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Springtime ideas for Fido

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Hopefully one of these days the DuPage County, Illinois weather will actually reflect the springtime season – not with snow and cold, but with spring breezes, sunny days, mild temperatures and the signs of new life. Although we have not been blessed with signs of spring too much yet, this is the perfect time to prepare Fido for the season!

Once the weather is warmer, more people and their pets will be out and about; both exercising and shopping for Fido. The Healthy Pets insert in last Wednesday’s Daily Herald contained some excellent suggestions about eco-conscious pet ownership. The suggestions lent by Metro Editorial Services will not only help your dog be healthier, but will keep the Earth cleaner.

One such suggestion is not to utilize plastic shopping bags to pick up Fido’s waste as the bags could linger in the trash as long as 1,000 years from now. Organic pet foods will make Fido’s waste better for our environment since the foods do not contain conventional pesticides or artificial fertilizers. They are great for the dog, too, since they contain about 40% more antioxidants due to the organic fruits and vegetables used to make the foods. Recycled toys, leashes, and bowls give Fido the look and feel of a pampered pup while making Mother Nature happier along the way. Lastly, when considering spring cleaning tactics, look into cleaning green; use products that are nontoxic - both for Fido and your home. If you are looking to get your carpets cleaned, consider ChemDry as your cleaner of choice!

If you like to cook for Fido, Modern Dog has some healthy suggestions that come right from your cabinets and refrigerator and are healthier. These 11 treats fall right in line with making certain that your dog’s treats are comprised of no more than 10% of your pooch’s daily caloric intake. The treat suggestions include:

1. Sweet red pepper slices

2. Frozen sardines

3. Quinoa

4. Dehydrated apricots

5. Steamed cabbage

6. Brown rice

7. Pumpkin

8. Apples

9. Carrots

10. Cauliflower

11. Cheese

There are also some ordinary kitchen herbs that are actually good for dogs as well. Modern Dog suggested the following: Rosemary, basil, peppermint, oregano, and parsley are all good fordogs, and have benefits that range from helping with digestive problems, diarrhea, and gas to radio-protective effects, helpful for animals undergoing chemotherapy. Nausea and travel sickness, bad breath, and more can also be assuaged with the right herb! To obtain their entire list of suggested herbs, check out our gallery of herbs beneficial to dogs. (Dosage information follows the last herb featured.)

Now you and your four-legged companion will be ready for a happier, healthier, more eco-friendly spring….when it finally gets here!

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