Having a pet is one of life’s greatest joys.

They are companions, best friends and ultimately, become members of your family.

As an owner of two dogs, Mollie and Mathan, I know that their health and overall well-being depends solely on me. This goes beyond taking them on walks and teaching them how to sit and stay – their wellness is dependent on the kind of food they eat, the sleep patterns they have, and their comfortability in their environment.

In this installment of “Certified by Constance” I have decided to focus on products that can help those who depend on us throughout their entire lives: Our pets. I have used these products personally in my years of animal care and believe them to be the best of the best. They’re delicious and comforting for Fido, and a smart, conscious decision for you.

Primal Raw Foods

What your pet ingests is incredibly crucial to their overall health, much like it would be for a human. I like to follow the general rule that my pets and I are on a similar diet of organic, naturally prepared foods and we avoid heavily processed, chemically enhanced products. For me, this means lean meats, whole grains and lots of vegetables, but for the dogs it means Primal Raw Foods. Primal Raw Foods is a local San Francisco Bay Area company that develops specialty dog and cat foods made with antibiotic-free and steroid-free meats, poultry and game, as well as certified organic produce, certified organic minerals and unrefined vitamins. And, if the way my dogs devour it is any indication, it’s also delicious! It’s a great way to keep your dog healthy that doesn’t involve long hours of preparing their food from scratch, or sacrificing taste.


Ruffwear K-9 Overcoats and Dog Packs

One of my favorite things to do with Mollie and Mathan is to take long walks here in the beautiful Bay Area. But with winter approaching, even sunny California sees some cloudy, cold days. Just like I wouldn’t leave home without a sweater, I don’t expect my pets to brave the brisk temperatures or be uncomfortable. The best solution I have found is Ruffwear K-9 Overcoats. The coats are lightweight and styled appropriately so there is no irritation for the dogs. This way, they can comfortably run while keeping warm. The coats come in a variety of colors and are simple to put on, which all dog owners know can be half the battle! If you’re even more outdoorsy and tend to go on longer walks or hikes, I suggest the Ruffwear Dog Pack. Similar in style to the overcoat, the Dog Pack includes two large pockets on the sides that are great for storing treats, water bottles or doggy bag. Take a look at all the styles, here.

Coolaroo Beds

Similar to humans, how and where pets sleep contributes to their overall wellness. It’s our job as owners to give them somewhere comfortable to sleep and allow them to get the proper amount of rest. I recommend giving your pet the Coolaroo Bed. The Coolaroo is an elevated, cot-like bed made with a thick, durable cloth to cradle your sleeping pet. The bed is built for maximum comfort, with no springs or plastic stuffing, making it great for your pet. It’s also incredibly sturdy and can even be left outside, which is great for you as an owner. My dogs have been enjoying their Coolaroo beds for years now! Coolaroo beds come in a variety of sizes and can be purchased here.

Being a responsible pet owner requires work – I know this personally – but it is incredibly rewarding. Pets enrich our lives and become important, irreplaceable members of our families. It’s our job to show them as much love as they show us and give them the resources they need to live well: Food, shelter and plenty of fun. Which pet products do you live by? Are there treats I should know about? Tell me all about it by tweeting @ConstanceCAOils!


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