Every dog deserves a long, healthy life. While there are some health issues that pet owners have no control over, much of their well-being is in the hands of their humans. By just doing a few simple things, dog owners can help to provide their pets with a better chance to live longer, and enjoy themselves more while they do.
Get Regular Exercise
Exercise is as important to dogs as it is to people. When dogs are able to move, play and be active, they are less likely to be agitated or aggressive, and they can maintain a healthy weight easier. A 20 minute walk each day is a great start, and for many breeds will be enough to give them the exercise they need.
Healthy Diet Choices
Feed dogs a quality food that is high in protein and low in additives and preservatives. Use the guides on the food labels to determine what a proper serving size is for them. Leftovers should usually not be shared with pets, but there is some healthy human food that is an exception. Raw, unsalted peanut butter, cooked chicken that has not been seasoned and raw carrots are good tidbits that dogs love and can be given as treats and are nutritious too. Pumpkin, eggs and salmon are other items that provide a lot of nutrition.
Regular Pet Grooming
Grooming does much more than keep pets smelling fresh and looking good. Trimming nails, eliminating fleas and cleaning ears keeps them more comfortable. Preventing fur from becoming dirty or matted avoids skin irritation, and the close-up attention helps suspicious moles or lumps to be noticed sooner.
Important Training Tips
Training is one of the most valuable things a pet owner can do to keep their dog healthy. Bad behavior is the most common reason dogs are surrendered to shelters, and training is the only way to prevent that from happening. Training also helps prevent dogs from running into the road and stops them from eating or chewing on things they should not.
Good pet health should be a priority to every responsible pet owner. It really does not take a lot of time, money or effort to provide the basic care they need. Regular vet visits, along with the steps listed above will give them the best chance to have the best quality of life possible.