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Celebrate St. Patty’s Day With Your Dog

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With Your Dog

At first glance, you may not consider St. Patty’s Day a holiday you can celebrate with your dog. Dog lovers—and other people—have never associated this special day with their four-legged friends. But it’s always fun to start a new tradition, especially one that gives us more time with our canine companions. 

St. Patty’s Day means it’s springtime

Look out the window as St. Patty’s day draws near and chances are you’ll see evidence that spring is beginning to displace winter. Depending on where you live, you may see early bloomers popping their heads above the ground, green grass, bluer skies, longer daylight hours, and warmer breezes.

Yes, you and your furry friend have weathered another winter. Now you can stop dreaming about rambling, running, and rambunctious outdoor play—and you can start doing something about it! So, if the sun is shining on St. Patty’s Day, celebrate the season by taking your pooch out for a play session in the dog park, a hike, or just a longer-than-usual walk.

If you’re one of the lucky people who have the holiday off from work, can you think of a better way to spend it?

Strut your stuff at the parade

If your town or city has a St. Patty’s Day parade, you can make this a fun destination for you and your dog. Many dogs love the activity around a parade: many other local dogs will be there, food carts will be making the air fragrant with a wide range of delicious smells, and there’s always something new and exciting to be seen and heard.

If you take your dog to the parade, there are a few important things to remember to make this a fun experience.

  1. Make sure your dog is comfortable in active, crowded, and potentially loud situations.
  2. Keep your dog leashed and close to your side.
  3. Bring everything you need to clean up after your dog.
  4. Pay attention to what your dog is eating—other parade-goers might drop food, or even try to give your dog a snack. Some human food may give him an upset stomach, and other foods can be dangerous for your dog to eat.
  5. Don’t overdo it: pay attention to your dog to make sure he’s not getting too tired.

After reading this, we hope you will see St. Patty’s Day in a new way—as a dog-friendly holiday you’ll both enjoy every year.

  • When Should You Switch Your Senior Dog to Soft Food?

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    As your dog ages, you’ll likely notice changes in your best pal’s energy levels, routine and even muzzle. Older pets may require adjustments to help them get around, exercise and live their best life as a senior. One important aspect of caring for a dog entering their golden years is diet.

    When it comes to diet, every dog has unique, individual needs, regardless of age. So, there's no one easy answer to the question of soft food versus hard food. Both types of food can provide your dog with the nutrition they need — as long as you feed your dog a high-quality dog food that’s nutritionally balanced and complete.

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    Signs Your Senior Dog May Benefit from Wet Food

    If your dog has very specific health concerns, such as aging joints or weight issues, consult with your vet for more information about what type of food best addresses your dog's needs. That being said, there are a few reasons why you may consider switching your senior dog to soft food.
     

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    Teeth Sensitivity

    As your dog gets older, their teeth may become more sensitive, which can make chewing kibble more difficult and even uncomfortable. Switching to a soft food can help to alleviate your pet’s oral discomfort when eating.

    However, if your dog is experiencing serious pain at mealtime from a condition like tooth decay or gingivitis, switching to soft food won't remedy the problem. Make sure you talk to your vet about oral care and dental treatment.

    Digestion Aid

    Digestion begins in the mouth with saliva, so if your dog has a tendency to scarf down meals, they may not be adequately chewing the food or adding enough saliva to it. Soft food can aid with digestion because it's more easily chewed.

    Hydration Help

    It’s no surprise that wet food has a higher moisture content when compared to dry kibble. If your senior pup is prone to urinary-tract issues or simply needs a little help staying hydrated, canned dog food may be a good choice.

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    Slower Metabolism

    Aging dogs tend to have a slower metabolic rate compared to their younger years, which puts them at a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese. Many nutritionally balanced wet dog foods offer high protein content with fewer carbs than dry food, which can benefit older dogs with slower metabolism. Always talk to your vet if you have concerns about your pup’s weight.

    Picky Eaters

    While wet food may be less than appetizing to humans, the opposite is true for dogs! If your aging best friend has started turning their snout up to dry food, wet food tends to be more appealing to picky eaters. Mixing wet food and kibble offers your pup a variety of flavors and textures; try adding wet food as a topper on dry food for a real treat!

    Whether you choose dry food, soft food  or a mix of both, ask your vet before making any transition. And when it's time to switch your dog's food, remember to do it slowly — even if it's the same brand and flavor — to help prevent stomach upset and allow your dog time to adjust.

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