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6 Things You Should Look Into to Help Your Dog

Helping Your Dog

By Kari OakleyPublished 4 years ago 3 min read

Getting a new dog is a big responsibility. After all, a dog will become part of your family for many years to come. Before you make any decision or bring a dog home, learn about what they need to live full, rewarding lives well beyond puppyhood.

1. High-Quality Dog Food

Dogs need to eat well to thrive, just like you need a well-balanced diet to stay healthy and fit. The right food will help them maintain an optimal weight, contribute to a healthy coat and skin and provide ample energy. You have plenty of choices on the pet food market. Dr Marty Nature's Blend provides whole food ingredients freeze-dried to preserve freshness. It is a great option for people who want to maximize nutrient content while avoiding the hassle of preparing fresh meals for their pets.

2. Regular Vaccinations

Following a proper vaccination schedule protects your pet from a host of debilitating and potentially fatal illnesses. They work by priming the immune system to recognize specific pathogens and fight them off in case of exposure down the road. Your local licensing agency may require certain vaccinations to maintain a valid license. Most are given on an annual basis, although some rabies shots are good for up to three years. In addition to rabies, some of the most common vaccines your veterinarian may recommend are those to prevent distemper, parvovirus and canine hepatitis. If you plan to bring your dog to doggie daycare, a dog park or a boarding facility, then you may want to add protection against kennel cough, also called Bordetella.

3. Opportunity for Exercise

Exercise serves several purposes for dogs. It allows them to expend energy and helps them maintain a healthy weight. It also helps keep boredom at bay, which you will benefit from in reduced problem behaviors. Look for toys and games that allow them to explore their surroundings. Tunnels and obstacle courses are great outlets for high-energy breeds like border collies and Australian shepherds. You may need to get a bit more involved with other, more sedentary breeds. If you don't have a safe, fenced area to play with your pup, be prepared to walk him for at least 15 minutes a couple of times each day.

4. Herbal Supplements

More people are turning to natural supplements for themselves and their pets. Certain herbs can be safely given to pets, but always check which ones and the best ways to administer them. Buying products specially formulated for dogs can take some of the guesswork out of finding the right mixture. A few examples of how people use herbal remedies to help keep pets healthy include:

  • CBD oil has become a popular choice for reducing anxiety and nervousness
  • Fish oil supplements may reduce itching and relieve dry skin
  • Glucosamine is commonly given to improve mobility and function in older pets

5. Grooming Supplies

Establishing a grooming schedule will not only keep your pet clean and smelling fresh, but it will also reduce shedding and itchy skin. Regular brushing helps keep dirt and debris from settling into an animal's coat and stimulate oil production for a healthy shine. Invest in brushes designed for your pet's specific coat type. A basic body brush is an absolute must for most dogs. Long, thick hair will benefit from an undercoat comb. A soft-bristled brush for their face and legs makes the process more comfortable and enjoyable.

6. Healthy Treats

While you don't want to overindulge any dog's affinity for treats, there is no reason for most pets to avoid them all the time. An occasional healthy snack can be a reward for good behavior or just a pleasant surprise on an otherwise uneventful day. Look for treats with natural ingredients that offer some health benefits. You can even make your own with a few basic kitchen ingredients. Many dogs like fresh or frozen fruit, which can help provide hydration on hot summer days.

With some planning, you can provide your dog everything it needs to live a great life. Look for high-quality products, follow appropriate vaccination and grooming schedules and provide plenty of opportunities for exercise for a happy, healthy pup.

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About the Creator

Kari Oakley

Kari Oakley is a fitness trainer from Kenosha Wisconsin. She now lives in downtown Chicago, and loves to get out. She is a big fan of anything adventure, and loves getting a workout in the outdoors.

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