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Choosing the Right Lifestyle for your Puppy

puppylifestylePet parents take on a tremendous responsibility; the care and wellbeing of a very precious bundle of joy. When every effort is made to provide a superior environment and quality of life for your pet, the rewards are tremendous. Will Rogers once stated “dogs are put on this earth to please man, and they spend 24 hours a day doing just that”. Superior nutrition, exercise and regular veterinary check-ups are quintessential to a pet’s long, happy and healthy life.

1. Veterinarian Care
We all know that pets age much faster than humans. It’s important to remember that subtle changes in behavior and/or physical appearance should not be dismissed, as they may be the first indicator of a developing health issue. It is essential that pets are scheduled for regular annual examinations by a trusted veterinarian to monitor for any changes in your pet that can be detected only by a trained professional. Your veterinarian is dedicated to providing your pet with the very best care possible and it is absolutely necessary for him to regularly examine your pet in order to maintain the highest level of care for your pet.

2. Exercise
As with humans, exercise is essential for a happy and long life of your pet. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous in order to be beneficial to your pet’s wellbeing. Regular exercise is key, so set aside a brief period of time each day dedicated to physical activity for your pet. Doing this on a regular basis also gives your pet something to look forward to each day and strengthens the bond with your pet. Reward your puppy with a healthy treat such as Wellness Just for Puppy Treats.

3. Nutrition and Well-Being
All puppies need a diet that encourages an active immune system. The immunity puppies receive from the mother’s milk will not last forever. Probiotics are an essential part of the digestive immune system. Puppies need to acquire these “good bacteria” from the environment to maintain a healthy intestinal tract and help fight illness and disease. Diets like Wellness Super5Mix Just for Puppy add Probiotics after the food has cooled, making it ideal for all puppies.

4. Customize Your Puppy’s Diet
Ideally, optimum diets for all stages of life are essential for a long, happy and healthy existence. This begins with puppy hood and continues well into the senior years of your dog. An ideal diet for puppies depends on many factors, not the least of which is whether the pup is a large breed or a small breed. The nutritional needs are very different for each.

* Small breed puppies, such as the Jack Russell Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, and Miniature Pinscher require more calories per pound than larger breed puppies as they generally are highly active by comparison. Omega 3 fats such as Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are critical in small breed puppies for enhanced brain development, healthy skin and coat. Because small breeds are more active, they can be susceptible to low blood sugar levels. To combat low blood sugar levels, your puppy should be fed small, energy rich portions on a frequent basis. It is also important to have adequate levels of fiber in the diet to help maintain a steady blood sugar level.

* Large breed puppies such as Great Danes, Saint Bernards, and Labrador Retrievers require a far different diet from their small breed relatives. Controlled growth is essential for large breed puppies. These breeds actually need fewer calories per pound than the small breeds. With a potential growth of up to 100 times their birth weight, a large breed puppy’s energy intake must be regulated to ensure consistent, steady growth. If weight gain is too rapid, the result is stress on the developing bones which can lead to one of several severe developmental bone disorders. A slightly lean body condition throughout the first 10 to 12 months of life helps to maintain proper development of your puppy, while reducing the potential for problems. Optimum calcium and phosphorus levels, in the proper ratio to one another, are also critical for proper growth. Supplements that reduce the stress on developing joints such as glucosamine are an ideal diet supplement for these pups. As with the small breeds, the large breeds also need optimum levels of DHA in order to enhance brain development and a healthy skin and coat.

One Response to “Choosing the Right Lifestyle for your Puppy”

  1. ExpectantParent says:

    Where to Sealyham Terrier fit on the average calorie intake? I understand they are less boisterous than some of their terrier cousins. Do you need to worry about this more as a puppy, or after their first year?