From the first day, it is important that you keep your dog healthy. Making sure that all of your dog’s vaccinations are up to date is a good start. Many common illnesses are avoided with one simple yearly visit to your veterinarian.
Your veterinarian will be able to suggest supplements and any basic medications your dog needs to stay healthy. A basic examination will find small issues before they turn into major problems.
Other Basic Healthcare Issues
Other healthcare issues can come from the lack of basic grooming. Daily brushing and keeping your dog’s coat clean is important. Proper cleaning and brushing will reduce the chances of your dog getting flees, ticks and other skin infections. Other basic grooming needs also include nail trimming and oral hygiene. Nails should be kept trimmed to keep them from contacting any hard surface. If they make constant contact it will cause foot pain and discomfort to your dog while walking.
Your dog’s dental hygiene is just as important as it is to your overall health. Signs that your dog has possible dental issues include bad breath, changes in eating habits, or pawing at its face or mouth. It can also include excessive drooling, licking, pacing and whining.
When left untreated it can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. It will first manifest itself as red swollen, painful or bleeding gums.
Hip dysplasia can also be a problem in some larger dogs. Dysplasia is the abnormal formation of the hip socket. Severe forms of hip dysplasia can cause painful arthritis and crippling. While most hip dysplasia is genetic, it is not always the case!
Hip dysplasia actually has two primary causes. They are genetics and diet. It is believed that a series of genes are involved. Nutritional research shows that diet also plays a role in the development of hip dysplasia. Researcher’s says that diet and exercise is more important with larger dogs. Large breed dogs should be kept at a lean weight during the first two years of life. Dogs who are overfed and have larger body mass are more prone to hip dysplasia later in life.
Contact A Better Dog4U if you have any questions or if you need any help with your training. We will be glad to set up a personal consultation in order to help you any way that we can.