This short blog article is more emotive than anything else. As promised in this blog’s introduction, alarm bells are going to be raised in regard to the plight of dogs in all environments; residential, urban, rural, and out in the wild. This article’s title – dog health issues today – has been deliberately imposed. If you are one of those who already have an acutely sensitive regard to the canine species, you may already have started an online reading program of your own. You may also have noticed, that is to say, if you are a close reader, that this article’s title is not exactly an original one.

Well, my friends, so far so good then. It has drawn in your attention. New readers should carry out this simply exercise to see just how dire things are for dogs today. Simply re-type this article’s heading in your search engine field designated for this, and see how many titles of the same (or similar) name pop up. Frightful, isn’t it. Even if you don’t have a canine pet of your own at this time, there is still much that you can do to help preserve the species. There are, indeed, complex campaigns on the go, but at ground level, there are also a few basic, good neighborly things you could be doing today.

  • Walking the dog, not walking the plank – Do not become overly-vigilant in rounding up all those stray dogs in your neighborhood, but do make a conscious effort on your part to find dog-friendly homes for these poor lost dogs. And if you are young at heart, or truly young, you could earn a little pocket money by offering to take the abandoned dog out for a walk every day. That, of course, depends on whether you can successfully locate its owner, and, of course, there are ways and means that you can achieve this objective. Just check with your local authorities on how to get this search and rescue operation for dogs
  • Natural dog food imperatives – This is a two-tiered approach and invites you to take active control of your own nutritional health and not just that of the dogs. This is because the approaches you will adopt work equally well, with a few subtle differences here and there, of course, for the canine species. All you need to do is start applying the same, or similar, principles to your healthy dietary requirements, if you’ve already done this, to that of the dogs. Experts on dogs are all quite unanimous about this today. Organic and free range sources of meat-based protein, even if in compounded biscuit form, is much preferred in regard to providing dogs with much healthier and all-round meals.
  • Canine non-governmental interactions – Join up and sign up, that’s putting it as simply but as assertively as possible. You can just be a layman dog owner or a kind observer, and there’s still that bit that you can do that can help to preserve the endangered wild dog species, for instance. Just a little bit of your pocket change to a needy NGO looking after endangered canine species will already help. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s much more you can still do.
  • Report and advise – Sad to say this, but the preponderance of ignorance among the most kindly dog lovers can be quite tragic. So, if you see a poor little dog with a distended stomach, you may already have learned that the poor dog has not been fed properly. It’s complicated, as they say, but you could do both dog and its owner a kind service by discreetly popping some printed material on how to feed dogs correctly into your neighbor’s letter box. He or she may be none the wiser, but maybe, just maybe, that kind old gentleman or lady may take note and be startled into action.

Well, at this early stage, I think we’ve given you more than enough to chew on for now. It’s safe to say that no lines were blurred in encouraging you all to take decisive but not at all difficult action in trying to safeguard the lives of dogs.