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Published: Nov 14, 2011

Keeping a dog safe and healthy requires a lot of dedication from their owner. While sticking to exercise routines and feeding your pet nutritionally rich dog food is key to maintaining health, dogs also require routine health care. Vaccines can help a dog ward off potentially life-threatening diseases like Distemper and Parvovirus and preventatives help keep your dog free from heartworms, fleas, and ticks.

Heartworm prevention is necessary for dogs, as they can develop an infestation of the potentially life-threatening parasites. reports there are several options for a dog—as preventative medications come in oral pill form, topical treatments or injectable methods. A vet can help an owner decide which is right for their dog.

According to the site, the best way to raise a healthy dog is through the promotion of a strong and thriving immune system. This means that pet owners must supply their dog with hearty and high-quality dog food and make sure to give it adequate exercise. VCA Animal Hospitals recommends that dogs get in at least two 30 minute walks a day - and that owners stay on top of its vaccinations and veterinarian health clinic visits.