Top Wellness Tips for our Canine Best Friend's
As a pet owner I worry about my diet just as much as my dog's, after all, they are part of the family and I want only the best for them to ensure that they live long and happy lives. It’s easy to tell when humans aren’t feeling their best, but with pets, it can be a bit trickier. Luckily, Pawl B More, the world’s first canine pet health expert, has provided us with his top tips to help you make sure your best friend’s health is in perfect form. Pawl is Australia's first talking Naturopathic dog who is fronting the freshly launched Ask Pawl online advisory service for pet owners. You can go online, ask Pawl questions on canine health and wellness and he will respond with a video! There are many simple things that we can do to to achieve optimal wellness for our fur babies and Pawl explains below - with a certified vet checking his answers off ;)
- Nose to toe checks
By performing simple health checks regularly, you’ll be able to tell when we’re a bit off colour and if veterinary assistance is needed. Starting from the nose and working towards our toes, check for: dry noses or nasal discharge, red/weepy eyes, loose teeth, inflamed gums, and any lumps and bumps on our body. Next, look for red dots (a sign of fleas!), dry/flaky skin, and any sneaky ticks. Finish off by checking for any swollen joints and monitoring our toenail length.
- Get physical
Just like you, us pets need to stay active, not only to keep our waistlines trim but to help us manage conditions like arthritis as we age. Don’t worry, 24km half marathons aren’t needed! You can start us off with 15-20 minutes and work towards 30-40 minutes, 4 times per week of ball throwing, jogging, walking or even swimming, which is gentle on bones and joints.
- Protect against creepy crawlies
There’s a lot of little fellas’ out there trying to latch onto our coats for a free feast! These fleas and ticks can cause pretty nasty health consequences, so it’s important that at the first sign of excessive scratching, you perform a full body check, find a vet recommended flea treatment and use a gentle, sulphate-free flea wash for us. We also wouldn’t mind some scented candles sitting next to the bath…
- Keep those pearly whites sparkling
Our smile is our best asset, so keep an eye out for: inflamed gums (very red), wobbly teeth and brown tartar (spots) on our teeth. These can be a tad uncomfortable and indicate our oral health isn’t in its best form. Book us in for a clean with your vet, and look for some tasty oral-health chews that we can snack on to keep our chompers in good nick.
- Make it sulphate free!
Our skin is just as sensitive as yours. Sulphates are foaming agents that can dry us out and strip our skin of its natural oils, causing us to get itchy, flaky and very uncomfortable, so we prefer washes that are sulphate free.
- Clean our environment
To help keep pesky fleas and allergens away, regularly wash our beds (and that blanket you adore that we like to sneak a nap on when we think you’re not watching), as well as vacuuming floors and couches.
- Look after wounds
Any deep wounds that could become infected need to be checked out by a vet. But our smaller nicks and scratches can be looked after with Manuka Honey, an age old remedy that helps heal cuts, wounds and burns. Make sure to use medical-grade Manuka honey, which is sterilised and creates a barrier against contamination. We’ll resist the urge to lick it off!
- Ease aching bones and joints
Older dogs often have aching joints, so it’s important to ensure we’ve got a diet high in Omega-3’s to help reduce joint inflammation. You can keep it simple and find a great supplement powder to sprinkle on our food- we won’t even know you’ve done it, you sneaky thing!
- Clean our ears
If we’re shaking our heads, rubbing our ears against the floor, or have signs of blood blisters on our ear flaps, then we may have a build-up of wax and potential ear infection. Make sure you bring us to the vet for treatment! A gentle cleaning earwash can be used on weekly basis to prevent any nastiness from occurring.
- Give us a gutful!
It makes sense that if your diet is full of healthy bacteria, vitamins and minerals, ours should be too, right? We need plenty of good bacteria to help provide intestinal balance and prevent digestive dysfunction like diarrhoea. Minerals like magnesium can help support strong bones and teeth, and basic vitamins keep our health in tip-top shape.
- Keep us out of the cold!
We may be furry, but we still feel the winter chill and are susceptible to sniffles from time to time. Reduce our exposure to the cold during the winter months by giving us somewhere warm and dry to dwell, with a bed raised off the cold floor. Our tresses need a bit of TLC too - a nice conditioning spray will take care of dryness and dandruff (snow is meant for the snowfields only!)
I’m a Kelpie cross Border Collie and am 5 dog years (34 human years). I grew up on a farm in South Australia and my parents were grape farmers. I have finished a degree in Pet Health at the University of Australia and have been consulting since. I love anything outdoors but have really got into surfing down at Bondi Beach since moving to NSW. I am now working with Blackmores as the world’s first pet health expert “spokesdog” and look after the PAW by Blackmores advisory service called askpawl.com.au You can come see me any time and ask me questions on pet health & wellbeing and I’ll answer you with a video. ABOUT PAW BY BLACKMORES
Pure Animal Wellbeing (PAW), is the natural pet healthcare range from Blackmores Animal Health division. The PAW by Blackmores range includes innovative, vet-recommended supplements and products to benefit pet health, including clinically proven products for joint, digestive, ear, wound and skin care and a grooming range free of nasty sulphates and chemicals. Developed by vets and inspired by nature for products specifically designed to keep your pets healthy and happy so they can enjoy the best of life.