There are many responsibilities that you have when caring for a dog. Dogs require love and attention the whole day through. But do you know how to care for your dog? The advice here runs the gamut of dog needs, so read on.
There are many pleasures derived from dog ownership, but it is also a serious financial commitment. Expect to spend from $700 to as high as $1000 in a year to pay for medical attention, food and other items needed. Pet health insurance can help; although you will pay a monthly or yearly fee, you will often be covered if a big medical emergency occurs for your pet.
Always be prepared to pick up after your dog with a scoop and bag. Although most people think that this is simply a polite thing to do so that others don’t step in it, your dog’s excrement is actually hazardous!
It contains a bacterium that can contaminate local supplies when it washes through to ground water.
Do not fall prey to the temptation to feed table scraps to your dog. Not only will table scraps turn your dog off on their regular food, but it will also teach them to constantly beg. Scraps can be terrible for his diet and lead to obesity and other health problems. Don’t allow your dog to beg at the table while you are eating.
If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, he or she may eventually come in contact with a skunk. If he gets sprayed, mix together one teaspoon of dish-washing detergent, a fourth a cup of baking soda and a quart of hydrogen peroxide solution (but make sure it is no more than three percent). Apply the mixture to your dog’s coat and allow it to sit for five minutes. Wash your dog off well afterward.
Try to always be aware of how your dog is feeling. If your dog seems to be nervous, fearful, or scared of certain things, you should take note of this and try to avoid putting your dog in a stressful situation. When a dog is stressed or afraid, you could traumatize your dog if you insist that it stays in the stressful situation.
Keep your dog at a healthy weight. Plenty of dogs are overweight, and just like humans, this can lead to health issues. People tend to overfeed their dogs, and many also feed them table scraps. A dog doesn’t need as many calories as most people think; talk to your vet about how much you should feed him each day, and what food is most suitable. A vet will advise you based on his size, age and lifestyle.
You will become a much better dog owner if you take the time to learn more about him. Your dog is ready to shower you with unconditional love. In return, why not do all you can for your pet’s health and well-being? Wouldn’t you want a good and knowledgeable owner if you were a dog?