It’s that time of year again: are you ready with your new year’s resolutions? Don’t forget your pets — after all, goals aren’t just for us humans. The beginning of a new year can also mean a fresh start for dogs who need a shakeup in their routine. When more than half of pets in the US are tagged as overweight, it’s the perfect time to commit to a healthier food and exercise routine for our dogs. Does your work schedule or other responsibilities get in the way of daily dog walks? Pet Peeps has got you covered, DC! Schedule a paw-some dog walk today.
Want more ideas for new year’s resolutions? Here are some examples that can help you make this year your dog’s healthiest and happiest yet:
Choose age-appropriate dog food
As puppies grow into adult dogs, they have specific nutrient requirements that ensure they have enough to grow strong and healthy. This advice also applies to senior dogs who may have medical issues such as joint disease. While older dogs might need less calories, they still require food that is tailored to their condition or life stage in order to stay in optimal health.
Measure your dog’s daily food intake for each meal
A lot of us are guilty of “eyeballing” our dog’s food and not relying on measurements, usually leading to weight gain and avoidable overfeeding. Take a measuring cup and follow the recommended feeding guidelines given to you buy your vet whenever you have to feed your dog. It might add a few more steps to your routine, but it’s the most effective way to make sure your dog isn’t taking in more calories than they need. Remember that senior dogs and those who have been neutered tend to have lower caloric needs than puppies or those who haven’t been neutered, so it’s best to feed them less.
Practice good oral hygiene with your pet
Brushing daily is the best way to ensure tartar and plaque don’t plague your pet. Just make sure that you use toothpaste that’s safe for your pets! Treats developed to fight tartar, water additives and dental diets are also helpful in keeping teeth in tip-top shape. Aside from these, routine cleaning by your vet is the most recommended way to keep your canine’s canines (get it?) clean and strong long into their senior years.
Try a fun, new activity
Whatever hobby you’re interested in, from yoga to jogging, people-watching to swimming, it’s easier than ever for pet parents to include their dog in their physical activities. It’s a fantastic way to bond and both owners and dogs are able to benefit from healthy habits. Many groups of like-minded dog owners meet up to exercise as well, so it’s a great way to meet new people too.