the most toxic treats for pets. Dogs and cats both struggle to metabolize it and when it’s ingested, it can cause everything from vomiting and diarrhea to elevated heart rates and even seizures. The culprit is a caffeine-like chemical called methylxanthines. This compound is more highly concentrated in dark chocolates, but is still present in all forms, so make sure all chocolate is kept out of reach.

Whether they’re in the form of healthy raisin treats or a peeled grape trick, even a small amount of Raisins & Grapes can cause kidney failure in your pets. These must be kept out of reach! If you suspect that your pet has ingested either of these (symptoms can include vomiting, abdominal pain, & lethargy), make sure you contact your veterinarian immediately.
Dangerous Pet Foods
Unfortunately, our pets don’t always remove wrappers from treats before they eat them, making even non-poisonous treats dangerous. Plastic and foil can cause serious bowel obstruction, which sometimes needs surgery to correct. Even if the candy is eaten, your pet may still be attracted to the discarded wrapper, so keep the trash bin closed and inaccessible.

Keep Calm & Celebrate On

One of the biggest issues for our pets on Halloween is the constant line of trick or treaters or party guests. This can be especially troublesome if your pet is protective or hates when things are out of place. Fortunately, some small steps can go a long way in keeping them calm.

Make sure you have plenty of stress & anxiety remedies available and administer them before the trick or treaters start. A multi-faceted approach always works best, including flower essences, pheromone soothers, and swaddling products, like a Thundershirt. If you wait until after your pet is nervous, these aren’t as effective, so introduce them to your pet gently throughout the evening; when the visitors start arriving, your pet will be calm enough to handle it.

Safe spaces are important for letting our pets feel protected, so allow them access to them on Halloween and make them extra safe. Nervousness can induce extreme panting, so have plenty of water available.

Finally, try to meet the trick or treaters on the porch. Preventing the doorbell from always ringing or stopping the constant knocking at the door can give you a huge advantage in limiting your pet’s anxiety. And with the calming aids, your pet might not even realize anything out of the ordinary is happening!

Keep the Costumes Comfy & Safe

Our pets are part of the family, and if they’re comfortable with it, there’s no reason they shouldn’t enjoy the fun part of Halloween… the costumes! There are some things to keep in mind:

If your pet doesn’t want to wear a costume, don’t force it. Just like people, some pets don’t always like dressing up. If your pet is one of them, just let them go as they are, or better yet, make their lack of costume part of their costume… World’s Best Pet comes to mind.

If your pet loves dressing up, make sure the costume fits properly. If there is any kind of rubbing or constriction, it can remove fur and irritate your pet’s skin. Also, keep it simple so your pet isn’t tempted to think the costume is a toy. We might see a fully functioning robot pet with all the buttons and switches, but your pet sees something that needs to be destroyed, and possibly lodged in their gastrointestinal system.

Decorate with Your Pets in Mind

Commonplace Halloween decorations can be trouble for our pets. Candles in jack-o-lanterns can be singed whiskers and tails for our curious companions. If you’re using open flames, try to put them at a level where your pets won’t be tempted to get at them.

Fake cobwebs and glow sticks that are bad for pets can also look like a tempting toy; cats especially love to chew on these. Unfortunately, these are bowel obstructions (and a surgery) waiting to happen. Keep pets away from the decorations as much as possible. If you do catch them playing with decorations, it’s best to grab the pet rather than the camera.

They Only Stay in at Night

With hectic neighborhoods on Halloween, your best bet for safe pets is to keep them inside. This will keep everyone calm and happy. As an extra precaution, make sure all of your companions are wearing their collars with appropriate contact information. Halloween can be a nervous night, and often our pet’s first instinct is to flee.

Don’t Get Spooked

Most importantly, don’t let all of these potential dangers frighten you from a fun night. The most important steps for us to take are to keep our pets calm, be mindful of their actions, and make sure they’re having as much fun as we are!

