Don’t you love having a dog? There is a reason why dogs are the most popular pets around. They are active, loving and affectionate. Dogs make excellent friends. It’s important to be the best owner that you can, which means making sure that your dog is getting the care that they need. Here are some ways to do that.
It takes a lot of money to raise a dog. Every dog requires good quality food, general supplies and medical care; this can range in cost from $700 to $1000 per year. Emergency vet visits can cost a ton, so think about purchasing health insurance for your dog.
Your home must be dog-proofed. Take the time to tour your home with an eye for safety before you introduce your dog to your home. Hide cleaning supplies and medicines and hide trashcans in a cabinet. Research the toxicity of plants you own, and move or remove anything that might be an issue.
Just like people need regular yearly physicals, dogs need the same thing. Obviously, dogs don’t speak, so it can be hard to figure out when they’re having problems with their bones or teeth. A yearly checkup will help you find any problems before they become huge issues.
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. Also, dogs that get fixed won’t feel the need to wander away so that may mean that they won’t get into accidents like getting hit by a vehicle.
Don’t give table scraps to your dog. If you do, he will hang around you constantly wanting more every time you eat. Your dog may also stop eating his own food as much. Table scraps can negatively affect the dog’s health and cause digestive issues or obesity. Keep your dog away from the family dinner table for training purposes and to avoid any temptation.
Talk with your vet about the foods you should feed your dog. Puppies may lack the development needed to tolerate certain kinds of food without getting sick. Be safe when taking care of your dog.
Think about your own lifestyle when considering the dog breed you want. If you are a hunter for example, perhaps a retriever is the dog for you. On the other hand, if you are the type of person to sit at home, you need a smaller breed that will enjoy lounging around with you. Getting the right fit for you will give you both much more joy.
Avoid pushing things that your dog dislikes onto him. If you’ve purchased your dog treats that it doesn’t want to eat, set them aside. Keep an eye on your dog’s likes and dislikes.
Correct your dog’s bad behavior immediately. If you don’t address it head on, you will discover that it becomes more difficult to control in the future, possibly with disastrous consequences. The dog may harm somebody, even you, so control them.
Be sure to schedule a check up for your new friend with a trusted veterinarian. In fact, do it the same day as you bring the pet home so you don’t forget. Your vet will be able to give a clean bill of health, and appoint a schedule for vaccinations. Set up an appointment to have your dog fixed, too.
Just as your dog is a great companion to you, you must be a great companion to him/her. The advice you just read can help your dog remain healthy for many years to come. It is important to provide your dog with a good environment and take good care of it so it lives a long happy life.