There’s a reason dogs are considered the perpetual best friend of man (and women!). There is something spiritual about the connection that develops between us and our dogs. They’re so much more than pets. They’re part of our family. And, as beloved parts of our family, it’s important to offer them the same level care we provide for our children and partners. When it comes to keeping your dog healthy and happy, there are five areas that are most important.

1. Provide Proper Nutrition

Your diet and the diet of your family doesn’t center around junk food (we
hope!)—neither should your dogs. Of course, an occasional treat is fine once in a while, but the bulk of your dog’s diet should come from a high-quality, nutritionally balanced dog food. Feeding your dog a nutritionally dense food in the proper quantity for their body will ensure your furry friend maintains a healthy weight…and could extend their
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2. Get Regular Check Ups

Going to the doctor regularly is important for humans and pets alike. Annual check ups help the doctor set a health baseline for your pet, and can catch potentially life-threatening illnesses or conditions early.

3. Get Plenty of Exercise

Are you seeing a pattern here? What’s good for you is good for your fur baby, so why not enjoy some exercise together? Jogging, walking, and hiking with your dog are great ways to get you both moving. And, there’s nothing wrong with a good old fashioned game of fetch (but you might want to throw in a little sprinting for yourself so everyone gets exercise).

4. Keep Your Pet Pest Free

We’re not just talking about fleas here, though you certainly want to get rid of those bothersome bugs. Some parasites, like ticks and heartworms, can spread serious illness and damage your pet’s internal organs. Talk to your veterinarian about the right medications for your dog.

5. Pour on the Affection

Like children, you just can’t overdose your pet on love. Showing your dog regular and sincere affection will deepen the bond you share and encourage your pet to engage in healthy relationships with outside of the immediate family. There are so many parallels between caring for your dog and caring for your other family members:
Feed them well.
Care for them when they're sick.
And love them every chance you get.
There’s nothing hard about that.