Responsible pet owners strive to always provide
the best quality of life possible, promote over well being and keep their
dog as happy as possible.
Maintaining optimal physical health in your dog
is possible with the advice and guidance of a veterinarian who regularly
sees the dog for check ups. Your vet will advise you on when vaccination
boosters may be due and which heartworm medication would be best for your
dog. In addition to proper medical care, lifestyle choices determined by
you will set the tone for your dog’s overall health.
Exercise is essential for keeping your dog’s heart healthy, keeping
off excess weight and because the fresh air and mental stimulation is essential
for his emotional well being. Coupled with a regular exercise routine, a
healthy diet consisting of all natural, low fat, premium food in appropriate
amounts will keep your dog in optimal condition well into his senior years.
When choosing a dog food, scan the ingredients for foods that you recognize
such as rice, carrots, apples, lamb and avoid long, unpronounceable, obviously
chemical ingredients contained in many cheaper supermarket dog foods.
Regular grooming and upkeep is not only crucial to a dog’s happiness,
but is actually essential to their health as well. Keeping your dog’s
eyes and ears from being grown over with hair will help prevent infections
and will improve your dog’s alertness. Regular washing and brushing
can help to avoid sore spots or excessive drying of the skin. Other aspects
of health care incorporated into the grooming process are the trimming of
the toenails and proper dental care. Many dog groomers offer a teeth brushing
service and pet stores sell dog toothpaste so you may do it yourself at
home. Trimming your dog’s nails when needed is crucial to prevent
them from growing under and into the pad, creating a very painful condition.
If you are unsure of trimming your dog’s toenails, most vets and groomers
will offer this service for a minimal charge. In the instance that a nail
is cut too short, a solvent found at vets or simply some white enriched
flour can promote clotting and minimize bleeding.