Dogs have been a beloved companion of man for literally tens of thousands of years. Their loyal demeanor, playful personalities, and ability to make even the bleakest day a bit brighter, have earned them the well-deserved title of man’s best friend. You take them to the veterinarian when they’re sick or need their shots, but do you know the best way to care for them on a daily basis? Here’s how:
Diet and Exercise
One of the most common mistakes dog owners make when it comes to feeding is allowing pets to eat table scraps on a regular basis. While a cooked egg, a bit of cheese, and the occasional fruit or vegetable is generally ok, dogs should be fed a steady diet of premium dry food. People food can cause all kinds of trouble for dogs, from early dental decay to picky eating habits and mineral deficiencies, so save them for the rare treat.
Dogs also need plenty of exercise, just like we do. Lack of exercise can cause destructive or aggressive behavior in some breeds, and excessive weight gain or even apathy in others. Allow your dog the opportunity to just be a dog and satisfy their natural urges to chew, dig, and retrieve.
Grooming and Housing
All dog breeds need to be groomed on a regular basis, though some require it more frequently than others. Ask your veterinarian’s advice on the type and frequency of grooming for your specific breed. As to housing, make sure that your pet has a warm, dry environment that is clean and comfortable. Pet beds, crates, and even wooden boxes filled with soft bedding material are all excellent options.
For general health concerns, such as heartworm prevention, flea and tick control, dental health, and immunizations, follow the advice and recommendations of your veterinarian at your pet clinic. He or she can also give you more pointers about the day-to-day care of your pet, including obedience training.