Unfortunately, a dog does not live forever, but with a few tips he stays healthy and cheerful for a long time. These include proper nutrition, well-groomed teeth and other preventative measures. How to avoid preventable diseases:
Every dog owner wishes that his darling stays fit and healthy for as long as possible. Good prevention is usually the best medicine for the dog. The following five tips will help you.
1. Which diet is healthy?
It depends, among other things, on the size, activity and age of the dog, which diet is healthy for him. A puppy needs different nutrients than a senior. A dog that moves a lot needs more energy than a comfortable four-legged friend. Basically, you should feed your animal friend at regular times and do not change the dog food too often. Otherwise, the sensitive digestive tract of the dog can get confused.
Very small and very large dogs also tolerate two smaller meals a day better than a larger one. If the dog does not eat his bowl, do not refrigerate his food until the next meal. However, bring the food out half an hour before feeding so that it is not too cold and therefore easier to digest. Dogs need high-quality meat such as beef, lamb or chicken as well as herbal ingredients such as cereal flakes, cooked rice, potatoes or pasta in their bowls.
2. Dental care for the four-legged friend
Even a dog has to brush his teeth regularly to keep him healthy. Accustom him to the toothbrush lovingly and use a special dog toothpaste. As a toothbrush, you can use a soft hand or electric toothbrush for people. If you choose fixed times for your favorite dental care, it soon becomes routine. Then you can see in good time whether caries, tartar or inflammation have formed and can thus avoid dangerous secondary diseases.
3. Worms, ticks and fleas in the dog
From time to time, a dog can catch fleas, worms or ticks, which in turn can cause disease. Fleas are a threat to your four-legged friend throughout the year and they can transmit worms. Therefore, a regular grooming with a weekly bath, flea comb and brush is recommended, so that the parasites do not feel at home on the dog fur. In addition, a worm cure every three to six months is advisable. Ticks should be removed immediately if you discover them. Otherwise, your veterinarian will be happy to advise you on how to prevent uninvited guests.
4. Prevent overweight!
In addition to all the delicious food with which you will pamper your four-legged friend, sufficient exercise is indispensable for the dog. Only then can he maintain a weight that is healthy for him. Regular walks, agility training and games together keep people and animals fit and fun!
5. Important vaccinations
Finally, there are a number of vaccinations recommended for the dog. In this way, diseases such as distemper, leptospirosis, hepatitis, Lyme disease, rabies, kennel cough and infections with the parvovirus can be prevented. Once a year, the four-legged friends should also be checked by the vet from head to toe. If necessary, the vaccinations can be refreshed if necessary.