The Right Way to Save on Pet Care Services

What does it mean to own a pet dog? If you think that it’s more or less the same thing that it was when you are a child, you couldn’t be farther from the truth. In America today, there are more pets than there are people. Pet care services and products have turned into this mega-huge industry with highly paid creative types continually thinking up ways to part you from your money. The moment you pick up that soft-eyed and irresistibly cute puppy at the pet shop, you begin a relationship not only with the little baby dog in your hands but also with the pet care services industry. Just imagine?pet owners in this country spend about $40 billion on their pets every year. It isn’t just inflation that does this. It’s just that the pet care industry has so many new ideas all the time for things you can buy or do for your pet. They try to take advantage of your weakness.

The thing is, it’s not as if cats and dogs have dramatically evolved in the last 50 years. What it takes to make a cat or dog comfortable and happy hasn’t changed. Get your dog a handcrafted collar and leash and it wouldn’t know the difference. The real pet care services that you need?veterinary and grooming care, haven’t risen in cost as quickly as general inflation has. The cost of pet food has risen even more slowly at 4%. Saving on what you spend for your pet without compromising on its health and happiness is easier today than it ever was. Here’s what you need to know.

There are a few pet care services that you could undertake to do yourself. For instance, dental cleaning visits with your pet can cost $200 each. Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly right at home can save you a considerable sum. Claw-trimming and ear cleaning can be pretty expensive too. If you’re spending money on these things, you’ll probably try to save by cutting down on the number of times you take your pet in for an appointment. If you learn to do these yourself, and it’s not hard to do these things, not only would your pet be a lot healthier, but you could save a bundle.

Pet medications can be expensive. So can pet vaccinations. The American Animal Hospital Association has put out new guidelines for how often you need to get your pets vaccinated. There are a few that have been moved off the annual vaccination list and put on the list of vaccinations to be done once every three years. Not only does this save you money, it’s even good for your pet.

Buying pet products, you can’t assume that any one place has the best prices. Sometimes, the pet superstores have the best prices. Sometimes places online do. Shopping around isn’t just something you do for pet food and other pet products though. Veterinarians charge wildly different fees all the time. Make sure that you pick a veterinarian for the quality of service he provides and also the prices he charges.

Holistic Pet Care Products Are Often the Best Choice

I am the proud owner of a young Miniature Aussie dog and I believe that in many cases a natural dog remedy is safer to use for his long term health. If you have a dog or cat have you wondered about the trend towards using holistic pet care products? It is certainly reasonable to wonder whether these products or commercial products are better for your pet. There are a few facts that should be considered when you are deciding which products to use for your pet.

One obvious advantage you get with holistic pet products is they typically do not contain any chemicals, artificial fillers or synthetics. Commercial products on the other hand will tend to have all this and a lot of preservatives. The holistic products contain only natural substances and ingredients. This is important over the life of your pet because chemicals and other unnatural products will build up and start causing adverse side effects such as allergies, heart conditions, or cancer.

Holistic options like the natural dog remedy type of products I look for are also extremely effective and safe in providing relief. Such products and methods have been used throughout time to treat a variety of different medical problems in both humans as well as animals. They are still used today because they are so effective. When you are looking for a remedy or a treatment for a problem that your pet is suffering from, holistic pet products can provide you with the effective solution that you seek.

Lastly, you can often find the natural products more readily available than commercial products. It’s good for you to have some base knowledge of what holistic products are recommended in different situations so that you’ll be able to speak knowledgably with your veterinarian and in some cases you will understand how to provide a safe and effective remedy for your pet on your own. Holistic pet products can provide you with that opportunity.

The Reason Meat and Animal Products Can Negatively Impact Your Weight Loss and Diet Plan

In my previous articles I explained how we basically get our nutrition from 3 main “food” sources: plant (fruits and vegetables), animal (beef, cheese, chicken, eggs, etc.) and laboratory synthesized (high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, hydrogenated oils, etc). I then went on to explain how the fruit and vegetables of today are grossly lacking in the nutrition that they once possessed years ago.

