Are you interested in rescuing a dog from the local pound? Do you want a purebred animal instead? Regardless of the breed or type you want, dogs will bring lots of love into your life. But, you have to be responsible as well, which is why you should read the whole article that follows.
Make sure your home is dog-proof. Your entire home should be safe prior to bringing the dog inside. Make sure chemicals, medications and any garbage is out of reach of the dog. Some plants that are usually kept in the home are poisonous to pets, so move them where your dog cannot get to them, or put them out of your home completely.
You should take your dog to the vet at least once a year. Because your dog can’t speak with you, you may have trouble knowing when your dog is feeling pain like if it has arthritis. Annual checkups can catch issues before they develop into something serious.
If your dog comes with you on vacations, you need to have an up-to-date picture of it on hand and in your phone. In the event that he gets separated from you, you have easy access to a current photo to put on flyers that will help identify him.
Resist the urge to give your dog table scraps. This causes regular begging and will cause him to dislike his food. Feeding table scraps to your dog could lead to digestive problems or obesity. Don’t allow your dog to beg at the table while you are eating.
Speak with your vet to see how much you’re going to have to feed your dog daily. Even though many people stick to the label on the can or package of the dog’s food, sometimes these guidelines might not work for the type of dog that you have. This could lead to your dog becoming obese. Talk to your vet about what is acceptable and what your dog’s particular needs are.
Don’t buy the cheapest food for your dog. Cheap brands are full of fillers, preservative and even chemicals. You should contact an animal advocacy group or a consumer awareness program to get some recommendations for quality dog foods. You will see a difference in your dog’s activity level and general happiness when you feed him “good” food.
Brushing your dog every day is going to stop them from shedding in your home, but more than that. It’ll also give them a very beautiful and shiny coat. Brushing helps evenly distribute the oils in the fur and skin, which keeps things looking shiny, healthy and soft.
Pay attention to the nails of your canine. If they get too long, they may start to curl under and cause your dog pain. Simply purchase a pair of clippers from the store. If you are not comfortable doing it yourself, you can take him to the groomers and have them done for very little money.
To prevent the hair around a dog’s paws from matting, you should keep it trimmed. You should use a comb to straighten out the hair a bit before trying to trim it. If you’re too scared, take him to the groomer instead.
Now, you are aware of what is required of you to properly care for your furry friend.. Keep learning more about owning dogs if you have any further questions on the subject. Try joining forums to talk about your friend with other dog owners. You will be learning throughout your life, so keep it going.