The five key to keep a dog healthy and happy at home and enjoy it



There are different aspects that are important when we have a dog as a pet at home. Having a healthy pet means not only have it in a good state of health but also other aspects.

The care of the health of the pet, hygiene and proper education of the dog are the three pillars of good coexistence of dogs and people.


The health of your pet is a vital aspect, a healthy dog can bring problems, but a dog sick or weak health insurance that weIt will bring.

Ayou healthy habits are essential to maintain the good state of health of our pets:

  • Correct power
  • Routine veterinary visits and relevant vaccination
  • Regular physical activity


If we complement it with one (Also important for health) good hygiene and careful dog education important for the familia-perro relationship, we will have a set of issues that will greatly improve the relationship with our dog, their quality of life and the family.





Correct feeding:

Dogs should eat I think, many times we wonder if it would be better that the dogs ate home-cooked food, or if they can live well with what left of a House, as was done before. The answer is always the same, the dog feed is a complete food, balanced, formulated by veterinary nutrulogos which determine the needs of each dog according to their race, age, and physical activity and they develop the most complete and balanced diet.

The dog feed, provided that you buy the type that best suits our animal, will be the best food that we can give you our pet. We must comply with the measures recommended by the same brand or seek help from our vet, he will be the most suitable fortell us the amount of feed should eat and in cases that is necessary if we can complement it with any special dietary supplement.



Routine visits and vaccinations:

Not only by our mascot but also for all the others in the neighborhood, even by our own safety and those of people living with us or our neighbors is extremely important that we should day dog vaccinations primer.

Proper vaccination prevents disease which can lleGar to be very serious for our animals.



It is another important aspect, but sometimes forgotten pet, hygiene means not only take the clean dog, but take care of your skin, hooves, his mouth and therefore his breath, and takes place to defecate without discomfort and where us them we can pick up and deposit in the appropriate place.

Depending on type of dog, the breed of your physical activity we need to wash it more or less, and in certain breeds we have special attention to specific points. For example the Cocker have special tendency to recurrent, even chronic otitis because that due to the position of their ears and their size, ears breathe very little and is a breeding ground of excellent bacteria and fungi; avoided with a simple spray every time and a correct lavado the dog ears on a much more regular basis than is necessary in other races.

It is good to learn these aspects when we adopt or incorporate a new Member to the family. You can check in a multitude of forums specific breeds of dogs, breeding, canine clubs and of course whenever you have doubts to the vet.


Physical activity:

It is the great forgotten in Spanish dogs, I feel envy when I see in American films dogs doing physical activity with their owners by Central Park...

Some privileged Spanish dogs come out to walk three or four times a day, but leave to walk to do their needs and above all in winter these walks are limited almost exclusively to this activity. It is not it is wrong to take the dog to urinate or defecate, the problem isthat too many dogs just go out to urinate and defecate.

The ride should be an important part of the relationship of the owner with your pet, dog should feel free, satisfied, pleased with the ride and should serve to make this physical activity. It is therefore important that one or two rides that occurs the dog throughout the day rather longer and the dog, especially if he is young, can freely run, jump, play with other dogs...



Another aspect in which, as a whole although it hurts to admit it, we have been in Spain a few years of delay with regard to Western Europe and the United States, even with certain Latin American countries is the education of our dogs.

Many times we complain that they don't let us enter at hotels, in restaurants, in shops or cafes withour dog. It is true that we can against many problems if we are looking for a hotel where accept pets in certain Spanish cities. Instead many have traveled to the Netherlands, Belgium, or of course to the United Kingdom and we have seen small aircraft in dogs, and dog more large in cafés and restaurants. We have seen them but neither heard them, or we've smelled them or we have noticed its presence until the owners of the animal out of the local. The dog was missing all the time who was in the restaurant. Nothing like the dogs you can find at beach bars, which is of the few sites where accepted them, and not always, competing by the croquette of the neighbor or the piece of ham that has fallen to the Lady by directly cuttlefish grilled which have brought you and smell great.

We must sing a mea culpa collective about the education of Spanish dog cabin, more and better education and better respect and compression by persons who have no pet. A dogthat you don't mind anyone would not count to no one and few people are opposed to their presence. A dog dirty, with a foul-smelling breath when he throws it directly to the baby face of the neighbor who in his pram by filling of babas and scaring the child is normal cause any visible reaction of the parents of the child.


Antoni Ramon Boixaderas

Physiotherapist specializing in animals

Professor at the Universitat de Girona

Technical Director of canine orthopedics



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