A new year’s resolution you can keep — one for your pet!

Resolve to be a better pet parent in 2021 with better quality, community-focused foods treats & toys

Introduce new foods to your pet gradually so they have time to adjust. A Pet’s Life has raw food treats that are a great place to start!

Introduce new foods to your pet gradually so they have time to adjust. A Pet’s Life has raw food treats that are a great place to start!

Resolving to exercise and eat healthy is a great idea, but it’s hard to break bad habits. That’s why it’s much more fun to make healthy choices for someone else — even better if it’s a pet that can’t argue!

Chad McMillan and the team at A Pet’s Life are ready to help with all your animal-based new year’s resolutions by phone, online, and in-store at 2019 Cadboro Bay Rd.

Good food reduces shedding, other issues

Investing in better pet food isn’t just about losing weight — quality ingredients help your pet feel better, and make daily care easier.

“The balanced nutrients and better ingredients can help pets with health problems like digestion or dry skin, and can mean less shedding and less poop,” McMillan says.

And while quality foods are more expensive, cheap kibble may not save you money overall. A better diet could mean less vet bills, and McMillan says you can expect to feed less — so that bag of food will last longer.

“A 50-pound dog may eat three to four cups of a cheaper kibble, but will only need one and a half to two cups of quality food. The foods we carry have better ingredients and less fillers, so it’s more satisfying,” he says.

For most animals, raw is the easiest to digest. And McMillan says there are plenty of options to keep things clean and convenient.

“All our foods are balanced, complete meals filled with vitamins and minerals as well as great quality protein,” he says. “Many raw foods and treats look like patties or kibble, so they’re easy to handle. We also have freeze-dried raw meals for convenience — just add water when it’s dinner time.”

Afraid of the cost? You can start by supplementing your pet’s main kibble diet with a bit of raw food. With any food change, McMillan says it’s important to move gradually so your pet has time to adjust. And all food is 100 per cent guaranteed, so you can return unused bags if your pet won’t eat it.

“You can start with a few raw treats — they’re much healthier than the old-fashioned treats, with far less empty calories. Adding a bit of raw to your pet’s diet is a great way to get started with raw foods.”

For you and the community

Improving your pet’s diet isn’t the only way you can resolve to do better in 2021.

If your new year’s resolution is to be more environmentally conscious, order from A Pet’s Life’s online store — over half of their orders are delivered by bike courier!

McMillan is also working hard to find ethically sourced toys made from sturdy, recyclable materials.

“We have stuffies made from certified organic cotton, chew toys made from recycled pop bottles and 100 per cent natural cotton rope toys. We’re constantly improving our selection of local and Canadian-made toys and food suppliers.”

This January the store is giving away small bags of Horizon pet food for pets to try! Call the store for more information or visit A Pet’s Life on Facebook or Instagram to learn more.

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Set up a recurring order so you never run out of pet food, and add a treat or toy for your furry friend. Convenient, local shopping at A Pet’s Life.

Set up a recurring order so you never run out of pet food, and add a treat or toy for your furry friend. Convenient, local shopping at A Pet’s Life.

A Pet’s Life now has an online store and free delivery across Victoria! Shop local and shop online, or call the store to place an order.

A Pet’s Life now has an online store and free delivery across Victoria! Shop local and shop online, or call the store to place an order.

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