Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy
1-Make Your Home Harmless
Avoid a trip to Animal Emergency by pet-proofing your surroundings. Remove harmful materials such as pesticides, antifreeze (which dogs find tasty), low electrical cords, and small objects that can easily cause choking. Identify and prevent access to poisonous house plants and outdoor shrubs which include lilies, mistletoe, tulips, oleanders, and rhododendrons.
Daily exercise helps prevent obesity and health problems. Exercise also provides benefits such as mental stimulation, toned muscles, improved circulation, and strong bones. Go for walks together. Jog. Swim. Hike.
3-Avoid the Burning Heat
During hot weather, dogs can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke, and even sunburn. Keep exercise to a minimum and take walks during mornings or evenings. Steer clear of hot asphalt, which can burn tender paws. Never leave your dog in a parked vehicle, even for a few minutes. On a balmy 78-degree day, car temperatures can quickly exceed 90 degree--and that's in the shade with the windows open!
4-Teach New Tricks
From fleecy playthings and frisbees to rubber balls and ropey toys, there are dozens of ways to entertain your dog. Select toys that are appropriate for your dog's age and size to keep him interested. Play with your dog. Stimulate his mind. Teach him to shake hands, take a bow, play dead, speak, roll over, high-five, fetch, and jump.
5-Visit the Vet
Annual check-ups help screen your dog for disease and can curtail future illnesses. Your veterinarian will look for signs of changing health, ensure vaccinations are current, do a dental check-up, and identify any abnormalities that may require further investigation. This is also an ideal opportunity for you to garner pet care tips, discuss dietary changes or needs, and learn about simple signs that might warrant attention.
6- Feed Healthy Meals
Have you been down the dog food aisle at your local pet store lately? The choices are overwhelming! Ask your veterinarian for recommendations regarding high-quality brands that are appropriate for your dog's age, weight, and current health. Feed measured amounts twice daily.
Avoid people food since many, like chocolate, grapes, avocados, and Macadamia nuts, can be fatal; others can wreck havoc on your dog's digestive system.