It’s important to keep your dog healthy and thriving, and what better way to do that than by following these five important health reminders? Each of these tips will help keep your pup healthy and happy.
The 5 Most Important Health Reminders for Your Pup
Check out these important health reminders that can help your pooch live their best life:
- Brain games are important
- Lots of exercise is the key
- Well-dog visits are where it’s at
- Dogs need dental care, too
- Switching unhealthy treats for healthy ones goes a long way
Here’s a closer look at each.
Dog Health Reminder #1: Brain Games Are Important
You may not think your pooch needs to work out their brain, but mental stimulation is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. Dogs that don’t have enough to do often become bored, which can lead to destructive behaviors like chewing on furniture or digging holes.
To keep your dog’s brain healthy and engaged, try giving them puzzle toys to figure out, teaching them new tricks or taking them on different routes during your walks.
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Dog Health Reminder #2: Lots of Exercise is the Key
Unfortunately, I found this out the hard way, so please learn from my mistakes. My dog has 2 partially torn ACLs. She takes a prescription paid/anti-inflammatory medicine as needed. She rarely needs it and on our last trip I didn’t pack any. Big mistake. She ended up needing it on our last trip. I called her vet in Dallas to try and get a prescription filled in Tennessee.
Since her vet isn’t licensed in TN she couldn’t call in the prescription for us to get it filled. I had to take my dog to the ER to get her the pain medicine she needed, delaying our trip by an entire day. Lesson learned: vets cannot fill prescriptions out of state so please make sure to take more than enough medicine with you.
Dog Health Reminder #3: Well-Dog Visits Are Where It's At
Preventative care is one of the most important things you can do for your dog’s health. That’s why it’s important to take them for regular well-dog visits to the vet, even if they seem healthy.
During these check-ups, the vet will perform a physical exam, update their vaccinations, and check for any potential health problems. This is also a great time to ask any questions you have about your dog’s health or behavior.
Dog Health Reminder #4: Dogs Need Dental Care, Too
Many people forget that dogs need dental care, but it’s actually one of the most important things you can do for their health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a whole host of problems like gum disease, tooth loss and even heart disease.
To keep your dog’s teeth healthy, brush them regularly with a dog-specific toothpaste and schedule regular dental cleanings with the vet.
Dog Health Reminder #5: Switching Unhealthy Treats for Healthy Ones Goes a Long Way
Treats are a great way to bond with your dog and reward them for good behavior, but it’s important to choose healthy ones. Many commercial dog treats are loaded with unhealthy ingredients like sugar, salt and fat.
Instead, opt for healthy alternatives like raw fruits and vegetables, meat chunks or small pieces of cheese. Not only are these healthier for your dog, but they’ll also help keep their weight in check.
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