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Did you know that the 24th is Change a Pet’s Life Day? This article will discuss simple but life changing heart and soul things you can do.

Yes, you can certainly adopt an animal and that changes a pet’s life for sure. But once you’ve done that, as chances are you already have an adopted animal, what else can you do? What can you do for all of the animals in your life now? You may be surprised.

Make sure your animal knows that they have a forever home. Did you know that many animals have anxiety or other behavioral issues because they wonder if today will be their last day with you? It’s very easy to assume they should know because you’ve cared for them for years. But many do not and this is the root of many emotional challenges animals face. And this can even happen to animals that came into your life as youngsters.
• Tell them out loud that they have a forever home with you. Tell them out loud you are their forever family.
• Tell them out loud that wherever you go, they will go, as you may move at some point.
• Tell them out loud that they are safe and loved. Insecurity issues can stem from their past and not knowing if they will be able to remain with you.
Sometimes, you may need to repeat these statements to your animals as it may not sink in right away. It’s a good habit to remind them regularly.

Take a close look at your animal’s diet. Did you know that nutrition plays an important role in preventing and healing both health problems and emotional issues? If you don’t have the right nutrition, other things you do can be a temporary bandaid.
• 95% of our animal clients have needed their diet tweaked. Even if they are on a holistic diet, the type of diet, proteins and supplements often need adjusting.
• Should your dog, cat or horse be on a grain free diet? Many should. Grains can cause inflammation in the body but some animals need grains. Raw or cooked diet may be the best diet for your dog or cat but not ideal for you. An all kibble diet can wreak havoc on organs due to the lack of moisture in dry food, especially the kidneys. Even changing to a canned/kibble combo diet can help provide your dog or cat with more moisture.
• Keep in mind that chicken and lamb are hot meats and can create or contribute to inflammation. Turkey is cooling. Beef/bison are neutral. Vegetables and fruits also have hot/cold/neutral conditions. So think twice about which ones you feed your animal.
It can be hard to know what is best for your animal. Muscle testing shows you the type of diet, proteins, veggies/fruits, supplements and proper amounts. When you know what the core diet is, you often don’t need supplements or as many or the same amount.

Take a look at what you put on or around your animal. Yes, there are chemicals in many products, including ones that may say they are “natural.” But this thought process goes beyond the obvious.
• First, doublecheck your home, yard and pet products to make sure they truly don’t have chemicals in them. Read labels carefully. Consider creating your own natural products.
• Many pet parents love essential oils. However, they are not safe for all animals and are often misused, even with horses. Many dogs and cats end up in the emergency room and some don’t make it. Sadly, diffusers have contributed to many of these cases. Oils in the home can affect other small animals, too. The safest way to offer aromatherapy is to open up a bottle, let your animal approach it if they want to, and sniff it if they want to.
• Take a look at the colors you are using in your home and on your animals. Red can create inflammation which can affect health issues such as arthritis and cancer but also behavioral conditions such as aggression. Orange is similar to red so it can also cause problems. Light blue is calming and light pink can be helpful for separation anxiety. Yellow can help with depression or grief. It’s not about the colors your animal can see, but about the energy those colors give off. For healing benefits, offer a sheet, towel, or blanket that your animal can lay on or near. If eating or destroying fabric is a concern, you can always use poster board or place that color in a picture frame.
Look at your animal’s home environment in a new way. When selecting products, essential oils, colors, etc., you can always muscle test to determine which one is ideal for your animal.

It’s 2020, a new decade, and a great time to take on new approaches and new goals with the animals you care for, heart and soul.

Heart & Soul Blessings!

Kim & Allison

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