It’s a dog’s life but why should that idiom have to mean a miserably unhappy existence? A dog’s life is awesome because you get to sleep a lot, chase wildly after small creatures, and get endless cuddles. Being a dog is great . . . that is if their owner it taking care of their health.
So let’s talk about how you can give your pup a healthy life the natural way because who doesn’t love natural remedies to improve health? Often they are cheaper, safer, and in many cases a necessity.
Stopping Bad Behavior
Bad behavior is the root of many harms and dangers that can come your pup’s way, so let’s find out how to prevent it.
Follow this one easy rule. Never yell and certainly don’t hit, only give food as a reward for the first two years, and if they are little whiners that just want your attention, just stay silent and ignore them. Yelling, and even telling them no” when they are pitching a fit only tells them that’s it working. I know the food one is tricky, but it helps reinforce training and discipline because they only get food then. Stick to it for the first year and just watch how great it works.
Summer Time Heat
When temperatures start rising, it’s important we take steps to keep our pups safe. First, their feet are sensitive and can easily burn on hot pavement — always place your hand and hold it down for 20 seconds on any surface that you think would burn your skin if it touched. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pup’s paws.
If they out in the yard, make sure they have a shady place they can take cover because they can get sunburn and overheat just like us.
Last, make sure your dog always has constant access to water, especially on those hot summer days. Dry mouth, panting, and loose skin is early signs of dehydration. If you see this, you need to get them water fast. You can pour Pedialyte into their water to replenish their electrolytes faster.
If you haven’t heard about CBD yet, it’s an extracted oil taken from hemp plants that have a lot of people raving about its health advantages. You frequently see pet owners giving their pups CBD oil for separation anxiety, seizures, arthritis, and even cancer.
CBD is able to help with all these different medical conditions because it simply promotes and boosts a person’s or animal’s natural defense systems. These defense systems control everything from anxiety to preventing bad inflammation to ensuring that cells are dying after dividing so many times to prevent them from mutating and causing cancer. CBD popularity is growing quickly and if you’re interested in giving your dog CBD vets are are a great people to talk to.
It’s always a good idea to stay on top and groom regularly, but don’t worry, you don’t need to give them a bath every week, in fact, that would dry their skin out too much. Instead, bathe them every month or so.
Brushing is more important, and don’t think that just because you have a short hair pet that they won’t shed like crazy — try and brush your pup every 2-6 weeks depending on breed and time of the year.
Last, remember to keep their nails trimmed as well as they can splinter if they get too long. You’ll want to cut just above the quick (blood vessel) which can actually grow to the tip of the nail if it gets too long — this requires slowly cutting back the nail reducing the quick to normal over time.
Keeping Teeth Clean
It’s time to throw away the toothbrush! Well, your dog’s toothbrush not your own. Bones are nature’s toothbrushes, and it awesome to see your dog freak out and fall in love with something that’s cleaning their teeth.
Bones are also a great source of calcium, protein, and rich in other essential nutrients.
Bully sticks are great because they aren’t even technically bones, so they don’t splinter and aren’t hard enough to crack a tooth, but they are durable enough that they scrape tartar off their teeth without cutting their gums in the process.
Time for one of the more pleasant topics on our list. Kidding aside, ear infections suck for both you and your dog. They smell terrible, will drive your fur nugget up the wall, and can cause inflammation and yeast infections.
Breeds with floppy ears are notorious for dirty ears and you really want to monitor it weekly. Infections take a lot of time and work to get rid of so cleanings can happen frequently (up to every other day), but that’s if you can get them to stay still long enough. And of course, the big breeds have to have the floppier ears.
The easiest and safest way if using a silicone syringe along with natural ear cleaner to break up waxy build-up deep in the ear canal.
You should also consider a medical insurance for your pet in case of situations like this.
Above we talked about bones being a great source of calcium and protein, so how about we throw some healthy fats into the mix. Doing this will create a balanced diet and make sure we aren’t missing any areas of their nutrition.
To do this, we can supplement in fish oil or hemp oil. Both are high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, hemp oil has omega 9s as well — 9s aren’t essential like the other two, but they provide health benefits to cardiovascular health. These healthy fatty oils are great for improving skin conditions, reducing inflammation, and lowering cholesterol.
Hemp oil can actually be used as a carrier oil in CBD oil instead of coconut and other MCT oils. If you end up purchasing CBD oil for your dog, look to see if it has hemp oil for added health benefits.