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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!

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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!

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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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We salute you!

WW2 War Dog

This Memorial Day weekend we like to take time to say THANK YOU to all those who serve. We are so grateful for our freedoms, and we never forget that they come at a cost. And of course, we give a high paw to all the animals who serve as well.

Take some time to learn about the War Dog Memorial, and read stories about heroic war dogs! There are some truly amazing stories.

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“A blogger saved my life”

This weekend I went to a blogging conference. As usual, it was filled with fun activities, one of which was a concert from Alex Boye. He is an amazing entertainer, engaging the audience the entire time, plus he is just plain talented! You might know him from his Let It Go cover that became a viral hit. I also love his cover of Royals:

So, what does this have to do with blogging? During the course of his concert he talked about how a blogger saved his life. He was struggling to make it as a musician, with a family to support, and then suddenly one of his videos hit it huge. Why? Because a blogger had shared it.

This reminded me so much of what we do as pet bloggers and microbloggers. Many of us share animals in need of homes on our sites, our Facebook pages and our Twitter. We run fund raising for causes that help rescue animals and donate part of our ad revenues to the animal causes we support.

Thousands of dollars have been raised by #NipClub and the original #PawPawty on Twitter. We give comfort to shelter pets through Santa Paws Drive. We could, and probably do, save lives with our efforts.

His message? Don’t give up. You never know the impact you might be having.

As one who has been feeling like my efforts don’t matter, as one who has really thought about throwing in the towel on the whole blog thing before, this message felt directed just at me. And for you too fellow animal lovers. Don’t give up, your voice makes a difference.

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