Tips To Raise a Healthy Pet

Dog Care Tips for a Healthy Happy Dog

Our pets are important members of our family and bring such joy and blessings into our lives. Bringing a dog into your home means that you agree to provide for its physical and emotional needs. They deserve as much care, affection and attention as any other family member.

Dog health problems – unfortunately, our pets are falling victim to many of the same ills as we are – heart disease, obesity, diabetes and for the same reasons – lack of exercise, poor diet and overeating.

Dog Care Tips #1 – Ways We Can Provide the Best Dog Diet for Health and Weight Control

1. Maintain optimum weight – daily exercise burns calories to help with weight control. To check your buddy for excess weight you should be able to easily find the backbone underneath his coat. Your dog is under weight if you are able to see the ribcage. If you feel your dog has a weight problem that you have not been able to control successfully, see your vet for recommendations and an objective assessment.

2. Mental Health – fresh air, new activities, dog training, lots of love and attention, a variety of toys and stimulation will contribute to your dog’s mental well being.

3. Supply a proper diet – natural and organic are all the buzz these day as more and more
dog owners are becoming aware of good wholesome food for their pets. Whole food with appropriate amounts of fresh veggies, fruit and meat or fish for vitality will provide a longer healthier life for your dog. Read the labels to determine if the food is nutritionally adequate for your best friend. Many commercially available dog foods will claim to be natural but contains rendered meat, animal byproducts and slaugherhouse scraps. This could mean animal heads, feet, brain, spinal tissue and internal organs. Look for pet food that does not contain animal byproducts, poultry, recycled or rendered meat, fat or sugar. The first ingredient should be meat, fish or chicken. Beyond that look for grains, vegetables, fruit, probiotics and other nutritional food that aid in providing your dog with optimum health. You also do not want chemical preservatives (natural preservatives such as mixed tocopherols and vitamin C are ok), hormones, food dyes, antibiotic fed protein sources. If the label does not state that it does not contain these additives, assume it does.

Many Veterinarians recommend fish oils for a shiny coat, skin conditions and other diseases such as heart, kidney and anti-inflammatory conditions. Check with your vet about supplementation for your dog.

Dog care tips for feeding your pet treats and snacks – try raw fruits and vegetables.

Dog Care Tips #2 – Food Items That Your Dog Should not Eat

Chocolate – it contains theobromine which comes from the same family as caffeine. Some dogs are highly sensitive to it. If your dog manages to steal a small piece of chocolate it will most likely not have an adverse effect but in large amounts it can be toxic. Symptoms of toxic reaction include increased heart rate, hyper-excitability, vomiting and diarrhea – in which case call your vet.

Just to keep things in perspective, my toy poodle once consumed an entire box of chocolates on a raid of the Christmas tree during the night. She had nothing worse than a little diarrhea.

Grapes and Raisins – the APCC found that dogs who consumed these in “small or large” amounts developed
kidney failure. Symptoms are abdominal pain, diarrhea, lethargic and lack of appetite. If you suspect your pet has ingested a grape/grapes, treatment is needed immediately.

Dog Care Tips #3 – Dog Neutering and Spaying

If you do not plan to breed, have your dog spayed or neutered. It has health benefits for your buddy and will control the animal population. Approximately 8 millions unwanted animals end up in shelters and 4-5 million of those are euthanized each year.

Pets for Our Health and Well Being

Dogs can have a positive effect on people, particularly seniors. Studies have shown that pet owners are happier, healthier, less likely to be depressed, are more social and have lower blood pressure, than people who don’t have a faithful companion.