Back to School Blues: Tips for Helping Your Pets Make the Grade

Back To School for DogsBack to school time can be a mad rush when it comes to getting kids ready, adjusting our work schedules, being out of the house, and preparing for daylight savings time to end. But we have to remember that all of these changes in our lives can be just as stressful on our pets. Whether they’re missing a child that’s going to be at school or just picking up on our anxiety, these events can cause a lot trouble for our furry friend’s well-being.

Thankfully, there are some surefire techniques that can not only help your pet through these transitions, but help make them a healthier, happier pet.

Routine, Routine, Routine

One of the biggest factors that give our pets the back to school blues is the change in routine. This could be anything from waiting longer for their nightly walk or waking up earlier. The most important thing to remember during these transitional times is to keep the habit that works best for everyone. If this means walking your dog before work in the morning then make sure you take that walk every day. Or if your cat needs attention right after you set down your briefcase, then make sure that always happens.

Our pets are creatures of comfort and the small, routine actions can make all the difference. Try out these tips or create some new routines of your own:

  • 15 minutes of play every day when you get home. It offers exercise, bonding, and is a routine you’ll both enjoy.
  • Try homemade food that you prepare the same every meal. Your pet’s will start jumping for joy when they hear the spoon start stirring.

Keep Them Entertained

dog on a ripped up chairWith our busier fall schedules, our pets can end up spending a good deal more time in the house alone. If this time is left unstructured, destructive behavior and bad habits, like excessive barking and furniture destruction, can develop. Keeping your pets entertained during these times alone and giving them plenty of exercise when you are around can make all the difference.

  • Try your hardest not to leave your pets alone all day. If you can run home during a lunch break or have a pet sitting company stop in, that can mean the difference between a happy pet and a shredded couch.
  • Double up your pet’s exercise during the especially hectic times. You’ll notice your stress slipping away and you’ll wear your pets out so they’ll spend their time alone sleeping.
  • Interactive toys are a great way to keep your pets concentrating on something productive. Whether they’re working towards a reward or chasing a toy, will keep them content and focused.

Limit the Stress

Our pets have a tendency to pick up on our stress easily and to create stress when their routines change. This can lead to shaking, nervous panting, pacing, and even poor stool quality. Combating this can seem like a challenge, but using a multi-faceted approach can make it easy and safe for your pet. Exercise and play are a great way for our pets to work out that nervous energy, and supplements are always an effective, safe way to remedy anxiety issues1

  • Flower essences are great for calming your pets quickly and they have no side effects, so they can be dosed often for effective relief.
  • Thundershirts hug your pet’s body tight, giving them a sense of security. Make sure you put it on well before the stressor will start so your pet can get used to it.
  • If your pet is struggling with poor stool quality as a result of stress, probiotics and other digestive supplements are a great choice. They support proper digestion and will maintain healthy stool quality.

Get Them Learning

purebred english Bulldog in glasses and bookFinding time to spend with your pets and helping them to learn some new tricks is not only a great way to improve your bond with your companion, but it also helps keep them mentally stimulated. Mental stimulation is like exercise for their brains, keeping them focused when they’re on a task and wearing them out so they can get the restful sleep they need.

  • Training treats work wonders when you’re teaching new tricks. And natural ones will let you keep feeding without worry about dangerous fillers or chemicals.
  • When it comes to training, repetition is the name of the game. Try repeating the same command and hand gesture in unison, and always reward with a treat when the trick is done right.

Remember Their Health

Unfortunately, one of the biggest things that can be overlooked during stressful or hectic times is your pet’s health. Remember that diet is the foundation of a healthy life, so make sure you’re always feeding your pets a natural diet made with quality protein sources and from whole foods. Along with a proper diet, make sure you’re feeding quality treats and supplementing properly.

