WHOLE HEALTH CHALLENGE

During the month of April, we’ll be providing tips to help you get started on your pet’s whole health journey. Learn more about our Whole Health Approach here Learn More

Our Whole Health Challenge is designed to help you improve your pet's wellbeing.

Learn more about each tip below and follow @petco on Instagram to be a part of our community of pet parents who are committed to Whole Health.

WEEK 1

Taking basics up a notch

WEEK 1

Taking basics up a notch

Cat giving high five to person
Mental Health Social Health

Teach them a new trick

What you need to know:
Sometimes we just need a solid high-five, especially when taking on a new challenge! Your pets are no exception. High-fives get your pet to concentrate, help reduce anxiety and strengthen the connection between you and your pet. It's just as stimulating as running laps but a lot easier to do within the walls of your home.

Learn this new trick:
Count how many high-fives your dog or cat can do in a row before getting a treat.

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What you need to know:
Sometimes we just need a solid high-five, especially when taking on a new challenge! Your pets are no exception. High-fives get your pet to concentrate, help reduce anxiety and strengthen the connection between you and your pet. It's just as stimulating as running laps but a lot easier to do within the walls of your home.

Learn this new trick:
Count how many high-fives your dog or cat can do in a row before getting a treat.

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Dog getting teeth brushed
Physical health Accessible health

Start a dental hygiene habit

What you need to know:
Take the bite out of their bad breath. Even though most dogs and cats show signs of dental disease by age 3, there are proven ways to help keep their teeth and gums healthy—from 30 seconds of daily brushing to offering them specially designed toys and treats.*
*Source: Packaged Facts ""Pet Oral Care Services and Products in the U.S."" 3rd Edition, 2018.
Learn these new tricks:
Dental hygiene is all about habit. Turn brushing their teeth from something you do once in a while to a two-to-three-times-a-week routine.

To take on teeth-brushing at home, check out solutions speficically designed for pet oral care. Or you can always schedule a grooming service to have one of our trained professionals brush your pet's teeth.

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What you need to know:
Take the bite out of their bad breath. Even though most dogs and cats show signs of dental disease by age 3, there are proven ways to help keep their teeth and gums healthy—from 30 seconds of daily brushing to offering them specially designed toys and treats. *
*Source: Packaged Facts ""Pet Oral Care Services and Products in the U.S."" 3rd Edition, 2018.
Learn these new tricks:
Dental hygiene is all about habit. Turn brushing their teeth from something you do once in a while to a two-to-three-times-a-week routine.

To take on teeth-brushing at home, check out solutions speficically designed for pet oral care. Or you can always schedule a grooming service to have one of our trained professionals brush your pet's teeth.

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Find The Right Solutions
Dog getting nails clipped
Physical health Accessible health

Clip their nails

What you need to know:
When's the last time your dog got a pedicure? Overgrown nails can cause pain, infection and injuries for your pet. Not to mention they sound like they're tap dancing on hardwood. A trim at least once a month should do the trick.

Cats, on the other hand, get claw maintence by scratching. But that doesn't bode well for your furiniture. There are a few things you can do here: trim your cat's nails, get claw covers or provide alternative scratching surfaces such as scratching posts.

Learn these new tricks:
We can help you learn how to clip your pet’s nails at home

Not into clipping their nails? Schedule an appointment in the Petco Grooming Salon.

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Dog sitting next to box of food
Physical health Accessible health

Fill their bowl with quality nutrition

What you need to know:
Nutrition is the foundation of your pet's physical health. Consistently feeding them the same high-quality food can do everything from increase their energy to improve their skin and coat to strengthen their immune system.

Learn this new trick: To help your pet experience these benefits, keep them on their nutrition routine by signing up for our Repeat Delivery service. Then you can play fetch with your pet while we go and fetch their tried-and-true food. You create your delivery schedule and have the ability to change delivery or cancel anytime. You'll always receive the lowest price available at Petco and free shipping, plus you'll earn 5% back automatically with Pals Rewards.

