If you are reading this, chances are you already know that sharing your life with a pet can improve your health and happiness. Having a pet also brings certain responsibilities for the pet owner. They include many items we are well aware of, like proper nutrition, exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and veterinarian visits among other things. Even with that knowledge, the reality is a lot of pets are still in bad health, and in many cases the pet owner is unaware of the issues, or can't afford to properly care for the pet. This post has been created with that in mind. Listed below are some basic tips that are either free, low cost, or preventative in nature reducing the chance of future, much more expensive or devastating alternatives. These tips help you stay in tune with your dog, and can help you notice small things before they lead to big things.