You want what is best for your pet, and just like any other family member, you want them to live happily and in good health for as long as they can. However, the same sweet little pooch that is content to just sit in your lap might have serious health issues that he or she can’t tell you about. Also, injuries and accidents happen at the worst possible times and emergency vet bills can be expensive. Taking a few simple precautions can save you big money in the long run.
Besides plenty of exercise, socialization, vaccinations and regular vet checkups, there are many different ways with which to extend your dog’s life. Many dog breeds are more prone to specific health issues like hip dysplasia, glaucoma, breathing disorder, bone cancer and digestive disorders. Ask your vet about what illnesses your dog may be susceptible to. And check the natural supplements for dogs
Listed below are other ways to help your dog stay healthy and age with ease and grace:
Keep your dog’s nails clipped and their hair brushed. Even inside dogs can develop joint pains and develop matts associated with poor grooming. You don’t have to take them to the groomer and run up a big bill either. Just regularly brush your pet and buy a cheap pair of nail clippers to do the job. Many vets provides grooming services, as well.
Canine dental health is directly related to their overall health. Gum and tooth disease is highly preventable. According to Darlene Arden, author of The Angell Memorial Animal Hospital Book of Wellness and Preventive Care for Dogs (McGraw-Hill), “Rotting teeth and gums are breeding grounds for harmful bacteria, which end up in the bloodstream and can shorten a pet’s life by damaging the heart, liver and kidneys.” Cheap plaque removing treats and dog toothbrushes are available at www.4-legged.com
Pets.webmd.com states: “A [heartworm] prevention program should be started at 6 to 8 weeks of age in endemic areas, or as soon thereafter as climate conditions dictate. In the Deep South, where mosquitoes are a year-round problem, dogs should be kept on preventive drugs all year long.” Medications like Heartgard can be purchased at major retailers, and the Heartgard even markets prevention medications against fleas and ticks, Or check the natural and healthier way with shampoo and spray to prevent flea and ticks
Have your pet spayed or neutered as early as possible, preferably before they reach sexual maturity—younger dogs heal faster. This will prevent a multitude of health and behavior problems in the future, including many types of cancer. Your dog will not gain weight—that is a myth. Neutering prevents behavioral issues like escaping, becoming aggressive, and spraying when males smell a female in heat. Spayed females are more likely to have an even temperament.
Another important outcome will be reducing the dogs (and cats) population, meaning, less unwanted shelter animal killings
Feed your dog foods that fit the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) standards. A balanced diet consists of good proteins, veggies and fruits and whole grains. Try and avoid foods that contain large amounts of corn and by-products. A healthy dog on higher quality food will ultimately avoid illnesses across the spectrum.
Pet insurance companies help you prepare for the emergencies. They usually involve a monthly fee, a little paperwork, and require a pet to be healthy for a year and have no preexisting conditions. It’s important to get your dog on pet insurance while they are young.
Following these guidelines will help prevent major catastrophes with your dog, will help to extend their lives, and will prepare them (and your wallet) for old age. So hold your Chihuahua (or Husky that thinks she’s a lapdog) a little longer knowing that with your help, they’ll be with you for a long time.