Costa Mesa, CA vet shares 10 ways to keep your dog healthy and happy
As a pet owner in Costa Mesa, CA, you want to do everything you can to ensure your dog lives a long life. From feeding them a healthy diet to making sure they are physically and mentally stimulated, we’ve compiled a list of 10 things you can do to keep your dog healthy and happy. As always, if you live in the Costa Mesa, CA area and you have any questions on taking care of your pet, please give All Creature Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital a call at (949) 642-7151.
1. Routine Veterinary Care
Just like you take yourself or your child to a primary care doctor for wellness checks, the same goes for your dog. If you get your dog as a puppy, you should start taking him or her right away so that we can establish a baseline for their health. During these routine appointments, you can also make sure that your dog is up to date on his or her vaccinations and get them on a heartworm prevention medication.
2. Proper Nutrition
Feeding your dog, a well-balanced diet will help him or her maintain a healthy weight which is one of the best things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure they live a long life. If you have any questions about what to feed your pet, always ask your vet. Most dogs do just fine on a diet of quality dog food, but if you have concerns, don’t hesitate to bring them up.
Exercise is just as important for our pets as it is for ourselves. Making sure your dog gets adequate physical activity helps them both physically and mentally. It doesn’t really matter what you do, as long as you do it regularly. Walks or playing fetch in the backyard are two great ways to get your dog the exercise they need and to bond with them as well. Even if it’s too hot or cold outside, there are still things you can do inside to keep your dog moving.
Keeping your dog bathed, nails trimmed, and brushed will also keep him or her happy and healthy. Make sure to follow bathing recommendations based on breed.
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5. Love and Affection
Sounds simple but having a loving bond with your dog is important for their wellbeing. Plus, who doesn’t love a good dog snuggle? Petting, belly rubs, cuddles, and even brushing your dog are great ways to show your love and encourage positive human-dog interactions.
Gum disease is extremely prevalent in dogs and can lead to other potentially serious health problems. Get into the habit of brushing your dog’s teeth and having their teeth checked by the vet once per year. Be on the lookout for signs of gum disease including bad breath, swollen or red gums, bleeding gums, excessive chewing, difficulty eating, and loose teeth.
7. Spay/ Neuter
There are many benefits to having your dog fixed. In females, it prevents unwanted pregnancies, reduces behavior associated with going into heat and eliminates the risk of uterine or ovarian cancer. In males, it can cut down on aggressive behavior and eliminate the risk of testicular cancer. In both cases, it has been shown to help extend life expectancy.
Teaching your dog, the basic commands is important. Your dog should know how to sit, stay, and come. These commands help you have better control over your pet to keep them safe and could potentially save their life in certain situations.
Socializing your dog from an early age can cut down on aggressive or fearful behavior. Make sure your dog has interactions with other dogs and humans.
10. Know their personality
Knowing your pet’s personality and normal behaviors will allow you to better identify when something has changed and may need to be evaluated by a vet. If you do notice something bothersome or out of the ordinary, call for an examination.
At All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital, we want to partner with you to help your dog life live the happiest, healthiest life possible. We offer a full range of services for all your fur-babies. To learn more about our vet services in Costa Mesa, call us at (949) 642-7151.Back to Home Page