Dogs are probably the most loyal and loving pets you could ask for, and if we treat them well, they can be great life companions. You need to consider whether you have the time and money that’s needed to devote to a happy and healthy dog. Here are some things that you’ll need to think about so that you can properly take care of your dog:
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 home, you need to make sure it’s 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’s 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’s recommended that you take your dog to a professional training school to learn the basics and follow up on what you’ve learned once you’re back home.
The RSPCA explains that as a dog owner, you have certain responsibilities to look after your pet. You should vaccinate your dog yearly and take your dog to a vet when they’re ill or injured, as well as regularly checking them for things like dental issues, bad breath, fleas, ticks, worms, and other parasites. Follow these general guidelines for a well looked after dog, and don’t hesitate to ask your vet for more dog care advice.
Just like us, sometimes, pets can accidentally hurt themselves or get sick from eating something they shouldn’t have, and that usually means a trip to your vet. But vet bills can be very high, often costing thousands of dollars.
Pet insurance can help with the cost of treatment and care resulting from specified accidental injuries or illnesses. Have a look at your pet insurance options with Prime by getting a quote today.