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7 Easy Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy & Happy

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Our dog, Sierra, is a plott hound/golden retriever mix and while she is 11 years old, she still loves taking long walks and gets bursts of energy to play. We all know that dogs can get into things they shouldn't, primarily unattended food and garbage, so it's crucial for me to ensure that she has a strong immune system and good digestive health. 


Probiotics are not just for humans. What are probiotics? Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when consumed in adequate amounts, have a health benefit to your pet. Good bacteria are crucial for the health of your dog's tummy. Dog probiotics help dogs maintain an ideal body condition and healthy skin and coat. Did you know that healthy gut bacteria may also have a positive impact on your dog's mood and behavior? 


Senior dogs are also more susceptible to a weakened immune system. We recently changed her food to Pro Plan® SAVOR® with probiotics. The probiotics in dry Pro Plan® Savor® formulas can exert a positive impact on her digestive health by balancing the levels of bacteria in her intestines. It's also the same probiotic strain found in numerous food and beverage products that we consume. Pro Plan® SAVOR® offers 14 dry formulas with guaranteed live probiotics to support your dog’s digestive health and real high-quality poultry, meat or fish as the #1 ingredient! Probiotics give extra TLC that helps keep Sierra feeling great! 


Purina® products are backed by 85+ years of Purina® research from 500+ scientists globally. For more details, visit Purina.com. It's reassuring to know that Purina® has a money-back guarantee (see proplan.com/guarantee for full details). 



Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy 

Provide your dog with nutritious, high-quality food for her dietary needs. 

Shop at your local Pet Supplies Plus for Pro Plan® SAVOR® with probiotics and other products to keep your dog healthy. I love that they have a neighborhood like vibe and offer a smaller footprint store which makes it easier to navigate and is less overwhelming than the larger competitors. Sierra loves a field trip to the store, and the staff is always super helpful and friendly.






Play with your dog daily.

15 minutes a day of playtime is vital for your dog's physical and emotional health. It helps elevate boredom and bonding with our pets has benefits for us humans too!



Exercise your dog daily.

Exercise is just as essential for our pets as it is for us. If your dog is not getting enough exercise, she may become bored and get into things she shouldn't.

Stimulate your dog's brain for good mental health.

Brain games are a great way to bond with your dog. Teach her a new command word, a new trick, or give her some new chew toys. 



Socialize with other dogs. 

Take a trip to the dog park, stop and chat with other dog walkers or if the weather's not cooperating, take her on a trip to the pet store with you.


Show her some love.

Did you know that a dog leaning against you is a sign of love and trust? It's their way of giving you a dog hug. Press your weight against them to display affection back. 


Routine care at the vet and vaccinations.

Sometimes dogs won't show symptoms of health problems so even if they appear to be healthy, they should visit the vet once a year to make sure they are in good shape. 


When switching Sierra to Purina® Pro Plan® SAVOR® dry, I took advantage of their $10 back offer. You can too by clicking HERE (valid through 3/31/19)!

What small choices do you do make everyday with your dog to keep them healthy and happy?



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