Adult Dog Care

 

How do I care for my adult dog?
Surviving the puppy stage is a good feeling. However, making it through destructive chewing, potty accidents, wild playtimes, and lack of routines doesn’t mean the hard part is behind you. Knowing how to care for your adult dog is just as critical as caring for a puppy. Even if you have adopted an adult dog from a rescue center, shelter, an ad, or a friend, the care you provide now will have a huge impact on how well your dog does in his senior years. Here are the top three tips to help you stay on a healthy track with your best friend.
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  • Weight. Keep track of your dog’s weight. Losing excess weight and maintaining his ideal weight can propel him toward better health, but only if it is lost in a controlled and healthy way, such as with a weight maintenance plan. Your vet can recommend proper nutrition and regular exercise options. Make sure to weigh him regularly at your vet checkups.
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  • Veterinarian visits. Make frequent visits to your veterinarian to ensure that your dog is healthy and that his weight is proper for his breed and build. Even though vaccinations will be less frequent than they were when he was a puppy, there will still be boosters that your vet will provide.
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  • Activity. Maintaining activity is essential for keeping your dog fit and happy. Unwanted behaviors can develop or resurface if your dog isn’t getting the proper amount of exercise. Whether it’s a walk in the park or playing a game of fetch, your dog needs physical activity.
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  • Nutrition is huge. What food you feed your pet during their adulthood can effect how healthy they go into their senior years.

Adulthood is a fun time to spend with your dog, and it’s your job to ensure that you are providing him with everything to prevent health issues that could result in a shortened lifespan. Many canine illnesses can be avoided by paying attention to how you care for your dog throughout his adulthood.
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