A Longer Life For
You can prolong the lifespan of your PON'S
life, by following these tips:
How often do you exercise your PON ?
– Do you take your PON on regular walks every day or set
aside special play sessions ? PONS are sheepdogs and
need to exercise in order to maintain physical as well
as mental health. It is a known fact that healthy bodies
are better able to fight illness and exercise reduces
the chances of obesity and the risks of diabetes, joint
problems and heart disease as dog mature.
Well balanced diet – Dietary
requirements vary among dogs, due to differences in
lifestyles, age, breed and health conditions. If your
PON is a couch potato, you need to downsize the amount
of food he receives or be faced with an overweight PON
that is at high risk for a range of health issues. When
was the last time you thought out of the kibble bag ? Do
your own research and learn which foods offer
nutritional benefits. If you aren't able to switch away
from kibble, consider adding pumpkin, green beans,
yogurt,etc. to your PON'S daily diet.
Prevent Boredom – Lots of attention,
exercise and a "job" serve to prevent boredom and the
development of behavior problems in PONS. A happy, busy
PON is more likely to be a healthy one. If you need to
be away for several hours on a daily basis, leave a
veggie filled "Kong" toy to work on while you are away.
Make sure you have quality time together and plan
activities you will both enjoy. Visits to local parks or
long walks in the morning will make a big difference in
the life of your PON.
Vaccinations - Do your own thinking and
research on this issue. Join Yahoogroups where owners
compare experiences and information.
Keep in contact with your breeder - There is a
lot you can learn about your PON'S health history.
Stay informed- Continue to do your own
research on health issues, nutrition, vaccination
policies. This knowledge will prolong the lifespan of