Can vegan pet food be good for the planet and your pet?

December 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Can vegan pet food be good for the planet and your pet?

Does your pup hover at your feet when the smell of bacon or steak wafts in his direction? It’s no surprise, considering the ingredients dogs are used to receiving and the evolution of the species. Every bag of food at the pet store promotes meat as its main ingredient. From chicken to lamb to bison, meat reigns supreme in the pet food world. Now it is coming to light that maybe it would benefit the planet and our pets if we moved to vegan food to fulfill their dietary needs. But is a plant-based diet both good for your pup and our Earth? Many companies are jumping into the plant-based pet food market. Celebrities are shining a light on the irony of providing shelter for animals and then feeding them animal-based foods. More and more people are beginning to question whether feeding meat-based foods is an unnecessary form of animal cannibalism. Does it make sense to rescue animals like rabbits in one effort and then raise them for slaughter in another? Related: A guide to the best eco-friendly holiday gifts for pets A potential issue with meat-based pet food is the consumption of meat in a world already stressed by the burdens that cattle and other livestock industries contribute to the planet. When you consider that animals drink water and also consume foods that require water to grow, the effects are staggering, and it explains why many vegans have chosen a meat-free diet. In addition to gouging water resources, animal production requires massive amounts of land. Opponents of the meat industry argue that all forms of fruits and vegetables produce more consumable food per acre and use significantly fewer resources. Some estimates report that eliminating meat from the pet food market could reduce the environmental impact by over 25 percent. Of course, there is also the ethical component in the mix. Ask any PETA member and they will scream out that raising animals entirely for the purpose of butcher is inhumane. Plus, there are well-documented issues about how these animals are treated during their short life cycles with little room to move, limited access to the outdoors and an inability to follow their instincts. Related: This sustainable dog house has a green roof and solar-powered fan to keep cool Many animals are already vegan . Think cows, hamsters and elephants, for starters. So we know that humans and some animals can survive without meat. But does that apply to our domestic friends, too? The question has been asked, “Is it healthy for animals to go vegan?” This is where science and veterinarians weigh in. In short, the answer is yes, cats and dogs can be perfectly healthy eating a vegan diet. Like humans, the key is acquiring the right nutritional balance. We associate meat with protein , but vegetables can fill that requirement just as well in many ways. There are exceptions, however. For example, some vets argue that cats and dogs do not absorb vitamin D from the sun and need to get it from their food. Specifically, dogs and humans can absorb D2 from foods, but cats need D3, only available in animal proteins. An inadequately balanced diet can result in a deficiency of minerals, nutrients, vitamins, amino proteins (especially taurine) and essential fatty acids. A shortage of these dietary needs can lead to irreversible medical issues. As the premium pet food market explodes, manufacturers are finding ways to make sure that food meets the nutritional needs of our pets. That means that many products spend time in a lab before being added to food. This food technology is not new. Scientists have worked toward meat substitutes in our food markets for many years. The advantage of transferring this technology over to animal products is that the consumer is a whole lot less picky. Where humans require a smell and texture similar to the meat variety, pets don’t care about tactile pleasure. That means that pet food produced with the help of a lab is faster and less expensive to make. It also means that scientists can carefully balance the nutrients in the food, even if the ingredients don’t provide them upfront. The bottom line is that pets need specific nutrients, regardless of what form they come in. These needs are well-backed by science, so everyone can agree that if the nutritional profile is being met, then it’s absolutely healthy for your pet to sustain a vegan-based diet. The problem is getting a guarantee that your pet food selection in fact meets those needs. Pet owners should not make the decision lightly. After all, modern day pets are members of the family, and we want to provide them the best care we can. When considering the switch to vegan pet food, there are several things to keep in mind. Make sure the food has been thoroughly tested through trials and has met the requirement outlined by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials). Discuss the switch with your veterinarian; not only are they trained in animal diets, but they’ve seen the results of a poor diet and can guide you toward the best combination for your pet. Get a preliminary or baseline blood test for your pet, and take them back in for another test after six months. Never feed a vegan diet to puppies or kittens, or any animal that you plan to breed, as these groups have additional nutritional needs. While many see this as an opportunity to significantly reduce the carbon footprint from meat production and offer an alternative to the use of animals in animal food, others maintain the believe that there is no substitute for the real thing. Either way, the market is providing options for consumers on both sides of the aisle. Via Popular Science Images via Ish Ka , Mimzy and Shutterstock

See original here: 
Can vegan pet food be good for the planet and your pet?

