This is a question that my friends often ask me. They all want to know why their dog is tired, weak, and unhealthy despite eating properly. They want to know if they could do something to improve their dog’s health naturally. So, I am going to answer a bunch of questions that dog owners often ask me. If you have a dog and if you are wondering how you can improve its health, make sure you read this article.
What is the most important thing I should know about improving my dog’s health?
The most important thing you need to know is that there are three factors that play a major role in your dog’s health – diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements. It is very important that a pet dog is fed a proper diet, exercised every day, and given proper health supplements.
Of course, this assumes that there isn’t an underlying dog health problem such as a heart condition that may result in lethargy, or natural declines in energy such as when a dog has a virus or that is a normal part of the aging process. Even boredom can cause a decline in dog energy levels and the appearance of a healthy dog.
How can I improve my dog’s health with diet? Don’t I already feed him every day?
Yes, you do feed him every day. But have you ever wondered what kind of food you feed him? Now some would argue that a home made meal or organic food is the way to go. While organic, additive free foods may be important, I don’t necessarily feel this approach (and expense) is necessary for a healthy dog.
In my mind, as long as a dog food says AAFCO certified on the label, the body that certifies dog food, and if the food comes from a reputable manufacturer, then it should be fine. This includes lower cost dog foods that you might find at Wal Mart etc.
How can I improve my dog’s health with exercise? He looks so small and fragile. Won’t strenuous exercise affect his health?
I am not saying that you should make your dog do military presses and superman squats. Simple exercises like walking, climbing the stairs, ball fetching, and swimming can go a long way in improving your dog’s health naturally. Regular exercise improves blood circulation, reduces stress, strengthens your dog’s limbs, and boosts his metabolic rate. So, it is important that your dog stays physically active.