It’s a big responsibility to care for a dog. It’s like a baby, only they never really grow up. A big task, but it’s totally worth the effort. Want some advice? Read on.
While you can hug your dog, you should avoid kissing your dog. It is unsanitary to be licked by a dog. Dogs love to dig in garbage, get into the toilet, and then they lick their butts, yuck! It’s an old wives tale that your dog’s mouth happens to be cleaner that a human being. It simply is not true.
Make sure that your dog gets neutered. Research has shown that by doing this you can be sure your pet can have a longer life and not be at risk for things like cancer. A spayed or neutered dog is also less likely to stray from its home, meaning it won’t risk getting lost or winding up in a street accident.
When it comes to dog flea treatments, you should proceed with caution. Some of them contain chemicals that can increase the risk of cancer in children, and are 1,000 times as strong as the safe levels recommended by the EPA. Talk with your vet concerning alternative treatments, and do not let small children come near while treating your dog.
Dog training should be take place out in the yard, or even inside your home. Don’t train them in any areas full of people. There are too many distractions there.
Avoid the bargain brands of pet food. The cheaper dog foods have tons of additives and preservatives which aren’t the best for your dog. You can get a list of veterinarian-recommended foods from your vet or from animal advocacy groups or consumer awareness groups. Your dog will benefit greatly from better food.
If your dog will be outside, he will need a dog house. Your dog could get sick if he is left outside in the cold or if the ground is wet. Build a shelter yourself or purchase a kit from the nearest pet store.
Take your new dog to a vet. Make the appointment when you buy your dog. Your vet will administer the necessary shots and make sure your dog is in good health. Remember that there is a tremendous dog overpopulation problem, so you should have your dog spayed/neutered.
Becoming a foster home is a good way to work with dogs without committing to one on a long term basis. Many abused and homeless animals are in shelters waiting for adoptions, but there is a lot of overcrowding and many resources are scarce. Fostering an animal will help animals and help you decide whether or not you would like to keep a dog of your own.
It isn’t easy to care for a dog. Your dog must be cared for as carefully as you would take care of a child. He must have what he needs to thrive. The task is not a small one, but it does have great rewards. You can be a great pet owner. This article will highlight different ways to be a great owner.