An old proverb goes, “prevention is better than cure.” Is that the case? That is what we will cover in this article. When we have a dog in our family, we want to ensure a long healthy life. Just like with any other family member, we worry about diseases that may affect their life or deteriorate their health.
What is Prevention?
Preventative measures are practices that are designed to avoid disease or slow and stop the progression after the onset of one. For example, giving our dogs multivitamins to ensure they get all of their nutrients to prevent joint and bone deterioration, vision problems, skin issues or hair loss is a great preventive measure.
What is Treatment?
Treatment is the use of an agent, procedure, or regimen, such as a drug, surgery, or exercise, in an attempt to cure or mitigate a disease, condition, or injury.
Preventive measures take a proactive approach to care. They save our dogs pain and suffering and help with the financial burden expensive treatments cost.
Let’s review some preventive strategies and how they can extend our fur baby’s lives.
1. Proper nutrition can extend your dog’s life
A healthy diet with regular exercise helps to maintain our dog’s health from puppy to old age. Ensure adequate amounts of nutrients in your dog’s diet. Veterinarians recommend a low sodium, high nutrient diet that contains methyl-sulfonyl-methane, glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, zinc, saponin, curcumin, vitamin C, and D to prevent several musculoskeletal problems like canine hip dysplasia and patellar luxation. Researchers suggest serving food containing chelated zinc, beta carotene, lutein, collagen, niacin, phytosterol, and lycopene, to prevent eye problems like progressive retinal atrophy, canine glaucoma, and cataracts. Study shows that proper nutrition can prevent your dog from becoming obese and avoid chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease and cancer. Use a high quality daily multivitamin to ensure nutrients are delivered that may not have been received from your dogs diet.
2. Importance of skincare
Skin problems such as skin allergies, dry skin, and hot spots are most common in dogs of all ages. These are results from various allergies, parasites, infections, and systemic disorders. Symptoms associated with skin problems include hair loss, redness, itchiness, dandruff, scaling, etc. The best way to prevent skin problems in your dog include:
Feeding a balanced diet, containing zinc, copper, vitamin E, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids. If you do not believe your dogs is receiving adequate nutrients, add a high quality multivitamin to their diet.
Groom your dog regularly to prevent dirt build up and dandruff.
3. Foot care
There are several problems like, ingrown toenails, torn toenails, burns, frostbites, and cracked feet, that can hamper our dogs. To prevent ingrown toenails and torn toenails, you can give your dog a pedicure once a month. If the problem persists and nails click against the floor, you can go for nail trimming. Hot pavement and sand from the beach during summer can cause burns to their feet. They can also get frostbite from exposure to extreme cold. Apply a layer of protective paw balm to the pads, daily to keep them moisturized and prevent cracking. It also helps on the nose. If you do not apply daily, use before you go out to protect them hazards and exposure.
4. Importance of keeping your dog flea free
Fleas are the most common problem every dog owner faces. The only way to get rid of this flea problem is flea treatment and prevention. The bites of flea cause irritation, hair loss and results in flea allergic dermatitis in your lovely dog. In a single day, one flea can bite your dog more than 400 times and lay 40 eggs. If not stopped, that will ensure its work will be carried on for generations to come. Flea treatment and prevention should be used for these pests. After treatment, clean your dog’s surroundings to prevent re-infestation.
5. Don’t forget about dental care
Many of us simply ignore the issue of dental hygiene in our dog. We forgot to brush our dog’s teeth regularly. Unfortunately, dental diseases like dental tartar, plaque, gingivitis, and periodontal disease are common in dogs. They impact 80% of our dogs by age two. The good news is, it’s easy to keep our dog’s teeth clean. You just need to brush their teeth every day with a suitable toothpaste suggested by your veterinarian. You can provide safe chew toys and treats to make their teeth strong and healthy. Strong evidence suggests that only brushing your teeth regularly can prevent all dental conditions in your dog.
With the proper preventive measures, you and your dog will live long, healthy, happy lives!