Follow these healthy dog tips to keep your dog active and happy.
Healthy Dog Tips
Our family has one dog. He is a Cocker Spaniel named Cooper. We adopted him 9 years ago from the Humane Society.
We believe that Cooper was a couple of years old when we got him so that places him in the 11 to 12-year-old range now.
For the most part, Cooper still looks and acts like a much younger dog. The only way you can really tell his age is by looking at his eyes.
We have noticed the Cooper has slowed down. Not just on walks but we have noticed that his metabolism has slowed down too.
This has gotten us to adjust is dog food to meet his current needs.
Here are the tips that we recommend to keep your dog healthy and active for a very long time.
Healthy Dog Tips
Daily exercise -It is important that your dog gets daily exercise.
Some people might have a doggie door, which allows their dog to go out and run around in the yard whenever they want.
However, most people need to let their dog out or even put them on a leash for them to get any exercise at all.
We walk Cooper everyday rain or shine snow or ice.
He is less tolerant of the heat so we have noticed in the warmer months that he only takes short walks.
Dog safety – Part of keeping the dog healthy and active is to make sure they are safe.
If you are going outside, make sure to have them on a proper leash.
If it is dark, make sure you or your dog has reflective clothing or lights that can be seen by passing motorist.
Lots of water – Make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water.
This is easy to remember in the summer when your dog is hot and pants a lot, but it is just as important that they have plenty of water in the cold months too.
Check out this water dispenser we made for Cooper.
Yearly Check-ups – Take your dog to the veterinarian once a year to get a checkup.
The vet will perform all necessary tests and keep your dog up-to-date on their immunizations.
Check their dog food – Give your dog food a reality check.
Does the food meet the dog’s needs? Since Cooper’s metabolism has slowed down, we have switched his dog food
How do you keep your dog healthy and active?