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Make a resolution to keep your dog safe
With every new year comes promises of getting in shape, being kinder to others or being more "green," and although many of these resolutions fall through, one that should be kept is keeping your dog healthy. This goal may be more attainable than others, as most owners will stop at nothing to ensure their pets are safe and well taken care of.
Although owners may try their hardest to keep up with a safe routine, there are certain extras to watch out for that can ensure dogs stay out of the emergency room in 2012.
According to the source, you should always have your dog on a leash no matter what. Even if your dog is perfectly trained to "come," "sit" or "stop" on command, every person and every animal can sometimes make mistakes. Even the most well-trained dog may forgo its owners instructions to stop when it sees a critter to chase in the woods. A Flexi Retractable Leash may be a suitable option for impeccably trained dogs, as it gives a canine ample room to roam and an owner the ability to reel it in close in case of cars or other threats.
Being alert on walks in another way to keep a dog safe this year. You've most likely encountered other dogs while going for a stroll and though you know how your own dog will react to another canine, you can't predict the attitude of the other. In these scenarios it's best to keep your dog close and speak to the other owner before deciding if the two can play.
Another important health resolution for make is to start brushing your dog's teeth. A clean mouth means a healthy dog, so you should try it out for the good of your canine. Start by using pet supplies like Max's Super Dental Wipes that resemble baby wipes and are used as a cloth to wipe down a dog's teeth and gums. After your dog gets used to the sensation and the taste, start using an actual toothbrush and animal toothpaste. The C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Kit for Dogs and Cats comes with everything you need – finger toothbrushes, toothpaste and two brush heads. Treats like Greenies for Dogs also support a clean mouth and have a taste dogs love.
Like humans, dogs may need help to age gracefully. If you have a large breed that is susceptible to issues like arthritis or hip dysplasia, you may want to start it on joint supplements like Glyco Flex III or Dasuquin to keep its body strong. A daily vitamin like Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet also works to improve eye, heart, brain, coat and skin health for life.