Dog ownership isn’t easy. You will need to give them the right foods, take them out and care for them daily. Do you know everything there is to know about dog care? Read on to find out.
You must dog-proof your residence. Prior to bringing the pooch home, check that the whole home is safe. Store things like meds and cleaning products in a safe location, and be sure to keep any indoor trash cans behind a cabinet. Some houseplants are toxic and need to be kept out of your dog’s reach.
Your dog needs annual medical exams. Your dog can’t speak to tell you he’s in pain. Annual checkups can catch issues before they develop into something serious.
Be wary when it comes to flea treatments. Some treatments contain dangerous ingredients that may put your kids at risk for diseases like cancer. Talk to your veterinarian about the safest options, and don’t let your kids near the dog while you’re doing a treatment.
Let your dog have rawhide rather than bones from the meat you eat. Real bones can chip and splinter, this can cause your dog to choke and wreak havoc on his 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.
A dog’s bad behavior should always be corrected whenever you see the first signs of it. If you let it fester it can only make the problem much worse and eventually the dog becomes extremely difficult to train. If you don’t get his behavior under control, your dog could end up biting someone.
Make sure that you’re giving your dog enough exercise. Dogs require metal and physical exercise to ensure a happy puppy. No matter what you do, whether it’s going for a long walk or simply throwing a ball or stick, both you and your dog will benefit. Not only will your canine buddy get the stimulation required for staying healthy, the two of you will bond much more closely.
Schedule a vet appointment for the new dog. Once the dog arrive home, place a call to the vet and schedule that appointment. The veterinarian will make sure your pet is as healthy as you think he is and also talk to you about vaccinations. Talk with a vet about your dog being spayed or neutered. There are lots of homeless dogs and you don’t want to make the problem worse.
You now know a thing or two about dogs. This information provides a good foundation for dog ownership that you can build on in years to come. As long as you use what you have learned, your dog will thank you for your efforts with love and affection.