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Basic dog health care - What every dog owner should know

There is a reason why they call dogs ‘man’s best friend’. It's truly an honour to win and keep a dog's trust. Owners tend to build a lifelong bond with their dogs. Get to know him really well - not just about how he likes to chew your slippers, or what his favourite toy is or even why he hates the postman, but about dog health issues – what affects his body and how to recognise signs and symptoms of illness so that you can make sure he is in tip-top condition. You want your best friend to be happy!

A comprehensive book on dog health is an investment you should not overlook. Knowing details about your dog’s particular breed and general care would be helpful. Grooming and skin care are part of the basics in caring for your dog. Knowing when and how to give your dog a bath or dental care especially if he's almost as big as you are will make exercise and play far more enjoyable for both of you.

Take a walk down to your veterinary surgery enquire about the treatments and services they offer, and take note of their operation hours and emergency service telephone numbers. More vets these days complement traditional veterinary practices with holistic health care for pets and can use complementary medicine to ensure your dog’s health is holistic. Vets will keep you in the know regarding natural dog health products that work to maintain your dog’s overall health as well as function as prescription based treatments for specific ailments.

They will be able to advise you on which dog care product will suit your particular dog depending on his size, breed, coat and characteristics. Remember that different breeds will have unique health issues and preferences, and your vet will have some tips that would make the first step to owning a dog that much easier.

Do enquire about the vaccination programmes and feeding regimes suitable for the breed and age of dog you are intending to keep as a pet. The care of puppies can vary greatly with mature dogs; vaccination programmes could be vastly different as well. Many a time, vets will have some literature that will come in handy. It's a good idea to get all this background information before you own a dog so that you can be well prepared and can plan ahead for the regular care and treatment your dog might need.

Most importantly, do build up a good relationship with the veterinary team. Remember, they are not only there for emergencies - they are there whenever you need advice, and together, you can make sure your dog has the happiest, healthiest life possible.

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