Every dog parent wants to have a healthy and active furry pup. And you may think you are providing the best care you can for your dog, but are you giving your dog the best care that he needs?
We have some everyday health tips to help you have a healthier dog:
1. Food Portions
The age, breed and size of your dog matters when determining the amount and frequency of food he needs. Portion control is very important; otherwise, your dog would eat all day. Give your dog food with a balance of nutrients and measure it out according to the instructions on the bag or can. Also, talk to your vet to make sure you are providing your dog with any special nutrition he may need for certain health conditions.
2. Fresh Water
Make sure your dog always has fresh, clean water in his bowl. This will encourage your dog to drink the amount of water that he needs. Dogs need about a half to one ounce of water per pound of body weight daily. During the summer and other warmer months, your dog may need even more water daily to stay hydrated so check his water bowl often throughout the day.
3. Daily Exercise
Dogs need daily exercise to keep them healthy and active. This could include going on a walk, a run or playing fetch in your backyard. Like humans, each dog is different and likes different types of activities. Find out what activities your dog loves best and try to make those activities a daily part of your dog’s life.
Brushing your dog regularly will not only get rid of any unwanted hair, but it can also be a good way for you to check the health of his skin and coat. Plus, a regular brush is a good way for you and your dog to bond. By brushing him regularly, you can watch for ticks or fleas that your dog may have picked up on his latest walk. Regular grooming also helps you keep an eye on any bare spots or lumps that may need to be checked out by a veterinarian. Read this article for “Grooming Tips for Springtime“.
5. Dental Care
Many dog owners make the mistake of not caring for their dog’s teeth until problems arise. Starting good brushing habits while your dog is young helps him get used to dental care and prevents a variety of health problems. In addition to regular brushing, check your dog’s gums and tongue for a healthy color. You can also take your dog to the vet for a professional teeth cleaning so check with your vet to find out what he or she recommends. To prevent dental disease, see our blog post: “10 tips to help prevent and treat dental disease in dogs”.
6. Healthy Paws
Whether you are in an area that has hot pavement in the summer or ice and salt in the winter, always examine your dog’s paws and keep them as clean as possible. You may want to buy some musher’s wax if your dog has problems with cracked, dry or irritated paw pads.
7. Regular Vet Visits
Regular trips to the vet are a crucial part of your dog’s overall wellness. Veterinarians are trained animal doctors who can exam your dog thoroughly and provide you with the best care tips specific to your dog.
Being a pet parent can sometimes be a full-time job and we know that every parent sometimes need a sitter – or in this case a dog walker. If you need help caring for your dog during the day or your dog needs a walk while you are at work, TAILored Pet Services can help! Our professional dog walkers will keep your dog active, safe and take him out for a walk. To learn more about our services, visit our Services page or call us at 425-923-7791.