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Keeping You and Your Furry Buddy Healthy, Happy and Enjoying Life.

Keep your weight and your dog’s weight under control. Obesity in you and in your dog is a prescription for trouble. When overweight, both humans and dogs are more at risk for many lifestyle illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and even certain cancers. Being overweight is also hard on your joints, messes up your hormones and depletes your energy. So exercise, and eat the right foods to be able to enjoy life to its fullest.

When you exercise, it doesn’t take long before you and your dog feel the benefits. The right kind of exercise strengthens the heart and lungs, builds muscle, and helps rid the body of toxins including the bad estrogens that can cause trouble. Exercise increases circulation which brings more oxygen to the cells and tissues. Increased activity burns calories which in turn burns fat and you lose weight. But that’s not all! For a big bonus, exercise affects the brain in many different, positive ways; it helps with perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning. It lifts your mood, and eases your pain.

When you and your dog buddy have more energy and are excited about life, you burn calories. When you burn calories, you burn fat.

Next in the equation is water. Remember, pure water for you and your dog keeps the toxins away. Please don’t let your best buddy drink from puddles on the street. It’s not just the bacteria that are the problem. Lead, arsenic and other poisons could be out on the road. They are all carcinogenic. Change your dog’s water at least once a day. Get a good water filter. The money spent is well worth it in the savings on your veterinarian and doctor bills.

The quality of the air that we breathe is also very important. The air in the parks and in the backyard is great, but stay away from walking close to the highway. The toxins in the air from cars and trucks and could cause some issues. The air in our home needs to be as pure as possible, so nix those toxic cleaning chemicals. Get an air purifier. If you can’t afford a good air purifier then invest in some plants that also take many toxins out of the air and will help with allergies too.

Next, use natural products for you and your dog. There are so many wonderful natural flea and tick powders, shampoos, and sprays that do not have side effects. There is no reason now to use harsh chemicals on yourself or your canine kids. Same goes for lawn products. You don’t need to use toxic chemicals in your yard and landscaping. There are many natural alternatives that do a wonderful job.

Keep your life and your dog’s life as simple as possible. Try to delete as much stress out of your life as you can. There could be people in your life that are toxic. Stay away from them. Life is too precious and too short; you must make smart choices. You will never be able to change toxic people. They are who they are and if they want to change – great, but you can’t do it for them. That’s not your job. Your job is for you to be happy and healthy and make a happy healthy life for your dog.

One more little thing before we get to the fun stuff – food! Ask yourself do I run to the doctor every time I get the sniffles and ask for a medication? If you do, you are contributing to the toxic impact on your life. Our immune system can handle most of our issues. Of course, when you do get sick by all means go to your doctor. And if your dog is really sick, go to the veterinarian. But if you don’t have to have drugs, don’t press your doctor or the veterinarian into giving you or your dog one. If the doctor does prescribe a drug, it doesn’t hurt to ask your doctor what the side-effects are and how necessary is that drug. Remember every single drug has a side-effect and the more drugs you take the more side-effects you will have and the more drugs will be prescribed to take care of the side-effects. What a vicious circle!

And now for the best part – food. Food for you and your dog needs to be as clean as possible. By that I mean buy organic and/or locally grown meat and eggs. Find pasture fed or, at the very least, antibiotic and hormone free. Buy organic vegetables and fruits to help keep toxic chemicals and pesticides to a minimum. Also, you and your little furry guy needs to be able to digest all that good food so a digestive enzyme and some friendly bacteria is always a good choice.

Have fun, eat healthy and have a great life!




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