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Creating a Healthy Routine for Your Dog + FREE #PerfectWeight Printable Calendar

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Creating structure and routine is an important part of keeping your pet healthy and happy. I’m really lucky to get to work from home, so Daisy and I have a very well-established daily routine. For example, we go for a walk before breakfast every morning, and then a trip to check the mailbox around mid-day. Checking the mail is Daisy’s favorite thing, since I let her carry a piece of mail back home and give her a dental chew as a reward for her ‘hard work’. In the late afternoon, I usually take a break from work to play hide and seek, fetch or another of our favorite games.

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Creating a healthy routine doesn’t have to be complicated. Add small daily activities that both you and your dog enjoy and it won’t seem like a chore. Speaking of chores, we schedule certain activities for the weekends, like bath time, nail trimming and cleaning Daisy’s ears. We also try to have regularly scheduled play dates for Daisy, both for the benefits of socialization as well as for the added exercise.

Another part of our routine is tracking Daisy’s weight and measuring her food. It’s important to measure and track treats, too. We worked with Daisy’s veterinarian to determine her weight goal and the right amount of food and treats to maintain that weight. If you don’t schedule and track treats and food, it’s easy to overdo it without realizing it. Just one little cookie for a 20lb dog is like the equivalent of an average size woman eating a cheeseburger! Don’t believe me? Go checkout this Treat Translator Tool to learn more.

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Helping Your Dog Achieve and Maintain Their #PerfectWeight

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Is your dog overweight? Finding out and learning what to do about it is an important part of being a pet parent. It’s our job to keep our fur kids healthy, and that includes helping them maintain a healthy weight since this adds to quality of life and life expectancy.

How do you know if your dog is at their healthy weight? Start by checking out this video from Dr. Ashley Gallagher:

Did you watch it? If so you might have been surprised or even shocked to learn that more than 50% of pets are overweight…I certainly didn’t know that!

Dr. Ashley also mentioned this Healthy Pet Weight Tool where you can go to check your dog’s weight online. Be sure to go give that a try.

And the big takeaway from the video is to talk to your dog’s veterinarian for professional medical advice on whether your pet is overweight. It’s important to their overall health and wellness. If your vet says your dog needs to lose some weight, they will tell you the steps you need to take, including diet and exercise.

They may also recommend a special weight loss food like Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight. With a breakthrough blend of natural ingredients, prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion and 100% precisely balanced nutrition, 70% of cats and dogs who used Science Diet Perfect Weight lost weight within 10 weeks.
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Highly-Rated Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain 46% OFF + FREE Shipping

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Helping your pet stay hydrated is important, and one way to ensure your dog or cat always has fresh drinking water available is by using a water fountain designed especially for pets.

One of the top-rated models of pet water fountains is on sale right now. It’s the Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain $37.59 ($69.99 reg). That’s 46% OFF the regular price and FREE Shipping is also included.

The Drinkwell Platinum Fountain by PetSafe provides convenience for you while giving your pet plenty of water to stay hydrated. The patented, free-falling stream aerates his water with healthful oxygen, and an activated-carbon filter removes bad tastes and odors giving your pet the best way to stay hydrated and healthy. Holds 168 fluid ounces of water to keep your pet’s water full.

Go HERE to read the 2,100+ 5-Star reviews and learn more.

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FREE Pet Sample: 100% Natural California Carrots Supplement for Dogs

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Pet parents, head on over to Powder 4 Paws and request a FREE Sample of their 100% Natural California Carrots Supplement for Dogs. Just fill out the form here and they will mail your free sample (limit one per household).

This natural dog food supplement assists your pet with digestion and any dog diarrhea problems they may have. California Carrots is:

  • 100% dehydrated carrots
  • Grown & Made in America
  • Excellent source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, trace elements and pro-vitamin A carotenes
  • Compliments all dog food types (kibble, canned or raw)
  • Average cost is less than $0.10 per serving

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Important Update on MetLife TRICARE Dental #MetLifeTDP #sponsored #IC

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get and stay more organized this year. Part of that includes managing our household budget, and keeping up with changes to costs of things like our cable bill, cell phone charges and health insurance so we’re not caught off guard by.

If you are a military family enrolled in the MetLife TRICARE Dental Plan (TDP), it’s important for you to take a few minutes to review and familiarize yourself with changes to 2015 premiums that go into effect on February 1st. Even if this doesn’t affect you directly, please be sure to share this with any military moms and dads you know…military family life can be hectic, and they will appreciate the update.

Premiums vary depending on the number of members enrolled and the sponsor’s status (Active Duty, Selected Reserve, Individual Ready Reserve). See the chart below for the MetLife TRICARE 2015 Dental Premiums:

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MetLife TRICARE premiums information: http://tricare.mil/tdp-premiums

In addition to reviewing costs, it’s also equally important to make sure you are aware of all the benefits of your health and dental plans. The MetLife TRICARE Facebook Page is a great place to start. Several times a week, they post fun facts and info in the form of trivia questions. I learn something new each time I visit. For example, with TDP, family members are covered regardless of a sponsor’s change in status to and from active duty. How great is that!?!

Highlights and benefits also include:

  • Access to one of the largest civilian dental networks – over 250,000 dental locations
  • No annual deductible
  • Cost savings when a MetLife TDP participating dentist is used
  • 2 dental cleanings and exams in a 12-month period + additional 3rd cleaning for pregnant women
  • Worldwide dental coverage (CONUS and OCONUS)

Not yet enrolled? Enrolling is a 12-month commitment, but after completing the 12-month minimum enrollment period, you can continue on a month-to-month basis. To learn about dental plan benefits for military families, or to enroll, visit the MetLife TRICARE website.

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This $2 Gadget Will Stop Your Dog From Eating Too Fast

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Everyone knows it’s impossible to go shopping at Target without making at least one impulse purchase…it’s a scientific fact. Well, over the weekend I went to buy a few things for reorganizing my home office area and ended up in the pet aisle (of course).

I found this awesome $2 gadget (it was on sale for $1.69 but I don’t know for how long). Anyway, it’s the Boots & Barkley Slow Feed Accessory Plug and you can find it at your local Target store or buy it online here.

It fits in just about any bowl, and has a suction cup on the back so it sticks in place, but spins around as your dog eats.

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Daisy has several different types of slow feeders and interactive feeders, and we rotate between them, but sometimes it’s just easier to use her bowl. We worry about her eating her food too quickly because it can be unhealthy and even dangerous for dogs to eat too fast, so I’m super happy to have discovered this cheap little gadget and thought I’d share!

More ways to keep your pet from eating too fast:

Also, be sure to read our posts and reviews of the Green Feeder, the Aikiou Interactive Feeder and the KONG Wobbler for more ideas on ways to stop your dog from eating too fast. And check out this list of Top Interactive Feeders and Treat Toys for pets.

Curious about what pet food Daisy eats? Read: What’s in Daisy’s Bowl!

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