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Dogs - Health

Owning a dog is a big commitment, so it is important to check if you can afford it financially and if your schedule will allow enough time for your dog. Once you have selected the breed that you feel best suits your lifestyle, you have to make sure it has proper identification, shots, is spayed/neutered, and attends training. Your dog’s health is directly related to its lifestyle, so ensuring proper exercise and diet is something really worth doing your research on. Your vet, the internet, or local pet care team can help to direct you to the best foods, toys, and accessories to buy. They can also give you advice about exercise, grooming, and training techniques for your specific breed of dog.

Dog Vaccines

Since your dog is another member of your family, it is important that you keep him healthy and happy. When adopting a puppy or dog, it is important to think of the costs that come with pet ownership. Dogs require vaccinations for Canine Distemper, Advenovirus, Parainfluenza, Canine Parvovirus, Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, and Rabies. Many of these vaccines are given in combination with one another, so speaking with your vet about vaccination options is a good idea. It is very important to make sure that your dog receives its vaccines on time, because many of these diseases can lead to lifelong health problems, and even death, if the animal is not vaccinated. Although vaccines can initially seem quite costly, they are well worth their cost by preventing your pet from becoming ill and requiring expensive treatments. Most of these vaccines are given when the dog is a puppy, but if you adopt an older dog that has not been vaccinated yet, be sure to take it to the vet to see what type of vaccinations are required. For more information about dog vaccines talk to your pet care professional.

Spaying/Neutering Your Dog

It is very important to spay or neuter your dog unless you are planning to breed it. There are many reasons why it is essential to spay or neuter your dog, and we will look at a few of the most important.

If you spay your female dog she will live a healthier life. Spaying your female dog will help to prevent uterine infections and breast cancer. She will not go into heat, and it is important to keep in mind it is cost effective. If you are not planning on breeding your female dog the unexpected cost of taking on puppies can be very expensive. Having an unplanned-for litter of puppies can also contribute to pet overpopulation. Many unwanted puppies and dogs end up in shelters or pounds because their owners did not spay or neuter their dog.

Neutering your male dog is very beneficial for his health because it helps to prevent testicular cancer if surgery is done before six months of age. Neutering will also prevent your male dog from wanting to wander and escape from home. If not neutered, male dogs want to find a mate, which is why they run away from home. Neutering your male dog is also very good for the community by helping to control pet overpopulation. Pet overpopulation can lead to many strays, who will frequently end up being euthanized by kill shelters and pounds.

Exercise Routine

A key responsibility in dog ownership is a commitment to exercise. Depending on what breed of dog you choose, your dog’s exercise level will be different, but most dogs do require at least an hour walk or some form of exercise (playing go fetch or running). Many trainers will recommend a walk in the morning and the evening if possible. Scheduled bathroom breaks are also important in establishing routine. Routine is very important for dogs because it helps to keep them in their best mental condition. Dogs have various mental states and it is important to make sure that your dog has a healthy diet, exercise and mental stimulation to prevent him from being bored or depressed.

Conclusion

You are responsible for your dog’s health, so it important to stay on top of it with the use of exercise, nutritious food, plenty of water and vaccines. Keeping your dog fit and lean with exercise and play will also keep it happy because will not feel bored or neglected. Make sure you look into what health ailments are most common for your breed of dog so that you can find out ways to possibly prevent them and treat them if they occur. To learn more about how to keep your dog healthy, check out the internet for information or talk to your local pet care provider. Routine check-ups at the vet will also help to keep your dog healthy and treat any underlying problems.