There’s no doubt that your four-legged family member worships the ground at your feet. Find ways to show your gratitude for all of the love that your dog gives you everyday by doing everything that you can to let it know that it’s loved, well-cared for, and special. Here are things that you can do to give your dog outstanding care.
Feed Your Dog Delicious and Nutritious Meals
Many of the biggest brand name dog food companies make their products as cheaply as they can. It’s no wonder that a dog might be less than enthused to find its bowl filled with the dog equivalent of ultra-processed junk food. Imagine how you’d feel if somebody served you the same meal every night, you don’t like it, and it’s not good for you.
Eating is one of the greatest joys in a domesticated animal’s life. Being served something delicious makes them feel happy, important, and loved.
If your dog doesn’t really enjoy its food, you’ve got to make a change. Ditch stale by-product based kibbles and get a food that’s formulated by veterinarians and contains natural ingredients. You could also make your own healthy dog food to serve your dog along with vitamins and a probiotic supplement.
Give Your Dog Drool-Worthy Treats
Special treats are a fantastic way to make your pets day more exciting. Even just the prospect of getting treats makes a dog’s day seem filled with possibilities and things to look forward to.
Stock up on healthy snacks to get your dog’s tail wagging. Get Yak chew treats instead of rawhide because they’re better for your dog’s digestive system. Also, pick out some yummy treats that have oral health benefits.
Keep Your Dog Engaged in Preventive Care
Trips to the veterinarian probably wouldn’t rank high on the list of your dog’s favorite things to do, but being attentive to your pet’s medical care is one of the most important ways to be a responsible owner. Wellness exams and vaccinations will help you stay ahead of some of your dog’s biggest health risks.
A pet insurance plan could make care more manageable in your monthly budget. You can get coverage for preventive care or accidents and illnesses.
Make the Tough Things Less Tough
Vet trips are just one example of some of the necessary facets of pet care that can be anxiety-provoking for dogs. You’re your dog’s greatest source of comfort and support. When you’re making it do something that causes it to be fearful, you can understand why it would cause shock and dismay.
Not wanting to cause your dog distress might actually make an unpleasant experience even more heart wrenching for you than it is for your dog. Nevertheless, you have to be responsible about managing care even when it’s loathsome to you or your canine companion. Don’t skip vet visits, teeth cleaning, or nail grinding because you want to spare your dog from discomfort. Forgoing essential care could ultimately cause your dog to experience acute health concerns that might have been preventable.
Be sympathetic and supportive when your dog is contending with something scary. Make the vet less ominous with encouragement and reassuring physical contact. Tell your dog how brave it is and how proud you are even if it’s acting silly. Consider preparing your dog for travel with a supplement that can reduce anxiety. At home, your dog treats while holding still for toothbrushing and nail grinding. Your support and reassurance can mean a lot to your dog and make it feel less fearful.
Giving your dog the care and support it needs will reinforce your bond. When dogs are happy and feel like they’re an important part of a family, they tend to have good health and longevity. Every day, think about what you can do to make your dog’s day better. Both the little and big things that you do to show your love is going to help it live its best life.