  • Choose a healthy pet diet that your pets like and is not going to aggravate any food allergies they might have. If you’re noticing allergic reactions, steer clear of grains and common proteins, like chicken.
  • Supplements are a great benefit for our pets overall health. Make sure you’re including a pet daily multi-vitamin every day and also using an essential fatty acid supplement, like fish oil. Along with these, treat with supplements accordingly, whether your pets need joint support, senior care, or anything else.

Back to school is going to be stressful, but following these steps will have some great consequences. It will help calm you and your pets and strengthen the bonds and relationships that you share.

Chews Wisely: Why Your Dog’s Chew Choice Is More Important Than You Think

Great Dane Chewing Rawhide BoneWhen it comes to chewing, our dogs aren’t always the pickiest: sticks can be shredded in minutes; couch cushions are always fair game; and what’s-that-in-the-yard-I’ll-eat-it-anyway can be a daily occurrence. It has been suggested that dogs chew for every reason from curiosity to boredom, and it’s because of this “chew anything” mentality that the power of pet parenting is even more important.
Go to any pet store and you’ll find entire aisles dedicated to chews for your dog.

Most chews look innocent enough: bright white “bones”, twisted sticks, and even multi-colored braids, but the truth is these chews are not only unhealthy for our dogs, they can be downright dangerous!

To help you find the perfect dog chew, we have some simple things to keep in mind that will go a long way towards caring for your dog:

What’s In Your Dog’s Chews? (Or Better Yet, What’s NOT In It?)

Natural chews are sourced from single ingredients and gently processed, meaning you know exactly what you’re giving your dog. When your dog chews on a cow ear dog chews, you can see that it’s a cow ear. Processed chews, like rawhides, on the other hand, have some ingredients to hide.

Commercial chews undergo a bleaching process that features numerous caustic chemicals; those are soaked into the treat and waiting for your dog to ingest. And the added colors and “dental themed” rawhides are even worse, featuring artificial coloring, artificial preservatives, and fillers like corn sugar.

Where Are Your Dog’s Chews From?

We’ve heard a lot recently about dangerous chicken jerky treats associated with antibiotic fed livestock, but did you know that the cattle used for rawhides are often given similar, unsafe antibiotics? Not to mention the added growth hormones and terrible, unnatural feed. Natural chews are sourced from grass fed cattle, raised without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics. The cattle are also free range, meaning they enjoy a healthy, open environment.

Are Your Dog’s Chews Healthy?

Dog health is very similar to human health: the less processed the better! Unfortunately, most commercial rawhides are hugely processed, going through multiple cycles of bleaching, coloring, and cooking.

All natural chews are single ingredient and go through minimal processing. Most of them are high in protein, low in fat, and free of those nasty fillers and preservatives present in commercial rawhides.

This means your dog is getting the nutritional benefits of a healthy snack, not the empty calories of a junk food chew. Plus, different chews can have added benefits!

Does Your Dog Like It?

As important as all the other decisions are when choosing a chew, there’s one that you have to leave up to your dog: the experience. Your dog might not be picky when it comes to chewing, but there is a difference between going through the motions, and truly enjoying something.

Do your dog’s ears perk up when you grab a natural chew? Does he sit with perfect posture, like a grade schooler ready to please?

Happy Dogs RunningAnd taste is just the start! Is the chew long lasting? Natural chews like bully sticks can last significantly longer than rawhides, giving your dog a satisfying experience from start to finish. How does your dog feel afterward? Are they content; or on the opposite side of that, feeling sick and even throwing up? Natural chews are single ingredient and completely digestible, which is gentle on your dog’s stomach.

Homemade Made Easy

Why Homemade Food is the Best Choice for Your Pet!

Small dog large bone: EasyRawWhen we think about the finer things in life, food is always at the top of the list; and when we think of fine foods, we don’t think of them as plain, processed or overcooked.

We want our food full of fresh, colorful, whole ingredients exploding with flavor and nutrition. This slice of paradise isn’t exclusive to people…
our pets love it too!

Their sense of smell and taste are highly developed, meaning they dream of the fresh, bountiful ingredients just like we do!

