Dog Care Advice

 

This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills

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How You Can Take Even Better Care of Your Pets

As another part of the family, our dogs require a great deal of our care and attention. While we may be taking great care of them to the best of our abilities, there may be areas where we can do more. Try these strategies to give your pup an even better existence and support a happy and healthy life.

Supplement Their Diet

Similar to us, our pets get most of their nutrients from their diet. They are reliant on the foods that we provide them. Even when we are careful about choosing foods that are meant to support a healthy life, there are times that our pets may need a little something extra. If your pet is lacking certain nutrients or is struggling, despite your best efforts, consider adding a supplement, like ultimate pet nutrition to give them the necessary ingredients they may be missing.

Proactive Healthcare

Bringing our canine companions to the vet annually is an important step to ensuring a healthy life; however, beyond the annual visits, there are other ways that we can take a proactive stance in our pup’s health. Make sure that your dog is up to date on their medication, vaccines and protection against fleas and ticks. While these small steps require very minimal time, they can provide extensive defense against harmful agents that our dogs can encounter.

Train Your Dog

Training of dogs is a key step in having a stable home for your canine companion. Your dog’s natural tendencies will want them to be a part of a pack, so they will look for a sense of order. Training can provide this and is often as much for the dog as it is for the owner, as you will need to establish who is the alpha dog at home. If you don’t take steps to do this, then your dog will assume this role which can result in behavioral issues. Consider this a big step for both of you, so that you can have a sense of order at home.

Socialize Them With People and Dogs

Many people assume that dogs, being friendly creatures, will naturally know how to act around other dogs and people; however, just like how young children learn social behaviors, dogs also need to learn this. Take the time to properly socialize your dog around other dogs and with other people, so that they begin to learn acceptable behaviors and those that need to be avoided. This is best done when they are young, and can be important if you notice negative behaviors, as well.

Invest Time in More Exercise

All dogs require some sort of exercise to stay healthy. While the amount of exercise that is necessary to keep our canine companions healthy differs per dog breed, if you can gradually increase their physical exercise, this can yield incredible benefits. This small increase can get their heart pumping, reducing their risk of serious health concerns and addressing any behavioral issues that stem from pent up energy.

Protect Your Pup From the Sun

During the hottest times of the summer, even a few minutes in the intense sun rays can result in permanent damage. This can also affect dogs, and we need to provide them with pet sunscreen and protection to avoid sunburns, damage and heat exhaustion. Additionally, due to a dog’s fur, they can be even more susceptible to heat exhaustion, so it is our job to ensure that they can participate in the summer fun safely. If you are taking your dog out in the sun for prolonged periods, make sure that you have plenty of water, ample sunscreen and somewhere that provides them respite from the sun, like an umbrella.

Our dogs are such a big part of the family, and we owe it to them to make the best decisions to support their health that we can. These decisions are not always solely diet and exercise, so you need to make sure that you understand a holistic approach to a healthy life. Providing them with the best life we can is the least that we can do to pay them back for their cuddles, sweetness and comfort.

Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.