How to Achieve Maximum Success with Animals

Dog Care: Keeping your Dog Healthy and Happy

Most dog owners will do everything to make their dog healthy and happy. As a dog owner, you regularly walk your dog and feed him, bathe him and groom him. You might not be aware but there are a number of things more that you should not neglect. Forgetting these things may cause serious health concerns and can be bad for your dog. Keep regular tabs on these things.

One of the things dog owners tend to forget is dental care. Dental diseases is one of the most common health problems that dogs suffer from at a young age. Your dog’s oral health requires more than just healthy puppy treats and the customary looking for gum diseases. You need to take him to a vet for a dental check-up to see if he has other problems like tooth decay and broken teeth. So while he is still a puppy, it is important that you start his dental care. Your dog can become susceptible to gum diseases so it’s important not to postpone dental care and start while they’re still young.

Brushing his teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush protects his teeth and gums from decaying. Start brushing the front teeth gradually and then the gums to ensure that all places are covered.

It comes as a surprise to many that dog owners actually forget about fleas, which is so common but easily preventable. The problem with fleas is that they cause skin allergies, so even a little flea infestation can turn into a serious one. Fleas can often be prevented by first understanding what attracts them and what repels them. Warm and humid environments are what fleas look for, and they avoid cold and dry places. Sometimes warm and humid weather is unavoidable, depending on where you live or what season it is, but there are flea creams and chewy tablets you can buy to prevent fleas from infesting your dog.

During the rest of the year, you can use more natural treatments. Products that don’t contain harmful chemicals are best for your dog’s coat, like essential oils and homemade formulas.

Unlike cats, dogs are not choosy when it comes to food and will eat almost anything you give them. Your dog’s health has probably suffered harm because of the poor quality food that you give him.

Some concern has also been raised with some popular brands on how they process their dog food and what ingredients they put in them. The laws in some states are not too strict when it comes to the poor quality of meats that can processed into dog food. The intense heat in many dog food processing plants can destroy all the nutrients in the meat that the end product has already lost all nutrients.

You should be aware of these things.