Keeping your dog healthy and happy
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Healthy dog tips and advice
Dog health should be every dog owner’s top priority. Your canine depends on you to keep them happy and healthy. As with humans, overlooking your dog’s health can result in more severe health problems down the line. Caring for your canine at the beginning will ensure that you have a healthy, happy canine friend that can play a part in all family activities, now and in the years to come. As they say prevention is better than cure.
Money may not be your prime concern when your canine is ill but remember that ongoing medical treatment will be a major expense. You can limit your medical expenses by taking dog health seriously from the moment you bring your new friend home.
Most Frequent Dog Health Issues
Arthritis: There are instances when your dog will misjudge a jump or underestimate a movement. In some cases, this can lead to early injury or a leg break. This leaves your friend in pain while he limps around as a result of a broken limb. Sometimes, your dog won’t even be able to move. It is best to take your dog to a vet immediately so that surgery or a cast can repair the bone in the early stages. This may help lessen the long-term effects.
Ear Infection: Dogs’ ears can get affected by a contagious strain of bacteria. If you notice your dog scratching his ears all the time, a visit to the vet is necessary. Antibiotics for the infection or medicines for the ear pain, prescribed by your vet can help cure the irritation.
Obesity: Unhealthy food will affect on your dog health and wellbeing. Read the food labels carefully when picking food for your dog. The ingredients should be natural and free from toxic chemicals and additives. Avoid feeding your dog table scraps and human food. Many of the foods we eat have been proven to be unhealthy and so for dogs and may cause problems down the line.
Ticks and Lyme Disease: Ticks can cause rash and various other skin issues. This is because they embed themselves under the dog’s skin and can even cause Lyme disease. Your pet may be allergic to the parasite as a result dog health can be severely affected. Try to bathe your dog as soon as you can, the moment you notice an infestation. It may help to get rid of the ticks. Also, use tweezers to gently pull out the tick. And always give your canine friend a check over after a run through the woods or fields.
Dental Worries: Dogs’ mouth and teeth are susceptible to a number of infections. In fact, gum disease can actually lead to lung, kidney and heart disease. To prevent dental related issues, make sure to clean your pet dog’s teeth in the morning and evening with a special dog toothbrush. Check often for plaque build up or infections.
Worm Problem: Intestinal parasites in dogs such as the hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms and roundworms can leave your pooch feeling agitated and uncomfortable. It can also cause vomiting, diarrhoea, loss in appetite, a rough or dry coat, weight loss, scooting the bottom or a poor looking appearance. Your vet will be able to prescribe the right medication of your dog.
Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy
You can avoid most of these problems from occurring by simply taking care and being alert for any unnatural signs or symptoms your dog shows. In addition to care and concern, you can also follow these general rules.
A Healthy Diet and Proper Nutrition:
Proper nutrition is imperative for good dog health as diets directly impact the weight, skin, coat, gastrointestinal function and energy level of your pet. Learn to prepare a few homemade, high quality foods or you can even buy nutritious foods made by a trustworthy company.
After you find what works for your dog, see that you feed him/her that food consistently. Your dog’s coat should be free of flakes and shiny, your pet’s energy levels need to be active and there shouldn’t be fluctuations in weight.
Make sure to look through some dog food review sites if you are unsure. Try not to change foods too often as this cause your dog to have an upset stomach, and any new foods need to be introduced gradually.
Grooming helps maintain your canines exterior and helps remove any excess dirt or hair. Basic hygiene and physical upkeep needs to be maintained. You need to take into account the breed and health conditions. While some dogs need a nail trim, brushing and bath regularly, other will require grooming every so often. Schedule grooming sessions based on these requirements and find a professional groomer who knows what they are doing, read reviews and testimonials and make sure your dog is comfortable with the process and groomer. Otherwise it what can be an enjoyable experience can end up being traumatic
Exercise keeps you and your dog healthy. Although destructive behaviour and separation anxiety are real, the behaviour can also be as a result of an energy surplus. Your dog needs to get enough daily exercise. Generally, dogs require at least one to two hours of exercise, every day although you also need to take into account the energy levels, size, age, and breed of the dog. If you have a busy work schedule, thinking about using the services of a local trusted dog walker.
Good Veterinary Care:
Find a good and experienced veterinarian and ensure your dogs and puppies go for regular checkups. Be on the lookout for warning signs and share your concerns with your vet. They should be able to offer you a lot of helpful advice with most of the points listed here. Again, read reviews on the vet and make sure they are a good fit for your canine buddy. We all have our favourite doctors who we connect with and it should be the same for your dog.
Learning about these ailments and ways to keep your dog fit will certainly play a great role in enhancing good dog health.