A healthy dog is a happy dog. And as dog owners, it falls to us to ensure that they stay healthy and happy. Just imagine the bliss you feel when your furry friend comes and gives you a right big hug. Not only through hard times – they comfort us even when we’re feeling down.
But how do you know if they are well? Are you properly taking caring of him? Here are 10 tips that you can follow to ensure that your dog has a healthy and happy life!
10. Brush Their Teeth
Dogs keep their tongues out and have a habit to sniff, lick and eat pretty much anything. So, canine oral care is essential for them to be healthy. In addition, food particles and plaque can build up and cause teeth and gum infections. These infections can mix with your dog’s bloodstream and damage a dog’s liver, lungs, heart, and kidneys.
It’s best to provide your dog oral care every week. This can be easily done with a toothbrush and toothpastes designed for dogs.
09. Keep Them Away From Dangerous Foods
Not all food is suitable for dogs and some can be even dangerous! According to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center assembled a list of foods that can be deadly for dogs.
Keep your dog away from alcohol, coffee, various nuts, onions, garlic, salt, yeast dough, grapes and any product that contain Xylitol. Make sure you study the list properly and let your fellow dog parents know!
08. Take Him to the Vet Regularly
Sometimes we miss signs that our dog is ill, or are too late to act on it. This tip is important for owners who work during the day and keep their dog at home alone. Even if the remedy for illness is simple, the lost time may turn out to be deadly.
A veterinarian is an expert at finding out the small hard-to-notice signs that we generally miss. He will check your dog thoroughly and suggest you tips on how to better take care of the dog. He will also advise other important matters such as nutritious food, vaccinations, etc.
07. Manage Your Dog’s Weight
Obesity is a growing concern in dogs. To clarify things, it’s up to you to know and understand how much food and exercise your dog needs. Obese dogs are at risk of a multitude of health problems. The danger is tenfold in case of puppies.
An overweight dog will be prone to heart, liver and joint problems. Diabetes is also a major concern amongst them. It’s best to consult with your vet and switch to a better food and exercise combination to manage your dog’s health.
06. Take Your Dog for a Run every day
When we’re talking about exercise, it doesn’t mean just a walk around the park, it also refers to other activities like hiking or swimming. A decent amount of exercise will not only keep your dog healthy but keep him from depression, improve his blood circulation and make his joints strong.
Most of all exercising and playing with your dog is a lot of fun! Go for a run, play with a frisbee, take him swimming or on hiking. Every activity with your dog will make it even more interesting. Do remember that your dog’s exercise needs will vary depending on its age, sex, breed and general health.
05. Take Precaution against Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are your dog’s greatest enemy! These bloodsucking parasites can cause allergies, various skin irritations, anemia, and tapeworms. Fortunately, there are many products (e.g. flea collar and sprays) available in the market that provides an all-around protection from ticks, fleas, and other parasites.
Keep in mind that you should choose what product are you are using very carefully. Read the labels on what chemicals are being used to keep away the pests. The weight of the dog should be taken into consideration when medicating them and a vet’s approval is highly recommended.
04. Follow Proper Vaccinations
There are a lot of diseases your dog can have which can be deadly. Common infectious diseases include distemper and parvovirus, rabies and leptospirosis. These life-saving vaccinations are essential against these diseases when a puppy uses up the antibodies from his mother.
Your veterinarian may also suggest other common vaccination available for dogs. Vaccination for Kennel coughs and Lyme disease are most recommended.
03. Keep the Dog’s Food and Water Bowl Clean
Cleanliness is the best way to promote good health habits. Try to keep the places your dog frequently sleeps plays and eats in clean. Wash their food and water bowl daily to keep them germ-free.
In addition to bowls, it’s always a good idea to keep their toys, chewable, and cages clean regularly. If your dog grows up in a clean environment, the chances of him getting a disease will go down drastically.
02. Spray or Neuter Your Dog
It’s not common knowledge, but spraying and neutering your dog has a lot of advantages. If you’re not a breeder or looking to breed puppies, then this is something you should look into in more detail.
In case of female dogs, spraying will stop them from going into heat. In addition, it will also help prevent pyometra or uterus infection and breast cancer. Males need to be neutered and doing this will smooth out their temperament and make them less aggressive. In addition, it will also prevent prostate disease, testicular cancer, and hernias.
01. Keep Your Dog Hydrated
Many dog owners only focus on food and miss on the most obvious – water. It’s vital that a dog is hydrated properly and depending on the climate, the amount may increase. Drinking water maintains the electrolyte balance and helps replace lost essential minerals like potassium and sodium.
Here are a few signs that will help you identify if your dog is dehydrated– dry mouth, loss of skin elasticity, panting, fatigue and rising heartbeats. Provide a clean source of water your dog can easily access. During summer, take special care and ensure that your dog drinks his fill.
Well, those are the 10 simple tips you can follow to keep your dog healthy and happy. These instructions are very easy to follow and require little effort. Keeping a dog is a responsibility and we should try our utmost to provide proper love and care for them.