Why your dog's emotional and physical health matters

It’s scientifically proven: dogs boost our mental health. Spending quality time with your pup lowers blood pressure, eases muscle tension, and helps regulate our breathing. Return the favor by looking after your dog’s emotional and physical health. Learn why it matters and what you can do to keep your dog emotionally and physically healthy.

Why It Matters

Dogs’ lives are short but precious. Like us, physical and mental health can have a direct impact on dogs’ longevity. Take good care of them, and they will likely be at your side that much longer.

Over 85 million U.S. households own a dog, cat, or other pet, the American Pet Products Association (APPA) reveals. Many of those dog-owning households view their furry friend as part of the family. Treat them accordingly. You wouldn’t leave for an adults-only vacation without finding quality, reliable child care. You should approach finding a dog boarding service the same way. They’re part of the family, after all!

Looking After Your Dog’s Emotional Health

Dogs experience joy, anger, fear, jealousy, and love. While it can be difficult to conceptualize exactly how dogs feel emotions, it may help to learn that dogs have the same emotional capacity as a human three-year-old, according to Psychology Today.

Look after your dog’s emotional health by targeting these basic emotions. Freely express your love and companionship for your dog. Help ease dogs’ fears by giving them security blankets, favorite toys, or treats to mitigate stress during difficult situations or transitions. Whenever possible, keep dogs out of high-stress scenarios. For example, avoid the park and other areas where they may potentially set off fireworks around the Fourth of July.

Investing in Your Dog’s Future with Preventative Care

In addition to looking after your dog’s emotional health, take action to keep them physically healthy, too. Like humans, dogs can tremendously benefit from preventative care. Take your dog for regular wellness checkups. Talk to a trusted veterinarian about their vaccinations, flea prevention, and any other concerns that you may have.

Help dogs get plenty of exercise by walking them regularly — remember, many dogs can swim and jog, too, if you’re so inclined — and give dogs safe bones and chew toys to help clean their teeth and maintain their dental health.

Does your dog’s companionship mean the world to you? Show your dog some love in return by doing whatever you can to ensure their physical and emotional well-being.

If your dog needs some companionship and care while you’re away on a trip or away at work, consider the Eastern Shore Pet Resort. We offer quality dog boarding services you can rely on to take great care of your furry friend. For more information about our dog boarding services, contact Eastern Shore Pet Resort today.

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