Dog Care Tips

This article will offer several dog care tips designed to keep your dog healthy, happy and socially successful. Immune system health, dog health insurance, and learning about your dog's body are essential for your dog's overall health. It's important to get routine veterinary care as well as learning when your dog is really ill.

Immune System Health

Boosting your dog's immune system will help your dog avoid disease and heal faster from disease when it strikes. The best ways to boost the immune system involve good basic nutrition and immune-boosting supplements. A dog who eats whole foods free from chemicals and fillers and allergens such as soy, wheat and corn will have greater health than a dog who has a poor diet. Your dog's diet should be rich in natural ingredients that mimic what he would eat in the wild and the food should have a high moisture content.

Health Insurance for Dogs

Getting health insurance for your dog has many advantages. Because health plans often cover immunizations, flea, tick and heartworm control, it helps you stay on top of these basic routines and avoid some serious diseases as a result. Most plans also offer vaccines and care for many different diseases. Most plans also are there for you if your dog gets injured or is an accident. Enrolling your dog in a health plan gives him the best chance for good health and longevity. It also saves you money.

Everyday Health Care

Several primary home pet health care routines to keep your dog as healthy as possible throughout the lifespan. Regular flea and heartworm medication can prevent many problems ranging from skin irritations to heartworm which is very serious. The best flea medication also addresses ticks, mites and chewing lice. Bathing your dog every month with a good oatmeal shampoo and a conditioner helps keep the skin healthy but can also prevent urinary tract infections. Another part of routine dog health care is maintaining good nutrition for your dog.

Symptoms of a Very Ill Dog

Your dog will show you he or she is ill through physical changes as well as changes in energy level and behavior around peeing and pooping. A sudden drop in energy and interest are telltale signs that something is wrong-i.e. that something previously minor has become systemic. Increased whining and crying usually means your dog is in some sort of pain, usually abdominal pain.Sudden changes in abdominal appearance or sudden weight changes can indicate bloat or worms. You can locate the pain by touching the dog in different areas of the body and he will whimper when you hit the sore spot.

When dogs eat something really poisonous, they often develop convulsions, vomiting, diarrhea or frothing at the mouth. If they have obstructed bowels or a bladder infection, they show different behaviors in relation to elimination. A sick dog, for instance, may crouch to pee versus lifting his leg. He may also strain when trying to urinate. These are all serious symptoms.