Responsible dog owners are always on the lookout for their pups by making sure they practice preventative care including annual vet visits, watch for dental disease, and are aware of their dog’s nutrition and wary of overfeeding. Daily play, exercise and access to great toys and the occasional romp with friends at doggie day care for a change of scenery is also important too.
Partnering with your dog for a healthy new year
Our pets parallel ourselves in many ways. Great benefits in health, nutrition and activity level can be had by both you and your canine this new year. Here are 3 steps you can take to make this a successful new year for you … and your dog.
1. Schedule health checkups now
No matter if it is an M.D. or a licensed veterinarian, the purpose is the same. Do you feel healthy, or are you just getting used to a new norm for pain or discomfort? Do you think your doctor will be critical of your habits? Is the fear of an exam getting you to put off that annual exam? Fido can’t dial the phone for both of you, so give the gift of preventative medicine by making an appointment for both of you today. Exams, blood tests, dental care – they are there to ensure you are in top physical shape and optimum health for years to come.
2. Surround yourself with the best
Consider your pet’s mental, physical, environmental and nutritional needs. For Fido, search for pet care providers such as a trainer, vet, pet sitter, day care or dog walker and assemble this team based on the values you choose for your dog’s wellbeing. And as for you – look for people, places and things that add to you. Look at where you are, who you spend your time with and the activities you engage in. Assemble your own team that adds to your energy, creativity and helps you reach your full potential.
3. Fuel yourself for work and play
Three Dog Bakery at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township asked the question “How can I be sure my dog is eating something delicious, healthy and safe?” Three Dog Bakery has consulted with vets, breeders, pet shop owners, pet lovers and held their own in-house focus groups and determined that ingredients make the difference – using healthier ingredients means healthier, more energetic dogs. Natural sweetness and vitamins come from such ingredients such as apple, cranberry, blueberry, and honey, just to name a few. The rules apply to the human snacks as well. Food truly is fuel. Do an honest assessment of what is in your cupboard or fridge as well as whether your lunch and dinner comes on a plate on in a paper sack.
“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” – Author unknown