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Three Ways To Keep Your Dog Happy & Healthy

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Last Updated on August 2, 2021

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Wagging tails, excitedly peddling four legs, wide smile and bright, loving eyes. Yes! That’s how dogs usually greet you every single time. They are naturally happy animals with the need to always be close to humans. They are not coined to be the man’s best friend for nothing. This wonderful four-legged ball of fur is truly a ray of sunshine with their positive-radiating personalities, whether it’s a tiny teacup chihuahua or a giant french mastiff of a goofball. They come in different sizes, colours, and personalities, but one common thing among them is they love genuinely, and no one can come close to their loyalty.

As pet parents, it is natural that we only want what’s best for our dogs. With these tips, we can help them optimize and enjoy their time with us. Don’t forget to always consult your dog’s veterinarian for regular checkups and vaccinations to ensure that there are no undetected medical conditions that may affect their overall health.

Healthy Diet 

Most dogs don’t have any problems with their appetite and eating habits, just as nature intended. But sometimes, there are pooches who become picky or have too much passion for eating that they become unhealthily nourished or, worst, obese. We, as their humans, are responsible for what they eat, so it is important that we know what is right and healthy for them before we even get them in our life. 

Like children, we should introduce our dogs to healthy eating habits as early as possible to avoid them refusing food whenever it doesn’t appeal to their appetite or eating too much, which can result in unhealthy weight. 

It is also vital that we keep our dog away from food that we humans eat yet are harmful to them, such as grapes or raisin, macadamia nuts, and walnuts, mushrooms, chocolates, (high amounts) of garlic and onions, apple seeds, artificial flavourings and too much salt to list some. 

Supplements

Turmeric

Thanks to its active compound curcumin, turmeric possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that might help support a healthy cardiovascular system, alleviate joint conditions caused by inflammation and even fight cancer

CBD oil

Most dog owners tend to use CBD oil for pain relief, but it also can offer other therapeutic benefits such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-anxiety and anti-nausea effects. CBD is also believed to be useful for relieving various skin conditions, while taking CBD for sleep can promote better rest, therefore helping to improve general wellness.

Cinnamon

This spice is not only commonly used in various baked goods due to its aromatic smell, but it also can help improve brain and heart function and may aid in regulating blood sugar levels. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory qualities that can help boost the immune system and antifungal activity, which might benefit dogs with arthritis. 

Peppermint

Peppermint leaves are a great remedy for digestion. Animal studies suggest that peppermint can help to relax the digestive system and ease the pain from digestive upset. The scent of fresh mint can also help soothe your dog’s nausea, reduce allergic symptoms and even freshen your dog’s breath

However, make sure to consult your veterinarian prior to giving any of these supplements to your fluffy friend.

Exercise

To live a long, happy life as well as protect them from many serious chronic diseases, our fluffy friends need regular physical activity, just like humans. No matter if it is walking, jogging, swimming or hiking, exercising and spending time outside boosts heart health, helps keep the joints healthy and improves your dog’s mental wellness.

There are also many other activities that may serve as an exercise to you and your dog that you can do together, but always consider your dog’s capability and condition before trying any of these.