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Eco-friendly and earth-conscious features and reviews, pet care tips, and feeding education. Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free autoimmune diet musings.  Interested in having your product reviewed here?  Please email: ecofriendlypetreviews@gmail.com.

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The Simple Food Project aims to make raw feeding easy

Christina Ottaviano

Commercial pet food has been the source of dismay for pet owners and more are becoming educated on the topic in recent years. Kibble and canned foods, once thought to be the only choice for feeding pets are now under scrutiny for unsavory practices which have been reported to include everything from 4-D ingredients to faulty ingredient lists, and harmful additives that cause everything from cancer to death in our beloved pets.  At the very least, these foods even at their very best, do not offer the bio-availability that a home prepared diet can offer.  I will be very honest here; I prepare all of my dog food myself from ingredients I buy and put together via a balanced diet I have created.  While I firmly believe this approach to be the absolute best way to feed a dog; it's just not always possible for everyone and that's why I enjoy testing out commercially available raw foods in both freeze dried and frozen formats.  Let's be realistic here: in the event of an emergency, my homemade food that needs to stay cold is going to be the loser in choice over something that is shelf stable.

Simple Food Project rehydrates easily

Simple Food Project rehydrates easily

The Simple Food Project is a new option that is available for the pet owner who wants to feed an optimally healthy diet without the inconvenience of preparing raw food at home.  Veterinarian created human grade whole food recipes are all sourced in the USA and made in their own facility in Wisconsin.  True to the name, this brand is not only simple in the ingredients listings, but also simple to feed.  Nugget formed meat, organ, and bone are freeze dried and served with ingredients like peas, lentils and apples which assist in the balance of the diet.  What makes this food stand apart from the rest is that it uses no synthetic vitamins or minerals to balance the diet.  This is HUGE and something I have rarely seen on the pet food market, because when we talk about the ability of the body to synthesize nutrition, the most appropriate format for that process is from fresh, whole foods with those nutrients coming from their original form.

They sent all of their recipes for us to try

They sent all of their recipes for us to try

Ranging from $27.99 for 1.5 lb - $84.99 for 6 lb, these fully grain free recipes include the following choices (and also trial packs):

Duck & Trout: Duck, beef, beef liver, lentils, flaxseed, green beans, trout, apples, whole ground krill, pumpkin seeds, spinach, turmeric, iodized salt, mixed tocopherols (natural preservative)

Beef & Salmon: Beef, salmon, beef liver, flaxseed, peas, beef heart, carrots, cranberries, whole ground krill, pumpkin seeds, ginger, spinach, iodized salt, mixed tocopherols (natural preservative)

Chicken & Turkey: Chicken, turkey, chicken hearts, flaxseed, sweet potato, chicken liver, carrots, whole ground krill, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, cinnamon, spinach, iodized salt, mixed tocopherols (natural preservative)

While peas aren't a favorite ingredient of mine (they can cause gassiness), they're only present in the beef and salmon formula.  My only other complaint is that there is beef in 2 of the 3 formulas.  Beef can be an allergen, but then again so can any other protein source.  I assume it is present due to the amazing nutrient benefits beef liver can provide at a minimal cost.  Realisticlly, this food is a perfect example overall of what you want to see, in which order, in your pet food.

Lucy kept eating it so fast, I could barely take a picture!

Lucy kept eating it so fast, I could barely take a picture!

My dogs aren't very discerning, so they devoured every recipe choice just like they do anything else.  They're dachshunds and aren't known for being picky! However in my experience as a dog walker and pet sitter, these types of foods are well received even by the pickiest eaters because of the very high level of smelly goodness - meat and organs, which they were built to thrive from.

