Do you have a lot of dog health questions? I know when my family first had a dog, we had a bunch of things we wanted to know. If I knew half of what I know now, I’m sure our dog would have enjoyed a healthier and longer life.
Of course more than that, you need to have the right answers to those dog health questions. Let me just take this opportunity to warn you right now that many dog sites are actually paid advertising gimmicks of big corporations, especially the pet food industry. Don’t be swayed by the happy doggies, cute kids or price discounts—these are promos that have nothing to do with how good or bad the dog food is for your pet.
I suggest that even before you adopt a dog, find out all that you can about the breed you plan to get. Your dog should complement your lifestyle and personality. For instance, if you don’t have a lot of time to spend with your dog, or you don’t want a dog that is too active, then get a St. Bernard. These gentle giants are awesome around children and are not given to great bouts of excessive energy.
Now, once you decide on the breed you want, then it is up to you to research on the possible health concerns that they are likely to have. Small dogs may have a higher likelihood of muskoskeletal diseases, especially if they have heavier bodies that their short legs cannot carry. Unfortunately, certain kinds of dog diseases are hereditary and while you cannot completely cure it, you can manage it the best you can—affording your dog a good quality of life.
There are many ailments that can be avoided through good diet and exercise. Invest in food that are free from chemicals and preservatives. This may be more expensive than the average dog food, but believe me—it is more than worth it. Most cheap and commercial dog food contain fillers and ingredients that are devoid of nutritional content.
Unless the vet tells you otherwise, give your dog true dry dog food—those that are freeze dried or dehydrated. These are the safest processing methods because they subject the food to the lowest heat possible. Put in chunks of fresh meat and vegetables to the meals to add more vitamins and nutrients in his diet. Chopped fresh fruits are fantastic treats to give your dog during an especially good training session.
What kinds of exercises can you do with your dog? Daily walks around the block, swimming, climbing up and down the stairs are good physical activities you can let your dog do. Extreme sports that put too much weight on the bones and joints should be avoided, especially if your dog is prone to skeletal deformity. It is a good idea to ask the vet first because sometimes sick dogs feel too much pain moving around.
Even if your dog is not inclined to too much exercise (there are not a lot of dogs that are lazy), it is important that you do to encourage good circulation and cardiac health. Give him a lot of fresh water to drink so that when you bring him out for exercise, he will pee a lot and thereby cleanse his system from toxins. These adjustments may be minor but they will do a lot in prolonging your dog’s life and more than that, improving the quality of his life.
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