Raising a Healthy Dog

We all know that living a healthy life can lead to living a longer life. But what about your dog? He is man’s best friend, after all, and you should make sure he gets the care and attention he needs to live a long and happy life with you. Learn some of the basics of raising a healthy and happy pup.

Weight Control

We know how important it is for humans to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and get plenty of exercise to live a long and happy life. The same is true for our four-legged friends. It’s far too often overlooked, but like humans, overweight and obese dogs are at much higher risks for developing more serious health conditions. Monitoring your dog’s weight, making sure he gets the proper nutrients and vitamins in his diet, and ensuring he remains active and energetic will make for a happier and healthier companion.

Monitor Pain

Chances are your dog has his own unique way of communicating his wants and needs. When he is hungry, he might sit at his bowl while giving you his saddest puppy eyes. Or when he needs to go outside, he’ll bark at the door until you let him out. Unfortunately, your dog cannot tell you things like, "My leg hurts." Therefore, it’s important to monitor your dog’s unusual behaviors, as they might be signs that your dog is hurting. If your usually active pet is suddenly sluggish, or your speed-eater becomes a slow nibbler, chances are there might be something more serious going on internally. If this happens, it’s best to seek medical attention right away.

Wellness Exams

Most of us go to the doctor’s office for regular checkups, even if we feel fine. It’s preventative care, and it’s an important step in ensuring we stay strong and healthy. So why not do the same for your dog? Most of the time we only take our dogs to the vet if something is wrong, but regular exams are a great way to monitor and catch small medical worries before they become serious problems.

Vaccinations

Like regular wellness exams, making sure your dog is up-to-date on his vaccinations is a sure and simple way to keep both of you healthy. Many diseases can be passed between dogs and humans, and vaccinations help keep us both protected from rabies, hepatitis and distemper, just to name a few. Ensuring your dog is protected from these and other diseases is one of the most effective ways to keep him healthy for the rest of his life.

Keeping your dog healthy now will ensure that he stays around for many more years of memories.