Overall, we really loved this new freeze dried raw dog food and do recommend it!

https://www.woofsandwhiskerspets.com/ecofriendly-little-home-and-pets-blog/2018/2/8/the-simple-food-project-aims-to-make-raw-feeding-easy

Eco-Friendly Pet Black Friday, Small Business Saturday + Cyber Monday Deals

Christina Ottaviano

Looking for deals on pet supplies to save you money this holiday season?  Look no further than my favorite companies!  I've outlined their offers here, all in one spot so it's easy to shop around from the comfort of your own home.

Eco-Bags Products, Inc. is offering 25% off your minimum order of $35 to qualify from 11/24/16-11/30/16 using code 2016ECOPET.  I love their net bags as a lightweight option to carry produce on hot summer days while visiting the farmer's market or walking dogs.  They can even be composted if the bags begin to wear out, as they are made from cotton and veggie dyes.

Our Honey dog LOVES her Vital Essentials!

Our Honey dog LOVES her Vital Essentials!

Catty Stacks is offering 30% off from 11/25/16 to 11/28/16 on their eco-friendly recycled cardboard designer cat climbers.  These fun, stackable boxes come in a variety of colors and can be built up or across for an endless playground your kitty will love.  With free shipping on purchases over $59, you can build your cat an economically priced condo this holiday season.

Thermacell rechargable foot warming insoles.

Thermacell rechargable foot warming insoles.

Esse Reusable Bags is offering a doorbuster sale starting Friday, 11/25/16 at 6AM with 60-50% off their entire site!  The company is closing out their inventory, so this will be the last chance to purchase their durable, high quality reusable bags at a fraction of the cost. Their tote bag is on my Christmas list but I am going to order one during this sale!

This teepee is a great play place + hideout.

This teepee is a great play place + hideout.

Lems Shoes is offering 30% off sitewide (excluding Correct Toes) from 11.25-11.28.  Their ultra-minimalist shoes feature wide toe boxes, mirroring the way feet are shaped.  They're super lightweight, and cute but casual.  All about form and function, the shoes are vegan-friendly as well.

Eco-Bags net bags: all natural + lightweight.

Eco-Bags net bags: all natural + lightweight.

Chewy.com is offering discounted prices on their entire Vital Essentials line of food and treats, plus free shipping on purchases of $49+.  In some cases, the discount looks to be close to half price, as their rabbit treats are marked down from $12.99 to $6.99.  If you sign up for their auto-ship program, you can save an additional 20% off.  Vital Essentials is one of our favorite brands for freeze dried treats and shelf stable freeze dried raw pet food.  Though I make our own, in an emergency it's important to have a backup plan. Their Black Friday sale goes live at midnight!

Cats love boxes and Catty Stacks are so fun!

Cats love boxes and Catty Stacks are so fun!

Walking dogs in the ice and snow during the winter in PA can be a freezing cold experience, but our friends at Thermacell have come up with a way to keep toes warm, with heat control settings through a phone app!  These rechargeable insoles give about 8.5 hours of warmth for about a 2 hour charge time.  They retail for $199.99, and there is a rebate available (contact me at ecofriendlypetreviews@gmail.com for a copy to be emailed to you).

Esse features a tote to organize your bags.

Esse features a tote to organize your bags.

P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You is offering 40% off orders over $75 + Free Shipping over $175 from Nov. 25-28th.  Coupon code: HOWLIDAYS16 (to receive 40% off) as Free Shipping is applied automatically at checkout.  I have written about how much we love their aesthetically pleasing, very high quality and very eco-friendly pet bed in the past.

Lems are designed for superior comfort.

Lems are designed for superior comfort.

Have you heard of or seen a great deal on holistic pet products, or fun items that pet owners might love for this 2016 shopping season?  Feel free to post on Eco-Friendly Pets on Facebook, @EcoPetReviews on Twitter, or tag me on Instagram @ecofriendlypetproductreviews so I can share!

https://www.woofsandwhiskerspets.com/ecofriendly-little-home-and-pets-blog/2016/11/24/eco-friendly-pet-black-friday-small-business-saturday-cyber-monday-deals

Whole Foods Nutrition with the convenience of Grandma Lucy's

Christina Ottaviano

If you've read my articles before, you know how I feel about kibble-based diets for dogs, and especially for cats.  Of course, not every animal is the same and they don't all tolerate alternative diets equally.  You can choose to make your own raw or cooked pet food, but if you are pressed for time and want to provide whole-foods nutrition to your pets in a more convenient manner, Grandma Lucy's has a line of foods which are a great place to start.

