Just like with humans, preventative care for dogs is a must! There are easy steps you can take to prevent major illness or complications later in your furry friend’s life. Check out our top tips for preventative health care!
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Okay, this one is pretty obvious. Sit down with your vet and talk about the best preventative health care for your pup. Your vet can give your dog a thorough examination and you’ll get a chance to ask about any problems to look out for and any existing health concerns. You may want to write down your questions so you don’t forget them! Keep in mind that dogs, unfortunately, age much more quickly than humans so regular check ups are important, even if your pet doesn’t show signs of any major issues.
KNOW YOUR BREED
Certain breeds are prone to develop health issues due to their genetics. For example, a large, deep chested dog is likely to experience bloating and volvulus. These types of dogs should avoid large meals before any exercise. A flat-nosed dog will be more likely to develop heat stress. Small breeds are more prone develop hip dysplasia, which can be circumvented by feeding them correctly from an early age. When you’re aware of potential issues, you can be more proactive in prevention! If your dog’s breed doesn’t quite fit in with our examples, the answers are just an easy Google search away (or refer to your vet)!
Keep your pets up to date with vaccinations. Puppies have to be vaccinated at 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks, then 14-16 weeks, then annually or every 3 years depending your Veterinarian’s recommendations.
Start worming at 2 weeks old and should be done once every two weeks until your pup is 12 weeks old. Once your pet is past 3 months, continue the process monthly until your dog is 6 months old, then once every 3 months for intestinal worming or monthly for heartworm.
Use flea treatment once a month if there’s no sign of obvious fleas. It’s a whole lot easier to prevent a flea infestation than removing them after the fact.
Brushing your pet’s chompers daily (or somewhere in that ballpark) with a pet-toothpaste and a soft brush will prevent periodontal disease that causes pain, infections and heart and kidney damage. If you don’t care for your pup’s teeth and a dental disease occurs, the cure will involve general anesthesia. Not having to go through that process will save you a huge headache.
Dogs will try to eat pretty much anything! Planning out a balanced diet is super important for a long healthy life. There are tons of dog food routes you can take, we recommend using good quality proteins, instead of soy and corn. If you’re interested in DIY doggy food, definitely consult a Vet or nutrition expert to make sure your mix is adequate for your dog. Try to limit any human food. We know their begging faces can be hard to say no to but an overweight dog will suffer many health complications.
If you have a long coat dog, routine brushing necessary to prevent matts that often lead to pain skin irritation. Going to a professional groomer every 6-8 weeks will be vital to maintaining a healthy coat. Unless recommended by a vet, don’t over wash your dog! More than weekly bathes can cause irritation. Use a gentle shampoo for bath time. Make sure to ask your vet about your dog’s grooming needs for the most accurate recommendations.
Pet bills are costly, just a basic teeth cleaning can cost around $500! Pet insurance is a great choice that will allow you to afford the best possible treatments. Some plans start as low as $30/month! If pet insurance is out of the question, setting aside money each paycheck for your pet is another good option.