Do you treat your pet like one of the family? I confess, my dog, Bandit (pictured below) was rather indulged!
Our pets love us unconditionally and bring great joy and companionship. There is even proof that they can improve the health and well-being of people! Read about it here.
So, protecting our pets’ health and keeping them around for a long time is important, right? ManyÂ Americans must think so since we are spending a lot of money on our pets!Â The latest numbers show that in 2014, we were spending about $541 million on dog supplements alone.
As a company that sells supplements, we admit weâd appreciate a piece of that pie, but not when itâs contrary to our beliefs.Â Weâd be happy to sell you supplements for your dog or cat, but not if they donât really need them and certainly not if they aren’t a quality product. We believe you should get your nutrients from healthy food first and then from supplements.
So how do you keep your pet healthy on a tight budget? Here are 5 great ways!
1. Take Your Pet to a Holistic Veterinarian
Holistic vets will follow a âfirst do no harmâ philosophy in treating your pet, and they’ll help you avoid costly, unnecessary drugs or medical procedures. This practiceÂ centers onÂ treating both the mind and the body, so meeting both the physical and spiritual needs of the pet. They takeÂ into account all body systems/organsÂ when evaluating a patient, not just the current symptom, when developing a treatment plan. Check out theÂ American Holistic Veterinary Medical AssociationÂ website for more information.
- Click this link to learn What is Holistic Veterinary Medicine?
2. Feed Your Pet Quality Food
This might seem like a contradiction, especially after I mentioned a tight budget, but giving yourÂ good food now will save you on vet bills later – and vet bills aren’t cheap! Unless a specific diet is ordered by your vet, your dog or cat should have a low-carb, grain free, moisture rich and varied diet.
- Watch this video from Dr. Mercola, The Quality of Pet Food Ingredients as Dr. Karen Becker, DVM, gives a great tutorial on what to look for in your pet’s food. She explains that high-protein, dehydrated diets can lead to kidney stress, liver stress and metabolic stress.
The same goes for any treats you give your pet. Beware of anything made in China or those made with strange ingredients you canât read. You might be thinking that youÂ just can’t afford this, but if you want to avoid veterinary bills, do what you can to give them healthy food and treats.
3. Avoid Too Many Vaccinations
I know this will make most vets angry – but itâs the truth. If you board your pet or take them to doggy daycare, your pet may need them, but most pets donât need all of the recommended shots, and certainly not every year!
Years ago, veterinarians almost always treated animals with dietary changes, herbs or homeopathic remedies. (Thatâs how doctors used to treat people, too!) Now, Big Pharma has too much influence in veterinarian medicine, and vaccines are pushed on our pets,Â just like they are on our children.
- Check out the bookÂ Stop the Shots â Are Vaccinations Killing our Pets?.Â Author John Clifton educates us on the potential harm vaccines can cause.
Do you realize that just as a human baby will receive the same vaccine a 200 lb. man receives, your 10 lb. puppy will receive the same vaccine as a 130 lb. Great Dane? That just doesnât make sense! Do your research before every vaccine you give your pet and weigh the risks versus the benefits. Vaccines are big profit makers for drug companies and doctors.
Doesn’t it seem strange that animals are getting so many people diseases now, like tumors, cancer and diabetes? Could there be a correlation between the number of vaccines they are getting and the vaccines themselves?
4. Exercise Your Pet!
Exercise is one of the cheapest most beneficial ways for humans and pets to stay healthy. Play with your cat, take your dog for regular walks or to the dog park, just get it moving! If your pet is hyper or misbehaves because it doesnât get exercise, whose fault is that? Please donât take it out on your pet!
ExerciseÂ provides many health benefits, including keeping your pet agile, healthy and limber. It can also help with weight management, digestion, excess energy issues, stimulating their mind and relationship strengthening (between you and you pet).Â This postÂ touches on howÂ exercise may help your pet with anxiety issues, too.
5. Keep Your Pet’s Teeth Clean
Remember, thereâs a direct correlation between your teeth, gums and your overall health. We are no different from our pets in this way. Itâs called the âoral systemic connection.” If we take steps to keep our pet’s mouth clean, it will help keep them healthier. Natural Healthy ConceptsÂ has a nice selection ofÂ oral pet care, like toothbrushes and oral sprays to help keep Fidoâs teeth nice and clean. And remember, high-carb diets cause plaque buildup on the teeth, just one more reason to feed them quality food.
To learn more, consider reading these resources:
- Check out How to Freshen Dog Breath Naturally from our blog.
- Here are theÂ Top Ten Tips on How to Keep Your Catâs Teeth Clean from PetMD.
- AndÂ tips on How to Clean Your Dog’s TeethÂ from Cesar’s Way.
Bonus: Keep Pests at Bay
Our pets can be exposed to a variety of pests, especially during the warmer summer months. So, we need to protect them from those pests as well as the illnesses they can transmit. Use a natural pet product that kills and repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes with all-natural ingredients. Skip the chemicals!
Will my pet still need supplements?
If you do the five things listed above will your pet still need supplements? Most likely they will still benefit from some, but you donât need to get carried away. Here are three supplements I’d give my pet.
3 Simple Supplements to Keep YourÂ Pet Healthy
In my natural health opinion, if you give your pet these three supplements, you may save yourself some unnecessary trips to the vet.
1. Enzymes â Since most pets donât get the diet they need, giving them enzymes to aid in digestion is very important. TheyÂ help break down food before it travels to the intestinal tract. Digestive Blend for Dogs and Cats by ActiPet is one option thatÂ supports digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
2. Probiotics â Bowel issues are one of the top 10 reasons pets require veterinary care, so youâll want to support your petâs gastrointestinal tract with a good multi-strain probiotic like Complete Probiotics for PetsÂ from Dr. Mercola. Itâs a good way to save on vet bills.
3. Omega-3sÂ â Fish oil is necessary for joint, heart, stress and immune support, and it can help keep your petâs coat extra soft.Â It also helps fight dry, scaly skin, and itâs a known anti-inflammatory. Omega-3 Pet for Dogs from Nordic Naturals is popular with our customers, but we have other great omega products for your pet, too!
These supplements combinedÂ with a healthy diet, clean teeth and exercise will go a long way in keeping your beloved pet around for a long, long time!
Is there something you give your pet that keeps them healthy? Please share it by leaving a comment below!
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