Happy New Year! Are you making resolutions for 2022? If so, why not include your canine companion. After all, Fido will be your loyalest—and most adorable—supporter over the coming year. Here, a Pasadena, MD vet lists some ways to keep your pup in top doggy shape over the next 12 months.
Whether Fido is playful and energetic, or more of a couch potato, it’s important to keep him active. Dogs’ size, breed, and age all factor in to their workout requirements. However, most pups need at least a daily walk. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Good veterinary care is a cornerstone of any great pet care regimen. Most adult dogs should come in at least once a year. However, every pooch is different. In addition to your furry pal’s regular appointments, you’ll also need to watch for signs of illness, and bring him right away in if you notice anything wrong.
We know, Fido would probably just rather knock this one right off the list. However, proper hygiene is just as important for dogs as it is for people. Be sure to brush and bathe your canine buddy regularly.
Dental care is also important, but is often overlooked. The best thing you can do is to brush your furry friend’s teeth. However, if Fido isn’t having it, you can use dental-formula treats and chews, or other doggy dental products, to keep his choppers clean.
Overgrown nails may not sound like a huge deal, but they can actually be quite problematic. Fido may have trouble getting traction, especially on slippery surfaces, and may adjust his stance or gait. That strains his bones and joints. Rips and tears are also possible problems. Keep those claws trimmed!
Proper nutrition will help keep Fido both happy and healthy. Offer your pooch a high-quality food, one that’s appropriate for his age, size, and lifestyle.
Fido’s mental and emotional health are also important. Toys, playtime, and dog park trips will all keep your four-legged buddy happy and entertained this year. Carve out some quality time with your pup every day. Man’s Best Friend is always happiest when he’s with his humans!
As your Pasadena, MD animal hospital, we look forward to offering your pup great care in 2022 and beyond. Contact us anytime!