My Dog’s health is important to me. In fact, it’s recommended that you take your dog to the vet for a ‘wellness’ check about once a year and if you keep your dog healthy that’s all it should be, a check. None of us want to see our pet become ill and none of us want the stress and expense of frequent visits to the vet.
So, it’s important that you don’t take your dog’s health for granted and that you spot any problems early on before they become serious.
KEEPING YOUR DOG’S HEALTH IN CHECK
Know what food is bad for your dog
It’s very tempting to share your left overs or give human treats to dogs but a surprising number of foods which are perfectly safe for humans can be poisonous to dogs.
Chocolate contains theobromine which is highly poisonous to dogs and affects their gut, heart, central nervous system and kidneys consequently you should never give even the tiniest amount of chocolate to your dog.
Dogs can’t break down the enzymes in cheese and blue cheese is particularly harmful to them. Likewise, onions, garlic and chives will cause serious intestinal problems, so no left-over pizza or Chinese food for your four-legged friend, no matter how much they beg.
Even bones can cause serious internal problems, so don’t give them anything that might splinter and avoid cooked bones altogether.
We all know that dogs need exercise, but different breeds have different needs, so do your research and ensure that you’re giving your pet adequate exercise.
If you are unable to give your dog the exercise they need, either because you suffer from impaired mobility or you simply don’t have the time, then you must employ the services of a dog walker to ensure that your dog remains healthy.
Dogs generally have better dental health than humans, but they can suffer from tartar, plaque and gingivitis, which in turn can lead to heart, liver and kidney disease.
If your dog suffers from bad breath, exhibits a sudden change in eating habits or is pawing at the mouth or drooling it could indicate dental problems and you should see a vet immediately.
The best way to ensure your dog’s dental health is by regular brushing but you must use special dog toothpaste, because human toothpaste is poisonous to dogs. Dry food is better than soft food, because it doesn’t stick to the teeth and treats such as Dentastix will also help keep your dog’s teeth clean.
Insure your dog
However well you look after your dog there may come a time when your pet needs surgery or medication and you don’t want to be in the position of not being able to afford it, so search around and find an insurance that will protect your dog’s health.
Keep a check on your dog’s weight
Depending on the size of your dog you should be able to manage this on your home scales, with a bit of ingenuity. Research the average weight for your dog, this will help you decide if your dog is underweight or overweight.
Underweight dogs may need a higher calorie pet food, whilst overweight dogs may need more exercise and less food, but never put your dog on a diet without consulting your vet.
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