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Pet Peeve

I’ve noticed that many people treat their pets better than themselves. I researched this topic by interviewing mature avid pet owners of hamsters, birds, dogs, cats and horses. When I asked the question, "What do you feed your pet?", they all responded the same. "High-quality food".

"So what does high-quality food mean?" Food that is free of fillers and non-essential ingredients. It should be fortified with extra vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, B-complex and calcium. Extra amino acids (protein) also improve the nutrient value. The only way to get this high-quality pet-food is to shop at a specialty store and spend time reading labels.

"Do you give your pets any dietary supplements?". Of course. Food supplements are given throughout the pets life especially during the early stages of growth. This assists in the proper development of bones, teeth, joints, muscles, and skin. Essential oils (Cory's Sport Oil) and plenty of water help promote a healthy coat.

"What do the high-quality foods and supplements do for your pet?". One proud cat-owner says it keeps her animals healthy. "My cats stay lean and free of digestive problems. They don’t shed, they have good breath and the supplements help to keep their eyes and heart strong".

Two horse-owners said quality hay (no dust) helps prevent bronchial illness. Extra vitamins and supplements help compensate for some of the essential minerals not present in grazing grass.

"What about exercise?". Dogs need to run, horses need to be ridden and indoor cats, birds and hamsters need a play station. "And what about grooming?". Pets require manicures and pedicures and regular hair brushing. Good dental care and bathing keeps them clean and odor-free. This may be done at home or at the beauty salon!

All of the pet-owners I interviewed were intensely aware of their animals behavior and well-being. If any health problems arise beyond their control or knowledge, they seek professional help.

Gee, wouldn’t I like to live with these conscientious pet-lovers. With all this care and unconditional love given to our pets, why do we find it so difficult to apply the same preventive and nurturing treatment to ourselves? After all, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.