February is American Heart Month and we’ve decided that it should go to the dogs! This week we’re going to share tips to help your hound get heart smart. We’ll focus on food and movement to help your dog feel his best and they might help you too!
Day 1 - In our Food Tips, we’ll focus on Red and Yellow Peppers. For our Movement Tips, we’ll talk about playing fetch or tugging with your dog.
Food Tips:Red and Yellow Peppers - While I know that many folks don’t consider peppers a viable additive for their dogs, they really provide a lot of nutrition and most dogs like their taste. Prepared and presented properly, your dog will love peppers and you’ll love how they add to his health. Here are some basic nutrition facts about Red and Yellow Peppers:
Low in sodium. Sodium will cause your dog to retain moisture and could cause harm
for those dogs that suffer with heart conditions. Add water to your dog’s kibble to help keep your dog properly hydrated. Adding fresh ingredients to your dog’s kibble can also help. Puree some peppers and mix with some ground chicken or turkey.
Low in calories and fat. Dogs that suffer with heart conditions often are overweight. Adding red or yellow peppers to the diet are a great way to reduce calories. Replace those sweet potato chews with some pepper chews.
Reduces inflammation. Inflammation in joints can cause pain and stress in your dog.
Movement Tips: Play tug with your dog or fetch. Here are some tips:
Playing tug is a great way to connect with your dog. When we tug at our house, we do a
lot of trash talking and laughing during tugging sessions. It’s really fun for humans and dogs. Depending on the age of your dog and perhaps the number of teeth, proceed appropriately. Here’s a great article to help promote healthy tugging.
Fetch is a great way to burn some calories. Not all dogs naturally fetch as I learned with my first collie. I had to teach him when he was a pup. Some dogs take to it easily and it can be so very fun to enhance your bond. We’ve been successful in teaching our dogs to know the difference between toys so we ask for the ball or rope and they bring back that toy. Here’s another great resource to help master your game of fetch.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips and stay tuned for Day 2 tips: Food: Beef and beef liver; Movement: Go for a walk. If you’d like us to make a specialized diet for your dogs, please click here. Thanks so much!