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February 12, 2020

5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy on Valentine's Day

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While most people think of Valentine's Day as a holiday for humans, it's also a great time to make your dog feel loved. After all, Valentine's Day is all about showing people how much you love and care about them. On top of that, who doesn't love spoiling their dog and seeing the tail-wagging excitement? The thing is, too much spoiling can be a big problem for your dog. If you want to spoil your pup this Valentine's Day while keeping it healthy, these five tips can help.

1. Avoid Problem Foods

The biggest thing you need to remember when it comes to treating your dog for the holiday is that there are certain things you have to avoid. It can be tough to say no to your dog when they're begging for a bite of your food, but making sure your dog doesn't get into anything toxic or problematic is key to keeping them healthy for Valentine's Day. These are some of the foods you should never give your dog:

  • Almonds

  • Chocolate

  • Garlic

  • Macadamia nuts

While these foods tend to cause the biggest problems with dogs, there are a lot of other foods you should avoid feeding your dog if you want to keep it healthy. Dogs need nutritious food with protein and vitamins to stay healthy, so feeding them tons of bread and other unhealthy treats is never a good idea. Instead, you should opt for healthy treats that your dog will love, such as bones that promote dental health or nutritious dog treats. That being said, there's nothing wrong with giving your dog a small bite of something that isn't the most nutritious every once in a while—particularly for a special occasion like Valentine's Day.

2. Get Moving

As important as it is to make sure your dog eats the right food, it's just as important to make sure they're getting plenty of exercise. As is the case with humans, dogs need a balanced diet and plenty of exercise to stay at a healthy weight and maintain healthy bodily functions. This is why one of the best things you can do if you want to make sure you're keeping your dog's health in mind during the holidays is take them out to get some exercise.

The best part about exercise when it comes to your dog is that dogs love to get outside and run around. As much of a treat as a nice bone or chew toy might be for your dog, there's nothing dogs enjoy more than getting out in an open area and letting their senses run wild. Plus, you don't have to worry about dog parks, beaches and other spots being too packed since it isn't the peak season for those activities.

3. New Toys

Most dogs need a lot of stimulation to be happy, so it's important to make sure you're offering your dog plenty of options. Chew toys are a great way to give your dog something to do without having to make a trip to your local dog park. While it's not quite the same as running around in an open field, your dog still gets a bit of exercise from playing with the toy and running around the house. This is a great way to keep your pup busy if the weather doesn't allow for an outdoor adventure.

Aside from the fact that toys help your dog stay active, it's also important to make sure your dog is getting mental stimulation. You can play fetch with a toy if you've got a large living room or a long hall, which gives you and your pup an opportunity to bond and interact. If you've got a big dog or a dog who's particularly rough on toys, make sure you get something that's going to last.

4. A Healthy Meal

Everybody knows that look dogs get in their eyes when they're staring at a fragrant, freshly made meal on your plate. For whatever reason, there's nothing dogs desire more than the food us humans eat. Cooking a meal is one of the best things you can do to give your dog a taste of the good life and treat it for Valentine's Day. You can even make a nice presentation for them—even though they'll destroy it shortly after.

Dogs are a lot like humans when it comes to nutritional needs. Most of the foods that are healthy for humans are also healthy for dogs, especially when it comes to lean meats. You can cook your dog up a chicken breast and cut it into small chunks for a delicious and healthy Valentine's Day meal. Keep in mind that your dog may not be quite as fond of strong seasonings as you are.

5. Plenty of Love

No matter what time of year it is, one of the best things you can do to make sure your dog is healthy and happy is take some time out of your day to love and interact with your dog. If you let your dog lie on the furniture at home, make sure you cuddle up together for a little nap or a few episodes of your favorite show. Every bit of interaction you have with your dog has an effect on its health, so it's important to make an effort to be a loving owner. Plus, who doesn't want to spend a day petting and cuddling with a lovely canine?

There are so many different things you can do to celebrate Valentine's Day with your dog, but it's important to do things in moderation. While giving your pup a special day is a lot of fun, you want to make sure you're keeping them healthy while you're doing that. The good news is, keeping your dog healthy is as simple as making sure you're feeding them the right foods and taking them out for plenty of fresh air and exercise. You can even treat your dog with a wonderful meal while keeping them healthy. As long as you follow these tips, all you have to worry about is enjoying the day with your furry friend.

 

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