When it comes to owning a dog, their happiness and safety should be the top of your concerns. If you notice a sudden change in your dog, there can be all sorts of reasons as to why their behavior has changed. Here are a few signs that you should look out for and ways to keep your dog healthy and happy.
Dogs who are healthy are usually good at managing their water consumption. However, for those who have difficulty, it’s important that you know the signs when they are dehydrated or in ill health. A way to do this is by gently pinching a fold of your dog’s skin at the back of their neck and then letting go. If the skin does not return to its original position immediately, this may be a sign that your dog is dehydrated. There are other signs of dehydration that include loss of appetite and a lethargic manner. If your dog wont drink water, it’s advised to visit a vet who will be able to assist you further.
Exercise Your Dog
No matter the size or breed, your dog needs daily exercise. There are all sorts of ways that you can factor exercise into your day to day routine such as by taking a brisk walk with your dog or playing ball games in the park. If your dog does not get enough exercise, they can be at risk of developing various health conditions that can potentially be fatal. What’s more, you can gain a range of health benefits for yourself, so make sure that the exercise you do with your dog is enjoyable.
If your dog is dehydrated, it’s best to feed your dog wet food. If your dog is on dry food, simply add a bit of water to their food. Soak the dry food with water for 30-60 minutes before handing it over to your dog. If you aren’t sure how much food or water you should give your dog, make sure that you consult with your veterinarian first who can give you expert knowledge and advice.
Dogs can pick up a wide range of diseases that can prove fatal for your furry friend. Therefore, it’s extremely important to get your dog vaccinated. Whether you have a puppy or an older dog, the sooner you vaccinate, the better. You may have to vaccinate your dog against rabies by law, however if it is not a legal requirement, it’s a good idea to protect your dog (and yourself) from the deadly disease.
Your dog’s coat can become tangled and matted within a few weeks, so it’s important that you maintain their fur, whether by yourself or by taking your dog to a groomer who can prevent knots and keep your dog’s coat looking healthy. Brushing your pet regularly can help reduce shedding and allows you to assess the condition of your dog’s body.
Unlike humans, dogs are unable to communicate verbally when something is wrong, so it’s essential that you know what signs to look out for. Make sure that you exercise your dog, keep them vaccinated from deadly diseases and maintain their coat to ensure they lead a happy and productive life.