Keeping tabs on your dog’s health is just as important as maintaining your own. This can be a little confusing especially for first-time pet owners, but there are a few simple dog care tips from professionals that you can put to good use.
Dog Care Tips
Schedule regular exams
Just as you schedule regular checkups with your doctor, it equally important to book a yearly examination with your vet. Dogs are also susceptible to toothaches, arthritis, and heart problems, regular exams are essential to healthy pets. A regular review may include weight control and nutrition, dental exam, parasite control, and recommended vaccinations.
Identify your dog
Even the most watchful pet owner can lose his dog. To avoid the stress that comes with losing a pet, put an ID tag and collar on your pet. It should include essential details such as your name, telephone number and physical address. Be sure not to put the collar on too tight. You should be able to slip two fingers under the collar easily.
Neuter or spay your dog
Many pet-owners have misgivings about neutering their pet, but studies show that neutered dogs tend to have fewer behavioral problems, be healthier and live longer. Neutering or spaying also helps to prevent pet overpopulation which can negatively impact your household and finances.
Ensure your dog eats a balanced diet
Speak to your vet about what food you should feed your particular breed of dog and how often. It is also worth noting that dog’s dietary requirements change as they get older. Be mindful of houseplants and outdoor plants as some can be toxic to dogs. Lastly, ensure that your dog has constant access to fresh, clean water.
Consider getting a companion
Many dog experts agree that most breeds crave companionship. Consider getting another dog, or at the very least, avoid leaving the dog on his own for prolonged periods of time.
Pay for training classes
A good dog trainer equips you with the tools you need to control your dog humanely and safely. These training classes also offer an excellent opportunity to spend one-on-one time and bond with your pet.
Ensure your dog gets enough exercise
Lastly, keep your dog fit by walking him twice a day whenever possible. Regular walks also enhance the pet’s overall sense of wellbeing. A veterinarian can suggest the appropriate amount of exercise for your particular breed of dog to avoid the risk of exhaustion.
Finally, ensure that the environment the dog is in is keep clean and free from hazardous materials. If you have a dog proof litter box so that the dog does not play around and cause a mess in the house.