With more than 39% of households owning a dog in Australia, it’s clear that we’re a nation of pet lovers and it’s easy to see why. Dogs are loyal, faithful companions who’ll love us unconditionally, no matter what. They make wonderful family members, and we can barely imagine our lives without them.
Sadly, the idea of our dogs suddenly falling ill is utterly heart-breaking, simply because they can’t tell us what’s wrong or how bad they’re feeling. Then it’s down to a trusted veterinarian to give us the reassurance we need… Fortunately, there are ways you can keep some illnesses at bay; by strengthening your dog’s immune system and promoting a healthy living environment, your pet could have a better chance of not only fighting off illness but avoiding it altogether.
Want to know more? Read on for some candid ways you can strengthen your dog’s immune system.
Promote a healthy, nutritious diet
Just like our own health, diet plays an important role in maintaining good levels of health and wellbeing in your dog. By promoting a healthy, nutritious diet your dog will have all the nutrients and antioxidants they need to maintain good levels within their immune system, keeping illness at bay. Finding a good supply of pet food can help you source the right brand for your dog and ensure that any dietary requirements are met – you’ll find a range of grain free dog food available here. When searching for dog food consider antioxidant-rich ingredients such as apples, beans, cabbage, cooked potatoes and barley grasses.
Keep their possessions clean
Dog bowls and chew toys can get incredibly messy and unhygienic. Making them a breeding ground for bacteria and even illnesses. You’re probably aware of the things your dog likes to sniff, lick and eat whilst they’re out and about, and it’s those germs and bacteria that they’re bringing indoors. Washing your dogs’ bowls and their chew toys regularly gives your dog’s immune system a bit of a break and can help stop the spread of germs. Don’t worry about using special soaps, just a quick hand wash or dishwasher cycle is all it takes!
Keep their home stress-free
Again, much like their owners – when dogs become stressed it can inhibit their immune system and make them more susceptible to disease and germs. If you want your dog to maintain high levels of health, then maintaining a stress-free living environment is key. That means providing them with a place to relax and unwind without being bothered by others, regular exercise and a predictable routine.
Head to the vet
Regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations and gathering information from your veterinarian about your dog’s health will give you a better understanding of how to prioritise their immune system and to keep them happy, healthy and their tails wagging. If you’re concerned about your dog’s health for any reason, no matter how minor, book an appointment.
As a nation of pet lovers, we must put the health of our pets first and take the necessary steps to preserve their well-being. Consider the points above to get started!