How to Keep your Dog Happy and Healthy

June 3, 2019Mandi Morrison

If you have a dog then it is understandable that you would want them to live a life that is long, happy and full. If you want to get some tips that will help you to make that happen, then you can find out everything you need to know, right here.

Spay or Neuter

Spaying will stop your female dog from going into season. It can also help to prevent breast cancer and even pyometra too. Having a male dog neutered can help you to mellow aggressive behaviour. It will also stop them from developing prostate disease, hernias and even testicular cancer too. Spaying or neutering is also ideal if you know for a fact that you don’t want to breed your dogs, and it will also help you to feel assured knowing that you are giving them the best chance at having a healthy life.

Vaccinate

When your dog reaches 3 months of age, the antibodies that are passed on through their mother’s milk will have been depleted. For this reason, you have to make sure that your dog is vaccinated so that you can protect them against any common infections. This can include distemper, the parvovirus and even leptospirosis. When you talk with your vet, they will be able to make recommendations for the type of vaccinations that your dog should be given.

Visiting your Vet

Dogs need to visit the vet on a regular basis so that their health can be kept in good check. An annual visit will give your vet the chance to address any concerns and they can also help to treat any illnesses before they develop into something more serious. When you go to the vet, they will ask about your pet’s behaviour, exercise habits, vital stats and so much more. If you are concerned about your pet’s eating habits, then it is always a good idea for you to look into the best healthy dog food.

Declare War on Fleas or Ticks

Fleas can cause your dog a huge number of health problems. They can also be the source of allergies and tapeworms too. Fortunately, there really are a ton of treatments available. A lot of them are given based on the weight of your dog. If you want to give your pet the best chance of being healthy then you need to be more vigilant in the warmer months. This is when ticks are most prevalent, and it is also when dogs are most susceptible.

Prevent Heartworm

Heartworm can be difficult to treat, and it can also be fatal for your dog too. If you want to give them the maximum level of support, then you need to do everything you can to prevent it. Give them a tablet once a month, so that you can stop heartworm before it really becomes a problem. You might also want to try and give them a healthy diet so that they can maintain their immune system too, so make sure that you keep that in mind.

 

Comments (9)

  • Talya Stone

    June 20, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    We had an absolute nightmare with ticks with our dog and it really was a war! Dogs are so lovely but they do actually need quite a bit of care as the above shows.

  • Laura Dove

    June 20, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Great advice here! Are dog owners and Oscar is a huge part of our family. I just want to see him healthy and happy!

  • Claire

    June 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Oh this is just the post I needed today!

    I’ve just, 5 minutes ago, finished talking the fiancé in to having a dog.

    I think he thinks I’ll give up eventually but now I can tell him I’m doing my research x

  • Kelly-Anne Combes

    June 20, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Oh you have shared some really great tip to help keep a pooch happy.

  • lucy mackcracken

    June 20, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I don’t have any pets, I didn’t realise how many medications and immunisations that dogs need to keep healthy.

  • Stephanie

    June 20, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Very important to keep your dog healthy, they are part of the family aren’t they

  • Sabina Green

    June 21, 2019 at 8:12 am

    The dog is part of the family and certainly deserves to have a happy life. All of the above are so important, especially keeping up with the vaccinations.

  • Zoe

    June 21, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Great tips! I think heartworm is something that could be missed, so thank you for including that.

  • Sonia

    June 22, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Really great tips – I’ve never actually heard of heat worm before. You learn something new everyday!

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