Dogs Run on Leashes

Dogs Run on LeashesHow keeping your pet healthy can keep you on track

This time of year, health and nutrition are front-and-center for many of us. Even though most new year resolutions fall by the wayside by now, your furry friends can help get you back on track. Most pet owners do everything they can to keep their pets healthy; they exercise regularly, keep up with regular vet visits, even seeking holistic veterinary care to make sure their pet has everything they need (and nothing they don’t). Mealtime should be no exception. The CrockPET Diet can help improve your dog or cat’s kidney health, gut health and nutrition. Overall, it is an easy way to introduce natural pet food to your four legged family member, all while motivating you to keep doing better for yourself.

Health is a Habit

Staying on track with health and fitness resolutions is no easy feat, and it can be difficult to help your pets stay the course, too. Making the decision to transition them to a home cooked diet of natural pet food isn’t enough, if you don’t follow through. The key is to develop healthy habits for yourself, and your pet’s healthful regime will follow. Hold yourself accountable for your health and your pets’ with some of these tips.

Schedule the Time

If you wait until you “find the time” to get anything done, it rarely happens. The same goes when you’re getting started with The CrockPET Diet. Set aside some time each week to prepare your pet’s home cooked meals. Treat the time the same way you would a vet visit; a crucial appointment that you cannot reschedule or push back. One hour on a Sunday afternoon can make a huge difference in your pet’s health. Bonus points if you both go for a walk afterward.

Share the Goal

Having a workout buddy keeps you accountable for that morning jog or evening walk – and what better accomplice than an eager pooch? This year, team up with your pet to reach the goal of great nutrition. Take it up a notch while you’re preparing Fido’s CrockPET, and prepare some people-friendly meals for yourself, too. The same foods that go into making a healthy pet diet also make a healthy human diet! Lean protein and lots of veggies do a body good. Double up on these ingredients when you hit the grocery isles. Your pet’s gut health and your own will both be top notch in no time.

Be Patient

Dog and Celery
It’s green like a tennis ball…I must like it, right?

Not all pets take to a new diet with enthusiasm, and they may be skeptical of any changes to their usual cuisine (even if it is good, home cooked natural pet food). Give them plenty of time to transition slowly. You may need to try several different ingredient combinations before you find a winner for your furry friend. Don’t give up if they don’t like your first batch. Like us, pets need time to get used to a new diet. Especially if you are using The CrockPET Diet to help treat pet kidney failure, stick to your guns to help your critter. Making lasting changes takes some time!

Some is Better than None

If you can’t make the full commitment to The CrockPET Diet right away, or your pet is having a difficult time transitioning, there are small ways to work toward the goal for good health. You can always add vegetables to your pet’s usual food, to make sure they are getting some of the essential vitamins they need. While you substitute cookies for fruits, swap your pet’s high-calorie store bought treats for green beans or carrots. Taking small steps until you can make the full plunge will get you there faster than putting it off altogether.

Keep Going

In the long run, remember that your pets depend on you to keep them healthy and happy. All it takes is a bit of extra time and patience, and your little “accountability partner” to help remind you to keep going. Whether you are striving for better gut health in your pet, improving kidney function in your pet, or just seeking better overall health through natural pet food, choosing the nutrition behind The CrockPET Diet can help you make the change. This year, make it your goal to look out for your best health – and theirs! You’ll get lots of extra tail wags for the effort, guaranteed.

Dr. Ruth Roberts DVM, CVA

Dr. Ruth Roberts Holistiv Vet

Dr. Ruth Roberts is The Original Pet Health Coach, and has supported thousands of dogs and cats to overcome health hurdles like kidney disease, GI Illness, allergies and cancer. Her natural approach to healing creates a gentle yet effective path for your pet to take on their journey to wellbeing. Dr. Ruth created The Original CrockPet Diet, a balanced home cooked diet for pets, as the foundation of health. Dr. Ruth is now training passionate pet parents, and pet professionals to be Certified Holistic Pet Health Coaches so that more pets can be helped holistically.