Caring for Your Dog’s Health

Medically, dogs are like people in that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Dogs don’t need yearly mammograms or cholesterol screening. However, they do need regular visits to the veterinarian, a sound diet, good dental hygiene and many other medical attentions similar to those people undertake for our own wellbeing. If you’ve never considered providing preventive health care for your pet, take a look at a few items you can work on, and then research further on your own, starting with talking to your trusted vet.

One of the core things you can do to help your dog stay healthy is to provide him with the correct dog medications. As soon as possible, you must ensure that he gets or has had the necessary vaccines. Not only will this provide your pup with protection, but it’ll keep you from contracting things like rabies from him, too. Then you’ll also need to give him his necessary prescriptions. Do not leave out some kind of medicine for heartworm, plus a prescription to stave off fleas and ticks. Your dog doesn’t like the little biters any more than humans do, and he’ll bring them right into your house if you’re not careful.

Next up is making sure that your animal has a healthy diet. There are many brands of dog food out there right now, but not all of them are a good bet for your beloved canine. Some can make him sick, even terminally ill. Others simply won’t give him all of the nutrients he should have to live a long, contented life. One thing you should consider is the meat, grain and fat content of the food you feed your dog. It’s important that he eat enough protein. Unlike humans, dogs can’t truly be vegetarians. They’re natural carnivores. Many people now advocate giving dogs completely grain free dog food, since that is closer to what they’d be eating in the wild. No matter what brand you consider purchasing, make sure to do your research and read reviews, besides to talking to your vet.

Lastly, don’t forget about your dog’s skeleton and nervous system. Many types of purebred dogs have been so inbred over the years that they are almost guaranteed to end up with health issues like arthritis, bone and joint pain, or tooth and gum conditions. From day one, you may want to buy your dog a good bed, like one of these, to keep him comfortable. You should also read up on his specific breed to see what health problems are endemic to his breed.

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