National Pet Wellness Month
By Hungry Bark | October 1, 2020
October is here along with changing leaves and a chill in the air. Along with changing weather, October also brings National Pet Wellness Month. What does this mean for your pet?
National Pet Wellness Month is a great time to learn about all the ways you can help keep your pet healthy and happy. In the spirit of this month, we have put together some tips on how you can help your pets stay healthy and thriving every day of their life.
Brush Your Dog’s Teeth
Dental care in dogs is just as important as it is for us. Excessive plaque doesn’t just lead to bad breath; it can also cause gum infections, tooth loss, and if too severe, can even lead to systemic infections and heart problems.
You can find special toothpaste made just for dogs at any pet supply store. Work slowly to get your dog accustomed to having their teeth brushed. Only use a toothbrush designed for dogs. These are made to fit in all the little crannies in a dog’s mouth, and they have extra-soft bristles.
Chewing is also an important part of oral hygiene for dogs. To maximize this benefit, there are toys meant to help clean a dog's teeth as they chew. Provide your dog with a few of these toys to keep their pearly whites as healthy as can be!
It’s important to make sure you schedule your dog for routine dental cleanings with your veterinarian. They will check for cracked or loose teeth, plaque build-up that brushing can’t remove, and any signs of dental or oral disease.
Make Time For Manicures
Routine nail trims are important. If allowed to grow too long, a dog’s nails will affect their gait and result in problems walking. Dewclaws can wrap around and grow into the skin, and the blood vessels can grow low into the nails making trimming them even more difficult. When trimming nails, keep a styptic pencil or cornstarch handy. It is possible to accidentally nip the quick and cause bleeding. If you feel uncomfortable trimming your dog’s nails on your own, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
Keep Them Fit and Active
Keeping your dog fit is an important part of maintaining their quality of life. Excess weight can place stress on your dog’s joints, causing pain and discomfort. It can also lead to diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Sudden weight gain can indicate a metabolic disorder that may need treatment.
On the other hand, sudden weight loss in your dog could also be indicative of a problem. They may have lost weight due to illness or a problem such as thyroid disease.
Weight gain that creeps on slowly is more likely a sign that your dog is not as active as they need to be and may be eating too much. Start taking your pup out for more walks, or plan times for active play like catch. Your dog will not only be getting fit, they will be bonding with you.
Feed Your Dog Healthy Food
Limit treats, and consider swapping commercial treats for carrots or blueberries. These are low calorie, have health benefits, and dogs love them! Keeping your dog on a high-quality food, like Hungry Bark, will help keep them full and prevent overeating. Hungry Bark is full of superfood ingredients and is slow cooked to preserve the nutrient content of the ingredients used in all recipes.
Some dogs need the added help of a supplement, and that’s okay. Hungry Bark supplement chews are the perfect addition to mealtime or can be used as treat rewards after your dog performs their favorite trick.
What’s our biggest tip? Hang on to what you learn this Pet Wellness Month, and make every month a healthy one for your dog!