- If you suspect that your dog or cat may be ill, take a look at this article by WebMD to learn which symptoms you should look for.
- Now is the time of year to keep your pets indoors. Learn more about protecting your pets from the winter chill in this ASPCA article.
- Find out more about the five most common problems that dogs face when it comes to their health in this Dogster.com article.
- How healthy is your dog’s smile? To learn more about keeping his pearly whites feeling great, read this piece by Animal Planet.
Veterinary care and pet checks only go so far in keeping your dog healthy. You have to maintain a healthy diet for your pet as well. Once your dog understands that you are in control of his food, you will be able to bring structure to his eating habits. Knowing the right foods and how to dispense them will keep your dog fit and friendly for years to come.
Feeding Schedule Setting a meal schedule lets you assert control over your dog’s eating pattern. This allows you to make a preemptive strike against possible aggression problems in the future, as your dog realizes that you control the food bowl. The alternative to having your dog eat on a schedule is what’s known as free feeding, which is what cat owners do. Most dogs can’t handle free feeding. They tend to overeat, leading to obesity and associated health concerns.
Portion Control Ask your veterinarian how much food is appropriate for your dog’s size and weight, as this amount can vary over time. Once you know the right portion, it’s important that you stick to it. Use a measuring cup to keep the portions consistent. Keep track of any changes in your dog’s weight, and be prepared to bring your dog to the veterinarian if you notice any abnormalities.
Diet Variation and Healthy Snacks Unlike humans who crave dietary variety, dogs can eat the same food daily. You’re actually encouraged to keep your dog on the same food to avoid upsetting his stomach. Your dog should only have to change food during life cycle transitions, such as from puppy to adult and adult to senior. Add excitement to your dog’s meal schedule by giving fruits and vegetables as treats. Ask your vet before handing out fruits, as some are harmful to dogs.
The doctors at ABC Veterinary Hospitals will help you find the right portion and food type for your dog. Call us at (858) 278-1825 to learn more about veterinarians and the quality pet care we provide for residents of San Diego.
If you’re interested in learning more about keeping your pet healthy, strong, and active, be sure to take a look at the sites featured below, which offer great advice for pet owners. Here at ABC Veterinary Hospitals, our caring and experienced vet and staff members make it their number one goal to ensure your pet’s wellbeing.
To find out how we can help you keep your best friend looking and feeling his best, call us today at (858) 278-1825.
Your senior pet has provided you with unconditional love and comfort over the years. One way to show your appreciation is to take him in for regular screenings with a veterinarian in order to ensure that he remains strong and healthy well into his golden years. The vet will perform routine tests such as a urinalysis and a blood test to check for any irregularities that could point to age-related problems like heart or liver disease. For more tips on caring for your senior pet, be sure to watch this video.
You can help your vet in his or her analysis of your pet’s health by monitoring your pet for any changes in eating habits or reduced mobility. To schedule your four-legged friend’s next visit to ABC Veterinary Hospitals, call us today at (858) 278-1825.
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