When you get a dog, you make a commitment to love and care for it for its entire life. Dogs are hardy creatures and in most cases don’t suffer from too many issues during their lifetimes, however, sometimes things can go wrong. Preventing what you can and getting the right treatment is crucial for a happy pooch. Here are just three of the ways you can ensure good health for your dog.
Socialize Them Well as a Puppy
Puppies that are well socialized grow up to be happy, balanced dogs. They’re not fearful or aggressive and don’t display unwanted behaviors such as chewing or destruction. Get your pup used to the bath, the vacuum cleaner, the door being knocked. Take them on public transport and in the car. Let them meet children, adults, dogs, cats and other animals. When they’re puppies, they are very adaptable and will grow up without fear or aggression over these things as they will be so used to them. If you already have a dog who has problems, then it’s too late to take advantage of this, but do what you can. Introduce them to new situations gradually and allow them to feel safe and relaxed. If your dog is showing signs of phobias or isn’t responding well, get the advice of a professional dog trainer.
Feed Them Good Quality Food and Treats
Many dog foods contain grains, which dogs don’t get along with. It can cause itchy skin, infected ears and general discomfort, this is because grain and wheat can lead to yeast overgrowths. The benefits of a raw diet have been well documented. However it can be time-consuming to get right and not to mention expensive. If you don’t have the time or inclination, opt for a good quality dog food. It should contain meats and vegetables, no cereals, ash or other fillers which bulk it up without adding any goodness to your dog’s diet. You can find advice on feeding and other aspects of pet care on sites like YourFamilyPets.com.
Look After Their Teeth
Dogs can suffer from dental problems just like us. They often occur in older dogs after years of accumulated plaque causes damage. You can reduce this from happening by brushing your dog’s teeth, it doesn’t have to be every night but on a regular basis will help to keep the bacteria down in their mouth (use a toothpaste designed for dogs- regular mint will taste very strong to them!). Getting your dog used to this as a puppy is ideal, some older dogs will completely refuse it, and so it might not be an option for everyone. Other ways you can ensure your dog’s teeth stay at their best is by making sure they don’t eat things containing sugar. Sugar is bad for dogs weight and can cause diabetes and other health issues as well as problems with teeth. Most human food contains some form of sugar so be wary when feeding table scraps. Giving them raw bones and dental treats to enjoy will also help to clean their teeth naturally without the stress of using a toothbrush. If you’re noticing very bad breath or them struggling to eat, they might need extractions and their teeth cleaning at the vet. This has to be done under anesthetic which can be risky in some cases, so trying to avoid getting to this stage is always best.