Exercise Is Key
Make sure that your dog has as much as exercise as it needs. Some smaller breeds just need to go and walk around the block a couple of times a day but if you want to get a larger breed of dog then you need to be aware that it’ll need a lot of exercise off the leash or it might start exhibiting worrying behaviours like tearing up your house – your dog is a smart creature and its brain needs to be exercised as much as its body. Make sure that you get your dog used to exercising at a young age so it’s accustomed to it.
Maintain A Good Diet
It’s important to make sure that your dog’s diet is healthy, nutritious and well-balanced (just like your own!). Choose dog foods that are as pure as possible and made up of real meat instead of bulking agents – look at the top five ingredients on the label. It’s important to remember that even if you use snacks and treats to reward your pup while you’re training it, you should try to keep them healthy and not go overboard – you don’t want your dog to end up gaining weight! You should also make sure that clean water is available to your dog at all times.
Take Care Of Its Coat
Especially if your dog has long hair, it’s important to bathe and brush it on a regular basis. That means that while you’re doing it you can also run your hands gently over its body to check for any suspicious lumps or bumps or skin complaints that you should talk to the vet about. Make sure you stave off any irritating pests that might upset your dog like fleas with treatments like Advantage Multi, and make sure that if your dog does get fleas, you clean your house thoroughly afterwards.
Note Behaviour Changes
You know your dog better than anyone and if you think it’s behaving strangely or something’s up, then it’s time to take it to the vet. If it’s been off its food for more than twenty-four hours, if you think it’s lethargic, or if it’s been coughing or panting more than usual, then something could be wrong – you know your dog’s personality and we all behave differently when we aren’t feeling good. It’s important that you get your dog checked out if you think something might be up.
Take It For Regular Check Ups
It’s important to get your pet all the medical attention it might need, from vaccinations when it’s young to spaying when it’s a little older to regular check ups and physicals throughout the years. Not only is this a chance for the vet to make sure that your dog is healthy but it’s also a good opportunity for you to talk to the vet and to ask questions about how you can help your dog stay healthy as it ages. Being an interested pet owner who fully pays attention to their dog is the best way to keep it healthy through the years.
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