Dogs are so much more than man’s best friend. They are part of the family, and our love for them knows no bounds.
That’s why the health of our dogs is so crucial. At Tug-E-Nuff Dog Gear, we often talk about the importance of using well-designed, stimulating dog toys during training that help keep your dog fit, healthy and happy.
But what else can you do to help your dog live a happier, healthier life? Here are three suggestions…
- Look after their teeth
Periodontal disease is estimated to affect around 85 per cent of pets by the age of just three. The condition starts when bacteria combines with food particles to form plaque on the teeth – and it can ultimately result in tooth loss and pain when chewing. The bacteria in the gums can even travel around the body and affect other organs.
That’s the bad news. The good news is the disease can easily be avoided by taking good care of your dog’s teeth. This means regularly brushing your dog’s teeth at home (with a special doggy toothpaste – don’t be tempted to use your own tube as it isn’t suitable for dogs) and offering kibbles or chews that are designed to break down plaque on the teeth. A raw food diet can also help benefit your dog's teeth, food high in starch (carbohydrates) produce acids in the mouth which can cause plaque. Feeding a low carbohydrate raw food diet helps keep your dog's teeth clean and healthy.
It’s also worth getting your vet to check your dog’s teeth regularly and booking a full dental clean if necessary.
- Groom regularly
As well as helping your dog look their best, there are a number of health benefits that come with regular grooming. It promotes healthy growth of the coat and avoids matting, which can be painful if left. It also promotes healthy blood circulation and some experts believe it reduces stress in your dog, while also offering a great chance for extra bonding.
We’d advise getting young puppies used to a grooming routine early on with the help of lots of praise and maybe a new Tug-E-Nuff toy as a reward.
- Keep fleas at bay
As well as making your dog itchy and uncomfortable, fleas are a pest for a whole host of other reasons. They feed on your dog’s blood which can leave weaker or smaller dogs with dangerous levels of blood loss. They are also known to pass on conditions like tapeworm and some dogs suffer an allergic reaction to flea bites.
The only way to keep fleas at bay is to regularly treat your dog with a reliable flea treatment available from your vet. Don’t forget to also vacuum and wash bedding regularly as fleas like to lay their eggs in our home as well as on our pets.
By following our three suggestions, you can ensure your dog enjoys the happiest, healthiest life possible. You can also check out our recent post about why the food you choose to feed your dog really matters.
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