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Homemade Shampoo for Dogs and People, Too!

By Gabrielle Ottavio
January 6, 2014
File under: Essential Oils, Health Concerns, Natural Alternatives, Pets, Saving Money

It is really easy and economical to make homemade shampoo.

Commercial shampoo contains harsh cleansers called sulfates that can be drying and damaging to hair and skin and making shampoo that is chemical and toxin free is pretty simple and can be customized to meet your personal needs.

To make shampoo all you need is a base, distilled water, herbs and/or essential oils that are safe for your dog. There are some essential oils that should never be used for animals: Anise, Clove Leaf/Bud, Garlic, Horseradish, Juniper, Thyme, Wintergreen, or Yarrow, to name a few.

Avoid essential oils when bathing your cat, as they can slowly cause toxins to build up in the feline’s system, causing a slow onset of organ failure. A cat’s liver cannot process toxins as a human’s or even a dog’s can. …read more of Homemade Shampoo for Dogs and People, Too! here

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Homemade Sweet Potato Chews for Your Pet

By Gabrielle Ottavio
September 4, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Pets, Recipes, Vegan

Organic dog treats are easy to make and really economical.  For the cost of a few potatoes,  you can make homemade treats for your dog that are fresher and healthier than those bought off the shelf, which can often contain preservatives and additives.

Dogs love treats and you can be confident that these delicious chews are as good to eat as they are good for them.  Sweet potatoes are a true “super food” and have so many health benefits that your dog should eat them often. …read more of Homemade Sweet Potato Chews for Your Pet here

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Tasty and Refreshing 4th of July Slushy for People and Pets

By Gabrielle Ottavio
June 30, 2013
File under: Pets, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

Don’t let your pet miss out on the 4th of July celebrations this year!

The Dog Days of Summer are definitely here and our favorite four-legged fur-people are probably feeling the heat even more then we do.

Frozen slushies make a terrific, super low-fat treat for both people and pets on a hot summer day and your family pet will love these tasty and refreshing frozen slushies.

You can serve these cool and colorful treats with confidence, because they are made with healthful ingredients that will hydrate their canine bodies and help them to keep cool.

It is easy to freeze almost any kind of fruit, however these red, white and blue slushies make a perfect themed dessert for this patriotic holiday.

These refreshing slushies are made with coconut water, seedless watermelon, bananas and blueberries and are a not only a healthy treat for your dog, they are just as good for you. …read more of Tasty and Refreshing 4th of July Slushy for People and Pets here

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Frozen Treats for Pets on Memorial Day and All Summer Long

By Gabrielle Ottavio
May 21, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Organic, Pets, Vegan

Spring is in the air and as the weather warms up, we are reminded that summer is just around the corner. Frozen treats not only help us keep cool in the summer, our four-legged companions are also in need of a little refreshment and relief.

Buying frozen treats for your dog can be expensive. You may want to consider making your own frozen treats for your pet.  You don’t need any special equipment and it is really easy and far less expensive, too. Here are a few of my favorite recipes to get you started: …read more of Frozen Treats for Pets on Memorial Day and All Summer Long here

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Pet Safe Solutions for Backyard Escape Artists

By Elizabeth Bublitz
January 19, 2011
File under: Pet Safety, Pets


There are several ways a dog can get out of their yard. They can dig their way out, climb over the fence or make their way through a broken or damaged section of the fence. When a dog escapes from the yard the possibility of being hit by a car is certainly an area of concern. This can be one of life’s most heartbreaking experiences. Thankfully, pet lovers have a number of options that can help avoid this hazard.

Digging under the Fence

Dig Defence® is a new product that installs a permanent barrier for shielding and securing fences, structures and foundations against dog digging or invasive wildlife. …read more of Pet Safe Solutions for Backyard Escape Artists here

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