Help improve the quality and length of your dog's life by utilizing the follow tips in the daily care of your dog. There is nothing that will guarantee against disease or illness, but the following basics help contribute to increasing the amount of time that may be spent with your four-legged family member.
- Dental Care: Brushing a dog's teeth will never be an activity dogs enjoy, but proper dental care is a must for a number of reasons. Dogs not receiving proper dental care are more prone to developing serious infections from dental disease. In a perfect world, a dog's teeth should be brushed daily. As an option to anesthetic cleaning in a vet's office, there is also the option of anesthesia free cleaning. Anesthetics are definitely harder on older dogs, but if a dog's teeth are maintained on a regular basis, brushed daily, anesthesia free cleanings are a healthy and happier option. When the dog is a puppy, begin brushing their teeth so they are get use to this daily ritual.
- Proper Diet: Extra weight on a dog is harmful for a number of reasons. Unlike humans, dogs can't control what their fed, how much their fed or how often their fed. There are a number of companies that are dedicated to manufacturing or supplying healthy dog food. Discuss with your veterinarian the amount of food a dog requires to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity will cause disease in dogs, just as in humans, and makes it more difficult for them to move, exercise, breathe and play. Read the ingredients listed on the bag or canned food. There is a lot of information available on the internet to help learn what ingredients are healthy in dog food and what should be avoided. Corn and corn meal are not healthy ingredients in dog food.
- Physical Exercise: Dogs need exercise. In a perfect world, a dog should be exercised daily, between 10-20 minutes a day. Inexpensive and easily accessible options for exercise include, walking, running, or tossing a ball or Frisbee in the yard or at a park. If outdoor temperatures are excessively hot or cold, choose a time of day when the temperature would be more comfortable for both you and the dog. There is an agility course at Zoom Room Denver & Longmont as an option to mix-up exercise activities, in addition to providing socialization.
- Mental exercise: Dogs love attention and to please their owner. Teaching a dog to do tricks, uncover hidden treats or other games provides mental stimulation. Such stimulation also helps ward off boredom and allows the dog to feel a sense of accomplishment.
- Attention: Dogs that are banished to live outside, confined in the garage or are simply neglected do not live as long as dogs who received constant love, care and attention. Greet, play and acknowledge the dog when you get up, come home or have been away. In a dog's world, its owner is its entire world. The joy, barking and heartfelt happiness the dog displays when seeing you are genuine and sincere. Reciprocate the warm welcome by paying attention to and playing with the dog. This time and attention helps improve its lifespan.
- Protection: Owning a dog is a full-time responsibility. Leave nothing to chance. If there are visitors in the home, make sure doors are closed so the dog can't escape. If the dog is not use to small children, consider removing the dog if the children are frisky or make the dog nervous. Don't expect that all dogs passed during a walk are friendly; keep you dog on leash and guide him away from aggressive dogs, or if possible, carry the dog past trouble. During walks, watch the area where the dog is walking. If there are holes or an uneven surface, the dog may injury a leg if it steps wrong. If you take your dog on a visit, confirm ahead of time the area where the dog will be is safe and secure. If it will be outside, make sure there is a shaded area and water or choose instead to leave the dog at home. Protecting the dog and providing a safe environment not only keeps the dog safe, but obviously is a key factor to assuring it will have a long life to enjoy.
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