Healthy Pooch, Happy You
Whether your dog is a new addition to the family, or he’s been your best friend for years – you’ll want him to stay fit and healthy. Here are the key factors to consider when taking care of the health of your beloved pet…
Make sure you have a good vet, as this can have a huge impact on the health of your dog now and in the future. Ask other pet owners to recommend a vet that they trust, and do your research to make sure you get a qualified expert who genuinely cares about taking care of your dog. You should make a point of visiting regularly, at least twice a year.
This allows your pooch to get to know the vet, and it means that the vet can perform general check-ups to make sure that all is well. If you have a puppy or a much older dog, you’ll need to see your vet more often to keep an eye on things. Make sure that your dog gets all the vaccinations he needs, and take the vet’s advice regarding specific conditions that require a little extra care. Dogs get older faster than humans, which means it’s important to be vigilant about getting good care.
You are what you eat and so is your dog. Take time to carefully consider the best way to feed your pet, as different breeds and ages of animal will have different nutritional requirements. The food you provide for your dog has an effect on its coat and skin, his weight, how much energy he has and how his stomach processes it – so it’s vital to make the right choice. Do your research, and read this about whether you should choose wet or dry food. You can find out more about the best food for your dog with a little time and effort.
Is your pooch getting enough exercise? Regular play and exercise is vital for keeping your dog healthy. May owners think their dogs are getting enough activity, when in fact their pets could do with a bit more time outdoors. If your animal is messing up the house or behaving poorly, it could be a response to a lack of enough exercise. Seek advice about how much you should be doing with your dog to ensure that you’re meeting all his needs.
Keep an eye on your dog to make sure that you spot any signs of potential ill health. Give him a check-up as part of your grooming routine, and look out for anything unusual. If you’re in any doubt, go and visit your vet to make sure that all is well and that your dog gets any treatment he needs.
Keeping your dog healthy will mean that you can rest easy, knowing that he is being well cared for. If your pooch is fit in mind and body, he will be a family member for years to come – and an important part of the lives of you and your family.
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