When you bring a puppy or mature dog into your home, learning about dog health needs to become a priority.
Learning how to keep your dog healthy as well as watching for symptoms of possible illness is vital to helping make sure that your dog lives a long and happy life.
Below are some routine care items that will help your dog avoid some common dog health problems.
Flea infestations are not only annoying, but they can also cause health problems in your dog. Some dogs develop an allergy to these insect’s bites that can lead to skin infection.
The best way to avoid such problems is to take steps to ensure that your dog does not suffer from a flea infestation.
One of the best ways of doing this is by applying a monthly topical flea preventative such as FrontLine or Advantage.
Some pet owners do not want to take on the expense of adding these products to their routine care, but failing to do so can result in your dog being infested with fleas and with the possible health problems that could result.
Keeping your dog clean and well groomed is another way to ward off some common dog health problems. If the skin is dirty, it may become itchy. This could cause the dog to bite or lick at the skin, causing hot spots.
Keeping the dog’s nails trimmed to a proper length is also important. If the dog’s nails are not properly trimmed, that can lead to ingrown toenails.
Another health bonus to regularly bathing your dog is that it will give you a better chance of spotting problems with your dog’s eyes, ears and skin.
If you catch a problem early and seek treatment, there is likely to be a better outcome than if the problem is not caught until later.
Treats and Toys
One fairly common dog health problem is items being lodged in the animal’s digestive tract. The best way to avoid this is to keep a close eye on what types of treats and toys you give your pet.
Do not give your pet regular stuffed animals as they may have parts, such as eyes, that can easily come off and be ingested by your dog.
Instead, only give him toys that are meant for use by dogs. Keep an eye on the toys and when they begin to fall apart, throw them away and replace them.
You should also be mindful about the types of treats that you give your dog. Do not allow your dog to have large treats, such as rawhide or pizzle sticks, unless you are in the room. This will help eliminate the chance of your dog choking on the treats.
Many dogs are injured or killed each year when they escape from their enclosures. Providing a secure enclosure is a very important step in keeping your dog healthy.
This is probably the most obvious item on the list, but providing routine shots and heartworm prevention is absolutely essential for your dog’s health. Countless dogs become ill each year with diseases that could have been prevented with inexpensive routine shots.
Spay or Neuter
Studies show that altered dogs have lower incidences of certain types of cancer. Also, when a dog is spayed or neutered, it is less likely to want to roam away from home, thus reducing the chance for injury.
Caring for your dog’s health is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. The routine care items listed here are just some of the ways that you can help to keep your dog as healthy as possible for many years to come.