The feelings of spring invoke the natural feelings of freshness, newness, and is a great time to focus on healthy nutrition. As we exit our “winter dwellings,” we emerge into a world filled with new life. Typically with spring, sentiments beckoning those feelings of warmth, rebirth, guidance, and opportunity surround our lives. Spring cleaning, new routines, or a change in diet are ways that we express the newness of the season. Sometimes the welcoming of a new “furry” family member brings out all the feelings of spring. Just as we are mindful and take action for ourselves it’s equally as important to look toward the health of our pets as they also experience the rejuvenation of spring.
How can we best help our furry friends adjust as the seasons change?
Just like humans health, well-being, and mindful planning are essential for our pets. It is key to maintain routine and activity for your pet and create a total wellness plan specifically making healthy nutrition a priority. Changes in the weather and the seasons are important transitional periods of health for our pets. Coming out of the more “indoor” cooler months and into the warmer seasons our pets experience the same energy and sensational experiences that come with change. Additionally, if you’re welcoming a brand new animal into your life it’s important to establish positive routines and patterns of health as a foundation for long healthy life.
Create a mindful wellness plan for your pet.
Creating and executing a wellness plan can be an essential and beneficial process for dogs, both for the pet owner and their pet. The first stepin a mindful, holistic approach to animals begins with parental preparation, that being preparing and staging positive health prior to the actual birth. Preparing and understating the use of canine vaccinations, potential complications or ailments that may arise, and steps to mitigate discomforts are key components to a successful plan. A wellness plan does not need to be a comprehensive report, but rather an approach and a mindful prioritization of pet health. Some of the initial eating habits and dietary plans when bringing home your pet can transition into some of the most long-term consequential health actions. One of the long-term preventative focuses is on dental health, over 70% of dogs suffer from gum disease by the age of three years of, one way of promoting dental health, while mitigating dental brushing would be adding molecular iodine to your pets’ daily water. Dr. Babette currently offers IoVet Oral, a form of molecular iodine that has been double placebo tested by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VHOC). Such things as establishing healthy eating patterns, mitigating excessive ‘treating” or simply taking into account the ingredients of formula or recipes into account for total health.
While your pet is transitioning into the new season, or even before, the nutrition and diet of our pets are essential. Much of general health and the interconnectedness of health stem from a nutritious and balanced diet, specifically being gastrointestinal(GI) and digestive health. Dr. Babette consults on nutritional health and gut health utilizing specific techniques and practices of pet nutrients, one specifically being Food Therapy(CVFT) learned through the Chi Institute. The techniques from the Chi Institute curriculum focus on Chinese food therapy which advocates specifically using carefully selected food according to its energetic properties to restore and maintain health. The connection between what our pets intake and their long-term healthcare imperative, it’s key to establishing healthy habits, maintain those and supplement our pets’ nutrition in a multitude of ways, just as we would for ourselves.
The excitement and feeling of the newness of spring of the joy of a pet to the family can be some of the most empowering moments of seasonal change. While enjoying the new and embracing the positive change it’s important to be mindful of the well-being and total health of our pets. While establishing proper dietary habits earlier on is key it’s never too late to put a focus back on rejuvenating and bringing new healthy nutritional opportunities for our pets. Dr. Babette offers numerous pet focused dietary and health supplementary products in her store, some include specific GI boosts to help gut health, relieve dietary stress or dietary changes.