For the most part, everyone follows a certain health regimen. Whether it’s watching what you eat or making sure to exercise daily, it’s your way of keeping yourself healthy. When it comes to our dogs, we need to think of their health the same way we do ours. By simply following the same rules we do: A balanced diet, regular exercise and checkups with a doctor, you can keep your dog healthy!
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Just as in humans, weight management for dogs is key to staying healthy. It promotes overall wellbeing and helps your canine companion live a long and happy life. Once you determine your dog’s ideal weight, then it is your job to help them maintain it through regular exercise and healthy eating, which we will continue to discuss below.
Exercise is the primary method for maintaining your dog’s ideal weight because it promotes a healthy heart, lungs, and muscles. Depending on the age or breed of your dog, you can do just about any activity to exercise them. Try leisurely walks if they’re older, or if they’re more energetic, try running or long distance fetching.
Offer a Balanced and Nutritious Diet
One of your most important jobs as a dog owner is to provide a diet that will keep your dog looking and feeling his best. A diet should provide your dog with the right amounts of essential nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, etc.) in the correct proportions to promote a healthy lifestyle. Consult with your veterinarian to pick a dog food that is best suited for your dog’s breed, size, age, and activity level. Also, save treats or snacks for exceptionally good behavior and have fresh, clean water accessible at all times.
Practice Oral Health
Many people don’t realize the importance of oral health for their pets, but it is crucial in keeping your dog well. In fact, dental problems are often the root of many more serious issues that can affect your dogs kidneys, liver, and brain. To ensure oral health, purchase a canine tooth brushing kit and use it as directed. Also, make it a point to regularly examine their teeth and gums and if you notice any changes or abnormalities, it may be a good idea to call your vet.
As is the case with most health issues, prevention is key! Providing your pet with vaccinations for parvo, rabies, and other common diseases will help to protect them from potentially deadly situations. There also over the counter medicines that can prevent parasites such as fleas, ticks, and heartworm from attaching to your dog. Most of these are easily preventable and when avoided, can help your dog lead a much healthier life.
Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Having your dog spayed or neutered can help to prevent certain kinds of cancer and other problems associated with their reproductive organs. It can also minimize negative behaviors, such as aggression which is a benefit for you as a pet owner, as well.
Perhaps the simplest way to help keep your dog healthy is to schedule regular checkups with your veterinarian. Pets benefit from these, as they help them continue their vaccination program and identify any existing health problems. All of these strategies will for keeping your dog healthy will help them lead long and happy life with you!
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