Dog Health – How Healthy Is Your Dog?
Four Essential Dog Health Tips
|When it comes to dog health, many owners feel as if this is something they can simply leave to their veterinarian. Just take “Fido” to the vet for his annual shots, and that’s all that will be needed. But there is so much more to pet ownership than that. Your dog’s health is in your hands, so it is up to you to understand some of the basics when it comes to dog health.|
Here are four tips every dog owner should live by:
- Pick a vet you can work with. Some veterinarians specialize in certain kinds of animals or breeds of dogs, so be sure to ask about this when making your selection. Also remember to look for a vet that clearly loves dogs. This may seem like an obvious requirement, but some vets consider themselves to be more of a cat person than a dog person.
- Learn the most common health problems associated with your dog’s breed. Some breeds are more prone to certain dog health problems than others, so probably the best thing you can do for your furry family member is to learn the warning signs and symptoms of the health problems that are commonly associated with your dog’s breed. Recognizing warning signs early can help you get your beloved pet to the vet earlier rather than later. The earlier treatment is received, the more likely the issue will be treated and/or managed successfully.
- Owners of senior dogs should learn the signs of arthritis and other age-related dog health issues. Many senior dogs develop arthritis, but a lot of pet owners don’t even realize this because they don’t recognize the signs or don’t realize that their pet is hurting. The only time dogs will whimper or yelp due to pain is if it’s excruciating. Veterinarians believe this is because in the wild, crying out in pain is a sign of weakness that would put the dog at risk. It’s not in their nature to whine or yelp in pain. Some of the common signs of arthritis include moving more slowly, hesitating on stairways, or even a diminishing appetite.
- Learn what a healthy weight looks like on your pet so you can avoid weight-related dog health issues. We all want to lavish our pets with plenty of love, but food doesn’t equate to love. Find out how much food your dog should eat on a daily basis, stick to that, and limit the treats to just a few times per week. Also, make sure Fido is getting plenty of exercises. Caring for your dog’s health is an important part of pet ownership, and it isn’t one you should take lightly. A healthy pet is a happy pet.
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