3 Steps for a Healthier and Wealthier 2017 for Pet Parents

By Monday, January 9, 2017

A portion of this post is sponsored, but opinions are my own and 110% “pawthentic”! 

If you had to guess, what do you think the most popular New Year resolutions are? Well, according to Statistic Brain, losing weight/eating healthier, working on self improvements, and making better financial decisions rank right up there at the top.

That’s not too surprising, really. We all want to feel healthy and be our best selves. And most people don’t complain about having a little extra cash lying around. But turning those resolutions into reality isn’t always the easiest thing in the world.

So why not enlist your pet to help you this year? Here are three concrete things pet parents can do to live healthier and wealthier in 2017.

Check out my recent appearance on Denver’s Fox31 with Chilly:

 

1. Take a walk!

It can be oh-so-tempting, especially during the winter, to just open the door and let the dog run in the yard. But setting aside just 10, 15 or 30 minutes each day to walk your dog can help you put you on the path to self improvement.

Chilly, Cola, and Soupy having a blast in Colorado

Chilly, Cola, and Soupy having a blast in Colorado – and getting me out to walk with the Easy Walk Harness from PetSafe!

If your neighborhood isn’t a relaxing or ideal environment, take a ride with Rover to a nearby park or walking trail. You’ll both benefit from the exercise and fresh air. Plus, the change of scenery and escape from home distractions will allow you to think more clearly, relax your mind, and think creatively. Who knows what amazing ideas you’ll come up with? Some of biggest lightbulb moments come when I’m walking my pooch!

2. Invest in pet insurance!

Olivia goes to the vet!How much do you spend on your pet? Between routine vet visits, trips to the groomer, healthy food and that cute little squeaky toy they absolutely must have…it all adds up. And that’s just the normal, day-to-day expenses. But what happens when you’re faced with the unexpected?

According to Petplan pet insurance, there’s a one in three chance your pet will make an unexpected vet visit in 2017. And those types of visits are likely to be costly. In fact, every six minutes a pet owner is faced with a vet bill of $3,000 or more! A pet insurance policy is a great way to protect your pocketbook in the event of an emergency. Even more importantly, it can give you peace of mind that your pet will get the best medical care and protocols available

I personally love and use Petplan. Their new policies are highly customizable and they don’t have restrictions on age or hereditary conditions. Plus, Petplan is an affiliate partner here at Pet Living, so you can get an exclusive, 10% lifetime savings on a policy if you use code PETLVG when you purchase your policy. Check out a free quote here.

3. Snack healthy together!

Chilly reached his goal weight!

Chilly reached his goal weight!

Healthier eating not only has the potential to lead to weight loss, it can help reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, and the risk of heart disease and diabetes. And the same goes for your dog!

Personally, I find it’s a lot easier to make and stick to small changes than big ones. Last fall, I started giving Chilly green beans and carrots as “treats,” while I snacked on these veggies dipped in hummus. We also love Zuke’s Minis. They’re healthy, all natural dog treats. Replacing unhealthy snacks (simple carbs, processed goodies, etc.) in both of your diets lead to new habits and eventually healthier meals.

In addition to Chilly’s veggie snacks, I also started supplementing his veterinary prescribed diet with some home cooked, all natural, preservative free meals. The result? He lost six pounds in four months, has more energy and a shinier coat. And all those veggies I munched helped me feel great, too!

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions and anecdotes are my own, and I never promote any products or brands I don’t believe in. ~Petfully yours, Kristen

Your turn: What are your resolutions for you and your dog in 2017? Share with me in the comments below.

  • It must of been great being on tv!

    You shared some great tips which can help pet parents save some more money! 🙂
    Then maybe they can afford that trip they always wanted to go with their family and pet family

    I think the most beneficial part is when you speak about pet insurance. Most people think that it is expensive luxury but it is not considering how much money will it actually save you. And as you said you don’t have to worry about considering which treatment option to take, this way if you are insured, you can take only the best and this will not just save you money but it might save your pet too.

    • Kristen Levine

      Hi Mary! Thanks for your comment. Yes, I am a big believer in pet insurance. It has saved us thousands of dollars over the years. Help me spread the word! I just had a friend faced with very costly surgery for her dog. She really couldn’t afford it, so just charged it and now she’s stressed about how she’ll pay it off. Pet insurance gives you peace of mind that you can afford whatever treatment your pet needs.

      • As much as I would hate to think about such situations when I get a new puppy I know that I must.. Because I have been there myself as well..

        So this is something that pet parents should think about from the day one and acquiring proper pet insurance will always pay off.

        We all hate the possibility of our pets getting ill but nature hasn’t spared them of the same diseases we as humans can experience ourselves, and beside that our pets are simply not perfect in our human environments, accidents happen and we should think in advance what is good for the pet.

        **Edit:
        I tweeted your article, I hope I helped spread the word!

        • Kristen Levine

          So true Mary! Thank you so much for helping to spread the word!