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Tips for a Happy, Healthy Dog

Dogs are wonderful animals, and enrich our lives in many ways. Their amazing loyalty, unconditional love, and silly antics are just a few things that have earned Fido the title of Man’s Best Friend. We know you want to do everything possible to keep your furry pal happy and healthy. Here’s a short checklist with some great tips from your Livonia vet.

Proper Diet

Fido’s diet plays a huge role in his overall health and well-being. Feed your pooch the best dog food you can afford. Make sure to stick to the recommended portion sizes, so you don’t accidentally overfeed your canine buddy. At snack time, give your furry pal quality doggy treats, and, no matter how much he begs, don’t overindulge him!

Socialization

Dogs that were properly socialized as puppies tend to be calmer, friendlier, and much less likely to develop behavioral issues. Socializing your puppy while he’s little will help prevent many behavioral problems down the road.

Training

All dogs should know the five basic commands, which are Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. That said, there’s no need to stop training once Fido has these down. Many dogs love learning new tricks and commands!

Dental Care

Dental problems can lead or contribute to several other health conditions in dogs. Brushing is the best way to keep Fido’s teeth in shape. If he won’t tolerate brushing, you can still keep his mouth healthy with chew toys, plenty of water, and treats and kibble formulated to promote dental health.

Exercise

Making sure your pooch gets enough exercise is definitely high on the list when it comes to good doggy care. Daily walks will keep Fido in good physical shape and help prevent obesity. You can also get your pup moving by using an interactive toy, such as a laser pointer, or even playing fetch!

Playtime

Playing with your dog will help him burn off extra energy and provide mental stimulation, keeping him from becoming bored and restless. It will also help you relieve stress and put a smile on your face!

Healthcare

Keeping your pooch up to date on vaccinations and heartworm prevention will protect him from common diseases and deadly parasites. Fido may not look forward to his checkups, but proper veterinary care is crucial to his health.

Please contact us, your Livonia vet clinic, for all your pet care needs.

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