Today we are talking about different tips and tricks to keep your dog healthy and happy! These recommendations will help to maintain your dog (or cat) in peak health. We will discuss topics from correct nutrition and preventative meds, to grooming and mental stimulation. 


Here are some tips and tricks to keep your dog happy and healthy:

1. Dietary Wellness

Feeding your pet the proper type (and amount) of food helps them maintain a healthy weight, which is one of the most effective strategies to prevent obesity-related diseases and increase his longevity.

A balanced diet of quality food may typically cover your pet's nutritional needs, but consult with your vet to determine if your pet may need any supplements.

Pro Tip: Make sure your pet receives enough fresh water, and keep an eye on how many treats you give them, most vets recommend that snacks account for no more than 10% of your pet's daily intake.


2. Exercise

Walking, hiking, playing fetch and swimming on a regular basis may keep your pet physically active and fit, however don't overlook mental stimulation! Providing toys to play with, concealing treats, designing obstacle courses, and performing new behaviours all help to keep your dog or cat interested and involved.

Pro Tip: Even a small change to your walking route will introduce your pet to different sights and smells.

3. Regular Checkups

A yearly wellness check gives your veterinarian the best opportunity to run a number of health tests that can lead to early disease identification and the discovery of warning symptoms of serious illness.

Yearly dental visits may also be advised to eradicate plaque and tartar accumulation.


4. Medication For Prevention

Taking preventative measures go hand in hand with regular veterinarian checkups. Preventative medications can keep your pet free of unwanted health issues, like heartworm, flea-related diseases and tick-borne illnesses.

In addition, regularly brushing your pet’s teeth and giving him dental chews help prevent periodontal disease, which can lead to more serious health problems.

Consider a Dental Chew Toy from La Luna Pet Care

5. Grooming

This includes trimming your pet's claws, brushing him twice a week, and bathing him on a regular basis. Grooming your pet is also a fantastic method to monitor changes in his or her hair or skin, such as dandruff, bald patches, or dry skin. It's also a good opportunity to look for any lumps or bumps that may be reason for worry.

Consult your vet to determine the optimum grooming regimen for your specific pet.


6. Affection

It is beneficial for both of you to form a deep connection with your dog or cat. Cuddles, petting, belly massages, and even stroking his coat are all excellent methods to express your affection for your pet. This not only strengthens your emotional bond with your pet, but it also encourages them to interact well with other animals and humans.

7. Socialisation

It is important to socialise your dog from a young age, and to allow for adequate exposure to varied settings and inidivuals. This will help to help minimise the risks of antisocial, frightened or agressive tendencies as an adult.

Visit family and friends, go to the dog park, go for a stroll around the neighborhood, or allow your pet to spend an afternoon at daycare after they've received the all-clear from your vet.


8. Spay/Neuter

There are various advantages to having your pet spayed/neutered. It can help your pet live longer, prevent various cancers and disorders, and reduce aggressive behavior in males. It can prevent females from going into heat and lessen undesired cycle behaviors such as agitation, yowling, and spraying urine.


9. Determine What Is "Normal"

Is your pet's behavior changing? Is he scratching more frequently than usual? Is he consuming more or fewer calories than usual? Changes from the usual may create alarm and suggest an underlying problem.

Pro Tip: If you see any unusual behavior in your dog, contact your vet to see if an examination is required.

10. Pet Safety

There are various ways to keep your pet safe, including collars with ID tags, microchips, making sure your house is clear of risks, and keeping poisonous chemicals out of reach. 





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