Dogs are like four-legged, furry angels. They show you unconditional love, they’re always so happy to see you, and they’re your best friends. It’s only natural that you want only the best for them, so you feel protective of them, take care of their needs, walk them every day, and make sure they’re healthy. However, just like people, dogs can get sick too, and in order to make them healthier, you should boost their immune system. Here are the best natural ways to do so.
A clean dog is a happy dog
A great part of a healthy immune system depends on keeping your dog clean. Yes, they do love to roll around in dirt and mud, and they love to dig and play, so it’s only natural they’re always dusty and dirty. While it’s impossible to keep them clean all the time, if you keep their environment and their doggy beds neat, you’ll ensure that their immune systems are healthy and strong. Their favorite blankets and pillows should be washed regularly, as well as their favorite squeaky and stuffed toys. What is more, you want whoever is playing with your dog to be as safe as possible – and by washing your pet, their bedding, as well as their toys regularly, you will ensure that.
Snuggles make them happy
When your dog sees you, their brain releases oxytocin, the love hormone. They are able to experience love the same way people are – when you cuddle with your dog or partner, the same chemical is released. Cuddling makes both you and your dog happy, and happy dogs are more likely to be healthy. This also means that their stress levels are lower, so your furry friend won’t be anxious.
It goes without saying that your dogs should ‘work out’ every day. In other words, you have to take them out for a walk at least once a day. During these hot, summer months, they might be reluctant to go out with all the heat and the sun, so it might be a better idea to take them out for a walk early in the morning before you go to work, or later in the evening when the temperatures drop a bit. You can also take them with you when you head for the beach – they’ll love a chance to cool down, dig in the sand, and play with you in the shallow water.
We take probiotics when we have problems with digestion, and your dog might need probiotics too in case they have diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, or chronic renal disease. Also, there are certain indications that probiotics positively influence the health and development of your dog’s immune system. If you notice that your dog has problems with gas or leaves wet-looking poop in your back yard, it might be a good idea to give them probiotics. They will help restore balance in your dog’s digestive system, and your pet will soon be feeling much better.
Supplements and vitamins are a great thing, but no amount of supplements will ever be able to replace a healthy diet rich in organic food. It’s always important to keep in mind that dogs are carnivores, so meat should be the number one priority when buying natural pet food. Vegetables are also useful, but they should be boiled first (carrots are great for their eyes and fur, and rice is also very healthy for them). If possible, always buy organic food so you can be sure they’re not consuming any harmful chemicals or something they’re allergic to. Preservatives are useful for keeping the food fresh in a can, but they’re not good for your dog, and you should also avoid artificial colors in their food.
Just like with people, taking too much of something will always do you more harm than good, so try not to give your dog too many special foods and vitamins. Instead, make them live a healthy life, just like you. Regular exercise, plenty of fresh air, staying cool when it’s too hot, and a special vitamin treat every now and then will do wonders for your dog’s health.
Guest Post By: Diana Smith