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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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erm . . . While I do feed my dog high quality food and bottled spring water* and use leftover meat and veggies for treats, I do not vaccinate yearly, nor do I use heartworm meds year round.

First of all, it's unnecessary to vaxx yearly. Most of the vaxxes last a lifetime. For example, what's the difference between a 1 year rabies vaxx and a 3 year rabies vaxx? Chemically, nothing. The manufacturer decided to test the 1 year vaxx for 3 years, it worked, so they sell a 3 year variety. The truth is, most vaxxes last at least 10-15 years, i.e., the lifetime of the average American dog.

Secondly, in a climate like Chicago and Northeastern PA, it is completely unnecessary to treat for heartworms year round. Heartworms are only a problem when misquitoes are present. Misquitoes aren't present in PA from October to May. Even when misquitoes are present, the heartworms won't grow unless you get 2 solid weeks when the temperature gets above 80F every day and never falls below 57F. In PA, that's usually June through September.

There are heartworm maps where you can find reported incidences of heartworm in your area. In mine, there are, on average, 5 reported cases a year. Mind you, that's just where the vet was who reported it, not where the dog was infected. A good many people in the Northeast own rescues transported from shelters in the South. All 5 of those dogs could have been infected in the South, then transported up north and diagnosed.

Anyway, this is all with the blessing of my vet, and from the experiences of my mother and grandfather, who did the same and never had a dog with rabies or heartworm.

*I'm not totally crazy. Even I can smell the chlorine in the tap water, I wouldn't expect a dog to drink it.
I live in the south and am so envious of that weather. We actually just bought a baby pool for the dogs and literally dump it every day because over night it becomes mosquito infested. I am going to cringe at my water bill at the end of the summer.

I have to stay up on all vax just because my guys get kenneled a few times a year and also I foster and even though they all UTD before they enter my house, I prefer not to take the chance.

My dogs get good quality food, fresh water daily (I have a filtered bowl but only one will go near it), regular exercise, fish oil, monthly baths (unless otherwise needed), nail clippings and ear cleanings and they do get bones to help keep their teeth cleaned. So far no major problems that I could have prevented.
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