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4 Tips for a Healthy, Happy Dog!

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A dog is an irreplaceable part of the family Ė they make every day special as a loyal, loving companion. Since your dog is a part of the family, you should treat his health like you would your own. Your four-legged friend is totally dependent on you to feed them nutritious food and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

Dogs do make great cuddle buddies for movie night, but they also make great healthy-living companions. Your pooch is more than happy to follow you wherever you go, why not take them along for your health journey? To ensure your best friend is around for a long time, keeping them healthy is a must. Here are some tips for a healthy, happy dog!

1. Proper Vet Care

Your dog doesnít need to see the vet often, usually just for yearly shots and a check-up here and there. But, neglecting to address any health issues you notice can have serious side effects. Dogs canít tell us whatís wrong and they even process pain signals differently than humans. If your dog starts showing signs of pain, discomfort, or sickness, something is seriously wrong.

This is a when a trip to the vet is a must. Google and advice from pet store associates usually isnít enough. You donít want to find out your pet has a serious health condition when itís too late. For example, cardiomyopathy in dogs is a serious but treatable condition Ė one that needs to be addressed by a specialist. Taking steps for your petís health immediately will help them in the long-run.

2. Spay and Neuter

Next, you should always, always spay or neuter your dog. So many puppies end up in shelters every day. This happens when people fail to spay, ending up with a litter of puppies they canít take care of. Even if your dog wonít be spending time outside or around other dogs, getting them fixed is in their best interest.

Spaying or neutering your dog will help with their overall health. Female and male dogs that are left intact have higher risks of developing cancer. There is an extra cost associated with spaying and neutering, but itís one thatís necessary. Taking the steps to fix your dog can help them live a much longer life.

3. Obedience

Training a dog, especially puppy, can be difficult. Thereís so much to teach them Ė from potty training to commands and simple obedience. Sometimes, training can come down to the battle of wills. The personality of your dog has a lot to do with how receptive they are to learning things. Even more, your demeanor can affect their behavior.

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If youíre having some difficulty with obedience training, thereís nothing wrong with enrolling your pooch in an obedience class. The reality is, obedience classes are usually more for the dogís humans. They help you and your dog learn to work together, and allow you to control your dogís behavior calmly. You and your dog can learn the skills you need to have a successful relationship!

4. Diet

If you spend time planning your meals, watching your sugar intake, and avoiding processed foods, you should do the same for your dog. Dogs are usually motivated by food, they wonít say no to something thatís unhealthy for them. The first part to a healthy diet for your dog is not giving them human food. Their systems arenít made for human food Ė this can lead to digestive problems as well as weight gain.

Also, feeding them high-quality kibble is important. Fillers like corn and animal by-products are hard to digest and provide little nutritional value. Look for foods high in whole proteins with added boosts of fruits and veggies. If you donít recognize it, you probably shouldnít give it to your dog.

These are just a few simple ways to increase the health, and happiness, of your best furry friend! When you decide to make a few healthy swaps, donít forget about your dog! Theyíll end up being a great companion during your journey to health!

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