It’s a big responsibility to care for a dog. There are many similarities between the care of a pet and the care of a young child. While it is a tough job, it is possible to succeed by using smarts and patience. Keep reading to learn some dog tips.
It can cost a lot to take care of a dog. High quality dog food, medical care, toys and treats can easily run close to $1,000 in a year. Emergency care for animals can cost thousands of collars, so think carefully about getting pet health insurance.
While hugging your dog will make both of you feel great, refrain from kissing him. Dog kisses are adorable, but your dog’s mouth is really dirty. Keep in mind that dogs drink from toilet bowls and eat whatever is on the ground. There is an old wives’ tale that says that the mouth of a dog is cleaner than that of a human. It’s not true.
Just as you need an annual physical exam, dogs do as well. Dogs can’t talk, so how do you know he has arthritis, for example? Bringing your dog to the vet each year can help stop these health issues from becoming a huge problem.
Have your dog spayed or neutered. Your pet stands to enjoy a significantly better (and longer) life. It’s been verified through research that this simple procedure reduces cancer risks and provides other benefits, too. Furthermore, altered dogs do not have the tendency to wander off, so they will stay safer.
Dog care is a serious subject if you are a pet owner. In much the same way a child requires care, it is important to have the proper skills, knowledge and tools to care for your canine family member. It’s not going to be easy at first, but you should have the skills needed now to care for your pet. Just use these suggestions if you need some extra help, and keep caring for your pet.