Top 10 Dog Health Tips – Part 1

Nadia Crighton looks at the most common ailments affecting dogs. From how to successfully give medicine to your dog, weight problems, kennel cough and more. Get a better understanding of the top 10 dog health problems our pets are facing today.

1. Giving medicine to dogs

This can be a tricky one for some dog owners. Many medicines do come flavored however there are some tricks of the trade to get your pooch to take their tablets. Kneel or stand beside your dog with your dog in the sit position. Secure their head against your body and open their mouth (carefully pop your fingers between the lips and pull the lower jaw down). Place the tablet inside their mouth (at the back of their tongue). Keep your hands softly around the muzzle to stop the mouth from opening. Rub softly on their throat or blow into their nose. This will encourage your dog to swallow. Some dogs are tricky and will ‘hide’ the tablet even after swallowing so you may have to repeat. Encourage your dog to drink or squirt a small amount of water into the mouth with a drink bottle. Alternatively you can try and hide the tablet in some food or cheese.

2. Nail trimming

This should be done from puppy-hood as your dog will be used to someone handling and trimming nails. If your dog’s nails are overgrown head to the vet as if you attempt to trim you will clip the ‘quick’ area and cause bleeding and pain. The ‘quick’ is the cluster of blood vessels that run through the nail and as your dog’s nails grow longer so will the ‘quick’. Keep the nails short and trimmed to ensure comfort and ease when walking. Long nails are uncomfortable and can cause pain.

3. Ear Care

Dog health tip 3: Clean your dog’s ears regularly. This can easily be done with a piece of paper-towel. Gently wrap around your finger and move in a circular motion to remove the dirt and build up from the ear. If you notice any funny sickly sweet smells or a lot of discharge, head off for a further check up as your dog could be suffering from a yeast infection.

4. Worms & Heart worms

It is important to worm your dog regularly. Worms can cause havoc in dogs, which have compromised immune systems, are young or old, or are suffering from sickness. Heart worm treatment is also vital as this deadly worm can go unnoticed until it is too late.

5. Behavioral

If you are concerned about any aspects of your dog’s behavior, whether it be barking, inter-dog aggression, chasing lights/shadows, anxiety or nervousness seek advice from a professional. Most behaviors can be successfully treated and managed with understanding, training and patience. Understanding dog behavior is vital in responsible dog ownership. With so many wonderful professionals on hand, it’s never been easier to solve your unwanted doggy habits.

Be on the look for our second article containing the next 5 Dog Health Tips coming soon!

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