Today, I want to talk about out meat based foods and explain that the problem with these is not with what they are lacking, but what is being added. You need to understand the reasons that meat and animal products can negatively impact your weight loss and diet plan.

Let’s look at beef as an example. Personally, a good steak or a slice of prime rib is one of my favourite meals. But where does beef come from?

Well duh! It comes from cows.

And who raises cows?

Well the answer to that should be a “no brainer” as well. Farmers raise cows. And that is the way it should be.

I live in rural Quebec. My neighbours are all farmers and they all raise cows. I see these cows out in the fields every day in the spring, summer and fall happily grazing on grass. In the winter, they have a huge barn which they have access to which is full of fresh hay for them to eat. These are the cows that I eat.

But are these the cows that you purchase in your local grocery store?

Sadly they are not. My neighbours barely make enough money from their herds to cover the expenses of these animals. First the calf has to purchased, then it has veterinary expenses, then it needs nutritional supplements (farmers know that the soil is missing certain elements and thus compensate for that. In our region, our soil is completely lacking in selenium.), then there is the electricity the barn uses for lights and to keep the water from freezing, and lastly there are tons of fuel expenses for cutting and transporting the hay.

Most small rural farmers raise cattle as a side income only. “Farmers” can’t make much money raising cattle because they have to compete with “industry” who are the primary cattle raisers in North America. Some of the largest cattle “ranches” in the USA are found in Arizona. In fact, they aren’t even called ranches or farms. They are called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO). 97% of all beef in the U.S. comes from CAFOs.

“So what is wrong with Arizona?” you may ask.

What do naturally eat? Grass.

What type of environment is Arizona? It’s a desert. So… no grass.

Cows have 4 stomachs. They evolved in this manner as they are a grazing animals that are meant to eat grass at a leisurely pace and slowly digest it in their stomachs. But since raising cows in these feed lots is not about producing food, it’s about producing money, CAFOs don’t have the time to fatten their cows naturally.

So in these feed lots cows are primarily fed a mixture of grain and corn, and in some cases rendered protein and even concrete dust! Rendered protein is the ground up carcasses of dead pigs (this is a problem because cows are herbivores, not carnivores). Concrete dust was found to increase the weight of cows at auction (heavier cows sell for more money!).

In the CAFOs, living conditions are not quite the same as here on my neighbouring farms and the cows are stressed. Stressed animals have weakened immune systems. Cows with weak immune systems are at greater risk for illness. Living in such high density corrals means that if one cow gets sick, they likely all will. So to reduce the risk of losing a cow, most cattle are fed prophylactic antibiotics to keep them “healthy”.

Don’t think of CAFOs as farms, they are cattle factories just like a car factory. Do you think Ford wants to spend a full month getting a car through the assembly line? No they want that car to be built and out of there as quickly as possible. It’s the same with the beef. The more cattle they can pump through in a year, the more money they make.

To encourage growth in these cows they are also administered growth hormones and steroids. So here you have cows that are taking regular injections of antibiotics, steroids and growth hormones, eating a diet that is completely unnatural to them, and packed into a super small living space. On top of that, the feed that they are fed is itself genetically modified and loaded with herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals.

These are the cows that are sent to slaughter and end up in your grocery stores! This is the beef you are eating. Pigs, chickens, lambs, and even fish are all raised in pretty much the same manner and experience the same outcome.

Just think about it. If your food is full of antibiotics, hormones, and chemicals, what makes you immune to them?

Have you noticed how big kids are these days? Have you noticed how early young girls start to physically mature? The kids today look a lot different now than when I went to public school just 30 short years ago. Do think this might have something to do with all the steroids and growth hormones they are getting second hand in their milk and meat products?

In the case of vegetables, your body is being placed under stress due to a lack of nutrition. In the case of meat, your body is being placed under stress due to the added chemicals and hormones. In an upcoming article, I’ll discuss how it is these stressors on the body, and not the number of calories that are primarily responsible for weight gain and excess body and visceral fat.