There are many kinds of dogs and many kinds of families. By knowing a few things about caring for a dog, you can be better prepared to own one. Keep reading to learn about your pet and its health.
Make sure your home is dog-proof. Take the time to tour your home with an eye for safety before you introduce your dog to your home. All cleaning materials and drugs must be put away, and put your trash receptacle inside a cabinet. Some very common plants are quite toxic to animals, so always make sure they are out of reach.
Store your prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines in a safe place where your dog cannot get them. If the dog gets near the pills, then just a few of them could do serious harm and result in a trip to emergency room. When your dog happens to get at your meds, call the vet ASAP.
Don’t give in to the urge to feed your dog food meant for humans. Your dog will constantly beg for food when you are eating and will not be hungry when the time to feed it comes. “People food” can also make dogs sick and contribute to obesity. Make your dog leave the room if he begins to beg, or train him to spend mealtimes in another room entirely.
Ask your vet about which foods he can eat. Depending on the type and age of dog, if you purchase the wrong kind of food it may upset their stomach. Be safe when taking care of your dog.
Avoid buying your dog bargain-based food. Cheap brands usually are loaded with additives that can be bad for health. Check out professional recommendations from groups online. The higher quality food will benefit your dog profoundly.
Let your dog have rawhide rather than bones from the meat you eat. Bones can lodge in the mouth or throat, causing devastating injuries. Rawhide is great for oral health, so don’t give Rover any of your T-bone, regardless of how much you know he wants it.
A dog that spends a lot of time outside should have a warm and safe shelter in case it is needed. If your dog’s feet get wet, then the continued exposure can lead to stress and other health issues. Make certain your dog house has a good floor that keeps your dog up off the ground and dry.
Avoid pushing things that your dog dislikes onto him. If you’ve bought a treat that your dog doesn’t seem to interested in, don’t try to make your dog eat it. Not all dogs like the same things.
Are you more confident that you know a bit more about caring for your dog? You should have all the info you need, so you do not have to be concerned anymore. Use the above advice and keep your dog happy and heathy.