Are you finding that your local food store does not offer the kind of food that you would like to feed your dog? Do you want to be a better dog owner? It’s time to make things right by your dog. Put the things you’re about to read into practice, and everything will fall into place for you.
Much like people in the United States, many dogs are overweight. Having a few extra pounds on their frame can lead to a number of health problems, like cancer or diabetes. Many owners simply overfeed their pets. Talk to your veterinarian about how many calories your dog needs each day so you can adjust their meals accordingly.
If you bring your pet on vacation with you, keep a picture of him with you, particularly on your phone. You’ll be prepared to take effective action in case your pet gets lost. You can use your recent photo to illustrate just what your dog looks like as well as to print up flyers, if necessary.
Choose the correct flea medicine for your dog. A large number of them contain high doses of carcinogens and other hazardous ingredients. Talk to your vet about safer options, especially when there are kids around.
Take your grown dog to the vet at least once a year. The vet will check to see if the dog’s vaccines up to date. In addition, the vet will check the dog’s teeth and vital signs. If any major health or behavioral issues come up between annual checkups, you should see the vet earlier.
Give your dog rawhide instead of real meat bones. Bones can lodge in the mouth or throat, causing devastating injuries. Rawhide is completely healthy and improves the teeth, and therefore is preferable to animal bones.
A dog that spends a lot of time outside should have a warm and safe shelter in case it is needed. A dog can get ill if he is left out in rough weather, so make sure you have a warm, dry dog house where he can rest. Keep your dog safe by giving him shelter.
Your dog’s nails should be trimmed regularly. If you neglect your dog’s nails, they will be in discomfort. You can trim them yourself with a pair of store bought clippers. If your dog does not respond well when you try to trim the nails, a groomer or even your veterinarian can handle the task.
Make sure your dog engages in sufficient amounts of exercise. Dogs need game time and regular exercise to keep them mentally and physically healthy and happy. Regardless of the activity you choose, whether it is a game of fetch or a walk around the neighborhood, both of you will benefit. It gives you exercise and helps develop a relationship that will last forever with your dog.
Owning a dog is both a privilege and a pleasure, especially when you make yourself a well-educated owner. There are plenty of food choices that are available to dog owners, some of which you may not see in your food aisle. Just keep everything you’ve read here in your mind and you shouldn’t have a problem finding a good diet for your dog.