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Find The Right Nutrition | Sign Up Now
Cat being cuddled
Mental health Home health

Set up a safe space

What you need to know:
We aren't the only ones who benefit from our own personal bedroom oasis. Creating a special safe space for your pet gives them a place to rest and recharge to stay healthy. The average cat spends about 15 to 20 hours a day sleeping, while the average dog sleeps between 12 and 14 hours a day. Finding the right bed is important for their wellbeing, and knowing when to replace the one they have is just as important.

Learn these new tricks:
Part of creating the ultimate place of safety and security for your pet is considering their sleep needs. Does your dog have joint issues that could benefit from an orthopedic bed? Does your cat need a bed that will fit in their favorite high-up perch?

When thinking about replacing their bed, consider: Are there rips and tears? Are their paws hanging over the edge? Can your older dog comfortably get into their bed? Has it been six months to a year since the last replacement?

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Shop Dog | Shop Cat
Dog getting claws clipped
Physical health Accessible health

Clip their nails

What you need to know:
When's the last time your dog got a pedicure? Overgrown nails can cause pain, infection and injuries for your pet. Not to mention they sound like they're tap dancing on hardwood. A trim at least once a month should do the trick.

Cats, on the other hand, get claw maintence by scratching. But that doesn't bode well for your furiniture. There are a few things you can do here: trim your cat's nails, get claw covers or provide alternative scratching surfaces such as scratching posts.

Learn these new tricks:
We can help you learn how to clip your pet’s nails at home

Not into clipping their nails? Schedule an appointment in the Petco Grooming Salon.

Read More
Learn More
Dog sitting next to box of food
Physical health Accessible health

Fill their bowl with quality nutrition

What you need to know:
Nutrition is the foundation of your pet's physical health. Consistently feeding them the same high-quality food can do everything from increase their energy to improve their skin and coat to strengthen their immune system.

Learn this new trick: To help your pet experience these benefits, keep them on their nutrition routine by signing up for our Repeat Delivery service. Then you can play fetch with your pet while we go and fetch their tried-and-true food. You create your delivery schedule and have the ability to change delivery or cancel anytime. You'll always receive the lowest price available at Petco and free shipping, plus you'll earn 5% back automatically with Pals Rewards.

Read More
Find The Right Nutrition | Sign Up Now
Cat being cuddled
Mental health Home health

Set up a safe space

What you need to know:
We aren't the only ones who benefit from our own personal bedroom oasis. Creating a special safe space for your pet gives them a place to rest and recharge to stay healthy. The average cat spends about 15 to 20 hours a day sleeping, while the average dog sleeps between 12 and 14 hours a day. Finding the right bed is important for their wellbeing, and knowing when to replace the one they have is just as important.

Learn these new tricks:
Part of creating the ultimate place of safety and security for your pet is considering their sleep needs. Does your dog have joint issues that could benefit from an orthopedic bed? Does your cat need a bed that will fit in their favorite high-up perch?

When thinking about replacing their bed, consider: Are there rips and tears? Are their paws hanging over the edge? Can your older dog comfortably get into their bed? Has it been six months to a year since the last replacement?

Read More
Shop Dog | Shop Cat

WEEK 2

Step it up by trying something new

WEEK 2

Step it up by trying something new

Woman doing yoga with dog
Mental health Physical health

Work it out

What you need to know:
Pet stress is real, and this anxiety can manifest as your cat grooming excessivly or peeing outside the litter box, or your pup panting, pacing or excessively barking. And like with us, these high stress levels can negatively impact a pet's overall well-being. It's easy to feel burned out, but turning your pet into a workout partner can result in a true win-win for everyone.

Learn this new trick:
Downward dog, together. Try an at-home, pet-friendly workout routine, from push-ups with your pooch to crunches with your kitty.

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What you need to know:
Pet stress is real, and this anxiety can manifest as your cat grooming excessivly or peeing outside the litter box, or your pup panting, pacing or excessively barking. And like with us, these high stress levels can negatively impact a pet's overall well-being. It's easy to feel burned out, but turning your pet into a workout partner can result in a true win-win for everyone.

