The 5 Best Things You Can Do To Keep Your Pet Happy and Healthy

Owning a pet can be a full time job. As we all know, owning a pet is only half the battle.  The most important battle is having a clear idea of how to keep our pets happy and healthy, because if the pet is happy, the owner is happy, too! 

Our family experienced a few issues with our Coton de Tulear (a cute, small terrier-like dog from Madagascar), Sabby, over the past 15 years.  The issues included everything from skunk sprays, accidental ingestion, and even cist formation due to a tooth infection.

Since it's the middle of winter, we have time and should focus on the important issue of keeping our pet(s) happy and healthy. 


Here are 5 simple ways you can help to guarantee a long, healthy life for your pet:


1.       Get outside!!

Now I know what you’re thinking… it’s cold outside!!!  Now is as important a time as any to get and stay active!  With the holiday season behind us, it’s so easy to stay in and pull a blanket over you rather than go for that chilly 15 min. walk.  But here’s the tip, as the Dog Whisperer always says, “a well exercised dog is a well behaved dog.”  And ain’t that the truth!  Not only will you help your dog stay healthy by staying active, but there are two benefits you haven’t considered.  First, your pet will be better behaved, and the second is you’ll be able to get rid of those extra pounds you wish you didn’t have.


2.          Regular Veterinary Checkups

Just as it’s important to have an annual physical exam by your doctor every year, treating your pet to this same annual checkup can also be a vital step that will keep your pet healthy.  The worst (and usually more expensive) thing to do, is wait until there’s an emergency to act.  Also very important is to keep your pet’s immunizations current.  Many people stray from this due to the expectation of high costs, however, that’s why many pet insurance companies have become so successful in helping proactive, concerned pet owners manage or even cut their costs in their policies. 


3.       Teeth Cleaning

It’s a well known medical fact that most diseases can begin due to an issue with your mouth.  The mouth is the largest, most exposed gateway to our pet’s body, and we know how easy ANYTHING can end up in there.  Medical issues such as infections, rotting teeth, cists, or tarter buildup will affect your dog’s system far more than anything else.  The best way to counter this is to make sure that your dog gets his teeth brushed regularly by you or by his groomer, and has at least one intensive teeth cleaning (be it under anesthetic or not) by a trained professional or veterinarian a year.  I think this is the most important issue that people do not address properly with their dogs. Small dogs in particular are well-known for having complications with their teeth.  So get your dog’s teeth cleaned today, and you could be adding years to their life.


4.          Consider Higher Quality Pet Food

No one argues with the idea that if you put a lower grade fuel in your car, over time it has an effect on the engine.  The grade of fuel we put in our car, or the quality of food we feed ourselves or our pets is very important to our overall and day-to-day health and vitality.  Most people don’t really think about buying the cheapest food they can find at the store for their pets.  Do you not think it’s strange to be able to buy a 50lbs bag of dog food for less than $40?  What ingredients could that company be using to be able to retail that product at such a low price?  Now granted, they do cut costs through mass production, but I want to have you consider the idea that your dog deserves more than just a sale product full of artificial and filler ingredients.  There are lots of extremely competitive, health aware companies producing fresh wet and dry foods for your pet that are nutritionally superior to the traditional commercial pet foods that are regularly bought.  And yes, I know what you’re thinking – they are a bit more expensive at first glance.  But honestly, in my research, I’ve found that they are only a few dollars more per bag.  However, (and this is a very important fact) because this food contains no filler ingredients and has more nutrition than the sale food, you don’t have to feed your dog as much!  Thus, you may actually save money in the long term, by feeding less food, having fewer medical bills, and most importantly, having a healthier dog.

In our research we came across a brand of food called Life’s Abundance, and we are proud to recommend it to you. 


Visit this site: and you will not only be able to order some free samples of Life’s Abundance dog OR cat food, but you’ll also see the groundbreaking video “The Truth About Pet Food”.


5.       TLC (Tender Loving Care)

This last one’s no secret.  Giving your pet attention and love each and every day is your greatest gift.  And just as it works in life, the more love you give, the more you will receive.  Enjoy your pet every way possible and you both will have the best life together.

Brandon James


You can read more of Brandon James’ articles in past issues of The Scoop in The Scoop archive.


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