Raising a Healthy Dog-- Best
the best food you can afford-raw is best (contains all of the essential enzymes
and minerals etc baked out of kibble.
you feed kibble DO NOT feed kibble from the supermarket. DO look at list of
ingredients-if corn or by products in first three, you are basically feeding
grade Salmon oil and good quality vitamin*. Powerful anti-oxidants
dog needs to grind and chew to have healthy teeth-I feed raw meaty bones
weekly, keeps the teeth sparkly clean. Again, beware of raw hide chews, antlers
etc-especially greenies-manufactured treats with harmful ingredients.
Minimize Chemical load=defense against cancer
is better. After puppy vaccinations do a titer (blood test) every 3-5 years.
ONLY required vaccine is Rabies-there is no other necessary core vaccine.
of a Vet pushing multiple vaccines annually-the science is in, once puppy shots
are done your dog is immunized for life.
cleaning-NO lysol, bleach carcinogenic agents. Use good old soap and water.
chemicals on the lawn, also avoid golf courses etc-usually treated with heavy
preventatives-make sure to give your dog at least a few months off. Year round
gives his system no chance to clear out the chemical load. My sensitive dog is
never treated with Advantix/Frontline etc.-I spray with Wondercide daily, http://www.wondercide.com/natural-flea-tick-mosquito-control-for-dogs-evolv/
A Natural Life
like us-exercise daily, preferably off leash so they can use their body without
your dog to walk off leash with you in safe woods or fields.
use a good quality day care-small # of dogs and well supervised. Beware of
large commercial day cares-too many dogs too much arousal and rough play.
Parks-usually just terrible for your dog. Big dogs bullying small dogs etc.
People who haven't the slightest idea of polite dog behavior or just ignoring
their dogs. A quick way to make your dog not like other dogs.
is fine but any more than several hours a day is too much.
time and energy in playing/training/keeping them involved and interested-a
bored dog is a destructive unhappy dog.
Dog food-- http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/