New wall-mounted furniture suits people and their cats

March 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on New wall-mounted furniture suits people and their cats

Read the rest of New wall-mounted furniture suits people and their cats

See the original post:
New wall-mounted furniture suits people and their cats

These incredible doghouses are funky palaces for your four-legged friends

February 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on These incredible doghouses are funky palaces for your four-legged friends

Read the rest of These incredible doghouses are funky palaces for your four-legged friends

Read more from the original source:
These incredible doghouses are funky palaces for your four-legged friends

Officials accused of criminal cover-up over Flint water crisis in Wednesday House hearing

February 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Officials accused of criminal cover-up over Flint water crisis in Wednesday House hearing

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a heated hearing yesterday that grilled officials on their lack of response to the Flint drinking water crisis —with Governor Snyder notably absent. Not surprisingly, testifying officials tossed blamed back and forth during the hours-long hearing in attempt to evade attempts to pin down responsibility. Despite the ricocheting blame, critics were steadfast in their accusation of a criminal cover-up. Read the rest of Officials accused of criminal cover-up over Flint water crisis in Wednesday House hearing

See more here:
Officials accused of criminal cover-up over Flint water crisis in Wednesday House hearing

Skoda unveils a seat belt to keep your dog safe on the road

July 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Skoda unveils a seat belt to keep your dog safe on the road

Most of us wouldn’t think twice about buckling up ourselves or our kids, but a AAA survey found that only 16 percent of dog owners use a restraint to keep their pup safe on the road. Fortunately, some automakers are working to change that, and Czech automaker Skoda just became one of the first car manufacturers to offer a dog-specific seat belt as an option on their vehicles. Read the rest of Skoda unveils a seat belt to keep your dog safe on the road

View original post here: 
Skoda unveils a seat belt to keep your dog safe on the road

Floating Fish Dome lets fish swim above the surface of water

June 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Floating Fish Dome lets fish swim above the surface of water

The good people at Velda have designed a product that all pond owners cannot (and, frankly, should not) live without. Behold the Floating Fish Dome . 31-inches and $200 of plastic is just what your koi need to experience life outside the grind of swimming around the pond all day. Read the rest of Floating Fish Dome lets fish swim above the surface of water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: floating fish dome , koi accessories , koi pond , pond accessories , pond dome , velda

Read more from the original source:
Floating Fish Dome lets fish swim above the surface of water

Samsung’s $30,000 Dream Doghouse gives your posh pooch a hot tub and treadmill

March 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Samsung’s $30,000 Dream Doghouse gives your posh pooch a hot tub and treadmill

Samsung  has unveiled a $30,000 two-room “Dream Doghouse” that provides your thoroughly-pampered pooch with a hot tub, astroturf-covered treadmill, paw-operated food dispenser, velour upholstery and a wall-mounted tablet. Designed by a team of 12 architects, the doghouse “looks sleek and modern, featuring the kind of tech the discerning dog of the future will need,” explained Samsung in a press release. What more could a doggie desire? Read the rest of Samsung’s $30,000 Dream Doghouse gives your posh pooch a hot tub and treadmill Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cainine , crufts , dog , dogchitecture , doghouse , dream doghouse , future doghouse , kennel , pet accessories , pet architecture , pet health , pet technology , samsung , treadmill

View post:
Samsung’s $30,000 Dream Doghouse gives your posh pooch a hot tub and treadmill

Let Your Dog Take a Bite Out of Boredom With This Eco-Friendly Puzzle Toy

October 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Let Your Dog Take a Bite Out of Boredom With This Eco-Friendly Puzzle Toy

Elegance and a balance of form and function aren’t normally the attributes one would normally associate with a dog toy , but this little gem isn’t your average ball. The Odin , named after the inventor’s own dog, is a toy that engages dogs both physically and cognitively, while looking sleek enough to display in the chicest condo. Made of eco-friendly materials , this minimal design belies its fun nature: there are several different slots inside it for hiding treats, and your puppy pal  needs to play with it and work with it to win them. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Let Your Dog Take a Bite Out of Boredom With This Eco-Friendly Puzzle Toy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dog toy , dog toy kickstarter , dog toys , eco-friendly dog toy , kickstarter , Odin , Odin puzzle , puzzle dog toy , puzzle toy , puzzle toys , The Odin , toy , toys

See the rest here:
Let Your Dog Take a Bite Out of Boredom With This Eco-Friendly Puzzle Toy

Futuristic Headset Translates Your Dog’s Thoughts Into Human Language

December 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Futuristic Headset Translates Your Dog’s Thoughts Into Human Language

For centuries, man has tried to communicate with his canine companions through commands, gestures, and best guesses. Now a team of designers from the Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery have developed No More Woof , a doggie headset that can read animal brainwaves and translate them into human speech! Read the rest of Futuristic Headset Translates Your Dog’s Thoughts Into Human Language Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal headset , animal mind , brain waves , Crowdfunding , eeg , english translation , indiegogo campaign , no more woof , nordic society for invention and discovery , nsid , pet accessory        

Read the original here:
Futuristic Headset Translates Your Dog’s Thoughts Into Human Language

Rever & Drage’s Sweet Wooden Sheds Morph from Storage to Cozy Camping Shelters

December 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Rever & Drage’s Sweet Wooden Sheds Morph from Storage to Cozy Camping Shelters

Read the rest of Rever & Drage’s Sweet Wooden Sheds Morph from Storage to Cozy Camping Shelters Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , fjord , green design , green design Norway , multi purpose architecture , natural tar stain , Norway Architecture , responsible timber , Rever & Drage , sustainable design , transforming sheds , wooden sheds transform into shelters        

Excerpt from:
Rever & Drage’s Sweet Wooden Sheds Morph from Storage to Cozy Camping Shelters

Next Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 1032 access attempts in the last 7 days.