Having a dog as a pet provides you with loyalty, affection and love. For owners who live on their own with their canine companion or for large households who consider a dog part of the family, dog ownership comes with plenty of rewards. The following tips can help you care for your dog more effectively.
Always neuter or spay your pet. Research shows that doing this can make your animal live longer and reduce their cancer risks. In addition, spayed or neutered dogs aren’t as likely to roam away from your home, which can result in them getting run over by a vehicle, killed by a bigger animal, shot, or kidnapped.
If you are going to taking your dog on vacation, take a pic of him on your phone. That way, if he happens to get separated from the family, you have an up-to-date picture of him that is easily accessible for showing people or can be downloaded for printing up “lost” flyers.
If there are prescription medications in your home, be sure to keep it out of your dog’s reach. Swallowing just a few pills could lead to catastrophic health issues for your dog, including a seizure or heart attack. Call your vet as soon as possible if your dog swallows any pills.
Use flea treatments with caution. Some of them contain chemicals that can increase the risk of cancer in children, and are 1,000 times as strong as the safe levels recommended by the EPA. Discuss any concerns with your veterinarian, and see if he has more holistic treatment options that might help to keep your pet free from fleas and your family safe.
Ask your vet about which foods he can eat. A puppy’s stomach may not be able to handle particular foods, which may cause stomach issues. Use care when feeding your dog.
Speak to your vet about your dog’s eating habits. While some people follow the direction on the back of the dog food packaging, they are sometimes incorrect and may make your dog overweight. Speak with your vet and work out an appropriate eating plan for your dog.
Make sure that your dog’s nails are trimmed weekly. If they begin to curl under, you dog could experience quite a bit of pain. You can always do your own trimming with clippers from the store. It is best to take your dog to the groomer if you do not want to do it yourself.
Speak with a vet as soon as possible if you are adopting a dog. Animals from shelters sometimes have viruses or might have already been sick when taken in by the shelter. Make sure the new puppy gets their required shots before going home.
Make sure that your dog is not left alone outdoors all day. While this happens quite often, a dog needs interaction during the day. If your dog is alone outside, it will quickly get lonely. Also, when the weather gets bad, you need to keep your dog inside.
Taking care of a dog requires a lot of knowledge. It’s not just going for walks and providing food. You need to learn how to care properly for your dog. That ensures you both have many happy years ahead.