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Taking Good Care of Our Rescue Dog – Printable Health Checklist Too!

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I can’t believe it’s been nearly 3 years since we brought home our lovable rescue dog. When she came home, she bonded quickly with our family. We named her Panda. My son likes to brag, “Panda is smart, fluffy, cute and awesome. She is the most awesome dog in the world!” My daughter says, “Panda is clever, loves to play, and really fluffy. I love having her in our family.”

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Taking Good Care of Our Rescue Dog

We all consider her our rescue dog as a family member. We want to take great care of her in every way. That includes making sure that she is healthy. I’ve assigned the job of being “home vets” to both of my kids. They are responsible for going through a health check weekly and alerting my husband and I if they notice anything different or strange.



To make this job easy, we created a DIY Doggy Health Checklist*. We asked her advice in coming up with our checklist as well. Our vet says:

“It’s important to know your dog’s body to pick up on any changes. Put aside about 5 minutes to pet and feel you dog all over their body. If you spot or feel anything strange, give me a call.”Screen Shot 2016-10-10 at 11.18.11 AMDownload full size DogsHealthChecklist here.*


It’s also important for us to make sure Panda gets the food she needs. We choose Beyond Natural Wet Dog Food as a main part of her diet. We appreciate that Beyond Natural Wet Dog Food contains the ingredients we want for our dog. The Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe is Panda’s favorite.


As a busy mom, I really appreciate that I can find this and other great Purina products and my local Stop & Shop where the aisles are full of natural and healthy solutions for your pets. It helps save me the time I’d need to make a special trip to the pet store.

Life is likea cup of tea.

In addition to Panda’s food, we want to make sure we keep her teeth health. Did you know that a dog’s oral health can contribute to other health issues if you don’t take good care of it? We want to keep her doggy “smile” bright and healthy. We like Purina DentalLife as her daily dental treat. She loves them! You can try Purina DentalLife with a $2 coupon available at



We found both Beyond Natural Wet Dog Food and Purina DentalLife in the Pet Aisle at Stop and Shop. Stop by your local store today to pick up something for your pet. They’ve even got some other accessories and pet toys.

 From Dog Shelter to Health Coach

What do you love most about your pet? Do you have a rescue dog?

*Please note: No information in this post is to be taken as professional veterinary advice. Please consult your veterinarian for recommendations and practices appropriate for your pet.

Taking Good Care of Our Rescue Dog - Printable Health Checklist Too!

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  1. Liz Mays says:

    She is a cutie pie! I love how wonderful you are with her, and that checklist is pretty awesome!

  2. Jenna Wood says:

    It really is important to keep a record, and check regularly, on your dog’s skin, coat, and body conditions. Early detection is the key to long life! #client

  3. Having a checklist is such a great idea! Your pup is so cute! My pup also loves the Dental line from Purina- helps me in between brushing!

  4. Kathy says:

    What a beautiful dog! I don’t have any dogs, but I do have two cats that were strays and soon to be a third stray. I think this is a great checklist as well.

  5. Tania says:

    Your dog is beautiful! We have a rescue dog, too! He’s about to turn 1, and I love your list. Sometimes I feel like I’m still so new at this.

  6. Love your list, I’ve never thought of some of those things! Thank you for sharing it!

  7. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Your dog is super cute! I love that you are helping to make a difference in the pet community.

  8. This checklist is perfect for kids to keep track of their new dog’s health. I must print for my kids.

  9. Melanie says:

    Awwww… he is adorable and soo loving; rescue pups are the best. We have 3 and love them soo much; great tips, thanks for sharing

  10. Reesa Lewandowski says:

    A lot of people don’t think about all of these needs for their dogs. This would give some guidance for sure.

  11. Robin Rue says:

    This printable will definitely come in handy with our fur baby. It is so important to take their health just as importantly as anyone else in the family.

  12. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    My Sister has two rescue dogs and they are fantastic. I will have to share this post with her.

  13. Tammi Roy says:

    This is a great list to print off. Your dog looks so adorable. I would love to get some of the treats for our dog.

  14. Dentalife looks like a great treat for dogs. I like a treat that will clean their teeth at the same time.

  15. Sherry says:

    We got our dog, Crosby, at the local SPCA. We love how goofy and loveable he is. I will have to print this list out.

  16. Stacie says:

    We don’t have a dog but this is a great checklist. I wonder if this list would work with cats as well. We have 3 of them.

  17. What a gorgeous dog! My daughter has two dogs who I feel would love this food!

  18. It looks like rescuing your “Panda” was the best idea your family had (at least from the dog’s perspective). I wish we could have a dog, but it warms my heart to see other families that deeply love their pet and care for it!

  19. Jeanette says:

    Now that is a good list and it keeps you in tune with your dog’s health. I can’t wait to get a new dog this is one of the foods were are considering.

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