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Dog-Gone Delicious: Green Options For Your Pooch

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By mia bolaris-forget

Despite Kermit attesting to the fact that “it’s not easy being green”, inspired by an uncle who affected me more than he probably still knows, my commitment to a green lifestyle was peaked in high school, spurred in college and became a lifestyle choice soon after graduation. And, how ironic that the sister of a boyfriend back at the time was also on a “green” kick and worked in a health store.

Today my obsession has transcended just diet and exercise and defines everything from (most) of the fabrics we wear, to the cleaning products we use, doctors we choose, and even products and practitioners we pick for our pet (cat).

Dog owners on the other hand, can “chew on this”…not all dog bones were created equal, with some definitely being healthier than others.

Experts suggest searching for sterilized rawhide or individually wrapped bones, that unlike their synthetic counterparts can endure marathon-chewing sessions. In addition, they offer an abrasive action that helps clean teach. Some suggest C.E. T. HEXtra Premium Rawhide Chews made from rawhide from organically raised cows and which are free of antibiotics and harmful additives.

You can also choose bones from a butcher’s block such as a beef knuckle or femur bone, but avoid big bones for small dogs, since they can choke on them. “Green bones” derived from natural materials offer better dental “hygiene”. Consider Dancing Paws’Breath-Alicious bones featuring sodium tripolyphospate helping remove tartar and plaque, and herbs such as peppermint and parsley to tackle bad breath and enhance digestion.

Keep in mind however that butcher bones and rawhides are not always easily digested and the constant gnashing may result in a chipped or broken tooth or in gum irritation. Limit these bones to not more than a few days per week or check with your vet for his or her suggestions and recommendations.

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