Many people currently have a dog or grew up with them. If you are thinking of getting a dog, or already have one, knowing some simple facts can be a lifesaver. Read on to find some great tips from experts and owners alike.
Be careful of the ingredients in many flea treatments. Many of them contain ingredients that can put children at risk for cancer at a rate that is 1000 times more than what the EPA considers safe! Ask your vet for recommendations instead, and keep children away while you’re applying flea treatments.
It doesn’t matter how good your dog is, you should never leave your property without keeping him or her leashed. Dogs are easily distracted by other animals, cars, and kids, so always make sure to keep your dog on a leash for his own safety. Your dog’s safety and behavior are your responsibility.
Use your lifestyle to pick the dog breed you need to get. For instance, if you like to go running, you’re not going to want a little dog that can’t keep up with you. Similarly, if you’re quiet and stay at home, small dogs might be better suited to you. Steer clear of a breed mismatch if you want to be a happy dog owner.
Rawhide bones are the best options for your dog. Bones can chip and hurt your dog if sharp fragments are ingested. It has been proven that rawhide is healthy for your dogs teeth, therefore avoid giving your dog natural meat bones.
If you want a dog but don’t know if you can handle the responsibility, start out as a short-term foster home. There are many less than fortunate dogs in shelters that would love to find a forever home. Fostering is a great way to help a dog and get a feel for what having a dog is like.
Trim hair around a dog’s paws so that hair mats don’t form. Before you trim, carefully run a comb through the hairs to separate them. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, take your dog to a groomer.
If your vet gives you special instructions for your dog’s care, follow them to the letter. He may not like wearing a cone over his head, but it’s prescribed for a reason! If you fail to listen to your vet, your dog may end up sick or injured.
Now you know how to care for your dog. So long as you apply these tips, you can avoid any issues. Take the time to absorb this information by reading it again.