HEALTH & WELLNESS
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HERE’S HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR DOG’S WELL-BEING
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “[A] state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (weakness).”
How to Improve Your Dog’s Physical Well-being
To keep your dog physically healthy you need to prioritise quite a few things. Fortunately, most of these responsibilities are easy to uphold and will quickly become routine; others only need to happen occasionally.
- Regular exercise suited to your dog’s needs
- Effective, routine canine parasite prevention
- Annual check-ups and veterinary visits when needed
- Proper hydration (clean water in a clean bowl)
- A healthy, nutritious diet suited to your dog’s needs
- Good oral health to prevent gum and tooth diseases
- Puppy vaccinations followed by annual booster vaccinations
- Grooming is good for a dog’s coat and doubles as a mini health check
Neutering and spaying help prevent disease and only need to be done once.
How to Improve Your Dog’s Mental Well-being
Mental stimulation relieves boredom and provides stress relief which in turn can help curb unfavourable behaviour. Here are a couple of easy ways to improve your dog’s mental health:
- Switch up your walk routes
- Obedience training and tricks
- Toys with puzzle treat dispensers
- Exercises and games that stimulate the mind
Remember to offer rewards!
How to Improve Your Dog’s Social and Emotional Well-being
- Make time to play
- Don’t leave your dog alone for too long
- Consult an animal behaviourist if necessary
- Show your dog love and affection every day
- Protect your dog from stressful situations, e.g. fireworks shows
- When going on holiday without them, leave them with worthy caretakers
- Initial and ongoing socialisation: expose your dog to new sights, sounds, smells and people