You absolutely love spending time with your pet and cherish his companionship. If you could make these happy and joyful moments last forever, you would! The truth is that you can certainly make a big difference in maximizing your pet’s healthy and happy life. To help your pet live longer, read about these 5 ways that can certainly help him live a happy and healthier life.
1. Live Lean, Live Well.
Just like humans, having an overweight pet can signifantly reduce his lifespan and quality of life. To extend your pet’s life, you need to help him maintain a healthy weight.
How can you do that? First of all, watch his portions. Giving your pet the appropriate portions for his activity level, age and size will definitely help him stay lean throughout his life. Pets who have constant access to food tend to eat a lot more. Your pet will probably eat until his bowl is empty, so giving him small portions throughout the day is a lot better than keeping food in his bowl all day long. Secondly, inform yourself of how many calories your pet should eat throughout the day. By counting how many calories he eats during the day, you will see if he needs his portions to be reajusted. To help, only feed him healthy treats occasionally.
Preventing your pet from being obese will prevent him from so many obesity-related health issues. These health problems include heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and many more illnesses. If your pet is already suffering from one of these conditions, you may want to look into treating his illnesses naturally and safely with homeopathic remedies.
To keep your pet at a healthy weight, you can also ask the veteranian to provide you with nutritional guidelines.
2. Feed Your Pet A High Quality Diet
Food is a great foundation to a healthy, long life. Feeding your beloved companion a high quality diet has many advantages. It will give him a shiny and healthy coat, healthy skin and beautiful bright eyes. It will help strengthen his immune system and also his digestive, muscle and joint health. In other words, giving high quality foods to your pet will really contribute to his overall health.
What exactly is considered as a high quality diet? A balanced diet has to be age and breed appropriate. You know that the more your pet eats quality food, the better it is for his health. Then you might want to consider making pet food yourself. Homemade pet food is known to be a lot more healthier than commercial food. It does take some time to make, but it will certainly reflect on your banking account and you will provide your four-legged friend a much more healthier lifestyle.
If you are a very busy person, it is possible to buy high quality commercial food as well. Just make sure you stay away from companies who use cheap filler ingredients because they offer poor nutritional value. These ingredients include corn, wheat and white rice. Corn for example, is not very digestible and has been linked to many ailements like allergies and joint pain.
Feeding your pet raw foods is another great option. It offers many health benefits. Raw food diets are still contraversial, but they have been proven to offer many health benefits. Perhaps, you have to be careful about feeding your pet raw meat since it carries microbial risks that are very important to consider.
3. Let’s Get Physical!
Your pet loves physical activity and with good reason. His body absolutely needs to exercise to be healthy inside out. Dogs especially are physically built to be natural athletes. They need to take time to exercise which provides them with the necessary mental stimulation and muscle toning that they need. When they lack exercise, they get bored and have a destructive behaviour around the house.
Exercising your pet will prevent obesity and it’s numerous complications, which generally leads to a shorter lifespan.
Take your pet outside, walk, give him toys to play with, etc. There are so many great ways to get your pet moving. With adequate exercise, you will contribute to keeping your pet healthy throughout his entire life.
4. Visit The Vet Regularly
Benjamin Franklin once said: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and he is right! This saying also applies to taking your pet to the vet at least once a year for a routine checkup. Like humans, pets don’t get sick overnight. So by regularly bringing your pet to the vet for a visit, you can prevent so many problems and illnesses. If an illness is diagnosed, the chances for a successful and quick recovery are so much higher.
Of course, you can also perform home wellness exams. To do so, make sure your pet is calm and relaxed. Start by examining your pet from the nose and work your way to his tail. Check the nose, the eyes, his gums and his teeth. Check to see if the paws and claws are healthy-looking. Palpate his belly and look for any lumps. If you notice anything that’s abnormal, consult your vet.
5. Don’t Over-Vaccinate Your Pet
Pet vaccination: is it needed or not? This question has been highly debated, and still is, but in the end, it's still your personal choice. On one side, some vets think that all vaccines are mandatory. They believe they have to follow the vaccination protocol because it is better to be safe than sorry. Some vets, on the other side, prefer the more holistic approach and will recommend only the vaccines that are required by law.
Vaccination has saved many lives, but it has also caused great suffering and developed conditions like epilepsy and autism in many animals. Also, many pets have shortened their life expectancy with vaccines.
If you think your pet has been intoxicated with a vaccine, you can remove any potential side effects with a homeopathic remedy that treats vaccine damage. It will reinstate the balance that has been disrupted by your pet’s vaccination.
What other things do you do to help extend your pet’s life? Tell us what you do in the comment box below.