17 Sep

The Beginner’s Guide to Dogs

Keeping Your Dog Healthy

Because you have a dog, it’s your sole responsibility to take care of his health so he can serve you well and live healthy, which will translate into you’re getting pleasure from his companionship, as well as you won’t be spending much with vet visits.

Have regular walks with your dog

Taking your dog for regular walks can benefit him in many ways, such as: he stays healthy because the walking exercise keeps his weight down, including his blood pressure; the exercise alerts his mental state, making him activate his animal instincts to be sensitive to his environment through his sight, smell, and hearing; his animal aggression is controlled, like chewing anything his teeth can grab inside the house and, aside from all these, you are also benefited from walking your dog, as you, too, can get the needed exercise for your health.

Limit your dog’s diet

Feed a quality diet for your dog according to the recommendation of your vet, based on size, age, level of activity and breed and remember to provide healthy treats to your dog, instead of table scraps, like food with onions, avocados, grapes, and chocolates. Dogs are known to have no control on what they eat, therefore, provide a scoff bowl to help your dog eat more slowly and remember that obese dogs, just like humans, can have an adverse effect on health in many ways.

Groom your dog regularly

Give you time to groom your dog the proper way, like: comb the fur to improve circulation around the body; check for fleas and lice, bumps and cysts on the dog’s skin; trim the dog’s nails; brush the dog’s teeth as often as possible; and check on the dog’s ears for dirt and ticks.

Develop a good relationship with your dog

Dogs are social creatures and they need a lot of social interaction with members of the family, and in order to help them develop this social skill, as dog owner, you have to constantly communicate with your dog by talking to him, giving him commands, and showing him hand signals that can convey a message to him, as well as quality time so you can properly communicate and enjoy the bonding time. The time spent with your dog will help develop a good relationship which, in turn, will help enhance your sensitivity to recognize early signs of an illness.

Schedule your dog to a regular check up with the veterinarian

To own a healthy dog, provide him with a regular visit to the vet to meet up with his vaccination schedules, as well as being treated on the following: de-worming, external parasite control and signs of illness, to some extent.