What does your dog eat daily? Do you give him table scraps, junk food? Does he have any adverse reactions to his diet? How would you know?
A healthy diet may cost a little bit more but, feeding your dog according to his lifestyle needs (Does he pull a sled, herd the sheep, live a quiet indoor life?) is more likely to result in a healthy dog with fewer visits to the vet.
There are many types and brands of foods on the market to choose from. Wholesome preservative-free foods provide the best opportunity for a healthy pet. However, there is no one size fits all dog food. A dog with specific sensitivities and/or allergies will often require being fed food which addresses those needs.
Water should be changed daily with bowls always being kept full. This is especially important during the hot summer months.
2. Dental Care
Many pet owners don’t consider the care of their dog’s teeth. Like humans, dogs’ dental health needs to be maintained to avoid toothaches and decay which can lead to tooth and/or gum disease. Reaching that point can be uncomfortable for your dog and your wallet. Dental treats can help in maintaining your dog’s teeth and gums while brushing your pet’s teeth with can ward off future dental problems.
3. Veterinary Care
Regular yearly vet exams are essential for your dog’s overall health maintenance as well as for updating shots and vaccines. Like us, our pets may contract communicable diseases spread from playing with other dogs, develop chronic problems that need to be monitored or develop other health issues.
Aside from noticing a change in your dog’s behavior or energy level, they often have a high threshold for pain causing their symptoms and discomfort to be hard to detect. Picking up on those changes as subtle as they may be are important clues to how your dog is feeling and when a visit to the vet is necessary.
Daily exercise is essential for any dog. A dog becomes overweight without it.They may also become depressed, Dogs generally enjoy being in the company of other dogs. Lack of walking and too much food daily can easily cause any dog to become heavier than they should be.
Vitamins can help dogs have more energy and look better as well. There are a lot of dog vitamins available; many of them actually taste like meat. This makes them far more appealing to dogs and easier for owners to administer. It’s important to check with a vet before giving your dog vitamins just to make sure they are safe for them.
A healthy dog is one who has all the attention he or she needs. Owners who don’t have time to spend with their dog often don’t realize how neglected their pets feel. Going on long business trips and constantly being away from the house can mean a lonely dog at home. If you are going to have a dog you need to schedule the time to play with it and just pet it. Dogs are very versatile and can have a good time whether they are out and about or relaxing with you on the couch. Lack of attention can sometimes mean a dog turning mean and being unfriendly to guests.
A lot of pet owners don’t realize that their dog suffers from allergies throughout the year. Allergies are very common among pets of all types and can generally be dealt with pretty easily. There are a lot of medications that can help out and improve symptoms. Sometimes owners think their pet is reacting to eating something when really they are showing signs of having allergies to the air or other animals. It’s important to have a vet take a look to determine what the cause of the problems is.