More tips for healthy dogs

Another interesting article from Susan Combs.

It’s self-explanatory and needs no further introduction from me save to say that this is the third guest post from Susan.

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Four Essential Tips to Make Your Dog Healthy and Active Round the Year

Dogs have been living with us for tens of thousands of years. This evolutionary relationship and a special chemistry with us have made them our best friends. Their affection for us makes them extraordinarily attentive with which they uncannily predict what we are going to do. They are so attuned to our emotional state that whenever we get annoyed, they even express contrition. As stated by a Harris poll, as many as 90 percent of parents consider their cats and dogs to be part of their family.

If you are a dog owner, you surely are treating him as your family member and you also want him to live as long as possible. Living and playing with your dog gives you immense pleasure and also keeps you stress free. However, sometimes your canine friend may go through health issues, which can render him inactive as well as distressed.

So how are you going to take care of your dog’s health?

Usually dogs are happiest when they are healthy; you need to ensure your dog’s physical and mental well-being by keeping him active and stimulated, even when you are not at home.

The following tips will help you make your dog happy and active always:
1. Training and socialization is vital

First of all, your dog needs to know that humans are important and their company is quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, many pets are not properly socialized and are fearful of strangers. You need to expose your dog to a wide variety of people so that he can get accustomed to the presence of people. As a matter of fact, if your dog hangs out with only one person, he may get wary of anybody else. Therefore it’s important to diversify your dog’s attention and make time for ‘meets and greets’. A dog that is confident of his training and routine also becomes highly socialized. Take your dog to training classes because they are a great place to meet other dogs and people in a safe and controlled environment. Stop rewarding dogs for displaying submissive behavior as it can turn them into a nervous wreck.

2. Take care of his diet and nutrition

A nutritious and balanced diet is highly essential to keep your dog healthy. Everything that your dog eats affects him – from weight, to the wear on his teeth, to the luster of her eyes and to the health of their fur. The food that you are giving to your dog can even change his moods. Many cheap packaged dog foods do not contain the necessary nutrient profile to be deemed as healthy.

Your dog also needs a healthy source of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

As suggested by a reputed pet care website, read the label and package for AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) labels such as “complete” and “balanced”.

3. Play with him like a friend

Playing and having fun with your dog eliminates stress from your life – the same holds true for your dog as well. Playing games keep your dog’s heart healthy and its joints well-lubricated. Games that have rules end up honing your dog’s analytical skills. When playing with your pet it’s crucial to realize that you are the boss. You get to decide what boundaries to set for your dog. Both of you also need to learn to communicate better with each other. Moreover, playtime can be an excellent opportunity to teach your dog good manners. When you teach him new games, reward him if he does well. Rewards don’t necessarily have to be treats; you can hug him and give him his favorite toys.

4. Make friends with your vet

Your pet should more often visit vets even if they seem to be fine. Much like humans, dogs need to be kept under a close watch by conducting regular health checkups to keep aging-related health problems at bay. Even if your pet may appear perfectly healthy, he might be sick without you ever knowing about it. Based on data provided by Nationwide pet insurance, one of the primary reasons why their customers seek veterinarian treatment is to treat skin allergies in pets. Dogs with hairy ears are prone to ear infection since germs build up in humid and warm parts of the body. Dogs with allergies also tend to scratch the affected area which aggravates the infection. Visiting the vet is also important for your dog because he can get used to whenever being poked and prodded.

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Susan also included the following graphic that I will leave you with.

We all love our dogs too much to take any risks with them!

10 thoughts on “More tips for healthy dogs

  1. That Heartworm graphic is so important for dog owners to understand. There still seems to be a prevalence of “My dog won’t get heartworm.” Ray tested positive for Stage 2 Heartworm on his first check-up after we adopted him. Close to 12 months, and $3,000.00Cdn later, he tested clear. It is also worth stressing that the heartworm treatment procedure can kill the dog, typically due to congestive heart failure.
    In summary, the treatment period is long and very demanding on both the dog and its owners; it is very expensive to treat; the dog may not survive the program …… and all this from one mosquito bite! Prevention is far less expensive, and there is minimal risk of any sort. The decision should really be a “no brainer”!

    1. Colin, the points you make and the example of Ray’s treatment programme are invaluable. Fingers crossed many others read your response.

      We do treat our dogs, as a matter of course.

      1. We have also had Ray on preventive programs once his condition had been treated. Some people will balk at the nominal cost of preventive treatment, but it pales by comparison with the cost of treating a heartworm condition … as the figures in my original comments will show.

    1. Know how you feel. It’s beautiful weather just now here in Merlin; genuinely lovely. But!! …. there’s a catch. It’s insect time and tick time and …..

      You understand!

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