5 Tips for Keeping your Dog Healthy

5 Tips for Keeping your Dog Healthy

Pet owners will sometimes have to leave their pets in the care of a boarding kennel when they go on holiday. Good kennels will follow your instructions on how best to look after your dog.

Daily Exercise

Exercise through playing or walking will help keep man’s best friend physically fit, mentally healthy and will reduce possible destructive behaviours at home. Regular exercise is essential for dogs to maintain a healthy weight and heart. Every dog’s exercise requirements will differ, due to breed, age, sex, and general health. Make sure you check with the vet about any specific exercise requirements for your dog.

 

Weight & Dangerous Foods

Lack of exercise and overfeeding is just as much a problem in pets, as it is in people. You are the only one who can decide how much your dog eats, and what type is best. Stay away from any dangerous or even potentially dangerous foods; some can even be poisonous! Everyday household foods could be lethal for your dog; chocolate, avocado, garlic, grapes and raisins, and onions. Avoid at all costs.

Dog playing

Visit your Vet & Vaccinate

Like their human owners, dogs also require regular visits to the doctor to ensure good health. An annual vet check gives you the chance to find and nip in the bud any illness or concerns regarding your four-legged friend. Finding issues early is always the best option, find a vet you feel comfortable with and maintain regular check-ups to keep your dog (play)fighting fit. Stay on top your dog’s vaccinations; remember to visit the vet for your dog’s booster injections once a year.

 

Spay or Neuter

Spaying and neutering is the best thing to do if you don’t intend to breed from your dog. Spaying stops females going into heat and can help prevent health issues such as breast cancer and pyometra. Neutering male dogs can chill them out, reduce any aggressive behaviour and can help prevent serious health issues such as; testicular cancer, prostate disease, and hernias.

 

Fight the War on Fleas and Ticks

Fleas – that dirty little word all dog owners dread. Fleas can cause a barrage of health problems for your dog, not just itchy skin. The best way to protect your dog is to keep them covered with flea control. You have to be especially aware during the summer months when fleas are more prevalent.