Every dog relies on its owner when it comes to good health. A good diet, regular walks, grooming, and routine checkups at the vet will keep them healthy. For that, you must first understand your dog’s habits. That will help you make sure they are clean most of the time. Cleanliness is not just good for the pet itself but the owner.
With these tips, you can keep your dog clean and healthy:
- Give them proper nutrition
Proper nutrition is pertinent for keeping your dog healthy. What they eat affects their gastrointestinal function, weight, coat skin, and energy level. Always choose dog food from a reputable brand. Other than that, find out which fruits are best for dogs and feed them with it.
To determine if the diet is actually nutritious for your pet, watch out for signs such as greasy skin. The dog’s coat must be shiny and flake-free. Watch out – a sudden change in the food may cause diarrhea or vomiting.
- Regular exercise
All dogs need a regular workout for good health. If you notice anxiety or behavioral problems, it might be because they are not physically active. They need to release the energy through exercise. If you don’t let your dog release the energy through walks, runs and plays, you find them releasing it on the carpet, furniture or doorway.
On average, dogs need 1 to 2 hours of exercise each day. This might vary depending on their age, size, and breed.
- Mouth, teeth and gums
Healthy gums are much like the dog’s skin – pink, black or spotted. Young canines have white teeth as compared to aged dogs. Puppies have 23 baby teeth whereas adults have 42 permanent teeth.
If you see plaque or tarter (white, yellow or brownish matter), brush it away. Make sure the dog’s breath is not foul. Mouth infections can cause serious problems to the heart and other parts of the body.
- Bowl movements and urination
Usually, dogs pass between 1 to 2 bowel movements in a day. It must be firm and brown. Likewise, the dog’s urine must be yellow.
Just like human babies, dogs need vaccinations to prevent from fatal illnesses like hepatitis, rabies, coronavirus, etc. Ideally, the first vaccine must be given to a puppy when he is 5 to 6 weeks old. It must continue for several weeks. Make sure you stick to the schedule provided by the vet to offer your dog the immunity he deserves.
Dogs need grooming, too. Brushing encourages healthy skin. It’s totally fine if you take your dog to a dog’s grooming salon to get a trim.
- Ear care
Wipe the inside of a puppy’s ear once a week. Make sure you use a separate piece of cotton for each ear. There shouldn’t be ear wax or discharge in the ears. If you suspect they have ear mites or an infection, take your buddy to the vet immediately.
Apart from these tips, take your doggo to the vet regularly, especially if they are old. Having a dog feels like a full-time job but the joy a dog can bring to your life is beyond compare.