Cute Pug Covered With Blanket
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As a dog owner, you want to look after your dog as best as you can. Unfortunately, there are some bad habits that a lot of us fall into from time to time. Below, you’ll see the top three bad habits that lead to an unhealthy dog:

Poor Nutrition

Many dog owners are careful about what they eat every day. They try hard to ensure no bad food goes in their system, to keep them nice and healthy. However, they don’t employ this same carefulness when feeding their dog. Too many people fall into the bad habit of feeding their dog unhealthy foods. It’s highly common for people to have a nice meal and maybe throw their dog some scraps that are left over. Little did you know that the food you could be feeding them isn’t good for them and can lead to weight gain and other issues. In fact, as you can see here https://www.foodbeast.com/news/12-human-foods-that-could-kill-your-dog/, some human foods are potentially lethal for dogs as well. Bear this in mind, and ensure your dog receives proper nutrition. Feed him foods that he needs and that provide nutritional value to him. You will find loads of packaged dog foods that do the trick, try and avoid giving him any of your own leftover food!

Not Enough Walks

You need to walk your dog regularly if you want him to remain healthy. One bad habit a lot of dog owners fall into getting inconsistent with their walks. They might take their dog for a walk once every two days, or even less. When this happens, your dog stops being active and can gain weight, leading to an unhealthy pooch. Naturally, many people have the excuse that they’re too busy to walk their dog once or twice a day and are doing the best they can. In reality, this isn’t an excuse at all. As you can see here, https://www.jimsdogwash.net.au/our-services/additional-services, there are plenty of dog walking services around. So, you can’t really claim to be too busy when there are people out there willing to walk your dog for you! Ensure your dog is out and about as often as possible, and it will remain healthy, for longer.

Cute Puppy in Cup

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Lack Of Grooming

By far and away, the most common bad habit of dog owners is not grooming their dogs properly. Most people will hardly ever groom their dog, which can lead to many problems such as fleas and ticks. Regular readers of this blog will know we spoke about the threat of ticks in an earlier post here: http://dogsnpawz.com/the-threat-of-ticks-and-how-to-combat-them. They can cause many issues for your dog’s health. Ticks carry diseases, and will generally make your dog unhealthy. You can help prevent this simply by grooming your dog more often. Comb through their fur, wash them regularly, and ensure they stay in tip top condition.

Cut out these bad habits if you want a healthy dog that lives for a long time. They’re so easy to avoid and there’s really no excuse for falling into them in the first place!

 

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