There are several ways you can provide good nutrition and care for your dog. There is more than just food involved. These tips will help you learn more about the kind of top-quality care your canine friend deserves.
Do not feed your dog “people food.” Table scraps can turn your dog off their regular food and also teach them to constantly beg. Table scraps can actually lead to obesity and other health concerns. Make sure your dog doesn’t hover around your dinner table so it isn’t tempted to eat your food.
Don’t go for the cheap stuff when you buy dog food. Many of the cheapest brands contain additives, preservatives, and other things that can compromise the health of your dog. Ask for a list of recommended foods from your veterinarian, animal advocacy groups or consumer awareness groups. Your dog will be in better health when he has high quality food.
Be sure to keep your dog’s nails trimmed to an appropriate length. Long nails can dig into the soft tissue of the paw and cause discomfort while walking, standing or running. Long nails can catch in carpeting or furniture and cause injury which is painful and can result in needed surgery. Long nails are also prone to splitting and breaking–more pain. You can purchase clippers and do this at home. If your dog does not respond well when you try to trim the nails, a groomer or even your veterinarian can handle the task.
If you’d like to be a dog owner but think you might not be able to handle the commitment, consider fostering dogs. Animals are overcrowded in shelters and help is always appreciated. Lend a hand by fostering a dog and determine if it is a good fit for you and your family.
If your dog is undergoing a course of treatment with medication or therapy, make sure you follow your veterinarian’s instructions precisely. Dogs may resist wearing cones but they are used for good reason. Your vet makes recommendations that will help your dog be happy and healthy. If you have questions about a certain procedure, medication or method recommended, don’t hesitate to ask your veterinarian for an explanation as to why this is best for your dog.
Identification on your dog is important. Keep identification information on your dog’s collar. On the tag, make sure to include your pet’s name and your phone number. See my blog article about the Tagg GPS Pet Tracker here, Tagg. Another option is to have a microchip injected into your dog by your veterinarian. The microchip is only about the size of a grain of rice.
Get politically active for your dog! Look for changes in the local laws that govern pet ownership in your area. These sort of things typically happen because of a few dogs acting out or popular opinions about a certain breed.
Never miss one of your pet’s annual check-ups. Your vet can notice health ailments long before you can, and many of the tests he can perform will help to detect or prevent things like diabetes, kidney or thyroid problems. Annual physicals for dogs can spare owners a lot of unnecessary expense down the road and your dog a lot of unnecessary suffering in the future.
Keep the information you’ve read here in mind as you work towards providing the right care for your dog.