Dog Health Guidelines

General Dog Care | ASPCA

You love your pets; after all, they are furry family members. Naturally, you want the best for them. But because they cannot talk, it can be difficult to know exactly what they need. If your pet is experiencing specific health issues or physical challenges, consult a veterinarian. For general well-being, here are some guidelines to help you be the best pet parent you can be.


Dogs need many of the same vitamins that humans do, including vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins. Quality commercial dog food brands often contain balanced, complete formulas; experiment with different types until you find one your dog likes. If you like, you can offer certain fruits, vegetables and other human food such as carrots, apples, cooked meat and eggs and small amounts of cheese. Be sure to avoid feeding them almonds, macadamia nuts, chocolate, cinnamon and artificial sweeteners. No matter how cute they look when they beg, do not overfeed your dogs. Obesity can have a negative effect on almost every aspect of a pet’s life.


Even the best diets cannot always meet every nutritional need. Humans often take multivitamins or other supplements for limber joints or digestive support. Similarly, your dog can benefit from supplements. Organic CBD oil for pets is useful for treating pain and inflammation, both occasional and chronic. Because it contains healthy fat, it can also provide sustained energy throughout the day.


Physical activity is as essential to canine health as it is to yours. Your dog may need more or less exercise than other dogs, depending on factors such as size, age and breed. In general, younger dogs are more active than older dogs, and sporting breeds want to run more than small lap dogs do. Bored pets can wreak havoc on their surroundings; you will know if your dog is not exercising enough when you find chewed up shoes or demolished carpet. For the health of you, your pet and your home, take time every day to play, walk or run with your dog.


well-trained pet can have a much richer life than a disobedient one. It is essential for the well-being of everyone in your home that your dog be potty trained. Crate training is also helpful, especially if you have an anxious dog or if you like to travel. If you get your dog as a puppy, begin socialization at an early age. Training your animal to act appropriately in the presence of other people and animals will allow you both to get out of the house more often and to enjoy more fun times together.

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