Are you interested in adopting a dog from a shelter? Would you like to pick up a pure breed dog from a breeder? No matter your reasoning for getting a dog, your life will be changed by the love of your dog. A lot of responsibility is involved, and reading this will help you understand what you can expect.
Always have your dogs spayed or neutered. Research suggests that this small thing can give extended life to your dog by reducing cancer risk. In addition, dogs that are spayed or neutered do not have as strong of a desire to wander from their home, meaning that they are less likely to get lost or hit by a car.
If you’re taking your pup on a vacation, make sure that you take a picture of him for on your phone. By doing this, in case your dog gets lost, you can provide others with a picture and easily put up flyers, which will assist in finding your dog.
Watch out for dog flea treatments. Many have ingredients that may put kids at risk for various cancers over 1000 times what the EPA may consider to be safe. Talk to your veterinarian about the safest options, and don’t let your kids near the dog while you’re doing a treatment.
Try not to give a dog table scraps. This will only teach him to beg constantly and also inhibit his appetite toward his regular food. Giving your dog table scraps isn’t good for his health as it could result in weight gain and digestive problems. Train your dog to remain in another room while the family eats so no one is tempted to slip something to him under the table.
Rather than purchasing an actual meat bone for your dog, go with rawhide instead. Real bones can splinter and can get caught in your dog’s mouth or digestive tract. Rawhide bones are tested and veterinary approved, and they can benefit your dog’s teeth and gums too. Treat your dog to one regularly.
Trim your dog’s nails regularly. If they get too long and start to curl, the result could be painful injuries to the nail beds and your dog’s paws. It is easy to purchase a pair of clippers and attend to these yourself. If you are worried about doing this, simply take him to a groomer – it doesn’t cost very much to get his nails trimmed.
Do not buy cheap food items for your dog in an effort to save money. After a while it’s good for the dog if it has been eating nutritious and high quality food. While this could mean paying more for higher-end brands, your dog’s proper health will be guaranteed through eating healthfully.
Now that you know how to take great care of a dog, it’s time for your new companion to come home with you! Keep learning because there is always new and fresh information out there concerning care for your dog. You may want to look for a forum of other dog owners to share and learn information. Learning is a life-long endeavor, so don’t stop now!