As a dog owner, you understand only things that dogs owners understand—how dogs can restore your sense of wisdom and wonder. It’s hard to feel lonely when you have a warm, loving companion by your side always ready for a rubdown or a walk.
Bringing you joy and igniting your spontaneous sense of love and generosity, dogs can touch your heart and help you laugh again after a particularly hard day at work. Blissfully ignorant of things like tyrannical bosses, conniving colleagues, missed deadlines, and scope creep that pushes projects over budget, dogs can help you find your sense of balance when you get home.
So, what can you do to return the favor? How can you help your dog enjoy a wonderful life? Here are a few ways you can help your dog feel happier, more carefree, and well-loved:
Buy a GPS collar
The purpose of getting your dog a GPS collar is simple: it helps prevent your dog from getting lost. This can happen, for instance, when you’re in the woods and your dog joyfully romps out of sight chasing a squirrel. When it comes to GPS dog tracking collar, the DU Supply Garmin Astro 320 is the next generation. This type of collar is particularly useful if you live in a remote area and your dog gets out of the house and wanders off.
Provide Your Dog with Special Foods
Besides giving your dog a favorite brand of dog food, or your own home-cooked dog food after doing some online research, consider giving your dog some nutritious snacks.
Although you don’t want to overdo it, some good times to give your dog treats are as a reward during dog training, during holidays when everyone around your poor dog is relishing treats, and during those times when you think your dog is looking a little too lean.
So, while your kids might be enjoying their Halloween candy or your family and friends savoring your special Thanksgiving dessert, give your dog snacks designed for dogs. Natural treats are often made with peanuts, apple, carrots, oats, and similar wholesome ingredients.
Special foods like green tripe, milk thistle, raw eggs, organ meats, and coconut oil can help your dog build muscle and get a shinier coat. Think of them as doggy supplements.
Help Your Sick Dog Feel Better
While, of course, a trip to your caring veterinarian is the most sensible way to help your dog get well again, sometimes your local clinic may be so busy that it will take a few days before you can get an appointment.
What do you do in the meanwhile? Here are some home remedies you can try to make your pooch feel a little better:
- If your dog is suffering from nausea, vomits often, or has diarrhea, give your dog plenty of fluids with electrolytes to help them shake off their lethargy.
- If you suspect your dog is suffering from gastrointestinal distress, which often happens with puppies, then give your dog some yogurt to help repopulate their gut bacteria.
- If your dog is constantly scratching because they have a minor skin irritation, get a spray bottle and fill it with chamomile tea. Chamomile has soothing qualities that can help your dog feel less itchy.
Use a Dog Stroller
The idea of dog strollers is slowly getting wider acceptance. Although dog strollers are often used for elderly dogs who tire easily after long walks, they are also useful for taking your sick dog to the vet or for providing your dog with a safe space they can curl up for napping if you have to take your dog for a day at your busy office or have to stay overnight at a motel.
Find Great Places for Dog Walks
Humans aren’t the only ones who love to go to interesting places. A family vacation could include finding comprehensive trail guides for your dog to enjoy some outdoor adventure. There are numerous long-distance trails in populated Eastern and Midwestern regions and in the more remote Western areas.
There are many special things you can do for your dog. After all, as a New York Times article by researcher Gregory Burns says, “Dogs are people, too.”