If you live in one of the 46.3 million households in the United States that have a dog there is no doubt that you value puppy and senior dog care. Since 37-47% of families own a dog in the United States it is easy to assume that pet health is common knowledge, but the truth is that most families don’t fully understand the impact their lifestyles and attitudes toward their dogs has on their pet’s health. Here are some easy tips for you and your family to follow this Fall season to make sure you are maximizing your dogs’ health and care.
- 1. As the weather cools down we are approaching the most ideal time to take your dog for a walk. Did you know that dogs are supposed to be walked at least once a day? This ensures that dogs, especially older dogs, stay healthy, trim, and active, which are all aspects that are required to optimize their life expectancy and general wellness.
- 2. Dog owners in the U.S. spend over $20 billion on pet food each year, but many are buying brands that endanger their animal’s wellbeing. Whole proteins, grains, fatty-acids, vitamins, fruits and vegetables, and nutrients should all be found in whatever dog food you buy. Avoid dog foods that are known for adding fillers, like corn and soy, or using chemicals. Dog food is a critical tool for your dog to achieve their best health, so be aware of what your dog’s food is made up of.
- 3. It’s no secret that families are busy, and as Fall is prime time for family gatherings, sporting events, and jam-packed work and school schedules, it is safe to say that this time of year is one of the most hectic. However, don’t let your family forget to give your dog attention and affection. Dogs are extremely emotional creatures who are susceptible to depression and anxiety. In order to keep their minds as healthy as their bodies you must be able to provide your dog with love and company each day. Emotional neglect can be as influential on a dog’s health as their diet or activity, so be sure to cozy up with your pet during these chilly months.
These three simple steps are easy to incorporate with your family this season. Enjoy the crisp autumn air, warm coffee, and quality time with your family and your furry friends.