Are You Properly Taking Care of Your Dog?

They don't call dogs our best friends for no reason!

We spend most of our time when we aren't working with our pets.

Sometimes I catch myself talking to my dogs even thought I know they can't respond... 

But wouldn't be nice if you could communicate with your dog?

That way you could have conservation and they could tell you whether they are happy, sad or in pain?! 

Unfortunately our dogs can't talk to let us know how they are feeling but we can take simple steps to ensure that they are happy and healthy.

Below are 5 important tasks to do that will help keep your pup taken care of: 

MAINTAIN A QUALITY DIET FOR YOUR DOG. There are many different food types and brands available for your pup but it is important to remember to follow the dietary recommendations on the food bags or that your veterinarian makes. The nutritional needs of your dog are all based on size, age, level of activity and breed. It's important to also remember to provide healthy treats rather than table scraps, as rewards. Always be sure to also have fresh water available at all times for your pup. Maintaining optimal hydration is important for your dog's health and energy.

TAKE YOUR PUP TO THE VET OFTEN. Your veterinarian will provide you with the information on vaccination schedules, deworming and external parasite control.  Keep a copy of your pet’s vaccination records in your home and with you when you take your pet to travel. It is important to  have these documents on hand if anything goes wrong while on vacation or at home. Contact your veterinarian if you believe that your pet may be ill, injured, or if something just doesn’t seem right. 

TAKE CARE OF THEIR TEETH & GUMS.  Many dog breeds are prone to gum disease, which can have serious implications.  Infection resulting from this condition leads to premature tooth loss, and can commonly cause infections in major organs, including the heart valves.

MAKE SURE THEY GET ENOUGH EXERCISE.  Although diet is very important for your dogs health it is equally important to make sure they get ample exercise to stay fit and healthy. Exercise can be as simple as playing fetch daily or taking your furry friend along on a run/walk with you.

DON’T OVERLOOK GROOMING AND NAIL TRIMS.  Long coated dogs are prone to developing matts and ice balls in their hair.  Overgrown nails are common in elderly dogs and can make it more difficult for them to walk.  In addition, such nails are much more prone to breaking, which can be quite painful. For an at home grooming solution that will increase bonding between you and your furry friend as well as revitalize and nourish their coat check out our Ultimate Shower Pack!