Our dogs provide us with unconditional love and acceptance, even on our worst days. That’s why, as pet owners, we don’t think twice about doing everything we can to ensure our pet’s health and happiness. Whether it’s a spa day, upgrading their food, or adding CBD dog oil to their diet, here are ten tips for supporting your dog’s well-being.
1. Exercise Regularly
Like people, dogs love cuddles, playtime,bacon and exercise. But, just as people, a dog’s body can become weakened due to a lack of exercise.
2. Loosen That Collar
Does your dog wear a collar or a harness? If you say collar, than you need to rethink your choice. Not only is a dog collar a choking hazard when the owner tugs on it, it can also be one when you’re not around. If an overly active dog tries to jump a gate, a tight collar can get caught, leading to a broken neck or death. That is why I suggest a body harness, no matter the size of your dog. A harness is more comfortable on their walks, yet gives them a sense of freedom. It is less invasive, allowing your dog’s head and neck full range to sniff everything it sees.
3. Make Sure There’s Plenty of Mental Stimulation
Dogs spend a lot of time at home, alone, while you are out and about having fun.Dogs like to have fun too. While walking is fundamental, there are many other ways to give your dog mental stimulation. Get a chew toy and fill it with peanut butter. Your dog will spend hours trying to get to that tasty treat inside. Teach your dog some tricks. Toys are great tools to stimulate your dog till you get home. Then it is time for a walk!
4. Yes, Your Dogs Oral Health
We brush our teeth twice a day, but a majority of dogs go through their lives without any dental care. Oral care is a glimpse into the overall health of your pet. They, too, are prone to disease and commonly contract gum infections. Once an infection happens in the mouth, it can spread. As a result, your dog may begin to lose teeth. Furthermore, these infections can travel to the heart, proving to be fatal for your loved one. Try to brush your dog’s teeth every day or give them dental treats and plenty of bones. These chew-able treats scrape tartar off their teeth and plaque off their gums.
5. Feed Them Nutritious Food
Gluten and dairy are top allergens for humans and some dogs have gluten sensitivities. In fact, dogs don’t produce as many digestive enzymes for these foods as their owners do. Therefore, it may be even more difficult for them to digest certain foods than their human counterparts. Many well known food companies use fillers, additives, GMOs and hormone-treated animal feed in their products. Be sure to read the packaging carefully. Opt for foods that use whole grains such as lentils or quinoa, organic vegetables and free-range animals. OR, make your own dog food, but beware of common human foods like onion, garlic and tree nuts can be toxic for your animals.
6. Wash Bowls Daily
We use clean plate and silverware at every meal, so why not our dogs! We expect our dog’s slobbery tongue to lap up food and water from the same bowls every day. You don't need to get a whole dining set of dog dishes, but you should wash their bowls daily. Water is a breeding ground for life, including bacteria. That means the bacteria your dog picked up outside on their tongue travels into the house and into their water bowl. Bacteria sits in stagnant water. Depending on what type of bacteria is festering, your dog can pick up an oral infection. This is why dental hygiene and providing clean bowls are both essential for your dog’s well-being.
7. Treat Them to a Spa Day
How about a mani-pedi for your dog. Overgrown claws are uncomfortable for dogs. They push back into the pads, causing pain and making it difficult to walk. Not to mention they can do a number to your furniture! Be sure to groom your dog according to their fur type as well. Long-haired dogs are especially prone to matting, which collects dirt and oils. Combing out these clumps can be painful for your dog and easily avoided if you keep up with regular grooming. Your dog’s hair also covers up what’s going on with their skin. By grooming your dog, you can see abnormalities such as dry patches. Brushing your dog moves around their natural oils. Just like humans take omega-3 supplements to strengthen their hair, skin and nails, your dog needs healthy oils, too. While they secrete plenty of it, they can use some help moving those oils about. Regularly brushing your dog moves the oils around so more follicles get the benefits. In turn, your dog will have a healthier looking coat.
8. Keep Toxins Out of Reach
Rule of thumb: if you don’t want your kids getting into it, you don’t want your fur kids getting into it either. We take for granted how easily animals may come into contact with toxins in our home. Say they knock over that lemon-scented Pine-Sol. Once it’s on the ground, the enticing citrus smell may cause them to lick it up. Before you know it, you’re on the way to the animal hospital. Harsh chemicals aren’t the only toxins that should cause concern. As we mentioned, some human food may be toxic to dogs as well. There are also other concerns, including alcohol, prescriptions, marijuana, insecticides and even flowers such as tulips and daffodils. Get to know which foods, plants and products are toxic to your dog and keep these items out of your loved one’s reach.
9. Use CBD Pet Products
There is nothing that breaks your dog’s heart more than when you embark on your day. Work seems to last forever to us — it must feel like ten lifetimes to them. These moments of separation may cause emotional distress for your dog and a lot of damage to your furniture. Help support your dog’s well-being with CBD dog treats. Like us, dogs also have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Therefore, CBD pet products may help to maintain your dog’s overall wellness.
10. Regular Vet Trips
No one knows our dogs better than us — except for their veterinarian. The vet can not only help you if your dog is sick but may also be able to anticipate problems before they happen in the first place.By going to the vet regularly, you might discover a minor issue before it becomes a full-fledged problem. Not only will this save your dog unneeded misery, but it can also save your wallet from expensive vet bills down the road. Maybe the reason dogs are called “man’s best friend” is that they are so much like us. We eat some of the same foods, enjoy the same activities and even have similar personalities. Make sure to schedule an annual physical for yourself, and set a date for your dog’s yearly check-up as well!
Stay well, All of you!
Tippy & Ron