I’m often left disappointed with myself in how I handle the health of my dog. Whether it’s clipping his nails as often as I should or taking him to the vet often enough, I worry that some day down the road it’ll catch up to me and I’ll be quite sad that I could’ve prevented an illness or an injury. In fact, it’s one thing to let your own health do that, but it’s another entirely to not fully care for an animal that you willingly chose to get, whether you adopted it or bought from a breeder.
So it’s no surprise that I could also be a bit better about brushing my dog’s teeth. I’m not the best about doing my own, but at the very least I could buy him specific treats that self clean while he’s eating them. And maybe they have good nutrients within, who knows! All that matters is the fact that you’re going out of your way to care for an aspect of an animal’s health that most people don’t think about.
But maybe that’s the solution. Maybe it’s the fact that I need to take better care of my own teeth and suddenly I’d care more about his. Or maybe it’s the opposite. Maybe by taking care of his teeth, I’d learn to have a better appreciation for my own.
No matter the case, I’m often left wondering what will happen if I don’t enact some good change soon. Life definitely isn’t as long and prosperous as many make it out to be if you don’t have the money or connections that some people have. It can be rough, and if you’re not doing the right things in your everyday life, well, things as precious as health can get away from you and your family pretty quickly.
So, I don’t ever want to jeopardize someone else’s health all because of my actions. Heck, typing this up has inspired me to go out and buy some dental snacks for my pup and a special brush to clean off some of the tartar that has clearly been built up in the back row of his teeth. I know he may not like the experience at first, but at the very least we’d be on a better routine than we currently are. From there, things get better. Things always get better. That’s just a constant rule in life.
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Whenever I notice my health starting to slip up, I try to look back on a reason why I let it slip in the first place. Was it the fact that I just didn’t take the time to eat healthy and to take the right vitamins? Was it not trying enough to prevent a flu that was going around my friends and family, and so I just didn’t take the right steps in sanitization? Or maybe it was something deeper?
Typically, it’s the last of those things. More often than not, we get stressed with the little things in life, and so then our health is compromised because of that stress. Not only is it the physical toll stress takes on our body, it’s the fact that we drop every other good habit we’ve got going and end up eating poorly, not brushing our teeth, not taking our vitamins, or whatever else it may be. Often, it’s not one of these things that happens to be our health’s downfall either. It’s a compounding effect that’s going on, it’s not making the time to do it all right. And when one thing goes down, they all go down. It is basically the perfect recipe for falling ill, and there is no other way about it.
So, when it comes to my dental health slipping up, I feel like I don’t have as many excuses. Even if I’m stressed or overwhelmed by something in life, I should be able to make time for a two minute brushing in the morning and another two at night. I should have zero excuses for not flossing when that, too, only takes two hours.
I think I’m starting to realize that all it takes in life to be healthy is a little care and time towards the body, but a little more time than that towards mental health and emotional health. If your emotions are strung out and your mind is constantly under pressure, you’re going to let your body deteriorate without even realizing it. It’s a sad cycle, but it’s one that so many people don’t even realize is happening right in front of their very eyes. And oftentimes, families let it happen to one another. No one holds the other accountable, and so everyone gets sick. Everyone suffers a little bit and no one realizes it’s a deeper rooted issue. If we all started taking mental and emotional health a little more seriously, we’d be well off.