Spring is just around the corner. This means you and your pet can go outside and start enjoying some outdoor activities. However, after a long, cold winter, your dog or cat may have put on some extra weight, and it might have a little difficulty moving around from spending too much time indoors. It is why this blog is dedicated to helping you help your pet get in shape for spring.
- Make a trip to the veterinarian. Before your dog or cat can get physical, it is a good idea to take it to the veterinarian for a nose-to-tail physical examination especially if you have an older pet. Your vet will be able to tell if your pet is overweight, or has a medical condition that might curtail outdoor activities. Plus, your veterinarian will be able to recommend the best treatment so your dog or cat will be ready to enjoy the outdoors.
- Slim down your pooch’s paunch. For overweight dogs, you might want to consider dog food that is specially formulated to help your dog lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. Weight management dog foods are prepared to meet all of your dog’s nutritional needs while helping it lose weight, sensibly.
- Cut down on your cat’s calories. For overweight cats, most weight management foods provide balanced nutrition, and are a safe and effective means for weight loss. Also, weight management foods for cats are low in calories and fat, and high in protein and fiber. Great combinations for helping cats lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.
- Provide some vitality with multi-vitamins or comfort with UT Support. Even if your dog or cat is on a highly nutritious meal plan, it might still be lacking some essential nutrients. Multi-vitamins for dogs are formulated to provide the daily vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants dogs need for healthy bones, tissue and overall good health. UT Support for Cats is formulated to support optimal bladder muscle function and maintain normal function of your cat’s urinary tract. Both come as soft chews so you can give them to your pet as a healthy alternative to treats.
- Ease comfort with hip and joint supplements. As your pet ages, the tissue in its tendons, ligaments and cartilage starts to break down. Therefore, it is a good idea to give your pets, a hip and joint supplement which contains glucosamine an ingredient that acts as a building block for your dog or cat’s aging hips and joints. Like multi-vitamins, hip and joint supplements are available as soft chews and make for a nutritious treat.
- Get physical. A little bit of exercise a day won’t hurt, and it can go a long way to helping your furry friend stay fit and avoid boredom. Provided your veterinarian approves of course. For dogs, you can play “fetch” indoors just make sure you use a soft object like a stuffed animal or even an old sock. For cats, the ever-fascinating red dot from a laser pointer is a great way to keep your four-legged buddy amused and active. For dogs and cats, you can play “hide and seek” with their favorite toy and reward them with a multi-vitamin or joint supplement treat. If you have access to stairs, you could coax your dog or cat to climb up and down the stairs. This is a great exercise to get the blood pumping and improve flexibility.
- Protect against fleas and ticks. As the weather starts to warm-up, you and your pet will want to spend more time outside. But just like last spring, fleas and ticks — your dog and cat’s nemeses — will be waiting to jump on your pet’s shiny coat and inflict some pain and suffering. To help ward off an attack, consider applying a flea and tick topical, having your pet wear a flea collar, or giving it tablets formulated to kill fleas.
- Groom for the great outdoors. Of course when your pet does go outside you want it looking its best. Therefore, you should give it a good trim and bath. There are many pet grooming tools and shampoos available to help your pet look sharp for the spring.