Man's Best Friend —Your Dog
Whether a fancy show dog, a working animal, or your household companion, your dog will give you unconditional love and affection with a minimum of effort on your part. Here are some of the things you can do to create a positive relationship between you and your very best friend:
- Wellness care—This is the first step, as a healthy dog is a happy dog. From the day you bring your new dog home, until you say a sad good-bye to your aging friend, high quality health care is a must. Browse our website to learn more about wellness care and vaccines that will enhance and extend the life of your pet.
- Nutrition—If food is love, feed pet products meant for the breed, age, and condition of your dog, including treats. Just like human children, your dog depends upon you for healthy and delicious food in the right quantities. Of course, water is a necessary part of any canine diet and should be given freely unless your veterinarian advises otherwise. Read more about healthy feeding and positive nutrition for your dog.
- Quality time—Time spent in play, exercise, grooming, dental care, or just snuggling your dog is time well spent. Time spent in caring for health issues, such as grooming or dental care, nurtures your dog's overall well being while showing them you care. Visit our Pet Dental Care page to see how easy home dental care can be. And no one can deny that exercise is both healthy and fun for dog and owner alike. Read more about this subject on our Weight Management page. Socialization—positive interaction between you and your dog—is at the heart of a positive relationship, one that benefits both of you for a lifetime.
- Protection—We sometimes think of our pets as self-reliant, but they need protection, too. Make certain that your home is free from obvious hazards by getting down on the floor and looking around-the same principles that apply to baby proofing apply to your pets. Weather can harm any dog, both from heat or cold. Be certain your dog has protection from sun, cold, and rain, especially if you have outside areas for unsupervised play. Identification tags and a microchip are other ways to ensure a dog's safety if lost or on the run. Read our Veterinary Wellness Services page for more about our microchip service.
- Education—Pet owners have many resources today, through books, TV shows, the Internet, and especially your veterinarian. We are always pleased to offer resources and materials for your ongoing support in raising a happy, healthy member of your family. Check out our Pet Care handouts and videos for a variety of resources we hope you will enjoy .
- For the future—Learn all about the issues a puppy will face progressing from youth, to middle age, into maturity on our Senior Dog page—and find out how to make the transition a positive one!
Internal parasites can make your pet ill, cause internal damage to organs, and in some cases may lead to death. Early parasite detection and treatment can help avoid or eliminate these complications in your dog. Contact us for information about our simple exam process.
Finally, unless you plan to breed, we recommend you spay or neuter your dog. There are many benefits, both physical and social, to this simple surgery. Please feel free to bring your questions and concerns to us at your next veterinary visit.