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Five Vet Tips To Keep Your Dog Healthy In DC

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Keep your furry family members safe and healthy all year long with a few simple tips from area veterinarians. Obesity and improper nutrition are the easiest ways to lose your pets at a young age. Don’t be an oblivious puppy parent: Live and learn from the people who know your pet’s needs best.

Nutrition

The Big Bad Woof

117 Carrol St. Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20012
(202) 291-2404


Hours: Mon to Fri –10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat and Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nutrition is an important component in keeping your pooch healthy. The lack of a proper diet can affect the dog’s coat, activity level, weight and gastro function. Choose pet foods that offer high-protein (meat as the first ingredient listed), low-additive formulas. Whole grains and sweet potatoes beat out corn and corn meal every time.

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Exercise

Brighter Days Dog Walking Collective
Contact via web form

Price: $16 per walk single dog/$20 per walk two dogs/$60 per day for dog watching one dog/$80 per day for dog watching two dogs/$15 per visit for any number of cats

Obesity-related illnesses kill of pets as well as their people. The amount of routine exercise necessary for each dog is based on its size, breed and age, but all dogs need exercise to prevent boredom and obesity. On average, a dog should exercise at least once a day.

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Dental Care

Dupont Veterinary Clinic

2022 P St. Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 466-2211


Hours: Mon to Thurs – 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Fri – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If plaque and tar build on dogs teeth, it can cause serious health problems, even death. Brushing on a regular basis and using oral rinses are preventive steps to keep your dogs’ breath smelling good and keep owners apprised of broken teeth and dangerous abscesses.

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Grooming

Fur-Get Me Not Self-Serve Dog Wash

1722 Florida Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 319-7387

Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri – 9 a.m. to noon; Tues and Thurs – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat and Sun 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Grooming is a must for every dog, whether it’s a simple scrub down or an extensive two-coat brushing and trimming. Grooming routines not only keep dogs healthy and smelling good, they strengthen pet/parent bonds. Prevent skin infection, itchiness and painful nails by staying on top of trimming.

Warning Signs and Wellness

Glenvilah Veterinary Clinic

12948 E. Travilah Rd.
Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 963-4664

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fri – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun – closed

Be aware of the warning signs. If dogs suddenly lose or gain weight dramatically, have trouble with urinating or defecating, or suddenly become listless, call the veterinarian. Most are happy to answer questions, especially if they’re familiar with your pet and its risk factors.

Carly Mannava is a freelance writer living in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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