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!
In addition to these types of pet supplements, Natural Healthy Concepts also offers pet joint support and oral care products.
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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Great post! Knowing how to care properly for your dog is important. That way, it will be possible to have lots of happy times together. Thanks!
I follow Dr. Mercola and Dr. Becker. I have 3 pekes that have allergies, yeast, skin issues. While I was looking for info, I found Nzymes.com. Nzymes.com has a list of pet food brands that can help with these issues. I had been feeding grain-free, I now totally follow and use only the recommended brands listed on Nzymes.com and what a difference in their skin and coats.
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Really informative and valuable article, Hope all dogs lover will find it and leave their comments. I have attain good knowledge and will visit your website to find new info.
Indeed you should always do your research, especially when it comes to medicine. Pets are great to have around, and you don’t want to get something you think is good for them, and it turns out it actually harms them. I would definitely recommend actually getting the rabies shot though. Inside or outside pet, they are always at risk for rabies.
Nice article… I really love your tips
It’s not about a good or a better pet owner. It is all about humanity and being a better person.
First of all, your dog is adorable! I didn’t realize that bowel issues are so common in pets. I have noticed that my dog is having issues of this kind, I will definitely get her some probiotics. Thank you for such a helpful article and for all of your useful information!
Superb article ! Thanks for sharing this informative post about dog’s health improving supplements.
I have Pekingese dogs (who hate the hot weather). I keep them SHAVED thruout the summer months to lessen heat problems; that is good for any dog with a medium to heavy coat. I keep a bottle of apple cider vinegar mixed with lemon juice in a spray bottle in the refrigerator and when they become hot after a short walk I spray them with this mixture. It is a deodorizer as well as cools them down immediately.
I really enjoyed reading this article. It’s great that these vets will do everything they can to treat dogs through natural means first before going through any drug and medical procedures. It shows they care more.
Oral care I see looks very important for a dogs wellbeing. Like humans, dogs oral hygiene plays an important role to a dog’s happiness. Getting rid of dog plaque is easier than I thought, and it starts by giving the dog a raw and good meals. Toothbrushes and oral sprays can help keep a dogs teeth nice and clean. Thanks for the great info.
Protecting your pets’ health and keeping them around for a long time is important for a pet owner. So you must do regular visit to your trusted pet hospital to make ensure about their health issues. Using of latest equipment help to do better diagnosis of your lovely cats and dogs, so that you sure about their present health condition. As our pets love us unconditionally and bring great joy and companionship so protecting its health is our primary job to keep them stronger and healthy. Toothbrushes and oral sprays to help keep their teeth nice and clean. Exercise provides many health benefits, including keeping your pet agile, healthy and limber. Thus it is very much necessary to take them into a vet hospital for keeping from risk of periodontal issues.
You’ve got some great tips for keeping our dog healthy. I want to make sure that she stays healthy and happy for as long as she can, so this is great. I’ll be sure to follow your advice and get them healthy food and treats.
Thanks for sharing information about these pet vitamins and supplements.
I like how you said to take your dog to a holistic veterinarian. I want to give my dog some weight loss supplements. Thanks for the tips on giving your dog supplements.
My sister has a new pet and she wants to make sure that it’s always in perfect shape. It was explained here that it’s important to protect pets and keep them healthy to have them around for a long time. Moreover, it’s recommended to go to trusted suppliers when in need of pet supplements.
I thought it was interesting how you said that most pets don’t get the diet that they need, so it is beneficial to give them a supplement that aids in digestion. My sister recently purchases a horse that she plans on riding every weekend. It sounds like it would be good for the horse to take digestive supplements to ensure that it absorbs as many nutrients as possible when it eats.