Practical advice for keeping your dog healthy through the years

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The needs of dogs are almost similar to the needs of a human being. For a dog to be healthy, he has to eat good food, he needs clean water, he needs regular exercises, he needs daily supplements, he needs love and attention. Above all, your dog needs a proper preventive medicine program to keep at bay the risk of contracting various illnesses.


Even though you may be comfortable that you are feeding your dog the right food, most of the food brands contain meat byproducts, fillers, various chemicals and preservatives. These ingredients have no healthy nutrients at all hence they are stored in the tissues because the body does not know what to do with them.

For that reason, you need to read on the ingredients list so as to understand the type of food you are feeding your dog. Be aware that the food you buy is a commercial product advertised either on TV or radio or newspaper or any other form of advertisement.

By studying keenly the ingredient formula, you will be amazed on how unhealthy the food is. Because of that, it is important to feed your dog different types of food with unprocessed ingredients such as meat, vegetables, omega 3 oil, minerals, flax seed oil and other healthy foods to boost the energy and immune system of your dog.

After giving your dog healthy foods, compliment it with quality supplements. This is because, much of the food you find around is not healthy like it was in fifty years back because of mineral deficiency in the soil and a lot of pollution on the environment. Examples of the supplements you can give your dog include:

– Indian ginseng;

– Milk thistle;

– Mistletoe;

– Cat’s claw;

– Echinacea.

These are herb supplements which can help your dog in a number of ways including:

– the ability to fight diseases by boosting the immune system;

– Regulating blood pressure;

– Getting rid of stored toxins in the tissues and the organs;

– Supporting healthy blood circulation.

What is more, hydrate your dog with fresh and clean water. Ensure that the source of the water you are giving your dog is clean and safe from contamination; also, ensure that the water bowl is clean. Don’t give your dog water from the tap because it has lots of chemicals from the city treatment plant. Instead, install a tap filter to ensure that you and your pet are drinking clean and safe water free from chemicals.

Moreover, ensure that your dog exercises daily to relieve stress, move the lymph and keep the dog healthy. The body of a dog is designed to move and when you force your dog to stay inside for the whole day, it becomes a recipe for depression. Therefore, make an effort of exercising with your dog by jogging around or playing with him. Playing together with your dog deepens the bond and creates a sense of playfulness in him.

Preventive Medicine

Preventive medicine program will help to keep the cost of your dog veterinarian in check and reducing some of the common illnesses. The efforts you can make include:


Vaccinations are vital in reducing the risk of contacting preventive diseases which can adversely affect your dogs. Vaccinations can help to reduce diseases such as:

– Parvovirus;

– Rabies;

– Distemper;

– Para influenza;

– Kennel cough;

– Viral hepatitis;

– Corona virus.

Also, you can enquire for Lyme disease vaccination from your veterinarian.

Home examination

There are a number of ways you can conduct health examination on your dog. One of the ways is to check the healthy of the skin. Here you can check if the skin is red or pink as a sign of inflammation, check the smell of your fingers to indicate a healthy problem. For instance; if your fingers smell fishy or rancid, that can be a sign of a healthy problem.

During your examination, check the inside of your dog’s ears if there is any deposit of wax, smell inside the ears to find out if he has a foul smell. Further, you can examine his mouth to check the healthy status of his teeth. Here, you can check if any of the teeth is brown and if he has a foul breath. If any of the teeth is brown and there is a foul smell, then there is a healthy problem.

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