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Help Your Pet Lose Weight and Shape Up

Just four simple steps are all it takes to keep your pet healthy and active!

Give your pet's diet a boost with vitamins and supplements

Adding extra vitamins and supplements to our personal diets may give us more energy and help us maintain a healthy and active lifestyle—and our pets are certainly no different!

Although joint supplements with glucosamine and chondroitin are especially beneficial for senior pets, they can also be given to younger pets to help them maintain healthy joints and activity levels. Super Joint Enhancer (for dogs) is popular with many of our customers because of the improvement they see shortly after giving it to their pet. Plus, dogs love the delicious pork and beef flavored tablets. For cats, we recommend Super Joint Enhancer Bite-Sized Chews.

In some cases, your pet's food could lack essential vitamins and nutrients, especially commercially sold pet foods often found in grocery stores. That's why we recommend feeding your pet food with all natural ingredients. If you need help selecting a healthy pet food, visit our Pet Food Center, which includes top pet food brands rated by our pet food experts. And to help your pet's body naturally absorb nutrients, consider giving your pet a probiotic or digestive enzyme like NaturVet Digestive Enzymes Plus Probiotic. Antioxidants like Proanthozone are also a great way to help decrease inflammation and free radical formation, which are both involved in many chronic degenerative and immune diseases.

However, if you prefer to minimize the pet medications you give to your pet, add a multivitamin, like Super VitaChews or Soft VitaChews for Cats to your pet's daily diet. The ingredents can help maintain the health of your pet's brain, eyes, heart, and immune system.

Restore your pet's coat health

A pet's coat is one of the most common ways pet owners and veterinarians can determine if a pet is healthy or sick. If your pet's coat lacks softness and shine, help restore it by using grooming tools like the FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs or the FURminator deShedding Tool for Cats and using our moisturizing Oatmeal & Aloe Vera Shampoo. Using our Oatmeal & Aloe Vera Conditioner is also helpful since it keeps your pet's coat free of dander, pollen and other allergens, which can cause skin irritations.

You can also help your pet's coat maintain a glossy shine by adding an Omega 3 fatty acid supplement. Plus, Omega 3 fatty acids also maintain a healthy immune system.

Practice routine check-ups at home

In addition to grooming, there are several other important areas of your pet's body to cleanse and take care of including the ears, nails, and teeth.

Suggested routine:

Daily: Brush your pet's teeth.
Weekly: Clean your pet's ears.
Bi-weekly (or more frequently):
Clip your pet's nails.

By practicing a routine at home you can help maintain your pet's health, which may reduce the risk of infections. Running your hand over your pet's body can help you inform your veterinarian of any abnormal bumps. You should also pay close attention to any changes in your pet's thirst, appetite, urination, and energy, especially in middle-aged and older pets.

Make sure your pet gets adequate exercise

Exercise is important for all pets. Walks are a great way to have your pet stay active and so are visits to the dog park. Playing with toys like the Booda Tail-Spin Flyer is sure to keep you and your pet entertained and active for hours!

Max's Tip

Protect your pet year-round with flea preventatives to reduce your pet's risk of flea allergy dermatitis and the diseases fleas can carry, including tapeworms.

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