We all want our dogs to be able to lead happy, healthy lives. The last thing we want is for man’s best friend to feel poorly, luckily there is pet insurance to help us if they do become ill. But how do we prevent them from getting sick? Well…. I’m glad you asked. Here we’re going to look at some of the common fixes that can prevent you from having to turn up to the vet’s office late one rainy night.
Host Regular Grooming Sessions
If you’ve got a long-haired variety of dog, you’ll know about the importance of grooming. Grooming every month helps to reduce irritation and helps your pooch see better if their fur grows over their eyes. For floppy eared dogs, grooming helps keep infection away from the ears too.
Also, don not forget to brush your dog regularly. Brushing regularly removes dead fur and gets your dog used to the sensation. The more that you can brush your dog, the less likely it is to attract parasites.
Use Preventive Medicine
Speaking of which, dogs are particularly prone to parasites, like fleas and worms. Parasites aren’t just an annoyance. These parasites can then take an enormous toll on their health. They can, for instance, damage organs, like the heart, if not adequately prevented. Fortunately, there are medicines, like Trifexis, that you can buy that can remedy this problem. One of the effects of Trifexis in dogs is that it kills things like fleas and worms. And it helps to prevent serious conditions like heartworm, which can put a dog’s life at risk.
Get Your Dog Eating A Balanced Diet
Just like people, dogs need a range of nourishing foods to be at their best. It’s important, therefore, to make sure that your pooch is getting everything it needs. In the past, vets used to prescribe omega-3 capsules to dogs suffering from allergies. But now the general recommendation is that dogs take fish oil for a whole range of potential maladies. Vets now use omega-3 to bring down dog’s cholesterol and keep their kidneys in good working order.
Putting fish oil in with your dog’s food could also help to reduce inflammation which in turn could reduce scratching.
Brush Their Teeth Often
Dental disease in dogs can be really hard to detect unless it’s gotten really bad. Bad teeth can cause your dog a lot of pain and also have an adverse effect on their heart. The good news is that you can prevent gums from getting diseased by brushing their teeth regularly.
When cleaning your dog’s teeth, make sure you choose toothpaste specifically designed for pets. Dogs are much more likely to swallow toothpaste than people. So pet toothpaste is designed not to irritate dog’s stomachs when they do. Avoid using human toothpaste on dogs.
Give Your Dog A Bone
Giving your dog a bone is an excellent way to improve their dental health. Raw knuckle bones are the best because they still have muscles or tendons attached. These will encourage chewing and, as a result, help to clean your dog’s teeth.
Vets recommend you stick to raw bones as cooked bones can splinter.
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