Make Sure You Read This If You Have A Dog!
Taking in a dog is a massive responsibility. You are responsible for making sure your pet leads a happy and healthy life. In order to have a happy, and healthy, dog, you’ll need to learn all that you can.
You need to take your older pet to the vet at lease once a day. Obviously, dogs don’t speak, so it can be hard to figure out when they’re having problems with their bones or teeth. An annual checkup can help catch such issues before they become a major problem.
Be wary of the flea treatment you’re going to use on your dog. Many contain ingredients that are dangerous to children. Talk to your veterinarian about the safest options, and don’t let your kids near the dog while you’re doing a treatment.
Talk to the vet about which foods you should avoid giving the dog. Different breeds and stages of development might mean that certain brands and types of food cause an upset stomach. You should be careful when you are feeding your dog.
Purchase a dog that can keep up with your lifestyle. If you are a hunter for example, perhaps a retriever is the dog for you. On the other hand, a cuddly small dog may be perfect for those who enjoy a quiet evening reading on the couch. Keeping a mismatch out of play makes both of you happy.
Take your time to teach your dog what kind of behavior is right or wrong as soon as it occurs. If you let it fester it can only make the problem much worse and eventually the dog becomes extremely difficult to train. Your dog could hurt somebody, including you, so keep him under control.
If you’re adopting a dog through a local shelter, try scheduling a vet appointment right away. Animals from shelters sometimes have viruses or might have already been sick when taken in by the shelter. You should also get your dog all of his shots before bringing him into your home.
Be sure to schedule a check up for your new friend with a trusted veterinarian. Immediately after bringing home the new dog, schedule a checkup with your veterinarian. Your vet will administer the necessary shots and make sure your dog is in good health. Also discuss with your vet about spaying or neutering your dog because there is a problem of over-population of dogs in shelters.
You can always choose to foster a dog for a few weeks if you’re not sure about making the full commitment of dog ownership. There are plenty of animals sitting in homeless shelters who desperately need a home due to over-crowding and limited shelter resources. You can give a hand by fostering a dog without a home and try on the role of dog owner too!
Prevent matting on your dogs paws by keeping the area well trimmed. Before you trim, carefully run a comb through the hairs to separate them. If you’re uncomfortable trimming hair, you should probably have your dog groomed by a professional.
There’s nothing stopping you from putting these tips into action immediately. Adjust your habits a bit, and you will reap the benefits. You owe it to your dog to provide him with the best life possible.