Maintaining a Good Diet
1. Feed your dog high-quality, well-balanced dog food and treats.
- Avoid common filler ingredients in dog food that may actually harm your dog’s health. Some of these include: Ethoxyquin, Propylene Glycol, BHT/BHA, Corn Syrup and corn, and animal by-products.
- Occasionally, some dogs might show signs of a food sensitivity or intolerance. Watch for: diarrhea, vomiting, or skin conditions. Work with the veterinarian to determine what food ingredients the dog can and cannot eat.
2. Be careful when feeding your dog human food.
- While you can make your own dog food, you must work with an animal nutritionist or veterinarian with education in pet food nutrition. This ensures your dog’s diet is nutritionally balanced.
3. Maintain your dog’s weight at a healthy level.
- Most dogs are overweight or obese because they don’t get enough exercise and get too much food. Refer to the package of pet food for specific guidelines about feeding based on ideal weight.
4. Give your dog healthy treats.
- Give your dog low calorie treats like baby carrots, canned green beans (low sodium or rinsed to wash off the added salt), or small slices of cooked sweet potatoes.
5. Give your dog a constant supply of fresh water.
- Bacteria and algae can grow in the bowl, especially during warm weather. In freezing temperatures, you’ll need to keep the bowl from freezing.
Grooming Your Dog
1. Groom your dog regularly.
- Grooming is also a good time to check for skin conditions like fleas, ticks, and mites.
2. Clip your dog’s nails only if you know how.
- If you aren’t sure how to clip the nails, have your veterinarian technician show you how to clip your dog’s nails.
3. Brush your dog’s teeth every day.
- Occasionally, your dog will need a dental cleaning at the vet’s office. He’ll be sedated while the veterinarian performs a thorough examination
- and cleaning.