For the first five years of our marriage, our dogs were the only (fur) babies we had and we definitely treated them (and still do!) like our kids. I mean, what's not to love about a dog? They're faithful, fun, loving, and somehow know exactly when to comfort you when you're feeling down. As a proud dog owner, I feel that it's my duty to keep my pups as happy and healthy as possible. For this blog post, I've partnered with FreshPet to share with you my tips on how to keep your dogs happy and healthy!
If you have any other tips you want to share, I'd love for you to leave them in the comments below!
Put Your Dog on a Nutritious Diet
When our dogs were just puppies we learned that one of the most important ways to keep them healthy (and their stomachs happy) was ensuring that they were on a nutritious diet. Our dogs have very sensitive stomachs and a grain allergy. We have tried a couple of dry and wet dog foods over the years but nothing beats our pups love for FreshPet's Tender Chicken Recipe for Small Breed Dogs. We mix this with their dry food and they absolutely love it. Whenever we tried to introduce wet food into their diet in the past, they usually had a bad reaction. Luckily for us, FreshPet doesn't upset their stomachs at all. Probably because FreshPet never uses any pre-processed meat powders, “chicken meals,” or by-products – just real 100% US farm raised meat. Basically, it’s the next best thing to a home cooked meal for your pet – simply all-natural meals that are easy to serve straight from the fridge. Trust me, if your dog eats healthy nutritious meals, you'll definitely notice a positive change in their coat, nails, and overall mood.
Exercise Your Dog Regularly
We love taking our dogs on walks and playing with them in our backyard. It's a no-brainer that exercise is important for your pups. But did you know it's not just physically beneficial for them it's also emotionally beneficial? Exercising your dog regularly, whether it's going for a walk, throwing the ball in the backyard, or taking them to a dog park -- exercising your dog can help with behavioral issues such as hyperactivity, barking, and even digging. Learn more from WebMD about why it's important to raise a canine and not a couch potato (LOL. Bryan came up with that one!).
Properly Groom Your Dog
We have morkies (Maltese + Yorkie) and they require more grooming than the average dog because of the type of breed and hair that they have. Not only do we have to upkeep their nails and teeth but we also have to ensure they are properly groomed every couple of months. Otherwise, their hair would be in their eyes and dragging on the floor. Believe it or not, our dogs love going to the groomers and always come home 10-times happier after a fresh cut and bath. Proper grooming isn't just for small hyper-allergenic dogs...our Great Dane also loves going to the groomers and she enjoys her favorite groomer, Sheila. So make sure you are properly taking care of your dogs grooming needs, like ensuring a healthy coat, trimming their nails regularly, and monitoring their teeth health.
Befriend Your Veterinarian
One of the biggest tips I can give you is to befriend your pet's veterinarian. We did this when we lived in San Diego and we've also done it here in Arizona. We loved our veterinarian in San Diego and had such a good relationship that it was important we find the same once we moved back to Arizona. After reviewing various vets on Yelp and Google, and testing out 2 other places, we finally found a vet that we love. Remember you're allowed to be picky and try different places that meet you + your pups need. I truly believe that it's important to go to a vet that you trust and love. Our veterinarian knows all of our dogs by name and gives us tips and information on how to properly care for our dog. If we have questions, she's the first person we call (even before Googling it!) because we know she has our dogs best interest at heart.
Thanks to Freshpet for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the developing company, and/or its affiliates, in any way. Check out Freshpet refrigerated pet food, made in small batches with fresh ingredients and no artificial preservatives, for a difference you can see and your pet will feel.