Pet Dog Care Tips

Having a pet dog entails more than feeding them daily. A dog has their own needs and some even require special attention. "A Man's Best Friend" is what we call them because dogs are affectionate, sensitive and loyal. Dogs give us much joy that's why most of us consider them a part of the family. In return, we should give them the care and love they deserve to maintain a good man-dog relationship.Here are some tips on how to address your dog's everyday needs:

Food

Provide the best and healthiest food for your dog. Choose the dog food that has a balanced combination of nutrients. Avoid giving your dogs food that are mostly made of calories as it predisposes them to some diet-related diseases like diabetes, allergies and heart failure.

It is much better if you give your dogs organic food. Aside from the "less preservatives" factor, greenies, rawhides, bones, and hard dog biscuits help control tartar. These foods could also be a great option for snacks and treats for your dog.

Grooming

Hair brushing is one of the most important things-to-do to your dogs that are often neglected. This is done daily to prevent hair matting and tangling for longhaired dogs. For medium haired dogs, brushing may be done at least weekly to prevent the same undesirable hair conditions. Shorthaired dogs should also be given this privileged even though there's not much hair to brush. Whatever the length of your dog's hair is, you may perform hair brushing as often as the dog needs it, especially if he enjoys it. The brushing session itself strengthens the bond between the dog and its owner.

Bath your dogs at least once a week. Bathing the dog may not be fun for both the dog and the dog owner at first so you should let him get used to it. Learn how to bath your dog properly since each dog is different from another. Use shampoo that is dog specific. It is better if the shampoo used is medicated for flea control. If you have difficulty choosing the shampoo or other products that is best for your dog, it is better to consult your veterinarian about this.

Trim you dog's nails as often as is needed. Avoid cutting the nails too short, as it will definitely hurt the dog. If dogs experience pain, the more it will dislike nail trimming.

Clean the dog's ears every after bath. This will prevent bacterial or fungal growth. Dogs with floppy ears or have long hairs are more predisposed for ear infections as the ear canals are less exposed to air. Therefore, they should be given attention. If foul odor occurs, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Oral Care

Provide oral care to your dog as often as possible to prevent bad breath, tooth decay and heart problems. You may brush the dog's teeth but make sure to seek instructions from your veterinarian. Foods like rawhides help to control tartar.

Accessories

Dog collars should be worn by the dog at all times, even when bathing. Dog tag is always considered as an important accessory as it consists of the dog owner's information in case the dog is lost. A dog leash is also needed especially when walking outside the house. Dog toys, a doghouse, dog crate and other accessories may be useful. The most important thing is to determine your dog's needs and provide them with the best items. Best does not necessarily mean the most expensive. Just select those items that best serve its purpose.

Safety

Watch out for your dog especially if it goes near the water, near the road, on heights, or outdoors. Give special attention to puppies and elderly dogs. Also, learn to control active dogs, as they are prone to accidents.Exercise

Provide your dog time for exercise to burn their fats, strengthen their bones and muscles, and for good blood circulation. You may play "fetch," let the dog wander around the backyard, let him swim, etc. Aside from its health benefits, it would also
help strengthen your relationship.

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