Got Pets? This month we’re talking about gifts for man’s best friend – that’s right, getting the home a little more eco-friendly for Fido.

“Greening your pet is a great idea for him or her, for the planet, and for all family members, “ authors Alexandra Zissu and Jeffery Hollander, Seventh Generation Co-founder write in “Planet Home,” “Pet food made from conventional animals raises all the same red flags as human food,” (Clarkson Potter 2010).A girl and her dog

And in “Home Hints & Tips,” author Rosamond Richardson explains that “Pet foods contain a range of chemicals. These include pesticides, nitrates, lead, synthetic preservatives, and artificial flavorings and colorings.” (DK Publishing 2003).

“Many commercial foods don’t include essential ingredients like organ meat, and instead bulk up the kibble with things like grain and animal by-products like hair, tissue, feathers and other animal parts deemed nonconsumable for humans,” explains Christine M. Filaridi in her (just in time for the Holidays cookbook) “Home Cooking for Your Dog,” (Stewart, Tabori & Chang 2013). And goes on to say that “another issue with commercial pet food is that it’s not strictly regulated by the FDA, which leads to questionable standards and even more questionable ingredients.”

Concerned much? I am, especially because I am surrounded by dog-lovers. Just as “the cornerstone of a holistic approach to healthcare is proper nutrition,” Dr. Wayne Geltman, DVM from All Creatures Veterinary Services explains “just like us, our pets truly are what they eat.”

Re-thinking how we approach feeding our families and our pets can cut down on trips to the doctor’s office for every species in our homes. Filardi, a certified holistic chef and the founder of BowMeowRaw.com, has been working with animal owners, veterinarians, rescue organizations and shelters to improve the health and well-being of their pets for over a decade. Her book’s even got a removable bookmark with a detailed feeding chart and serving size guidelines.

If it all sounds too overwhelming, might I remind you that going-green is a process. You may just want to start by changing out your dog’s “treats.” Her Valentine’s Day Cookies (with sardines?!?) may be a welcomed surprise for your furry friend in February, but I’m thinking every dog would go crazy over Filardi’s “Turkey Bacon and Oatmeal Christmas Cookies.”

Who knew our dogs could save the planet one bite at a time?