Dog Wellness Tips

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Dog Wellness Tips

A healthy dog is a happy dog. Unfortunately, many dogs suffer a number of health issues that could have easily been prevented. Let’s take a look at the top six dog wellness tips to keep your dog healthy and happy.

Routine Checkups

Routine veterinarian checkups help keep your pet safe. During the first year of your dog’s life, he will need to visit the vet multiple times to receive all necessary vaccines. Annual checkups should be performed for dogs aged 1 to 6 years old. Senior veterinarian care should begin at age 7 and includes twice yearly checkups. During these checkups, the veterinarian will give your dog the vaccines that he needs to protect against illness and disease.

Pet Obesity and Diet

Pet obesity can lead to several obesity-related diseases, including urinary tract infections, orthopedic issues (arthritis, knee injuries, etc.), hypothyroidism, diabetes, and fatty tumors. Approximately 45 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, according to The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Feeding your pet, a nutritious diet and minimizing table scraps and other treats can help prevent obesity. When choosing pet food and pet treats, look for those that are not high in carbohydrates. Instead, look for food and treats that are high in lean proteins.

Spraying/Neutering Your Dog

Spaying or neutering a dog can prevent health problems as your dog ages. Uterine infections and certain cancers can be prevented by having your pet neutered or spayed. Furthermore, pets who have been neutered or spayed typically live a longer, healthier life than those who are not spayed or neutered. Speak with your dog’s veterinarian to determine the best age to have your dog neutered or spayed. Typically, it is best to have the procedure done before the dog reaches the age of one year old.


Pets need plenty of exercise to promote cardiovascular health, build muscle, and prevent weight gain. Ensure your dog gets at least one half an hour of exercise each day to enhance his immunity, boost his health, and balance his mood. Take your dog for a run, play a game of fetch or go on a hike with your dog daily for his health.

Parasite Protection

Fleas, ticks, and heartworms can affect your pet’s health. Using a proven parasite preventative can prevent disease and keep your pet healthy. Speak with your dog’s veterinarian to determine the best parasite preventative care for your dog.

Microchip Your Dog

If your dog gets lost, the entire family will be devastated. One way to help you find your dog should you become separated is to have your dog microchipped. If your dog is brought into a veterinarian or animal shelter, the staff will check for a microchip. The microchip will provide theme with your information should you become separated.

Following the dog wellness tips located above will help ensure that your dog leads a healthy and happy life. Regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and routine veterinarian visits are an integral part of a healthy dog’s life.

If you are seeking information or require quality veterinary care for your pet please contact St. Francis Veterinary Hospital today at 419.824.8177 or email us.

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