Chinook Windz Healthy Pet (& Horse) Supplies

Come Visit Us in Historic Black Diamond, Alberta
102 Centre Avenue E.
(at the 4-way stop)
(403) 933-3344
Email:
healthypets@chinookwindz.com

       

Suggestions and Tips for Healthier Pets


Tip #1

Whether you choose to feed your dog or cat a quality kibble, canned or RAW diet, the benefits of supplementing their daily meals with a cold water fish oil (salmon, herring, etc) are astounding.  Fish and fish oils are good sources of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids (OFAs) and have healing/detoxifying qualities that all pets can use.  Improved coat condition, skin condition and a healthier digestive system are just a few of the benefits of adding daily fish oils.

Tip #2
Keeping track of how much your pet is eating can be easier if you have scheduled meal times and don't just leave the bowl down for free feeding.  Putting the bowl down at meal time for up 15 minutes gives your dog or cat plenty of time to eat, motivates them to eat a proper meal, rather than nibbling.  This is especially helpful if you pet is a bit overweight.

Tip#3
Canadian and American veterinary associations are no longer recommending annual vaccinations for our pets. Research is proving that most vaccines last much longer than a year (3 or more) and many provide protection for a lifetime, if given at the proper time during puppy hood.  Check with your vet about what vaccinations are important in the areas where your pets live and visit, and vaccinate only for those diseases that are life threatening and prevalent.  Vaccines have many side effects and are very hard on the immune system - so vaccinate cautiously and with the knowledge of what vaccines are important for your pet.

 


Tip #4

The digestive system of dogs and cats are not designed to process large quantities of grains.  Cats are true carnivores and require no grains in their diets.  Dogs require only small amounts.  Large quantities of grains are not digested properly and the body struggles to process them.  So they often sit in the digestive system for much longer than they should.  This can lead to bloat and other serious digestive ailments.  Check your pet's food to see what the main ingredients are. If they are products such as wheat, soy or corn, then your pet could be at risk for digestive health issues.  If you are unsure as to what your pet should be eating, contact us for more information.

Tip #5
The quality of the food that you put into your pet will determine how much you need to feed to achieve proper nutrition and how much of it will end up on your lawn.  If you feed foods that are more biologically appropriate for your pet and easier for them to digest, you will need to feed them less because they are able to retrieve more of the needed nutrients from the food.  If you feed lower quality products that the body has trouble processing, most of it will pass right through the body and onto your lawn.  And your pet will not have received the nutrition that they need.

 

Updated September 23rd 2009                                                                                                                        Webmaster: healthypets@chinookwindz.com