I love having a lively and healthy dog running around my house. His bright eyes and wagging tail bring joy to my heart. There are a few things you can do to ensure this.
I purchased health insurance for him since he was a puppy. If he gets sick or gets into a mishap, vet bills can rack up pretty fast. It does not pay for everything, but I do not want to be put into a position where I have to decide between his life and me going to the poor house.
An overweight dog is an unhappy one. I see too many fat dogs waddling around on my travels. They suffer similar health issues as we do, such as arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. You are the adult here. It is your responsibility at weight management, not your dogs.
I try to choose excellent quality food. It doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. I feel my investment up front saves me in vet bills. The main problem with commercial food is that they cook it. It kills most of the live enzymes and phytonutrients. I supplement with a green source powder that supplies the live things he needs. Missing Link is one supplement I use.
Most people chuckle when I tell them this, but this is one of the best things you can do for your dog. I brush his teeth almost every night. Believe it or not he comes into the bathroom on his own after I finish brushing. I found a toothpaste with vanilla flavor he just loves. I started out with a finger cot with flavor on it when he was a pup. He got used to it very quickly and now he uses a baby toothbrush.
There are the obvious things like exercise, plenty of water, etc. All of these things help to ensure a happy healthy favorite best friend.