So why are we feeding them boring kibble and canned food for every meal? It’s time to make a change; it’s time for homemade! But don’t panic; homemade doesn’t mean buying lots of ingredients at the grocery store and toiling away in the kitchen. There are a number of packaged homemade pet foods that only need to be mixed with water and served. It might sound simple, but it offers a whole new level of taste and nutrition for your pet.

Homemade isn’t just a food type, it’s a food choice! And it’s one of the best choices you can make to give your pets the gift of a long, healthy, and, most importantly, better quality life.

Top 5 Reasons to Switch to Homemade

(Be warned:  Pets love it so much, they won’t go back!):

1.       Homemade Means “Nature Made” as well

Your dog and cat are not “kibblevores”. They both have extremely advanced digestive systems that crave fresh, nutrient dense, raw foods. In nature, they would be eating an entire animal: this means plenty of raw meat with digestive system supporting probiotics and essential fatty acids; the stomach content of their prey, which would be filled with plant matter that’s high in vitamins and minerals; and a good amount of hydrating fluids from the blood and water rich organs.

Homemade pet food diets recreate this raw meat and vegetable feast, without all the mess!

Some of them feature large, appetizing chunks of raw meat that have been freeze dried, so the protein doesn’t lose the beneficial nutrients that are mostly absent from processed foods. And all of them contain human quality meat with an array of dehydrated fruits and vegetables. These fruits and veggies are not only delicious to your pet, but they’re rich in nutrients missing in the meat, like vitamin C and other antioxidants. Plus, homemade diets are prepared by you with fresh water, which hydrates your pet and offers them a delicious broth.

2.       Variety Is the Spice of Life

When you buy your pets’ kibble, you know the type and relative amount of protein because of the guaranteed analysis and ingredients list. But if you were to just look at the food out of the bag, would you know the ingredients? Probably not. That’s because most kibbles and canned foods are so processed and cooked, they become a single texture, with a single color, and a single flavor.

Homemade diets are different! Once you add water, you’ll see quality proteins that plump up, a flavorful broth form, and shredded vegetables that you can actually see. These combine to give your pets a variety of textures and flavors that will keep them happy and healthy.

3.       Who Wants Cornflakes Everyday Anyway?

When you commit to a kibble or canned diet for your pets, the most effective way to feed them is to buy the largest bag or case. Unfortunately, this is like buying a 40 pound bag of cornflakes or a bucket of canned pasta! With their relatively short shelf lives and depleting freshness once you open them up, kibble and canned diets are not the first choice when looking for a freshly prepared, homemade diet.

Homemade diets are preserved in unique ways (by freeze drying, air drying, or dehydrating) giving them a stable shelf life.

This lets you mix and match your flavors, so you won’t be feeding the same meal over and over again, giving your pets the diet diversity they crave. (To learn more about the importance of variety, please read our article “Why Switch Foods.”)

4.       Your Pet Is Family

Preparing meals for your family isn’t just a means of feeding them; it’s a ritual that teaches us the importance of connection, patience, and love.

EasyRaw Dog wearing chef hatNothing disrupts this experience more than simply dumping kibble or a can into a bowl. Homemade food lets you include your pet in the process! Their food can soak while you prepare yours, and even though most homemade mixes are complete meals, there’s no rule against adding some of your cooking scraps (Only healthy ones, of course. To learn more, read this article about dangerous pet foods to avoid by the ASPCA).

This process lets you bond with your pets in more ways than you might think. It lets you see their food first hand, so you know you’re giving them whole, nutritious meals. Plus, it’s a great way to reinforce your role in your pets’ lives. They’ll know you’re the one who decides when it’s time to eat. You’re not merely providing a meal, you’re providing a routine.

5.       Who Doesn’t Want a Homemade Meal?

The truth of the matter is that homemade tastes better, and is healthier for our pets! Most homemade meals allow you to just add fresh water, wait, and serve, which makes a huge difference when compared to processed, premade foods.