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How to support your therapy dog
Canines that work as therapy dogs have an important job. Whether they are leading the blind, alerting children to severe allergic reactions or soothing an elderly resident in a nursing home, all therapy dogs have to be on their best behavior every day to help humans. As hard as these dogs work, their handlers have to work just as hard to keep them happy and healthy. Whether you are the full-time or part-time handler of a therapy dog, here are the best ways to keep them healthy.
Feed the best pet food
Therapy dogs deserve the best of the best, and there is nothing more important for a dog than its food. Therapy dogs are often on their feet all day, being social with humans or leading them somewhere. To keep your pooch on the top of its game and reward it for a job well done, feed it the highest quality food you can find. You pooch may love Wellness CORE Dry Dog Food, which is grain-free with high levels of protein. It will also nourish joints with chondroitin and glucosamine for dogs added into the formula. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids will support skin and other organ health, and it has plenty of fruits and veggies for natural sources of vitamins and minerals.
Stay up to date on pet drugs
Therapy dogs don't exactly get paid sick days, so falling ill can be a huge problem for the people the dog serves and the dog itself. That is why it is important to stay up to date on its medications to prevent heartworm disease, and diseases carried by fleas and ticks. Monthly preventative pet drugs like Pet Armor will protect your pooch from fleas, ticks and chewing lice, which means it will be extremely unlikely to contract tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease. Giving your dog heartworm preventatives like Heartgard Plus can help it ward off this devastating disease of parasites.
Prioritize play and exercise
Just because your dog is better trained and seemingly calmer than most, does not mean it is any less of a dog. In fact, dogs that work all day long need even more play and exercise – time off, you can call it. When your pooch is off-duty, make sure to throw a Wing-A-Ball for it or play a game of tug-o-war. It is important that your dog have time to let loose and stay fit with exercise.