Many different types of dogs and different types of family situations exist. It’s a big decision to own a dog. Continue reading to learn more about proper dog care.
Owning a dog is quite a large financial commitment. Food, supplies and vet bills can add up to $1,000 or more per year. Emergency care for animals can cost thousands of collars, so think carefully about getting pet health insurance.
It’s good to give hugs, but avoid giving kisses. Kisses seem nice, but dogs have very dirty mouths. Remember that dogs use their tongues to clean themselves, and they like to eat garbage and drink out of the toilet. It is an old wives’ tale that dogs have cleaner months than humans. It is not necessarily true.
Be sure to have your pet 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. Additionally, dogs who undergo this procedure are much less likely to wander off and maybe get into to an accident.
Choose the correct flea medicine for your dog. Some treatments contain dangerous ingredients that may put your kids at risk for diseases like cancer. Ask your vet for recommendations. Be sure to keep children away while you’re applying any flea treatment.
If you are not sure of how much to feed your dog each day, talk to your vet about it. Dog food packages provide guidelines, but they can be wrong for your particular pet and lead to obesity. Your vet will give you personalized advice.
Should you visit a shelter to adopt a dog, take the animal to the vet as soon as possible. Shelter dogs may have come into contact with viruses or may be ill already. Error on the side of caution and get your dog all its shots.
Hopefully you feel more confident in how to care for your dog. You now have the knowledge you need to ensure you don’t worry about your dog. Put what you’ve read here to use, and you will be sure that you have a dog that’s taken care of properly.