The basis of your dog’s long term health lands in the lap of diet and routine veterinary care. Preventative treatments such as vaccinations and regular doses of heartworm and other pest control products can keep disease and infestations away while the foundation of over all health lies in the food that you put into your dog’s body. Vitamins, minerals, oils, fats, and of course proteins is what will give him the fuel to fetch that tennis ball or run that agility course, so make sure he is getting what he needs!
What you put into your dog is exactly what you will get out of him! If you are feeding him the cheapest bag of kibble you can find at your nearby grocery store you are for sure setting him up for failure sooner or later. Grains naturally come with a deadly toxic bacteria that grows after harvest, specifically in corn, and this ends up in most dog foods. If you wish you feed your dog kibble, make sure it is completely grain free!
Grain free also means no soy, rice or corn! Wheat and barely are also a no-no for a dog’s digestive system. The reason for this is because your dog has a very short digestive tract, just like his wolf ancestors! His body was built to consume fresh, raw food items, primarily animal meats, bones and fats. By putting grain into his body you are forcing his stomach, intestines, kidneys and gall bladder to double their efforts and work over time.
Researching a fresh or raw diet is typically the best route for almost all dogs. This diet provides the easiest to digest nutrition in its unprocessed form. Just like how raw veggies are better for you, raw meat is better for your dog! However, in today’s modern society creating and maintaining a raw diet for our pets is time consuming. If you cannot provide a home made diet, provide a top quality grain free kibble!
Routing vet care such as yearly wellness exams, vaccinations when needed and parasite control medications are a must have for all dogs. Even if you choose to only vaccinate as minimally as possible, as most vaccinations are good for life, your dog should still be protected against deadly and communicable diseases!
The rabies vaccinations in the US is required by law, so this is one you just cannot skip! However, other vaccinations such as the Parvovirus and Parainfluenza can typically be done only once or twice for the life of your dog! While many vets still push the sale of yearly vaccinations, you should search online for the best options for your dog before possibly giving him more vaccinations than is biologically required.
An option you may choose to considering instead conducting yearly vaccinations are yearly titers. A titer test is a blood test that will measure your dog’s antibodies against the same diseases that a vaccination would protect him against. This means you can check to make sure your dog truly is protected without over vaccinating!
Before jumping into any purchase for your dog’s diet or medical needs, always do your own research! Weigh the pros and cons on each side so that you can better make an educated decision for the life and health of your furry best friend.