On the occasion of “World Health Day”, we wanted to address some of the common questions we receive from our customers on a regular basis regarding general pet health. We’ve compiled a few here:
- Why should I care for my Dog’s Oral Health? Is it important?
Although Dogs are not prone to cavities as humans do, they can still develop dental problems such as tartar and plaque build up that, if neglected, can lead to life-threatening infections. Brushing your dog’s teeth once a week, using chew toys, dental treats and even dry kibbles can help to keep tartar and plaque at bay.
- How to brush my Pet and how often?
Regular brushing for Dogs and Cats is important to keep their coat neat and clean, remove excess hair to prevent shedding and prevent matting or tangling. To brush your pet, always use the brush down and out ensuring that the brush stroke is away from your dog’s skin. Brush in the direction of the coat growth. The strokes should be gentle so that your dog/cat enjoy the grooming session.
- What sort of treats I should give to my pet?
There are different types of treats available – dental treats, jerky treats, human food treats and many more. It is advised to choose a dog treat that is easily digestible, natural and free from artificial chemicals/additives.
- How often should I bathe my Dog?
It all depends on how outdoorsy your dog is. Most vets recommend bathing your dog not more than once a week during summers and less frequently during winters. Read this post here that discusses this in detail.
- How often should I clean my Dog’s Ears?
Your Dog’s ears are highly sensitive and need to be free from infections. While under-cleaning ears can easily allow yeast and bacteria to build up, over-cleaning can strip off the natural ear oil/wax and cause excess irritation. Read this post here on how to clean your dog’s ears.
- How much exercise should my Dog get?
Just like humans need exercise, your dog too needs loads of exercise to remain healthy and hearty. Walking is one of the most common forms of exercise, and is beneficial for both your dog and you. Walk with your dog for atleast 30 minutes per day. For senior dogs and dogs with joint issues, you may need to go out for shorter walks. Playing a game of fetch, as an example, is also a great way to exercise. If your dog starts to lag during exercise, suddenly stops, pants excessively or shows any other signs of distress; you may be exercising your dog too much.
Do you have any general health related questions that you would like us to address? Comment below!