How To Keep Your Dog Healthy in Colder Weather

Healthy dogs in winter timeIn most parts of the country, colder weather is upon us. So when it gets to be colder weather, we need to ask ourselves, how do we keep our pets and dogs healthy when cold weather strikes?

Should you live in a part of the country that never gets cold, consider you and your dog lucky! However, even in areas where it is always warm, there are weather events; rain, hail,wind and even very dry or humid air can affect your dogs health.

But colder weather seems to have more of an effect on dogs than other types of weather. Colder weather usually keeps us and our best friends inside more than warmer days or months.

It takes more effort to get our own coats, jackets, gloves and boots on to take our dogs outside in the winter than in the summer. And if there is snow, we have the added problems of wetness, cleared walking areas, salt and dirt debris and much colder weather. So how do we keep our dogs healthy when it gets colder? Read more How To Keep Your Dog Healthy in Colder Weather

6 Ways to Know if You Have a Healthy Dog

healthy dogMost dog owners want their dog to be healthy and happy. But how can a dog owner know if you have a healthy dog without going to the vet? Here are 6 easy ways to check to see if yourdog or puppy is healthy and happy.

 

1. Check Your Dog’s Hair, Coat and Skin

One of the most important things about your dog is their coat! A healthy coat of hair should be shiny, glossy and pliable to the touch – no dry and brittle hairs. The hair should also be free from any dandruff while the overall coat should be complete; no bald spots or places where the hair is thinning excessively. Read more 6 Ways to Know if You Have a Healthy Dog

Why It’s Important to Walk Your Dog

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What dog doesn’t love a daily walk? Outdoor physical activity, like dog walking, is not only important for a dog’s physical health, but it’s great for a pup’s emotional well-being too. Here’s a look at why it’s a good idea to get the leash out and take Fido for a stroll.

Weight watching

As with humans, inactivity can lead to a dog packing on the pounds. Dogs need daily exercise to keep their digestive system running smoothly and to prevent constipation. Even with a yard to roam in, a dog may not actually run around unless a human companion is out there with a Frisbee or ball, inspiring the pup to play. That’s why a daily walk is important. The appropriate length and pace of a walk depend on the dog’s breed, fitness level and age — but for many dogs, 30 minutes is ideal. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 10 minutes at a brisk pace and 20 minutes of leisurely walking is a good starting point for dogs carrying extra pounds. Read more Why It’s Important to Walk Your Dog