Dog Care: Keeping your Dog Healthy and Happy
Most dog owners will do everything to make their dog healthy and happy. As a dog owner, you regularly walk your dog and feed him, bathe him and groom him. But they may be forgetting some things and are not aware of it. Some mistakes can be bad for your dog’s health and if not given attention soon, it might prove harmful. Here are some of the things you should never neglect.
You might be neglecting your dog’s dental care among other things. It is common for dogs to suffer some form of dental diseases at a very young age. There is much more you need to make sure that your dog gets the necessary oral health care beyond what you can do. A dental check-up done by a trained professional will help expose and correct other dental problems like decaying or cracked teeth. It is important to remember that your dog’s dental care should start while he is still a puppy. Your dog can become susceptible to gum diseases so it’s important not to postpone dental care and start while they’re still young.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush for his teeth and gums. You can do this by starting with his front teeth and gradually moving into the mouth and brushing over his gums.
It might sound unusual but many dog owners have overlooked fleas, because this health issue can be easily prevented. Fleas can cause skin allergies even from a small infestation. Fleas can often be prevented by first understanding what attracts them and what repels them. What attracts fleas are warm and humid surrounds and what repels them are cold and dry ones. There are seasons when it is impossible to avoid having hot and humid weather, on these days you need to use flea creams or chewy tablets to keep fleas away.
Natural treatments are also available for you to use. Products that don’t contain harmful chemicals are best for your dog’s coat, like essential oils and homemade formulas.
Unlike cats, dogs are not choosy when it comes to food and will eat almost anything you give them. This, however, has led to dog owners feeding their dogs stuff that may be harmful to his health.
Some concern has also been raised with some popular brands on how they process their dog food and what ingredients they put in them. Sometimes it can pass as legal in some countries for poor quality meat, from sick animals, to be put in dog food. But even good quality meat, when it passes through intense heat can lose a lot of nutrients before it is completely processed.
Always ask what goes into your dog food.
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