Take Care Of Your Dog Well With These Tips.
Having a dog for a pet is a joyful experience, but sometimes, it can be hard. To get the most of the time spent with the dog, keep certain things in mind. Keep reading for some helpful advice on becoming a great dog owner.
Keep in mind that dogs are expensive. Food, supplies and vet bills can add up to $1,000 or more per year. Emergency visits to the vet can cost thousands, so you may want to invest in health insurance for your dog.
If you’re on any kind of medication, even if it’s over-the-counter, you need to keep it away from your dog. Dogs can have very negative side effects from even small amounts of medications intended for humans. Make sure you have your veterinarian’s number handy in case your dog does accidentally swallow your medicine.
Keep a leash on your dog at all times. Something could distract him, like a squirrel or a cat, causing him to leave your side. Your dog is your responsibility.
Don’t get your dog food based on how cheap it is. Cheap brands usually contain ingredients that can be harmful to the health of your dog. You can get a list of veterinarian-recommended foods from your vet or from animal advocacy groups or consumer awareness groups. Your dog will enjoy and benefit much more from healthier food.
Correct bad behavior the first time you see it from your dog. When you ignore this behavior, your dog thinks that it is okay. If your dog is not under control, he could end up hurting you or someone else.
Prevent matting on your dogs paws by keeping the area well trimmed. Clean and comb the hair before you trim it. If you’d prefer, you could have a groomer do this for you.
When giving your dog medication or special treatment, follow vet instructions closely. Your dog may hate wearing a cone, however it is prescribed for good reason. Any thing that your vet tells you to do should be done to ensure a healthy dog.
Some dog breeds are more prone to problems than others and you should know if your dog could have problems. Research his background and prepare for problems he might have. Also, talk to your vet about things that can be done to increase the odds for your dog’s breed.
You can find many types of dogs at the pound, even pure breeds. A lot of dog owners leave their pet at the pound if they do not want them or cannot keep them. Call the pound to see what they have available. You may save a poor dog’s life if you do this.
If you want to establish a great relationship with your dog, and see that he remains happy and healthy, there are a number of things that you must do. It’s not all peaches and cream. You need to be responsible in your care. Take the information learned today and use it to make the experience with your dog very rewarding.