Preventing Dog Health Problems

For dogs as for people, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Dogs don’t need yearly mammograms or cholesterol screening. However, it does mean regular visits to the vet, a sound diet, good dental hygiene and many other routines similar to those humans undertake for our own wellbeing. If you’ve never considered providing preventive health care for your pet, take a look at a few areas you can work on, and then research further on your own, beginning with talking to your trusted vet.

Of course, one of the core things you can do to prevent health issues for your dog is to make sure he has the proper dog medications. As soon as possible, you must ensure that he has the necessary vaccinations. Not only will this provide your pup with protection, but it’ll keep you from catching things like rabies from him, too. Don’t forget to give him his needed prescriptions. Do not leave out some kind of medicine for heartworm, plus a prescription to keep off fleas and ticks. Your dog doesn’t like those little bloodsuckers any more than you do, and he’ll bring them right into your house if you’re not careful.

Second, be sure that your pet has a good diet. There are many brands of dog food out there right now, but not all of them are a good bet for your beloved pet. Some can make him sick, even deathly ill. Others just won’t give him all of the nutrients he should have to live a long, happy life. Pay careful attention to the meat, grain and fat content of the formula you feed your dog. It’s important that he get enough protein. Unlike humans, dogs can’t truly be vegetarians. They’re natural carnivores. Many people now advocate giving dogs completely grain free dog food, since that may better resemble what they’d eat if they hadn’t been domesticated. Regardless of the brand you think about purchasing, make sure to do your research and read reviews, in addition to talking to your vet.

Lastly, don’t neglect your dog’s bones and nervous system. Various types of purebred dogs have been so inbred over the years that they are almost guaranteed to end up with health issues like arthritis, bone and joint pain, or tooth and gum conditions. From day one, you may want to buy your dog a good bed, like one of these, to keep him comfortable. You should also read up on his specific breed to see what health problems are endemic to his breed.

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