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Let’s face it, as much as we love our pets their breath can have an unpleasant smell at times. Cleaning your pets’ teeth regularly is essential to prevent the build-up of plaque and prevent gum disease known as (periodontal disease).
Here are some signs of dental disease:
· Bad breath
· yellow-brown tartar
· Bleeding gums
· Difficulty chewing/dropping food when trying to eat
You can keep your dog’s mouth clean by either brushing their teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush or a finger brush with toothpaste for pets. If you’ve never brushed your dog’s teeth before then you should first let them get used to having their mouth touched, or you can use dental sticks, which is the easiest and probably the most fun way for your dog.
Vaccines protect your best bud from infections and diseases. Vaccinating your pet is important not only for the animals' health but also for human health. You should talk with your veterinarian about what is best for your pet.
Clean, fresh water is vital to your pet’s health because just like us, water makes up most of your dog's body. In the summer, when it’s hot your dog should be drinking 3 or 4 times more than they usually do. Make sure to have a bowl outside away from the sun filled with fresh water.
There are some places where you shouldn’t let your furry friend drink from, which could be listed under “bad sources of water” for example:
· Dog park bowl- These bowls can carry bacteria and viruses that can be harmful for your dog.
· Toilets- To prevent your dog from drinking out of the toilet just simply close the lid or shut the door and you won’t have to worry about it.
· Lakes/streams- The water can be filled with many harmful parasites that can cause severe illness.
Have your dog to get groomed by a professional or by you to make sure they are clean and healthy. It’s important to maintain a healthy coat by brushing them gently, it will help avoid mats in their fur, which can cause them discomfort.
Don’t forget to cut their nails! Uncut nails can cause joint pain from curling and germs getting stuck in there.
Dogs have a vertical ear canal therefore it’s easy for dirt to get in. Depending of the breed of your pooch some dogs have hair in their ear, which can keep bacteria and dirt that’s why it’s a good idea to remove the hair from their ears and have them cleaned at groom visits.
The best way to find the healthiest weight for your bud is visiting your veterinarian. A chubby dog might look cute but, carrying extra fat can endanger your pet's health. Here are some tips that can help keep your pets weight under control:
· Limit treats
· Daily exercise
· Measure their food
· Feed dogs separately (you can prevent the other
dog from eating each other’s food)
Dogs are affectionate animals and they crave love and affection. Cuddle with your dog, give them belly rubs, and reward them when they are being a good boy/girl. It’s a great way to bond with your best bud and gain their trust. It’s not only beneficial for your dog but also for you because it helps you relax and what can be better than cuddling with your dog after a hard day?
These were just a couple of tips on how to keep your loyal friend healthy, remember a healthy pet is a happy pet!