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Published On: Tue, Aug 17th, 2021

How to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy

Taking care of a dog can be extremely rewarding, and almost 50 million households in the US have a dog, according to pet ownership statistics. However, looking after a dog is a big commitment, and you must take good care of your dog to keep it healthy and happy.

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Here are the key steps you should follow to keep your dog in good health:

Give your dog daily exercise 

Dogs need to be kept physically active and fit by going on regular walks or playing fetch. The amount of exercise that your dog needs will depend on its breed and size. According to the Academy Animal Hospital, most dogs need to be active for between 30 minutes and two hours every day. This will keep your dog in good physical and mental health. 

You can check whether your dog is getting enough exercise by checking what they do afterward. If your dog is tired and falls to sleep, then it means that they are getting enough physical activity. If you cannot walk your dog every day, you should hire a dog walking service to ensure that your pet is getting enough exercise. 

Buy high-quality pet food 

Feeding your dog the right amount of food will help them maintain their ideal body weight and avoid obesity-related health issues. Buy your dog high-quality pet food that contains all of the nutrients and minerals they need to maintain good health. You can speak to your veterinarian for advice if you are unsure. There are lots of good pet stores in Phoenix where you can purchase quality dog food and supplements. 

Play with your dog every day

Playing with your dog will help you develop a strong bond. Dogs need regular affection and social interaction to maintain good health and wellbeing. You should regularly pet, stroke, play, and talk to your dog to give them the emotional stimulation that they need. 

According to rd.com, the following are signs that your dog needs more affection: chewing on shoes, barking or whining, pawing at you, and play-biting. If your dog displays these behaviors, it might be because they lack affection and need more emotional interaction from you. 

Provide comfortable bedding 

Just like people, dogs need sleep to maintain good health and wellbeing. You should provide your dog with clean, comfortable bedding where they can get a restful night’s sleep. Make the area more inviting and cozy by adding a soft blanket or their favorite toy. 

Book regular veterinary check-ups

Experts recommend taking your door to your vet at least once a year for a check-up. Your vet will examine your dog and carry out various health screens to check their health and wellbeing. This will allow health issues to be picked up and treated before they turn into something more serious. You should always book an appointment with your vet if you notice any concerns such as changes in eating habits or skin conditions. 

Follow these suggestions to keep your beloved pet healthy and happy! 

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