Mayer Veterinary Hospital – How To Keep Your Dog Healthy
As the owner of a dog, it is your responsibility to provide for all of his or her needs. And in reality, it is something that you do out of love and appreciation more than duty because of all that your dog does for you. But it can be easy to overlook a few critical things that all dog moms and dads need to do to keep their furry companion healthy and happy.
Quality dog food is essential for your dog's health. It can be tempting to offer human food, but that is not going to meet your canine friend's nutritional needs. And it can also lead to weight issues and other health complications. So for a long and happy friendship, feed your pooch only quality dog food and treats. And be sure that they always have access to plenty of fresh water to remain healthy, happy, and free of digestive issues.
Plenty Of Exercise
Just like us humans, your dog needs to get some exercise every day. A walk is one of the best ways to get some exercise and entertainment. And your dog will also enjoy the one on one time that you are sharing. Your vet can help you determine the appropriate type and amount of exercise based on your dog's age and health.
Dogs are not as fastidious about their grooming as cats. So your dog will rely on you for regular brushing and bathing. Start early with your puppy, so he or she understands that grooming is a pleasant and relaxing experience. Brushing regularly will help remove dirt and debris from your dog's fur, reduce shedding in your home, and keep skin healthy. Regular baths will reduce pet dander, a common cause of allergies, and protect your dog's fur and skin.
Think of your dog's visits to the vet the same way you do your visits to your doctor. Once a year might be perfect for a young, healthy dog, but the frequency should increase if there are health issues or as your pet ages. Be sure that your dog is up to date on vaccinations such as distemper, parvo, rabies, and panleukopenia at the annual checkup. This visit is also an excellent time to schedule a dental exam and cleaning.
Know When To Call Your Vet
Just like humans, your dog might get a scrap or cut from time to time or even appear to have a cold. And with a little extra attention, these pass uneventfully. However, there are a few occasions that warrant a call to your vet, including:
• Vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive urination for over 12 hours
• Loss of balance and staggering
• Runny eyes or nose
• Constant scratching of ears or eyes
• Difficulty breathing
• Loss of appetite for over 24 hours
• Limping excessive water consumption
• If gums appear white
A lot of love, proper food and exercise, and regular medical checkups will assure your best friend of a healthy and happy life.
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