Dog Care: Keeping your Dog Healthy and Happy
You obviously love your dog and would give him the best care you can to keep him healthy and happy. They know the basic things about dog care, from feeding and walking, to giving them baths and grooming them. You might not be aware but there are a number of things more that you should not neglect. Some mistakes can be bad for your dog’s health and if not given attention soon, it might prove harmful. I have listed a few important ones.
Dental care is one of the few things dog owners might neglect. It is common for dogs to suffer some form of dental diseases at a very young age. There is much more you need to make sure that your dog gets the necessary oral health care beyond what you can do. A dental check-up done by a trained professional will help expose and correct other dental problems like decaying or cracked teeth. It is important to remember that your dog’s dental care should start while he is still a puppy. Your dog can become susceptible to gum diseases so it’s important not to postpone dental care and start while they’re still young.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush for his teeth and gums. Start brushing the front teeth gradually and then the gums to ensure that all places are covered.
It comes as a surprise to many that dog owners actually forget about fleas, which is so common but easily preventable. Fleas can cause skin allergies even from a small infestation. In order to prevent fleas, you need to know what attracts them in the first place. Fleas generally love warm and humid environments and hate cold and dry surrounds. Sometimes warm and humid weather is unavoidable, depending on where you live or what season it is, but there are flea creams and chewy tablets you can buy to prevent fleas from infesting your dog.
Natural treatments are also available for you to use. Homemade concoctions and essential oils are also helpful to use as they don’t contain chemicals that can affect your dogs coat.
Your dog will eat any kind of food that you give him, unlike cats who are more fussy. This, however, has led to dog owners feeding their dogs stuff that may be harmful to his health.
The manufacturing procedures and meat quality of some popular dog food company has also caused concern to some dog owners. Poor quality of meat, sometimes from sick animals, can sometimes pass as legal in some countries. Sometimes, even if the meat is good, the heat that it goes through in processing destroys any nutrients left in it.
Be informed about what you are buying.