New Years’ Resolutions for your Dog
We all have our own New Years’ resolutions (which we are hopefully sticking to!), but have you made any for your dog? Most dogs could benefits from these few simple resolutions, complied by us at Groomers.
1. Give your dog a healthier diet. Eating healthier is a typical New Year’s resolution for us humans, but many dogs could do with a better diet, especially after the glut of Christmas leftovers and treats. Resolve to provide your dog with a healthy diet, well balanced and with plenty of nutrients. Try to keep treats to a minimum, and use a food measuring scoop to ensure you are giving your dog the same guideline about of food daily. Remember to consult your vet if you are particularly concerned about your dog’s weight.
2. Give your dog more exercise. Twice daily ten minute constitutionals are simply not enough for many dogs. Resolve to take your dog for long walks at the weekend, and for a game of fetch in the evenings at your local park. If the weather is wet, play inside with your dog as much as possible.
3. Groom your pet regularly. Maintaining a regular grooming routine is vital for your dog’s skin and coat health, and helps promote bonding between you and your pet. Invest in a suitable, good quality brush for your dog, and try to use it a few times a week. While you groom, use this time to check your dog for fleas, over-grown toenails and matts in the coat. Professional grooming is also an important consideration.
4. Maintain good oral health. Bad breath, plaque, tartar and food debris are unpleasant for both you and your dog, and in time can lead to more serious health issues. Resolve to brush your dog’s teeth at least a couple of times a week (or daily ideally), and invest in a toothbrush and toothpaste designed specifically for dogs. Supplement this with dental chews and treats.
5. Update ID information. Have your contact details changed in the past year, or have you moved house? If so, it is important you resolve to update these for your pet. Ensure you update your pet’s ID tag, and contact the online database your pet’s microchip is registered to as well.