Caring for a dog and the illnesses they can get

Having a dog is a huge commitment, and should not be taken lightly when deciding to get a pet. Although all dogs are different, varying breeds may require degrees of care in terms of the likelihood of them developing certain illnesses, or a specific breed needing more grooming than others. All dogs are high maintenance, and you should be aware of the commitment involved before taking the plunge.

Advancements in modern veterinary medicine mean that your dog has a very good chance of living a long and healthy life in the hands of specialist care. However, this does not mean that as an owner, you do not have to play a major part in your dog living a healthy lifestyle. Appropriate dog food, extensive exercise and care and attention when grooming your pet are vital to their wellbeing.

As dogs grow older, they can be susceptible to diabetes, dental problems, obsesity and all manner of other illnesses that can pose a threat to their health. To avoid problems as your dog enters his senior years, ensure that you maintain visits to the vet for regular check-ups and provide your pet with vitamin supplements and regular walks to keep him fit. You can also ensure that you regularly groom your pet sufficiently to keep him free of fleas and ticks. It will also keep his coat glossy, but don’t forget that his nails will need to be trimmed regularly.

If you are unsure about how to do this, it’s best to play it safe and take him to a qualified dog groomer.