1. Reduce Processed Food Consumption
Cooking degrades nutrients in meat, causing degradation of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Kibbles and cans are fast food- and just as you would suffer poor health eating a burger and fries every day, your dog or cat cannot thrive on meat by-products and grains. Even just a little raw meat in your dog or cat’s diet can improve their health! Raw meat is full of live enzymes to aid in dissolving oral plaque and digesting food efficiently. A raw diet results in improved digestion, reduced stool odor and volume, a healthier coat, increased energy, proper weight, and better dental and urinary health. Dogs and cats are carnivores! They live best on a diet of animal protein, and the more you can include in their diet the better. Is a completely raw diet too expensive? Supplement your pet’s normal food with raw treats and toppers, like Vital Essentials, Primal Pronto, and Stella & Chewy’s Meal Mixers. A little goes a long way to improving your pet’s health and aiding in their longevity!
2. Create an Oral Hygiene Routine
A vital, often overlooked part of your pet’s body is their teeth and gums. Ideally, your pet’s teeth should be brushed every day- but often there is no time, nor a willing participant! Thankfully, there are many ways to promote oral health with relatively little time and effort. Try an enzymatic additive to your pet’s water, like Ark Naturals Breathless Plaque Zapper. Additionally, Primal Raw and Rover’s Choice raw meaty bones are a delicous treat and help clean your pet’s teeth with little effort on your part (just defrost before serving). Your pet can also try a turkey wing or chicken neck from our new Vital Essentials Raw Bar! These freeze-dried treats are 100% raw and an excellent addition to your pet’s oral care regimen. With a poor diet and no regular oral health routine, your dog or cat could suffer not only tooth decay, gingivitis, and tooth loss, but the toxins from periodontal disease would be absorbed into your pet’s blood stream. As their kidneys, liver, and brain filter blood, small infections could occur, causing permanent and possibly fatal organ damage. Just a little prevention can make a dramatic difference in the health and life of your pet!
Dogs and cats have long lived alongside humans by hunting and working, and a sedentary lifestyle is contrary to their natural tendencies. Exercise helps to reduce or eliminate common behavior problems, reduces digestive problems, and helps manage excess weight, among countless other benefits. Regular walks are a wonderful way for both you and your pet to exercise- even cats can safely explore the outdoors on a leash with a harness!