I’m sharing #NUTRO in my life as part of a NUTRO™ sponsored series for Socialstars™
I may not be a veterinarian or a dog expert, but I am a dog owner who loves her dog to the moon and back. Is it unreasonable that I want her to live forever and ever? My dog is my fur-baby, my only child, my slightly spoiled and very well-loved best friend.
Little did I know that when we adopted our Daisy dog from the animal shelter in late October almost 8 years ago, that we would be adding so much love and joy to our lives. I can only hope that I enrich her life as much as she enriches mine.
It is my goal to keep my dog as healthy and happy as long as possible. After all, she keeps me healthy and happy too! Did you know dogs make humans healthier in dozens of ways? Dogs fight depression and loneliness, they enhance mood, keep you active, improve heart health, contribute to lower blood pressure, help lower cholesterol, and can add to a stronger immune system.
So how do I keep my dog healthy?
My Goals For Keeping My Dog Healthy
When we first moved to our house, we didn’t have a fenced yard. She no longer had free roam of the backyard like she was used to. So we made a promise that we would walk her in the morning and the evening without exception. Now that our yard is fenced, we still keep our promise about the daily dog walks. Even on the chilliest of days in the winter, our dog gets at least one (short) walk!
Beyond daily walks, we also stay active with our dog all year-round. My husband frequently takes our dog backcountry skiing in the winter. She loved the snow, she also goes skijoring and snowshoeing with us. In the warmer seasons, we take her hiking, camping and throw the Frisbee in the park. Exercising is key for dogs!
There is no shortage of playtime in our dog’s life! We keep her mind active with dog toys, especially the puzzle ones! We also take her to the dog swimming pool and lakes in our area so she can swim and fetch in the water.
Playtime is different than exercise because it doesn’t always need to be a workout for our dog. Sometimes it is as simple as practicing her commands or going to an agility course. Playtime is a unique challenge and fun for all!
My dog doesn’t love the vet, what dog does? Although it pains me to take her for her yearly visits, I know how important they are. We keep up to date on her vaccinations and she gets her vitals checked. This is important to me because I want to know as soon as possible shall something be wrong with her. Routine vet appointments are necessary for a dog’s well-being!
Don’t forget the dentist! Taking the dog to the doggie dentist is also important. Our dog has been a number of times. Every time we go they say she has teeth as healthy as a puppy! I am glad she goes regularly because the dog dentist discovered she had broken a tooth one of the last time we visited. It was probably painful for her, even though she wasn’t showing signs. Luckily, we could fix it right way. That is why it is so important to keep up with dog dentist appointments!
There are a lot of dog food brands out there. It is my responsibility to know which are good and which not-so-good. I check the labels of the dog food like I would check the labels of my human food. I look for words like non-GMO, clean, grain-free, soy-free, corn-free, wheat-free, protein, natural… I look for less ingredients, not more. Limited ingredient diets are easier on a dog’s tummy.
Dog food that is high quality is often more expensive, but it is worth the extra price. My dog’s health is worth all the money in the world! Although, I know by feeding her good dog food now, we will be saving money later down the line in doggy healthcare.
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