By Robbi Hess ~ Managing Editor Pet Calendar, Crimeless Cat Executive Story Editor, Chief Cat Herder
Pet Calendar: National Holistic Pet Day, August 30
What is National Holistic Pet Day? To understand that you need to understand that “holistic” means “the whole body.” This, by association, means that on National Holistic Pet Day (and frankly year round) you want to look at your pet as a whole — mind, body and spirit — when feeding and caring for him. Holistic health includes the diet you feed, the exercise you provide your pet and the loving touches you share with her.
Pet Calendar: National Holistic Pet Day
Food: Your pet’s diet is the foundation for his overall health. When you feed natural and organic treats and food you are providing your pet with the best foundation for better health. Healthy eating can boost his immune system and help ward off disease. Just as the human body isn’t equipped to break down preservatives and chemical food additives, neither is our pets’ body equipped for that. When you feed a high quality, natural food you can help your pet fight intestinal problems, obesity, diabetes and allergies. Ask your veterinarian for advice on the best foods for your pet’s unique health and well-being.
Body: The best way to keep your dog or cat or ferret or any other pet you love healthy is by providing a place to exercise. Just as a hamster loves his wheel, so too does your dog love long walks. Keep your cats healthy and exercised by providing climbing trees and toys to chase around the house. When your pet is physically fit he is less likely to become obese and develop heart disease, diabetes or joint issues. Dogs love going for walks and the benefit is that you get healthy right alongside your pet. Grab that leash and get moving!
Spirit: Our pets crave our touch and our attention. When your dog is running around barking when you walk through the door after a day at work, remember he has no concept of time and frankly you are his favorite person in the world. Reward his enthusiasm with loving petting and conversation. Keep your pet from being destructive by keeping her brain exercised through toys that challenge her.
At the end of the day, the best thing — for you and your pet — is a snuggle on the couch. It’s been proven that petting an animal lowers our blood pressure; it’s a win-win and helps your pet’s mind and spirit to feel your love.