Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy
18 September, 2012

While most of us know how to keep our dogs in great shape, sometimes it is best to get a simple reminder of what might seem like common sense.  If you are following the below items, then your dog will be happy and healthy!

Regular Veterinary Visits

Once you find a veterinarian that you like and trust, it’s time to start making regular visits. For optimum health, your pup will need routine health examinations once every six months. If this isn’t a viable option, you should make a visit to the vet at least once a year. Routine visits will allow your vet to monitor any changes or illnesses in your dog as he ages.

High Quality Pet Food

Though it might be tempting to buy cheap dry and/or canned food for your pup, it’s probably not the best option. Standard dog food doesn’t usually offer all of the essential nutrients that your dog needs. To make sure that your dog receives proper nutrition, it’s possible to make your own dog food, feed him a raw diet, or feed him an organic, premium dog food.  You can get your dog great quality food at any local pet store.  If you aren’t sure what’s best for your dog, your veterinarian can give you recommendations.

Consistent Exercise

Dogs need plenty of exercise to stay nice and healthy. Some dog owners don’t actually realize the proper amount of exercise that their dog needs to stay healthy. It’s not only a dog’s physical health that can be affected, but also behavioral problems can result from lack of exercise. The amount of exercise your dog needs will vary based upon age and breed. However, your dog should receive roughly one to two hours of exercise per day.

Dental Care

Dental health is actually very important to the overall health of your dog. To get your dog on a regular dental routine, it might be best to start out dental care while he or she is a puppy. Brush your dog’s teeth or feed your dog oral hygiene treats on a daily basis.  As always, make sure to be consistent with the treats.

Make Sure your Dog stays Hydrated

High temperatures can cause a number of health problems in dogs. To help your dog in the heat, give him plenty of water, keep him off of hot pavement, and keep him out of hot cars. If your dog shows any signs of heat stroke, be sure to take your dog to the vet immediately.

Pay Attention to Your Dog’s Behavior

Dogs, unfortunately, can’t talk to us, so they’re not going to tell you outright if they’re having a problem. This is why dog owners should keep an ever-watchful eye on your pup to make sure that he’s doing ok. If your dog begins to do things that are out of the normal for him or her, it might be a good idea to take him to the vet to get him checked out.

If you follow all of the above tips, your dog should stay happy and healthy!

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