People have been domesticating dogs for eons. Humans and dogs are meant to interact and everyone should be glad. However, your dog must be properly cared for. Here are a few ways you can make sure your dog is happy and healthy.
In the same way that a yearly physical is helpful to you, a yearly trip to the veterinarian is a must for your dog. Since your dog cannot talk to you, it may be hard to determine when arthritis is setting in or a tooth begins hurting. Regular checkups will assure these issues are caught before they turn into something big.
If you’re taking your dog on a trip, be sure that you have a recent picture of them on-hand. By doing this, in case your dog gets lost, you can provide others with a picture and easily put up flyers, which will assist in finding your dog.
When you have medications of any sort, keep them where your dog cannot get to it. Swallowing just a few pills could lead to catastrophic health issues for your dog, including a seizure or heart attack. If your pet does manage to ingest some medicine, contact the vet right away.
Rather than merely using verbal commands, it is wise to utilize hand signals when training your dog. Dogs tend to read body language and signs very well. Experiment with each way and determine what works.
Talk to your vet about what foods are best for your dog. Certain brands may not be right for a small pup and could cause him to get a stomachache or become sick. Use care when feeding your dog.
Instead of feeding your dog meat bones, give him rawhide. Real bones can chip and become lodged in harmful place such as the digestive tract. Rawhide has been proven to be healthy for your dog. It is excellent for its teeth too, so do not give in to the temptation to give your dog a real bone no matter how hard it begs.
If you want to keep your dog outside, build him or her a small shelter. Wet feet and cold fur can bring on health problems. Build a shelter yourself or purchase a kit from the nearest pet store.
If your vet prescribes medication, always carefully follow the provided instructions. Your dog likely will not enjoy wearing a cone, but the vet prescribed it for good reason. The vet doesn’t give advice for no reason, and it can be dangerous to now do what is advised.
If your female dog is in heat, be very careful with her around other dogs or she may become pregnant. Males can smell her scent for miles. This causes fights as well as sexual behavior.
Your dog needs to wear some sort of identification in case he escapes your house. A good way to ensure your dog is returned if he is lost is to attach an identification tag to his collar. Put your own name and contact information on it, along with your dog’s name. You can also have your dog micro-chipped.
As a dog owner, you need to repay your dog’s affection with responsible, reliable care. The information you have read should get you well on your way to being a great dog owner. Just use the things you’ve learned here on a daily basis and you will have a happier pet.