Humans have had companion animals for thousands of years. Having a dog can help people achieve health goals, such as lowered blood pressure and increased fitness, or mental goals, such as decreased stress. There is evidence that having a pet can help a person lead a longer, healthier life. If our health is a significant concern, then so too should be the health of our companion animals.
The goal of dog owners should be to keep their canine companions as healthy as possible to ensure the highest possible quality of life. After all, preventing disease is much easier than having to treat it. That said, here are our top tips that can help you achieve that goal.
Dog Health Tip #1: Keep your dog’s vaccinations up-to-date. Under-vaccinating can place your dog in danger of contracting otherwise preventable illnesses.
Dog Health Tip #2: Administer heartworm preventive medication year-round.
Dog Health Tip #3: Keep your dog’s teeth free of plaque and tartar build-up. Periodontal disease is a leading cause of heart disease in dogs. We view canine dental work-ups as part of responsible pet care. Bad breath? This could be the cause.
Dog Health Tip #4: Avoid obesity. Obesity is an underlying cause of many serious illnesses in dogs, including diabetes and heart disease. Feed a well-balanced, quality diet, avoiding table scraps.
Dog Health Tip #5: Exercise your dog for at least 20 minutes every day. This is good not only for your dog’s physical health, but for his/her mental health as well (and yours).
Dog Health Tip #6: Brush the hair coat daily.
Dog Health Tip #7: Ensure all tick and flea treatments are administered regularly and in accordance with the product’s instructions. READ ALL LABELS CAREFULLY.
Dog Health Tip #8: Clean your dog’s ears at least twice a month. Ear infections are common in dogs.
Dog Health Tip #9: Pet proof your home and keep all potential poisons ie. mouse/rat baits, out of reach.
Dog Health Tip #10: Obedience train your dog. Obedient dogs stay out of trouble.
Dog Health Tip #11: Consider the benefits of Pet Insurance for any unknown and unexpected Veterinary treatments. Pet Insurance will enable you to provide the best health care options for your furry friend.
Dog Health Tip #12: Book an annual veterinary check-up, including a thorough physical examination.
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