5 Tips for Healthy Dogs

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Spring is here and lots of people seem to catch a little bug this time of year in addition to allergies getting worse.  For me, I always take a lot of different steps to keep my own health in tip top shape but I also do the same with my dogs.  It's not actually hard for me but there are just a few things I make sure I prioritize when it comes to keeping my dogs healthy and happy.

Avoiding Other Dogs
This may sound odd at first but let me clarify what I mean.  If I know the dog and the owner then I usually don't worry about germs and bugs but if it's a stranger's dog, I try to keep my dogs away from them.  I don't know if they currently have a bug or what might be going on with them.  Dogs can definitely catch germs from each other and for me, if one dog gets sick, they can all get it then it's a huge hassle.  If I go to the veterinarian with any of my dogs I never let them touch noses with other dogs.  I don't know what the other dog is there for and what issues they could have.  I also don't do doggy daycare because I actually am afraid of the germ potential (I sound like a nutty mom don't I?) but also my dogs are well socialized with dogs already  and I obviously have more than 1 dog so that helps too.

Strict Treat Options
Some people give their dog any kind of treat they can find.  I tend to stick with the same brands and ingredients of the highest quality.  Then I never have to worry about anything upsetting their little tummies and resulting in a huge mess for me to clean up if something doesn't sit well with them. 

Immune System Boosters
Just like some of us take vitamins everyday to help build our immune system, there are things that you can give your dog everyday to help boost theirs.

Solid Gold SeaMeal Boosters from Chewy are a really good way to give your pooch a big dose of USA-sourced seaweed which is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants.  This helps support healthy skin and coat as well as immune health.  Stomach and skin issues often go hand in hand so digestive enzymes are added to these soft chews which are gobbled up by my dogs at every meal. It's always so important to take simple little steps like this to make a big impact in the long run when it comes to your dog's health.        

Avoiding Human Germs
People can't really catch "dog germs" but dogs can catch people germs.   When I'm sick or if someone that's sick comes to my house I make sure they know to not let the dogs lick their dirty hands or lick their mouth or face.  And if I'm sick I make sure my dogs never have even the slightest opportunity to get ahold of dirty tissues or any germ laden items of mine.

Even in the cold weather, Rocky gets a short walk while he wears a warm jacket.

Exercise, Eating, and Water
My dogs are always well hydrated and I make sure to engage them in physical activity every day whether it's them chasing each other around or me taking them for short walks.  And when it comes to food they are always fed a high quality dog food brand with plenty of vitamins and nutrients that they need for everyday health.

Do you take steps to keep your dog healthy and away from germs or am I just a crazy dog lady?

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