Helping your dog stay free from health problems

Pet dogs need a healthy diet, daily exercise, and lots of love and care if they are to be healthy and live long lives. Today’s dogs face health problems like weight management, skin conditions, kidney problems, heart disease, dental health, joint weakness, diabetes, bladder weakness, liver disorder, ageing and poor digestive health.

Your pet dog’s health should be a year-round concern and not just once a year during vet visits. While there may be times when no matter how much tender loving care Rover receives he still has health, you can ensure your pet has fewer health problems by practicing preventative healthcare.

Following these tips for preventative healthcare will help your pet have fewer health problems:

  • Annual vet visits are one of the best ways to help prevent health problems in your pets. Because dogs grow at a faster rate than humans, their health status is constantly changing over the course of a single year. Taking your dog for annual trips to the vet will help with early intervention of disease and sickness and help your dog to live for longer.
  • Vaccinations are important because they help protect from diseases like kennel cough, rabies, and distemper.
  • Practice routine grooming. Things like ear cleaning, nail trimming and coat brushing are important to help your dog looking and feeling at his best. Nails should be trimmed short to prevent them from getting caught or torn as they walk and run and daily brushing will help keep away matted fur, skin problems, and lice.
  • Protection from parasites is paramount for healthy pets. Heartworms, fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites can cause a host of major health issues for your pooch. These can be prevented by regular use of veterinary approved products and annual visits to the vet.
  • Take time to train. Children should be taught good manners so that they can be better members of your family and so does your pet. Dogs should be trained from an early age to mind their manners, follow instructions, and clean up. When you spend time training a dog from a young age, you will face a lot less problems with them as they get older.
  • Dental care is a must as infection that starts in the mouth can very well spread to other parts of the body. Taking care of your dog’s teeth will actually help you maintain his overall health and will prevent early tooth loss. Brushing twice a week with edible toothpaste is strongly advised.
  • Ensure your pet has nutrition that suits his dietary needs. Hills pet food provides your pet provides your pet with specialised nutrition made of quality ingredients. This food will help provide your pet with the optimal balance of nutrients that are needed to meet your pet’s specific age, breed, and medical needs.
  • Take your dog out for regular exercise to help prevent weight issues and weak joints later in life. Exercise will help your dog stay fit and is a good bonding time as well.