The food comes in freeze dried mixes already balanced with the vitamins and nutrients your dog or cat needs, however it can also be fed as a topper to boost your kibble diet until you're ready to fully make the switch, or fed as the full time diet, or you can add cooked or raw meat to it if you want to cook or prepare your pet food but don't always reliably have the time.  The company generously sent me tons of samples to try with my dachshunds and cat, and we had fun going through all of the varieties and flavors.  Since I already make our dog and cat food, I used the rehydrated food samples in place of the homemade fruit and veggie mix I would normally add to their meals.  Grandma Lucy's is non-GMO, grain free, contains no preservatives, all natural and made in California.

Healthier than canned and much cheaper! Infographic used with permission by Grandma Lucy's.

Healthier than canned and much cheaper! Infographic used with permission by Grandma Lucy's.

The Artisan formulas are the most traditional as far as ingredients are concerned, with just meat, potato, vegetable and fruit mixes in several different protein varieties.  Our dachshunds are not at all picky eaters and loved every option they tried in this option.  I see it as being a good one for multiple source protein allergy issue dogs as it is fairly limited in protein-related ingredients as compared to some other mixes.  Besides chicken and lamb, it also comes in pork, bison and venison - with an additional pre-mix option which allows you to add in your own meat of choice, or even rotate varieties of meat if you desire.  This is definitely something I will order to keep on hand in the event of an emergency when we need to either evacuate or can't open the fridge or freezer due to electricity outage.  There have been instances where I can't get to the store to buy the fresh ingredients that I need, recovering from surgery, too sick with the flu, or now - going to be in the hospital having a baby very soon.  Even though I make our pet food myself, I always have a backup plan so others can feed my dogs in the event that I cannot. 
 
Their Pureformance line is formulated for a low glycemic index diet with the inclusion of chickpeas instead of potatoes, blended with some even unique proteins that help with food sensitives or extra protein for active dogs, remaining single-sourced.  In this line, they carry chicken, rabbit, goat, lamb, fish and the popular pre-mix which gives you the opportunity to add in your own protein.
 
Valor is made with quinoa and lentils instead of potato or chickpeas, and is blended with high-quality meat, fruit and vegetables and comes in chicken, turkey and fish.
 
Macanna is the newest addition to their pet food line. They have blended some of the most innovative ingredients of hemp hearts, kale, coconut, and turmeric to provide the best in pet nutrition.  It comes in beef, salmon and the ever popular pre-mix which you can add your own meat to.

Grandma Lucy's is a fantastic alternative to a kibble-based diet.  They also sell a line of cat food and dog treats that our cat and dogs loved as well.  Do you feed your dog chicken and rice when he's not feeling well?  They also have a shelf stable version of that remedy available to purchase!  If you are already feeding a grain-free kibble with less fillers, you are probably already paying more than $50 for a 30-lb bag of food.  What if I told you that Grandma Lucy's Artisan Chicken freeze dried mix is $68 and makes 50-lbs of food when rehydrated?  AND that you can subscribe to it as often as once a month on Amazon's Subscribe and Save program, and get another 15% off, while having it auto-delivered to your door?  And remember, higher quality food is fed in less volume so that 50-lbs rehydrated amount actually converts to even more food for your pet, less processed and healthier in general.

Learn more, check out current promotions and stay up-to-date with new products on their Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

https://www.woofsandwhiskerspets.com/ecofriendly-little-home-and-pets-blog/2016/11/3/whole-foods-nutrition-with-the-convenience-of-grandma-lucys