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 3 - In our Food Tips, we’ll focus on Lettuce. For our Movement Tips, we’ll talk about taking your dog to the store with you.
Food Tips: Lettuce – Lettuce is a great food for our dogs, but I’ve found, it needs to be pureed
and mixed with something else in order for it to be eaten. My dogs most certainly have “sophisticated palates” and they won’t eat a leaf of lettuce if offered. If considering adding lettuce to your dog’s diet, I would recommend mixing a head of romaine lettuce with 4 oz. of chicken hearts and a pound of ground beef together. Make about 16-20 meatballs and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. You can add these to your dog’s diet to help boost his heart health. Here are some benefits of adding lettuce to your dog’s diet:
Low in calories – your dog can eat lettuce combined with other foods to decrease his overall calorie intake without feeling hungry.
Low in sodium – lettuce will help keep your dog hydrated without retention of fluids.
Helps prevent plaque buildup by breaking down cells with its beta-carotene and Vitamin C.
Movement Tips: Go to the pet store with your dog – on a leash. Here are some tips:
Many stores now allow you to take your dog. Be sure to have a properly fitted collar and leash. This is important to protect your dog as well as others in the store. Here’s a great article with more information.
I take my dogs with me to the store whenever possible. I started to do this with my rescue Lucy to help her overcome her fears and anxiety. It took several tries to get her to walk into the store but with patience, we can now walk in without any fanfare.
It’s a great way to teach tricks or basic commands on a rainy day or the winter.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips and stay tuned for Day 4 tips: Food: Chicken hearts; Movement: Play Hide and Seek. If you’d like us to make a specialized diet for your dogs, please click here. Thanks so much!