Heart Healthy this Valentine’s Day

Your dog is one of your best friends and it’s always important to remember that they rely on you to keep them healthy.  Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, we’ll be cheesy and focus on their heart.  Check out these tips to keeping your Valentine’s heart healthy!

  1. Feed them a healthy diet. A good diet is essential for your pup’s heart health.  Take a look at the food you feed them and make sure it is made of high quality ingredients.
  2. Keep their body weight in check. Just because they have healthy food doesn’t mean that your dog has an ideal body weight.  Check with your vet to make sure your dog isn’t over or underfed – both can put a strain on your pups heart.
  3. Lots of exercise! Regular exercise is important for all dogs.  You can go on walks, hikes, swim (head to the James Island County Park for a blast!), or have them tag along on your runs.  They’ll have a blast and you’ll both stay in shape!  If your dog is older, check with your vet to see what kind of exercise they recommend for your sweetie.
  4. Visit your vet. Going to the vet annually (or more often if there is a health condition) will keep your pup in tip-top shape.