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Do You Own A Dog? This Is For You

Jul 13

Do You Own A Dog? This Is For You

Are you at a loss for competent, responsible information on caring for your dog and what type of food to buy him? A lot of people feel like their dog needs more nutrition. Many people just don't know where to start. The following article will give you some great tips to help you better understand your dog's needs.

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Your dog needs to have an annual checkup, the same as you do. Your dog can't talk, it might be difficult to find out what is wrong if there is an issue. A checkup once a year will help diagnose any problems.

 

Having fresh and clean water available to your dog at all times is a must. Dogs become dangerously dehydrated in a matter of days, so its very important to always have water ready. Dogs will also appreciate water that is clean. If you find it necessary to drink filtered or bottled water because of the quality of water from your tap, then be sure to provide your dog with the same high quality water.

 

Ease your dog into knowing a new baby that comes into your home. Dogs can be very jealous and you need to continue to show him plenty of love an affection, even though you've got a brand new bundle of joy in your life. Talk to the dog as you handle the baby and keep him in the loop.

 

If you are going to get a dog from the shelter, make a appointment with the vet. Shelter dogs could be sick or exposed to different viruses. Make sure the new puppy gets their required shots before going home.

 

Determine your dog's specific exercise regimen. Dogs have different fitness needs based their sex, overall health, age, breed mix, or breed. Every dog should have a couple 10-minute walks a day around the block. Dogs between 6 and 18 months, active breed or mixed breeds, terriers, hounds, and herding dogs will most likely require more fitness than others types of dogs.

 

Dogs, like humans, can develop health problems, and because of this they should be taken to see their vet at least once eat year. This can help to diagnosis any health issues early on, reducing both the extremity of the illness and the cost to fix it. Do whatever you can to follow this rule of thumb strictly.

 

When taking your senior dog to the vet for an annual visit, make sure to request senior blood work. A blood panel can help your vet to identify any kidney, heart or vascular concerns. If caught early, treatment is often minimally invasive and less costly. This is a great way to keep your pet healthy for years to come.

 

Check you dog for parasites and take preventative measure. Flea and tick collars are important. Keep in mind certain collar work better in different seasons and geographic areas. In addition, check your dog's ears. Ear mites are common. Also, check the dog's stool to ensure he hasn't picked up worms in his digestive system.

 

Owning a dog is both a privilege and a pleasure, especially when you make yourself a well-educated owner. In addition to commercial foods, there are many alternatives in the world of dog nutrition. Keep these tips in mind for your dog.