We all get stuck in our daily and weekly routine with our pups and it takes a little shake up for us to get some new habits started. Hopefully a New Year will be your catalyst! Here are 5 things you can start doing in 2024 to help you and your 4 legged family members have the best year ever.
1) Schedule a regular walking routine with your furry companions and stick with it. Studies show 30 minutes of daily walking can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce body fat, and boost muscle performance. It can also reduce risk of developing some common ailments such as heart disease, and even type 2 diabetes. Those sound like great benefits for humans and dogs!
2) Get a change of scenery away from the house and neighborhood. Who wants to see the same neighborhood and streets every day? I’m sure your dog doesn’t. A walking routine is even better if you get out into the forest or onto a trail. You know…fresh air, reduced anxiety, and lowered blood pressure…for you and your dog. You may have to hop in the car and make a little drive but it will always be worth it. Get out there!
3) Take a hard look at the household diet. Are your dogs always eating processed food from a bag or can? Consider working some freshly made food into the routine. Try to concentrate on high quality proteins and vegetables and cut back on the carbs and starches. Remember some foods (raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate) and spices can be dangerous for dogs so be sure to know what real foods are okay for dogs.
4) No one likes bad breath. So if your dog’s breath is unpleasant and teeth are discolored, it’s not “normal.” In fact, it’s likely a good time for a professional cleaning. Periodontal disease in dogs is a real thing and not uncommon. Regular teeth brushing for dogs is a must. Shoot for brushing your dog’s teeth 3 times per week.
5) Schedule a checkup. Make sure your dog is up to date on the Rabies vaccine. It is also a good time to do a blood sample. Fido won’t like it but those little samples can tell the vets a lot of good information about your dog’s health.