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Dog Care: Keeping your Dog Healthy and Happy

Most dog owners will do everything to make their dog healthy and happy. As a dog owner, you regularly walk your dog and feed him, bathe him and groom him. You might not be aware but there are a number of things more that you should not neglect. Forgetting these things may cause serious health concerns and can be bad for your dog. Keep regular tabs on these things.

You might be neglecting your dog’s dental care among other things. Dental diseases is one of the most common health problems that dogs suffer from at a young age. It really takes much more than giving your dog healthy puppy treats and looking out for gum diseases. You need to take him to a vet for a dental check-up to see if he has other problems like tooth decay and broken teeth. So while he is still a puppy, it is important that you start his dental care. There is no need to delay because his mouth will become very prone to disease.

Brushing his teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush protects his teeth and gums from decaying. Start brushing the front teeth gradually and then the gums to ensure that all places are covered.

Some health issues that are easily prevented, like fleas, are also often neglected by dog owners. The problem with fleas is that they cause skin allergies, so even a little flea infestation can turn into a serious one. In order to prevent fleas, you need to know what attracts them in the first place. What attracts fleas are warm and humid surrounds and what repels them are cold and dry ones. If you can’t avoid the heat and humidity, especially during summer and fall, there are flea creams or chewy tablets you can buy for your dog’s skin protection.

Natural treatments are also available for you to use. Some essential oils and homemade formulas can also be an effective safeguard since they don’t contain harmful chemicals.

It is in your dog’s nature that he will dig into any sort of food that you give him. This is the reason why sometimes dog owners do not care much about feeding their dogs poor quality food that can be harmful to them.

The manufacturing procedures and meat quality of some popular dog food company has also caused concern to some dog owners. The laws in some states are not too strict when it comes to the poor quality of meats that can processed into dog food. The intense heat in many dog food processing plants can destroy all the nutrients in the meat that the end product has already lost all nutrients.

Always ask what goes into your dog food.