7 Ways to Keep Your Pet Happy and Healthy

Peggy Frezon, the author and animal lover, shares her best pet care advice and blessings. 

Posted in , Oct 4, 2021

Peggy Frezon and her dog (photo by Roy Gumpe)

Peggy Frezon, author and pet advocate, has owned dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, hermit crabs, turtles and fish. For 12 years, her expertise in animal care has been an invaluable resource and source of comfort to Guideposts readers. Now we bring you some of our favorite Peggy tips and blogs that will remind you of the delight we can find in God’s creatures.  

  1. A Healthy Smile 

Many pet owners don’t realize that they should be cleaning their pet’s teeth almost as frequently as they clean their own. Peggy shares her best tips for how to safely keep your pet’s teeth nice and clean, even if your pet won’t sit still for brushing.  

Check out Peggy’s 6 tips for healthy pet teeth.

  1. Best Pet Gifts 

Give your favorite furry friends a little something extra with these great products made especially for them. From soft beds to cozy apparel to anxiety reducing toys, Peggy has lots of suggestions for fun pet products that will ease their worries and keep them comfortable.  

See the 7 pet products Peggy recommends. 

  1. Blessings Later in Life 

An animal companion can be a blessing in our lives—no matter our age. Whether it’s a dog, cat, hamster, or a fish, there are a lot of benefits for seniors who care for a pet. From feeling like you are needed to being more active, Peggy shares with us the joys pets can bring us later in life.  

Learn the 10 blessings of having a pet later in life. 

  1. Kitty Exercise 

Though we love to watch our laid-back feline friends snooze in sunbeams or sleep on our laps, being too lazy is unhealthy for them. Getting your cat to exercise can be challenging, especially since you can’t take them out to play fetch. Luckily Peggy has some creative techniques that will help get your feline friend moving.  

Check out Peggy’s cat exercise tips. 

  1. Winter Wonders 

While the winter season brings holidays and cozy sweaters, it can also be a difficult time for people. With less daylight hours and more time inside, some struggle with isolation and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Spending time with our pets can be a fantastic way to find joy, feel connected, and enjoy the cold weather months. 

Read Peggy’s blog on how the joy of pets keeps us warm all winter.  

  1. Creature Comfort 

We may feel like we have an amazing connection with our pets, however it’s not always easy to tell what they are thinking. This can be very difficult when your pet is in pain and is trying to communicate. Peggy dealt with this with her three-year-old golden retriever, Petey, and used the experience to tell us how we can look for signs that our dogs, cats, small pets, or birds need help.  

Learn Peggy’s tips on how to tell if your pet is hurting. 

  1. Guinea Pig Rescues 

Did you know it’s not just dogs and cats that are in need of rescue? Guinea pigs can also be found at pet shelters, looking for their own forever home. For this blog, Peggy talked with Dawn Miklich of Pet Product Review about what to consider—what do guinea pigs eat?—before bringing one of these furry little friends home.  

Check out Dawn’s tips for those considering a pet guinea pig. 

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