The Holistic Dog Guide: Best Natural & Organic Pet Products

Natural Dog Products Organically Becca

Calling all dog moms (and dads!) 🐶 If you’re anything like me, you want the absolute best for your fur baby. Because let’s face it, they may not look like us, but they are family members. Today I’m gonna share some of my favorite (or, should I say, my dog Dexter’s favorite) natural food and products that are #OrganicallyBeccaApproved!


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High-Quality Fresh Dog Food

The problem with conventional kibble

The sad truth about most kibbles is that they contain tons of cheap fillers and by-products. Companies will use leftover meat that usually isn’t good enough for human consumption, or meats that are brought over from other countries with sketchy sourcing. Sometimes they contain a lot of GMO corn, soy, and grains which definitely are not part of a dog’s ancestral diet.

Kibble is also cooked and extruded at extremely high temperatures, which not only kills off all the vital nutrients, but it actually makes the food carcinogenic! On top of that, dogs need moisture-rich food; feeding them dry kibble can lead to dehydration or bloating.

According to Fetch a Cure, an estimated 6 million dogs will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

That’s not something pet owners want to hear or think about, but it just puts into perspective how important it is to use wholesome, natural products for your pup!

A few years ago my dog Dexter had two lumps removed, one on his leg and one on his elbow. Thankfully they were not cancerous, but it still scared me into making a change with his food and looking for better options.

Watch this documentary: Pet Fooled: The Shocking Truth About The Pet Food Industry

Benefits of Fresh Dog Food & Best Natural Brands

Ideally, feeding your dog a diet that consists of fresh, raw, or gently cooked food is the way to go. I suggest finding an integrative or holistic veterinarian who advocates for fresh feeding to find what will work for your pup’s specific needs. For example, Dexter is older and has had some GI issues, so we’ve found that gently cooked, fresh food works best for him. But perhaps your dog might fare well with a completely raw diet!

Some benefits of fresh or raw feeding:
  • Fresh breath
  • Less plaque
  • More energy
  • Better poops
  • Fewer allergies
  • Healthier weight
  • Shinier, healthier coat
  • Stronger immune system
  • Improved mood and cognitive function
  • Longer life span—an average of 2.5 years more!

Sources linked at the bottom of this post.

After trialing many different foods over the years, here are the best options I recommend:
Dr. Harvey's Dehydrated Dog Food MixesDr. Harvey’s Dehydrated Dog Food Mixes
Raw Paws Pet FoodRaw Paws Frozen Pet Food
Stella & Chewy's Dog FoodStella & Chewy’s Raw Kibbles

 

  • Dr. Harvey’s Dehydrated Dog Food Mixes: My vet suggested these and they have worked SO well for Dexter! It’s a dry mix that you add water + protein + oil to (like this omega fish oil) and it makes a complete meal. It takes out the guesswork when it comes to raw diets and is so much more convenient than cooking a recipe with a bunch of ingredients. These are also great for dogs with allergies because you can customize them with your own protein source. Dr. Harvey’s uses non-GMO, organic, and natural ingredients. We mostly use the Raw Vibrance blend!
  • Raw Paws: An amazing family-owned business that prioritizes responsible sourcing and quality ingredients. This is where I buy frozen protein to serve with the Dr. Harvey’s mixes such as wild-caught venison, wild salmon, turkey, goat, lamb, pork, and more. Raw Paws also sells freeze-dried raw food. Use code ORGANICALLYBECCA for a discount!
  • Stella & Chewy’s: I totally understand the convenience of kibble, so this is one of the best brands out there if you prefer to stick with it. It’s a local (to me) company out of Oak Creek, Wisconsin. They use responsibly sourced ingredients (never from China) and their food is 90-98% meat, organs, and bone with no added hormones or antibiotics. They offer a variety of options whether it be frozen raw, patties, stews, freeze-dried raw, raw-coated kibble, and some others. They also incorporate 100% organic fruits and veggies and their meats are grass-fed, wild-caught, or cage-free. Stella & Chewy’s kibble is gently oven-baked at lower temperatures.

