Animal Exercise

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An important part of animal care is making sure that animals have enough exercise to keep them happy and healthy.  In our fast paced culture, its easy to forget about our furry friends and their needs, not only for companionship, but to get moving.  A simple bathroom break just isn’t enough for them.

Feel free to think outside the box when it comes to animal exercise as well – many ordinary (or unusual!) activities will count as exercise for your pet, as well as create memories and a bond between you two that will be extremely beneficial to their quality of life.  It will be beneficial to yours as well, as pets are proven to increase the health and overall well being of their owners significantly!

In addition to daily walks and playing fetch, my dog enjoys hitting the water with me on my inflatable stand up paddle board from Tower Paddle Boards.  There’s plenty of room for her to ride on the nose, and when she’s tired of riding, she’ll hop in and surf the waves herself.  Safety first, though- we never go without life jackets for the both of us, and we both are attached to the board with a leash!

Some other friends of mine have a dance party in the afternoons in the living room with their favorite jams.  Their dog even howls along!  I’ve heard of people who hike with their dogs, and people who even set up a doggie treadmill to make sure their pup can burn off the extra energy they’ve accumulated during the day, and stay trim and fit.  Lots of pups enjoy swimming too, either in a pond, creek, lake, river, or ocean.  The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to providing your pet with an exercise outlet.

Don’t forget mind exercise too!  Dogs are natural hunters and need to use their brains.  A treat ball can provide this needed stimulation to beat puppy boredom that causes them to wreck your house!

While you don’t have to own a sup inflatable paddle board to exercise with your dog, it’s important to remember that any kind of exercise is not only important, but essential to the well being of your furry friends.  So get out into nature, get the heart pumping for you both while you have fun together, and reap the benefits for years to come of a happy and healthy pet.

Let us know what your best animal exercise tips are, as we are always looking for fresh ideas to keep our animals trim, healthy, active, and happy!

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Animal Nutrition

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The study of Animal Nutrition is extremely important to the circle of life, and a wonderful way to expand on your love of animals.  Animal Nutrition is often overlooked and not given its proper credit, so we wanted to take this post that share with you what Animal Nutrition is, as well as its merits.  Animal Nutrition involves formulating a nutrition program for animals with the right balance of proteins, vitamins and minerals, and energy that these animals need.

Imagine a person who only eats potato chips.  In the proper place and context, eating potato chips is not the end of the world  But solely surviving on potato chips would lead to an unhealthy person who didn’t feel very good.  The Animal Nutritionist would be like the person who recommends a meal replacement shake full of nutrients, like this skinny shake called IdealShake, to this person and takes away the potato chips.

It takes a lot of study and care to understand what foods make the correct balance for individual animals, as well as ensuring they enjoy and eat the meal.  It increases their productivity, reproduction, energy, and immune function to have the proper balanced diet, and so you’re ensuring that these animals are happy, healthy, and live longer.

An often overlooked part of Animal Nutrition is consideration to the amount of water intake the animal has.  Without adequate water, the proper nutrition doesn’t do much.  The animals need to be hydrated for digestion and overall well being.  Water is a basic survival need, and we must not forget to ensure that animals in our care have plenty of fresh water available at all times, and that we get the proper vey care when they are not drinking enough.

But just as a person wouldn’t survive solely on meal replacement bars according to the Ideal Shape Shake reviews, we can’t just pump animals full of vitamins and supplements and call it good.  We need to take great care to make sure these animal’s dietary needs are coming from natural sources, as close to what they would eat in nature, for maximum health benefits.  A variety of foods, that are in a variety of colors, available in the animal’s natural habitat will be the best foundation for a nutrition plan.  The animal will be used to these kinds of foods, will digest them easier because they were made to eat these foods, and everyone will be happier.

As you can see, Animal Nutrition is much more than just throwing down a bowl of kibble.  It is vital to the preservation and study of many kinds of animals.  If it seems like this would be something you’d be interested in learning more about, I’d suggest you contact your local zoo and ask if you can shadow their nutritionist at some point.  The lessons learned from hands on experience will no doubt be beneficial, and I am positive you would learn a lot in the meantime as well.

Life’s an adventure – get out there.

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Keep the Earth Clean

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To truly enjoy nature and all its many creatures, we all need to do our part to keep the Earth clean and beautiful.  We can all work together to make this happen.  While not everyone will share this same desire, we can also do our part to help eliminate their bad choices, and re-educate those who want to learn more.  Here are a few easy ideas to get you started in thinking about how to keep the Earth clean, and therefore making it a happier home for all the animals and humans that inhabit it.

Littering is a serious problem.  While unfortunately, we can’t make people stop throwing their trash on the ground, we can help to get rid of the trash that doesn’t make its way into a trash can.  It’s not a glamorous job, but if we all pitch in, many hands make light work.  You’re sure to find all sorts of random things, and not just the normal fast food trash.  Some of the weirder things I have found have been a Good Morning Snore Solution anti snoring mouthpiece, a tickle me Elmo, and an unopened, brand new, pack of underwear.  People sure are strange!  You’ll be sure to find some strange things as well, and have great stories to tell on your adventures to keep the Earth clean.

Nothing says picking up trash has to be boring!  Try to make it fun!  Gather a group together and work as a team (or compete as two teams to make it an exciting game) and then treat yourself to a milkshake afterwards.  The ones who gathered the least could buy for the ones who collected the most trash, or you could even give a prize for the most unusual item found.  Then, be sure to pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

You could also start a campaign to educate your circle about Reduce, Reuse, Recycle .  Finding ways to keep trash out of the landfill and giving it a new life are super helpful to increasing the quality of life here on this planet for both the animals and people.  So many people aren’t educated enough about the beauty of recycling, the types of things that can be recycled, and how to recycle.  Help them to know how!

One fun way to do this would be to create a public service announcement via video, and post to to your Facebook and Twitter.  Get creative and have a blast.  Make it a song, make it serious or silly – all that matters is that you are getting the word out.  If you have a friend that is good with drawing or painting or graphic design, have them make a poster you can share electronically.  Whatever it is you’re good at, there’s a way to use that to raise awareness, and keep the Earth a more beautiful place.

Lastly, when you are out enjoying nature and stumble upon wild life – leave these animals alone!  Animals in the wild deserve to be treated with respect – from the smallest to the largest – and that includes their homes and little ones.  Please do not try to make them your pets – these animals are completely different from domesticated animals and should be treated as such.

Be respectful and leave nature just as you found it – or better yet – even better, by removing any trash that may have found its way into nature, and never take apart or trample any nest or burrow you may find.  By respecting all creatures great and small, you ensure that the ecosystem can function properly.

Keep sharing the word and doing your part to keep the Earth beautiful and clean, just as nature intended.  You educating your friends and family is the most important job you can have, so please take it seriously and do not ignore it.  By doing your part, you ensure that not only will these animals live longer and happier lives and that nature will be as it should, but it will also help with your quality of life as well.  It helps and benefits you to look out for nature.

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