Lessons Learned from Years with Pets

August 28, 2017

Pets & Animals

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Dog Care: Keeping your Dog Healthy and Happy

If you own a dog, you would surely love him and give him the best care he could have. They know the basic things about dog care, from feeding and walking, to giving them baths and grooming them. You might not be aware but there are a number of things more that you should not neglect. If you do not give attention to these things, it can prove harmful to your dog. I have listed a few important ones.

One of the things dog owners tend to forget is dental care. A lot of dogs suffer dental diseases at a young age and it is common. It really takes much more than giving your dog healthy puppy treats and looking out for gum diseases. If your dog has other dental problems, like broken teeth or tooth decay, a dental check-up can much more readily find it. It is important to remember that your dog’s dental care should start while he is still a puppy. Your dog can become susceptible to gum diseases so it’s important not to postpone dental care and start while they’re still young.

A soft-bristled toothbrush will do the job, just brush softly to protect his gums and teeth from decaying. You can do this by starting with his front teeth and gradually moving into the mouth and brushing over his gums.

Some health issues that are easily prevented, like fleas, are also often neglected by dog owners. Fleas can cause skin allergies even from a small infestation. Fleas can often be prevented by first understanding what attracts them and what repels them. Warm and humid environments are what fleas look for, and they avoid cold and dry places. 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. Products that don’t contain harmful chemicals are best for your dog’s coat, like essential oils and homemade formulas.

Your dog will eat any kind of food that you give him, unlike cats who are more fussy. Your dog’s health has probably suffered harm because of the poor quality food that you give him.

Some popular brands of food has also caused concern because of their manufacturing procedures and the quality of ingredients they put into their dog food. The laws in some states are not too strict when it comes to the poor quality of meats that can processed into dog food. The intense heat in many dog food processing plants can destroy all the nutrients in the meat that the end product has already lost all nutrients.

Always ask what goes into your dog food.