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The Healthy Pet

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what are all of your general care and health choices for your dear dogs? your tricks and heath care tips you feel work well? Your secrets that work for your dog?

mine are

1) GOOD quality food
2) clean fresh water
3) plain yogurt
4) high quality shampoos and skin care products
5) annual vaccinations and heartworm pills year round.
6) I do a full blood check up on all my dogs at 5 years old
7) clean teeth! i always make sure they are clean, haven't had to get a dental at the vet on them yet but i will if they need it
8) exercise and play
9) dog chews - large raw hides and the meaty dried bones ( keep the teeth clean)
10) no dog treats!? they get a "treat" but i do not give my dogs treats like many people do in the form of special purchased package treats. They get their chew bones and a can of their food brand as a special treat once in awhile ( after a vet visit or something). and veggies if they do get a treat. ( they love veggies! ) and maybe 2 times a year a plain burger from mcdonalds ( totally makes no sense with the rest of their diet plan i know lol! )

I like to control what my dogs take in their bodies because to me those nutrients build their systems up or can take the system down. just like with people a good diet makes a huge difference! and EVERYONE comments about how shinny and healthy my dogs coats are and ask me the trick. and 2 of my dogs had SEVERE skin allergies before i Adopted them and now they rarely get a mild flare up.
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When i lived in Minnesota i did HW pills till nov. and started them in the spring. but if you live in chicago area you know that it is not always cold in the winter lately. this last winter was super mild. we have had tornado's touch down more then once in the last few years in the dead of winter. many times lately those pesky bugs never die off. Lately the 40s and 50s are a common temp in the area. I am looking into the claims of doing less DHPP vaccines also, the issue is i can't board without them. also We had someone who left off giving their pug DHPP and it picked up a bad case of parvo in its small fenced in backyard but that could have happened even on a vaccine because they are only 75% effective roughly. so its hard to know. I know that it doesn't seem to hurt the dogs to do the vaccinations according to studies and I feel safe personally.

I forgot to add one onto my list.

I always get my dogs fixed. With male dogs I wait till they are about 2 cause their body forms more naturally. Females about 1 year old.
This year has been so bad with female cancer and pyometra. and male dogs getting cancer in the testicles. The statistics are rather high for these problems, higher then I even thought seeing it constantly. so i always fix my dogs!
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