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Jingle was a little over 3 months old when we brought her home from our local animal shelter. With a mix of German Shepherd and Chow Chow in her DNA, we knew she would grow to be a strong, medium-sized dog but recognized we needed to do our part to help her thrive.
Best tips to ensure your dog is healthy and happy
If you’re welcoming a dog into your home for the first time, don’t be overwhelmed with all the pet resources out there. If you keep these important tips in mind, you will be able to really enjoy your sweet pup/dog as she fills your family’s hearts one wag, slobber-filled lick and grateful paw at a time.
Support your dog’s growth with the right food
The market is filled with a number of dog food brands but if you want a recommendation for a brand we’ve stuck with for Jingle, it’s Purina.
As she grows, we’ve transitioned her to Purina Pro Plan® SAVOR® Adult Dog Food, a line in the Purina Pro Plan family.
Purina Pro Plan provides nutrition that performs in a variety of wet and dry products formulated for taste preferences, age, dietary considerations or activity/lifestyle in four platforms for dogs.
The Plan has purpose-driven recipes, available in grain-free or no corn, wheat or soy options to satisfy picky eaters, supporting cognitive health and more. Backed by a team of over 400 Purina scientists, including nutritionists, behaviorists and veterinarians, each of the platforms offers outstanding nutrition. No ingredient is unnecessary—everything is precisely and purposefully selected. (Visit the Purina University to learn more)
The nutritious dry formula food is a combination of crunchy kibble and soft, shredded pieces of real chicken, beef, lamb, or salmon to provide her with texture and taste.
This is also available as wet food and with grain-free alternatives.
If you’re unsure about what your dog needs for the stage/phase of life she is in, sign up for a personalized myPlan.
Ensure your dog stays hydrated.
If you notice you don’t have to re-fill your dog’s water bowl some time during the day, make it a point to watch her drink some water.
Dehydration will zap a dog of strength, health and energy.
Keep your dog active and challenge her mind to stay sharp!
This does not have to be anything elaborate. A walk every evening and/or morning, playing fetch in your backyard or even taking her to the local dog park, will keep her physically fit.
Teaching your dog basic tricks will also keep her mind sharp but remember to always reward her with a nutritious treat when she follows through with direction.
Spend time with your dog
Now, this does mean quality time, through the day and not just for a few minutes at the end of the day or in the morning before you head out the door. Your dog’s emotional health affects her physically and no, food and toys can never be considered a replacement for love. Loving on her, indulging her with belly rubs and lots of hugs will give your dog the security she needs.
Keep her well-being a priority.
This includes making sure she’s up to date on vaccinations and is taken to a vet when something doesn’t seem the ordinary with her. Keeping her groomed is also important and yes, PetSmart offers all these services and more, making the store our one-stop go-to, when it comes to Jingle’s well-being.
Heads up! SAVE BIG with Purina Pro Plan products at PetSmart.
If you’re like me, I like to stock up on favorites when on sale, especially when PetSmart has a great promotion(s).
From now till 12/3/17, Pro Plan dry dog food 47lb-50lb bags are on sale for $49.99 and Pro Plan wet dog food 12 ct Variety Packs are also on sale.
Till December 3rd, the smaller bags are on sale for $10, with your PetPerks.
To rake in additional savings, download the free Shopkick app and earn kicks that can be redeemed for free gift cards as the kicks accumulate.
The promotion you will want to capitalize on runs through till 11/30/17.
Earn 10 kicks by watching an educational video. Earn 50 kicks for scanning the barcode on select Purina Pro Plan cat food, dog food or treats product. Earn 200 kicks for purchasing select Purina Pro Plan products and submitting your receipt.
For more tips and resources visit the Purina Pro Plan hub and yes, I would love to hear your tips and recommendations too.