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Three Easy Ways to Keep Your Pet Healthy and Happy #GetHealthyHappy

babybackyard copyRecently we have been sharing different ways to have healthy pets. Hopefully you have enjoyed the information from the ‘Healthier Pets. Happier Lives’ campaign.

Today is our last post in the series so we wanted to recap three easy ways to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Regular Vet Visits

Did you know that not visiting a vet for a year is like you avoiding your doctor for five years? Regular vet visits are important for many reasons, and can help your vet notice any problems early. Regular visits also gives your vet the opportunity to get to know your pets, making it easier to detect changes in their health and behavior.

You can read more about why regular checkups are important in our first article, Healthy pets see their vets!

Nutrition

Choosing the right food for your pet can be overwhelming. Luckily, your vet can help recommend the best food for your pet. Different pets have different needs, but luckily Hill’s has a wide variety of formulas for all stages of life.

Hill’s is even offering a $10 off promotion on select Hill’s Science Diet products. Download your rebate for dogs and cats.

Read more about giving your dog the best food here.

Little Extras

Treat time can be a special way to bond with your pet. Hill’s offers treats with balanced nutrition that your pet is sure to love! Other ways to spoil your pet include playtime and toys. Nothing has to be expensive, sometimes it’s the simplest play that your pet will love the most.

Treats and toys keep your pet mentally stimulated, and that can help your pet stay happy! Read more about some of our favorite little extras here.

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Our pets bring joy and happiness into our lives! It’s important to give them the care they need to live healthy, happy, lives. To learn more about the Healthier Pets, Happier Lives program visit Healthier Pets, Happier Lives for Dogs or Healthier Pets, Happier Lives for Cats.

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Healthier Pets. Happier Lives.™, but 4 the Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Simple tips for happy pets. #GetHappyHealthy

babybackyard copyWhile regular vet visits and proper nutrition are the foundation, your pet’s mental well being is just as important! Luckily keeping your pet happy can be a lot of fun for both of you. Today we are talking about the special extras. You know, the little things that can really make a difference. It doesn’t take much to pamper your pet!

Here are our top 3 ways to give your pet the little extras that make a big impact! Be sure to read to the end of the article too, Hill’s is giving away dog and cat “little extras” bundles.

dogtreats1. Special Treats. Everyone loves a treat now and then, and pets are no exception!

Baby tends to like fruit flavored treats more than meat flavored treats. Learn your pet’s preference so you can make treat time even more special.

Of course when giving treats it is important to know the right amount to give so your pet will stay healthy and happy. Hill’s has a handy guide for using treats wisely, including how to pick the best treats for your pet.

2. Play time. Play is a great way to bond with your pet. It’s also a wonderful way for your pet to exercise both mind and body! There are even treat dispensing toys to help motivate play! Toys that squeak or have bells provide added stimulation, and will get your pet’s attention. You can even help keep your pet from becoming bored by rotating toys and not putting them all out at once. Baby always loves to discover “old friends” now and then.

Play time doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. One of Baby’s favorite “toys” is a sock. She enjoys playing tug of war with it, chasing it like a ball, and even just playing with it on her own. She also has a favorite ball that keeps her busy and happy. Just be sure to avoid toys that are too small or have small parts that can come off and be swallowed by your pet.

Baby's favorite ball.

3. Grooming Time! Grooming isn’t just about keeping your pet’s coat healthy and tangle free. It’s a great time to bond with each other. Starting a grooming routine early will help your dog get used to, and start to enjoy, being brushed.

But grooming can be about more than just brushing your dog’s coat! You can also have fun with little extras like a fancy collar with a matching leash, or even outfits if your dog likes dressing up.

Win a Little Extras prize pack from Hill’s for your cat or dog
To celebrate little extras, Hill’s is providing a special giveaway. Two readers will win a dog OR cat “Little Extras Bundle”. Here is what’s included in the prize packages:

For dogs:

Stainless steel dog bowl
A bag of Hill’s Science Diet Dental Chews
A bag of Hill’s Science Diet dog treats
Healthier Pets, Happier Lives tote bag

For cats:

Stainless steel cat bowl
Laser pointer toy
Eight micro cans of Hill’s Science Diet Grain Free entrees
Healthier Pets, Happier Lives tote bag

Enter via the giveaway widget below. USA only.
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In addition to the little extras bundles, Hill’s is also offering a $10 off promotion on select Hill’s Science Diet products. Check out www.ScienceDiet.com/GetHealthyHappy to download your rebate today!

