Dog Health and Welfare

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This is a general group to in which we can discuss the care, health and welfare of our dogs. They give us so much joy and challenge us to be better people so lets share ideas and information about how we can be better dogs owners.

From the AVMA: 

Animal welfare means how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. An animal is in a good state of welfare if (as indicated by scientific evidence) it is healthy, comfortable, well-nourished, safe, able to express innate behavior, and if it is not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear, and distress. Good animal welfare requires disease prevention and veterinary treatment, appropriate shelter, management, nutrition, humane handling, and humane slaughter. Animal welfare refers to the state of the animal; the treatment that an animal receives is covered by other terms such as animal care, animal husbandry, and humane treatment.1 Protecting an animal's welfare means providing for its physical and mental needs.

Ensuring animal welfare is a human responsibility that includes consideration for all aspects of animal well-being, including proper housing, management, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, responsible care, humane handling, and, when necessary, humane euthanasia.

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    • We are fortunate to have a barn, with an extra stall, bedded with deep straw for our working dogs to go to.  During the coldest times, we add extra fat to the dog’s meals.  I do note that they up their food requirement in the winter weather. A little more food, fat and a place out of the wind and rain, not much for those protecting 40 acres and a lot of livestock. 

      • Thank you for sharing. Your dogs look very healthy and fit as good working dogs should. I see you get them to lay down by size.. :)

        Down where we live in South Texas - the summer heat is the real problem for the Caucasians.  So-they have the Air conditioned Shed and it also allows us to have visitor and workers come to the property when we want them to.

        In the summer their meal sometimes go uneaten but as it cools down they eat all their food.

        Great observation. thank you

        • Hope your working dogs have enjoyed the blast of winter weather that we are having. My Caucasians are loving it and getting very frisky.

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        Great tips! Nothing to add

        Ohhh really nice tips. Thank u! I have also read some grooming tips at petgnearme. Also there are lots of info about training. Definitely shoud to read some good info or even use some services.

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        Here are some tips that you can use to keep your dog healthy and in the best condition:

        1. Proper diet: A healthy diet is essential for a dog’s well-being. Make sure to feed your dog a balanced diet with healthy dog food. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the best diet for your dog’s breed, age, and activity level. Just like us humans, dogs need an appropriate diet to stay healthy and avoid diseases. But is just any store-bought dog food good for your dog? It’s best to do your research before choosing dog food. Some dog food companies have a history of recalls and poor-quality ingredients. Not all dog food is created equal, so do your best to choose something that’s nutritious for your dog. Some dog owners prefer to feed a fresh or raw food diet. Whatever you decide, make sure your dog is getting all the nutrients they need. If you’re not sure if your dog is getting enough nutrients, talk to your vet and see if a change in diet or some supplements are necessary.  Another thing to keep in mind is to feed the right amount of food. Overweight dogs tend to suffer more health problems at a younger age. Ask your vet how much you need to be feeding your dog each day, and make sure your dog is maintaining a healthy weight. Also, be aware that many dog treats are packed with calories, so don’t overfeed treats to your dog. 
        2. Regular exercise: Exercise is important for maintaining a healthy weight and keeping your dog’s muscles and joints strong. Take your dog for a walk or run, play fetch, or engage in other activities that your dog enjoys. Dogs need exercise to stay healthy and strong. Depending on your dog’s breed and size, they might require a lot of exercise or just a few minutes a day. Exercise not only keeps your dog physically healthy but also gives them mental stimulation and keeps them from getting bored. A dog with too much pent-up energy is more likely to engage in destructive behavior, which can put them at risk of an accident. You can exercise your dog by taking them for a walk or playing fetch. Every dog is different, so make sure you pay attention to your dog’s exercise needs. Some dogs are prone to overheating or can’t handle intense exercise. Give them access to water and a place to rest at all times, so that if they’re worn out they can take a break.
        3. Grooming: Regular grooming is important for keeping your dog’s coat, skin, and nails healthy. Brush your dog’s coat regularly, bathe them when necessary, and trim their nails as needed. Many people overlook brushing their dog’s teeth. But this is an important part of grooming that shouldn’t be skipped. Brush at least a few times a week, but every day is better if you can. Use toothpaste and a toothbrush that’s made for dogs. If your dog is showing signs of dental problems, make sure to take them to the vet ASAP. Keeping your best furry friend healthy and satisfied will help them live a long life. Get pet insurance to help cover the expenses of vet visits and vaccines. Make sure your dog eats healthy food and gets regular exercise. Avoid accidents by dog-proofing your house and keeping an eye on your dog. And don’t forget to brush their teeth often. Follow these tips and your dog will be happy and healthy for years to come.
        4. Routine vet visits: Regular check-ups with your veterinarian can help detect health problems early and prevent them from becoming more serious. Make sure your dog is up-to-date on their vaccinations and parasite prevention.
        5. Observe your dog’s habits: Get to know your dog’s habits (eating, drinking, sleeping, and more), since sometimes a change in those habits can be an indication that your dog isn’t feeling well. Ask your veterinarian for advice on healthcare and prevention. It’s always a good idea to seek medical advice if you think your dog is ill or hurt.

        In addition, the tips above you should also consider the hidden dangers in their habitat. If your dogs live inside you may be aware that many tragic accidents have occurred due to dogs chewing on or eating something they weren’t supposed to. To prevent accidents, go through your house and make sure everything is “dog-proofed.” That means not leaving cords and chargers on the floors, keeping medicine out of reach, and getting rid of potential hazards. Supervise your dog while they’re off-lead in the house or outside to make sure they don’t get into anything dangerous. 

        If your dogs lives outside, stay tuned or an article on the methods that can be used to keep them healthy.

        I hope these tips help you keep your dogs healthy and happy.

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