When most of us ring in the New Year, we set forth resolutions to better ourselves. Often these resolutions involve improving our own health and relationships. What better way to kick off 2017 than with a firm resolve to better the bond and well-being of our loyal, furry companions?
To help you out, we've come up with some ideas to start you off on the right track.
Focus on Nutrition
Nutrition is an important holistic modality. When addressing your pet's dietary needs, ask the following questions:
- Is the pet getting enough water?
- Is the pet overfed?
- What quality is the brand of food and treats?
- Would raw feeding benefit the animal?
Many cats and dogs suffer from insufficient exercise, which can lead to stiffness and obesity. Indoor cats need ample play time, and dogs need more of a walk than just meandering around the yard or neighborhood.
Have your dog join you on a hike. Invest in a laser pointer or cat climbing post. These activities increase mental stimulation and enrichment in addition to helping maintain appropriate weight.
Commit to behavior training if your pet does not listen to commands or has a habit of begging or separation anxiety. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations. Group and individual classes are typically available.
Practice At-Home Holistic Care
At Ancient Arts, all new clients are taught massage techniques and grounding exercises that are meant to be carried out in the comfort your own home. These modalities increase both the physical and mental health of your pet.
Invest in Quality Time
Spend conscious quality time with your pet every day this year. You'll notice the bond between you strengthening. Pets are also proven to increase happiness in humans, so you're focusing on your own health, too. Massage and meditation are great practices for this.
Preventive vs. Reactive Care
Instead of waiting until a problem develops, look at health maintenance, focusing on preventive instead of just reactive care. Consider routine acupuncture sessions and annual wellness exams.
Consider Pet Insurance
Recent veterinary trends have seen an increase in owners purchasing pet insurance, with the investment being extremely popular in Washington state. If you choose to invest in pet insurance, make sure your plan covers alternative treatment and that you purchase it prior to the start of an expensive medical condition to ensure adequate coverage. Ask the veterinary staff for recommendations.