Your dog’s diet can have a huge impact on how they feel, how they look and even how they behave. A high quality diet can help manage your dog’s weight, maintain a strong immune system and can help to keep joints and muscles healthy.
Dental health is extremely important for dogs and can result in serious illness if basic dental hygiene advice is not followed. Plaque and tartar can build up and cause receding gums, loose teeth and even bad breath! The easiest way to care for your pet’s mouth is to brush their teeth at home with a pet friendly toothpaste. For help and advice please consult your vet.
Every breed is different and the amount of exercise they require can vary, but regular exercise can benefit your dog in a number of different ways. Bursts of physical stimulation during walks are a great way to release excess energy meaning that your dog can be much more relaxed and sleepy at home.
Dog walking isn’t just good for dogs! It’s a great form of exercise and it keeps people trim and healthy too. It can also help strengthen the bond between you both. During the winter months when there is less daylight make sure your dog has a light reflecting collar and any clothing should also be visible in the dark, especially smaller breeds. A waterproof coat will also ensure their own fur does not absorb the cold and rain.
A routine health check by a veterinary surgeon is recommended on a regular basis. These visits to the vet can significantly improve the early diagnosis and treatment of issues which may impact on your dog’s health. It’s also a great opportunity to talk to your vet about what vaccines and parasite protection your dog may need.
Sleep is a dog’s best friend, so even if your dog enjoys rolling in mud, there should still be a clean bed to snooze in after! Shake bedding outdoors regularly to remove loose hairs and dirt and hoover any remaining dirt. We recommend to clean towels and blankets weekly, to keep fleas and odours away.
Long haired breeds will need more grooming than a short haired breed, but all dogs should get used to being groomed and handled regularly. Combing your dog’s fur helps prevent matting and removes dirt that builds up during play. It’s also a good opportunity to check the skin for lumps, bumps and parasites. Try to check your dog’s eyes and ears for anything irregular and keep an eye on their paws too. If you wash your pet at home, use a mild dog shampoo with warm water.
Dog’s love to chew but this can turn into a disaster if it’s your favourite pair of shoes! This kind of behaviour could mean your dog is bored, so try using toys which will keep them occupied for longer. These can be durable long lasting toys made of rubber which can be stuffed with their favourite treats, where your dog has to try and retrieve the food inside. This is a great way to reduce anxiety related behaviours when you have to leave your dog alone for part of the day, by distracting them with a mentally stimulating task.
No dog is the same, and they often have quite different nutritional needs. Vitamin supplements are a great way to give you peace of mind that your dog is receiving all the nutritional support they need.