Pets are part of the family and as pet owners we want to do everything possible to make sure that they healthy and happy. If you are a dog owner then you need to know what it takes to keep your dog healthy. Here are 4 ways to make sure your dog stays healthy and is a part of your family for a long time to come.
Your dog’s food is crucial to their good health. Your dog needs good quality food that offers them the nutrition they need to thrive. When you go to a grocery or pet store there is an entire wall of different dog foods to choose from. Some of the low quality food has lots of fillers that your dog has a hard time digesting. Your dog needs meat as the basis of their diet, they do need some vegetables and grain but the chief ingredient needs to be meat. Talk with your vet about which dog food they recommend. You can even try making your own at home, here’s how.
Dogs are not so different from people in their basic needs, aside from good food they need plenty of exercise. Dogs that get overweight end up with a whole host of health problems just like people. You and your pooch can get some much needed exercise together, grab the leash and head out for a walk a couple of times a day. It will do you both a world of good.
There are all kinds of different diseases that your dog can get even with the best of care. Some of them you’re probably already familiar with such as rabies, distemper or the Parvo virus. All of these can be deadly to your dog. Many of them are completely preventable by taking your dog to the vet when they are just puppies and making sure that they stay up to date with their shots. Being careful letting your dog off the lead or bringing them around other dogs will help too. Try and make sure that any dogs you come into contact with already have their shots.
Dogs are highly susceptible to parasites both internally and externally. The most common external parasites are fleas and ticks, both of which can make your dog uncomfortable and sick. There are a number of options you can choose from to keep your dog free of them, just ask your vet. Internal parasites, though less common are more serious. Worms are serious and can cause your dog to be bloated and have diarrhea. Worms can be cleared up relatively easily but if you suspect your dog has worms then they need to be taken to a vet immediately.