As pet parents, making sure our dogs are healthy is a top priority. Unfortunately keeping up with the latest in pet health can sometimes be overwhelming, leaving us wondering where we should even start. Because of this, the team here at Petzi has compiled a list of the most popular dog health topics, and we hope it helps you find the best way to keep your fur baby happy and healthy!
This seems to be the latest and most popular trend in improving dog health. This concept entails bringing your dog back to a simple diet, raw meats and gently cooked veggies. Buzz around the dog park is that more and more pet parents are trying out the raw lifestyle. This raw concept might be intimidating to some dog parents but bloggers like Modern Hippie have tried it out with their dogs!
Modern Hippies’ article gives us a peek into what a raw meal diet can consist of including a few recipes. http://modernhippie.org/blog/2015/9/25/improved-your-dogs-health-nowgo-raw
Keeping your dog’s heart healthy seems like an obvious concern, but how does you actually make sure your dog’s heart is healthy? Step one: know the signs of heart disease. This will make identifying potential issues in the future a lot easier. http://blog.petplus.com/pet-wellness/canine-heart-disease-improve/#
Dog owners know dog breath all too well. According to Love That Pet, most dogs will have some degree of dental disease. Pet parents can be proactive about further decay by making sure their pup’s teeth get the care they deserve! Check out the full article for detailed dental care for canine teeth! https://www.lovethatpet.com/dogs/health/teeth-cleaning/
Simple Is The Way To Go
Don’t overthink things. Keeping your dog healthy doesn’t have to come with a headache! Making small adjustments to their lifestyle can make a huge difference. For example, did you know that an ear infection is one of the most common reasons for a vet visit? Setting aside some time to make sure your dog’s ears are clean will keep your pup (and your wallet) happy! https://iheartdogs.com/surprisingly-simple-ways-to-improve-your-dogs-health/
If your feet have ever hurt (from bad shoes or standing too long or whatever), imagine if you had 4 feet and no shoes. This is why it’s important to make sure our four legged companions have healthy paws. Create a routine to ensure you are checking their paws often. Keep their paws well groomed by cutting the nails and trimming the hair, as well as keeping their paws in mind when you go outdoors and checking the pavement. For more Paw Care Tips check out the The Honest Kitchen’s complete article on their website.
Defeat the Heat
Summer is just around the corner, learn how to keep your dog safe in hot weather before the snow starts melting. Heat stroke is preventable if you pay attention to the warning signs. Making sure your dog is hydrated before walks and that the actual walks don’t take place during peak heat hours is just one of many preventive actions you can take. Heatstroke can creep up on you and it is important to make sure your pup receives the professional care they need if they begin to display any of the symptoms. Learn more about Pet Heatstroke Prevention with Pawcurious’ full article. http://pawcurious.com/2015/09/heat-stroke-is-no-joke/
Happy tummy, Happy Pup
Have you introduced probiotics into your dog’s diet? If not, it might be a thing to consider. Probiotics have as many benefits for dogs are they do for humans. Of course the probiotics for dogs are different than the ones we are familiar with but the function is the same. Adding probiotics into your dog’s meals can help with numerous ailments such as allergies, yeast infections, constipation or diarrhea.
Read up on all the benefits in the full article at Wag The Dog UK. http://www.wagthedoguk.com/2015/12/07/probiotics-for-your-dog/
Regardless of whether the change is small or a complete one eighty, our pets will appreciate us even more if we commit to making one small change at a time to improve their health. Also, always remember to consult a veterinarian before introducing your pet to new health regimens.
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