And, if you have questions or need advice about any little extra that you’d like to give your pet, visit your veterinarian. Don’t forget about the chance to win $100 towards your next vet checkup from Hill’s Science Diet!

This post is sponsored by Hill’s and the Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight Food, but 4 The Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Give your dog the best dog food for the best health! #GetHealthyHappy

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As part of the Hill’s® Science Diet® “Healthier Pets. Happier Lives.” campaign, I’m sharing tips to help you keep your pets happy and healthy. Today’s topic, as you might have already guessed, is the importance of proper nutrition.

Good health starts with the right diet, and this isn’t just true for people! Pets need proper nutrition to live healthy and happy lives.

With so many products on the market it can be hard to know if you have made the right choice. Luckily there is a lot of information to help pet parents make good choices when it comes to what to feed your pet. You can even take this quiz: Is my pet eating quality food? And as always, the best source of information is your veterinarian!

Dr. Ashley Gallagher, vet at the Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington D.C., explains three easy ways to keep your pet healthy and happy:

When you have made the decision to switch your dog or cat’s food to something healthier for them, be sure to transition your pet’s food gradually to avoid stomach upsets. Hill’s has some helpful guidelines for transitioning your dogs or cat’s diet.

They also have many varieties of food for different nutritional needs. We feed our Maltese Baby adult formula in her favorite flavor, chicken. Even though she is considered a senior, our vet recommended that we keep her eating adult food instead because she has a hard time gaining weight. She is also a finicky eater, luckily we got great tips from the Hill’s website on how to help her overcome that!

Even super heroes need proper nutrition!
Even super heroes need proper nutrition!

We all love our pets and want what is best for them, and making sure they have the nutritional support they need is just one of many ways we help our pets be healthy and happy!

downloadWin $100 toward your next vet check up and a rebate, too!
Your vet can be your best resource for helping sort out your pet’s health and nutrition needs, and Hills’ wants to help by giving you the chance to win $100 toward your next vet check up. Visit Hill’s Science Diet to learn more!

Hill’s Science Diet also has several foods to help manage your pet’s special situation or condition whether it’s weight loss, or even a grain free diet, and many others, there is sure to be something for every pet. Hill’s is offering a $10 off promotion on select Hill’s Science Diet products so you can try them for your pet. Download your rebate on the Hill’s Science Diet website.

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Healthier Pets. Happier Lives., but 4 the Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Healthy pets see their vets! #GetHealthyHappy

IMG_3997What makes a healthy pet? Regular exercise, good food, and yes, regular visits with your veterinarian!

According to a recent petMD poll, nearly 2 in 10 pet owners hadn’t visited their vet for a routine checkup in the past year. Sure a visit to the vet can be a bit stressful sometimes, but it’s so worthwhile!

According to Dr. Ashley Gallagher, of Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C., missing your pet’s yearly check up is like missing 5 years of checkups! You wouldn’t go that long without a check up, make sure your pet doesn’t either.

Our dog Baby actually enjoys visiting her “friends” at the vet’s office, partly because she gets to see them so often! We like to make it fun for her by getting her “dressed up” and making a fuss when we get home about what a good girl she was.

All dressed up to visit the vet.
All dressed up to visit the vet.

Baby visits the vet once a month for shots to help her with her back. This is an ongoing problem that she has had since she was a puppy, but that was luckily caught early on during her regular check ups.

Some people put off regular check ups because they worry about the cost, however, regular vet visits can potentially save money in the long run by spotting problems early.

Of course, it’s not just about saving money. We all want our pets to be happy and healthy, and with us for as long as possible.

Did you know that your vet can help you choose the best diet for your pet? There was a time when we had to help our Baby lose weight because she had a thyroid problem. With the correct medication and a healthy diet, she has been at her correct weight for several years now!

downloadHill’s Science Diet is giving away $100 toward a vet checkup, every day for 90 days! They believe in helping pets live healthy and happy lives! To enter simply go to http://blogp.ws/1w2TSJJ  and fill out form!

This post is sponsored by Hill’s and the Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight Food, but 4 the Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

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