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January seems to be one of the healthiest months as families embark on healthier meals, fitness plans and start taking their health seriously after the holidays. There are ways you can boost your dog’s health this year too! As a part of the family, we’ve been trying to make healthier choices for our Cavalier-Poodle mix, Theodore. Here are some ways we’ve been focusing on him.
Boost Your Dog’s Gut Health:
I preach the importance of gut health to the mamas in my programs, and on this blog, but I admittedly didn’t think about gut health for our dog! Most of us take probiotic pills or powder as a quick way to improve our gut health, immune system and overall good bacteria. Luckily, for dogs, you can just grab the Purina® Pro Plan® Savor® Shredded Adult Dog Food. We got the Chicken & Rice Flavor, and it comes with guaranteed live probiotics to support your dog’s digestive health. Purina® is a brand we’ve used now for quite some time, and continue to use because Purina® is 1st dry dog food brand with real meat as the #1 ingredient.
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Make Friends and More Socializing:
We did some research and found some nearby dog parks to help our dog have more opportunity to socialize and play. Dogs are pack animals, so being with other dogs, playing and learning to relate is actually really important to their emotional well being. Our dog gets a lot of socialization with our family, and we are home a lot with him, but it isn’t the same as being with other dogs. We skip our daily walk sometimes to go to the dog park instead. This allows him to run free, chase, bark and play in a safe environment with other dogs. After taking him to dog parks, I’ve noticed that he is much more content at home, even more so than after our daily walks. Only now, every time we go to the car, he thinks he is coming too.
Maybe A Spa Day Or Just More Brushing:
Because our dog is a Cavalier-Poodle mix, he sure does get tangled and matted easy. We have to brush him daily, or keep his coat shorter (as you can see in the photos!). There are health benefits to brushing your dog too! It eases anxiety, improves circulation to joints and skin, and overall provides similar benefit to massage. Brushing your dog daily can also help you keep some of the shedding under control as well. Brushing on a consistent basis will also allow you to check for any surprise wounds or issues, in addition to bonding more with your dog!
Jump In And Take Them Swimming!
Sure, walks are the standard daily activity you can easily do with your dog, but what about taking them swimming? Many dogs love to swim, or they don’t know they do until they are taught that it is fun! Growing up, we had a Yellow Labrador Retriever, and she was in the water any chance she got. Not all dogs will enjoy this, but the additional exercise is very good for their health, yet super easy on their joints. With the cold fronts hitting many parts of the US, finding an indoor pool, or waiting for things to warm up is completely reasonable. Plan to find places nearby that your dog can swim off leash to give it a try. If you can take them into the salt water, there are some benefits to their coats as well. We have a pool and live near the ocean, so our dog gets to romp in the water fairly often, but he has yet to swim in the pool. It is on my list of activities for him this year to help him get more play and exercise.
Make Healthy, Home-made Treats!
We use Purina treats most of the time for training. But, sometimes offering some extra love and making treats is a great way to boost your dogs health. There are many recipes out there, and a fun fact, I used to bake doggy cupcakes and sell them as a small side business. It was super fun, and I used very basic, clean ingredients like pureed carrots, pureed pumpkin and peanut butter.
January is coming to an end, and this year is starting off healthy for most, so why not bring your dog into your healthy goals as well? As a part of the family, they have health needs just like we do, but often go unnoticed.
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