Of course, every dog owner wants their dog to have happy, long life. How can you give your dog the life and love it deserves? These dog care tips may help:
1. Healthy and balanced diet
A healthy and balanced diet is not only important for humans but also for pets. However, what may be healthy for one animal might not be the right choice for another. Usually, a vet can determine if dogs suffer from allergies or if they lack certain nutrients.
Stores specialising in natural dog food often have a selection of nutritious food with lots of healthy ingredients. It may take a while to find the perfect product that your dog loves and that is healthy, but since there is a huge demand in various food types, you have many options.
2. Always keep your house clean
To avoid your dog eating something they shouldn’t eat such as raisons, onions, chocolate etc. keep your house as clean as possible. ‘The onion family, whether dry, raw or cooked, is particularly toxic to dogs and can cause gastrointestinal irritation and red blood cell damage’, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home advises.
The animal shelter also lists chocolate as ‘another poisonous food for dogs’. ‘Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine (dark chocolate has the highest content of this) which is toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure’, it explains.
3. Good amount of daily exercise
Especially larger dogs need to get a good amount of daily exercise, but also smaller breeds need to spend time outdoors, taking a walk and running freely. The more active your dog, the more daily exercise it needs – usually about 30 minutes a day. You can test this by noticing if its energy levels have gone down after a walk or a run in the park.
4. Keep your dog’s teeth clean
Dogs need to clean their teeth just like we do as they also collect bacteria on their teeth. A sign of this may be bad breath. There are professional dental services for dogs and many options such as a special kind of toothpaste to help your pet healthy. Brushing your dog’s teeth can prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay, bad breath, gum disease and infections. Some animal care specialists also recommend dental chews which can keep your pet’s teeth healthy.
5. Regularly visit your vet and follow their instruction
You vet will be able to give you suggestions and recommendations on how to care for your pet. He or she will know best what your dog needs and how to improve their quality of life. Finding a good vet and schedule regular visits with your dog will ensure they receive plenty of check-ups.
6. Pay extra attention and give love to help their mental health
Dogs understand people showing them love especially through physical touch. Rub them behind their ears, which releases endorphins and will make your dog happy. Cuddle up with them as often as possible and make them feel loved and safe. Throwing a ball and having some fun outdoors can also increase your dog’s happiness.