12 Tips for a Healthy Dog
Our dogs are like family and we would do anything to make sure they have good quality and longevity of life. Here’s twelve essential tips to improve your dog’s health:
Your dog should get at least 1-2 hours of physical activity every day. Walking, swimming and playing fetch are all great ways to keep your dog happy and healthy.
It is believed that one in five dogs suffer from some form of allergy. Look for signs like itchy ears, and feet as well as sneezing in your dog’s behavior.
Fish oil and other fatty acid supplements can reduce inflammation and improve your dog’s skin health.
Just like with you, vaccines boost your dog’s immune system against serious diseases that can put your dog and other animals at risk. Dogs should be vaccinated 2-3 times as a puppy and once every 3 years once into adulthood.
Regular Veterinary Checkups
Health issues can arise in your canine without you being aware. Visiting the vet can prevent serious diseases from cropping up, giving your dog a better longer lasting life. It’s recommended to visit the vet once every 6-12 months.
Buying high quality dog food with essential nutrients, and proteins will give your dog better quality of life. Shinier coat, healthier skin, and a stronger immune system are some benefits for having a better diet.
Sugars, carbs, and artificial ingredients can be very harmful for a dog’s cardiovascular system. Cut these out of your dog’s diet.
Prevent Ticks and Fleas
Anti-tick/flea medication should be used bi-weekly or monthly depending on the individual product. Check your dog daily for ticks and fleas during tick season. Keeping both your lawn and dog’s coat short during this time will make it easier for your dog to avoid ticks.
The most common cause of obesity in dogs is overeating. These dogs will eat more calories than their bodies will end up using. If your dog is packing on the pounds, feed him/her less and exercise him/her more. Ask your vet what daily amount of food would be appropriate for your dog to eat.
Obesity can lead to a plethora of problems for your dog including, arthritis, breathing difficulties, diabetes, and heart problems.
Keep Cool in the Summer
Dogs have a rougher time than humans keeping cool since they’re covered in hair and have no sweat glands. Your dog will need your help to withstand the increasing temperatures and stave off potential heat stroke and death.
Make sure your dog always has access to fresh, cool water especially outside. Make shade plentiful for your dog, put ice in his/her water, and trim down on his/her coat if it is lengthy.
Occasionally Substitute Dry Food with Veggies
Buying frozen foods (with no onions or potatoes) along with raw carrot are great alternatives to dry food. These will give your dog vital nutrients and vitamins.
Maintain Your Dog’s Teeth
Having clean teeth will prevent oral diseases in your dog and promote fresher breath. Giving your dog bones and chew toys will scrape plaque off his/her teeth. Regular dental cleaning at the vet is also recommended every 6-12 months.
Keep Your Dog from Roaming
Dogs that roam unsupervised run the risk of hurting themselves and others in a myriad of ways. Your dog could contract life threatening diseases, like rabies, become prey to large predators, or get hit in an automobile accident. Keep a close eye on your dog.
Keeping your dog looking clean and smelling fresh can improve their mood as well as improving their coat and skin health. Shampoo your dog and brush their coat at least once a month.
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