Dogs are said to be man’s best friends. They often take care of us in the ways that they can and brighten our lives simultaneously. And, in turn, we often try to help them by making sure that they are happy and healthy. But the question is, how do you make sure that your dog is healthy? Well, that’s what I intend to answer with this article – How To Keep Your Dog Healthy: 5 Essential Steps.
Oh, and by the way, if you’re interested about dogs in general, you can read this article: 15 UNBELIEVABLE FACTS ABOUT DOGS
Like people, animals need to maintain a certain level of physical exercise in order to be healthy. And dogs are in special need of being let out to walk and run outside.
Dogs are usually full of energy, as long as they’re healthy, and they need to move. That’s why having a dog is basically a responsibility to make sure that you take him or her out for walks, runs and plays.
How much exercise is needed depends on each dog. Different breeds and different aged dogs need and can handle without exhaustion different amounts of physical activities.
Exercise is not only a great physical activity for the dog, but it also helps to form bonds between you and your pet.
Here’s a few benefits of exercising your dog:
- Better cardiovascular health.
- Better psychological well being.
- Improved digestion.
- Slower aging.
- Helping to maintain healthier weight.
- Promoting stronger bones.
- Decreased chances of various cancers.
- Decreased chances of diabetes.
Also, here’s an article from petMD about dogs and exercise: Exercising With Your Dog 101
#2 Healthy Diet
Just like people, dogs need to eat healthy foods to stay healthy. They need proper amounts of good-quality proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water.
Good nutrition can help to make sure that your dogs lives a longer, healthier and more joyful life. It decreases chances of your furry pet developing various types of cancers, diabetes, becoming out-of-shape and so on.
Again, what sort of food does your dog need to eat and also how much depends on your dog, his or her breed, size, age, activity levels, metabolism.
Generally speaking, dogs are omnivores who prefer to consume animal products, especially meat, but can also rely on some plant-based food to survive.
If you’d like to find out about feeding your dog bones, you might want to check out this article: SHOULD YOU FEED YOUR PET BONES?
Dogs are, almost always, very social creatures who need to communicate with other dogs, or animals or humans to be happy and avoid depression. They are similar to people in this way.
Unlike cats, dogs are need significantly more attention and are prone to feel lonely and depressed if not played or communicated with.
Petting, playing, exercising with your dog on a regular basis is often said to be necessary in order to make sure that your dogs stays mentally as well as physically healthy.
#4 Dental Care
Just like humans, dogs need to take care of their teeth and also, sometimes, have their teeth taken care of by someone else.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is the most common dental condition in dogs and it becomes worse as they age.
Despite the popular belief, bad breath is not normal in dogs. Plaques can build up and ruin their teeth just like they can ruin yours, so try to check on your dog’s teeth every once in a while.
Brushing your dog’s teeth is always a great way to prevent plaque build up and help prevent and treat various teeth issues. Oral rinses and specialized dental treats can also help to make sure your dog has healty teeth.
Regular check ups at the vet are strongly recommended. This is especially true if you notice that your dogs is acting unusually, but it also should be done prophylactically. This is to make sure that any early symptoms are not ignored and potential ailments are recognized as early as possible. So they need to see their doctors just like we need to see ours.
Dogs are actually pretty similar to us – humans, in terms of health requirements. They need to exercise regularly, eat healthy foods and communicate with humans and animals. Also, take care of their teeth and gums and see their doctors on a regular basis. If you truly love your furry friend, you should try to take care of each of these requirements and this will help to make sure that your dog lives as long and as happy of a life as possible.