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Five Tips to Keep Your Dog a Healthy Dog

Friday, February 7, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

healthy pupThey say “a healthy dog is a happy dog” or is it the other way around?  All of us wish our pets would live forever and there are some things that you can do to make his years with you healthy years.

  1. Take your dog to the vet for a check up at least once a year. Work with your vet to ensure your dogs good health.
  2. Dogs can show signs of gum disease by the time they are four years old. Brush you dogs teeth regularly, daily if possible.  Always use a dog friendly toothbrush and toothpaste. Flavors like chicken and beef will entice him. Check your dogs mouth once a week. His mouth should be free of yellow tartar. His gums should not be swollen nor bright red or white. Provide lots of chew toys to keep his teeth and gums healthy.
  3. Stay away from dark chocolate or any chocolate for that matter. Chocolate can cause dangerous arrhythmia’s in dogs and can increase their heart rate and cause death. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney damage. Onions given in large amounts can damage your dogs red blood cells and cause anemia. Stay away from cheese steaks, this is a no no for dogs. (Sorry Fido’s from Philly!) Never give him mushrooms. These can cause shock and even death.
  4. Keep your dog’s weight in check. Just like with humans obesity can shorten your life and cause all sorts of problems.
  5. Feed him a nutritious diet. To make sure that his dog food meets his complete nutritional needs, check the label for the AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement. Choose foods that list meat as the first ingredient.

Follow these simple steps and you can rest assure that you are doing the best you can to keep your best friend happy and healthy!

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