This is Emmett:
Emmett is my heart.
He is my best friend, and I will do just about anything to make sure he’s living his best, happiest life.
At 13, I consider Emmett to be well… all things considered. At 13, Emmett has hypothyroidism. He has liver problems. He has arthritis and some neuro issues that affect his back legs. He’s mostly deaf, and I’m pretty sure his vision is fading a smidge. Oh, and he has terminal cancer.
And yet, I consider Emmett to be well. I truly do.
So, what does it mean to be well?
You guys already know we love Wellness®, and for the next three months, we’re going to be feeding Emmett our very favorite formula, the Wellness® Core® Grain-Free Ocean. Let’s see if John can find it on the shelf at PetSmart! (To give him credit, the selection IS huge in the Wellness aisle… and I usually do the shopping…)
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Why this food? And what does it have to do with Emmett’s wellness?
According to Wellness®, there are 5 signs of wellness:
- Skin + Coat
- Digestive Health
- Eyes, Teeth + Gums
If you look at each of those five things through the lens of an aging dog, you know each of those five can become problematic in the Golden Years. We don’t want them to be, of course, and we’ll work really hard to combat any problems we can. Hence, this food!
In all seriousness, you guys, over the years of cancer (his, mine, his again), Cooper’s litany of health problems, and so on, it’s become apparent: Good, whole food is the most important thing we can do for our bodies.
For Em, and I think for most aging dogs, those five signs of wellness are particularly important to keep an eye on because they might signify other underlying issues. With Emmett, his skin tends to get dry, especially this time of year, so I love that this food has essential vitamins and minerals and Omegas-3 and 6.
We are sooo lucky (knocking on wood as I type this) that Emmett doesn’t have digestive health problems I think that’s a clear sign that this food is helping keep his digestion regulated because my sweet little angel eats anything. Anything. Last night, no joke, John held up the fortune from a fortune cookie to read it out loud, and Emmett ate it. He must’ve thought John was holding a treat? And when he realized it was paper, you would think he wouldn’t have finished eating it, but nope. Swallowed that fortune whole. So, yeah. Digestive health.
His teeth and gums are also something I’m keeping a close eye on because they’ve experienced a lot of wear-and-tear over the years. With the calcium and phosphorus in this food supporting his oral health, I’m less worried (though we still do brush his teeth… to his chagrin…). That said, his chompers are in great shape for his age!
With his energy, any support I can give him, I will. That’s why he’s been going to acupuncture, among other things. But with Wellness Core, he gets a balanced blend of high-quality proteins, grain-free carbohydrates, and select fats to help him thrive.
Finally, immunity. OK. This is one where we’re struggling a bit, so I’m thrilled to give him additional support with the antioxidant-rich fruits and veg in this food. Having been on chemo for over two years now, his immune system works overtime to keep up. He’s had a low-grade, chronic infection that hits his, um, boy part every couple of months. It is what it is, and we’re working with our vet on the best approach… but any additional support, like what this food provides, is tremendously valuable to us.
So, that’s the 5 signs of wellness through the lens of an aging pup!
I really do believe that Emmett is well because he’s happy. His eyes are clear. He has moments of dashing around the yard followed by naps, and he still pushes like crazy to be in the thick of things, to be cuddling on people, to be playing in the yard, to be walking around the neighborhood. He’s just so full of life! So full of wellness!
And we’ll keep on doing the very best we can for him!
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A big, huge thank you to Wellness for allowing Emmett to experience the 5 signs of wellness with the Core line!
Finally, I’d love to know in the comments… which of the 5 signs of wellness are you focusing on for your pup? Is there one you struggle with? Or maybe one that your pup has in the bag (like a lustrous, shiny coat)?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wellness. The opinions and text are all mine.