Skip to main content

Image Magazine

Sponsored Content

7 Tips to Keeping Your Dog Happy and Healthy

Oct 04, 2016 04:34AM ● Published by Family Features

Dogs are man’s best friend, so it’s no surprise that in the United States there are nearly 80 million dogs as household pets1 - that’s about one dog for every four people. One of the easiest ways to keep your pup happy and healthy is through a mix of the right diet and exercise which together can boost immunity and energy, maintain muscle and promote healthy digestion. Below are seven tips to ensure you’re giving your best friend the best care possible.

  1. Go forth and socialize. Let your pup play at a local dog park. Not only is it an excellent source of dog-to-dog social interaction, but dog-to-people interaction as well. As an added bonus, your pup will leave having had plenty of physical and mental exercise, which may lessen destructive behaviors and bad house habits. And, they’ll be ready to greet new friends in the future.


Photo courtesy of Ashlee K Nichols

  1. Feed your dog a high quality food with healthy ingredients. A healthy dog is a happy dog. Try an IAMS diet with quality food and ingredients, and look for three visible differences: a healthier skin and coat, easier digestion and increased energy. IAMS is so confident you’ll love the visible differences that they offer 100 percent satisfaction or your money back.


Photo courtesy of Rachel Gulotta

  1. Get plenty of exercise. Following the same walking path can get old for both you and your pup. Veer off the beaten path or try letting your dog walk you. You’ll be surprised where your dog’s nose will take you. Added bonus: by feeding your pup high quality food such as IAMS, you’ll notice an increase in energy on your daily walks, meaning your dog may be able to outlast you.



Photo courtesy of Jackie Greaney

  1. Give that pup some belly rubs. Most dogs love belly rubs. Rolling over on their back is a submissive sign and is one way dogs show they trust and love you. So the next time your pup flops down and rolls onto his back, give him an affectionate rub or scratch.


Photo courtesy of Humble Winds Collective

  1. Visit the vet and the groomer regularly. Visiting the vet is critical to the long-term health of your pet, but did you know visiting the groomer is equally important to maintaining both your dog’s appearance as well as their physical health? Not only does it allow you to check for issues such as fleas, ticks, dry patches and more, but it also lets your pup show off his shiny coat, courtesy of a well-balanced diet with IAMS.

 

Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest Wonderland

  1. Get a toothbrush and a good oral routine. While many owners don’t do it, regular tooth brushing is recommended for dogs to prevent periodontal disease. Boost your dog’s oral care routine with a dental treat such as PEDIGREE DENTASTIX or GREENIES Dental Chews, which are designed to promote good oral health.

 


Photo courtesy of elizaellen

  1. Everyone needs their own space. Just like humans, dogs need a place where they can go to unwind. Whether a new baby has been introduced to the family, the house is crowded with holiday guests or the vacuum is running, having a private place for your dog to retreat and be alone ensures a happy, healthy dog.

 


Photo courtesy of Stephen Alkire

1 American Pet Products Association (APPA): http://www.americanpetproducts.org/pubs_survey.asp

Sponsored by IAMS

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Image's free newsletter to catch every headline

Family Features Family Features Lifestyle
  • Current and prospective parents are invited to learn about the Crossroads Academy Middle School p...


  • New Works Now

    01/19/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Every January, Northern Stage presents New Works Now, a showcase for the development of new plays...


  • New Works Now 5.0

    01/19/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    It’s Fine, I’m Fine by Stephanie Everett In 2016, a young soccer player was knocked in the head...


  • New Works Now

    01/20/2018
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    Every January, Northern Stage presents New Works Now, a showcase for the development of new plays...


  • New Works Now

    01/20/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Every January, Northern Stage presents New Works Now, a showcase for the development of new plays...


  • New Works Now 5.0

    01/20/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    The Coup Libretto by Rebekah Greer Melocik Music by Jacob Yandura Story by Rebekah Greer Meloc...


  • New Works Now 5.0

    01/21/2018
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    Jane Burgoyne by Robert Moulthrop Jane Burgoyne, her daughter Katherine, and granddaughter Alli...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Lightning Soccer Club - adult pick-up games

    01/18/2018
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    Join us for adult pick-up soccer games, Thursday nights 5:30 - 6:30 pm Dec. 21, 2017 - March 1, 2...


  • Current and prospective parents are invited to learn about the Crossroads Academy Middle School p...


  • New Works Now

    01/19/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Every January, Northern Stage presents New Works Now, a showcase for the development of new plays...


  • New Works Now 5.0

    01/19/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    It’s Fine, I’m Fine by Stephanie Everett In 2016, a young soccer player was knocked in the head...


  • New Works Now

    01/20/2018
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    Every January, Northern Stage presents New Works Now, a showcase for the development of new plays...


  • New Works Now

    01/20/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Every January, Northern Stage presents New Works Now, a showcase for the development of new plays...


  • New Works Now 5.0

    01/20/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    The Coup Libretto by Rebekah Greer Melocik Music by Jacob Yandura Story by Rebekah Greer Meloc...


  • New Works Now 5.0

    01/21/2018
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    Jane Burgoyne by Robert Moulthrop Jane Burgoyne, her daughter Katherine, and granddaughter Alli...


  • Join us for our Alexander Valley Vineyards wine dinner featuring Pine State Beverage at the Latha...


  • Lightning Soccer Club - adult pick-up games

    01/25/2018
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    Join us for adult pick-up soccer games, Thursday nights 5:30 - 6:30 pm Dec. 21, 2017 - March 1, 2...


  • Crossroads Academy - Discover the Difference

    01/26/2018
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    Please join us for a Discover the Difference Open House on Friday January 26, 2018 from 9:00-11:0...


  • Easy as Pie

    01/28/2018
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    This class will banish even the worst case of crust anxiety! Come make and roll out pastry for a ...


  • Only Yesterday

    01/31/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood...


  • Only Yesterday

    01/31/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood...


  • Lightning Soccer Club - adult pick-up games

    02/01/2018
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    Join us for adult pick-up soccer games, Thursday nights 5:30 - 6:30 pm Dec. 21, 2017 - March 1, 2...


  • Only Yesterday

    02/01/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood...


  • Only Yesterday

    02/01/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood...


  • Only Yesterday

    02/02/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood...


  • Only Yesterday

    02/02/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood...


  • Epiphany Festival

    02/03/2018
    03:00PM — 05:00PM

    The Vermont Bach Ensemble,is pleased to announce our second season with a presentation of Epiphan...


  • Only Yesterday

    02/03/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood...


  • Only Yesterday

    02/03/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood...


  • Only Yesterday

    02/04/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood...


  • Only Yesterday

    02/04/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood...


  • Only Yesterday

    02/07/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood...


  • Only Yesterday

    02/07/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood...


  • Lightning Soccer Club - adult pick-up games

    02/08/2018
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    Join us for adult pick-up soccer games, Thursday nights 5:30 - 6:30 pm Dec. 21, 2017 - March 1, 2...


  • Only Yesterday

    02/08/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood...


  • Only Yesterday

    02/08/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood...


 

 


PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY THESE COMMUNITY SPONSORS


Northcape Design Build
Hanover Inn at Dartmouth
Ultimate Bath Store

Sean's Lawn N' Garden Services
Cabinetry Concepts
New London Inn & Coach House Restaurant