Category Archives: Dog Care

Nutritionally Balanced Diet for Toy Dogs

Toy dogs have special dietary needs. Did you know that their small sizes and activity level require more calorie intake for each pound of body weight?

Dividing their daily food allocation into several small meals will help ensure efficient digestion and utilization considering that they have a small stomach. To maintain energy levels, meals must be given at regular intervals throughout the day.

The importance of a nutritionally balanced diet that is appropriate for your toy dog’s lifestage cannot be overemphasized. Buying premium quality pet food will help ensure that your pet’s needs for essential nutrients will be met adequately.

Pet owners tend to forget that fresh and clean water is an essential part of a dog’s diet. They should have easy access to drinking water at all times, especially when they’re on kibbles. Also, pregnant and lactating dogs will need more water. Visit their homepage for more Pet Health Tips.

Exercising Your Pet – Warm-Up And Cool Down Routines After Exercise

Just like humans, warm-up and cool down routines are necessary before and after engaging in strenuous physical activity. A warm-up routine prepares the muscles for activity to prevent sprains or cramps. It can also prevent pulling of a muscle. Warm-up activities may include a light jog or a brisk walk before your dog engages in strenuous activity.

On the other hand, cooling down is important for the dog’s heart rate to get back to normal.

Warm up and cool down routines are also important in decreasing lactic acid from the dog’s system. This can help eliminate the occurrence of post-exercise soreness. A 5-10 minute warm-up and cool down regimen is generally enough for the dog’s body to adjust.

There are several factors that can help determine the exercise needs of pets. These include age, pre-existing physical or health conditions, and the animal’s activity level. It’s also a good idea to consult your vet before starting your pet on a new exercise program.

Precautionary Measures To Remember When At The Dog Park

Dogs of all breeds, ages, state of health, and temperament all abound in the dog park. Though the place encourages interaction and developing social manners, canine visitors to the dog park can be exposed to certain risks such as parasites, infectious diseases, or getting involved in a dog fight.

Any of these unfortunate situations can possibly get your pet very ill. Thus, when visiting the dog park, pet owners should observe certain precautionary measures to avoid bad experiences.

One way to protect your dog is to ask your veterinarian if your dog’s flea and heartworm medications, as well as vaccines are current. This is very important before visiting the dog park with your pet. Your dog will be in very close proximity with other dogs in the park and this can significantly increase your pet’s exposure to many health issues.

It is also a good idea to ask your veterinarian for additional vaccinations that can protect your pet from diseases like Lyme disease, kennel cough, etc.