Having a pet dog is not an easy responsibility. Each dog parent must always be on top of the physical and emotional well-being of their pet. The goal is to have a healthy and happy pet that will make your life and life better. Caring for a dog is a continuous learning process – you learn something new from time to time. Although every dog owner has their own approach to how they prefer to breed their pets, here are some easy tips to take when it comes to dog care by the pros:
Have your dog checked regularly by the veterinarian
Like us, as dogs age, they become more prone to health problems. It can be as simple as a toothache or as serious as a heart problem. Symptoms don’t always appear, or it’s too late when they do – that’s why it’s important to bring your pet to the veterinarian regularly for a general checkup. Annual checks should also cover dental care, health examinations, vaccinations, pest control as well as recommended vaccinations. According to the president of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians, Dr. Kara M. Burns, regular checkups are the most important way to keep animals healthy.
Prevent your dog from contracting parasites
The most common parasites that can affect your dog’s health are fleas. When exposed to other dogs that have it, your pet can easily fall prey to an external parasite. Fleas can cause skin irritation, infection, hair loss, hot spots and more. If your pet swallows a flea, other parasites can easily be introduced into its body such as a tapeworm. To help prevent external and internal parasites, make sure your dog and the environment in which it moves are clean. Prevention all year round is ideal by regularly checking for fleas and internal parasites.
Keep your dog in good mental and physical health
According to Professor Tony Buffington of the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center and veterinary nutritionist, an enriched environment is essential to the long-term health and well-being of dogs and felines. A daily walk or run or a regular game of fetch will keep your pet physically active and healthy. Mental stimulation is just as important, so try a game of hide and seek, a toy or a candy hunt and other similar games at home.
Follow these effective dog care tips from the pros to help your pet’s health and happiness!
by Mary L. James