8 TOP TIPS FOR DOG WELLNESS

As responsible pet ‘paw-rents’, it’s our duty to ensure our dog’s well-being and happiness. Just like humans, dogs require a holistic approach to wellness that encompasses physical, mental, and emotional aspects. In this blog, we’ll explore some essential dog wellness tips to help your furry friend live their best life.

 

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1. Nutritious Diet: The Foundation of Health

A well-balanced and nutritious diet is the cornerstone of your dog’s overall wellness. Consult with your Vet to determine the appropriate diet based on factors such as age, breed, size, and health condition. Opt for high-quality dog food that meets their nutritional needs, and consider adding fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snacks.

Our Nutritionist, Sara, deems it essential that your dog’s food is 100% complete and balanced, read more in our blog. Adequate hydration is also crucial, so always make sure your dog has access to clean water.

Find your dog’s favourite nutritional recipe by taking our quiz.

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2. Regular Exercise: Keeping the Tail Wagging

Dogs thrive on physical activity, and regular exercise is essential for maintaining a healthy weight, promoting cardiovascular health, and preventing behavioural issues. Tailor the exercise routine to your dog’s age, breed, and energy level. Whether it’s a brisk walk, a game of fetch, or a visit to the dog park, find activities that both you and your furry friend enjoy.

Dogs that get regular daily exercise have a reduced risk of becoming obese. Obesity is reported to be one of the main welfare concerns for dogs in Great Britain, as approximately 50% of dogs are estimated to be either overweight or obese (Buckland et al., 2014, German et al., 2017 Courcier et al., 2010). There are plenty of benefits for the owner too!

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3. Mental Stimulation: Enriching the Mind

A mentally stimulated dog is a happy dog. Engage your pup’s brain with interactive toys, puzzle feeders, and training sessions. Teaching new tricks not only strengthens the bond between you and your dog but also provides mental exercise.

Consider rotating toys regularly to keep things interesting and prevent boredom for dog wellness. They will gain greater enrichment from new environments and stimulants on a regular basis (Hunt, R. L., 2022). Check out our blog for more ideas on how to keep your dog entertained indoors and keep that tail wagging!

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4. Routine Veterinary Care: A Preventive Approach

Regular check-ups with the Vet are crucial for early detection of potential health issues. Keep up with vaccinations, dental care, and parasite prevention. Discuss with your Vet about a suitable vaccination schedule and any breed-specific health considerations. An annual check-up with the Vet will help to identify any risk factors for future problems so you can ensure dog wellness.

Ensure your dog is a healthy weight and be careful not to give them too many treats, look at the ingredients carefully to check they are nutritionally sound. Our Naturally Meaty Treats are sure to be a hit!

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5. Grooming and Hygiene: A Spa Day for Your Pooch

Regular grooming not only keeps your dog looking and smelling good but also contributes to their overall health. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your dog. Brush your dog’s coat to prevent matting, check their ears for signs of infection, and trim their nails regularly. Maintaining dental hygiene is also essential, so consider brushing your dog’s teeth or providing dental chews.

We know that bath time isn’t for every dog, but sometimes it is essential to maintain a fresh scent for your fluffy companion. Brush your dog before the bath to remove the worst tangles and excess hair and then pop them in some lukewarm water. Shampoo as necessary with a rinse and then get them dried with a towel as soon as you can after. They’ll thank you later!

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6. Quality Sleep: Recharging the Batteries

Just like humans, dogs need adequate sleep to stay healthy and happy. Provide a comfortable and quiet sleeping area for your pup, and ensure they get enough rest. A cozy bed in a quiet corner can become your dog’s retreat for relaxation.

Try to establish a bedtime routine by using soothing sounds and regular prompts to indicate it is time for bed.

If your dog is struggling to get some rest and showing signs such as pacing, this might indicate some pain or discomfort and you should consult with your Vet.

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7. Socialisation: Friends Furever

Dogs are social animals, and positive interactions with other dogs and people are crucial for their emotional well-being. Arrange playdates, attend dog-friendly events, and expose your dog to various environments to help build their confidence and reduce anxiety.

If you have got a puppy be sure to get them used to all kinds of situations with different adults and children. The more your puppy sees the more relaxed and confident they will become.

It’s never too late to socialise your dog, grab their lead and get them out today!

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8. Love and Affection: The Ultimate Wellness Booster

Last but certainly not least, shower your dog with love and affection. Regular cuddle sessions, belly rubs, and playtime strengthen the bond between you and your dog, creating a positive and supportive environment for you both!

Dog Wellness is a walk in park

Caring for your dog’s wellness involves a combination of mindful nutrition, regular exercise, mental stimulation, and, above all, love and attention. But we’re sure it will come naturally to all pet parents. By incorporating these tips into your dog’s routine, you’re not just ensuring their physical health but also contributing to their overall happiness. A happy and healthy dog is not just a pet; they are a cherished member of the family, bringing joy and companionship to your life.

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