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What are you doing to keep your pets healthy?
Recently I had the privilege to be a part of a Google Hangout with pet loving influencers and an expert in the field of how to keep our pets happy and healthy, Purina veterinarian, Dr. Kurt Venator. I appreciated that Purina hosted this Google Hangout with Dr. Kurt Venator so we could learn even more on how we as pet owners can help our pets stay fit and healthy during the summer and all year long.
We all know it’s important that our pets get exercise and that they have a balance diet. However, sometimes many of us are not consistent with the exercise or diet or we don’t realize just how important a role both play in the lives of our pets. Not only does a consistent exercise routine benefit our pets but it also benefits us. While we all have good intentions we’re all not following through as:
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), an estimated 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese.
Eeek! That is way too many obese pets in the United States and we all need to do our part to change this. We want our pets to be healthy and we want them to be around for as long as possible. As I mentioned, now that our Luna is going blind we wanted to make sure that we were doing all that we could do keep her as healthy as possible and of course happy. She’s adjusted amazingly well to losing her sight but we wondered if we were doing all that we could to keep her healthy and happy, especially with loss of sight.
Here’s what I learned from Dr. Kurt:
- Owners should consult with their vet before creating a customized fitness routine
- Implementing a new fitness routine should be a gradual process
- Incorporate activities that are enjoyable for your pet
- Promote mental health – It’s not ally physical, we also need to think of ways to keep our pets mentally sharp. I admit this is one I didn’t specifically think about but realized that my family and I were doing things that are good for our pets mental health. In Luna’s case we have squeaky toys for her. Toys that make noise so that when we throw them for her she can hear them land. She LOVES to play catch. We call for her and clap our hands so she knows where we are to return her toy for another toss. I’m so happy we were already doing this but we’re looking into other things as well to keep our pets sharp For example, for cat owners (we have a cat too, Ollie) giving toys like balls, feathers or boxes, anything they can investigate and get physically active and mentally is a win.
- Keep your pets safe and don’t overdo it. This one is particularly important in the summer with the heat. Luna will keep playing catch if we let her until she drops. We stop her as soon as she starts to pant and bring her inside to drink some water. We do lots of short fetch and catch sessions instead of a long one.
- Nutrition and diet is important. Keeping them healthy is a combination of exercise, mental fitness and nutrition. It’s important to talk to your vet about the nutritional needs of your pet for their age, breed and more. Our chihuahua LZ has different nutritional needs than Luna, they’re different breeds obviously but different ages and activity levels too.
I learned that Purina has a dedicated team of more than 500 scientists, including veterinarians and nutritionists paving the way for innovative nutritional discovers that better the lives of pets and thus their people. When our pets are happy we are happy and I have to say I’ve become impressed with Purina between learning from Dr. Kurt along with their Life is Better with Pets summit last year. They put a lot of resources into what helps make our pets healthier, extends their lives and so much more. To find out more about Purina and all they go check out their site HERE.
It was an informative hangout that will benefit us and our beloved pets, thanks Purina. Now it’s time to go outside and play fetch with Luna and LZ 🙂
Feel free to comment below and tell us about your pet/s and how you keep they healthy and happy.