We all love the dogs in our life, and we want them to be as happy and healthy as possible. Of course we would also like them to live for as long as we do, but that isn’t possible.
What we can do, is make sure that we do all that we can to ensure that our canine companion lives for as long as possible, and keeps as healthy and happy as they can.
So if you want your dog to remain in good health, and to live for the maximum amount of time possible, what are some of the things you need to think about?
What is a healthy diet for a dog?
Food is a vital life force for all animals; your dog is no different. As carnivores, dogs are healthiest if you can provide them with raw food, or produce a homemade dog food.
Of course this is not always practical or cost effective. Don’t worry, you can still provide your pooch with a healthy diet if you opt for one of the higher quality kibbles, with no grain content.
If you want to provide a little extra nutrition in your dogs’ diet you may want to think about adding some supplements on occasion; such as raw honey or seaweed. Additions such as these can often give your pet just the health boost they need.
The benefits of exercise
The great thing about exercise is that is doesn’t just help your dog to keep healthy, it can aid your fitness too, and is an excellent method for you to bond with your pet. Dogs love to get outside and run, so you should aim to take them on a walk for a couple of hours each day. Ideally, find somewhere where you can let them off their leash, and they can run and play to their hearts content. Take a Frisbee with you and you can both have fun, while both keeping fit and healthy.
The importance of regular veterinarian examinations
You should never underestimate the importance that veterinarian examinations can have in making sure your dog stays healthy. If you set up a pattern of taking your pet for an annual check then your veterinarian can establish a baseline for what is normal, and it’s easier to detect any potential problems with your dog’s health.
It’s far better to take preventative measures, such as ensuring your dog has all of its vaccinations, and having checks carried out for issues such as ticks, than it is to have to deal with the aftermath.
Feed your dog well, keep them active and make sure they have regular veterinarian examinations, and you will be helping your pet to live a long and healthy life.
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