Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy!

December 11, 2015

Tips for a Healthy and Happy Dog
Food Dangers and Exercise Needs:



Run, run, run, we're having so much fun!! It's essential to remember our dogs need regular exercise. Most breeds need at least one walk a day. Walks are a great way to keep your dog healthy and happy. Overweight and obese dogs risk serious health issues, including: osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, and liver disease. Lack of exercise also can lead to boredom, depression, and destructive behavior. Walks are a wonderful way for owners to continue to bond with their dogs, the sights and smells give vital mental stimulation and bring happiness. Not only does a daily walk keep your pooch healthy, it's good for you too! 

Our pets can be so adorable when they beg for scraps and they can be lightening quick with their vacuum skills in scooping up any food items that may have fallen accidentally to the floor. Sometimes we may think a little people food won't hurt, unfortunately, depending on the food--it can be potentially life threatening. We have compiled a list of dangerous foods for you to reference:

1. Artificial sweeteners, 
2. Onions
3. Raisins/Grapes
4. Ham
5. Fat
6. Chocolate
7. Dough
8. Chicken/Turkey Bones 
9. Caffeine 
10. Alcohol
11. Mushrooms
12. Stuffing

These foods can cause stomach upset and digestive problems and even more serious issues such as organ damage and even organ failure.  A good example: the sweetener xylitol is recommended by most dentists to help humans keep their smiles healthy, but give xylitol to your dog and you risk very serious organ damage.  

It's a good rule of thumb to only feed your dog foods that were designed and made for dogs. However, there are some exceptions and we wanted you to have options. A small piece of banana every day can give your dog potassium. Other options are: carrots, spinach, peeled apples--but never the core, and my dog even likes cucumbers and watermelon. Every breed is different, remember, always check with your veterinarian first. We want your dog to stay healthy!

Just Say No to Junk Food:
Please don't give your dogs junk food! Chips, candy, cookies, cake, McDonald's cheeseburgers, etc., if it's not good for you, it's really not good for your dog. Even treats made for dogs can be full of unhealthy, fatty ingredients, so please use them sparingly if you use them at all. One or two dog treats a day is plenty! An overweight dog is susceptible to just as many health problems as an overweight human. Rather than giving Fido a treat every time he looks up at you with those adorable big puppy dog eyes, take him out to play or go for a walk or even scratch his belly. Do anything that shows your love for your dog! There are many ways to say
"I love you" to your canine friend but helping him/her put on pounds isn't one of them!
Check out this example of a Dachshund who went from 70 lbs to a normal weight of 30 lbs! Poor guy had to lose 50 pounds!

Obie the dachshund/CNN/YouTube

Our furry friends are constantly bringing joy and love into our lives,  Let's continue to keep them happy and healthy. At Doggy's Big Day we encourage everyone to get their pets out for some exercise. If you find yourself with less time this busy holiday season, we would love to get your dog out on a hike for you!

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