Just like humans, dogs can be prone to gaining weight in the winter. Causes range from metabolic changes as the temperature drops to behavioral causes like less activity due to reduced time outdoors. We’ve got 5 tips to help improve your dog’s health and help them live happier, longer and more active lives.
- Revamp your dog’s diet.
While a chubby pup is adorable to look at, obesity in dogs is actually a serious medical concern. Help your dog maintain a healthy optimal weight by feeding whole, nutritious foods.
Give up processed doggy treats in exchange for clean-label ones. Use simple healthy ingredients like turmeric which helps with weight loss and healing inflammation. Choose leaner meat options to tone down on unsaturated fats.
A lot of pet parents have switched their dogs to a strict vegan diet. If you are thinking of doing the same, check with your vet first and ensure you supplement your dog’s vegan diet with healthy supplements to fill any nutritional void.
- Exercise and more exercise
Exercise not only burns calories, but it is also a great way to bond with your dog. Switch off the TV, grab a leash and take your dog out for walkies.
Build a mini obstacle course in your backyard. Schedule time to train and exercise your dog every day. Even 10 minutes a day provides mental stimulation and consistency that goes a long way toward keeping your dog happier and more relaxed.
- Consider massage therapy
Canine massage therapy is a holistic way of improving your dog’s moods and health. A soothing massage can calm even the wildest of pups.
Invest in quality canine massage products like Pup Wax to provide a soothing, restorative experience. Ensure the products carry natural ingredients like argan oil and coconut oil. These ingredients nourish your dog’s skin and coat without any adverse side effects.
- Improve your dog’s quality of sleep
Though dogs sleep fewer hours than humans, they still need quality slumber to rejuvenate their body and mind.
Exercise your dog in the daytime and feed them a proper meal towards the evening.
If your dog struggles to sleep, play some soothing music to calm them and induce slumber. Yes, many dogs also love music!
Give back and belly rubs as soft music plays in the background. Your dog will be in slumber land before you know it!
- Simply spend more time with your dog
Life can bombard us with busy schedules and responsibilities that can make it hard to set aside time to bond with pets. Try to be more intentional in how you spend time with your dog.
Take your dog with you when running errands if possible. Spend more time at home cooking or reading with your dog. Check out your local parks together.
Time to act!
You can improve your dog’s quality of life just by making the above simple changes. What other activities can you do with your dog? Write them down so you’re more likely to stay committed to the changes – and then take action!