The new year means a fresh start on health and fitness goals for the whole family – including your pup! While exercise and diet are important, one of the best (and overlooked) ways to keep your dog healthy and happy is with a customized nutrition plan. These plans are specifically designed by nutritionists, giving you the assurance that your dog is on track to reaching their goals.
The following are some of the most common reasons your furry friend may require special attention and care:
Your dog has anxiety
Does your pup get nervous when traveling or trying new things? If you’re noticing these symptoms often, it may mean your dog has a high level of anxiety:
- Excessive panting
- Destructive behavior
If you believe your dog has anxiety, there are many ways to help them feel more at peace. First, it’s important to check their diet. Are they getting the nutrients they need to feel their best? Next, be sure to get them regular exercise as many of the above symptoms can also be a sign of pent up energy.
Your dog is overweight
When it comes to weight, there are certain breeds that are more susceptible to packing on the pounds than others. Whether it’s driven by breed, lack of exercise, or over-eating, extra weight is not only risky for the long-term health of your friend, it’s also a cause of discomfort.
As with humans, regular exercise and a balanced diet are key for weight loss. A nutrition plan developed specifically for your dog’s breed, behavior and age is the best way to improve your friend’s fitness.
Your dog has trouble gaining weight
Similar to overweight dogs, having an underweight dog is often due in-part to breed type. If you have an especially active pup, this could also be a reason why they have trouble putting on weight.
To help your friend get some more meat on their bones, don’t make the mistake of solely focusing on feeding them more calories. While it may seem like a simple solution, it is more important to make sure what you are feeding them is packed with quality nutrients they need.
It is also recommended to try feeding your dog smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day to aid digestion.
Your dog is older
It’s never easy watching your furry friend age. With older age comes a higher risk of infections, joint pain and stiffness, weight changes and loss of senses. During this time, it’s important to take preventative steps so that your dog ages gracefully and can still enjoy their favorite activities.
The most important way to stay on top of an elderly dog’s health is to pay close attention to the changes they are experiencing and respond to those in the best way you can. This may mean changing how they exercise, more frequent vet check-ups and finding the right food for their lifestage.
There is no quick fix when it comes to improving your dog’s health. A customized nutrition plan considers all of your pup’s unique details, resulting in a straightforward and achievable strategy. We hope these tips give your furry family member a head start on their health for the new year!