When it comes to our pets, there’s nothing we won’t do to keep them happy and healthy. It’s only natural that you want to take care of your dog so he’ll be by your side for years. The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to care for your dog, but I’m going to share these important things that you should do for your dog’s health.
1. Dental Health – This may be the single most important but overlooked health routine for your dog caring for his teeth! Oral health is more than just gum disease.
It’s a fact. Most dog owners never take a good look inside their dog’s mouth. And that’s unfortunate because it is estimated that over 80 percent have significant oral pathology. Regular dental exams will reveal other significant oral health problems such as fractured teeth, oral cancer, and tooth decay. These are best treated when addressed as early as possible.
Here are the tips to keep your dog’s teeth clean and his gums healthy:
- Start Young. Don’t wait until your pet is older and their mouth is diseased and painful to start with helpful home care routines.
- Go Slow. When starting to brush the teeth, initially include the front teeth only, then over time work to including the rest of the mouth. Make sure you are getting to the gum line with a soft-bristled brush on both the top and bottom.
- Be consistent. Ideally, you should be brushing your dog’s teeth once daily!
- Make it positive and fun. Follow brushing with praise, treats, or meal time to give a reward for behaving during brushing.
Dental care can be a hassle for humans and dogs, but proper maintenance can be a money saver in the long run and even a lifesaver. Letting it go can lead to costly and often painful vet visits down the road. Many dogs have to be given anesthesia to have their teeth and gums cleaned if the buildup is bad enough. Keep your dog’s mouth clean though, and you’ll both be smiling!
2. Controlling Fleas – It’s surprising, considering how easily preventable fleas are as easy as giving your dog a chewy tablet or squirting liquid on his scruff yet many pet parents opt to skip this important treatment. Many pet parents mistakenly think there is a “flea season,” but that depends on where you live your dog needs flea preventatives year-round if you live in warm, humid climates.
If people are trying to avoid putting chemicals on their pet, I recommend essential-oil based products are the first line of defense,
3. Properly Grooming Your Pet – proper grooming is essential to keeping your dog healthy. Grooming needs can vary greatly depending on the breed of dog and even individual pets. Depending on the dog’s specific type of hair coat and environment, dogs may require bathing and clipping more frequently than others, many long-haired dogs are much more comfortable in the summer months with a haircut/grooming clip. Bath your dog once or twice month, depending on how dirty your dog gets and if they have skin issues. Don’t be afraid to wash your dog often! Dogs need a bath at least once a month.
If grooming needs are neglected, this can lead to many problems, such as:
- Matted hair, which is painful to the skin
- Eye infections from overgrown facial hair traumatizing the eyes
- Ear infections
- Skin infections
Foxtails or other foreign bodies becoming trapped and penetrating the skin
4. A high-quality food – A nutritious, balanced diet is essential to keeping your dog healthy. A high-quality food can extend your dog’s life or help save him from debilitating diseases.When suppertime rolls around, there’s nothing like a healthy home-cooked meal. This is true not only for the human members of your family, but for your dog as well. Cooking for your canine companion has many benefits, including fewer preservatives and additives, more varied and potentially better ingredients and, of course, more interest for the canine palate.
Benefits of Homemade pet food:
- You have complete control over the ingredient list and the ability to eliminate all additives and preservatives
- You can pick just the right veggies for your pet’s particular needs, including those with higher antioxidant or medicinal properties, for example
- You can decide which meat sources to feed your pet, which is especially important if you have a dog with an allergy to certain types of protein
- Fulfilling your dog’s or cat’s vibrant, living food requirement
- Providing nutrient balanced, species-appropriate food that is rich in omega fatty acids and contains vitamin-mineral supplements in the correct proportions
Another benefit of switching to homemade is you can save money by buying large quantities of meats and vegetables when they are on sale. You can prepare, package and freeze your homemade pet meals weeks or even months ahead of time.
Pet parents will do most anything to make sure their little paw babies stay healthy. These 4 things of health help your dog live with more optimal health.
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