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Recently, we celebrated our dog’s fifth birthday here. I still cannot believe that our girl is no longer a puppy, but a full-fledged adult dog.
I can still very much recall that day five years ago that we brought her home with us. She laid on my lap whining for the whole car ride home.
However, those early puppy days do now seem like a bit of a blur and hazy to me. Back then, she didn’t sleep through the night and I had to walk her myself. Slowly, but surely that first year, she adjusted to her new surroundings. She trained pretty quickly and the days, as well as nights, got easier for that and more.
But now, over five years later, she indeed an adult dog. So, many of the puppy rules that applied back then, no longer apply to our girl. Still, we want to maintain her health and have her with us for at least another five years or more if possible.
Therefore, we are actively doing all we can to keep our adult dog as healthy as possible to prolong her adult life as much as we can.
What are some of the things we have done to indeed keep our dog in good health?
Read on to find out now:
5 Perfect Ways to Help Your Adult Dog Stay Healthy
1. Keep your dog active daily.
As a puppy, we took our dog to the dog park. But as an adult dog, not that we haven’t thought to use the dog park, but we have a large-size backyard. So, for exercise, Elsa is out in the backyard as much as she wants. Often either the kids or one of us is out in our backyard playing with her. She also likes to run around the backyard and take laps. So, we don’t discourage that as it helps keep her active and get some of her energy out, as well.
2. Continue to feed your dog good nutrients.
Dog food usually is in line with a dog’s general age. I mean puppies are generally fed puppy dog food version. Most brands also carry adult and even senior versions of dog food. So, makes sense to feed your dog age appropriate dog food that has the right nutrients for their age. PURINA ONE® makes an adult dog food formula that is natural with added vitamins, minerals & nutrients (*Excluding Vibrant Maturity 7+ Formula). Plus, their dog food is crafted in Purina-owned facilities in the USA. It is also veterinarian recommended, as it has 0% fillers, 100% nutrition, where every ingredient has a purpose. So, it is a complete & balanced adult dog food. (*Only on mainline and Targeted).
Recently, with our dog, Elsa, we took the PURINA ONE® 28-DAY CHALLENGE. As we purchased both Purina ONE® Lamb & Rice and Purina ONE® True Instinct With Real Turkey & Venison to give to Elsa.
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So what was the PURINA ONE® 28-DAY CHALLENGE like for Elsa?
Day 1: Elsa Was Excited about Her Meal
From the moment I put Elsa’s dish down with PURINA ONE® in her bowl, she couldn’t wait to try it. Why? Because of the meaty morsels, she was intrigued. Moreover, the crunchy bites had her hooked.
Day 12: We noticed Elsa’s energy was Heightened.
Elsa seemed to be even more playful with us. Why? Because the SmartBlend of nutrition in every bag of PURINA ONE® helps support healthy energy in dogs.
Day 23: Elsa’s eyes seemed to be sparkling and her coat was more radiant.
Our girl’s eyes and coat seemed to be clearer and overall healthier. Why? Because the omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins & minerals provided by PURINA ONE® helped to aid in this healthy appearance.
Day 29: Elsa’s gums seemed healthier overall.
When we looked at her gums, they just appeared to be healthier. Why? Because of the crunch Kibble, as well as calcium in PURINA ONE® aids in supporting strong, healthy teeth and gums.
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3. Visit the vet for scheduled checkups.
As a puppy, our girl and other puppies need regular checkups for certain puppy vaccinations. Well, even as adult dogs, dogs need regular visits to their Vet for vaccinations from time-to-time. Plus, they are weighed to see that they are maintaining a healthy weight. Moreover, the Vet can just make sure that they are indeed still OK and not having any issues as they are beginning to get older.
4. Groom as needed.
While, I know many who groom more often than not, we do our best to follow the groomer’s guidelines. See, grooming is a great way to keep your dog clean. But very often, too much grooming may cause issues with the oils in their skin. So, for this reason, we once again make sure to groom, but not over-groom our dog.
5. Keep the fun times coming.
Just because our dog isn’t a puppy anymore, doesn’t mean she doesn’t enjoy playing with toys or socializing with her family or others, such as extended family or friends. So, we make sure to keep a good supply of toys in our home for her. Plus, we do our best to have plenty of socialization time, as well for her. Toys and being around others should help keep an adult dog happy and healthier overall.
There you have 5 simple, but effective ways to help keep your adult dog healthy at this stage in his or her life.