Anyone who owns a dog wants to keep them happy and healthy. You love your dog, and you want them to have the nest life you can provide for them. Having a family pet like a dog is a brilliant way of teaching responsibility; however, there is also a level of trust for just adults. Have a look below at some of the things you should be doing to look after your loved family dog.
Quality veterinary care sets the foundation for your dog’s health. You should find a veterinarian you know you can trust and visit regularly but also one your dog feels at ease with too. Ideally, routine examinations should be carried out by your vet twice a year. Puppies and senior dogs should be seen even a little more frequently as often there is more to cover and protect them against. Talk to your vet about getting the right vaccinations. If your dog has special needs, a chronic health condition, you should take your vets recommendations seriously.
A decent diet and proper nutrition are essential for keeping all dogs healthy. Diet directly affects your dog’s skin and coat, weight, energy level, and digestive functions. If a problem ever occurs in one of these areas, it may be linked to a poor diet. Choose a high-quality dog food and consider what is right for your dog; there should ideally be a mix of raw dog food and dry. Once you find the right food for your dog, use that food continually changing it can be bad for them. Watch your dog’s response to the diet over 4 to 8 weeks.
Many dog owners fall into the problem of underestimating their dogs’ exercise needs concerning keeping their dog healthy. Often destructive behaviour leads to a diagnosis of separation anxiety or other behavioural issues; however, while these conditions exist, in many cases, the practice is energy surplus. If you feed your dog a healthy diet, it should give them plenty of energy. However, you need to make sure you add exercise into your daily routine as a family so they can burn it off otherwise you may find that your sofa is ruined or accidents are happening in the home.
It can be all too easy to forget about your dog’s teeth until you get that horrid doggy to breathe in your face. Plaque and tartar build-up can lead to serious health problems for dogs, which many people don’t realise. Make sure you don’t wait until dental disease is present – start focusing on preventing it now much as you do with your teeth. There are several things you can do, such as brush your dog’s teeth, use oral rinses, feed dental treats, or all of the above, make sure you’re doing something. Make sure you talk to your vet about your dog’s teeth. Much like us, professional cleaning may be required from time to time.
Grooming isn’t just for the show dogs; it’s something that all dogs need. In general, it’s generally down to the breed of dog in comparison to how to groom them and how often. Dogs may require to be cut, have nails trimmed etc. every few months but just brushing the coat in between will be just fine.
Do you have any other ways to look after your family dog? Please share them in the comments below.
This is a contributed post.