Dealing With Dogs? What You Should Know First
Are you considering the idea of adopting a dog? Do you already own a dog? In either case, here are some great ideas to make your life, and your dog’s, easier. This information will make dog ownership a joy and help ensure that your dog lives a happy and healthy life.
It is expensive to own a dog. Not only do you have to buy food, but you have to pay their vet bills and purchase other items that they need. You could spend as much as a thousand dollars in one year on your pet! One huge expense you might encounter is emergency vet care, so you may want to think about getting health insurance for your pet.
It is fine to hug your dog, but avoid those wet kisses. Dogs lick dirty things you don’t even want to think about. Dogs go through garbage cans, toilet bowls, and love smelling and licking specific body parts of some other dogs. Some believe the mouth of a dog is even cleaner than our own. However, this simply is not the case.
A physical is good for you, and a yearly vet trip is good for your dog. Since your dog doesn’t talk, you may have difficulty figuring out if a tooth starts hurting or where arthritis is developing. You need to go to the vet every year to get a check up.
Be sure your dog is neutered or spayed. Research has proven that this can reduce your dog’s risk of cancer and make them healthier in general. Dogs who have been neutered or spayed are also less likely to run or wander away from home.
As soon as you notice your dog engaging in bad behaviors, immediately try to correct them. The longer you ignore it, the more difficult it will be to correct it later, and the consequences could be dire. Not only will it be difficult to curb the bad behavior, he can pose physical harm to you or someone you love.
The daily brushing of your dog’s coat is beneficial, in more ways that just stopping constant shedding. Brushing your dog every day helps its coat become beautiful and shiny. The brushing motion encourages distribution of the skin’s oil, leaving the coat healthy, soft and glossy.
Your dog’s claws must be trimmed. Your dog will be in pain if the nails begin curling. It is easy to keep nails trimmed with simple implements available at pet stores. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own then you can hire a groomer to do it for a little bit of money.
Always follow any instructions from the vet carefully, especially if your dog requires medication or other special attention. Dogs do not like having a cone around their head, but it was given for a reason. You will leave your dog open to serious health problems down the line if you do not follow the advice from your vet for the health of your dog.
Some dog breeds are more likely than others to develop certain health issues. Research his background and prepare for problems he might have. Talk to your vet about prevention, too.
Can you recall all of the great points made in the above article? If you did not, consider rereading a few of the tips. You will be relieved when you have a problem and already know how to rectify the situation. These tips should be applied daily to have a great relationship with your pup.