Spring is here and everyone is gearing up for those long days of fun in the sun with their beloved pets. Hiking, walking, running, cycling, playing ball and enjoying just being outside for hours can be physically demanding, pushing the boundary of what our pet’s bodies may be able handle after a quiet winter.
If your pet has been sedentary over winter, it is more likely than not some toxins have accumulated in their body reducing overall good health. Toxins take a toll on our bodies just as they do our pets bodies, and can hide in our pet’s food, air and environment. For instance, grass that has been treated with weed killing or pesticide chemicals that our pets walk on is extremely toxic because they lick their feet or fur and ingest these chemicals.
The same goes for toxic household cleaners, air fresheners, laundry products and other chemicals that can contaminate your pets bedding, toys and even drinking water. When vacuuming or cleaning floors be sure to pick up any pet bowls and pet water, and refresh with new once you’re finished.
Be alert when walking, avoiding leaked oil and antifreeze when crossing a parking lot where cars are or have been. And as temperatures heat up, test the temperature of the pavement with your hand to ensure it’s not too hot for them to walk on.
While avoiding toxins altogether is not realistic, there are ways you can help detox your pet. You can feed them the best food you can afford to help improve their health and well-being, playing a preventative role against disease. When researching food, take a look at the ingredients in the pet food and treats, and ask yourself if you’d be willing to eat it. Look for artificial colors, flavors, additives, by-products, and ingredients you have no idea what they are as that food may not be healthy for your pet. High fructose sugar is not something your pet requires, yet it is found in many a treat.
You can add supplements to your pets diet that include amino acids, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, immune system and even cleansing herbs to support organ and overall health. Not surprisingly, their supplement requirements are very similar to ours when seeking to keep ourselves at peak performance. Filter their water if on town water; and if on well water, have the water tested to understand its composition (i.e. does it contain heavy metals.) Change their water at least twice a day to keep it fresh; and always scrub their water bowl to keep it clean.
Combining a healthy diet with a good environment, balanced exercise, plenty of rest and lots of belly rubs, not only will you have a healthy pet, but a happy one too. Live well!
Till next time…Deb D’Andrea, founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz, provides mobile Canine Massage, Canine Agility and Petz Nanny Services. Her home-made dog treats are sold at local stores, and 4TheLuvOfDogz K9Birthday Cakes are available direct. Deb Petz Nanny’s for dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses, etc. Contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Online: www.4theluvofdogz.com