They say dogs are man’s best friend, so it’s only natural to want the best for our pet pooches. If you’ve recently adopted a dog or bought a puppy, here are some golden rules to follow to keep your best buddy fit and healthy.
Get to know your vet
Even the healthiest dogs need to go to the vet from time to time. If you have a puppy, one of the first things you should do is register with a vet and arrange an appointment for their injections. Once they’ve completed their course of immunisations, they’ll need annual boosters. It’s also a good idea to see your vet on a regular basis for dental cleaning. Look out for general signs of illness, such as changes in appetite, lethargy and changes in behavior. If you think your dog is out of sorts, or they’ve stopped eating and drinking, call your vet. It’s always best to get things checked out than to leave them.
Give them regular exercise
Exercise is important for humans, but it’s also essential for dogs. Ask your vet how much exercise your pooch should be getting each day. Certain breeds may need at least two hours per day. Take your dog for long walks or go to the park and throw a stick or ball for them.
Look out for fleas
Fleas are a common problem faced by pet owners. Unfortunately, once you’ve got fleas, they can be tricky to get rid of. The best thing to do if you think your dog has fleas is invest in a treatment such as K9 Advantix. Tell-tale signs include itching and black specks on bedding, towels and carpets. These dots are flea faeces.
Follow feeding guidelines
Sometimes, it’s impossible to resist those puppy dog eyes when they’re staring up at you while you’re eating. But many human foods are unsuitable for dogs and it’s best to keep treats to a minimum. Follow feeding guidelines. If your dog has started to put on weight, reduce portion sizes and increase the frequency of exercise sessions. If you have any questions about which food to choose or how much to give your dog, don’t hesitate to ask your vet for advice.
Provide fresh water
All dogs should have access to fresh water at all times. It’s particularly important to give your dog plenty to drink after exercising and on hot days.
Image credit https://www.flickr.com/photos/danorth1/2911078421
Dogs are sociable animals, and it can do them the world of good to get out and meet some friends in the park. It’s best to start socialization classes from an early age, so that your pup gets used to other dogs. Obedience classes are also a really good idea.
As a devoted dog owner, you probably dream of a long and happy life for your best buddy. Follow these golden rules to help reduce the risk of illness and keep your dog in good shape. Keep up to date with immunisations and ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise. Try and maintain a strict diet and avoid giving them treats from your own plate. Get out and about and let your puppy meet and play with other dogs. Keep an eye out for problems, such as fleas, and get in touch with your vet if you notice any changes. As an owner, you’ll probably have a good inkling when something’s not quite right. The sooner you see your vet, the better.