Your 11-month-old bouncy young dog is on his way to becoming emotionally mature. They become confident, alert, and teachable. This is an exciting and challenging time for you and your furry friend.
Your 11-month-old pup is all set for his first annual wellness exam. You can consider it as routine maintenance for your dog. These vet checkups give you a chance to track your dog’s growth and discuss any questions about dog's health with your vet.
Vet annual examinations are a key part of preventive care. During your dog's annual physical exam, your vet will inspect your dog from head to tail.
• Your vet will examine your dog's ears and eyes for redness or discharge.
• He will listen to your dog's heart and lungs during the exam for any potential problems.
• Your vet will examine your dog's coat and skin. He may be able to identify any lumps, itchy spots, excessive shedding, tangles, or mats.
• He will check your pup for ticks and fleas.
• Your 11-month-old pup will also receive his yearly vaccinations. Make sure to take your vet’s advice on a proper vaccination schedule.
• Your vet may make suggestions for your dog’s nutrition and dental care.
• He may also suggest activities and medications specific to your pup’s health status.
Pet Parent Tip: Bring some healthy treats for your pup before and during the exam. This will help his association for future visits.
Never hesitate to ask questions from your vet about your dogs health.
• Discuss how much exercise your dog needs and how much he receives.
• Mention issues with limping, skin and nail problems, or other concerns with his overall health.
• Mention your questions about your dog's temperament, eating habits, appetite, urination, and defecation.
• Also discuss any changes in your dog's ability to exercise.
Try to stay calm and positive when you visit your vet’s office for the first time.
Your 11 months old dog is now ready to transition to adult dog food. As a responsible dog owner, you must be concerned about which food contributes to the overall health of your dog.
Every dog is different with how easily they accept dietary changes. When switching from one dog food to another, make the transition slowly. Always allow 7 - 10 days for the transition. Gradually add more of the new food and less of the previous dog food to your dog's meal. Repeat this until the switchover is complete.
Switching foods very quickly can lead to digestive disruption like diarrhea and vomiting. By gradually switching to adult food, you can ease your dog onto a new diet with less difficulty. If you want your pup to be in a good physical condition and full of energy, it is essential to feed him properly. The ideal food is the one that ensures all the nutrients your puppy needs for growth and development.
Dog's food requirements vary with dog's breed, age, gender, and activity level. The number of meals you feed your dog each day may change as they grow.
Most commercial dog food products also provide detailed feeding guides on the food's packaging. You can consult your vet for more precise guidelines for your dog’s individual nutritional needs.
Pet Parent Tip: The best adult canine food for your dog should be elaborated on the recommendations of veterinary dieticians.
Choosing a good food for your dog is not always easy. It supports your dog's healthy weight and overall well being. Let's have a look at the benefits of good dog food:
• Good muscle tone: High-quality adult dog ensure that your dog gets the amino acids they need for good muscle tone.
• Overall well-being: Good adult food provide necessary proteins, vitamins, and minerals. These are important for a dog's general well-being.
• Appropriate energy levels: Your canine's body requires energy to function. Good quality dog foods provide great energy sources that your dog can use over a longer time.
• Feeling of fullness: Adult dog food gives your dog a satisfying feeling of fullness after every meal.
• Healthy immune system: A good adult dog food provides an overall boost in your dog's immune system.
You can help your dog live his best life! A healthy dog can save you from a lot of stress in the long run. If you are not sure what is good for your dog - we'd be happy to help!