Beginner’s Guide To Caring For Dogs

Do you wish the grocery store had more choices when it comes to what you feed your dog? Many pet owners are casting a more critical eye on the mass produced food that may not provide the nutrition your pet need. Many people just don’t know where to start. With a little sound advice, (like the tips you’ll find below) treating your dog well is a real breeze.

Your home needs to be ‘dog-proofed’. Your entire home should be safe prior to bringing the dog inside. Medicine and cleaners should be stored, and indoor trash should be placed in a cabinet. Make sure no toxic plants are in the vicinity of your dogs.

Hugs are great, but steer clear of kisses. Dog kisses are adorable, but your dog’s mouth is really dirty. Dogs poke around trash cans, love smelling and licking other dogs’ body parts and enthusiastically drink from toilet bowls. There is an old wives’ tale that says that the mouth of a dog is cleaner than that of a human. This is simply false.

Get your dog spayed or neutered. A neutered dog will live longer and have less risks of developing cancer. A spayed or neutered dog is also less likely to stray from its home, meaning it won’t risk getting lost or winding up in a street accident.

Ask your vet what kinds of foods you should feed to your dog and what to stay away from. Different breeds and stages of development might mean that certain brands and types of food cause an upset stomach. Use care when feeding your dog.

Talk to your vet about appropriate nutrition for your canine. The amounts on the label might not apply in your dog’s situation. Your vet should be able to let you know what your dog’s specific needs are.

Brushing your dog every day is going to stop them from shedding in your home, but more than that. It leaves them looking gorgeous, for one thing. This is mainly due to the fact that brushing allows the oils in the skin to be distributed evenly. That keeps the skin soft, shiny, and healthy.

Set up a vet check for a new dog. Don’t wait to long to make your appointment. Your vet will provide a full check up and establish vaccination dates. In addition, consult your vet about spaying or neutering your dog. The shelters are already overcrowded, so you do not want to make that problem worse.

As you can see, caring for a dog is a big responsibility. There is more than just food when it comes to dogs. Keep the ideas from this piece in mind to ensure a lifetime of quality care for your dog.