Your dog is more than just a pet, it is a treasured member of your family and your pooch represents a significant financial investment. It makes sense to maximise their life span so that you can enjoy their company for longer. The good news is that you don’t need to break the bank to ensure that your pooch enjoys a longer and healthier life.
The amount we spend on our pets has reached an all-time high and our dogs are now pampered like never before. But a pampered pooch does not necessarily mean a healthy one!
Dogs are What They Eat
As with people, canine health is very much dependent on their diet and exercise regime. The best thing you can do to enhance your pet’s chances of a long and healthy life is to prevent them from overeating and to exercise them well. Obesity raises the chance of your pet becoming ill and will also impede their recovery following treatment.
You should choose high quality, balanced foods and only feed the recommended amount. This may involve careful measuring as a little extra food every day will soon see your dog gaining weight. Your dog should be lean as lean dogs live longer than animals which are an average weight or obese. Your vet will be able to advise you as to the ideal weight for your particular pet.
A good diet must be supplemented by plenty of exercise and this will help improve your health too. After all, it is not a great situation of you are not fit enough to walk your dog! The amount of exercise that your pooch requires will depend on its breed and you should do your research to establish the correct routine for your pet.
Prevention is far better than cure and so you must ensure that your pet receives the appropriate vaccinations. This is particularly important for puppies who will be newly exposed to the environment and other dogs. Your visits to the vet for vaccinations will also provide an opportunity for the vet to perform a general health check.
Many diseases which were untreatable in the past are now eminently treatable but early detection will always enhance your pet’s chances of recovery. Regular health checks at the vet will help but it is also crucial to know your dog and to remain observant. If you have concerns, you should get your animal examined at the earliest opportunity.
Pet insurance can be costly but will cover the bills for expensive treatments which you may otherwise struggle to afford. However, it is important that you consider what is in the dog’s best interest before you proceed with lengthy or invasive treatments. Your decisions regarding your dog’s healthcare should never be based purely on cost or the fact that you don’t have to pay because you are insured.
Their treatment should enable them to enjoy their usual routine and lifestyle once they have recovered. You should not embark on treatment to save them which will not result in the dog enjoying a good quality life as this would be acting in your interest and not your pet’s. Sometimes you have to make the sad decision to let them go.