Steps to keep a dog in good health

Steps to keep a dog in good health

1. Feed your dog high-quality, well-balanced dog food and treats. This is your pet's main source of nutrition.
2. Examine the first 5 ingredients listed on the pet food label. These ingredients generally make up the majority of the food. Look for meat and vegetables, rather than meat by-products and grain fillers. Corn, rice, whole wheat, barley, soy and other grains are cheap sources of protein used by many commercial pet food producers as a clever marketing ploy to increase the percentage of protein in their feed. However, these are often difficult for your dog to digest and do not promote optimal health.
3. Be aware that, in the U.S., current pet food regulations allow pet food manufacturers to include materials from dead, dying and diseased animals in their food. Roadkill, diseased animals as well as animals which have been euthanized are legally used pet food manufacturers. "By-products" can include chicken and duck beaks, feet, bones and intestines.
4. Avoid pet foods that contain chemicals, preservatives (BHA and BHT, artificial colors and flavors. The healthiest food for your pet is made from a proper balance of "human grade" materials.
5. Give your pet "human grade" food. But that doesn't mean you should give your pet every food you would eat. Some food that is good for you may be toxic to your dog (including onions, chocolate, grapes, raisins, and more).
6. Maintain your dog's weight at a healthy level. Obesity in pets is every bit the epidemic that it is in humans today. There is a fashion going around that the bigger the dog with many kilos the better.That is not the case the added stress on the bones of being overweight will shorten your dog s life.
7. Provide your dog with a constant supply of fresh water.
8. Groom your dog regularly. Brushing your dog's coat encourages good circulation and will help keep your pet's coat shiny and healthy.
9. Check and clean your dog's ears on a regular basis. Again, this is easily done at home. There are a number of products readily available to help wash dirt and debris out your pet's ears gently, but avoid any products containing alcohol (too drying).
10. Monitor your dog's dental health and provide appropriate dental care. Give your dog healthy "bones" and chews that will promote healthy teeth and gums. However, make sure to give him a safe, fully digestible product (such as porkhide bones, rather than traditional rawhide) . Your Vet can provide you with instruction on how to brush your dog's teeth if your pet experiences tartar build up.
11. See a reputable Veterinarian regularly and keep your dog's vaccinations up-to-date.
12. Make sure your dog receives adequate exercise. Depending on the breed and age, this could be anything from 10-15 minutes per day to a good hour romp in the park or at a training arena. This will cut back on bad behavior, and help your dog stay athletic.
13. Socialize your puppy once he has had all his important first vaccinations. Take your puppy to the park on a Saturday morning, sit on the bench, and let every person who shows interest pet, hold and fuss over your dog. Let your puppy socialize with other (non-aggressive!) dogs. The more unique social situations you expose your pup too when they're young the better.Dont forger puppies need lots of sleep.
14. Rottweilers are a working breed .The more mental stimulation they get the happier they become. A young Rottweiler with good daily amount of exercise will develop a good and balanced character. Keep them interested and alert.

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