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Longevity Tips for Your Pet

To Give Your Pet a Long LIfe
1. Maintain a Healthy Weight: How do I know if my pet is at a healthy weight? If you can feel your pet’s ribs but not see them, they are maintaining a healthy weight.

2. Regular exercise: Make sure your pet has ample opportunity for exercise and play. The amount of exercise depends on the energy level of your pet.

3. High-Quality Diet & Fresh Water: Look at the first 5 ingredients on your pet’s food label. These ingredients make up the majority of what is in their food.  Make sure your pet has a constant supply of fresh water.

4. Hygiene & Grooming: Brush your pet’s coat/hair on a regular basis to help with circulation. Maintain and care for your pet’s teeth, ears, and nails/hooves regularly.

5. Regular Check Ups: Make sure your pet has an annual check up and DNA scans to ensure that their body is functioning properly.

To Give Your Pet a Healthy Diet
1. High-Quality & Well-Balanced Food: Remember, look at the first 5 ingredients on your pet’s food label. Look for food that is packed full of meat and vegetables. Avoid fillers such as by-products and grains.

2. Avoid By-Products: Meat by-products could include chicken and/or duck beaks, feet, intestines, and bones. Some pet food manufacturers also include meat from dead or diseased animals, such as roadkill.

3. Avoid Additives: Watch out for chemicals, preservatives, and artificial coloring and flavors.

4. Human Grade Food: Human grade food can be extremely healthy for pets, but be careful, not all food that is healthy for us is healthy for them.

5. Supplements: Fish oil, probiotics, and multi-vitamins have been known to boost pet’s immune systems and overall health.

To Provide a Healthy Environment
1. Own Comfortable Space: Pet’s need a safe, quiet place where they can escape to when feeling anxious or stressed.

2. Temperature: Cold, moist air can effect the health of a pet’s body. If your pet is going to be in a particular environment for a long period of time, make sure that the temperature and moisture in the air is comfortable for them.

3. Avoid or Eliminate Hazards: Household chemicals and lawn care products can be harmful to pets. Be aware of where you are using these chemicals, or avoid them completely. Some human foods and skin care products can be harmful to pets as well. Make sure these items are in a location not reachable to them.

4. Avoid Parasites: Warm weather can often bring insects and bugs that carry a number of parasites. Avoid taking your pet into outdoor spaces where there are high populations of these pests or make sure you use a natural flea and tick repellent.

5. Clean & Comfortable Place for Elimination: All pet’s should have a clean place where they can go to the bathroom in comfort.