Dog Health Care

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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The obvious elements in providing your dog health care are food, water, shelter, and love. As with your own health, however, prevention is nine tenths of any cure. Take some time now to evaluate the care you give your dog--if it's not adequate, read on to find out how you can make the appropriate changes in your routine.

Dog Health Care: Common Issues

The diet and exercise you provide and allow your dog are obviously the most important insurance in dog health care. The diet should include natural and wholesome food without additives and preservatives, good bacteria several times each week, trace minerals every day, and natural vitamins several days a week. Daily walks and runs in the open air are as important for dog health care as anything else. Such an environment will contribute to a strong body and immune system. Your dog will then be far less likely to fall victim to the more ordinary health problems, which include allergies, arthritis, skin conditions, tumors, liver/kidney problems, and digestive problems.

An important part of ensuring a safe and healthy environment is to protect your dog against harmful substances. Many household products are a challenge to dog health care. Many are toxic. Every year thousands of dogs and cats and other pets suffer needlessly, thanks to exposure to a seemingly harmless household product.

Medications such as diet pills, antidepressants, and cold medicines can be deadly to dogs and cats alike. Antifreeze and pesticides are obvious examples of dangerous substances. Less so are chocolate, Christmas tree tinsel, mothballs, fabric softener sheets, batteries, coins, potpourri, coffee grounds, and ant and roach traps. Common indications of possible poisoning are drooling, trembling, disorientation, convulsions, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, to name a few. If you do suspect that your dog might have eaten something poisonous, or know it has, the first thing to do is to call the national animal poison control center at 888-426-4435.

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