Dogs are known as man’s best friend and have that title for a reason. They are your loyal companions and are always there when you need them. Caring for your companions is a responsibility of all pet owners, which takes effort and commitment.
We will discuss some important tips to ensure they are kept healthy and happy:
Provide a well-balanced healthy diet
A well-balanced healthy diet is essential to your companion’s well-being and health. The food you choose needs to meet their nutritional requirements. A puppy’s needs are significantly different from an adult dog’s needs and your choice of food should be made with that in mind. Additionally, it’s important to follow the instructions on how and how much to feed them. This ensures that your companions do not become obese and that they receive a well-balanced amount of nutrients to support health and optimal growth.
A sudden change in your companion’s diet can cause gastrointestinal upset, leading to symptoms such as diarrhoea and decreased appetite. Therefore, when changing to your companion’s choice of food it’s important to transition them over slowly as seen in Figure 2. This allows the digestive system enough time to adjust to the new ingredients. Dogs should be fed at least one to two times a day at approximately 8 to 12-hour intervals. It is important to always provide your companion with easy access to clean cool water. The water and feeding bowls should be cleaned between each meal to ensure there are no harmful bacteria present.
Figure 1 is an example of a feeding table and can be found on the bags of Novatek’s new dog food NovaDog Adult.
Vaccination and vet visits
It’s essential for your pet’s health and the health of your local community to ensure that your companions are fully vaccinated. Serious diseases such as rabies, distemper, and parvovirus can be avoided by doing so. A regular check-up with your vet helps keep your companion’s vaccines up to date.
Your companions require regular exercise to stay healthy and happy. Depending on the breed, age, and size of the dog, the level of exercise will differ. Activities such as playing fetch and taking them on walks are good ways to ensure that you and your best friend stay fit and healthy.
Training and socialisation
Training and socialisation are important parts of looking after your companion. These help to reduce aggressive behaviour by developing boundaries and teaching them social skills. Training should start at a young age as younger dogs will respond better to training than older dogs. In conclusion, taking care of your companion requires time, effort, and commitment. Dogs bring us so much joy, and we must ensure they live happy and healthy lives. We at Novatek always endeavour to provide quality dog food for both adults and puppies. Our unique blend of botanical extracts offers extra antioxidant support to your dog’s natural defence against harmful stressors and premature ageing.
For information on Novatek’s dog feed contact Robert Kanyembo, Novatek’s National Sales Manager at (+260) 97-125-2522.