Learn about dog health if you are a puppy or dog owner. Like humans, your dog will enjoy a higher quality of life and live longer if you take care of his health. This sounds pretty logical, but it will take some work on your part.
Owning a small dog means you have a living creature who depends on you to provide daily care…much like the care you give to a small child. It is not hard to learn how to take care of a dog.
Our website gives you a ten-step guide on care, including information on premium dog food and nutrition. Nutrition is an important part of dog health. Improper nutrition can lead to health problems, including obesity.
Over 65% of Americans are overweight. It should not surprise us that one in four dogs are also overweight. Learn what you can do for both you and your pet to stay at a healthy weight.
Another consideration with daily care and small dog health is what happens when you are away? It is important to have a plan in place.
Will you use a crate for short-term separations?
Will you try a Pet Sitter? What about doggy day care or boarding?
ROUTINE HEALTH CARE
Routine health care such as staying up-to-date on vaccinations and making regular trips to the Veterinarian’s office will help him stay in tip-top shape! Use this list as a guideline in taking care of his routine health care needs.
- Regular Vet Exams
- Parasite Prevention & Treatment
- Vaccinations & Shots
- Dental Care
- Regular Grooming
Sometimes, your dog may need urgent care for an injury caused by trauma or perhaps by something he ate. You should be able to administer first-aid emergency care and know when it’s time to take your dog to your vet’s office, a clinic, or animal hospital.
Keep in mind that a dog that’s injured will probably growl, snap, and bite. He’s in pain, and he’s scared. Talk to him in a soothing voice, reassuring him that you are there for him. Avoid direct eye contact, sudden moves, and grabbing at your scared dog.
Plan ahead for injuries and illnesses. Try to make your environment safe for your dog. For example, protect your puppy from reaching small items that may become choking hazards.
In addition to prevention, plan ahead for the financial costs of sudden injuries, chronic illness, and diseases. One of the ways you can do this is by investing in dog care insurance.
Every breed of dog is predisposed to certain health concerns. A dog’s shape, body composition, and hereditary markers all impact a dog’s health.
It’s important to get to know our dog’s breed characteristics and what medical problems he may encounter. Here’s a list of common small dog health problems.
HELP FROM THE PROFESSIONALS
The best advice I can give you on dog health is to get help from the professionals. Know your dog’s breed history and characteristics, find a Veterinarian you trust, be able to get your dog to an emergency clinic or animal hospital, and find a dog care insurance provider before you really need one.
- Find a Veterinarian You Trust
- Ask About Your Breed’s Specific Dog Health Information
- Find an Emergency Clinic or Animal Hospital
- Find a Dog Care Insurance Provider