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10 Things We Should Do For Our Dogs That They Can’t Do For Themselves

Dogs can learn to perform incredible tasks. Some safeguard our very lives by detecting explosives or alerting us to dangers in the home. But there are certain things our pups just cannot do without our help.

When it comes to health and safety, they depend on us to make the best decisions on their behalf. Every pawrent should do the following 10 things for their dogs’ wellbeing because they do so much for us!

1. Watch their waistlines.

Dogs cannot comprehend the consequences of overeating or scarfing down unhealthy foods. It is up to us to choose a healthy diet that suits their needs and measure out their meals appropriately. Our pups should also remain active throughout their lives to stave off weight gain as well as anxiety and boredom.

Check out advice from veterinarian, Dr. Kathryn Primm for keeping your dog at a healthy weight.

2. Keep toxic foods and chemicals out of reach.

Some of the foods that humans enjoy can make our dogs sick or even cause life-threatening illnesses. As their caretakers, we are responsible for knowing which items to share with our pups and which to avoid.

Certain chemicals can also pose a threat to curious dogs. Antifreeze and rodent baits are extremely deadly and notorious for attracting pets.

*The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is available 24/7 by calling (888) 426-4435

This magnet feeds 4 shelter dogs.

3. Understand the importance of dental health.

Caring for your dog’s teeth helps prevent bad breath, periodontal disease, and painful tooth decay. Even more importantly, a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body! Studies have shown that severe dental disease can cause microscopic damage to your dog’s heart, liver and kidneys, contributing to serious organ disease.

Several products including chew toys, treats, oral sprays and antimicrobial wipes are available to help you maintain your dog’s dental health at home.

*Remember, there is no substitute for professional veterinary care when it comes to dental health. 

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