Monday, July 13, 2020

Are You Keeping Your Dog Healthy?

Are You Keeping Your Dog Healthy?

A dog truly is a man’s best friend and most of us would do everything in our power to ensure they have a happy and full life for as long as possible. Although we only spend a small fraction of our lives with our sweet little doggy friend, there are many ways you can improve their health and wellbeing and potentially even allow them to live a longer and healthier life.

Years ago, dog’s didn’t tend to live up to the ages of 10 and above, but now there is much more medical advice on how to give our dogs the best care for improved health and well being and potentially enhance their longevity. Here are just a few helpful aspects to take into consideration to improve your dog’s health and lifestyle! 

Schedule daily walks
Walking your dog daily plays a major role in your dog’s overall health and wellbeing. On average, your canine friend should be walked approximately 30-minutes to 2 hours per day, dependent on their general fitness. Not only does getting exercise improve their physical stamina and promote strong muscles and joints, but also keeps them mentally content.

Make changes to their diet
Are you paying close attention to your dog’s diet? If not, you may need to re-evaluate how much food they are being given and what they’re eating each day, to prevent long-term health problems occurring in the years ahead. A dog’s diet should be in correlation with pre-existing health conditions to improve their quality of life and closely monitored and adjusted if necessary.
The type of treats you feed your fur friend is important to consider, as they potentially form a large quantity of their daily diet. You can purchase calming chews for dogs which are created to reduce anxiety but are also great for dogs with a range of health ailments, including the likes of seizures or heart conditions. We've been debating getting some of these calming chews for our dog since he can be a little much sometimes! 
Don’t forget to take your dog to the vets regularly
You must make regular appointments at the vets to ensure that your dog remains in good health. The only way to know whether your dog needs medical assistance is by having regular check-ups. It is better to be on the safe side in this regard, as serious health complaints can often be discovered too late, rather than being treated as soon as possible. After all, dogs can't tell us if they aren't feeling themselves so it's important to have these visits to prevent any issues that could occur. 

Keep your dog mentally stimulated
Keeping your dog stimulated plays a major role in their mental and physical health. Aside from burning off extra energy, giving your dog plenty to do will ensure they don’t get anxious, bored or distressed. Destruction is a common response when dogs lack stimulation – both to their surroundings and themselves. 

There are many ways you can stimulate your dogs - from making them work for treats, to teaching them tricks or encouraging them to play with toys. When your dog doesn’t have any form of mental stimulation, you may notice they start to get into habits such as biting their paws, scratching or even chewing through furniture. Yikes! So take care of your dog and they will be your best friend for years to come. 

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