Learn this new trick:
Downward dog, together. Try an at-home, pet-friendly workout routine, from push-ups with your pooch to crunches with your kitty.

Read More
Learn More
Person handing bowl of food to cat
Physical health

Build a better bowl

What you need to know:
Sometimes our pets deserve an elevated meal—and not just for the tastiness factor. Building a better bowl using minimally processed toppers or broths can also have nutritional and emotional benefits for your pet, including improvement to their skin and coat health as well as increased vitality and energy.

Learn this new trick:
Try the Right Food Finder tool to make sure you're putting something delicious AND nutritious on your pet's menu—based on their age, health and preferences.

You can also visit your local Petco to chat with our nutrition specialists about building a better bowl.

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What you need to know:
Sometimes our pets deserve an elevated meal—and not just for the tastiness factor. Building a better bowl using minimally processed toppers or broths can also have nutritional and emotional benefits for your pet, including improvement to their skin and coat health as well as increased vitality and energy.

Learn this new trick:
Try the Right Food Finder tool to make sure you're putting something delicious AND nutritious on your pet's menu—based on their age, health and preferences.

You can also visit your local Petco to chat with our nutrition specialists about building a better bowl.

Read More
Find the Right Nutrition
Cat sitting beneath person playing guitar
Mental health

Make your pet the DJ

What you need to know:
Bark if you like Bach. Meow if you like Mozart. Whether you need to soothe them with a sonata or pump them up with a waltz, music can work wonders for your pet. Researchers discovered that not all dogs like the same genres, but soft rock and reggae can create a relaxing vibe and increase their heart rate variability, a sign of decreased stress.

Learn This Trick:
Experiment with tastes and create a playlist tailored just to them that will have your pet feeling calmer or even bopping to the beat.

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Learn More
Dog playing in tunnel outdoors
Mental health Home health Physical health

Out-of-the-box fun

What you need to know:
Turn work from home into wag from home. Finding new ways to play with your pet (even from the constrains of an apartment) can be mentally stimulating for you both. Interactive games are good for tickling their minds, while physical games can help maintain joint health.

Learn this new trick:
Try an at-home DIY agility obstacle course. Cat parents can create kitty tunnels, A-frame ramps and poles to dart around using cardboard boxes, water bottles and furniture. Dog parents can create hurdles using old brooms, shower curtain rods or pool noodles. Start low and go only as high as is safe for your dog. When in doubt, ask your vet.

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Learn More (Dog) | Learn More (Cat)
Cat sitting in grass
Physical health Home health

Prevent Pests

What you need to know:
Fleas may be small, but they can be a HUGE problem. It takes only 30 days for 10 fleas to become an infestation of 250,000 on your pet and in your home. Not only that, fleas can trigger allergies in your pet, cause anemia and may even carry tapeworms. There are many defenses against these pests, but the most important one is prevention.

Learn these new tricks:
To help keep your pet happy and healthy, put them on a year-round flea preventive plan to help protect them from outbreaks that may occur in your area.

You can also use our free weather tool to see the pest threat level in your area.

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Learn More and Shop Now
Cat sitting beneath person playing guitar
Mental health

Make your pet the DJ

What you need to know:
Bark if you like Bach. Meow if you like Mozart. Whether you need to soothe them with a sonata or pump them up with a waltz, music can work wonders for your pet. Researchers discovered that not all dogs like the same genres, but soft rock and reggae can create a relaxing vibe and increase their heart rate variability, a sign of decreased stress.

Learn This Trick:
Experiment with tastes and create a playlist tailored just to them that will have your pet feeling calmer or even bopping to the beat.

Read More
Learn More
Dog playing in tunnel outdoors
Mental health Home health Physical health

Out-of-the-box fun

What you need to know:
Turn work from home into wag from home. Finding new ways to play with your pet (even from the constrains of an apartment) can be mentally stimulating for you both. Interactive games are good for tickling their minds, while physical games can help maintain joint health.

