Keeping Fido healthy and fit is an important part of pet parenting, which is why Amira created Derby Dog Park. It’s a great place to let your furry friend explore off leash, meet other dogs and have fun. But exercise isn’t the only way you can help your dog lead a happy, healthy life. Here are some tips for keeping your dog in tip-top shape.
Start With a Healthy Diet
Your dog will be more inclined to play if his diet is healthy. While there are many options out there, not all food is created equal. Check the ingredients and make sure that your dog’s food is packed with real animal protein, fruits, vegetables and healthy grains.
Treats in Moderation
Your dog loves treats as much as you love handing them out. While it’s hard to say no to those sad puppy eyes, moderation is best. Vets suggest that treats make up only 10 percent of your dog’s diet. Smart choices include treats made with real proteins, fruits and veggies. Watch the calorie count. There are plenty of treats out there that are low in calories and as long as they taste good, Fido will be perfectly happy with them.
Don’t Skimp on Vet Visits
Your dog should have a yearly check-up just the way you do. Your vet will help you keep dog’s immunizations up to date and check for any issues that could result in health problems down the line. Health problems that could get very expensive if not caught early. Vets also can advise on the right flea and tick products for your dog.
Dental Health is Good Health
Even the most conscientious pet parent can forget that canines need to take care of, well, their canines. Bacteria can spread from the mouth to organs around the body. Many groomers will also take care of your pup’s teeth, but you also can brush them and offer treats designed to clean teeth and massage gums.
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Exercise can help maintain ideal weight, prevent heart disease and give dogs and their owners time to bond. Take your dog for walks around the neighborhood (a great way for you both to make new friends) and toss ball or Frisbees around. Dogs love to hike and some even like to swim, so take them with you to a lake or state park! If you are an Amira resident, your dog can play every day at Derby Dog Park.