If you’re a dog owner and lover, you want to keep your pet healthy. As I said in my previous blog, I have always had dogs. But when I was young, my family had other pets that I cared for in addition to dogs. I’ve had cats, turtles, finches, and lots of fish, both fresh and saltwater. All pets require your time and energy to care for them. I’ve always loved animals so for me it’s not a chore to care for them. It is part of my life. Many of my pets have had medical problems that required some intervention, either medically or surgically. I would never deny my pet life saving treatment if I knew it would improve the quality of their lives. Rather than wait until they need medical attention, I use preventive care to help extend the quality of their lives.
Some pets have serious medical conditions that require a veterinarian to diagnose and advise on the course of care. It is one of those things that you have to decide before you get a pet if you will be willing to spending the money and emotions for these types of events. Here are some tips to help them live longer, fitter, healthier lives.
Hannah, my 9-year old Terrier/Lab mix, is on Omega-3 Soft Gels. She has always had dry skin and the oils help keep her skins softer and less itchy. It provides omega-3 fatty acids for her optimal nutritional needs. Both dogs get Glucosamine with MSM for healthy joints. Neither dog has problems with taking pills but you can always buy chewables instead.
- Giving pills
You can place the dog’s pills inside a piece of cheese and roll it into a ball to conceal it or coat it with organic peanut butter. Most dogs will just take the whole thing in one bite, others will lick away the cheese and drop out the pill. If that happens, you may have to hold the dog’s jaw in one hand and slide the pill in the side of the dog’s jowl, sliding it to the back of the tongue. Once the pill is as far back as you can push it, grasp the dog’s mouth firmly but gently, holding it shut while you stroke their throat in a downward motion. Once they have swallowed the pill, it’s time for a reward!
- Brush their teeth
It may seem silly but dogs need preventative dental care so they don’t get tartar buildup. There are many articles online on how to brush a dog’s teeth. In between brushing, you can give them Greenies treats.
Your dog needs exercise just as you do. Your dog can actually help you keep active. Take them for their walks every day. Most dogs need at minimum two or three walks a day. Play catch or throw a ball outside and keep moving!
- Pet your dog daily
Petting is a sign of affection that will help you bond with your dog. If for some reason your dog doesn’t respond to petting, please seek the advice of a veterinarian or a dog behavioral specialist. Petting is also good for you. It has been documented that petting an animal helps to lower blood pressure and increase serotonin to boost mood.
Enjoy your pet and they will love you in return! Take a moment to tell me about your pet and your pet care tips by posting a comment.