Updated: Nov 30
Dogs are the best. They're always happy to see you, they love going for walks, and they're always excited to play fetch. But as any dog owner knows, taking care of a dog can be a lot of work. From making sure they get enough exercise, to keep their coat clean and healthy, there's a lot to keep track of.
Luckily, with these tips, you can help keep your furry friend healthy and happy!
Don't Skip Vet Appointments.
The optimal frequency for routine check-ups for most healthy dogs is once a year.
You can discuss the development and growth of your dog with the vet, adjust their nutrition and keep an eye out for common diseases. If it is necessary and the dog looks and behaves sickly, schedule the doctor's appointment immediately.
Monitoring your dog's health is an essential step in keeping your dog healthy and happy!
Spend a Lot of Time with Your Dog
Your four-legged companion loves you so much! Whoever owns a dog knows what unconditional love means!
Spend at least one hour per day with your dog to maintain the love and affection with them! It will make a little animal happy, and you will also experience numerous benefits. Spending time with your dog helps release stress, increase oxytocin levels, and help reduce pain and cardiovascular disease risk.
Focus on Healthy Nutrition, Instead of Treats
Feeding your dog with all necessary nutrients allows the dog to have enough energy, build muscles, and regenerate body tissues. Also, some dogs are more prone to allergies than others. If your dog has stomach issues frequently, consult the vet about potential food allergies and switch the food if necessary.
Next, consider the age, size, breed, and dog activity level to determine the best food and meal sizes. If you have a couch potato, they need less food than an active dog that spends several hours per day training.
You should incorporate proteins, fats, carbs, minerals, and vitamins into your dog's nutrition.
Additionally, stay away from unhealthy treats. Some of them can be bad for your dog's teeth and overall health.
The rough treats can cause tooth breakage and block the dog's intestines. Additional worst-case scenarios include gut puncture and choking, especially in smaller dog breeds with weak jaws.
If you want to give treats to your dog, consult the vet about the healthiest options suitable for your dog.
Exercise Your Dog
Dogs need physical exercise to stay happy and healthy. Regular workouts are also a way to fight depression and maintain the cheerful spirit in your dog!
Additional benefits of regular physical exercise in dogs include fixing some behavioural problems caused by anxiety and excess energy. If you exercise with your dog, the workout benefits increase!
Using interactive toys can be an excellent way to keep the dog playful and exercise him indoors! These toys are also great for mental stimulation!
Ensure Clean, Safe, and Warm Bedding
Do you love to sleep on dirty sheets? Yeah, no. The same applies to dogs! You should wash your dog's bedding at least once a week to remove bacteria and dirt!
Sleeping in clean bedding will ensure fewer skin infections and irritations.
Keep your dog's bed clean, warm, and safe from dirt, so the dog can rest comfortably!
Socialise Your Dog
Dogs aren't supposed to be lonely! Every living creature establishes some form of a community.
You should socialise with your pet frequently and take him to the park where he can meet other dogs and play with them!
You'll also teach your dog proper reactions to the stimuli in the environment and help treat excessive fear and aggression.
To Wrap It Up
We hope this has been an informative and educational read.
And as always, remember to stay tuned to our blog, as we discuss the best tips for you and your pup, as an everlasting duo!
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