Another new year provides a clean slate and hopefully, the resolve to have more fun, work harder, and love more. At Global Pet Foods, Canada’s Healthy Choice for Pets, we’re pet parents too. We know how much our pets mean to us and we know that they mean the world to you too. Our pets depend on us wholly for love, food, shelter, medical care, and exercise – both physical and mental – which is why we spend so much time with our pets every day.
What more can we do to help our pets lead a long and healthy life?
1. Healthy Pet Check-Up:
When you schedule your appointments with your doctor, dentist or optometrist, remember to schedule a veterinarian check-up for your pet. Early detection of illness starts with regular wellness examinations performed by the veterinarian. Catching a problem before there are any obvious symptoms greatly improves the prognosis and may even be reversible. Be sure to discuss any changes in water consumption, appetite, eliminations, and activity levels with the doctor. Commit to scheduling a check-up with the vet a minimum of once per year.
2. Expand Your Dog’s Horizons:
People are creatures of habit. As pet parents, we know that taking the dog out for a walk must be done daily, but usually it’s the same routine. New experiences are important for you and your dog’s mental health and social skills. Commit to venturing out of your regular neighbourhood at least once a week.
3. Go Green:
You can be a green pet owner by buying eco-friendly toys, clothing and beds for your furry children. Try toys made with tough and sustainable hemp, or a bed made out of organic cotton. Your dog can pick up toxic chemicals on his paws which may burn and leading to licking. To avoid this harmful outcome, use organic products to clean your house, fertilize your lawn and control pests, and look for non-toxic ice melting agents at Global Pet Foods stores across Canada. Biodegradable waste bags should also be a key staple for every pet parent. Commit to making a change in your buying habits that takes you one step closer to a greener household.
4. Variety is the Spice of Life:
Nature did not intend for people or pets to consume one food for their entire lives. Feeding your pet something different on a regular basis helps to ensure that he does not become bored and frustrated with his food, or develop an allergy. Ensure that you’re feeding an all-natural food and commit to spicing up your pet’s diet with something simple like adding canned food, which is an ideal way to ensure that they are consuming enough water. And don’t forget to reward your pet with a healthy treat!
5. Time-out to Pamper:
When you look good, you feel good! We all like to be spoiled and in turn spoil our loved ones. Your furry children are no exception. Whether it’s a trip to the groomer, a trendy new collar, or a new pet, your pets will love the attention. Commit to pampering yourself after you’ve pampered your pet.
Our pets depend on us to care for them in all aspects. This means that your health is just as important so that you can take care of them.
May we re-commit to leading a healthy life in 2014. Happy New Year!