Learn this new trick:
Try an at-home DIY agility obstacle course. Cat parents can create kitty tunnels, A-frame ramps and poles to dart around using cardboard boxes, water bottles and furniture. Dog parents can create hurdles using old brooms, shower curtain rods or pool noodles. Start low and go only as high as is safe for your dog. When in doubt, ask your vet.

Read More
Learn More (Dog) | Learn More (Cat)
Cat sitting in grass
Physical health Home health

Prevent Pests

What you need to know:
Fleas may be small, but they can be a HUGE problem. It takes only 30 days for 10 fleas to become an infestation of 250,000 on your pet and in your home. Not only that, fleas can trigger allergies in your pet, cause anemia and may even carry tapeworms. There are many defenses against these pests, but the most important one is prevention.

Learn these new tricks:
To help keep your pet happy and healthy, put them on a year-round flea preventive plan to help protect them from outbreaks that may occur in your area.

You can also use our free weather tool to see the pest threat level in your area.

Read More
Learn More and Shop Now

WEEK 3

Prepare for Long-term health and happiness

WEEK 3

Prepare for Long-term health and happiness

Dog jumping into water
Physical health Social health

Lose pounds, gain years

What you need to know:
Research links leaner pet weight to to a longer life. Unfortunately, 50% of pets are overweight,* but shedding some pounds can increase your pet's life span. There are many things you can do to get your pet back in shape, from finding the right diet to incorporating more physical exercise into their daily routine.

Learn this new trick:
Use Petco's weight management tool and infographic to find out if your pet is at their ideal weight. Based on their results, you'll see recommended solutions to help them slim down, including food, treats, portion control, slow feeders, toys and supplements. Play is at the heart of most bonding moments between pets and their parents, so break out the new toys and have some fun while helping them become their healthiest self.

*Source: A 2018 Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) clinical survey.

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What you need to know:
Research links leaner pet weight to to a longer life. Unfortunately, 50% of pets are overweight,* but shedding some pounds can increase your pet's life span. There are many things you can do to get your pet back in shape, from finding the right diet to incorporating more physical exercise into their daily routine.

Learn this new trick:
Use Petco's weight management tool and infographic to find out if your pet is at their ideal weight. Based on their results, you'll see recommended solutions to help them slim down, including food, treats, portion control, slow feeders, toys and supplements. Play is at the heart of most bonding moments between pets and their parents, so break out the new toys and have some fun while helping them become their healthiest self.

*Source: A 2018 Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) clinical survey.

Read More
Learn More and Shop Now
Woman petting a cat who is wearing a cone
Accessible health

"Insure" lifesaving care

What you need to know:
Pets are part of the family. And pet parents do everything they can to help keep their dogs and cats happy and healthy. Pet insurance can help you afford costly lifesaving care and gives you peace of mind knowing your pet can receive the help they need.

Learn this new trick:
Protect yourself and your pet against the unexpected by checking out Petco Insurance. Designed to give pet parents peace of mind, Petco Insurance plans start as low as $1 a day. You can receive guidance from certified vet professionals and pet health consultants for no extra charge and visit any vet, specialist or emergency clinic in the U.S.

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What you need to know:
Pets are part of the family. And pet parents do everything they can to help keep their dogs and cats happy and healthy. Pet insurance can help you afford costly lifesaving care and gives you peace of mind knowing your pet can receive the help they need.

Learn this new trick:
Protect yourself and your pet against the unexpected by checking out Petco Insurance. Designed to give pet parents peace of mind, Petco Insurance plans start as low as $1 a day. You can receive guidance from certified vet professionals and pet health consultants for no extra charge and visit any vet, specialist or emergency clinic in the U.S.

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Sign Up
Person hand-feeding dog
Physical health Mental health

A vitamin a day…

What you need to know:
Just like us, dogs and cats can benefit from incorporating vitamins into their health and wellness routines. But while nearly 80% of humans take supplements, only 20% of pets do. Pet supplements can not only alleviate existing issues, incorporating them into your pet's routine can help guard against maladies like joint disease, poor skin and coat health, anxiety, stomach and intestinal health and immune system problems.

