Food. One of the most important aspects of our daily lives. As free-willed humans, we can eat whatever our heart desires. However, our dogs are limited to what we give them, and we have to make sure that we're keeping them safe, healthy, and happy!
Even though we consider our furry pets to be our family, we have to face the fact that they are physiologically different from us humans. Because of this, we have to make sure that what we put into our bodies is also safe for us to put into theirs. According to Nestle Purina PetCare Company, roughly 84% of pet owners are concerned about their pets' food ingredients. More than 4 out of 5 pet owners will read the ingredients in pet food before purchasing it for their dogs.
You will find a variety of different factors that can come into play when deciding what food trend your dog may benefit from. Those factors can include:
- Your Dogs Health
- Your Dogs Age
- If Your Dog Has Allergies
- How Active Your Dog Is
Like humans, pets have an endocannabinoid system too. Essentially, this system is a network of receptors in the brain, organs, tissues, and nervous system. CBD is all the buzz around holistic and natural remedies. While CBD has found its way into foods and other human products, does it have a place in our pet's food? Our best answer is that you should research and consult your personal vet before including this in your pets' food and treats.
However, we’ve come across one of our favorite CBD brands, Prospect Farms, whose mission is to help both people and pets to live their most healthy lives. All of their products are organically grown in Maine. The best part? Each and every one of their products is vet-approved and formulated specifically for various size pets and their diets. Take their short questionnaire to find their recommendations for how to best help your pet grow in their own wellness journey. Follow Prospect Farms on Instagram @prospectfarmsmaine.
Those interested in a raw food diet for their pets are often lured in by the idea of a shinier coat, healthier skin, more energy, and better oral health for their pet. The American Kennel Club is a great resource to look into before speaking with your vet concerning a diet made up of raw foods such as muscle or organ meat and raw eggs. According to a study done by the FDA, they found that raw pet food is more likely to contain foodborne bacteria, i.e., Salmonella, than other pet food forms. PFI strongly suggests that pet lovers consult with their veterinarian before feeding cats or dogs raw food.
You may find that some veterinarians believe that raw diets aren't appropriate for dogs with certain illnesses or home environments; however, we recommend following the recommendation of your personal vet as they are already privy to the health of your pet.
Using essential oils in our day to day lives has become all the rage. You can diffuse them, roll them on, and some people even ingest them. So, you may be wondering: Can dogs ingest essential oils too? One of the top things to look for is 100% pure essential oil from a reputable brand. In short, we're saying don't buy your oils from a superstore for yourself or your pets! Young Living offers a few great options for using essential oils with your pets. They also include shampoo, ointment, and cat treats, too! “Paragize” is a doggone amazing essential oil to put on your pup’s belly when they’re experiencing stomach troubles.
While there's a lot of controversy over ingesting oils, we want our royal family, both furry and not, to be well-informed and knowledgeable of what goes into their bodies. So before you start to put these oils into your family's bodies, be sure to check in with your vet. Stay on the safe side, and consult a medical professional to keep your dog's tail wagging.
FOLLOW UP WITH YOUR VET
If you have any other questions that have gone unanswered about any of these pet food trends or basic questions about what you should be feeding your furry family member, you can go to the Pet Food Institute to look through their 4 most common questions about pet food. In conclusion, however, we recommend consulting your vet before changing your pet's diet and any food that may be "trending" right now in the pet food industry.
ALL-NATURAL MACARONS AT BONNE ET FILOU
One addition to your pet's diet that you can include without question is our Bonne et Filou all-natural macarons! Besides being all-natural, they're made with human-grade, non-GMO, and wheat-free ingredients. No artificial coloring or preservatives will ever be found in our products! What could be better than that? We offer various natural flavors such as rose, lavender, vanilla, and more. Each box comes with 6 of our paw-droppingly delicious treats. Our pets unconditionally love us, so why not treat them to a treat that tastes good and is healthy for them, too!