Simple tips for keeping your pets happy, healthy, and thriving long-term! Our animals are like our children and we want them to live as long as possible to keep us company.
This post is sponsored by Petcurean.
If you know me, you know my animals are my babies. I love them like family members and their health & happiness is JUST as important to me, if not more important, than my own.
To me, pets (or at least mine!) are like people. They have distinct personalities, likes and dislikes, schedules, routines, wants, needs, etc. Which means they also need to do certain things to stay healthy long-term. Since animals can’t really take care of or fend for themselves, they rely on US, their humans, to make good decisions for their wellness.
Like I said, my dog and cat are my EVERYTHING and I have made it one of my top priorities over the years to do everything I can to keep them healthy. Today I wanted to share some of those choices and daily actions I take to take care of my animals in the best way I know how. You’ll probably realize that a lot of these things are very similar to what we do as humans to take care of ourselves as well!
Spay or Neuter Your Pet
When you bring a new animal into your life, it is of utmost importance to spay (females) or neuter (males) as soon as they are of age. These procedures help prevent a host of health issues for your pets including: uterine infections, breast tumors, testicular cancer, and some prostate problems.
Keep Your Pet Active
Just like humans, animals need regular exercise too! For heart health, for bone and joint health, for mood regulation, and to stay at a healthy weight. Whether you take your dog for an hour walk everyday or spend 20 minutes using a laser pointer to play with your cat, it’s crucial to make sure your pets are staying active and using some of that pent-up energy they have…especially if they are indoor animals only.
Bathe and Groom Your Pet Regularly
Dog and cats don’t need to be bathed quite as often as people, but that doesn’t mean grooming them is any less important! Pets get dirty, have dry skin, and can get matted hair so it’s important to give them baths and do proper grooming on them, depending on the breed. Plus, a clean pet is a happy pet, in my opinion!
Take Your Pet to Scheduled Vet Appointments
Pets needs check-ups, shots, and medication (sometimes!) just like humans. Make sure your pet is up to date on all their vaccinations and that they are going to the vet yearly….especially as they age. (Feeding your animals healthy food can reduce the number of vet visits they’ll need over their lifetime…more on that below!)
Feed Your Pet Wholesome Food Made From REAL Ingredients
The number one thing I’ve noticed with pets, my own and others, is that when you feed them nutritious, fresh foods they do much better in terms of mood, health, and energy than when they are fed overly processed foods. Unfortunately, some of the big brands in the pet food world have monopolized the market because their food is CHEAP, and thus, devoid of a lot of the key nutrients that animals need to be healthy and satisfied. If you read the ingredient panel on many “big brand” pet foods, you are likely to find questionable ingredients like meat by-products, refined grains like corn and wheat, and unnecessary additives like salt and sugar for flavor. These ingredients can cause weight gain, constipation, and other overall health problems for your animal. Basically cheap, processed food = higher vet bills in the future. Not worth saving a few bucks in the present in my opinion!
Luckily, there are some companies out there producing high quality pet food that’s made from the same fresh ingredients that we as humans should be eating as well. As a premium quality pet food, , I LOVE Petcurean NOW FRESH™ food for both my cat and dog. Their wet food line features amazing flavors and textures that are as close to HOMEMADE as possible. There are new shredded and minced wet food recipes (depending on what your animal prefers!), as well as a ton of different varieties (from chicken to pork!) that help ensure you’ll find a type that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy.
My animals aren’t picky, but I can tell you I’ve NEVER seen them so excited for their meals than when I started feeding them Petcurean. Plus you have to acknowledge all the healthy, whole food ingredients that are used in each serving like: 100% fresh meats and fresh potatoes, carrots, peas, cranberries, sweet potatoes, and apples. The recipes are also made with bone broth, which adds a meaty flavor that both dog and cats LOVE.
Toby’s fave is NOW FRESH Grain Free Minced Chicken and Ella’s favorite is NOW FRESH Grain Free Small Breed Pork Pâté. They both like the dry food line as well, which is grain-free and made with the same WHOLE FOOD ingredients.
Overall, I love being able to feed my animals a healthy food like this and it’s even better that they enjoy it so much! Win-win.
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