Learn This Trick:
Consider your pet's age, breed, health and nutrition when deciding which supplements are right for them. When looking at vitamins and supplements to help your pet, always look for quality ingredients from trusted manufacturers.

Read More
Shop Dog | Shop Cat
Dog poking head out from pile of clothes
Mental health Home health

Soothe with your scent

What you need to know:
Research shows that cats are just as attached to their owners as dogs are to theirs. This attachment can lead to anxiety when you increase your time away from home. As we adjust to post-COVID life, we have to make sure our pets adjust well, too. Dogs may experience fear and distress in your absence, which could lead to extreme escape attempts and self-injury. Cat separation anxiety can lead to your pet destroying things in the home or licking themselves so much they lose hair or develop sores.

Learn this new trick:
Find an old T-shirt, wear it all day to mark it with your scent, and then gift it to your pet. Your scent can be comforting and help reduce your pet's stress while you're away. Just don't try this trick with friends.

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Learn More
Cat being examined by vet
Physical health

Protect their health

What you need to know:
Parenting a pet means protecting them from harm. Vaccines are a vital part of keeping your dog or cat healthy. They prevent them from catching diseases that can have long-term effects and even turn fatal. It's better to get ahead before bigger problems develop. Kittens and puppies are advised to start vaccines as young as 6-9 weeks old. Pets 1-10 years old should be visiting the vet yearly for physicals, samples and vaccines. Most senior pets should visit the vet twice a year for vaccinations as needed, as well as tests and exams to make sure their health is in good condition.

Learn these new tricks:
Visit Petco full-service vet hospitals where you can access a range of services for an afforable price, all conveniently located inside your local Petco. We also have Vetco vaccination clinics where you can access state-licensed veterinarians and professional staff for no visit fee.

Read More
Book Now
Person hand-feeding dog
Physical health Mental health

A vitamin a day…

What you need to know:
Just like us, dogs and cats can benefit from incorporating vitamins into their health and wellness routines. But while nearly 80% of humans take supplements, only 20% of pets do. Pet supplements can not only alleviate existing issues, incorporating them into your pet's routine can help guard against maladies like joint disease, poor skin and coat health, anxiety, stomach and intestinal health and immune system problems.

Learn This Trick:
Consider your pet's age, breed, health and nutrition when deciding which supplements are right for them. When looking at vitamins and supplements to help your pet, always look for quality ingredients from trusted manufacturers.

Read More
Shop Dog | Shop Cat
Dog poking head out from pile of clothes
Mental health Home health

Soothe with your scent

What you need to know:
Research shows that cats are just as attached to their owners as dogs are to theirs. This attachment can lead to anxiety when you increase your time away from home. As we adjust to post-COVID life, we have to make sure our pets adjust well, too. Dogs may experience fear and distress in your absence, which could lead to extreme escape attempts and self-injury. Cat separation anxiety can lead to your pet destroying things in the home or licking themselves so much they lose hair or develop sores.

Learn this new trick:
Find an old T-shirt, wear it all day to mark it with your scent, and then gift it to your pet. Your scent can be comforting and help reduce your pet's stress while you're away. Just don't try this trick with friends.

Read More
Learn More
Cat being examined by vet
Physical health

Protect their health

What you need to know:
Parenting a pet means protecting them from harm. Vaccines are a vital part of keeping your dog or cat healthy. They prevent them from catching diseases that can have long-term effects and even turn fatal. It's better to get ahead before bigger problems develop. Kittens and puppies are advised to start vaccines as young as 6-9 weeks old. Pets 1-10 years old should be visiting the vet yearly for physicals, samples and vaccines. Most senior pets should visit the vet twice a year for vaccinations as needed, as well as tests and exams to make sure their health is in good condition.

Learn these new tricks:
Visit Petco full-service vet hospitals where you can access a range of services for an afforable price, all conveniently located inside your local Petco. We also have Vetco vaccination clinics where you can access state-licensed veterinarians and professional staff for no visit fee.

Read More
Book Now