Many types of pets are available these days. Fish or snakes, birds or turtles, cats or ferrets are but a few. When it comes to a companion who loves you forever, you can’t go wrong with a dog. In this article we will share some great information about the best in dog care.
Look into subsidized health care for your dog if money is tight. Many local communities, in cooperation with groups like the SPCA offer discounted services that have proven invaluable to dog owners. Look into getting your dog spayed or neutered and vaccinated for a fraction of veterinary costs at a sponsored event probably close-by to you. Just contact the SPCA or an animal shelter in your town.
Your dog needs a stimulating environment if it is going to live a long and healthy life. Providing him or her with one is not really that hard. Simply make sure you take your dog for walks each day, and purchase a few toys that you and your pet can play with together.
Anti-flea products are dangerous. A lot of the ones on the market have ingredients that are 1000 times more potent than what is considered safe by the EPA and it may be a cancer risk for children. Ask the vet about flea powders and other products that are less hazardous for kids.
Take your dog to the vet regularly. This may seem like an added expense that you don’t need, but when you take your dog to the veterinarian, he can screen your dog for diseases and make sure he is in the best of health. This of course prevents problems down the road.
Give your dog rawhide instead of real meat bones. Pieces can break off of the real bone, which may cause your dog to choke. Also, rawhide is better for the health of your dog’s teeth.
If you are thinking about adopting a dog, try taking a couple of weeks off work so you can spend some time with your puppy and teach it a few good habits. Training your puppy and helping it get used to its new environment will be much easier if you are home.
A dog’s bad behavior should always be corrected whenever you see the first signs of it. When you let it go, he thinks it is okay to do. Bad behaviors that are left uncontrolled can result in human injuries to you, your child, your friend or your neighbor. This is why it’s important to nip them in the bud immediately!
Know the basics of pet first-aid if you have a dog in your family. Being able to react quickly in an emergency, such as your pooch being bitten by a snake, can mean the difference between life and death. Read a good book on the subject or ask your vet to brief you on the basics.
Acquiring a dog for the first time is a huge deal, but you will be able to handle it. Keep learning more about dogs and how to care for them. You’ll discover a new pastime and take better care of your furry friend.