How to look after your dog

The happiness that dogs bring into our lives is beyond measure. Whether you are young or old, caring for a dog comes with countless benefits. Many studies have shown that looking after and interacting with a dog increases your well-being. This explains why dogs are so commonly used to help older people or kids with special needs. Their presence goes a long way in abating loneliness and reducing anxiety.

In a home setting, the well-being of the dog is linked to that of the entire family. This is why it is important to ensure that you take all the necessary steps to give your dog the care that it needs and deserves. This entails learning as much as possible about the dog you have, then caring for it accordingly.

Here are important tips to help you look after your dog:

Regular examination by a veterinarian

A veterinarian provides you with important information on determining, external parasite control and vaccination dates. Anytime you feel something isn’t right with your dog, contact your veterinarian. At the same time, always keep copies of your dog’s vaccination records where you can easily see them and carry them on your travels.

Provide sufficient shade and water

Optimal hydration is vital for your dog’s health and energy. At the same time, it is important to provide ample shade when your dog is outside the house. Sprinklers are also a good idea. If dehydration in your dog goes unnoticed and it becomes ill, it will almost certainly require a visit to the veterinarian to return it to its normal hydration levels.

Make its sleeping place comfortable

On average, a dog needs between 12 to 14 hours of sleep. The ideal number of hours of sleep depends on the size, age and breed of the dog. Provide the dog with a comfortable bed and make sure it can access the bed anytime it needs to. If your dog is still a puppy, it will need to sleep early.

Provide the right balance of nutrients

Just like humans, dogs need the right combination of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, fats and minerals on a daily basis. This helps them to function normally and also controls health conditions such as kidney disease and heart disease. Without proper nutrition, your dog will be able to fight-off infections and maintain muscle tone.

Grooming and washing

This is especially important for long coated dogs as they are more prone to ice balls and mats in their hair. At the same time, if their nails are overgrown, they will have difficulty walking. Overgrown nails are also painful when they accidentally break. Make sure that the brush you use to wash your dog fits the needs of its coat.

Regular exercise

Regular exercise helps your dog maintain optimal physical as well as mental well-being. Preventing a dog from exercising can lead to built-up frustration as dogs are by their nature active animals. Lack of exercise can also lead to your dog being obese, which is a common problem for dogs. It is important to note that your dog cannot exercise by itself. It needs you to play with it in order to get it in good shape.