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Updated by samantha-sladen on Dec 05, 2017
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10 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Dog Healthy

Any dog lover knows that our snuggly furballs are pretty much the most loyal friends a person could ask for. They’re always eager to run and play, and always happy to spend their time and comfort us when we most need it. Of course, such love and obedience should be rewarded, so making our buddies happy is the best thing we can possibly do. To help, here’s a list of things you can do to make sure they are healthy and pleased.

1

Give them simple toys

Give them simple toys

A tennis ball or a squeaky toy is sometimes all you need to have a playful, cheery pup in your home. If they’re bored, give them something new to play with and they’ll get very excited.

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Be generous with snuggles

Be generous with snuggles

Pet them, scratch them, rub their bellies – dogs love snuggles and will be happy just to sit next to you as you watch TV and get an occasional scratch behind the ear.

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Get them the best dog food

Get them the best dog food

Same as you, your dog needs good food to stay healthy. Look for things like Advance dog food which is made of highest-quality ingredients and will ensure your pup’s nutritional needs are all covered.

4

Bathe them regularly

Bathe them regularly

Your dog won’t mind being dirty, but not bathing them can easily lead to skin infections, dandruff, and fur matting. Most dogs need just a monthly bathe, and if you have trouble getting them to be still enough for a wash, Cesar’s Way has some good tips that can help.

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Don’t skip the vet checkups

Don’t skip the vet checkups

Your dog probably isn’t too thrilled to go see the vet, and you don’t like putting them through something rough either, but these checkups are essential! The vet can tell you how to best care for your dog, and can discover early signs of a disease that needs to be addressed.

6

Microchip them

Microchip them

Too many dogs get lost or stolen these days, so microchipping your pup’s a great way to ensure they stay safe and can easily be reunited with you in case they ever get lost.

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Walk them regularly

Walk them regularly

Dog walks are a chance for you to relax, and for your dog to take care of their needs, explore, and enjoy your company. They are important because they keep the dog active.

8

Easy with the treats

Easy with the treats

Pet obesity is a growing problem in the US, and too many treats, not enough activity, and bad dog food are to blame. Puppy eyes are a powerful thing, but remember that overeating is as bad for them as it is for you.

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Avoid giving them table scraps

Avoid giving them table scraps

Human food is way too spicy and processed for your dog. It can harm their digestive system, or even if it doesn’t, it can get them too used to human food to the point that they start refusing to eat dog food.

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Exercise together

Exercise together

If your pet is chubby, they’ll need more than an occasional walk to get in shape. Why not combine your workouts and go for a jog together? You could also just go to the park and play fetch, laugh, and run around until you’re breathless.