This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wellness. The opinions and text are all mine.
Signs of wellness in your dog can be a bit trickier to spot than in a person. If you know what to look for, though, the health of your pet becomes apparent pretty quickly.
The fastest way to impact your dog’s wellness is simple; high-quality nutrients fed on a consistent basis. Here are the signs to look for and how to bolster them:
1. Skin & Coat
Is your dog’s coat shiny or dull? Does he have skin issues like dryness or itchiness?
Look for a food that includes essential vitamins and minerals as well as guaranteed levels of Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids.
Does he seem lethargic or playful? Your pup should be excitable when you show him it’s playtime.
Feed him a balanced blend of high-quality proteins and select fats to provide the energy your dog needs to thrive. Consider if a grain free option is right for him.
3. Digestive Health
Does your dog’s stomach gurgle often? How’s his poop? Yes, my fellow pet parents, check it from time to time. It’s an easy way to see what’s going on inside.
A combination of healthy fiber, chicory root extract, and probiotics help support healthy digestion.
4. Healthy Eyes, Teeth, and Gums
Are his eyes clear & bright? Do you see inflamed gums or a large amount of plaque on his teeth?
Select a dog food with guaranteed levels of Vitamin A to help support healthy eyes and calcium & phosphorous to help support healthy teeth and gums.
5. Strong Immunity
Does he get sick often? If you’re headed to the vet for ear infections, eye infections or other preventable illnesses often, it could be a sign that his immune system isn’t being properly supported.
Feed your pup antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables and nutritional supplements such as Vitamin E help to support a healthy immune system.
All in one?
Listen, we have four (yes, four) dogs and I don’t really have time to be preparing a four-course meal every morning and every evening to ensure they’re all getting the super nutrients they need.
I was recently given the opportunity to head to Petsmart to try the new Wellness® Complete Health™ line of pet foods for one of them to see how the benefits stack up to our existing dog food.
The line includes high-quality protein for full energy, prebiotics, and probiotics to support healthy digestion, as well as Vitamin A & E to support healthy immune system. We think this is finally the all in one solution we’ve been looking for.
We decided to move Elwood over to the new Wellness Complete Health food for a full three months to see what kind of visible impact better nutrition can have on him. We’ll be watching closely and evaluating the 5 signs of wellness as listed above.
Elwood is our 5 y/o loveable rescue. He’s a mutt in every sense of the word; an interesting blend of Australian Kelpie, Chow Chow, Maltese, and Miniature Dachshund.
According to his DNA test, all four of his grandparents were pure-bred and we often joke that he’s a designer dog experiment gone wrong. He’s got the length & paws of a Dachshund, the silky softness of a Maltese, and the spirit of a Chow Chow/Australian Kelpie.
He’s the sweetest boy on earth, though, and his favorite activity is snuggling on the couch under a blanket.
Elwood’s been eating Wellness Complete Health now for about two weeks and he loves it. We’re excited to start seeing the benefits shortly so stay tuned!