How to Practice Proper Pet Care (the Natural Way)

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As a devoted animal lover, it’s important to practice safe and proper pet care. You naturally want your pet to be as healthy and happy as possible, so why risk harming your dog or cat with run of the mill, chemical-ridden treatments or products?

Here are some safe, effective and affordable natural health tips for making sure that your pet lives life to the absolute fullest.

Earthing

Earthing, or grounding, the practice of connecting with the ground’s natural healing energy, can help your animal to naturally achieve better overall health.

Studies have shown that taking in the Earth’s abundant free radicals can improve your sleep, supply you with more energy and help to reduce painful chronic inflammation. CI has been linked to several diseases, like heart disease, arthritis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. By staying grounded, your pet will absorb the same anti-inflammatory health benefits.

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Earthing is one of the easiest and most effective natural remedies for dogs and cats. Simply take your pet for regular walks in the park, play in wide-open lush fields or let him or her lie in the grass of your backyard. Indoors, your pet can use one of our many Earthing products. Our newly launched Earthing Plush Pad and the Universal Earthing Mat are recommended for best results.

For more information on how Earthing can help your pet achieve better health, check out this video featuring Dr. Karen Becker from Healthy Pets and Earthing founder Clint Ober:

Regular exercise

Like a person, your furry companion needs regular exercise to stay fit and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Young pets, puppies in particular, are always brimming with energy so they require the most physical activity.exercise-dog

Set aside time every day to walk, jog, and rollerblade (and so on) with your pet. If she is more of a house pet, play games in the backyard or install a pet-friendly jungle gym. Take your pet for a lengthy cardio session first thing in the morning and later in the evening. In the summer, swimming is a cool and refreshing way to exercise.

Routine exercise will provide your canine or feline with more energy and improved sleep, and will likely give you the extra motivation you need to stay active.

Keep your pet cool

Since dogs and cats have a different cooling system than we do, it’s important to keep them comfortable during warm months. Dogs pant to cool themselves, so take extra care if yours has any existing breathing complications.

For pets, overexposure to high temperatures can lead to dehydration, sunstroke (it’s more common in dogs than cats) or worse. To keep your pet cool outdoors, try to take it easy on the physical activity, stick to shaded areas and bring canteens of water with you. With dogs, watch out for excessive panting – it may mean that he or she is feeling overheated or dehydrated.

Sprinklers, kiddie pools and low-pressure hoses are also a great way for your pet to stay refreshed during the summer. Sneak a little Pedialyte into their water bowl to replenish their thirst-quenching electrolytes.

The Raw Food Diet

A raw food diet for your pet primarily consists of uncooked meat, edible bones and organs. Though the diet is not without its critics, the protein-based raw food diet is known to provide pets with healthy vitamins, enzymes and minerals that aren’t found in store-bought processed pet food.

There are two approaches to “raw feeding” your pet. The “BARF” diet (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or Bones and Raw Food) consists of 60-80% raw meaty bones, but also allows for 20-40% of other foods like yogurt, fruits and vegetables or eggs. Subscribers to the “Prey model,” on the other hand, only feed meat, bones and organ meat to their pet.

Although there is still some debate on whether dogs are omnivores or carnivores, it’s widely agreed upon that cats are carnivores. For that reason, avoid feeding your cat carb-heavy meals – they don’t produce the enzymes required to digest carbohydrates!

To learn how to prepare raw meat for your dog or cat, check out this video from Dr. Mercola:

All-natural grooming

A soft and silky coat is one of the best ways to keep your pet happy and healthy. For the safest results, use all-natural grooming products instead of chemical-ridden treatments. For animals with any existing skin or coat issues, natural grooming products are easier on the fur and longer lasting.

Regular baths and brushings are essential for your pet’s health. While grooming, check for potential health risks like ticks, fleas or lumps. If your pet is obese, they can often have trouble with cleaning the parts of their body affected by dandruff or decay. A balanced regimen of healthy eating and exercise can help your pet to be flexible enough to reach those problem areas.

If your cat or dog suffers from a dry or dull looking coat, try adding flaxseed, olive or fish oil to his or her diet. The omega-3 fatty acids found in those oils can help to improve the texture of your dog or cat’s hair, making it shinier and fuller.

cat-groomingThough it may seem superficial, grooming is actually a necessary element of proper pet care. A damaged coat is often the sign of greater health problems – like a weakened immune system – so maintain your pet’s coat to the best of your ability.

Do you have any natural pet care tips or tricks that you can share? We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to comment below or e-mail us at contact@earthingcanada.ca.