It may seem like your pet lives a perfect, carefree existence. However, pets get overwhelmed, sick, injured, and age just like humans do. It’s just as important to care for your pet’s wellness as your own, maybe even more so since they can’t do it for themselves. Here are some of our best tips for keeping your furry friends happy and healthy.
“When you eat junk food, you feel like junk. The same goes for your pet.”
More than half of all dogs and cats in the United States are overweight. Different animals have different nutritional requirements, so as a pet owner it’s important to do your research and talk to your vet about your pet’s specific needs in order to find a healthy pet food for your specific type, size, and breed of pet. Pet food varies in quality just like human food. It’s best to feed your pet an organic, whole food diet with natural ingredients that are designed to meet their specific nutritional needs without artificial additives.
When you eat junk food, you feel like junk. The same goes for your pets and the treats that they enjoy. Did you know that most pet treats are made with processed and reconstituted ingredients? Reading nutritional facts while shopping for your pet is very important.
Since most animals have an endocannabinoid system, CBD is a great way to keep your healthy pet balanced and thriving throughout their life. Green Gorilla’s CBD dog treats are made with natural and organic ingredients including freeze-dried lamb for healthy dog care and contain 3mg of hemp CBD per treat.
“Animals need exercise.”
Pets also have different needs for how much exercise they need and what types of workouts they require. That being said, every animal needs to move their body in order to maintain optimal health. One of the best ways to make sure your pet is getting enough exercise is by taking them for daily walks. Walks are a workout for your dog while allowing your pet to enjoy the outdoors, and you get the added benefit of getting some physical activity too.
When appropriate, you can also take your pet to a large open area, such as a dog park, and let them run around off leash. For pets who aren’t able to go outside, indoor toys and exercise equipment can make sure your pet stays in good shape.
“Making time to play with your pet everyday is a great way to strengthen the bond between you.”
The average dog gets about an hour or two of play time each day. Play is important for your pet’s wellbeing, and another good way for your pet to stay active. Not only does playing with pets keep your animal in top physical shape, it also keeps their mind sharp, improves their social skills, and relieves edginess. And making time to play games with your dog, cat, or other pet every day is a great way to strengthen the bond between you.
Aside from physical exercise, mental stimulation is vital for their long term well being. Spend part of each day training your dog new tricks or mannerisms. If you find it difficult to carve out time for these activities, there are pet day cares that can help you with this & will basically, babysit them for you. They get the stimulation they need and you get the peace of mind.
“Humans aren’t the only ones who get overwhelmed.”
Animals can experience a shift in mood or mental health for a variety of reasons. Pets are very sensitive to their environment, and if their home is unstable or their owners are feeling overwhelmed it can have a profound effect on their wellbeing and emotional stability. A major worry in pets is separating from their owners. Being that many pets (especially dogs) are pack animals, they tend to feel nervous when they are left alone or do not receive the attention they desire.
One way to comfort your pet is to create a safe zone for them—a quiet space for them to retreat to when they are feeling down. Make sure the space is comfortable, easily accessible and incorporates their favorite toys, blankets, or objects with your smell on them.
“Even the healthiest & happiest pets will age.”
Pets are family members, and when they start slowing down and showing signs of aging we want to do everything we can to help them feel better. As your pets mature and get older, they will go through changes in their behavior, health and body. It is important to recognize these changes and start making changes to your home, perhaps by adding stepping stools, reevaluating their healthy pet food and supplements. Green Gorilla CBD supplements and dog treats are made with certified organic ingredients and are a great way to support your pet through their lifetime.