TIP: If you go the kibble route, it can be helpful to soak it in water before serving to rehydrate it. Filtered water, of course! Soaking the food also brings out the smell and makes it more appealing to dogs 💦

Homemade Dog Food

If you are interested in making homemade dog food at home, here are some resources that my vet recommended:

  • Balance.It calculates balanced, complete recipes based on your dog’s age, weight, activity level, and health conditions
  • K9 Kitchen eBook provides 60 diet plans (20 cooked, 20 raw, and 20 combination diets), the latest NRC nutrient requirements for adult dogs, and step-by-step guidelines to formulate a balanced diet

Natural Treats & Supplements

Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Supplements
Gracie’s Doggie Delights
Nuleaf Naturals Organic Pet CBD Oil
Raw Paws Freeze-Dried Treats & Bully Sticks
Raw Paws Herbal Supplements

 

  • Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Supplements: I occasionally sprinkle these on Dexter’s food for extra nutrition. He is an anxious dog so the “Relax” blend is usually what I use. But there are also multivitamins and support for kidneys, joints, and digestion.
  • Gracie’s Doggie Delights: Freeze-dried dog treats made locally in Wisconsin by Gracie, a young woman with Down Syndrome.
  • Nuleaf Naturals Organic Pet CBD Oil: CBD oil has lots of benefits, even for dogs! It can be used to treat seizures, nausea, stress, anxiety, arthritis, back pain, symptoms of cancer, and digestive issues, among other health conditions. I give a couple of drops to Dexter before a vet appointment or when he’s anxious. Use code ORGANICALLYBECCA for a discount.
  • Raw Paws Freeze-Dried Treats & Bully Sticks: Dexter loves the bully sticks (so gross if you know what a bully stick is…) and the freeze-dried grass-fed beef treats. Raw Paws also sells a variety of natural supplements, including probiotics, goat milk, dental supplements, and organic bone broths. Use code ORGANICALLYBECCA for a discount!
Kombucha Scoby Dog Treats
Bacon?! No…kombucha SCOBY dog treats!

Kombucha SCOBY Dog Treats

This is going to make me seem SUPER crunchy, but I use extra SCOBYs from making homemade kombucha to make dog treats; they are a great source of probiotics! TO MAKE: Just cut a SCOBY into long strips and lightly coat it with bouillon for flavor. Place on a dehydrator for a few hours at 95° F. Store in an airtight container for up to a few months.


Holistic Dental Care

Pet Pure by Dr. Brite
True Blue Biodegradable Teeth & Gum Wipes
Raw Paws Chews

 

  • Pet Pure by Dr. Brite: This dental company also makes pet products! This bundle contains a Cleansing Oral Spray and Tooth & Gum Cleaning Pen. It has natural, organic, human-grade ingredients.
  • True Blue Biodegradable Teeth & Gum Wipes: If a spray or dental pen won’t work for your pup, you can try these super easy wipes to clean their teeth.
  • Raw Paws Chews: Parts such as raw chicken feet, dried fish skins, bully sticks, antlers, bones, and hooves naturally scrape plaque off teeth. Dexter goes crazy for them and they’re a healthy snack. Use code ORGANICALLYBECCA for a discount!

Hygiene & Healthy Coat

Aleavia Petbiotics Dog ShampoosAleavia Petbiotics Dog Shampoos
Chagrin Valley Pet ShampooChagrin Valley Pet Shampoo Bar
Magic Molecule Hypochlorous Acid Spray
Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax
Vet’s Best Ear Wash & Dry
Waxelene Multi-Purpose OintmentWaxelene Multi-Purpose Ointment

 

