Your PON'S Life
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
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 your PON. Avoid
being influenced by those with their own agenda. Every PON
is an individual and as an informed PON owner, you can
greatly influence the health and well being of your PON.
PON Digest is dedicated to assisting each and every PON
owner. If you have additional questions about PON health,
weight management and other issues, please send us
e-mails. We are here to help with a wide range of issues.