Dog Care: Keeping your Dog Healthy and Happy
You obviously love your dog and would give him the best care you can to keep him healthy and happy. As a dog owner, you regularly walk your dog and feed him, bathe him and groom him. However, some things are easier forgotten than others. Forgetting these things may cause serious health concerns and can be bad for your dog. I have listed a few important ones.
You might be neglecting your dog’s dental care among other things. It is common for dogs to suffer some form of dental diseases at a very young age. There is much more you need to make sure that your dog gets the necessary oral health care beyond what you can do. If your dog has other dental problems, like broken teeth or tooth decay, a dental check-up can much more readily find it. Your dog’s dental care should start while he is still a puppy, if you want to avoid serious dental issues when he grows up. Don’t postpone gum and dental care because he will become susceptible to diseases.
Brushing his teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush protects his teeth and gums from decaying. You can do this by starting with his front teeth and gradually moving into the mouth and brushing over his gums.
It comes as a surprise to many that dog owners actually forget about fleas, which is so common but easily preventable. One of the most likely result of flea infestation is flea allergy, which can be caused by even a small infestation. It is important to know what attracts fleas in order to keep them away. Fleas generally love warm and humid environments and hate cold and dry surrounds. There are seasons when it is impossible to avoid having hot and humid weather, on these days you need to use flea creams or chewy tablets to keep fleas away.
During the rest of the year, you can use more natural treatments. Homemade concoctions and essential oils are also helpful to use as they don’t contain chemicals that can affect your dogs coat.
Unlike cats, dogs are not choosy when it comes to food and will eat almost anything you give them. This, however, has led to dog owners feeding their dogs stuff that may be harmful to his health.
Some concern has also been raised with some popular brands on how they process their dog food and what ingredients they put in them. The laws in some states are not too strict when it comes to the poor quality of meats that can processed into dog food. But even good quality meat, when it passes through intense heat can lose a lot of nutrients before it is completely processed.
Be informed about what you are buying.