Do you own a dog? If you do, you probably know they’re a great addition to the family. They’re cuddly. They loyally follow you and can sometimes be found sleeping on your bed at night. Dogs are, essentially, perfect for about 80% of the human population. Even though we’ve come a long way from the days when dogs were typically portrayed as vicious, mean, and dangerous creatures, they can still pose some risks to their owners and other people in their environment. Moreover, not all dogs are created equal in regards to how healthy they are overall and how common certain health problems with dogs. That’s why knowing about common canine health issues and how to avoid them is so important—not just for your dog but also for your entire family!
What Are the Health Benefits of Exercise for Dogs?
1- Exercise is arguably one of the most important things you can do for your dog.
2- Exercise helps strengthen your dog’s muscles and create more heat in their bodies, which helps regulate body temperature and keep them from getting too cold or too hot.
3- Exercise also boosts your dog’s mood and makes them feel confident and happy, which can help with anxiety and depression.
Exercising your dog also helps improve its quality of life. They get more exercise than people do, so they can have more quality time with you. They hunt and play with toys, run in their parks, and go on long walks. More exercise is good for dogs and is probably even better for you!
Overweight and Obese Dogs
Even though we know that regular exercise is important for dogs and people, it’s important to keep in mind that not all breeds are created equally when it comes to being overweight or obese. According to a study published in the January 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 26% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. That’s a lot of dogs! And according to the American Pet Products Association, 36% of all dog breeds are considered overweight or obese. If you own a dog that is overweight or obese, there are a few things you can do.
The first is to recognize the problem and get it handled. Suppose the dog is obviously not getting the exercise he needs or is already showing signs of being overweight or having a condition exacerbated by lack of exercise. In that case, you have to get him moving.
The second is to change your lifestyle. If you’re getting enough exercise, your dog is probably just as frustrated as you. Exercise is like peanut butter to a dog — it just feels good and makes them feel good. So, even if you feel like giving up, you need to do what you can to make your dog happy.
These Are the Top 3 Health Problems with Dogs
Dogs are unique among animals in that they have a much higher than average prevalence of certain health problems than is typically observed in humans. A study published in 2013 in Environmental Health Perspectives found that nearly half of all U.S. dog ownership environments experience at least one health problem among the canine population. Many of these problems are similar to health problems experienced by people, so it’s important to know what you can do to prevent them.
Diabetes in Dogs
Type 1 diabetes is a disease in which the body can’t make insulin, which is a hormone that helps the body use sugar. When insulin is absent from the body, the dog’s metabolism cannot use glucose (sugar) as an energy source. Thus, large amounts of weight are lost through inevitable muscle breakdown, often accompanied by high-breath odor and dry, water-only stools. While there is no cure for diabetes in dogs, treatments can help reduce the amount of time a dog spends in a diabetic coma, such as lowering the amount of insulin a dog requires.
High Blood Pressure in Dogs
Dogs are also at an increased risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) due to their pressure-sensitive “harder-to-detect” blood vessels. They may also develop this condition if they’re overworked or consume foods or beverages high in salt or sodium. If your dog has high blood pressure, you can try lowering the amount of salt, sugar, and oil in meals to help with the hunger and thirst signals.
Euthanasia: The Last Option?
If your dog has no chance of living a healthy life, or if he’s severely underweight or suffers from an illness, then euthanasia is probably the best option. Be aware, however, that it’s illegal in many parts of the world to euthanize a dog for many reasons, including animal cruelty. If you’re considering euthanizing your dog, there are a few things to remember. The first thing to remember is that your dog is doing you a favor by accepting his euthanasia.
Your dog is showing you that he is ready to pass away and saying goodbye with the best manners possible. Also, remember that your dog will probably spend the rest of his life looking back at his time with you as the best time of his life. So, don’t be prepared to be a martyr and put yourself through hell. Dogs aren’t fighters, and you and your dog will be fine without one.
What to Do Instead to Keep Your Dog Healthy?
You can do plenty of things to help improve your dog’s health, including providing him with proper nutrition, providing more exercise, and maintaining a healthy environment for your pet. Nutrition Make sure your dog has a balanced diet. Lean protein is crucial for healthy skin and muscles, while fiber-rich carbohydrates help your dog’s body create energy. Exercise Daily walks or rides in the car can be too little or too much for your dog.
A daily walk or bike ride is better than nothing, but it’s not enough. Your dog needs to get some exercise every day, and it should be a short walk or bike ride. Maintaining an Environment Your dog needs a healthy environment to live in, and you should try to create that for him. A clean, healthy house is better than a dirty, unhealthy one. Try to keep your dog out of the dirt and grime.
What to Do if You Have No Idea What to Do?
If you’re totally clueless about how to take care of your dog and he’s lost or present but not quite ready to go, there are a few things you can do. The first is to contact your local non-profit organization or shelter. Most shelters and rescues are set up to care for abandoned or stray animals and have staff members who can help you through the process. The second is to get your dog in touch with recognized dog behavior or training expert. An expert can help you understand your dog’s behavior and can help you retrain your pet if necessary.
Now that you’ve learned about common canine health issues and how to prevent them, it’s time to start thinking about your dog’s health in a new way. Now that you know what to do, you can start planning how to take care of your dog in the best way possible.