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Tips for a Happy Healthy Pup

Here are 7 tips to help you ensure that your pup stays happy and healthy.
Paisley Hansen Feb 29, 2020
Your dog is more than just a pet. He’s a beloved member of your family. His well-being is a top priority. You want to do everything that you can to ensure that he’s cared for and well-loved. It takes more than just feeding him, providing water, and giving him a comfortable place to sleep.

Feed a High-Quality Diet

Just like people, dogs need a well-balanced diet. The quality of the food you feed him plays a role in his overall well-being. If he’s lacking in any nutrients, he may become lethargic or more susceptible to illnesses. He may be faced with poor skin or coat quality.
You need to understand the nutritional needs of your dog. Pay attention to the ingredients in his food and make sure that his dietary needs are being met. He’ll feel better, have more energy, and look much better, too.

Get Plenty of Exercise

Being overweight can increase your dog’s risk of developing serious health problems. To keep him at a healthy weight, and reduce his risk for health issues, he needs regular exercise. Take him for long walks around the block. Get outside and play catch. Go to the dog park and let him run and play with other dogs.

Groom Regularly

Dogs don’t need to bathe nearly as often as people, but regular grooming is essential to your canine companion’s health and well-being. In general, dogs need baths once every 3 months. Your dog’s activity level, coat, and skin type will play a part in how often he needs a bath.
In addition to bathing, your dog should be brushed regularly. Long-haired breeds benefit from daily brushing while short-haired breeds can get by with a brushing every few days. While grooming your dog, you should also clean his eyes and ears and trim his nails.
Grooming is also the perfect opportunity to check your dog for different issues. You can spot cuts, unusual discharge in dogs eyes, or other issues that you might otherwise miss. This allows you to get treatment right away to help your dog before the issue gets worse.

Schedule Routine Vet Visits

Regular vet visits are essential for your dog’s health. Your dog’s vet is trained to spot signs and symptoms that you might not notice, which allows for early diagnosis and treatment of a variety of issues. Your dog can receive important vaccines and get flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.

Provide Mental Stimulation

Dogs need mental stimulation. Without it, they’re likely to get bored. If your dog is bored, he’s more likely to become destructive. You might come home and find your favorite pair of shoes chewed up or a chair ruined. Provide him with problem-solving toys.
Take him on a new path during your walk or bring him along for a ride when you’re running errands. New smells, challenges, and stimuli help to keep his mind active and allow him to explore new things.

Create a Safe Space

Sometimes, even the most loving and active pup needs to get away from everything and have a little alone time. Whether you have new people in the house, the vacuum is running, or he’s just feeling overwhelmed, a private space gives him somewhere to go where he knows he’s safe.

Give Plenty of Love

Dogs just want to be loved. Let your dog know you love him every chance you get. Give him pats when you walk by. Play tug of war or catch together. Snuggle up on the sofa at the end of the day. When you show your dog love, he’ll give you plenty of love in return.
Your dog is an important member of your family. Taking steps to ensure that he stays happy and healthy is important not just for his physical well-being but his mental and emotional well-being, too. Provide for your pet and he’ll give you plenty of love and wonderful memories.