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SmarchPawz Tip #3 - Everyday Dog Health

Posted by SmarchPawz on June 10th, 2020

 

We all want the best for our pets. They’re our babies and we want to make sure we are giving them the best care possible. We think we know everything when it comes to our pets, but do we really? Read along to find some interesting tips on dog health 

  • Food: The age, breed and size of your furry friend matters when determining how much food or how often you should be feeding your pet. Its important to choose a food with balanced nutrition, and to measure the portion size according to the instructions on the bag. This will help ensure you pet remains healthy and not overweight.
     
  • Water: Make sure to regularly clean your dog's bowl and change their water daily. No one wants to drink old water from a dirty bowl, neither does your dog. Dogs need about 1/2 - 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. 
     
  • Exercise: No matter the size or breed, dogs need to be active every single day! Including going for walks/runs, playing fetch and simply playing active games outdoors are great ways of incorporating physical activity in your dog's daily life. Every dog has it's preferences. Try different activities to find out what gets your dog moving!
     
  • Grooming: Brushing your dog regularly is a great habit and cannot be stressed enough. It will help get rid of loose fur so that its not all over your car or sofa, it improves blood circulation and is the perfect way to inspect your pet's skin and fur to make sure they are in good general health. Look for empty patches, where your dog has been scratching, lumps or bumps, or anything weird that might need to be checked out by a vet. DON'T forget the nails! make sure to always keep them clean and trimmed to prevent infections and discomfort.
     
  • Oral Care: Many pet owners are so busy caring about their dog’s physical health however often forget about their teeth and gums! Don’t wait until you notice discoloration to do something about it. At this point its either too late or, will result in a costly procedure at your local vet. Prevention is key here. If you're not already in the habit of caring for your dog's oral health, its never too late to start! Could be as simple as brushing your dog's teeth once a week with dog specific toothpaste and getting them tooth friendly chew toys and treats.
     
  • Paws: Your dog’s paws go on anything and everything starting from, grass, pavement, ice, snow, and winter salt (for all you northern birds). Always examine your dog’s paws and keep them clean. To prevent any paw irritation or discomfort, consider some boots or socks for the outdoors. Let’s face it, we wouldn’t want to go for a walk barefoot would we? If you notice your dog constantly licking their feet, give them a quick wash in the tub with mild soap to ease any discomfort.
     
  • Vet Visits: As you all know however just in case, regular visits to the vet are extremely important for overall dog health. Make sure your up to date with all vaccines, flea and tick prevention methods and general check-ups.
     

If you have all these in check then, GREAT!! Its not easy being a pet owner but sometimes the little things you do go along way. You got this!

 


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