Taking care of a dog is a big responsibility but it’s certainly worth it. Like us, they also have basic needs like food, shelter, safety, and exercise, in order to be happy. Don’t worry, though, it’s not that difficult to take care of your furry friend.
Here are some tips to take the best care of your dog:
Only someone who has already lost a dog knows how distressing and agonizing it can be. To avoid this happening to you, purchase a dog collar with a tag on it. The tag will have your contact details engraved on it so that you can be contacted quickly when your dog is found. It’s also highly recommended that you microchip your dog. It’s tiny, it doesn’t hurt, and it costs between $25 to $50.
Make sure they eat a balanced diet
A proper dog diet contains protein, fats/oils, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and water. As well as ensuring they get all their food supplements, it’s important to keep your dog away from toxic and dangerous things like chocolate and bacon.
Exercising is very important for your dog’s mental and physical wellbeing. Regular exercise helps to reduce hyperactivity, chewing, and barking. It also has many other advantages such as maintaining healthy bones, preventing premature aging, reversing obesity, and improving insulin and metabolism.
Go to the vet often
Dogs are good at hiding their illness, so regular visits to the vet are crucial to keeping your dog healthy. But how often should they go? Puppies should get regular check-ups every 3 to 4 weeks, adults should be checked yearly, and seniors should visit the vet at least twice a year. However, you know your dog better than anyone and if you suspect something is not quite right, schedule a visit as soon as possible.
Take care of their teeth
Some dog breeds are more susceptible to gum disease than others. Gum disease can result in unnecessary pain and premature tooth loss so it’s vital to your dog’s overall wellbeing that their teeth are well taken carer of. You can do this by either brushing their teeth with a toothbrush or with special chew bones and chew toys.
Keeping their vaccination in check is extremely important to preventing illnesses. The most important ones to prevent against are rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus. The frequency of immunization varies depending on certain factors like breed, age, lifestyle, and environment.
Train them to follow commands
Training is essential for all dogs. It keeps their minds active, makes them happy, and gets them exercising. You don’t really need to spend hundreds of dollars on it, you can do it yourself and might even have some fun doing it. To avoid your dog getting bored, try teaching a variety of commands.
Spaying or neutering
There are many reasons why you should spay your dog. For starters, it can reduce the chances of contracting illnesses such as pyometra, while also preventing overpopulation.
Studies also indicate that spaying your female dog can lengthen its life, while for males, neutering can reduce testicular cancer and prostate problems later in life.
Make sure they are well-groomed
Grooming is necessary not only to keep them looking pretty, but also to check for issues such as ticks, fleas, and dry patches. Grooming is even more important during the Summer as excess hair can be uncomfortable for your dog.