As a dog owner, you want to keep your dog healthy. If it is your first time to take care a dog, here are some dog health guidelines that can help you get started.
High Quality Veterinary Care
Veterinary care sets the foundation of the overall health of your dog. Look for a vet in your local area that you can trust and regularly visit. Your vet can perform routine wellness examination to your dog twice a year. Young and senior dogs should be seen by the vet more frequently. This is true especially if your dog has special needs.
Since dogs age faster than human, a lot of subtle changes can take place over a period of 6-12 months. Through regular visits, your vet will be able to monitor changes on your dog’s health. It is very important to develop a good and lasting relationship with your vet for your dog’s benefit.
To keep your dog healthy, you have to make sure he is provided with the nutrients that he need. Diet can directly affect the coat and skin, energy level, weight and gastrointestinal function of your dog. If any problem occurs in these areas, it may be due to improper diet. Always choose a high quality food for your dog manufactured by a reputable company. You can also learn about homemade diets. When you find the right dog food, use it consistently and watch the response of your dog to their diet for about four to eight weeks.
Notice how his coat looks. Healthy coat means shiny and flake-free. Do you notice a change in his energy level? A reduce in energy may be an indication of a problem. Find out if she has gained or lost weight? Obesity is a very common problem in dogs that can be reversed with exercise and proper diet.
Not so many dog owners know the importance of exercise in dogs to keep them healthy. Destructive behavior may result to an analysis of separation anxiety or other problems related to their behavior. Although these conditions really exist, in most cases this is the result of lack of energy. If you are feeding your dog a healthy diet, it should provide him with lots of energy. But if your dog cannot release it through exercise, they may release it on your carpet, furniture or other things in your home.
Before blaming your dog for the damage, ask yourself first if she is getting enough exercise. Generally, dogs require at least one to two hours of exercise daily though this may vary depending on factors such as age, size and breed.
It is too easy for a dog owner to overlook about dog’s teeth, until they start smelling their dog’s breath. Tartar buildup may lead to serious dental health problems. Dental care should be given to your dog by brushing their teeth, feeding dental treats or using oral rinses. They may also require professional cleaning.
Greenies are also a great alternative to brushing, just not as effective.
Dogs also need physical upkeep. Their grooming needs depend on their breed. Generally, dogs need hair brushing, bath and nail trim.
It doesn’t take much to keep your pet healthy. By implementing each of these methods into your schedule, you can help your dog live a healthy and longer life for years to come!