Owning a dog is a big responsibility. You need to keep your dog happy and healthy. Being aware of how to accomplish this balance means learning all that you can, which you can do by reading the useful information below.
Neuter or spay the dog. It is a known fact that doing this will lessen the probability of your dog getting cancer. It also keeps dogs from humping, running away from home or becoming violent at puberty.
Even if your dog is well-behaved, never leave home without putting him on a leash. Something could distract him, like a squirrel or a cat, causing him to leave your side. Your dog’s safety and behavior are your responsibility.
Rawhide is a great alternative to the meat bones that most people feed dogs. Real bones can splinter and can get caught in your dog’s mouth or digestive tract. Rawhide is much safer and also cleans teeth.
Don’t buy cheap dog food. It is important that your dog get nutrient dense, good quality food. Although the food may cost more, you know that your dog is receiving the correct nutrients from quality food.
Whatever your vet recommends, do it. There’s a reason dogs have to endure uncomfortable situations like a cone-collar! The recommendations of your vet are always in your dog’s best interest.
Separation anxiety could be a problem with your dog. If so, show him extra love and attention and leave music on while you are away. Having noise will help your dog feel more secure and comfortable while you are away. It can help his anxiety as he waits for your return.
If you’ve got just one dog and he doesn’t seem all that happy or is left alone a lot, think about getting him a friend. Because dogs typically run in packs, they typically love being around other canines. Ensure you carefully select your dog’s match based on behavior and energy levels. By doing this, both of your dogs will be happy.
Proper identification can help ensure that your pet is returned to you if he becomes lost. A good way to ensure your dog is returned if he is lost is to attach an identification tag to his collar. This tag needs to have the dog’s name as well as a way to contact you. Another option is to have a micro-chip put on your dog.
A dog should always be brought to the vet for regular checkups. Your pet will need to go to the vet so it can get tested for heart worms, get a general check up, and to see if the shots are still up to date. You will need to see a vet more often if the dog is a puppy. You will also need to see a vet right away if your dog starts showing signs of illness or injury.
Now that you know what to do, don’t wait to get started! Change your care habits to ensure that your dog is being properly taken care of. It makes no sense to get a dog if you do not plan to offer it a happy and healthy lifestyle.