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Thursday, August 29, 2013

August 30th is National Holistic Pet Day!

August 30th is a very important day in the life of a green dog.

It's National Holistic Pet Day!

Originally founded by Colleen Paige of the Animal Miracle Foundation and Network, this day is set aside to think more about your dog (or other pet), how they live their life and how you are helping them live the healthiest, happiest life possible.

What exactly is holistic?

According to Webster Dictionary:
  • ho•lis•tic - (adj.) 1. incorporating or identifying with the principles of holism
  • ho•lism   - (noun) 1the theory that the parts of any whole cannot exist and cannot be understood except in their relation to the whole
Today we're sharing a few tips to help your dog live a more holistic life:

Think of food as medicine.

A diet that's whole in nature, species appropriate, full of all the proteins, vitamins and minerals in their most whole form (with the least amount of processing) is the best diet you can provide your dog for a healthier life.

Water, it's the basis of a dog's life.

Water is a very important part of a dog's diet. So be sure to keep it as healthy as possible by utilizing a water filtering system that filters out potential dangerous chemicals in your water, including fluoride.

Take a close look inside your home, where your dog lives and plays.

Paying attention to what your dog is exposed to through their daily inside life, and eliminating or minimizing potential exposure to dangerous chemicals, can make a big difference in the health of your dog. Inside your home, look at their beds, the cleaning products you utilize, what you wash their beds and them with, the toys they enjoy; evaluate all of these items and see how you can make healthier changes to help your dog.

Observe your dog's outside environment.

Dog's really enjoy their outside time. From eating a little grass from your lawn, drinking from that tempting puddle on a hot day, or a good romp at the local park - dogs are curious creatures. Be sure to pay strict attention to what your dog is exposed to when out and about in the great outdoors. Utilize organic lawn care and reduce exposure to dangerous, cancer causing chemicals in your lawn. Take along filtered water from home so your dog isn't tempted to drink out of a potentially contaminated puddle or pond. Find local walking paths and local parks that don't treat with herbicides, insecticides and pesticides to reduce your dog's exposure. These are are just a few things to consider when your dog is outside to keep them the healthiest they can be.

Seek out healthier care options.

Think of your dog's health preventively, as prevention is the best cure! Look for and support your local holistic veterinarian for help and to provide advice for your dog's health care needs. They can help you make the best decisions about annual blood work to look for very early signs of illness, titers for checking vaccine immunity, good weight management, preventing fleas and ticks, alternative and preventative healthcare options like chiropractic, acupuncture, massage and more.

Body, mind and soul.

Consider your dog's life holistically and nourish their mind, body and soul.
  • "An active mind is a healthy mind." - Nourish their mind by getting involved in dog sports or other dog related activities, teaching them tricks and behaviors with positive training, providing interactive/intelligent toys and thinking games. 
  • "Good Food is Good Medicine.' - Nourish their body by providing healthier living options and a healthier diet.
  • "Our bodies need food to keep us healthy. Our souls depend on love to grow." - Whether you call it soul, spirit or a living state of being; nourish your dog's soul by spending high quality time with your dog enjoying nature, playing together, or giving a good belly rub while cuddling on the couch. Showing love individually, completely and meaningfully develops a bond with your dog that's indescribable, and will not only nourish their soul, but yours as well. 
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  1. I am impressed that you mentioned "No Flouride" in the water. Many people are unaware of the danger of flouride.

    Thank you for being on the look out for healthy dogs.

    Dogs Nutrition

  2. Thank you for mentioning Flouride in the water.
    Many people are unaware of its danger.

    Dogs Nutrition


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