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How To Keep A Dog Healthy - 3 Ways to Keep Your Dog In Tip Top Health

Posted by Richard Massafra on

tips for dog healthKeeping a dog healthy is not as easy as 1 2 3.  But the 3 things that could keep your dog healthy could be easy.

The Right Dog Food

First feed your dog right and keep your dog's weight where it should be.  What is feeding your dog right?

Obviously don’t feed Fido anything they have allergies to.  Find a food that is rich in meat and protein. Feed the right portions and don’t give your dog more than 10% of total food intake in dog treats.

It is OK for dogs to have plant matter in their diet.  It has been found in wolves that as much as 30% of their diets are plant based.

Grains for Dogs

Next are grains OK?  I think they are.  Some sources claim grains are not good for dogs while others argue that grains are digestible and a good source of proteins.  You have to decide this.  

Many people use the signs of a shiny coat, good energy, and healthy eyes to gauge if their dogs are healthy.

Dog Exercise

Proper exercise for dogs is a requirement.  Exercise is needed to release that stored up energy.  Releasing this energy may help with destructive behavior.

If you want to keep your shoes intact as well as your furniture try a daily walk.  It should be more than around the block.  A good hour or two of exercise a day is good. It doesn’t all have to be walks.  It can be fetch or playing with pull toys or toys meant to keep the dog stimulated.

The one or two hours of exercise is just a rule of thumb and it varies on the dog breed the age of the dog and the health of the dog.

Benefits of Dog Exercise

Some benefits of dog exercise are

  • Helps to reduce or eliminate some common behavior problems such as digging, chewing, excessive barking, and hyperactivity
  • Helps to reduce digestive problems such as  constipation
  • Helps fearful dogs build confidence
  • Helps dogs feel sleepy, not restless, at bedtime or when you’re relaxing
  • Helps to keep dogs limber, agile and healthy
  • Last but not least helps to keep dogs’ weight under control

Eliminate Stress In Dogs

It may be impossible to eliminate all the stress but it can be reduced and your dog will be the better for it.

Stress comes from many factors for different dogs.  Some are stressed with thunder storms, some by the vacuum, others by other dogs or loud noises. These are just a few of the stressors.

Stress is harmful for dogs. It can be seen in physical symptoms such as

  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive shedding
  • Increased aggression
  • Increased sleep

Symptoms of Dog Stress

Other symptoms that can’t be seen include

  • Drop in immune system causing allergies or gastrointestinal problems
  • Speed up the aging process
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Increased heart rate and high blood pressure

To reduce stress in your dog have a safe place.  This a a place where there is not much noise and is his own place with a pillow or dog bed.

Let them get enough sleep. This may be up to 14 hours a day.  

Massage your dog with long smooth strokes or circular movements all around .

Use essential oils and supplements made of herbs and plants to calm your dog down.

These three tips should put you on the way to having a healthy dog.  Pay attention to the food he is eating.  Look for changes and adjust accordingly.  Even dog treats can have a positive effect or negative effect on a dog's health.

Also make sure he is getting enough exercise to reduce bad behavior and release the energy.  

Last relieve stress by massage and supplements.