• Posted on January 16, 2017 11:30 pm
    By Chris
    Keeping a dog healthy

    Our loveable canine companions will always find ways to get themselves into a spot of bother all on their own. There’s not much we can do if a dog is determined to have fun and explore without doing a thorough safety check first. Dealing with a slightly dusty and beaten up dog is part and parcel of being a dog owner.

    If their exuberance is out of our control, then take heart in the fact that we can control another aspect of their well-being: their health. Your dog doesn’t have the capacity to make sure their insides are kept in tip-top condition, but you do – and that’s why they adore you so! Here’s a few of the simple steps you can take to ensure yours feels great inside and out.

    Eating Well

    Every person is different, and consequently needs different quantities and types of food in order to have a balanced diet. Dogs are no different. It’s really important that your furry best friend gets the gets the right levels of nutrients through their foods. As dogfoodaid.com says, failing to provide the correct food for your pet can result in a number of serious conditions, such as obesity, arthritis, skin allergies, and congestive heart failure. All of these can be preventable if you take the time to learn just what foods your dog needs, so make sure you take the time to learn!

    Brushing Their Teeth

    Can you imagine what might to your teeth and all-round health if you didn’t brush your teeth? We’re sure you rather wouldn’t think about it, so we’ll just tell you – it would not be good. Your dog might not need to have fresh breath for an important meeting or get together, but they still need to have their teeth well taken care of. If they don’t, they’re liable to suffer from gum disease, which can cause massive complications in dogs, including missing teeth and eroded gums. What’s particularly evil about this condition is that it’s often difficult to detect until it’s too late.

    Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be “too late” without a bit of preventative care. Brushing your dog’s teeth might not sound like the easiest or more enjoyable task of the day, but you’ll be doing him or her a great service.

    Protection from the heat

    Protection from the Heat

    If you’re in the UK, you’ll know how much time we put into making sure we’re protected from the sunshine (at least on those rare few days a year when it shines). If we need to be lapped in suntan lotion and have access to a sun umbrella and water, then it’s fairly reasonable to assume your dog will too –  especially as sunshine can play havoc with your dog’s health. So before you take your dog along with you to the beach, make sure they have plenty of access to water (though not too much!) and a place to sit in the shade. In hotter weather, it’s advisable to coat your dog in canine friendly suntan lotion – they do exist! Just make sure it doesn’t contain Zinc Oxide, as that can be toxic to dogs.

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  1. Madison

    Great tips, thank you so much for sharing! Some of them may seem like common sense, but it is the obvious things that are sometimes most often left out, so it is always good as vets to keep people informed about how to look after their dog, a healthy dog is always happier!


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