ARE YOUR PETS SAFE FROM HOUSEHOLD TOXINS?

Here's an interesting article from “LOSING IT! With Jillian Michaels”
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Protect Your Pets (and Yourself!)

So, you're avoiding the toxins found in nasty processed foods, personal care products, and even the tools you use to cook. Think your job is done? What about your pets? You may not have considered it, but your four-legged friends can introduce a whole new range of chemicals into your life. Protect them – and yourself – by making a few conscious choices about their care.

Plastics: Remember, the fewer plastics in your life, the better. The same goes for your pets. Plastic pet toys and bowls can contain bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that's harmful to your health and that of your animals. Chose toys made with organic fabrics, and glass, ceramic, or stainless steel bowls for your animals to eat and drink from instead. The same goes for canned pet foods – many cans have BPA in their linings, which can leach into your pet's food. Some small pet food cans are BPA-free, but the only way to know for sure is to call and ask the manufacturer.

Food: Don't just assume that a pet food labeled “natural” will provide your pet with fresh cuts of meat and grains. Processed foods – and the same goes for processed pet foods – don't come from nature; they come from factories. Corporations make large profits by spending less on the ingredients they put in your pet's food. The safest choice for your pet is organic pet food, which has no artificial flavorings, growth hormones, or preservatives. It can be pricey, though, so if nothing else, read the labels and do your research to find the best brands for your pet and the best values for your wallet.

Shampoo: Studies have linked pyrethrin pest-control shampoo and phthalates with autism. Opt instead for pet shampoos that contain natural ingredients.

Make sure your pets get exercise and regular checkups, and try your best to remove the toxins from their lives. Bottom line: When you get rid of the poison, not only will you have a healthier and happier pet but you'll be a healthier and happier you.

For more information on how you and your pet can live a healthier life, log on to Jillian's website, www.jillianmichaels.com.

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