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Pet wellbeing: The five key things needed to make your animal healthy

Discover tips and tricks to reduce your furball’s anxiety

As a term, wellbeing has truly engrained itself into part of our daily life.

Whether you are dedicated to it or not, you’ll certainly be more aware of cayenne pepper remedies, yoga retreats, and gong baths.

Now, it seems our animals are getting in on the action!

That’s right, it’s time for pet wellbeing.

[Credit: Petco]

So, for anyone out there with pooches, kitties, rabbits, you name it, they’re about to get a whole lot more pampered with a new approach to their health.

We don’t just mean an extra walkie in the middle of the day or a handful of extra Dreamies (cat-owners, you’ll know what we’re chatting about), we’re talking the whole spectrum of wellness.

The trailblazers dedicated to improving the lives of pets and their pet-parents are known as Petco.

They began life as a pet store back in the 60s and have evolved into a huge network of more than 100 in-store veterinary hospitals. Now, they’re moving online to share their bundles of resources.

[Credit: Petco]

This means, if you don’t know where to start or are fretting about having to give Rex a massage or Beau a manicure, you can find tips and tricks aplenty on the website.

Their main objective is to help people recognise the five vital needs every animal must have to thrive – physical health, mental health, social health, home health and accessible health.

Once these five needs are met, the Petco crew say that you can continue to build on them and, crucially, you will start to see results.

In their mission statement, they say: “It’s our goal to help pets lead full, rewarding lives. That’s why we’re revolutionising the way the industry thinks about pet wellbeing.

“How? With an approach that supports a pet’s whole health by engaging all five critical dimensions of health that strengthen and build on each other.”

[Credit: Petco]

Their advice on physical health centres on nutrition, which is the foundation of wellbeing, and will help pets achieve healthy skin, shiny coats, and have a better chance of a longer life.

Of course, exercise also comes into play, along with regular vet check-ups and keeping them pest-free by preventing ticks and fleas with ongoing treatments.

Moving onto mental health, you’ll find ideas on how to train your little beasts with activities that promote brain development, while also learning how to ease their symptoms of stress.

[Credit: Petco]

For social health, Petco encourage owners to build strong relationships by playing together and treating them well not only as a part of training but also simply because they deserve it.

Next comes home health, an underrated factor that pets need for a safe and stimulating environment to feel like part of the family.

So, whether you can offer lots of toys, tasty treats round-the-clock, or a place to belong, all of these are essential to their little immune systems.

Last but not least, to complete the quintet, is accessible health which simply means providing pets with what they need to live well, such as good vet care and insurance.

They might not be able to repay you with a bottle of Prosecco, but behind their miaows and woofs, you’re guaranteed furballs of happiness.

For more info, click here: Petco.

[Credit: Petco]

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