As a loving dog owner you’re responsible for providing for your dog’s needs. This includes looking after their health. Your dog deserves the same attention to, and treatment, of health problems as any family member.
And dog nutrition is inextricably linked to dog health. Good nutrition is vital for your dog’s wellbeing.
Dog health problems can be similar to human ones, for example:
- Pyschological issues such as depression, frustration, anxiety and so on
Dogs may also experience dog-specfic problems such as:
- Kennel Cough
Of course, if you think your dog might be suffering from any health problem you should consult your vet. The good news is that there’s been a lot of advancement in veterinary treatments to help treat your dog.
It’s important to realize that your dog can’t tell you if they feel ill or are in pain. So it’s vital you keep a lookout for any symptoms of ill health. If you notice your dog’s behaving in an unusual manner or has a temperature, for example, take them to your vet. You should do the same if your dog’s energy levels seem to have dropped and they appear lethargic too.
And when grooming your dog, keep a lookout for fleas and ticks, and signs of mange. Also check the ears and eyes for any signs of problems too.
Prevention is far better than cure so don’t hesitate to contact your vet if you think there’s a problem.
Common dog health problems include:
- Bad breath
- Ear infections
- Eye problems
- Heart disease
- Kidney problems
Closely linked to your dog’s health is dog nutrition. Many cheap dog foods contain lots of junk and quite frankly dangerous ingredients. These aren’t fit for human consumption.
You wouldn’t dream of feeding your family such a diet so why should it be ok for your dog? So try and feed them the best and healthiest food you can.
Feeding them home cooked fresh food is the best. If you do feed them processed dog food make sure it’s a high quality and respected brand.
And while it may be tempting to give in to those doleful, pleading looks from your dog it’s not good to overdo the treats. Again, make sure any treats you do give your dog are healthy and high quality.