Fuel Your Pet's Inner Olympian

As I write, I am coming off of a two-week marathon. A television marathon, that is. The Summer Olympics had me absorbed this year as never before. Even while vacationing, I made sure to squeeze in as much Michael Phelps and Fierce Five time as possible.

Now that the closing ceremonies have concluded and life is back to normal, I am focused on my own athletes. I’m not referring to my husband or my potbellied 15-month-old son (although they are active), but the two four-leggers currently snuggled at my feet.

Many of us have these little champions in our family. Dogs and cats that can leap, run, twist, flip and perform these feats in a series that leaves us asking, “Did you see Fido just do that?”

My dog Abe is an all-star ball player and swimmer and my Chico has literally flipped over food. Yes, paws over body, like a rotisserie chicken. Not to mention his frequent blurring sprints around the yard. They both power walk between four to six miles a day as well.

Many of my customers have athletic dogs that run by their side for miles, are the fastest dog at the dog park, and at the end of the day still have an abundance of get-up-and-go. These energy burning fur balls need to be fed properly to maintain their vigorous lifestyle and keep us on our toes! Here are a few focus areas sure to fuel your pet’s inner Olympian:

1. Calories, Fat and Protein:

If your pet is extremely active they most likely need higher amounts of calories, fat, and protein in their diet. For example, a Weimaraner that runs miles a day, has a ton of energy and, is svelte might thrive on EVO by Natura. An active indoor/outdoor cat might do well on Wilderness by Blue Buffalo. Other good choices for the active pet might be one of the Canidae or Felidae varieties, which contain a higher calorie count as well.

2. Functional Treats:

My treat motto: they must be nutritional and serve a purpose. In the case of an athletic cat or dog, I would go with something that is protein rich, contains glucosamine/chondroitin, and has omega fats.  My boys do well with Sea Mobility Joint Rescue treats by Ark Naturals

3. H2O - Proper Hydration:

No matter the time of year, busy pets need water. Of course it hydrates but it is also necessary for proper renal function. If your cat does not drink much water, try providing him/her with a variety of bowls (metal, plastic, free flowing, etc.) around the home to see if this makes Felix interested. Or, if they only eat dry food, consider adding water to the food or introduce wet food into their diet.

4. Healthy Supplements:

Joint health is crucial, especially for athletic pets. Adding fish oil such as Dermaquin and a joint supplement like those sold by Pet Naturals of Vermont will provide the joint support your active pet needs. Although our little Olympians keep us busy, we love them, and they—most likely—help trim our waistline as well. As always, keep a close eye on your athlete’s overall health and contact your vet when you need to. They are your pet’s biggest ally.

Bark back! What is your pet’s sport of choice? How do keep your dog or cat full of vigor?