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6 Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy in 2018

Happy New Year! Are you starting out 2018 with a canine pal at your side? Fido will offer you unconditional support as you strive to meet your resolutions this year. Why not include him in your goals for 2018? Read on as a Wake Forest, NC vet makes some suggestions for keeping your dog healthy this year.

Proper Veterinary Care

First things first: make sure your canine companion sees the vet at least once this year. We recommend that all dogs be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept up to date with exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. You’ll also want to bring Fido in if you notice any signs of sickness.

Good Food

Proper nutrition is a cornerstone of any good doggy care regimen. While Fido’s idea of good food may mean lots of bacon, it’s important to feed your pup high-quality, nourishing meals. Treats are fine, but don’t go overboard with fatty snacks. It’s also important to know what foods not to give your pooch. For example, garlic, onions, scallions, and chives are all toxic to dogs. Ask your vet for nutritional advice.

Suitable Exercise

Don’t let Fido become a furry couch potato! Although your pup’s exact exercise needs will depend on his age, weight, breed, and health, most dogs need at least a daily walk. Playtime is also important for your canine buddy. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Parasite Control

Make sure that your pooch is up to date on his parasite control products. Fleas, ticks, and worms can all make Fido very sick! Some parasites, such as heartworm, can even be fatal if left untreated.

Doggyproofing

Dogs are very smart, but they just don’t know what is and is not safe for them to play with. Do some basic puppyproofing to make your home safe for Fido. Remove or secure anything that could be dangerous, such as small or sharp objects, plastic bags and ties, medicine, chemicals, toxic plants, and wires.

Safety

Always put Fido’s safety first. This comes into play in many different areas, such as walking your dog, taking him out and about, and keeping him leashed when you take him off your property. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Wake Forest, NC pet hospital, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We are here to help!

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