How to choose a breeder
Dogs are such special beings, bringing a lot of joy and comfort. It is however very important to understand your responsibility as a puppy buyer to choose an ethical breeder. Though, why is choosing an ethical breeder important you may ask? When you choose an ethical breeder you support responsible breeding that prioritizes the dog’s health and wellbeing long-term. You support a person who puts the dog’s and your puppy’s needs above financial gain. This ensures healthy lineages of dogs that are physically and mentally sound. In addition to this, choosing an ethical breeder will benefit you long term, as you will have a healthy dog where the risk of inherited disease and ailments is considerably reduced.
- Senior dog
Caring for my ageing dog
There are several things we can do to ensure our ageing dog is happy and healthy. As our dog ages, they often get joint pains, loss of appetite and in some cases lifestyle diseases such as cancer. Conditions that can add to these issues are if your ageing dog is under or overweight. Ensuring our ageing dogs get their required care, exercise, mental stimulation and comforts require a little bit of effort from us but it is worth it to make sure they are living to their full potential.
- Dog nutrition
Homemade bone broth for dogs
Bone broth is a tasty, easy, nutritious and cheap addition to your dog’s diet. In addition to containing many healthy nutrients, bone broth is an appetising topping for dogs who do not have a great appetite. Dogs may lose their appetite if they are sick, recovering from a disease, pregnant, lactating or picky eaters. This recipe requires only a few ingredients and can be made in large portions to be frozen for later use. You will spend 10 minutes prepping this dish and then you can leave it to simmer for a minimum of 4 hours.
- Dog nutrition
When to switch to adult dog food
Since puppies grow and develop rapidly, they have different nutritional requirements than adult dogs. A puppy needs more protein, higher calorie content as well as vitamins and minerals that support a growing skeleton. A proper and balanced diet early in your dog's life is important to building a strong and healthy foundation on which your dog can grow. However, when your dog becomes an adult their nutritional needs change and it is, therefore, necessary to change their food to an appropriate adult dog food. When you should to switch to adult dog food depends on the dog’s breed, size and development.
- Dog nutrition
Toxic food for dogs
There are many healthy human foods you can give your dog such as carrots, spinach and broccoli. However, there are a few surprising and highly poisonous foods your dog should never eat. Familiarise yourself with this list of toxic food and keep them far away from your dog. Additionally, if you have a habit of letting your dog eat leftovers make sure they do not contain any of the foods on this list.
How to care for your dog’s teeth
Oral health impacts your dog’s overall health. If your dog’s teeth are not cared for regularly it can lead to a build-up of plaque, toothache and gum disease. In the worst case, an improperly cleaned oral cavity can lead to inflammation that spreads to the rest of your dog’s body causing serious health issues. Ensure you care for your dog’s teeth consistently from an early age to avoid pain, discomfort and an expensive veterinary bill.