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Use your vet as a resource to keep your dog happy and healthy

Being a dog owner can be a truly rewarding experience. Part of your responsibility as an owner is to keep your dog happy and in good health. In addition to a balanced, nutritious dog food and exercise your vet is an important resource for maintaining good health in your dog.

Have you noticed changes in your dog's behavior? Something as simple as your dog sleeping more or becoming less active might prompt you to contact your vet about possible causes. Is he eating less than he used to or licking his paws more often? There could be certain nutritional or environmental reasons for the changes in your dog's behavior that your vet can help you better understand.

Finding the right questions to ask can be the hardest part of speaking with your vet about your dog's health. Here are some questions on common health conditions in dogs to help start the conversation.

  • How can I tell if my dog's not feeling well?
  • What are some methods to keep my dog healthy at any age?
  • At what age is my dog considered "senior", and what does that do for his lifestyle?
  • What's my dog's healthy weight range?
  • My dog occasionally eats grass. Does that mean he has an upset stomach?
  • Why is my dog scratching so much?
  • My dog spends most of his time lying around and doesn't play like he used to. Is he just getting old?
  • My dog's breath stinks! What might be causing the smell?

Just like people, dogs benefit from a healthy, happy lifestyle that allows them to do what they love, even if it's just a quick chase of their tail. Simply paying attention to changes in behavior and asking your vet a quick question can make a difference in your dog's health.

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