Looking after your dog requires more than just feeding him, going for walkies and the occasional trip to the vet. Responsible pet owners should be doing more to ensure their furry companions remain fit, healthy and happy. And these aren’t actions you should be doing just once in a while. They should become part of your regular dog care routine. Want to find out how you can take even better care of your canine? Read on for some useful tips that will help you to do just that.
Walks: quantity AND quality
As a dog owner, you will know that for many important reasons your dog requires walking every day. Are you doing enough? If you haven’t done so already, use a reputable source to find out how much daily walking time is recommended for your canine. Remember that this is general advice. Your dog’s personality, age and other requirements might render your walking schedule a little different from the norm.
Now that you’ve dealt with the quantity aspect of walking, you must turn your attention to quality. Just walking around the block a couple of times may not be mentally and physically stimulating enough for your furry friend. To make it more beneficial, try to take them to large open spaces that are safe for them to stretch their legs and expel all that energy. Playing fetch and meeting other dogs are also good ways to ensure their walks are of quality.
Prevention rather than treatment
Many dog owners deal with common canine health problems like worms and ticks after they have occurred. But if left late, these issues can exacerbate, causing your dog to feel upset and ill. Many of these common problems can be prevented with easy-to-use treatments. And with websites like www.petfleas.co.uk, and www.everydayroots.com, which allow pet owners to treat parasites affordably and quickly, there really is no excuse.
Other steps you should take to prevent illness in your dog include:
- schedule regular appointments with your vet for both specific care like vaccines and general check-ups ;
- check your dog’s coat, ears, eyes, teeth and gums regularly; and
- keep you dog and his belongings clean.
Check the labels on dog food and treats
As is the case with the food that we eat, highly processed dog foods are high in preservatives, artificial ingredients, sugar and fat. Many believe that these foods are responsible for illness in canines, especially when eaten over a long time. These days it’s much easier to get access to more natural products for your dog. Look for food that is made with real meat and that contain lots of vitamins and minerals to promote their overall health.
When feeding your dog, remember to stick to the recommended quantity to prevent him from becoming overweight. The exact amount will depend on the age, size and breed of your dog, so it is best to get specific advice from your vet.
So, is there more you could be doing to ensure your beloved furry friend is healthy and happy? If you have any advice to improve our readers' dog care regime that you would like to tell us about, please do!
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