Contributing Writer: Jan Jeremias, MSc., DTM, RYT, CR

Did you know that you have the power to prevent
disease and extend your pet’s life?

No, I am not crazy—there are a number of proactive
steps you can take to keep your pet healthier. By putting
these in place, not only will your pet live longer but it will
help to decrease the amount you spend on veterinarian

I am speaking about the lifestyle choices you can make
for your pet. These simple lifestyle changes can add
years to your pet’s life.

Step 1—Keep Your Pet Lean:

According to a 2018 survey by the Association for Pet
Obesity Prevention, 59.5% of cats and 55.8% of dogs in
the U.S. are overweight. In my pet wellness practice, I
constantly see pets that are overweight. Some of us may
think the extra weight looks cute on our pets, but the sad
truth is that the extra pounds put our pets at higher risk
of heatstroke, joint issues and other more severe
diseases. Research has shown that by restricting calorie
intake you can, literally, extend the life of your pet.

Step 2—Coat Care and Body Examination:

Brush your pet’s coat daily with a wire slicker brush. This
helps to stimulate circulation and skin gland secretions,
strengthens the hair follicles and detoxifies the body. In
addition, this action allows you to examine their body
and skin to ascertain if there are any sores, bumps,
lesions or injuries.

Step 3—Brush your pet’s teeth and gums daily with

Many pet toothpastes contain enzymes that help to
dissolve plaque, so tartar never forms. However, if they
do have tartar, ask your veterinarian for a toothpaste
recommendation. Do not use commercial toothpastes
created for people because human toothpaste may
contain ingredients that can be harmful for your pet
companion. For example, many human toothpastes
contain artificial sweeteners.

Step 4—Pets need a strong immune system:

Just like us, our pets need a strong immune system to
support them against harmful germs. To help stimulate
the immune system tap the sternum, which is located
between the front legs, 10 times once a day.

Step 5—Veterinary Care:

I recommend a full veterinary examination at least
annually, twice a year if your pet is 5 years or older. The
visit should include urine, stool, and blood tests.
Chiropractic (VOM) adjustments every 6 months, after an
initial evaluation and any initial series of treatments.
These are just a few steps that you can implement to
add more years to your pet’s life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jan Jeremias, MSc., DTM, RYT, CR is a clinical research scientist, and expert in the usage of essential oils. Jan is a wellness counselor for pets and is the co-author of the top selling aromatherapy book SpOIL Your Pet: A Practical Guide to Using Essential Oils in Dogs and Cats. Jan is also an energy and Reiki practitioner for Pets.For more information or to schedule a session, contact Jan at 917-865-2155 or or visit Jan also has a podcast: “People life and Longevity” Also watch for Jan’s monthly column each month here in PET CORNER at Western Mass Women Magazine and the Hartford County Women Magazine.

Jan Jeremias is providing this information for informational purposes only; it has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Always follow the usage directions given on product labels. The information in this message does not replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare practitioner for advice and care. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
“I have only one thing to do and that’s be the wave that I am, and then sink back into the ocean”. Fiona Apple

By Published On: October 13, 2022Categories: Body, Mind, & Soul

About the Author: Dee Ferrero

Ms. Ferrero is the CEO of Western Mass Women Magazine as well as the founder of several women's mentor and advocacy groups along the east coast.

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