Encouraging your pup to exercise is usually anything but difficult. In fact, it’s often your canine companion who must encourage you! However, exercise on its own is not enough to keep your dog in good health. You must also feed your pet a healthy diet to keep him or her energized and in good spirits. You should speak with your veterinarian to determine a feeding and exercise plan that will keep your dog active and healthy. Take a look below to find some other helpful diet and exercise tips.
- Diet Tips For Your Dog: The effectiveness of any diet hinges on moderation and balance. Since dogs can’t pick and prepare their own food, it’s up to their owners to know how to read food package labels and assess quality by examining ingredients. Check food labels for a nutritional adequacy statement, which will detail the food’s contents and what age dog it is appropriate for. While ingredients in dog food vary depending on brand and manufacturer, they should always meet the Association of American Feed Control Officials standards that cover protein, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Dogs will require a different diet depending on their life stage, so consult your veterinarian to determine what’s best for your dog.
- Exercise Tips For Your Dog: Many dogs have become used to living a sedentary lifestyle along with their owners. While you’re at work, your pup may be moping around the house, sleeping, or doing anything but exercise. Every morning and evening, you should exercise your dog for at least 15 minutes. Many people tend to think that if their dog has a yard to roam around, they’re getting adequate exercise. However, it’s up to the owner to ensure that the yard is being used to its full potential by providing toys and interaction. Keep your dog healthy by making a point of walking, running, and playing fetch on a regular basis.
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