Are you having issues with your dog? Sometimes it can be overwhelming when you have to take care of a dog if you don’t know what to do. Hopefully the following information will help you to be a responsible pet owner.
Getting a dog will cost you money. Expect to spend from $700 to as high as $1000 in a year to pay for medical attention, food and other items needed. A sick dog could cost you tens of thousands! Look into doggie health insurance!
Take the time to make sure your house is dog-proofed. It’s about the same as baby proofing a home. Before you bring a dog into your home, you should be sure that the area you’re bringing it to is safe. Cleaning supplies and medications should be locked away and any indoor trash cans need to be put in a cabinet. Keep house plants out of its reach as some can be poisonous.
Your dog should have an annual checkup. Your dog can’t speak to you so you can’t readily tell if they’re having a toothache, earache or joint issues. Annual checkups can catch these things before they become major problems.
Always have your dog spayed or neutered. Research has shown this simple procedure can lessen cancer risks and help your dog live longer. Neutered and spayed dogs are less likely to wander away from home.
If you are going to taking your dog on vacation, take a picture of it with your phone. This will help in the rare situation that you get separated from your dog. You will have a current picture of your dog to show to people.
Always buy the healthiest food you can afford for your dog. You might consider making your own dog treats.
Dogs are a joy but also present some challenges.