Your Dog Needs a Healthy Lifestyle Too

We all love our pets to bits! We also expect them to roll around in the mud, in the grass, and in any wet patch on the ground they can find. They put their noses where they shouldn’t, eat things they shouldn’t, and do things that are actually pretty gross, but we love them anyway. That doesn’t mean their health and hygiene isn’t important though! What our dogs eat, their hygiene, and even their exercise routine are all important parts that make a happy, healthy dog.

Here’s everything you need to know about giving your dog a healthy lifestyle:

Their Diet

Regular dog food is typically good for most dogs. If your furry friend has digestive issues, it’s time to seek out vet help! They will be able to diagnose whether something is wrong with your dog, or if it’s just the food. There are also several foods you should never feed your dog. We already know about chocolate, but here is a list of some other bad foods for dogs:

  1. 1Pitted fruits: the danger of these fruits lies mostly in the seed itself, which is rich with cyanide. Cyanide poisoning is a very real threat in this case.
  2.  Grapes: Grapes and raisins are very toxic to dogs and can cause sudden kidney failure. Yikes!
  3.  Onions, Leeks, Chives, Etc.: These foods are dangerous for your pets, as they can cause their red blood cells to rupture.
  4.  Nuts: Most nuts, like almonds, pecans, and walnuts are dangerous not because they are toxic, but because they can tear your dog’s windpipe if they don’t chew them properly! Macadamia nuts can also cause vomiting, disabilities, and lethargy.

Their Hygiene

  1.     Bathing: Dogs only really need to be bathed once every three months. If you over bathe your pet, you can cause skin irritation, and their fur will lose its lustre. Instead, try regular grooming to get the dirt out, or just rinsing them off when they are muddy, instead of bringing out the shampoo. 
  2.    Dental Hygiene: Really, you should be brushing your dog’s teeth every day, or else they can develop Periodontal disease. Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? An alternative to brushing their teeth is to give them dog dental chews that scrape the plaque off their teeth as they eat them.
  3. Clean their Things: Just as we wash our clothes, it’s important to give their things (their bed, their toys, and their collar) a clean every once in a while. This is for your dog’s health, but it’s mostly to keep your home smelling nice and fresh.

Regular exercise is important! For larger, more athletic dogs, this could mean a serious commitment outside, whereas smaller dogs will be okay with a walk around your neighbourhood. For happy, healthy dogs, adopt an appropriate exercise regimen.

Dogs are like children; they need regular, good habits to stay happy and healthy. Unlike children, they won’t grow up to be self-sufficient, so it’s up to you to make sure that their lifestyle is a good one, from what they eat to their hygiene, to their exercise habits. 

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1 comment:

  1. This is an informative post and as the fur mama of two much loved dogs, I thank you for this post! Xo Jonet


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