As any dog parent knows, the love for our furry best friends is boundless. They’re there to greet you with a wag of their tail at the end of a long day of work, they wake you up with dog kisses (an alarm clock that’s impossible to get angry at), and they constantly let you know that you’re their world and nothing else is as important to them as you. Their love is inimitable, and they deserve the best animal care possible to live a long and healthy life as your companion.

At Southern Hills Animal Hospital in Tulsa, we’re here for you and your beloved dog whenever you need us. We provide the best and most comprehensive veterinary services available and each and every one of our staff members is devoted to the ultimate well-being of your pet and treat them as one of our own. While we’ll be there whenever you need us, good times and bad, there is only so much that we can do to keep them healthy, the rest is up to you!

We know that you care for your pet with every fiber of your being and that their health is a top priority, so whether you’re new to owning a dog (congratulations!) or would just like a refresher, this blog will provide you with some easy advice and tips on how to ensure that your dog is living the healthiest and happiest life imaginable because as you know, they deserve it.

If you’d like more information about our veterinary clinic and the animal care services that we provide, don’t hesitate to reach out! If you’d like to visit with one of our veterinarians, then simply book your appointment now!

A Good Home

While dogs may have come from wolves and wear a warm furry coat (maybe not depending on the breed) but that doesn’t mean that they’re meant to stay outdoors all day, every day. Dogs are domesticated animals and need proper shelter from the heat (we all know how hot Tulsa gets), cold, rain, and all of the other elements that weather throws our way. Just like us, your dog needs to be protected, so it’s important that they have a proper home keeping them safe.

As for bedding, they need a soft space that gives them a sense of security. While some experts say that they shouldn’t sleep in bed with you, we’re not judging one little bit if they do. But if you have a dog bed laid out in a specific spot, or provide them with a blanket, towel, or pillow in a crate, that works too! The important thing is that they feel comfortable and can get a good night’s sleep.

Keep Them Running

Exercise is incredibly important to your dog’s health! Of course, depending on their age or breed, your dog may need more or less exercise than others, but either way they require time to run. Not only will a dog living a sedentary life get bored which often leads to behavioral problems, but their health will be at risk too. Getting your dog the exercise that they need (and want) will reduce the chances that they become obese, develop heart conditions, or have problems with their joints.

You know your dog better than anyone, so you know how much exercise they require. If your dog is young and loves to run, make sure to get them going as much as possible! Throw the ball, take them on a hike, or let them run alongside you when you go out for a jog. A good rule for younger or more athletic dogs is that if they crash as soon as you get home and stay asleep, you may have pushed them too hard. If they keep trying to play, incessantly pick on the cat, or bring you the ball to play more, it might not have been enough exercise. If he or she wants to rest and maybe take a short nap, you hit the sweet spot.

If you have an older dog or one that doesn’t require as much exercise, remember that just a simple and short walk every day will go a long way! Just getting them out and about, stretching their legs, and letting them smell everything they can, that’s greatly helping their health as well as their happiness.

Proper Nutrition

Just like humans, your dog’s health depends on what foods they’re putting into their body. Each breed and dog are different and require different nutrients or may have certain allergies, so it’s important to know what their body needs. Don’t worry if you have no idea what’s good for them, that’s what we’re here for. At our animal hospital, we have nutrition experts that will meet with you and your best friend and work out what diet is appropriate. Proper nutrition will help them maintain a healthy weight and let them live a long and happy life.

Keep Their Coat Healthy

Your dog relies on their coat to keep them safe and warm, so it’s important to keep it as healthy as possible. Make sure that you are brushing them routinely and bathing them as well. If your pet hates when you give them a bath, no worries, let us be the bad guy! We provide professional grooming services to keep them looking and feeling great.

Stimulate Their Minds

Your pet is always ready to learn. Dogs are interactive animals and look to their owners to provide them with stimuli. The old adage that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks is a farce. Even if you have a senior dog, they still want a challenge or to experience/learn something new. So no matter what their age, try teaching them a new trick. If this seems impossible, just change up their routine a little bit so that they can explore new things. Take them on a walk that they’ve never been on, introduce them to new people, dogs, and environments, play a new game with them! This will provide them with the animal care that they need and we promise you that you’ll have one happy doggo.

Lots of Love

We probably don’t need to tell you this, but with all of the love that your dog pours out to you, they’re expecting at least a fraction of that affection returned! This is incredibly easy! Give them all the belly rubs in the world, let them snuggle up against you as you watch television, talk to them in a silly baby voice no matter who’s watching, or give them a treat when they’ve behaved! Our veterinarians and the staff at our animal hospital will surely provide your dog with all the love that we can, but this one is on you! Your dog looks up to you and loves you with all of their heart, and they want to know that they’re doing a good job and that the love is returned. If your dog is next to you as you read this, give them a little scratch behind the ears!

Trips to the Vet

Okay, we know that Southern Hills Animal Hospital in Tulsa might not be your dog’s favorite place to go, in fact, it’s probably their least favorite. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt our feelings. But as much as your dog may hate coming to see us, the animal care we provide ensures that they are healthy and happy. We provide a full range of veterinary services, so no matter what you (your dog) needs, we’re here. Whether it be an annual exam so that our veterinarians can make sure that there are no problems, and if there are, we’ll treat them immediately, or any of our other services including grooming, boarding, microchipping, or even an emergency, you can count on Southern Hills Animal Hospital. Contact us today!