I show my love with food- everyone in my office can attest to this.
Every pet in our office gains weight when I’m around. When they stare at me with their big, beautiful eyes, I can’t help but give out treats like Oprah gives out cars.
What I came to realize was, I was doing a disservice to the animals I cared about. Treats can be very calorie dense and are meant to be limited as Dr. Ruthann Lobos mentions in this podcast.
As I begin to retrain myself, I’m learning new ways to treat the cats and dogs I adore. Taking a more health-conscious step, means they’ll be less likely to have one of so many ailments caused by pet obesity.
Just like we have special spa days, our pets can appreciate extra special grooming days. Clipping nails, conditioning paws, and conditioning fur will all contribute to our pets feeling great.
While they may not enjoy the process, so many of our animals strut their stuff after a good grooming session. As an added bonus, you’ll have a fresh furbaby to wrap your arms around.
Going for a walk can feel like a mandatory chore sometimes. We know we need to take our dogs out to do their business, but sometimes these walks are so limited, they don’t have a chance to explore.
Take your dog for a walk and let them decide your rights and lefts along the way. Go ahead, linger too long at that tree- it’s their time to enjoy!
Remember those calories packed treats? Well, we can avoid that by making our own treats with whole ingredients.
There are so many great recipes, like pupsicles, biscuits, and even doggy cupcakes.
There’s one pet we give most of our attention to- our cell phone. Put down your device and give your dog a little undivided attention. They spend all their time devoted to us, it’s the least we could do!
Dogs are den animals, and while so many adore playtime, they need alone time as well. Giving them a comfortable place where they can curl up and decompress is so important to ensure they can feel secure.
It can be hard to leave old habits behind, but it’s always my goal to leave people, places, and pets better than I found them. If you feel the same way, consider donating to an animal in need.
If you have a special way to treat your dog, let us know in the comments below!
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