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Improve Your Pet’s Quality of Life During National Pet Wellness Month
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Oct 1, 2013 - 5:04:41 PM

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - NEW YORK, NY (October 1, 2013) - October is National Pet Wellness month, an educational campaign sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association and Fort Dodge Animal Health, and the perfect opportunity to spend a little time asking the questions and getting the answers about nutrition and diet for your pets.  Education is key, and since it's first year in 2004, thousands of veterinary clinics across the country participate annually.

We Americans are a nation of pet lovers, with over 50,000,000 dogs and 40,000,000 cats in our care.  In 2012, it was reported that over 60% of households owned pets of some kind, and though growth in this area has leveled off, our increasing interest in the health and well-being of our pets has grown significantly.  As we are all becoming more focused and knowledgeable in the importance of our own health, we also are just as concerned with the health of our pets.  Annual checkups, exercise and training, and perhaps most important of all, pet food are critical for your pets health.

"There is a direct correlation between the health and wellness of a pet and what that pet is eating," says Will Post, president of Hound and Gatos Pet Food Corporation.  "Like people, the natural approach to diet is the best way to insure wellness, so when looking for the right foods for your pet, make sure you read the labels.  Ask your veterinarian what foods are best for the breed of dog, a large hunting dog probably will not have the same requirements as a lap dog," says Post.

Here are five facts you might not know about your pet food:


"Determining that what your pet is eating is probably the most significant area of wellness, it is imperative that an owner finds the best food with the best ingredients, and avoids the by-products and fillers that have a negative impact.  Soy, wheat, corn and artificial additives impact the health of your pet, as well as the digestion.  Let's use National Pet Wellness month as a reminder to focus on the year round care of our pets, and help them to live longer and happier lives," says Post.  "As members of the family, they deserve no less."

About Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation

Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation is based in New York, NY. Their mission is to provide the public with high quality pet food options for dogs and cats. Their line of pet foods focus on all quality ingredients that provide maximum nutrition, and avoid all bi-products and other ingredients that would generally be unnatural to a pet's diet. For more information on Hound & Gatos visit the site at www.houndgatos.com.  

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Source: American Animal Hospital Association. Keep Your Pet Healthy and Happy.http://www.healthypet.com/PetCare/PetCareArticle.aspx?title=Keep_Your_Pet_Healthy_And_Happy


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