Dogs are probably the most loyal and loving pets you could ask for, and if we treat them well they can be great companions for life. You need to consider whether you have the time and money that is needed to devote to a happy and healthy dog. Here are some aspects that you will need to think about so that you can properly take care of your dog:
The RSPCA explains that as a dog owner you have certain responsibilities to look after your pet. You must vaccinate your dog yearly and take your dog to a vet when they are ill or injured, as well as regularly checking them for things like dental issues, bad breath, fleas, ticks, worms and other parasites. Pet insurance can assist with the cost of medical care resulting from injuries or illnesses.
Exercising your dog regularly is also an important part of their health, as is keeping them stimulated with lots of toys and attention.
An owner must provide a balanced diet with both wet and dry food, along with a clean food bowl and two water bowls (in case one gets tipped over while you’re away). Dogs of different ages need different types and amounts of food. For example, puppies 8 to 12 weeks old need four meals a day but older dogs may only need one or two. Older dogs will most likely need different vitamins and minerals to keep them healthy, so ask your vet for their recommendations.
Your dog needs to have an identifying collar in case they get lost, as well as a microchip with up to date details.
Before bringing your dog to your house you need to make sure it is animal-proof. This means they can’t access dangerous chemicals, small objects that may be chewed on and swallowed, and they can’t escape through holes or openings in doors, windows or gates. It is also your responsibility to keep your dog safe by providing them with appropriate shelter from rain, sun, cold and hot weather.
Training is the key to controlling your dog, both for your dog’s safety and the safety of others. It is recommended that you take your dog to a professional training school to learn the basics and follow up on what you have learned once you’re back home.
Follow these general guidelines for a well looked after dog, and don’t hesitate to ask your vet for more dog care advice.
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