Keeping your dog healthy
Dogs wriggle their way into our hearts – and occasionally worm their way into trouble. But although we never know what life will bring, there are some simple steps you can take to keep your dog happy and healthy from nose to tail:
Provide the basics. All pups need a balanced diet, fresh water and regular exercise to keep them healthy. The recommended amount of food and exercise for your dog will depend on its lifestyle, diet, age and general health, all of which your vet can help you understand.
Keep them entertained. Walks, playing fetch, chasing their tail – whatever they’re into, encourage it! Playing is vital for a dog’s mental and physical health. It’s also important for dogs to socialise – both with humans and other animals. They’re most receptive when they are puppies, so the earlier they can be socialised, the better.
Watch your food. Certain ‘human foods’ are dangerous for dogs to eat, such as chocolate, onions, garlic and grapes. Be sure not to leave these lying about the house, as we all know dogs have a habit of sniffing out forbidden snacks!
If they’re home alone… take them out on a long walk before you leave. The physical and mental stimulation should tire them out, so they’ll appreciate some quiet time when they’re home. You could also try some interactive, food-dispensing toys. But remember, dogs shouldn’t be left alone for lengthy periods of time.
Do home check-ups. While visits to the vets for regular check-ups are great, giving your dog a once-over yourself every now and again will help you spot any issues early. There are a few key areas you can check to keep your dog comfortable, such as their ears, claws, eyes and teeth.
Groom them. Depending on the breed of your dog, they may require a little TLC to help them look and feel their best – whether that’s the odd shampoo or a regular brush.
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