Raising a dog is a big undertaking and long term commitment. The responsibilities that come along with owning a pet are numerous, however so are the rewards. This article aims to provide you with a few useful tips to help you with the different aspects of owning and caring for a dog.
Schedule regular veterinary visits. Regular veterinary exams are extremely important for your dog’s overall health – as with humans, it is important to catch any health problems early on. The vet will make sure that your dog is up to date on his vaccinations, and check for any other issues such as weight and dental problems or parasites.
Don’t give your dog real bones. Giving them actual bones may cause them to fall apart and become lodged in the digestive tract or oral cavity of your dog. In contrast, rawhide has health benefits for your pet.
Keep your dog at a healthy weight. Plenty of dogs are overweight, and just like humans, this can lead to health issues. People tend to overfeed their dogs, and many also feed them table scraps. A dog doesn’t need as many calories as most people think; talk to your vet about how much you should feed him each day, and what food is most suitable. A vet will advise you based on his size, age and lifestyle.
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If you are going to get a dog from the shelter, make a appointment with the vet. Shelter dogs have likely been exposed to all kinds of viruses, such as parvo and distemper, which are deadly. You need to ensure your dog gets their shots.
Your dog is a member of your family and when they go missing it can bring fear, worry, panic and sadness. Make posters right away and put them up all over town. Contact animal control and the local shelters to let them know your dog is missing. You can also post on different Facebook pages dedicated to reuniting owners and their pets.
Look into subsidized health care for your dog if money is tight. Many local communities, in cooperation with groups like the SPCA offer discounted services that have proven invaluable to dog owners. Look into getting your dog spayed or neutered and vaccinated for a fraction of veterinary costs at a sponsored event probably close-by to you. Just contact the SPCA or an animal shelter in your town.
Talk with your vet about the foods you should feed your dog. Certain brands may not be right for a small pup and could cause him to get a stomachache or become sick. Never give your dog any food you are not sure of.
Put your dog through obedience training. A well-trained dog is a joy to live with for both you and them. Teaching them simple commands like “Come,” “Heel,” “Sit,” and “Stay” can help curb or prevent troublesome behaviors in no time. You can either teach them yourself, or you can find out about obedience courses by contacting the SPCA or the local humane society for class recommendations.
There are few greater joys in life than the love you can share with your loyal companion. It won’t always be a walk in the park but the rewards are more than worth it. Enjoy your pup and continue to learn more to help keep your lives happy and healthy.