This post is sponsored by Hartz. All opinions are my own.
There's something so special about the companionship of a dog, isn't there? My dog, Oakley, is definitely a part of the family. My husband and I spoil him and try our best to give him a great life. Out of all the dogs I've ever owned, Oakley is the friendliest. He absolutely loves people and other dogs and he has such a sweet and gentle demeanor.
Oakley has grown a lot since we got him as a puppy, but ever since we brought him home with us, we vowed to take good care of him and make sure he stays healthy as can be. Over the years, Oakley has managed to stay healthy and I really do think it's because of the routine we follow. From going on walks and getting some exercise to fighting against fleas and ticks with Hartz UltraGuard Pro®, we've learned what works best for our dog and how to take great care of him.
I'm so glad that my husband I were are able to give our dog a loving home, but there are several pets living in shelters that are still waiting to be placed in their forever home. In today's post, I'm going to be sharing five tips on things you can do to keep your dog healthy and I'll be highlighting an amazing initiative from Hartz Mountain Corporation that aims to help animals living with foster families or in shelters and sanctuaries. Read on for my tips and more information on the Help Us Help Them™ initiative!
1. Go for walks and get some exercise
Now that spring is here and the weather is warming up, there’s no excuse to skip out on taking your dog for walks. Exercise is an important part of making sure your dog stays healthy. Dogs need to get their blood pumping just as much as we do as humans, so why not kill two birds with one stone and exercise with your pet? Whether you take your dog for walks in the morning, in the middle of the day or at night, make sure you take a water bottle so you can give your pup a drink if needed and walk a route that’s familiar and pet-friendly. Try to stay away from hot asphalt or surfaces that could harm the pads on your dog’s paws. Additionally, always make sure that your dog wears a collar that won’t hurt their neck, or better yet, a harness.
2. Make sure they have enough water
What good does a water dish do for a dog if it isn’t full? When you own and care for a dog, it’s your responsibility to make sure their water supply is replenished frequently. If their bowl runs dry, be sure to fill it back up. Just like the dishes you use after you eat or drink, you’ll want to make sure you wash your dog’s bowls often to cut down on bacteria. One thing you should think about if you don’t have one already is getting an elevated dog feeder. My husband and I just bought one for Oakley and he has a much easier time eating and drinking.
3. Fight back against fleas and ticks
This year’s weather has been all over the place and because of that, pest control experts are predicting that 2018’s flea and tick season will be severe. When it comes to protecting Oakley and making sure that fleas and ticks think twice before calling his skin their new home, I use Hartz UltraGuard Pro® topical drops. These drops are great because they provide dogs with fast-acting, effective monthly protection against fleas, Deer and Brown Dog ticks, and flea eggs that can cause pet and home infestations. One of my favorite things about Hartz UltraGuard Pro® is that it starts killing fleas quickly (within 15 minutes) and it effectively prevents re-infestations for 1 month.
One of the many other reasons that I love Hartz is because they give back to non-profit animal shelters and welfare organizations. This year, the Hartz Mountain Corporation launched the Help Us Help Them™ initiative. This initiative is a buy one, give one donation outreach program which will provide free preventative flea and tick solutions to shelter animals and help to protect cats and dogs against fleas and ticks as they wait to be adopted. This ladders up to Hartz's vision to support a world where every pet leads a happy, healthy life with a loving family.
While cats and dogs are being cared for by foster families or by staff and volunteers at sanctuaries and shelters, identifying, treating and preventing fleas and ticks is an imperative step to making sure animals experience a comfortable stay while waiting for their forever homes. Flea and tick preventatives are among the top items requested by shelters to help reduce parasite-related allergies and diseases, discomfort and shelter-wide infestations.
Want to know how you can get involved? The Help Us Help Them ™ campaign will donate one Hartz® Flea and Tick product to needy cats and dogs at shelters across America for every Hartz® UltraGuard Pro topical drop product that is purchased through May 31, 2018. Sounds like a great cause, right? If you aren’t already familiar with Hartz®, you should know that they’re the #1 Flea and Tick brand (they introduced the first flea and tick collar in the 1960’s), so this initiative is being driven by the leader in flea and tick treatments for pets.
4. Feed them a healthy, well-balanced diet
These days, there are so many options when it comes to dog food. From dry food to wet food and everything in between, it can be hard to keep up. When deciding what to feed your pet, keep things like ingredients in mind. One thing you should always do is keep the “people food” to a minimum. While feeding your dogs vegetables like apples or carrots is okay, be sure to only do so in moderation. If you’re not sure how much you should be feeding your dog, ask your vet for advice based on their size. Every dog has different needs as far as diet and nutrition goes and your vet will certainly know best.
5. Carve out time in your schedule to play
Dogs are playful by nature and they need to take time to play every day. Although dogs can’t talk, they do give signs when they’re feeling playful. If your dog comes up to you and nudges you, they may want you to throw their ball or have you take them outside so they can run around. Whether you throw a tennis ball in the backyard or play tug of war with a rope toy, any amount of time you can spend playing with your dog will make their tail wag.
If you're a dog owner like me and you want to give your pup the best life, be sure to follow the five tips above. Keeping your dog healthy is a responsibility you take on when you decide to welcome them into your home. Although some tips and advice were outlined in this post, it's best to visit your veterinarian and get specific guidance from them on the best way to care for your dog. Don't forget to schedule frequent check ups and to use products from Hartz to keep your dog free from fleas and ticks.
If you want to join in on the Help Us Help Them initiative, purchase a Hartz® UltraGuard Pro topical drop product now through May 31, 2018! You can find Hartz products at your local pet store.
If you're a dog owner, how do you ensure your pup stays healthy? I'd love to hear, so leave a comment below!