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Good Dog Health Starts Early

by John Schwartz

Good long-term dog health has many causes, but the one common factor is an owner who takes his puppy care duties seriously right from the start. It’s no coincidence that in study after study, veterinarians and animal scientists report that when dog health is a primary concern of the owner from the outset, that pet often lives longer and suffers fewer canine diseases. The clear message to owners: put good puppy care at the top of your list from the moment you get your new friend home.

The first step to ensuring excellent dog health for the life of your furry friend is to get him checked out by a vet within a few days of bringing him home. Most doctors will recommend a puppy care regimen consisting of a series of vaccinations in the early months and good nutrition from the beginning.

While a dog’s psychological needs might make many readers scoff, it’s important to understand that proper dog health includes bonding with owners in a loving environment. That’s why puppy care involves more than just shots and food. Stress, both physical AND mental, can wreak havoc on a new puppy’s immune system, for example, which makes him more susceptible to many canine diseases (mange, distemper, parvovirus).

Finally, don’t forget your dog’s teeth in the overall dog health picture. A good puppy care plan includes lots of hard bones and crunchy treats to chew on regularly – preferably healthy versions, not typical pet store biscuits.

About the Author

John Schwartz is the owner and webmaster of http://puppies-dogs-supplies.com. He lives in East Texas with his wife, Shannon, who owns a dog rescue ‘no kill’ shelter.