Essential healthcare tips for your dog

Dog owners should be aware of health concerns that could affect their pets in cold and wet weather and strive to give them the best in healthcare.

As your dog gets older or spends too much time in cold or wet weather, sore bones can make your pet slow down as the cartilage starts to wear away. Getting up from his dog bed will be a struggle and walks become a marathon as he or she slows up, so be sure to help your dog stay warm and dry off properly when he comes in from a walk.

A local vet will give you advice and care on gum disease. It is never too late to start looking after your dog’s gums. Toothbrushes, toothpaste and a finger toothbrush are all available as over the counter products from your vet or pet shop.

Wash hands and smear a little toothpaste on index finger and allow your puppy or dog to lick it. Just try this method once a day until your pet looks forward to the one to one attention.

A balanced pet diet that includes both dog treats and quality dog food can help in the fight with healthcare.

Give your dog the best in dog food. Quality balanced meals with good meat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals while being low in fat and salt.  There natural hypo-allergenic dog foods available, which are generally considered the highest quality.

All these tips can help ensure your dog leads a healthy and long life.