Dog Health

By: Mary
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Dog Health Advice

The Bond that can develop between a person and a dog can be unbelievably strong, especially if that bond had been strengthened over many years. I cried for days after loosing our family dog that had been like a best friend to me from my birth till I as 15 years old.

Dogs serve many different needs for people. Some people get a dog because they are lonely and want companionship or because they want a dog to protect their home. A dog that is looked after well and given regular care will give his life to protect his home and his owner. If you are blind a dog can be a pair of eyes to help you get around and for the police a dog can be an imperative tool and a loyal partner, with a nose second to none.

The first thing you ought to know about taking care of a dog is that dogs need lots of exercise. This is the same for large dogs and small dogs. All dogs need to be let out at least once every 8 hours to relieve themselves and must be given at least a 20 minute walk to give them some fresh air and exercise.

It is also imperative to interact and play with the dog on a regular basis. This can mean going to the park on a weekend or day off and having a good game of fetch, tossing the ball around in your back yard or just wrestling on the ground with the dog, just make sure if you are ruff housing with a little dog that you don’t accidentally hurt the dog. Playing with the dog for a half an hour each day is not only good for the dogs physical health but a dog that is played with a lot is mentally healthier and less likely to become depressed, it also lowers your blood pressure as well and it will form an unbreakable bond between master and dog, which will also extend to your family.

What you feed your dog is vitally important to the dogs good health. The best dog foods will be marked for what dog breeds the food is appropriate for. Younger dogs need certain vitamins and minerals in larger amounts than an adult dog, and the same goes for an elderly dog they need more calcium in their food to help protect their bones and joints. Feeding your dog the wrong food can stunt the dog’s growth and opens the dog to a larger risk of surgery when they are older.

Just like humans visit the doctor regularly, dogs ought be taken to the veterinarian’s office every 6 months, and must receive their shots yearly. Regular health checkups and vaccinations will help to make sure that your dog grows to be an old happy dog.