As we settle into the new year, many of us are finalizing our New Year’s resolutions. But what about some resolutions for your dog? After all, it's not just us humans who can benefit from setting some resolutions – our furry friends also deserve a plan to help them look and feel their best!
For many of us, our resolutions revolve around health, wellness, and growth. Whether it's making some new friends, eating healthier, or taking care of their bodies, the same major themes are true for our pups! In this blog, we'll go over our best tips to help your pup be their best, especially during the chilly winter months!
Healthy Eating Habits for Your Four-Legged Friend
As much as we try to avoid it, it's likely that some of our pups had their fair share of table scraps and extra treats this holiday season. While the occasional treat is great, moderation is important. After all, a proper diet is crucial for your dog's health!
While everyone knows what works best for their dog, some additions can help them stay full longer (and avoid those pleading eyes that start hours before mealtime!) while providing extra nutrients. Some great toppers are:
- Shredded chicken breast
- Cooked and peeled sweet potato (cubed or pureed)
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Chopped vegetables such as carrots and kale (cooked or raw – whichever works best for your pup)
- Eggs (scrambled, sunny side up, or soft/hard-boiled)
Of course, always add these items sparingly, never use seasoning, and opt for organic when possible! When it comes to anything you're not sure about, remember: when in doubt, check it out. A quick call to your vet or search on reputable sites can help you ensure any additions you want to incorporate are pup-safe!
Keeping Your Dog Active During the Winter Months
Like humans, regular exercise is vital for your dog's physical and mental well-being. Exercise can become challenging in the winter – the cold air, snow, and shorter days make us want to stay inside and curl up on the couch. The solution? Doggie daycare.
While it's great year-round, doggie daycare is perfect for the winter. Not only does daycare ensure your pup has a day full of enrichment and exercise, but at Room for Paws, our 15,000 sq. foot facility has agility equipment made specifically for dogs, K9TM grass, and coated rubber floors – meaning any play is fun and safe.
With ample space and climate-controlled environments, your dog can play, run, and socialize, regardless of the weather, keeping them fit and preventing boredom-related behaviors. If there are any unwanted behaviors that popped up during the holidays, additional training services can help. At Room for Paws, our training services can be added to any daycare or boarding stay!
Winter Health and Safety Tips for Your Dog
Regular grooming and preventive care are always essential, but especially in the winter. Winter brings unique challenges like icy sidewalks, cold temperatures, and harmful road salt – which can irritate paws. Make sure to purchase some protective salve or boots to keep your pup safe on winter walks. Regular brushing, coat and nail trim, and de-shedding are crucial to keep your dog happy and safe in the winter (and your home shedding free). Doing so helps them walk safely, regulate their temperature, and helps to avoid any matting! Our professional grooming spa offers a wide range of services in addition to the above, all of which can always be added to your dog's daycare or boarding stay.
Additionally, it's important to remember that it's not just cold and flu season for humans. Our pups can also get sick, and choosing a daycare or boarding facility that is vigilant about preventing dog illnesses is crucial. At Room for Paws, we take this seriously with strict health and sanitation protocols, ensuring a safe and healthy environment for your furry friend.
With extensive relationships with veterinarians throughout Fairfield County, we always stay updated on any animal health concerns to be as safe and proactive as possible. We do not accept any pups showing any signs of illness, such as a runny nose or cough. Some of our safety measures include:
- Individual suites and filtered water bowls
- Small group play
- Spacious, non-crowded facility for ample breathing room
- Air filtration systems in every room
- An HVAC system that reintroduces fresh outside air every 10 minutes
- Air purifiers and sanitizing UV lights
- Daily deep cleaning and sanitizing
These protocols have been implemented since we launched and have become increasingly important in today’s world. We are confident our facility not only meets, but exceeds our high standards. In fact, in addition to being our Spokesdogs, our very own pups, Logan and Lucy, are regulars at our daycare as well!
How to Have a Happier, Healthier Dog
When it comes to keeping your dog safe and healthy, look no further than Room for Paws. Our facility is not just a place to stay and play; it's a carefully designed environment to keep your pup thriving in every season. With an expansive facility, fully climate controlled interior spaces, and extensive safety measures, you can rest easy knowing your pup is safe as they enjoy themselves at daycare and their resort stay. Plus, they'll be in the expert hands of our caring staff, who are as passionate about your dog's happiness and health as you are.