We all love our furry family friends and want to keep them healthy and happy. I’m going to talk about a few things you can do as a responsible pet owner to keep your dog healthy.
A healthy weight for your dog includes a nutritious and balanced diet. This includes an available fresh supply of water. To help your dog have a healthy and long life, keeping him/her at a healthy weight is important. First, you need to determine what your dog should weigh. The weight of your dog should depend on breed, and in addition, there can be a range within that weight scale. It can also depend on sex of the animal. There are different charts you can refer to, but your veterinarian is the best person to consult when determining a healthy weight for your pup.
Exercise is very important to keep your dog healthy. And, dogs have a natural craving for running and playing. You can say it’s in their nature! Getting them out ½ hour to 2 hours a day is recommended for exercise for your dog. Larger dogs need more, and smaller dogs less.
Regular vet exams which include vaccines should be done once a year. Some vaccines are required every few years, like a rabies shot is only required every 3 years, after their initial 3 rabies shots in their first 5 years of life. However, it is best to take them once a year to see the vet for an all-over evaluation to keep him healthy.
Regular Flea/Tick Treatments
There are different methods of flea and tick treatment for your dog. There are flea collars, flea sprays, drops, and shampoo. They all have different lengths of time they prevent fleas, so be sure to check the packaging or consult with your veterinarian. Also, there are different sizes/doses for the size of your pet.
Bathing your Dog.
We saved the best for last (well, in our opinion, because, you know) Keeping your pooch clean, nails trimmed and nice grooming is important for hygiene, but also because it’s so much more enjoyable loving on your pooch after a grooming. So, give us a call and set up an appointment soon. We’d love to spoil your dog.