Over the past couple of years, we’ve all had time to up our exercise game, read more and pick up a few new hobbies. So, instead of setting the same goals for yourself in 2022, why not make your dog’s wellness your New Year’s resolution?
1. Manage your dog’s weight in 2022
Keep them trim
Over the festive season, your dog’s also likely to pile on a few extra pounds – thanks to plenty of tasty treats and less exercise. But obesity is (literally) the biggest health problem in dogs in the UK. And being overweight can have serious consequences for your canine.
Your first pet resolution this New Year should be to keep a close eye on your dog’s weight. Here’s a few of our top tips for looking after an overweight dog:
- Seek veterinary advice on diet and exercise to suit your individual dog
- Go on plenty of walks with your pup
- Feed your dog a high-quality, nutritionally balanced diet
- Make sure you’re not giving them too many treats
- Don’t give your dog food that’s meant for humans
How to help your skinny dog
Animal health professionals spend a lot of time talking about obesity in dogs – but what if your dog is too skinny? The consequences of being underweight can include a weakened immune system, loss of strength and reduced mobility. If you have any concerns, we recommend that you:
- Ask your vet to rule out any underlying medical problems
- Make sure you’re giving your dog the right portions according to their age, breed, size and activity level
- Carefully increase the amount of food you give to your dog
- Consider small, frequent feeds containing high-quality protein to tempt your dog to eat
Want to find out more? Check out our health guide on making sure your dog is the right weight.
2. Help your hound feel happier
We could all do with a dose of extra happiness in 2022, so why not make a resolution to help your dog feel happier? Here’s how you can help boost their mood throughout the year:
- Stick to a schedule. Dogs love routine. Give them the gift of regular walks at regular times. During 2021, it was sometimes tricky to stick to a routine, but your dog will be happier and more settled if you can take them out at the same time each day.
- Keep exercise consistent. ‘Little and often’ is better for your dog’s joints, as it means that they’ll be getting up and going out regularly, rather than going on one huge hike which tires them out and puts extra pressure on their joints.
- Give them a comfy bed. This is especially important during the winter months. Make sure your dog has a cosy, comfortable place to rest and keep warm.
- Organise a treasure hunt. Dogs have a highly advanced sense of smell, so let them utilise it! Keep them mentally stimulated with a hunt for their favourite toy. Have a delicious treat on hand as a reward afterwards.
- Help them feel less nervous. Is your pup anxious, or easily spooked by people, other dogs or loud noises? Support them with a natural calming supplement like YuCALM Dog.
3. Brush up on your dog’s dental health
Dental health is a crucial part of your dog’s overall wellbeing. Did you know that over 80% of dogs will experience some kind of dental disease before the age of four? That’s why their teeth should be looked after in the same way as any other part of the body.
Ideally, you should brush your dog’s teeth every day, or at least three times a week. This resolution for 2022 will not only help to reduce the dreaded ‘doggy breath’, but it will also help protect your dog’s general health. The best way to get your dog used to having their teeth brushed is to start doing it when they’re a puppy.
Our top tip: Never use human toothpaste – many contain Fluoride, which is harmful to dogs. Some also include Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that’s toxic for our furry friends.
The New Year is a great time to commit to making your dog’s health an even bigger priority. Are you choosing one of our suggested New Year’s resolutions? Or perhaps you’re doing one of your own? Let us know on Instagram and Facebook.