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Keeping Your Dog Happy and Healthy: Best Tips From Your Local Vet

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Dr. Rick Coufal, DVM

Dr. Rick Coufal, DVM

Dr. Rick Coufal is the founder and lead veterinarian for Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic. Coufal graduated from State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in May of 2000.

There’s no doubt that our dogs become part of our family. We care and love for them just like we would our own children. As a pet owner, the health of our dogs is so important, and seeing them live a care-free life is so rewarding. As a vet in Colorado Springs, we help maintain that level of health for your pet, but there are so many things that you can do at home to make sure your dog is happy and healthy for a long time. Here’s our best recommendations to keep your dog in good health and high spirits.

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Healthy Diet

Just like with humans, diet is an essential aspect of health. Although the right brand of food is one aspect of diet, equally important is portion control. Depending on the size and current weight, your dog may be eating more or less than they should be. Additionally, treats and human food should be given in moderation to maintain a healthy weight. To get recommendations on dog food, or to know what portion is right for the size of your dog, contact a Veterinarian.


Another key aspect that both maintains healthy weight and improves your dog’s overall health is regular exercise. As puppies, all that energy is put to good use, as they play and run and seek out adventure. However, as our dogs age, exercise becomes a past time in their natural day-to-day life. It’s essential that your dog continues to get regular exercise to keep them healthy. A regular walk every day can help improve heart, joint, and lung health. Also, walks always bring so much joy to our pups, which is so important for the longevity of their lives. So, whether you walk around the neighborhood, play in your backyard, or take a hike, know that your dog appreciates it! If you want ideas for where to hike, read our latest blog post on the best dog-friendly hiking trails in Colorado Springs!


However, when exercising and throughout the day protect your dog by bringing water with you when your dog exercises. Keeping your dog hydrated is one easy way to make your dog happy and healthy. Staying hydrated is especially true when temperatures are high, but still important even during the winter. Make sure to clean your dog’s bowl every once in awhile as well!

Stimulating the Mind

Toys and activities do so much for a dog’s health and happiness! Especially as our dogs age, it is important to continue to engage with them, whether that is through a new toy, or a new adventure outside of the home. This is one of the more understated ways to keep giving your dog a long and happy life, but it is so easy to do for your furry friend.

Watch the Fur (brush, burs, fleas)

Additionally, another easy thing to do at home is check your dog’s fur. The fur makes up so much of a dog that proper care will increase your dog’s health and happiness. Care includes regular brushing and cuts, depending on the breed. It’s also a good idea to check for burs and fleas that could be buried in your dog’s fur.

Regular Vet Checkups

The best possible way to care for your dog is to make sure you have the best vet to do regular health checks. Routine visits with your local veterinarian help interpret what your dog is trying to tell you, ensuring that nothing is wrong. Plus, routine checkups keep your dog up to date with yearly vaccines and care. A good vet can also give you more suggestions on how to care for your dog specific to its age, breed, and lifestyle.

Dental care

Just like with veterinary visits, routine dental care is just as important for your dog’s health. Without proper dental care and checkups, dogs can develop dental disease and tooth rot, making it painful for them to eat and play. Dental care is especially important for dogs since they often chew on items which could go unnoticed if the item gets lodged in or scratches the mouth.

Love and Affection

The biggest thing you can do to keep your dog happy and healthy is something you already do. Your dog loves you, and returning that love and affection will make their day, along with improving their health. It’s that easy!

Keep Your Dog Well At Ponderosa Vet Clinic

If you’re looking for a veterinary clinic that wants to love your dog as much as you do, give us a call at Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic! Our primary goal is to keep your dog happy and healthy, and we offer a range of services that can help you do that. Contact us to schedule an appointment!

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