You work hard to ensure that your family’s health is kept in tip-top condition, but if you have a pet, then you need also to make sure that you’re ensuring they’re healthy (not to mention happy) too. In doing so, you’ll be improving the quality of his or her life, and also be protecting your family from picking up any illnesses by proximity. Below, we take a look at a number of ways you can work hard to ensure that your best friend’s health is kept in as good condition as the rest of your family’s.
Your dog will have received all the essential vaccinations when they were a little pup, but it’s not only when they’re young that dogs need vaccinations. They’ll continue to receive them throughout their life because not all medications last for a lifetime. It varies from dog to dog, but many vaccinations last somewhere in the region of 3 – 12 years. You don’t want to over-vaccinate your dog; it’ll cause him or her more harm, and many are unnecessary. But you should make sure that you’re on top of the core-vaccinations, which are: Canine distemper, Canine parvovirus, Canine adenovirus one infection, and Rabies.
A Well-Groomed Pooch
Ensuring your dog is well-groomed isn’t just about making them look cute (in any case: how could they not?!). Keep their fur nice and tidy will have multiple benefits (including making their fur look and feel healthy). It’ll also give you an opportunity to check for any abnormalities on the body, such as dry spots, rashes, and ticks. You’re normally petting your dog through long fur; by grooming your pet you’ll be able to get up close and personal, and then take actions to ensure the problems don’t become more serious.
If you’re feeding your dog from the table, you might want to stop now, no matter how longingly they’re looking into your eyes. A dog’s health rests on its diet; if it’s controlled, well-maintained, and full of nutrition, then it’ll be all the more straightforward to keep on top of their health. That’s not to say they can’t have treats; they can. Learn about the treats that are good for your dog, and the ones you should avoid. It’s possible to feed your pup’s “I want tasty food” side and keep them healthy!
Often, it’s not anything on your dog’s insides that’ll cause him or her trouble; it’s what’s in its mouth. Maintaining good oral hygiene is imperative to keeping them healthy, and they’re smile as free and happy as can be. There is a whole host of issues that can arise, so it’s important that you’re regularly taking him or her to the vet to get their mouth checked out.
Into the Outdoors
Finally, the most important aspect of keeping your dog healthy is ensuring that they’re getting enough exercise. Dogs were made to be outside, so take them at least twice a day. And bonus: it’ll always keep you and your family healthy too!