  • Aleavia Petbiotics Dog Shampoos: Choose from Unscented or Lavender. These prebiotic shampoos are made with natural, minimal ingredients and won’t disrupt your dog’s skin microbiome. Use code ORGANICALLYBECCA for a discount.
  • Chagrin Valley Pet Shampoo Bar: A nice low-waste option that’s made with coconut milk and avocado oil, gentle enough for sensitive skin.
  • Magic Molecule Hypochlorous Acid Spray: Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is a gentle antimicrobial compound. I spray it on Dexter’s paws when they’re dirty or stinky (frito feet, iykyk) Learn more about HOCl in this post.
  • Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax: A natural blend of beeswax, carnauba, and candelilla waxes that help protect paws. This is great in winter when the roads are salty and freezing!
  • Vet’s Best Ear Wash & Dry: I use this stuff after Dexter goes swimming or gets a bath to make sure his ears are clean. They are made with yucca, aloe vera, chamomile, clove oil, tea tree oil, and echinacea.
  • Waxelene Ointment: This is for humans, but can be used on pups too! It’s an organic alternative to Vaseline. It’s similar to Musher’s Secret and can be used to protect paws in winter or moisturize when dry. Use code BECCA10 for a discount.

Natural Flea & Tick Repellent

Earth Animal Flea + Tick CollarEarth Animal Flea & Tick Collar
Erin’s Faces Deet-Free Mosquito + Tick RepellentErin’s Faces Deet-Free Mosquito & Tick Repellent

 

  • Earth Animal Flea & Tick Collar: Unfortunately, the ingredients in most topical flea and tick repellents for dogs are made with pesticides, DEET, and chemicals that can cause adverse health effects. I would much rather be putting something natural and safe on my pup! During the warmer months, Dexter wears this collar; it lasts about 3 months, or you can use the monthly spot-on gel. The smell is pretty strong but it subsides after about a day (it’s pepperminty and Dexter becomes a walking air freshener!). Made with just cedarwood, peppermint, and almond oil. It has gone through clinical efficacy trials too.
  • Additionally, when I’m hiking or outdoors in grassy areas, I use Erin’s Faces Deet-Free Mosquito & Tick Repellent on myself, but it’s safe to use on dogs too! Use code ORGANICALLYBECCA for a discount.

Pet Supplies, Accessories, & Toys

Earth Rated Unscented Poop Bags
Good Hound Handmade Dog Goods
Savvy Doggy Organic Beds
Beco Pets Toys

 

  • Earth Rated Unscented Poop Bags: These poo bags are made with recycled materials, so they’re a slightly more eco-friendly option 💩
  • Good Hound Company: A local Milwaukee company that sells super cute bandanas, bow ties, leashes, etc. using pre-owned and recycled fabrics. With every purchase, Good Hound Company will donate a toy to an animal shelter to accompany a rescued dog and help welcome them to their forever home.
  • Savvy Doggy Organic Beds: No nasty chemicals on this bed! It’s made from organic cotton and filled with natural latex, plus the outer cover is washable. Check out this blog post for more info about it. Use code ORGANICALLYBECCA for a discount.
  • Beco Pets Toys: This brand makes BPA-free toys from materials such as cotton, bamboo, rice husk, food-grade silicone, and recycled plastic. Dexter has one of the rubber bones that can be filled with treats. Use code BECCA10 for a discount at EarthHero.
Beco Bone for Dogs
Dexter nomming on his Beco bone

In a nutshell, opting for holistic and organic products for your furry friend isn’t just good for their health—it’s a paw-some way to stay connected to nature and make more earth-friendly choices too.

Want more? 🐕 Be sure to check out the Healthy Dog section on my Amazon storefront. It has leashes, harnesses, and my other go-to dog products.

Let me know if you have any questions, or share some of your favorite pet products in the comments section!

Becca Signature

(and Organically Dexter)

 

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Natural Dog Products

Written by: Becca

Becca is a blogger, wife, and dog mom living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having seen firsthand the benefits of switching to a natural lifestyle herself, she's passionate about helping women make the switch to clean beauty products, organic skincare, and a holistic way of life (without the stress of being perfect about it!).

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