If you are lucky enough to be a dog parent, you know just how wonderful your furry family members are. They greet you as though you have been gone for hours even after you have just left the room for a moment (hello, object impermanence). Their day is made if you take them outside. And, if you throw a ball or two – pure happiness. Since your dog is such an important part of your life, you want to do everything you can to give it the best life possible.
Here are some tips to keep your best friend happy and healthy.
Give your dog supplements.
Whether young or old, supplements are beneficial for your canine companion. They are similar to daily vitamins for humans. As dogs age, however, the advantages of taking chewables such as joint supplements for dogs become much clearer.
Daily soft chews with Glucosamine HCI and Chondroitin Sulfate may aid in muscle recovery and overall physical performance for your dog. Additionally, they help with joint lubrication and maintaining healthy cartilage for easier mobility.
You can use these flavorful chews that your dog will surely enjoy as a treat when they have been an extra special good girl or boy.
Make annual vet appointments.
Going to the veterinarian is just as important for your dog as it is for you to get an annual well check each year. Your vet is a fresh set of eyes who will medically assess your furry friend to determine their health and wellness.
Annual visits are the best time to update vaccinations and boosters, purchase city tags, and obtain the necessary paperwork for boarding and kennels. In addition, the face time you will have with the vet is the perfect time to talk over any questions or concerns you have regarding your dog’s health or behavior.
Prioritize daily exercise.
Maintaining physical activity is not only vital for humans, it is essential for dogs, as well. They need daily activity to stay physically healthy. Daily physical exertion is as good for dogs’ hearts as it is for their minds.
When your dog is actively engaged physically in play, they are also mentally engrossed in the task at hand. It is an opportunity to work with all parts of the body. A well-exercised and worn-out dog means that they will not have excess energy that they need to work out later when they are bored and alone. They will be more satisfied and relaxed, too. If you are able, try to run or play with your dog in the morning so that they can expend some pent-up energy before you leave for work.
If your dog already knows their training basics, take it to the next level and try your hand at teaching them some new tricks. Dogs enjoy the mental agility of tricks just as much as physical activity. Here is a video guiding you on how to teach your old (or young) dog new dog tricks.
And, after all, spending time with your beloved dog benefits you as much as it does them. Go ahead and take them out for some fresh air and exercise. When you get back inside, give them their daily supplement chew. As a bonus, when your dog gets exercise, so do you. It is a win for everyone.