Being a dog owner is very rewarding, the bond you form with your pet is special and it can be absolutely heartbreaking if they fall ill. Not only this but it can be extremely expensive if they need treatment, so the best way to prevent this is to ensure you keep your dog healthy, preventing illness where possible.
Keeping your dog fit and well exercised is one of the most basic and effective ways to maintain your dogs health. As well as this, it’s a great form of exercise for you as a dog owner. A healthy dog will enjoy multiple long walks a day, interaction with other animals, and learn a variety of different ways to play. Even if you don’t live near a park with green space, this is no excuse as walking around cities provides the same amount of exercise for your pet.
Depending on the breed of dog you have, and how old they are, their energy levels may vary. This does not mean that they should not be taken out for walks as often as possible, however, keeping them active for longer, and exposing them to the natural environment helps them to build a strong immune system.
If you work full time during the week and aren’t able to take your dog for walks during the daytime, nowadays there are a whole range of services available to help you. There are plenty of doggy day care London services available who will take care of your dog, taking it for regular walks with professional dog walkers.
In addition to plenty of regular exercise, it is important to keep up to date with frequent trips to the vets. Even if there is nothing visibly wrong with your pet, sometimes a regular check up can pick up on a problem in its very early stages. As with most medical conditions, the sooner a problem is identified the more likely it is to be treatable. On top of this, it will be very good to have your dog feeling comfortable visiting the vets and being examined, making it less stressful for your animal each time you visit.
As with humans, your dog’s diet can have a massive influence on their overall health and wellbeing. Find out the right food for your breed of dog by speaking to your vet, and make sure you are buying the most nutritious dog food possible, though this may not be the cheapest option it will be the best for your dog in the long run. As well as food, it is important to keep your dog hydrated at all times, especially during the warmer months. If you take your dog for long walks in the sunshine, try to find places to stop in the shade and bring water with you to keep them hydrated along the way.
Finally, the best way to keep a dog happy and healthy is to build and maintain a strong relationship with their owner. By playing with your dog often you are building ‘bonds with them’, keeping them emotionally and mentally stimulated. Happy dogs are healthy dogs, so showing them how much you love them is one of the most important ways to keep them healthy for longer.