Dog ownership is not a responsibility to take lightly. It is even somewhat akin to raising a child. While it is a tough job, it is possible to succeed by using smarts and patience. Keep reading for some great advice.
Hugs are good, but kisses should be avoided. Kisses seem nice, but dogs have very dirty mouths. Dogs poke around trash cans, love smelling and licking other dogs’ body parts and enthusiastically drink from toilet bowls. It is folk wisdom that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans. This is not true, at all!
If you’re taking your dog on a trip, be sure that you have a recent picture of them on-hand. In the event that he gets separated from you, you have easy access to a current photo to put on flyers that will help identify him.
Be wary when it comes to flea treatments. Quite a few of them use ingredients that are very unsafe for kids, including an ingredient that has been linked to cancer. Ask your vet about alternative treatments that are more family-friendly, and be sure to keep small children away during applications.
Try not to base your dog food choices on the price of the food. Less expensive dog foods include fillers and additives that are not beneficial to your dog’s health. Use an animal advocacy group or some kind of consumer awareness group to see if you can get a list of good foods that are professionally recommended. Your dog will be much better off.
Brushing your pup daily can do much more than reduce shedding in your home. A daily brush will make their coat radiant and shiny. Oil is distributed as you brush their hair, which keeps both fur and skin healthy.
Do not buy the cheapest dog food you can find. After a while it’s good for the dog if it has been eating nutritious and high quality food. Though this may cost you a bit more, you can rest easily knowing that the dog is eating properly.
You need to take your responsibilities as a dog owner seriously. Your dog must be cared for as carefully as you would take care of a child. He must have what he needs to thrive. It’s not going to be easy at first, but you should have the skills needed now to care for your pet. Advice has been provided to you here to help you meet your obligations.