Dogs are great pets, but they’re rarely low-maintenance ones. Dogs, just like kids, are going to have to be cleaned, taken to doctors, fed correctly, and entertained. Not all the steps to proper dog care are intuitive. You will understand a lot more after you read these tips.
Make your home suitable for dogs. Check your whole home to be sure it is safe prior to bringing a dog home. Medicine and cleaners should be stored, and indoor trash should be placed in a cabinet. Some very common plants are quite toxic to animals, so always make sure they are out of reach.
You should take your dog to the vet at least once a year. It can be difficult to know what could be causing your dog pain since they cant talk to you. A veterinary checkup can speak when your dog cannot, and it might help you to detect health problems before they become severe.
Get your dog neutered. Research suggests that this small thing can give extended life to your dog by reducing cancer risk. Not only that, but neutered and spayed dogs feel less need to wander away from home, so they are not as likely to be hit by a vehicle or become lost.
Be wary of the flea treatment you’re going to use on your dog. There are ingredients in some of them that can risk cancer in your children. Bring up the subject of alternative and family-friendly treatments the next time you see your vet, and always be sure to apply these treatments when no children are present.
You now know a thing or two about dogs. With the things you’ve learned, you’re prepared to make a fine start as a responsible dog owner. Your dog will show his appreciation with his love if you use all you’ve learned here.