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Jumping into 2020

January 3rd, 2020

Dogs can’t make new year’s resolutions.

Also they can’t change their daily habits to improve their lives without us. It’s our responsibility to ensure our dog is looked after when it comes to weight, exercise, brain stimulation, and overall health. 

With this in mind… here are 5 Practical New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners!

1. Keep them in shape.

A popular new year’s resolution is to get in better shape by changing eating habits and exercising more. A dog, however, is not going to look in a mirror and judge his body and decide that the time to do something about it is now. He doesn’t know that extra weight can increase the risk of many types of cancers and can cause diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis and faster degeneration of affected joints as well as urinary bladder stones.

We do though and only we can do something about it.

We are the ones who choose the food and treats that we give to our dogs as well as the amount. A dog can’t open a fridge or a cupboard (unless you don’t shut it properly) and feed himself, therefore, we need to know what to feed him and how much as well as keep an eye on his waistline. 

I’m a big advocate of raw feeding. Modern dog food is high in simple carbohydrates, low in protein, and full of unfavourable fats which is a perfect recipe for your dog to gain weight. With all this in mind, why not feed your dog a more natural diet which is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and has the right amount of good fat?

Every species needs to eat biologically appropriate food.

For example, pandas must eat bamboo and dogs, like wolves, need high-quality animal protein to thrive. Next time you buy food for your dog, check the labels. How much and what kind of protein is in your dog’s food and how much carbohydrates does it contain (rice, wheat, potato, corn)?

When you change your dog’s feeding plan make sure that the whole family is on the same page. Who is the weakest link in your family? Who is the one that will always sneak a treat under the dining table? 👀

2. Check the smile.

As we all know dogs have sharp, strong teeth, and powerful jaws. They not only need their teeth for eating but also carrying stuff around, playing, communicating, chewing your slippers and steeling your sandwich. In the wild, their teeth and jaws once enabled them to hunt, catch and eat prey.

Dental issues are one of the most common health problems in dogs and these problems with teeth and gums can have a negative impact on a dog’s overall health and quality of life. I’m talking about…

🦷 Discolouration of teeth
🦷 Visible tartar build-up
🦷 Inflamed gums
🦷 Bleeding gums
🦷 Bad breath
🦷 Difficulty to eat
🦷 Loss of appetite
🦷 Apathy
 

Did you now that it is estimated that by the time they are 2 years old, 80% of dogs begin to show signs of oral disease.

What is plaque?

Plaque is a biofilm that develops on the teeth. It’s a white-like matter largely composed of bacteria that has an unpleasant odour that worsens the longer it remains in the mouth. It not only smells bad, but it also causes tooth decay and gum irritation.

If plaque is not removed, it turns into tartar.

Tartar is a yellow or brownish hard substance also known as calculus that remains fixed to the surface of the teeth and is hard to remove. Plaque and tartar are the primary cause of loose teeth and gum disease but it doesn’t have to be that way.

The Emmi-Pet Teeth Cleaning System is non-invasive and effective. It will not only benefit the dog’s teeth but their health in general as unhealthy teeth and gums will affect the dog’s whole body. Ultrasound reaches deep below the gum line to kill germs and bacteria and cleans the teeth and gums to prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar.  At the same time, it increases the blood flow to the gums to heal wounds and stop bleeding.

The Emmi-Pet effectively combats:

Gingivitis and periodontitis
Oral cavity diseases
Plaque and tartar build-up
Bad breath


The Emmi-Pet toothbrush is vibration free and no brushing is necessary.

3. Spend more quality time as a pack.

Dogs are pack animals. In the wild, pack animals such as wild dogs and wolves, hunt together, eat together, rest together and raise their pups together. Now I’m not suggesting you take your dog on a hunt but maybe a walk in a different field or a different park would be nice for him because he’ll get to explore different territories. 

If you can’t take your dog off the lead then make a change and let him choose where to go (just make sure it’s safe). Let him decide how long he wants to sniff that one tiny leaf for 🐕‍🦺. 

Perhaps even plan some extra cuddle time while watching TV? Studies show that a little extra TLC goes a long way towards happiness and health ❤︎.

4. First aid course.

For many of us our dog is frankly our most loyal companion and as dog owners, we are fully responsible for them. Many owners would, however, struggle to help their dog in an accident or emergency. Just like us our dogs are susceptive to serious health conditions like strokes, poisoning, heart attacks, broken bones or even organ failure and it’s very important to know how to deal with situations like this. What is the best way to learn how? Yip… take a First Aid Course .
 
Click here to see if your first aid is up to scratch.

5.  Brush, brush, brush, comb.

When it comes to grooming advice the internet is FULL of tips on how to groom your dog. Some of them are good, some not so good, and some are just shocking 😱.

Read my blog here to get some REAL puppy grooming tips!

Consistency is key when it comes to grooming. With a puppy, you have to brush and comb him every day, especially if your puppy is really fluffy. I’m telling you, he will get even fluffier and wrigglier with age… unless you do something and the time to do something is now.

Grab your brush, comb, Calming Floral Spray and some tasty treats and go for it. Do this daily for just a few minutes every day and soon it will be a new habit 👍🏻.

So there you have it! 5 new years resolutions for you to kickstart your and your furry friends way into a GREAT 2020!

Jitka xx

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