Autumn is a beautiful time of year when the weather is perfect for taking your dog out for a long walk. You can both enjoy the autumn scenery and crisp weather while keeping fit and healthy. Keeping that in mind, we are going to share some tips from some of London’s top dog trainers and dog behaviourists that will help you do just that.
Tips for Keeping Your Dog Healthy This Season
Feeding and Holiday Meals
Give Your Dog Anti-Inflammatory Diet- inflammation increases the risk of diseases in dogs, because it creates an ideal environment for the growth of abnormal body cells. Simple glucose, like sugar, in foods may cause rapid multiplication of abnormal cells. If possible, avoid giving your dog anything that’s high in simple carbohydrates. Fruits with fructose, potatoes, starchy vegetables, and processed grains are among foods to avoid. Be aware that many dog food products may contain starch. Omega 6 fatty acids promote inflammation in dogs, while omega 3 fatty acids reverse it.
Observe After-Meal Behaviours- if the food is nutritious and packed with healthy calories, your dog will be playful, alert, and active for the rest of the day. Your dog should get enough energy from his daily diet. A lethargic dog may be caused by insufficient nutrients and calories. If your dog doesn’t respond well, regardless of the food type, it’s time to visit your vet. This could be sign of an undiagnosed health condition.
Overall Health And Disease Prevention
Check Your Dog’s Lymph Nodes- just like in humans, dogs also have lymph nodes throughout their body. Occasionally, check behind the knee, shoulders and under the neck for swollen glands. Enlarged lymph nodes are a strong indicator of lymphoma and other types of cancer.
Breast Cancer Is Common- in female dogs, breast cancer is fairly common. One effective way to reduce the risk of breast cancer is by spaying your dog before her first heat cycle. According to studies, spayed dogs have more than 80% reduction in risk of breast cancer.
Keep Your Dog Active- your dog slows down naturally with age. Joint aches and visual impairments may cause your dog to move slowly. Keep your dog active because good muscle tone will help to maintain his mobility. With regular movements, your dog’s joints won’t be stiff and as painful as he gets older. Take your dog for a walk with occasional jogs. However, avoid strenuous physical activity that can cause muscle and joint injuries.
Contact Dog Harmony
To learn more tips for keeping your dog healthy this season, contact Dog Harmony today and speak to an expert dog trainer Manchester who can help train your dog to be easier to manage and a lot more fun.
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