Owning a dog isn’t easy. Just like children, dogs need to be groomed, fed a nutritious diet, have plenty of exercise, and visit the doctor regularly. So, how do you know what to do? The following tips will teach you how to take great care of your dog.
A physical is good for you, and a yearly vet trip is good for your dog. Your dog is not able to talk, so it is not easy to know when he’s got arthritis or an aching tooth. A checkup every year can make sure that issues are caught before he is suffering too much.
Store your prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines in a safe place where your dog cannot get them. Swallowing even one pill can end very badly, with a sick or dying dog. If this does happen, call your vet immediately.
Choose the correct flea medicine for your dog. A lot of them have chemicals that might be bad for kids! Talk to the vet about different forms of treatment that are safer for use around small kids.
Ask your vet what kinds of foods you should feed to your dog and what to stay away from. A puppy’s stomach may not be able to handle particular foods, which may cause stomach issues. Always be cautious about dog food.
Speak with your vet about how much food should your dog be eating each day. Many people look at the guidelines on the dog food bag; the problem with this is that some of the recommendations may be inaccurate and could cause your dog to gain weight. Speak with a vet to see what you should be feeding your dog according to its needs.
Now that you have learned more about caring for and enjoying your dog, you are ready to apply your knowledge. 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.