By now you may have made your New Year's resolutions. But have you made resolutions that will help make your dog happier and healthier in the year to come? Here are a few easy-to-keep resolutions that will get the new year off to a great start.
Healthier diet: You know how you feel after eating the wrong foods: the feelings can range from guilty (at the least), to bloated, uncomfortable, and worse. If you feed your dog "junk food" or a low-quality diet he may not feel guilty, but it could upset his digestive tract and impact his overall long-term health. So play it safe and make sure you keep him on a healthy diet consisting of food that provides all necessary nutrients for his stage of life. PEDIGREE +® Food for Dogs, for example, has four canned recipes that include Healthy Heart, Healthy Digestion, and Healthy Joints. And if your dog has special health concerns, ask your vet about food that is specially formulated to address his needs.In addition to making wise choices about the food you offer your dog, you should also make sure that he doesn't have access to people food (or toxic substances) that are around your house. And, needless to say, tell your children and guests not to feed your dog table scraps or anything else that isn't part of his healthy diet.
More exercise: Has your dog's lifestyle been on the lazy side? Does he spend more time lying around than running about? It's up to you to get him out and about and active again. The dog park is calling—and it's saying, "Pay me a visit and run, jump, catch, fetch, frolic, and play." And if the weather is cold or rainy, find your dog's favorite toys and engage him in a nice indoor play session. Not sure how active your dog should be at his lifestage? Ask your vet for some advice and guidelines.
Wellness checkups: When was the last time your dog visited the vet's office for a regular health examination? These exams are essential. Even if your dog seems well, your vet can identify conditions in their early stages and suggest appropriate treatment. So if your dog hasn't been to the vet lately for a wellness checkup, make an appointment now. Regular checkups are essential.
Better oral care: Did you know that four out of five dogs over the age of three may develop gum disease?* Most people don't realize the connection between gum disease and general overall health. Studies indicate that the bacteria associated with gum disease may also impact heart, kidney, and liver health. So check your dog's mouth for these telltale signs of gum disease: constant bad breath, red, swollen gums, and difficulty chewing hard food. If you notice these symptoms, tell your vet immediately. Your vet will help you develop a daily oral care routine for your dog. To get your dog started on the road to better oral care, you can feed him PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX® treats every day. This treat has been clinically proven to reduce up to 80% of tartar buildup-a contributor to gum disease-when used as part of a daily oral care routine.†
If you haven't already noticed, these New Year's resolutions for your dog are also ones you could make for yourself: eat better, get more exercise, and see your doctor and dentist regularly. After all, wellness is for everyone in your family, whether they have two legs or four.
*American Veterinary Medical Association
†Average reduction was 47%