Caring For Your Dog

If you are new to Dog ownership then you really need to quickly learn the basics of Caring For Your Dog, in fact you should have already got to this stage before even thinking of owning a dog and the responsibility that goes with it.

Many people have lived with pets their entire lives. If you are someone who now owns a dog or may be considering getting one, there are some things you should know. This article helps you to fine tune your skills as a dog owner.

So first of all lets consider your own health for a moment, current medical advise suggests that you should have a physical exam each year, so it follows that the same rule applies to your dog. You need to bear in mind that dogs don’t talk so you need to watch for signs of ill health, that goes without saying, it’s difficult to know if your dog is okay or not so unless you have noticed something wrong where you must immediately seek medical advice. But each year usually timed with getting your dog his regular shots he should also receive his regular check-ups from the Vet and this will help you to find these issues prior to them becoming a serious problem.

Note; I am going to use the words him/his as I discuss the dog but the same would apply if your dog is female (a bitch)

The rest of a dogs care is basic common sense and so much that applies to your dog would also to looking after a child, however I will still list a few of the basic rules in order to remind you to be prepared.

It may take you several months before you really get to know your new charge and how he may react to various outside noises and activities so meanwhile you must take extra care to prevent any possible event that could prove either harmful or dangerous to you, your dog or anyone else for that matter.

So always remember to take your dogs leash, even if he appears to be well-behaved. Almost anything including other animals or movement could startle him, causing him to run into dangerous territory, a road or even a busy area causing even more confusion or other unpleasant situation or worse. After all, you are responsible for your dog and you will be held accountable if your dog or anyone or thing else gets injured or damaged for your dog being off his leash.

Select the right food for your dog

If you need help with the type or amount of food you should be giving to your dog then discuss this with your vet or even your local pet store manager as they are often will acquainted with the subject. Although some dog owners are happy to stick to the recommended guidelines on the label of dog food, these guidelines can often be too much for your dog and can lead to obesity if left too long. Your vet can also recommend the best food for your type of breed because some breeds need certain foods if they are to remain in top condition.

If you intend to keep your dog outside for most of the time then build him a good sized kennel (house) ideally together with a fenced in run of his own or ensure that your garden fence is secure. I know this goes without saying but you must keep your dog safe and ensure that he cannot escape. You can buy a kennel or you can buy plans online if you are handy with building a kennel yourself. The main thing here is to provide a warm or cool and dry environment for your dog, if he constantly has wet feet he will suffer just as we can with wet feet which can crack (trench foot). Any extremes of temperature can be stressful for your dog and ultimately be bad for his health so he must be kept out of the worst of the weather just as we need.

Don’t accept any bad behavior from your dog, if you ignore it or treat it as funny you will eventually regret it if it develops into a serious behavioral problem with potential serious consequences. Again your dog is your responsibility and if he is not under control and injures someone then you will pay and you could even lose your dog and banned from ever owning a dog for the future.

If you intend to adopt a new dog from someone or a pet shop or maybe an animal shelter, you need to get a vets appointment booked as soon as possible. Even if the supplying location says that the dog has been checked you must still do this for your own peace of mind. Dogs could be sick or exposed to a variety of things including hard to spot viruses. The other option is to ensure that all the dogs papers are checked and do not accept a dog with no papers or history that you cannot check or confirm. Any new puppy must have a series of vaccinations to ensure his good health so without these you would be putting yourself, your dog and any other dogs into harms way.

Get Registered with your local Vet

Get your new pet a veterinary exam. Immediately after bringing home the new dog, schedule a checkup with your veterinarian. This allows the vet to look him over and schedule the necessary vaccines. You could also consider asking your vet about neutering your dog, sometimes it is advisable for a number of reasons including calming your dog. Shelters are filled with unwanted animals and not neutering your dog means you could be making this problem worse.

Some breeds of dogs are susceptible to possible health problems in later life than others, so it is important that you check all this out before deciding which particular breed to go for. Take the time to read up on your breed so that you don’t get any surprises down the road. You can also speak with a vet to see what can be done so that your pet will have a better chance at avoiding these health problems. It is possible to take out health insurance for your dog but the cost of these plans rises as they get older which means that the cost of this insurance could be too expensive in their later life so you cannot rely on this to cover any later health problems.

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There are bound to be questions that have not been mentioned here so you are always welcome to ask me directly for any help at Maria Scott email

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