As a dog owner, it is our responsibility to constantly monitor the health of our pups. Whether you have one dog, or several, each dog needs to make sure that he has your undivided attention to make sure he is healthy. The more time you spend with your dog, the more time you’ll get a better understanding of your dog’s behavior, and what is normal for him or her. Anytime you notice something strange or weird, you should definitely investigate the occurrence because you never know when it could be a serious health problem.
A dog’s sleeping patterns can say a lot about how he is feeling as well. Some dogs develop a habit of sleeping in the same bed as you. As a dog owner, I welcome this notion and find it comfortable; however, some dog owners don’t allow this. Nevertheless, dogs are known to be very habitual and live by their habits. If a dog regularly sleeps in your bed, then all of a sudden stops – something is most likely wrong. Maybe it’s the jump up to your bed that he doesn’t like, or maybe he is getting irritable during sleep and will find himself moving about the house when he should be sleeping. Whatever the case is, definitely investigate it.
Some people say certain dog types just simply don’t develop health problems – this is absolutely false. While it is true that some breeds have better immune systems and thus are more rare to develop issues, no dog is invincible from nature’s wrath. In general however, large dogs seem to be a bit healthier than smaller dogs. For some reason larger dogs are less known to get sick and they commonly have stronger immune systems. The smaller you go, the more likely it is that your dog will get sick. This is because smaller dogs, like medium-sized dog breeds, aren’t reliant on being active and getting physical exercise like larger dogs are. A lack of physical exercise will inevitably lead to health problems.
But again, no matter what kind of dog you have – be a responsible dog owner and monitor your pup’s health. Constantly make sure that he or she is getting exercise, eating right, and not developing any unsafe behavioral habits!