Dog Health and Care — How To Care For Your Dog

The health and care of your dog begins even before you bring your puppy home.  Whether you get your dog from the pound or from an accredited breeder, you need to begin caring for your dog’s health from day one.

Whether you get a new puppy from a breeder, or adopt a dog or puppy from the pound, you need to choose a good veterinarian with whom you and your dog will feel comfortable with for all of your dog’s health care needs.  Before you bring your new puppy home it is important that you know what vaccination and de-worming program your puppy had previously.  You’ll need to continue on this program until your puppy is fully vaccinated and protected from puppy illnesses like parvo and distemper.  If you are getting your dog or puppy from a shelter, they also need to be started on a good health care regime, so see your veterinarian right away. Good nutrition is also important in your dog’s health: again, check with your veterinarian; they will be able to recommend the best food for your dog or puppy.

Once you have established a relationship with your veterinarian, they will tell you when to bring your dog or puppy back to be spayed or neutered.  Spaying and neutering prevents unwanted puppies and may also avoid problems later on like urinating or marking by male dogs, and heat cycles in female dogs.

Another essential part of your dog’s health is exercise. Giving your dog daily or twice daily exercise is very important not only for your dog’s health but also for his happiness.  Dogs of all sizes love to go for walks with their families.  Exercise is good not only for weight maintenance but to release excess energy and build strong minds and bodies.

Maintaining a good health care program can maximize the life of your pet and ensures that your pet will lead a quality life in your home.

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