A dog’s average lifespan, oldest at 15 years, is only a fraction compared to a human’s lifespan. All the more reason for you, as a dog owner, to not neglect your dog’s health. Not only can you help prolong his life, but you can also make his life happy and memorable. Thankfully, here are some things you can do to make your dog healthy and happy at the same time. Here are some that you can do:
Give your dog opportunities to exercise
Exercise is beneficial not only to humans, but it is also crucial in maintaining a dog’s physical health. It also helps with the dog’s emotional well-being. It helps in reducing stress, anxiety, and even boredom, which are usually the main causes of most canine behavioral problems.
Believe it or not, canine stress is similar to human stress. It may cause issues such as premature aging, a weakened immune system, depression, anxiety, and a whole lot more. If your dog engages in activities that will give him opportunities to exercise, he will eliminate stress and will most likely live a healthier and happier life. As an owner, you may help out your dog by giving him some time to play with other dogs, or by simply giving him frequent walks in the park. It may be a bothersome task at first, but you will surely be rewarded with a happier and stronger bond with your dog.
Be mindful of the foods you give to your dog
Canines have different dietary requirements compared to humans, so it’s unreasonable to design their diet according to human needs. According to studies, dogs are best fed with a raw food diet. However, if this difficult to acquire or your dog has special needs, you may also consult your trusted veterinarian for advice. Also, pay attention to the ingredients and the nutrition information of the dog food that you give your dog. Tweak their diets to provide them with the best nutrients they need, and try filling in the nutritional gaps with vet-approved canine supplements.
Maintain your dog’s dental health
There’s no doubt about it. With over 50% of respondents who say that they don’t brush their dog’s teeth regularly, dental health is probably the most neglected aspect of canine health. You might think maintaining a dog’s dental health may not do so much at all, think again. Dental diseases, if not treated right away, may cause some problems in the dog’s system. Some of these health problems include inflammation, the onset of heart diseases, and even life-threatening bacterial infections.
Try brushing your dog’s teeth at least once a day, or if your lifestyle does not permit you to, try doing it 2-3 times per week. If your dog is uncomfortable with toothbrushes, you may give dental wipes a try as well. There are also dental sprays that may work, which you could use if your dog is extremely defiant when it comes to teeth cleaning. Also, try to bring your dog to the vet for regular professional teeth cleaning.