As a dog owner, you agree to take on the responsibility for ensuring your dog gets all he needs to be healthy and happy. This entails taking a number of actions that are critical for his well-being. These actions should include the following:
Provide Nutritious FoodDog owners are faced with an overwhelming number of choices when they go to the store for dog food. Some of these foods are low in cost, but provide only low-quality nutrition for your dog. A high quality dog food is well worth the price to keep your dog fit and healthy. Wet or dry food is a matter of personal taste and convenience. Puppies require more frequent feedings and benefit from foods that are formulated especially for growing dogs. If your dog is overweight or has a health problem, you may need to feed him a special formula of food. Talk to your veterinarian for the best food choice for his needs.
Ensure Daily ExerciseJust like people, dogs benefit from daily exercise to keep their bodies fit. But exercise does much more to keep dogs healthy. In nature, canines are constantly on the move, looking for food or patrolling their territory. Without this regular expenditure of energy they can become nervous, vocal or destructive. Daily walks or running at the park expends this nervous energy and allows the dog to be calmer with fewer behavioral problems.
Regular Veterinarian VisitsScheduling annual visits to your veterinarian ensure that your dog gets the necessary vaccinations he needs for continued good health. Your vet can also provide physical examinations, parasite treatment, dental care and emergency treatment. Many veterinarians, such as the Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic in Toronto, offer home visits so that your dog can get care at times to fit your busy schedule.
Spaying/NeuteringSpayed and neutered animals live longer than dogs that don’t have the surgery for a number of reasons. Spayed and neutered dogs are less likely to roam, which can expose them to a variety of dangers. Neutered males are also less likely to be aggressive with other dogs. Spayed and neutered animals tend to avoid cancers of the reproductive organs. As soon as you get a new puppy, talk to your veterinarian about the proper age to have the dog spayed or neutered.
By following these four critical tips, you can ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout his life.